No fairytale finale for Sangakkara as Rahane ton puts India in driver’s seat

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Colombo: Ajinkya Rahane’s studious ton helped India strech 283 for 5 in a second innings and extend their lead to 370 during tea on a fourth day of a second cricket Test opposite Sri Lanka here today.

After a essential 140-run second wicket mount with Murali Vijay (82), Rahane (126), who struck his fourth Test century, fake an 85-run fourth wicket partnership with Rohit Sharma (34) to put a visitors in a drivers seat.

Post lunch, India started from 179 for 3 as Rahane and Rohit looked to get runs fast to press for an early declaration. But Sri Lanka had their possess skeleton to keep things tight, and with Tharindu Kaushal (4-118) bowling turn a wicket to a dual right-handers, they were successful in their ploy.

Ajinkya Rahane raises his bat and helmet in jubilee after scoring century. AFPAjinkya Rahane raises his bat and helmet in jubilee after scoring century. AFP

Ajinkya Rahane raises his bat and helmet in jubilee after scoring century. AFP

The scoring rate fell subsequent three-per-over as Rohit took time to settle down. In a meantime, Rahane finished his Test hundred off 212 balls in a 67th over. India’s lead swelled to 300 in a same over, even nonetheless usually 42 runs came in a initial hour of play after lunch.

Slowly though, a dual batsmen started assertive and personification shots and a run-rate went past a four-per-over mark. Rohit perished in perplexing to transparent a bounds and was held in a low off Kaushal in a 75th over. Two overs later, a off-spinner also accounted for Rahane who edged one to a keeper.

It brought Stuart Binny (17 not out) and Wriddhiman Saha (5 retd.) together during a crease, yet a latter late harm in a 79th over due to a stretched right hamstring. He left a margin to get diagnosis and it is suggested that he will be fit adequate to keep wickets. Lanka took a new turn as shortly as it was due yet Binny and Ashwin managed to equivocate any serve repairs before a final event of play.

Starting during a overnight measure of 70 for one, Murali Vijay (82) and Rahane looked to get into their grooves as shortly as possible. They started solemnly yet a scoring gait increasing shortly after. Vijay initial brought adult his 11th Test half-century in a 36th over, off 104 balls, and as if that was a evidence for going after a bowling, he strike dual sixes thereafter.

Rahane attempted a ease proceed and nonetheless kept a scoring rate up, reaching his 8th Test fifty off 118 balls in a 39th over. It also brought a 100-partnership adult for a dual batsmen, while India’s 100-mark had come progressing in a 38th over.

The assertive vigilant of both batsmen was clearly towards a stipulation after in a day and they scored 68 runs in 13.4 overs in a initial hour during about 5 runs per over.

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In a second hour of play though, Sri Lanka fought behind and practical brakes on a scoring with dual wickets. Vijay was a initial to go, out LBW to Tharindu Kaushal (2-59) in a 46th over.

Skipper Virat Kohli (10) came out to bat and he wasn’t given any giveaway bounds to get off a symbol quickly. In fact he strained his approach by a subsequent 7 overs, and Kaushal bowling turn a wicket struck shortly before lunch.

Kohli was out LBW in a 53rd over as Rohit came out to bat with a few mins left for a break. He did good adequate to bat out a remaining event though any serve losses, still gripping India on lane for a 350-plus lead target.

Rangana Herath (0-96) and Dhammika Prasad (1-29) were a other categorical bowlers this morning, yet they couldn’t get any some-more breakthroughs for their team. Angelo Mathews (0-1) and Dushmantha Chameera (0-38) were a other bowlers attempted out progressing in this innings.

PTI

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