Sri Lanka facing huge deficit

He put on 19 runs for the opening wicket with Mukund. We are very well poised at this stage. I think the culture is as such that it is relaxed in the dressing room.

Despite his great showing in the Champions Trophy, he was dropped from the original Test squad as the selectors retained Abhinav Mukund as the back-up opener to KL Rahul and Murali Vjiay. "Not sure what would have happened had that catch been taken".

Yadav gave his side an early breakthrough after the Indian lower-order batsmen scored at a quick pace despite losing wickets at regular intervals.

The decision was subsequently overturned after replays suggested the ball would have sailed over the stumps.

Shami then dismissed debutant Danushka Gunathilaka for 16 and Ajantha Mendis for a duck in the space of four balls. We should not forget this that it was the Sri Lanka who beat India in the last Champions Trophy.




Earlier, paceman Nuwan Pradeep clinched his maiden five-wicket Test haul, putting the brakes on India's free scoring.

The visitors have lost both their centurions of the first innings, Shihkar Dhawan (14) and Cheteshwar Pujara (15) falling cheaply in the second dig at the crease. "We got a call to say that the surgeons have seen him and they are operating on him". But more than that I got out at a wrong time. "We came to the match with a plan".

At Stumps on Day Two, the hosts were reeling at 154/5 and they still trail by 446 runs with five wickets in hand. Incidentally, he hit three sixes, and all of them off of short deliveries which he pulled to perfection, casually wondering what all the fuss was about after the rest of the Indian batsmen generally struggled against bouncers, with three batsmen being caught behind to short balls. So far, after making his return to the India side, Mukund, out off what proved to be the last ball of the day, hasn't looked too assured in Test match cricket, but in this innings, he seemed a lot more determined to get a proper score on the board. Jadeja then went on to remove Rangana Herath, who gloved a reverse-sweep to slip.

Apart from Pujara and Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan's 190, Ajinkya Rahane's 57 and Ravichandran Ashwin's 47 helped India reach the huge total. Herath was nonchalant, his body language clearly suggesting it might not have come off his bat/glove. Dhawan while addressing the reporters at the post-day press conference said that he was holidaying in Hong Kong with family and was planning to go to Melbourne but he had to cancel all his plans to join the team for the Test series.

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