The Indian bowlers dominated the second innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka. In a slow pitch, India opted to bat first. Dimuth Karunaratne and Shreyas Iyer scored 143 runs in the first innings to post a competitive total. The Indian batsmen also contributed to the target. Both teams made their innings count and finished the day with a total of 447 runs.
In the second innings, India lost two openers – Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal – with the team struggling at 109/2. Rohit Sharma was brilliant with the bat against the new ball but was dropped after scoring 56 runs. He could add just two runs before being dragged off by Fernando. With these two wickets gone, India’s batting line-up is in trouble. Hanuma Vihari, a former IPL player, is in the middle and will hope to add to the momentum.
Ravindra Jadeja’s record-breaking 175* is the highest score by an Indian batsman against a visiting team. His 175* in the first innings was a record for the team, and it was their second highest total in a Test. This innings also saw the emergence of two new batsmen, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin, who both made half-centuries in the Test match.
Earlier, Ashwin had bowled a wicket to Kumar Sangakkar, who added 52 to India’s score. But the opening partnership between Bumrah and Karunaratne didn’t help India much, as both openers looked good. However, Bumrah bowled two short midwickets to Karunaratne. Thankfully, Bumrah gets a four-over spell. After this, India have to rely on Jayant Yadav, who bowled a maiden to both left-handed bats and an unbeaten six to the other opener.