STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

India Vs Sri Lanka second Test: Kohli and Co. moves closer to massive win in Nagpur

Faced with the seemingly impossible task of batting out two days, Sri Lanka lost seven wickets in an extended first session on Day 4 to slump to 145/8 at lunch.

Published: 27th November 2017 11:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th November 2017 12:18 PM   |  A+A-

India's Ishant Sharma, center without cap, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella during the fourth day of their second Test match in Nagpur, India, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. | AP

Express News Service

NAGPUR: Not slowly but surely, the second Test was heading towards the inevitable rather quickly. Faced with the seemingly impossible task of batting out two days, Sri Lanka lost seven wickets in an extended first session on Day 4 to slump to 145/8 at lunch.

An Indian innings win is a matter of time, which should happen before tea, for Virat Kohli’s men to take a 1-0 lead into the third and final Test.

Nobody expected Sri Lanka to stonewall the Indian bowlers when play started on morning and they didn’t even try to make a match of it. Specialist batsmen slashing at wide ones, hitting the ball uppishly to mid-off and getting out slogging — there were shots not easily associated with Test cricket in the visiting team’s tale of capitulation.

Resuming at 21/1 needing 384 more to make India bat again, Sri Lanka lost Dimuth Karunaratne in the six over of the day. It was not exactly a reckless shot, as the left-hander’s firm push off Ravindra Jadeja got stuck in Murali Vijay’s hands at the forward short-leg. What followed summed up the mental state of the Sri Lankan team.

Lahiru Thirimanne threw his bat at a wide one from Umesh Yadav to be caught at point, Angelo Mathews hit Ravindra Jadeja to mid-off, Dasun Shanaka got out trying to hit Ravichandran Ashwin out of the ground. Ishant Sharma pulverised the batsmen in between by exploiting the variable bounce. There was no respite for Sri Lanka.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 205 & 145/8 (Chandimal 53 no, Ashwin 3/50, Jadeja 2/28, Ishant 2/39). India 610/6 decl. Lunch. Day 4.

Stay up to date on all the latest Cricket news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp