Ashwin strikes as Sri Lanka stumbles against India’s mammoth first inning score in second test match


India’s day 2 proceedings

India had finished the first day at 344/3 and hoped to put up a mammoth score on second day of the second Test match. With Chetheshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane at the crease they had everything in their favor; however, Karunaratne had other plans. He trapped Pujara on the last ball of his first over. Pujara scored 133 off 232 balls. Ashwin then joined Rahane and both batted cautiously. Rahane was scoring well but a flight delivery from Pushpakumara tested his patience as he decided to play a lofted shot. He was beaten in air and wicketkeeper Dickwell made no mistake. Rahane was stumped as he scored 132 off 322 runs. India was now 413/5. Wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha then joined the Ashwin and both added 38 runs for the 6th wicket.

Herath damages Indian inning at regular intervals

Ashwin was bowled by Rangana Herath after scoring 54 off 92 balls. Hardik Pandya couldn’t score much and was out after scoring 20 runs. Ravindra Jadeja came out to bat after the Hardik Pandya. He and Saha added 72 runs for the seventh wicket. Jadeja scored at a very brisk pace. Sri Lanka took another stumping when Herath deceived Saha and Dickwella did the rest. Herath got another wicket when he Mohammed Shami was out after scoring 19 off 8 balls. India declared at 622 after loss of 9 wickets. Ravindra Jadeaj and Umesh Yadav reamined unbeated at scores of 70 and 8 respectively. For Sri Lanka Herath took four wickets.

Ashwin

Ashwin strikes early

Sri Lanka had a big task. They started with Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga. Skipper Kohli started with Shami from one end and Ashwin from another. Ashwin didn’t disappoint the skipper as he got Tharanga on last ball of his first over. Upul Tharanga couldn’t score any as KL Rahul took his catch at forward short-leg. Kusal Mendis joined Karunaratne and both added 33 runs for the 2nd wicket. Ashwin got another when Karunaratne was caught out by Rahane and slip. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal came to the middle as his openers couldn’t deliver. He and Mendis played the rest of the overs safely and made sure that Sri Lanka starts the third day with score of 50 after loss of 2 wickets.

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