India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 2 highlights: Vijay, Pujara tons propel IND
Murali Vijay blasted his 10th century but fell for 128 while Cheteshwar Pujara notched up his 14th century. Virat Kohli slammed a quick fifty as India ended Day 2 of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Nagpur with a lead of 107. Catch highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 2 here.india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Nov 25, 2017 16:59 IST
Murali Vijay produced a magnificent performance by notching up his 10th century but was dismissed for 128 while Cheteshwar Pujara scored his 14th century. Virat Kohli chipped in with his 15th fifty as India finished day 2 with a lead of 107. Earlier on day 1, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets along with Ishant Sharma as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 205. India will be aiming to pile on the agony on a pitch that has become good for batting. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 2 here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO) (ASHES 1st TEST AUS v ENG)
16:51 hrs IST: Murali Vijay: Myself and Pujara went through the tough period and then cashed in. It was a difficult phase for me (about his injury), everyone goes through such phases, I went back for rehabilitation and got back in. Pujara is calm and that rubs on me as well, the tempo that he plays suits my game (about his impressive partnership with Pujara).
16:43 hrs IST: That is stumps on day 2. Total domination by India as they score over 300 runs in the day with the loss of just one wicket. Pujara and Vijay the stars and Kohli’s fifty has ensured that Sri Lanka are thoroughly deflated. The visitors face an uphill task to save this match as India eye some quick runs on the third day.
16:36 hrs IST: 15th fifty for Virat Kohli! What a run-machine. Simply sublime.
16:31 hrs IST: FOUR! Full and wide ball from Dilruwan, Kohli reaches out and lashes the drive to the deep point fence.
16:29 hrs IST: Cracking delivery from Gamage. Short of a length ball and it straightens at pace outside off, Kohli almost has a feel for the delivery but misses it.
16:21 hrs IST: Only five overs remain in the day? Can Sri Lanka take a wicket or will India bat out the day without any hassles?
16:12 hrs IST: FOUR! Sublime batting from Kohli. Short ball angled in on the middle and leg stump line, Kohli tucks it wide of mid on for yet another boundary.
16:09 hrs IST: FOUR! Dilruwan Perera floats on the pads and Pujara sweeps it to fine leg as Sri Lanka continue to look deflated.
16:04 hrs IST: Kohli is scoring at an aggressive rate. Looking at the way how he is going, he might get to a big score by the end.
15:57 hrs IST: Fourth century for Cheteshwar Pujara this year and 14th overall. Absolutely marvellous effort from the Saurashtra Wall.
15:53 hrs IST: Pujara is nearing his century. It will be his fourth in the calendar year.
15:47 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are falling apart in the field as they concede three overthrows. India’ lead has gone past 50.
15:42 hrs IST: FOUR! Pujara nears his century with a flick off his pads to deep square leg. Lakmal erred in his length there.
15:40 hrs IST: Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack. Can he get the breakthrough? Sri Lanka will need a repeat of his spell at Eden Gardens.
15:34 hrs IST: Inside edged but safe! Short ball outside off, Kohli attempts to slap it to deep point but the ball just misses the off stump.
15:29 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli continues to be aggressive. Flighted ball from Herath and he wallops the drive to the deep extra cover fence.
15:26 hrs IST: Pujara enters the 90s as Gamage gets a short ball to cut back in off the deck, the batsman adjusts and tucks it to backward square leg.
15:21 hrs IST: FOUR! What power from Kohli. Flighted ball from Dilruwan Perera and the Indian skipper whirls it down the ground for his second boundary.
15:20 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are one over away from taking the new ball. They will be hoping to get some more breakthroughs
15:17 hrs IST: Wonderful shot from Kohli as he whips a tossed up delivery with the turn to the wide long on fence to get off the mark in style.
15:12 hrs IST: Loud appeal for an LBW not not given. Sri Lanka take the review but Kohli has gotten a fat inside edge. Dinesh Chandimal’s side lose both reviews.
15:10 hrs IST: FOUR! Low full toss on the leg stump, Pujara whips it to the wide long on fence for a boundary as he moves closer to the 90s.
15:05 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, Sri Lanka have broken through. Low full toss on leg stump by Herath, Vijay attempts the sweep but gets a top edge that is snapped up at short fine leg. Ends an epic knock from Vijay. Murali Vijay c Dilruwan Perera b Rangana Herath 128 (221).
14:58 hrs IST: India have taken the lead against Sri Lanka. The main aim will be to stretch the lead past 100.
14:50 hrs IST: India have reached 200 and are just five runs behind Sri lanka’s total. Cheteshwar Pujara has reached 1000 runs in the calendar year.
