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Ashwin's double strike put Sri Lanka in further trouble after India post 622

Ravichandran Ashwin picked two wickets at the stroke of stumps
Ravichandran Ashwin picked two wickets at the stroke of stumps

India 622-9 dec (Pujara 133) v
Sri Lanka 50-2 (Ashwin 2-38)
Second Test, Colombo, day two

After India went on to post a massive 622 for nine in their first innings, Ravichandran Ashwin struck twice before stumps to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 50 for two at the end of day two in the second Test in Colombo.

The day did not start well for the visitors as Nuwan Pradeep, who suffered a hamstring injury in the opening day was ruled out of the game, leaving Sri Lanka with no pace bowler in the line-up.

India resumed their first innings with a score of 344 for three. In the second over of the day, Cheteshwar Pujara (133) fell to the part time spin of Dimuth Karunaratne (1-31). Sri Lanka had to use a review to overturn the original decision on LBW.

Ajinkya Rahane (132) and Ashwin (54) kept the boundaries coming and the 50-run stand between the pair came off 80 deliveries. Malinda Pushpakumara (2-156) soon got his maiden Test wicket when Rahane was stumped in the 111th over. India went into lunch with a score of 442 for five.

In the second over of the post lunch session, Ashwin reached his half century with a six and also brought 2000 Test runs but he was castled in the very next delivery from Rangana Herath (4-154).

In the 128th over, Wriddhiman Saha (67) survived a review from Sri Lanka but the visitors did manage to send Hardik Pandya (20) back after his run-a-ball knock. India went into tea with a score of 553 for seven.

Saha, who completed his half-century before tea, became the third victim of Herath but Ravindra Jadeja (70 not out) with his unbeaten 85 ball knock along with a eight-ball cameo from Mohammad Shami (19) took India to 622 for nine when the declaration finally came.

Sri Lanka had 20 overs of play to negate before stumps but they did not have an auspicious start to their innings as Ashwin (2-38) accounted for the wickets of Upul Tharanga (0) and Karunaratne (25) in the second and the 14th over respectively.

Kusal Mendis (16 not out) along with Dinesh Chandimal (8 not out), who got off the mark with a six shared an unbeaten 17 run stand to take the total to 50 for two at stumps. The home side still trail India by 572 runs with eight wickets in hand.

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