IND vs SL, 2nd Test: India would be delighted with the way things went for them on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. India, though, didn’t make a great start with the bat. They had lost the first four wickets for 86 runs. All the top-four batsmen got out without making a substantial contribution to the total.
Rishabh Pant, however, then counter-attacked and tried to turn the fortune around for his team. He, however, unfortunately, got out after scoring 39 runs in 26 balls, a knock which was laced 7 fours. India had lost five wickets for 126 runs and Sri Lanka, at that stage, looked to quickly bundle India out. However, Shreyas Iyer, who was still at the crease, had other ideas.
He held firm at one end and sent all the bad balls to the boundary rope. Iyer got some support from the tailenders and helped the team reach a competitive score of 252 runs on a turning track. Shreyas Iyer played a sensational knock of 92 runs in 98 balls, including 10 fours and 4 sixes. For Sri Lanka, both the spinners, Embuldeniya and Jayawickrama, picked three wickets each, while Dhananjaya de Silva picked two wickets.
In pursuit of the total, Sri Lanka never got going. The likes of Kusal Mendis (2), Dimuth Karunaratne (4) and Lahiru Thirimanne (8) got out on low scores. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami ran through Sri Lanka’s batting unit as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Angelo Mathews showed some resistance and top-scored for the side. He made 43 runs in 85 balls but lacked support from the other end.
Sri Lanka has lost 6 wickets for 86 runs at Stumps on Day 1. Jasprit Bumrah has been the pick of the bowlers. He returned with figures of 3 for 15 runs in 7 overs. Mohammed Shami picked 2 for 18, while Axar Patel picked 1 for 21.
IND vs SL, 2nd Test, Day 1 Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 86 for 6 (Mathews 43, Bumrah 3-15, Shami 2-18) trail India 252 (Iyer 92, Jayawickrama 3-81, Embuldeniya 3-94) by 166 runs