14:42 hrs IST: OUCH! Vijay has gone for the slog sweep and he has hit the fielder, Sadeera Samarawickrama at forward short leg. Caught him on the left side of the lower and he is in pain. He seems to be alright. He is going off the field
14:36 hrs IST: Spin operating from both ends now. Can Sri Lanka break this stand? India look set for a big lead.
14:31 hrs IST: Welcome back for the final session. Can India go through the day without losing a single wicket? Can be possible, looking at the way how Vijay and Pujara are batting.
14:12 hrs IST: That is Tea on the second day of the second Test. India totally on top as they trail Sri Lanka by 20 runs. India’s session again.
14:06 hrs IST: Vijay’s century has raised questions about Dhawan’s place in the playing XI. Having flopped in the Kolkata Test and not playing the rest of the series, will Vijay and Rahul open in South Africa?
14:02 hrs IST: Vijay’s performance gives India plenty of options at the top for the upcoming series against South Africa? What will India’s opening combination be?
13:57 hrs IST: Murali Vijay now has the third-most number of centuries by an Indian opener in Tests. Sunil Gavaskar leads the list by some way with 33 hundreds, followed by Virender Sehwag with 22.
13:50 hrs IST: CENTURY! Vijay knocks it to mid off for a quick single as he registers his 10th century. It has been a magnificent performance on his comeback.
13:41 hrs IST: Murali Vijay is a boundary away from his 10th century. What a comeback this has been for the Tamil Nadu opener. This will only make Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team’s task easier.
13:33 hrs IST: REVIEW time. Sri Lanka appeal for a catch s Vijay misses the cut. Replays show no spike on Ultra Edge and the batsman survives. Dinesh Chandimal loses a review. Next ball, Vijay flicks a length ball to deep mid wicket and the 150-run stand is up.
13:31 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are bleeding runs here. On the leg stump and Pujara sweeps it to the fine leg boundary. The partnership is nearing 150.
13:28 hrs IST: FOUR! Vijay serenely moves into the 90s by gliding a short ball to the third man fence.
13:23 hrs IST: FOUR! Vijay attempts the reverse sweep and gets a top edge that flies over the lone slip. He enters the 80s.
13:17 hrs IST: FIFTY! Cheteshwar Pujara joins in the fun as he notches up a brilliant fifty. His 17th overall. Sri Lanka are running out of answers.
13:09 hrs IST: The pitch has eased out and batting is becoming very easy on this deck. Both batsmen are stepping up the tempo well.
13:04 hrs IST: That is stumps on day 3 of the Ashes. England lead by seven but have lost two wickets. Can Australia seize the initiative and seal the Gabba Test?
13:02 hrs IST: SIX! First six of the Indian innings. Herath gives this delivery plenty of air on off stump, Vijay uses his feet and hammers it over long on for a maximum.
12:56 hrs IST: In 11 overs since the lunch break, India have managed just 18 runs at a run-rate of just over 1.
12:50 hrs IST: The deficit is now well under 100. This partnership has put India in the driver’s seat. Sri Lanka need some quick wickets to have any chance.
12:46 hrs IST: The 100-run partnership is up between Vijay and Pujara. The Tamil Nadu opener glides a slightly short ball outside off to deep backward point and Pujara follows it up by carving a short ball to square third man.
12:42 hrs IST: The partnership between Pujara and Vijay is nearing 100. Sri Lanka continue to struggle. India score their first run after four and a half overs.
12:38 hrs IST: Pujara and Vijay are blunting Sri Lanka with patience and a solid defence. They are content to sit back and score slowly to tire the visitors out.
12:33 hrs IST: CATCH DROPPED! Vijay once again drives on the up, there is silly mid on positioned for that but Dilruwan Perera spills the catch and collides with Pujara. This will hurt Sri Lanka.
12:26 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Full ball and it stops on the batsman, Vijay check drives it a bit uppishly but past the bowler and mid-off for a boundary.
12:23 hrs IST: Gamage is getting some extra bounce of the deck. Over at the Gabba, the hub of true bounce, England are reeling at 18/2.
12:18 hrs IST: Maiden over to start off from Gamage. India 97/1, Vijay 56*, Pujara 33*
12:14 hrs IST: Lahiru Gamage to start the proceedings. Cheteshwar Pujara to take strike.
12:12 hrs IST: Welcome back!
11:42 hrs: Will Australia take a couple of wickets before the day ends or will England erase the deficit without any problems?
11:34 hrs IST: At the Gabba, Australia are all out for 328, a lead of 26. Steve Smith unbeaten on 141.
11:33 hrs IST: That is lunch on day 2 of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka in Nagpur. Murali Vijay’s magnificent fifty has kept India on top as they trail by 108 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara is looking in great touch as Sri Lanka toiled hard.
