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Ashwin, Jadeja puts India in a strong position against Lanka after Day 1

[caption id="attachment_58696" align="alignnone" width="580"]Ashwin Ravichandran Ashwin being congratulated by Pujara after the former picked a wicket against Sri Lanka on the first day of the second test in Nagpur. Image Source: twitter[/caption]

Internet Desk: Ravichandran Ashwin (28.1-7-67-4)  and Rabindra Jadeja (21-4-56-3) showed to the world once again how dangerous they can be even on tracks which do not offer much assistance. It was due to their efforts along with Ishant Sharma’s early strikes, the hosts restricted the Lankans to a paltry score of 205 runs in the first innings. The Indians at stumps are 11/1, losing opener KL Rahul.

It was an impressive return to Test cricket by Ishant, claiming three wickets for 37 runs in 14 overs. The lanky pacer went into the test match with a string of good domestic performances behind. The Delhi pacer was bowling within himself and looking to use the ball, instead of attempting to rattle the batsmen with pace. Ishant was among the three changes in India’s eleven, with Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay getting a chance.

Although there was not much assistance from the wicket, both Ashwin and Jadeja created doubts in the minds of the Sri Lankan batsmen by getting the ball to zip through, thereby finding their pads or getting them bowled.

Sri Lankan captain Chandimal won a good toss but his top order failed to fire.Only opener Dimuth Karunaratne in the top three showed the application and technique to handle the pressure exerted by the Indian bowlers.

Chandimal looked the most comfortable batsman and was well set batting on 57 until he played a loose shot. In spite of losing wickets at the other end, the Sri Lankan captain still had Rangana Herath at the other end, who he could have trusted to give him support, especially after the Herath had got a half-century in the last Test.

Having done well in the second session, in which they upped the scoring rate after being completely bogged down in the morning, Sri Lanka were expected to consolidate in the post-tea period. To the dismay of their supporters, they completely collapsed after resumption. In 15 overs they lost four wickets for the addition of 39 runs to be reduced to 190 for eight within one hour. At tea they were 151 for four having added 104 runs in 32 overs after lunch.

 

 

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