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Vijay, Pujara centuries put India in dominant position

Murali Vijay (right) and Cheteshwar Pujara (left) were brilliant for India
Murali Vijay (right) and Cheteshwar Pujara (left) were brilliant for India

Sri Lanka 205 (Ashwin 4-67) v
India 312-2 (Vijay 128)
Second Test, Eden Gardens, day two

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara scored valiant centuries for India as they went on to post 312 for two at stumps on day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens.

The duo shared 209 runs between them and laid a solid platform as the home side stretched their first innings lead to 107 runs at the end of the second day with eight wickets in hand.

Earlier, India resumed the day with a score of 11 for one. Vijay (128) started the proceedings with a boundary and looked in good nick. The 18th over saw, Vijay surviving a catch and a run out off the same delivery and he made Sri Lanka pay for their mistake with two boundaries in the 27th over that also brought the 50 for India.

Vijay soon completed his 16th Test fifty and with Pujara (121 not out) at the other end, India went into lunch with a score of 97 for one.

The grinding from India continued in the second session as well and Sri Lanka went on to drop Vijay for the second time with Dilruwan Perera (0-117) being the culprit. The 100 run stand between the duo came in the 48th over and Pujara's fifty came six overs later.

Surviving a review from Sri Lanka for a caught behind, Vijay went on to notch his 10th Test century and the second session ended with India placed at 185 for one.

India went past Sri Lanka's total of 205 as the pair brought the 200 run stand and Sri Lanka suffered another injury casualty with Sadeera Samarawickrama walking off the field after being hit at short leg.

The mammoth stand finally ended when Vijay top edged a Rangana Herath (1-45) delivery to short fine leg but Pujara along with a fluent knock from Virat Kohli (54 not out) ensured there was no looking back for India.

At stumps on day two, India were positioned 312 for two, having a lead of 107 runs in the first innings with eight wickets in hand.

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