1st Test: India take control after posting 600 against Sri Lanka

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27 Jul 2017 10:50 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka were left reeling after slumping to 154/5 in reply to India's first innings total of 600 all-out at stumps on the second day of the first Test in Galle on Thursday.

At the close of play, Angelo Mathews was batting on 54 along with Dilruwan Perera on 6* with Sri Lanka trailing India by 446 runs.

The Indians were brilliant on the field as well after superb centuries from Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Cheteshwar Pujara (153) and important contributions from Ajinkya Rahane (57) and Hardik Pandya (50) took them to a huge first innings total.

Umesh removed Dimuth Karunaratne in his first over of the innings, trapping him plumb lbw for 2 with an inswinger.

Then Shami pushed them on the backfoot with two wickets in one over including that of debutant Danushka Gunathilaka (16) and Kusal Mendis (0) - both caught in the slips by Dhawan.

After tasting early success, the experienced pair of Tharanga and Mathews offered resistance with the spinners making the ball talk and the pitch now offering a lot more turn.

Tharanga, unlike those who departed cheaply, was batting like a dream and chose Umesh to break free, hitting the pacer for three fours in an over.

The short deliveries were cut through point and when the length was on offer, he would lean in for a perfectly-timed drive.

While Sri Lanka were reeling after losing three early wickets, Tharanga raced to a 44-ball half-century.

Together they added 57 for the fourth wicket but the tweakers kept asking the questions.

It took a moment of brilliance from Mukund when he swiftly collected and threw the ball while fielding at silly point as Tharanga jammed his bat while hurrying back to the crease but it bumped with the wicketkeeper removing the bails.

Five overs later, Mukund was again in the thick of action when he took an excellent diving catch handing Ravichandran Ashwin his first wicket of the innings.

India were 432/5 when Ashwin (47) and Wriddhiman Saha (16) got together for a 59-run stand for the sixth wicket to snatch back the initiative.

Saha was hustled by the pace and bounce of Kumara and was eventually fell to Herath.

Ashwin, on the other hand, quickly settled in, driving stepping out with confidence to score quickly.

He became Pradeep's fifth wicket.

Sri Lanka bowlers must've felt confident of restricting India to a total in the range of 520-550. Pradeep had removed Ravindra Jadeja (15) with a ripping yorker after setting him up with a snorter and eventually finishing with a six-for in the second session.

India were now 517/8 and with Pradeep along with Kumara bowling with renewed a intent, the end looked nearer.

But debutant Hardik Pandya and the tail foiled their plans.

Before hurting Sri Lanka with his twin strikes, Shami frustrated the home attack with a run-a-ball 30 that featured three sixes - all against Rangana Herath in a 69-run stand with Pandya who impressed with a brisk half-century.

Shami holed out to deep square leg fielder while Umesh, the last man in, joined the fun with a six and a four of his own. The runs came in quick time for India as they added 97 runs in 16.1 overs for the loss of three wickets to post a mammoth total.

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