They were bowled out for less than 100 runs chasing a modest score. Catch live score and updates of the match here.
The visiting side could pull off a mere 67 runs in this first session of play in 23.4 overs. He was helped by a couple of gentle looseners from Binny in the second over of the day, which the Sri Lanka skipper dispatched to the boundary. India struck in the second over as Umesh Yadav trapped Karunaratne to make a ideal start to his comeback test. On the contrary, SriLanka were looking to wrap up Indian innings quickly so that their batters could take full advantage of the decent batting conditions. In the process, he showed a glimpse of what he could offer Sri Lanka if he marries grit to his natural ability on a more frequent basis. Mathews went after the latter and his very first over of the day yielded two boundaries. Mishra then returned to trouble the lower-order batsmen. He was out trying to sweep leg spinner Amit Mishra against the spin and was caught by Ashwin.
Mathews (72) and Thirimanne (57) going strong as Lanka reach 224 for three in 81 overs.
He had more ill luck, repeatedly beating the bat later in the day without getting a wicket. Ishant Sharma does it again.
Silva ultimately found salvation with a drive through the covers for four which ended Binny’s spell. He did well to recover nicely from the wayward first over after lunch and continuously troubled Chandimal, who was unsure with his footwork. “We did that in the last game“, Silva said.
Talking about the morning’s session where India were bowled out, Silva said, “We had to restrict runs”. That being said, India’s bowlers did an excellent job on Day Two but without a lot of success.
The coach assessed that the pitch at P sara Oval is comparatively harder than the one at Galle.
“But the preparation has been pretty good for this particular Test match“. He took his time before reaching there in 142 deliveries. You never know it could even be your last. They batted well. I thought a lead of 175-plus might be a good total. The umpires have joined as well.
Here are some of the Statistical highlights on day two of the second cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday.
Kohli signaled his intent by stepping out of his crease to hit Rangana Herath, who destroyed India in the second innings of the opening Test, over his head for the first six of the innings.