WTC: Pant, Iyer, Bumrah put India in charge
India raced to a declaration at 303/9 on an action-packed second day in Bengaluru, with Rishabh Pant scoring the quickest fifty in Indian Test cricket history and Shreyas Iyer hitting his second half-century of the match
BENGALURU: India raced to a declaration at 303/9 on an action-packed second day in Bengaluru, with Rishabh Pant scoring the quickest fifty in Indian Test cricket history and Shreyas Iyer hitting his second half-century of the match.
And Jasprit Bumrah, who had earlier finished with a five-wicket haul, struck late in the opening over as Sri Lanka closed on 28/1, 419 runs behind with three days left in the contest.
On a spectacular day, 14 wickets fell and 354 runs were scored as the day-night second Test progressed at breakneck speed.
Day Two had begun with Sri Lanka beginning their first innings on 86/6. However, the tourists were limited to 109 all out in the first thirty minutes of play.
Jasprit Bumrah continued his excellent bowling with overnight numbers of 3/15 and promptly clinched his maiden five-for at home.
Bumrah and Ashwin caused havoc on the bowling front at the start of the day. Lasith Embuldeniya was the first to fall to Bumrah's short ball, allowing Rishabh Pant to take an easy catch. And Bumrah completed his five-for with the dismissal of Niroshan Dickwella for 21 with another well-directed short ball that took the gloves and went through to Pant.
With his variations, Ashwin cleaned up Sri Lanka's tail. Suranga Lakmal was out early after failing to pick up the carrom ball amid a flurry of regular off-spins. And Ashwin then took Sri Lanka's final wicket, when Vishwa Fernando failed to read the variation and was stumped.
Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma got off to a terrific start, leading by 143 runs in the first innings. Mayank decided to charge the spinners as the openers approached their fifty-run opening partnership, but the strategy backfired as he succumbed to Embuldenya, edging it right into the hands of gully.
Hanuma Vihari avoided a close LBW decision early in his innings, but he stayed hard with the captain as India went for tea at 61 for 1.
The two batters put up 56 runs for the second wicket when Rohit went for a maximum only to go out four runs short of his fifty. After missing a sweep off Praveen Jayawickrama that shook his stumps, Vihari quickly followed him back into the pavilion.
Pant was brought to the crease by that wicket, and he smacked two sixes and a four to demonstrate that he wasn't going to be held back.
India lost another wicket in the match when Virat Kohli was again caught leg before wicket, shocking the Bengaluru crowd to stillness. Pant, on the other hand, showed no signs of slowing down. Pant reached his fifty in 28 balls, the fastest by an Indian player in Test cricket, with seven fours and two sixes.
He made one too many powerful shots and was out for 50, with Jayawickrama scooping a skier off his own bowling. Despite this, India had added 138 runs in the second session at a run rate of 4.75, pushing their lead above 300.
After the dinner break, India's dominance continued, with Shreyas Iyer taking the assault to the Sri Lankan bowlers. He continued to hit boundaries frequently and soon had his second fifty of the game.
Sri Lanka had reason to cheer when Ravindra Jadeja played on to his own stumps off the bowling of Vishwa Fernando.
However, Ravichandran Ashwin and Iyer maintained their lead, which had grown to well over 400 runs by the time the pair perished in the space of four deliveries.
Ashwin was the first to go, edging behind off the superb Jayawickrama, with Iyer joining him back in the pavilion at the start of the next over when Embuldeniya trapped him in front.
The total was raised to 303 thanks to a late burst from Mohammad Shami, who hammered 16* off only 8 deliveries. However, after Axar Patel was bowled by Embuldeniya – the seventh wicket to go to spin in the innings – India chose to declare a wicket early.
With more than three days of the match remaining and a daunting 447-run lead, Sri Lanka's second innings got off to a catastrophic start when Jasprit Bumrah struck in the first over.
India's pacer had been magnificent in the first innings, and he continued where he left off, wrapping Lahiru Thirimanne on the pads to dismiss the opener for a duck.
However, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis saw it through to the end, and Sri Lanka will return on day three knowing they have a massive work ahead of them if they are to escape a massive defeat.
Edited - SportsAction / Inputs - Agency