India assert their dominance over hosts in Galle

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India ended day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka in a dominant position as they reduced the hosts to five for two at the close in Galle.

Spinners Ravi Ashwin and Amit Mishra knocked over openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva, both for ducks, as the home side reached stumps still trailing by 187 runs.

Earlier, centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli helped the visitors post 375 all out. It was actually a good fightback by the Sri Lankans as India resumed on 128 for two overnight and batted the entire morning session.

After a partnership of 227 between the batting pair, Kohli was out just after reaching his hundred, his 11th ton in Test cricket, as offspinner Tharindu Kaushal trapped him lbw for 103.

Kaushal got rid of Ajinkya Rahane (0) quickly thereafter as India lost wickets in a bundle, Dhawan was among those that went, out for 134.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha at least brought up his maiden Test fifty and went on to score a polished 60 as Kaushal finished with figures of five for 134 in 32.4 overs.

With a lead of 192 and only four overs to bowl in fading light, Kohli opened with spin from both ends and it worked a treat. Ashwin bowled Karunaratne in the first over while Mishra handed out the same fate to Silva in the next over.

Stalwart Kumar Sangakkara, who is playing in the last Test series before retiring, will resume the fight for the hosts in the morning with Sri Lanka hoping he can play one of his majestic innings.

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