India move a touch ahead in Colombo


Day two of the second Test between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo was a fairly even one, a touch towards India, as the hosts ended the day on 140 for three, trailing by 254 runs.

India had been bowled out for 393 just after lunch, with Rangana Herath taking a four-fer. Sri Lanka then batted well in patches but lost wickets just as they started to get going.

The day began with India on 319 for six, having lost Rohit Sharma at stumps the night before. As such, Wriddhiman Saha, already on 19, was joined by Ravi Ashwin in a quest to wag the tail.

The latter was unable to add much to the score though, out for two runs to Angelo Mathews. This proved a decent result though, as Amit Mishra joined Saha and continued to demonstrate his effectiveness with the bat.

Mishra scored 24 off 50 balls, proving an able partner for Saha, who reached his half century. Dushmantha Chameera was the man to break that partnership, getting Mishra caught behind by Dinesh Chandimal.

The rest of the order stuck around a bit as Saha made 56, before he too was out, trapped by Rangana Herath. The spinner ended up taking four wickets, with Ishant Sharma the final scalp of the knock.

Sri Lanka's innings started off poorly, as they lost their first wicket in the second over. Dimuth Karunaratne was out for one to Umesh Yadav, trapped LBW. This brought Kumar Sangakkara to the middle.

The veteran, playing in his final Test, batted solidly alongside Kaushal Silva as they took the score from one for one to 75 for two. Sanga was the man to fall though, for 32, well caught in the slips off Ashwin's bowling. It was the third time in three knocks that the spinner had removed said batsman.

Silva continued on to record a half century, but was out for 51 when his hit the ball down Ashwin's through at mid off, giving Mishra his first wicket of the match.

As such, it was up to Lahiru Thirimanne and Mathews to see out the evening session, and at the close, fielders all around the bat, they were on 28 and 19 respectively.