India’s Pacemen Made Early Inroads Into Sri Lanka’s Second Innings

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updated: July 29,2017 13:10 IST

Cricket - Sri Lanka v India - First Test Match - Galle, Sri Lanka - July 29, 2017 - India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's Danushka Gunathilaka (not pictured) with his teammates
Cricket – Sri Lanka v India – First Test Match – Galle, Sri Lanka – July 29, 2017 – India’s captain Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Danushka Gunathilaka (not pictured) with his teammates

GALLE, Sri Lanka : India’s pacemen made early advances into Sri Lanka’s second innings on the fourth morning of the principal test on Saturday in the wake of setting the hosts a mammoth focus of 550 hurries to win.

Sri Lanka, as of now a batsman short after Asela Gunaratne broke his thumb and was precluded of the arrangement, came to 85 for two at lunch, confronting a tough errand to abstain from going 1-0 down in the three-coordinate arrangement.

Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 44 with Kusal Mendis 24 not out at the break.

India, the world’s best positioned test side, pronounced their second innings shut on 240 for three after chief Virat Kohli finished his seventeenth test hundred.The right-gave batsman, who continued the day on 76, stayed unbeaten on 103 in the wake of achieving the three-figure check with a solitary off spinner Dilruwan Perera.

The century finished a poor keep running in tests for Kohli, who hit five limits and one six in his 136-ball thump, with the 28-year-old totalling a small 49 keeps running in his last six innings.

Troubled with an unrealistic target, Sri Lanka required a strong opening stand yet their expectations were pegged back when Mohammed Shami castled Upul Tharanga for 10, after the batsman was dropped by Kohli at second slip in the same over.

Debutant Danushka Gunathilaka did not keep going long either and was out for two, hitting Umesh Yadav straight under the control of Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg.

Sri Lanka were lessened to 29-2 at that stage and required a strong 56-run unbroken remain amongst Karunaratne and Mendis to deny India any further accomplishment in the opening session.

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