Colombo - Off-spinner
Ravichandran Ashwin claimed two early wickets to put India on top of
the second Test after the visitors posted 622/9 declared against Sri
Lanka in Colombo on Friday.
Ashwin got rid of openers Upul Tharanga for nought and Dimuth
Karunaratne for 25 to leave the hosts reeling at 50 for two at stumps on
the second day.
Kusal Mendis on 16 and skipper Dinesh Chandimal on eight were batting
at close of play with the hosts still trailing by 572 runs in their
first innings at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.
Earlier six Indian batsmen scored 50 or more including an unbeaten 70
by Ravindra Jadeja as the tourists posted their biggest total in Sri
The 217-run fourth-wicket partnership between overnight centurions
Cheteshwar Pujara, who top-scored with 133, and Ajinkya Rahane remained
the highlight of the innings.
Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed four wickets for Sri
Lanka, which suffered new injury worries after paceman Nuwan Pradeep
left the field on day one with a pulled hamstring.
India's wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha made a patient 67 and Ashwin scored 54 before becoming Herath victims.
Debutant left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara picked up two wickets.
They included batsman Rahane for 132 - his maiden Test scalp - in the
Part-time bowler Dimuth Karunaratne claimed Pujara, who added just five runs to his overnight 128.
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.