Sri Lanka win the day with last-ball wicket

Lokesh Rahul scored a brilliant 108 on day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Lokesh Rahul scored a brilliant 108 on day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
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India 319-6 (Rahul 108) v Sri Lanka
Second Test, Colombo, day one

Rohit Sharma fell on the stroke of stumps on day one of the second Test in Colombo handing a hard-fought day to Sri Lanka, as India ended on 319 for six buoyed by a century from Lokesh Rahul. 

There was a slight delay to the start of the match due to the threat of rain after which India won the toss and opted to bat first.

Murali Vijay (0) was trapped lbw by Dhammika Prasad (2-72) in the first over while Ajinkya Rahane (4) was promoted to number three but was out a few overs later.

India were 12 for two after five overs. Virat Kohli (78), along with Rahul (108), ensured that India didn’t tumble further ensuring the first session was even between the two teams.

Rahul had a stroke of luck when Jehan Mubarak dropped him at gully on 10. He capitalized on it by going on to make a century.

Thanks to a flurry of fours, India moved on to 40 for two after 10 overs.

India motored along to 79 for two after 20 overs with some positive intent from both batsmen, Kohli in particular who was going at a strike-rate of over 80.

India went into lunch at 97 for two after 26 overs.

India started the post-lunch session well with Kohli reaching his half century off 63 balls and Rahul getting a couple of fours off Dushmantha Chameera (1-59) to reach the 100-run stand for the third wicket.

Rahul brought up his fifty with a four off Prasad as India went to 115 for two after 29 overs.  

Kohli was stuck on 50 for a while but got a move on with a couple of fours in a 13-run over from Chameera.

The 150-run partnership came soon enough as well with Rahul getting a four and India reaching 163 for two after 40 overs.

Just when India were seemingly pressing home their advantage, Kohli edged one to slip which was gobbled up by Angelo Mathews (1-17) - a brilliant one-handed take - ending a 164-run partnership.

Rohit Sharma (79) got going with a four and a six against Rangana Herath (2-73) attacking him at every available opportunity, taking India to 204 for three after 52 overs.

India won the second session going into tea at 206 for three after 53 overs.

Rahul brought up his hundred very early in the post-tea session with a risky couple of runs, however, he threw his wicket away playing an impulsive hook off a bouncer wide outside off stump, top-edging it to the wicket-keeper.

Stuart Binny (10), coming in at number six, struggled for a while before gifting his wicket needlessly, mishitting a lofted shot down to long-off.

India were 267 for five after 72 overs at that point and in a slight spot of bother, on what looked like an excellent batting surface.

However, Sharma, who played sensibly, added 52 runs with Wriddhiman Saha (21 not out) to dig India out of trouble.

The new ball was taken as soon as it was available and Sharma took India to 300 with a nonchalant six off Prasad, pulling a short one over long leg.

However, in the last over of the day, Rohit was trapped lbw by a lovely delivery from Mathews.

That wicket on the brink of stumps gave Sri Lanka some relief as India ended the day on 319 for six after 87.2 overs.

Mathews and Herath were Sri Lanka’s best bowlers after Prasad nipped out two early wickets.

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