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Sri Lanka make comeback, India 329

Sri Lanka make comeback, India 329

Sri Lanka have suffered a string of injuries to key players in the series. Mathews does not bother reviewing umpire's call. To be in Sri Lanka, and not feel the salty breeze blowing off the Indian ocean, is disconcerting.

A guy like Kuldeep Yadav is willing to bowl in any situation. Chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan finished with 5 for 132. India ended on 235/3, now needing some direction as Sri Lanka made important breakthroughs at regular intervals. Shami was on point right from the start, finding his line and length and hint of away movement from angle made life tough for both SL openers Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne. India have struck early.

It was in the 116th over of the innings when Pandya set the record of scoring most runs in an over by an Indian. Big hitting, clean strikes and he has tormented Sri Lanka and dashed their hopes of wrapping up the Indian innings quickly on Day 2.

This was in breach of article 2.2.8 of the player's code of conduct which deals with "throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or risky manner during an International Match".

26 might runs in an over!




Cheteshwar Pujara was rattled on the helmet by a short ball from Kumara before Dhawan brought up his sixth Test hundred by using his feet superbly to drive Pushpakumara wide of mid-off for four. He has bulldozed the Sri Lankan bowling and has done a remarkable job anchoring the lower order. 4th wicket for him as he holds onto a catch off his own bowling. India 9 down as Umesh Yadav walks out to bat.

It proved to be a record-breaking stand as it is the highest opening partnership by a visiting team in Sri Lanka, surpassing the 171 runs accumulated by Manoj Prabhakar and Navjot Sidhu in Colombo in 1993. And Virat, today, cleared the air on Kuldeep's chances of playing tomorrow in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. An over later, Dilruwan Perera pulled a rank-turner but as luck would have it, the ball went straight to Pandya at deep midwicket. Why, to be in Sri Lanka and not be greeted by giant cut-outs of Mahinda Rajapaksa is slightly eerie.

Ashwin again showed promise with the bat but fell for a good looking 31.

Pandya, running out of partners in an extended first session on the second day of the ongoing third and final Test at Pallekele, fired on all cylinders as he bolstered India's first innings with crucial late runs, which in all probability will hurt Sri Lanka.


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