India were 344/3 on day one with centurions Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane unbeaten at the crease. The 227-run fourth wicket partnership was broken by part-time medium pacer Dimuth Karunaratne. He dismissed Pujara for 133 runs off 232 balls. Rahane put on a 63-run partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin.
Rahane made a similar score to Pujara’s, 132 from 222 deliveries. Ashwin scored his eighth fifty and completed his 2000 runs landmark in Test. He became the fastest player to get 200 wickets and score 2000 runs in Test cricket. He made 54 runs off 92 balls with five fours and a six in the innings.
Wriddhiman Saha also joined the run-scoring party. He scored 67 runs from 134 balls. Ravindra Jadeja played a cameo knock later. He smashed unbeaten 70 off 85 deliveries hitting 4 fours and 3 sixes.
India declared at 622/9 in 158 overs. Six batsmen made 50+ scores in the innings. Only the second instance by India in overseas. All the partnerships contributed 20 or more runs each. Rangana Herath took four wickets for 154 runs for Sri Lanka.
In reply, the hosts finished second day with 50 runs for two wickets in 20 overs. Ashwin struck twice in the day, getting the better of both Lankan openers.
India 622/9d in 158 overs (Pujara 133, Rahane 132, Jadeja 70*; Herath 4/154)
Sri Lanka 50/2 in 20 overs (Karunaratne 25, K Mendis 16*, Chandimal 8*; Ashwin 2/38)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com