SL vs Ind, 2nd Test: India off to a good start; Rahul, Pujara hit fifty
Colombo: Cheteshwar Pujara is again making things easy for India as has slammed a fifty in his 50th Test match. Despite losing three crucial wickets, India is looking comfortable at 207/3 after 52 overs against hosts Sri Lanka in the second rubber of the three-match Test series at the Sinhalese Sports Club here on Thursday.
Pujara and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane are at the crease.
Pujara in his 68-run knock has hit six fours and one six so far while Rahane's 39-ball 32-run inning is decorated with five boundaries.
Opting to bat, India started off on high run-rate. Dhawan and fellow opener Lokesh Rahul handled the Lankan bowlers quite comfortably and saw India off to a superb start.
In-form opener Shikhar Dhawan was the only wocket to fall in the morning session. Dhawan made a quick 35 runs off 37 balls before being trapped leg before by off-spinner Dilruwan Perera.
Dhawan was a bit tentative in the opening over and enjoyed a reprieve when Lankan pacer Nuwan Pradeep managed to find his outside edge.
The ball however, fell just wide of the slip cordon and went for the first boundary of the match.
The Delhi left-hander edged another delivery, this time off Rangana Herath in the second over, the ball falling short off the slip cordon once again.
But he soon recovered his composure and made an excellent comeback by charging out of his crease to smash the fifth ball of the over into the stands.
The Indian openers continued to bat comfortably with the run rate consistently hovering around the five per over mark.
Just like in the first Test, the Lankan bowling attack did not seem too formidable although the pitch had a slight bit of bounce.
Dhawan who seemed set for a big score, fell off the first of the 11th over when he missed an attempted sweep and the ball straightened enough to hit him on the pads.
The umpire had initially ruled not out but the Lankans decided to call for the review and were rewarded when the third umpire overturned the decision.
Rahul, who was playing brilliantly at 57, got run-out. He hit seven fours in the 82-ball knock.
Captain Virat Kohli also fell cheaply to Herath. He made 13 with two fours.