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.
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.