Nagpur - Ravichandra Ashwin and Ishant Sharma formed a
fearsome partnership for India to skittle out Sri Lanka for 205 on the opening
day of the second Test.
But the hosts were 11 for one at the close after opener
Lokesh Rahul fell for seven, bowled by Sri Lankan paceman Lahiru Gamage.
Murali Vijay, on two, and Cheteshwar Pujara, on two, were
batting at the close of play in Nagpur with India trailing by 194 runs in the
The day belonged to the bowlers with Ashwin taking four
wickets and fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja and Sharma picking three each. The
tourists lost six wickets in the final session.
Skipper Dinesh Chandimal top-scored with 57 while opener
Dimuth Karunaratne made 51 on a green pitch that helped India's fast bowlers.
Sharma, who got Karunaratne after lunch, made the most of
the favourable conditions to claim his three wickets for just 37 runs.
The spinners then took centre stage. Ashwin trapped
Chandimal lbw to make the visitors slip further.
Chandimal, who hit a six in his 122-ball knock, was given
not out by the on-field umpire but skipper Virat Kohli called for a review
which went in India's favour.
Chandimal and Karunaratne put on a crucial 62-run stand for
the fourth wicket before the Indian bowlers struck back.
Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella also tried to resist before
falling to Jadeja's left-arm spin.
The two teams are fighting to get ahead in the three-Test
series after the opening game ended in a draw at Kolkata's Eden Gardens.