WTC: Iyer, Bumrah put India in command
Sixteen wickets were taken on a spectacular first day in Bangalore as India took command of the Second Test against Sri Lanka
BENGALURU: Sixteen wickets were taken on a spectacular first day in Bangalore as India took command of the Second Test against Sri Lanka.
India raced to 252 all-out in the first two sessions of the day-night match, led by Shreyas Iyer's aggressive 92.
And it was India's quick bowlers who did the damage with the ball, tearing through Sri Lanka's top order, with Jasprit Bumrah taking 3/15 and Mohammad Shami taking 2/18.
The visitors will resume on 86/6, still, 166 runs behind.
India lost both openers early on day one, with Mayank Agarwal being run out in odd circumstances, despite an initial lbw challenge. And, within the first ten overs, Rohit Sharma followed his opening partner back to the pavilion, edging the dangerous Lasith Embuldeniya to slip to become the first of eight wickets to fall to spin in the innings.
During the morning session, Hanuma Vihari and Virat Kohli stabilized matters for a bit with a 102-ball partnership of 47, which turned out to be the longest any pair were able to stay at the crease all day.
But both went in the space of seven balls before lunch, with Vihari edging Praveen Jayawickrama behind for 31 and Kohli being trapped lbw by a Dhananjaya de Silva shooter for 23.
With Sri Lanka's spinners looking incredibly dangerous, Rishabh Pant went on the counter-attack either side of lunch, striking seven boundaries off his 26 deliveries faced in a quickfire 39.
Pant had helped India reach triple digits when his stumps were scattered by an Embuldeniya turner, but Iyer kept the momentum flowing as wickets began to fall around him.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the only surviving Indian hitter to reach double figures, facing 33 balls in his brave 13, but Iyer's brilliance at the other end helped his team add 69 runs after Ashwin had gone.
And Iyer was the final wicket to fall, stumped by Niroshan Dickwella as he went for one of the two boundaries needed to reach his century, despatched with the final delivery of the second session.
Suranga Lakmal took the lone wicket to fall to the quicks, finishing with economical figures of 1/12 from eight overs. Embuldeniya and Jayawickrama both finished with three wickets.
India's seamers were always going to be a threat in the last session under the lights, but few could have imagined such a destructive performance from Bumrah and Shami on a field that appeared to be better suited to spin than pace.
Bumrah struck early in his second over, pulling an edge from Kusal Mendis that Iyer snagged in the slips. And they added another wicket off the first ball of Bumrah's third over, with Lahiru Thirimanne caught in the cordon by Iyer.
The early effect of pace saw Rohit Sharma replace Ashwin in the new-ball attack with Shami, and the move paid immediate dividends, as Dimuth Karunaratne was clean-bowled to leave Sri Lanka 14/3, with all three wickets taken by the first delivery of an over.
Angelo Mathews and De Silva tried to stave back the flood, but their efforts were short-lived, with the latter being trapped lbw by Shami for ten minutes.
And the wickets continued tumbling, with Axar Patel catching a nervous Charith Asalanka at mid-off for the first wicket of the innings.
Sri Lanka's hopes of emerging from the wreckage of their first innings with only a modest deficit were dashed just before the end.
Mathews had been the sole hitter to establish himself at the crease, eking out 43 runs before succumbing to a slower-ball from Bumrah that took him off guard, with Sharma holding onto the edge at slip.
And the game will be well underway when Sri Lanka resume at 86/6 on the second morning, behind by 166 runs.
Edited - SportsAction / Inputs - Agency