India became the only side to make scores above 300 on the first Day of consecutive Tests in Sri Lanka as they ended the Day 1 of the 2nd Test at 344/3. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya slammed centuries. KL Rahul, who made his comeback to the Test team at the expense of Abhinav Mukund, set the tone early as he scored his eighth half century. ) ( )
10:00 hrs IST: Dilruwan Perera to start proceedings. Ajinkya Rahane to take strike.
09:59 hrs IST: And we’re underway. Sri Lanka fielders make their way out in the middle and so do Pujara and Rahane.
09:50 hrs IST: The pitch still looks the same and will assist spin.
There is less bounce than Galle, and on the fourth and fifth day there will be slow turn, says Russell Arnold.
STAT ATTACK – Cheteshwar Pujara is now the seventh Indian player & 36th overall to score a hundred in his 50th Test appearance.
STAT ATTACK – If India avoid defeat in the ongoing match, they’ll go four Test series unbeaten against Sri Lanka (currently W2 D1).
08:50 hrs IST: So Neymar completed his from FC Barcelona to Paris St Germain on Thursday, signing a five-year deal with the French club after they triggered his 222 million euros ($263 million) release clause.
08:30 hrs IST: It’s been the same old story so far. Can hosts Sri Lanka bounce back today?
08:15 hrs IST: A very warm welcome to HT’s live coverage of the second Test of the three-match series between India – Sri Lanka.
However, it was Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane who did the bulk of the damage for the visitors. Both scored unbeaten centuries as Virat Kohli’s men ended the first day with seven wickets in hand and 344 on the board, putting Sri Lanka on the backfoot early in the second Test.
On Day 2, India will look to put a mammoth total on the board and take control of the game early, like they did at Galle.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will look to take more wickets and put themselves in with a chance of winning the Test and levelling the series.