11:24 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are losing the grip in this Test match. Considering India’s depth, the bowlers have a long day of toil ahead for them.
11:15 hrs IST: FOUR! Pujara is in the groove now as he dances down the track and drills a tossed up delivery down the ground for another boundary.
11:10 hrs IST: FIFTY! Elegant way to get to his 16th fifty. A superbly timed on-drive and it is a great way to make a comeback.
11:07 hrs IST: In the Ashes Test in Brisbane, Steve Smith has helped Australia take the lead against England. Can they stretch the lead now?
11:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Sri Lanka continue to leak runs. Short ball from Dilruwan, Pujara rocks back and crashes the delivery to the deep extra cover fence.
10:58 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Vijay miscues a lofted shot to long off but it lands safely for a couple. He toe-ended the drive and the fielder running back could not get to it.
10:56 hrs IST: Over in Brisbane, Steve Smith is hanging firm but Australia are nine wickets down and trailing by four runs.
10:53 hrs IST: Dilruwan Perera is into the attack but Murali Vijay is making smooth progress and nearing a fifty on his comeback.
10:47 hrs IST: FOUR! Vijay is growing in confidence. Short and wide ball from Shanaka and Vijay cracks it to the deep cover fence.
10:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Vijay looks in great touch. Touch too full from Shanaka but wide of off stump, Vijay unfurls the cover drive and finds the deep cover fence.
10:41 hrs IST: Dasun Shanaka comes into the attack. Can he get some swing?
10:36 hrs IST: Gamage is getting some balls to leap up from the deck. Over in Brisbane, Australia have lost Pat Cummins but Australia are closing in on the lead.
10:29 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are tying down the Indian batsmen with a disciplined line and length. Gamage is bowling the bouncers at will while Herath is accurate.
10:23 hrs IST: Good bowling from Herath. He beats Vijay with a flighted delivery and then troubles him with a flatter delivery that shoots through low on leg stump.
10:15 hrs IST: The partnership between Vijay and Pujara has put India in a solid position. There is nothing much on offer for the Sri Lankan pacers.
10:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Another full ball but straying on the pads, Pujara flicks it to deep mid wicket. Both batsmen are looking in great touch.
10:02 hrs IST: This looks to be a good wicket at Jamtha. Some balls are leaping up from the deck.
09:55 hrs IST: FOUR! Lovely stuff from Pujara. Low full toss on the pads, the batsman whips it to deep mid wicket.
09:51 hrs IST: Lovely ball from Lakmal. Short ball outside off and it leaps up on Pujara who drops his wrists and lets it go.
09:47 hrs IST: FOUR! Lovely timing from Vijay. Full ball from Gamage outside off, Vijay presses forward and creams the drive to the deep extra cover fence.
09:42 hrs IST: Cummins is nearing a fifty and Australia are trailing by less than 30 runs. This partnership has turned the game for Australia.
09:37 hrs IST: Lahiru Gamage is getting some movement off the deck and Vijay is slightly troubled with a leading edge.
09:33 hrs IST: Over in Brisbane, Steve Smith has scored the first century of the Ashes 2017/18. His 21st overall and sixth against England.
09:30 hrs IST: FOUR! What a start to the day. Full ball and in the slot outside off from Suranga Lakmal, Vijay leans into the stroke and drives it to the sweeper cover fence.
09:26 hrs IST: Here comes the Indian batsmen. Pujara’s technique will once again be tested on this pitch.
09:05 hrs IST: Smith and Cummins are batting sensibly. Australia trail by 50 but one wicket could help England take a decisive lead.
08:53 hrs IST: The Jamtha wicket is assisting both pace and spin. This is the ideal sporting wicket and it represents a redemption for the venue, having been rated poor during the 2015 South Africa Test.
08:37 hrs IST: While we wait for play to begin in Nagpur, over at the Gabba, Steve Smith is leading from the front as he is 11 away from a century. Can he get to a century? Follow live updates here.
08:29 hrs IST: After the cheap dismissal of KL Rahul, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara will be aiming to give India a big lead. The pitch is still conducive to fast bowling and it will once again represent a test for their technique.
08:20 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of Day 2 of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka.
But Day 1 practically belonged to Indian bowlers with none of the four giving more than three runs per over. Only Umesh Yadav went wicket-less as Ishant Sharma (3), Ravichandran Ashwin (4) and Ravindra Jadeja (3) were among wickets.
India will look to earn a big lead on Day 2 with nine wickets in hand to put the pressure on the visiting Sri Lankan team. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara will resume their duties at the crease in the morning.
First Published: Nov 25, 2017 08:27 IST