Colombo - Ravichandran Ashwin closed in on his half-century
as India reached 442 for five at lunch on day two of the second Test against
Sri Lanka on Friday.
India, who resumed on 344-3, lost two of their overnight
centurions in Cheteshwar Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132) as Sri Lankan
bowlers tried to check the visitors' surge.
Ashwin (47) stood firm against the fight back at the
Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo, forming partnerships with Rahane and
Wriddhiman Saha (16 not out).
Part-time bowler Dimuth Karunaratne claimed Pujara, who
added just five runs to his overnight 128, to end a 217-run fourth-wicket
The medium-pace bowler who is primarily an opening batsman,
trapped Pujara lbw. He got the decision after a review of the on-field umpires
call to bag his maiden Test wicket.
Debutant left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara got his first
Test scalp. He got Rahane to leave his crease on a tossed up delivery and the
batsman was stumped.
Rahane, who resumed the day on 103, added 63 runs for the
fifth wicket with Ashwin.
India, who lead the three-match series 1-0, need a win to
clinch the series. The hosts need at least a draw to keep their hopes alive.