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Match in balance after disciplined Indian bowling

Kaushal Silva scored a determined 51 for Sri Lanka on day two of the second Test in Colombo.
Kaushal Silva scored a determined 51 for Sri Lanka on day two of the second Test in Colombo.
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Sri Lanka 140-3 (Silva 51) v
India 393 (Rahul 108) 
Second Test, Colombo, day two

India's bowlers came up with impeccable lines and lengths to keep Sri Lanka to 140 for three at stumps on day two of the second Test in Colombo after India's tail took them to 393 earlier in the day.

India started the day on 319 for six having lost Rohit Sharma (79) to the last ball of day one.

Wriddhiman Saha (56) had a brush with luck very early, in the second over of the innings, when the ball grazed the off stump without disturbing the bails.

In the next over, Angelo Mathews (2-24), who looked very incisive in the morning, got Ravichandran Ashwin (2) scooping one straight to short extra cover.

India were 321 for seven at that point after 90 overs. Amit Mishra (24) did a fine job hanging in there to give Saha much needed support.

Saha looked jittery early on. He edged one to the wicket-keeper but he survived thanks to some doubt over whether the catch carried to Dinesh Chandimal.

Mishra nicked one to the wicket-keeper as well but the umpire turned down the appeal.

After that initial luck, India dug in well. Mishra even got some vital runs with innovative shots including upper cuts and reverse sweeps.

It was Dushmantha Chameera (2-72) who ended the 46-run partnership in the 106th over with a fast length delivery which was edged by Mishra to the 'keeper.

Saha brought up a gritty half-century on the stroke of lunch, taken with India on 386 for eight having added 67 for two in close to 24 overs.

India didn’t last long in the post-lunch session, Rangana Herath (4-81) plucking Saha in the first over and getting Ishant Sharma (2) in the third. India were wrapped up for 393 all out after 114 overs.

India started well with the ball with Umesh Yadav (1-34) getting Dimuth Karunaratne (1) lbw off his first ball, a 50-50 decision.

Kumar Sangakkara (32), playing in his last Test, added 74 for the second wicket with Kaushal Silva (51). The Indian pacers were excellent, moving the ball but not having much luck.

Stuart Binny (0-24) got Silva in his first over, edged to the wicket-keeper but he was denied his first Test wicket after the delivery was deemed a no ball.

He had more ill luck, repeatedly beating the bat later in the day without getting a wicket.

Sangakkara had some luck too, dropped by Ajinkya Rahane on 24, a very tough chance that Rahane couldn’t reach on the second attempt either.

Sri Lanka went to tea on 65 for one after 21 overs and that hardly reflected how well India had bowled in that session.

Sangakkara had more luck as a very close caught-behind appeal which seemingly came off his glove was turned down.

However, in the next over, Ashwin (1-37) got Sangakkara to edge one and Rahane took a beautiful catch diving to his left, leaving Sri Lanka on 75 for two after 26 overs.

Silva got to his ninth fifty in Tests in the 36th over taking Sri Lanka to 104 for two.

Stuck on that score for a while, he was beaten a few times by Binny. However, it was Mishra (1-9) who bowled with control and got the wicket of Silva who top-edged a sweep to fine leg.

Angelo Mathews (19 not out) survived a few nervous moments as Umesh Yadav (1-34) beat the bat repeatedly.

Sri Lanka ended the day on 140 for three after 53 overs, while India's bowlers would feel they weren’t lucky enough in spite of their high quality bowling.

Mishra was the pick of the Indian bowlers yet surprisingly bowled very little. Sri Lanka trail by 253 runs with seven wickets in hand.

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