Pacers trouble Sri Lanka after India post 600 in first innings
India 600 (Dhawan 190) beat
Sri Lanka 154-5 (Tharanga 64)
First Test, Galle, day two
After India piled up 600 runs in the first innings, the pace bowlers troubled Sri Lankan top order and restricted them to 154 for five at stumps on day two of the first Test in Galle.
Sri Lanka started their first innings with a trail of 600 runs. In the second over of the innings, Umesh Yadav (1-50) trapped Dimuth Karunaratne (2) LBW. Even a review could not save Karunaratne there.
Danushka Gunathilaka (16) upped the ante with a couple of boundaries in the fifth over but it was Upul Tharanga (64), who looked a class apart scoring four boundaries in the final two overs before tea, taking Sri Lanka's total to 38 for one in seven overs.
Tharanga continued to deal in boundaries in the final session but a double strike from Mohammad Shami (2-30) in the 15th over saw both Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis (0) dismissed. Sri Lanka were reeling at 68 for three at that stage.
Tharanga reached his fifty off 44 deliveries and along with Angelo Mathews (54 not out) the duo resurrected the innings with a 57 run stand for the fourth wicket. During this phase, Mathews also survived a review for LBW from India.
Just when Sri Lanka started to look comfortable, a moment of brilliance saw Tharanga run out by a combination of Abhinav Mukund and Wriddhiman Saha and soon Niroshan Dickwella (8) was also snared by Ravichandran Ashwin (1-49).
Sri Lanka finished the day at 154 for five with Mathews going past another half-century and was accompanied by Dilruwan Perera (6 not out). They trail India by another 446 runs with four wickets in hand as Asela Gunaratne has been ruled out of the game with an injury.
Earlier, India resumed their innings at 399 for three. Cheteshwar Pujara (153) departed early on reaching his 150 following which Ajinkya Rahane (57) and Ashwin (47) kept the total going.
Even though, Nuwan Pradeep (6-132) kept picking wickets, a blistering half-century from Hardik Pandya (50) that five boundaries and three sixes propelled the total to 600 before they were bowled out.
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