SRI LANKA VS INDIA, 2ND TEST LIVE BLOG
Cricbuzz Staff •
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India 6/0 (1.1 Ovs)
Rahul 2 (1)
Day 1: 1st Session – India opt to bat
Cheteshwar Pujara plays his 50th Test © AFP
Alright, so Sri Lanka have had a shaky start even before the first ball is bowled as Kohli won his second successive toss. What will be a good start for Sri Lanka? What do they need to do right early in the game to give India a proper fight? Tweet your ideas and views to @PrakashG_CB or write in to [email protected]
Here’s the miletsone man sharing some thoughts on the toughest innings he has played – incidentally in the same venue as this second Test.
– Malinda Pushpakumara has 99 first-class games. His Test debut becomes a milestone fixture for him in more ways than one.
– Pujara is fourth on the list of most runs by an Indian batsman before his 50th Test. He’s also 34 short of 4000 Test runs.
– With a century in the Galle Test, Kohli took his Test average past 50. He now has a 50-plus average in all formats of the game.
INDIA: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav
SRI LANKA: Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep
TOSS – India opt to bat first
As expected, KL Rahul returns in place of Abhinav Mukund. Sri Lanka make three changes. Malinda Pushpakumara makes his debut, while Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva return. Lahiru Thirimanne’s wait for a Test return continues.
Milestone for Cheteshwar Pujara
Last week it was Ashwin, today it will be Cheteshwar Pujara – Test #50 for the No.3 batsman. Well deserved, too. The dogged batsman has 3,966 runs in 49 Tests so far, at an average of 52.18. Pujara also has 3 double centuries, 12 centuries and 15 fifties to his name – quite the bedrock of the Indian top-order in this format.
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) August 1, 2017
On the evidence of the first Test, one would be excused for pondering – how much more can India dominate? How lower can Sri Lanka sink? Is there even a modicum of ‘contest’ in this series?
But here we are, ready for the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the famous SSC stadium in Colombo, dearly hoping that the hosts manage to channel their inner grit that many by now believe doesn’t exist. Cricket is a funny game and all that, so let’s not rule it out completely. Our man Vishaal Loganathan is in Sri Lanka and he painted a grim picture of what lay ahead for Dinesh Chandimal’s Test captaincy debut, asking stinging yet pertinent questions of them. Rex Clamentine however, explains why no trial, however tall and herculean it may seem, will shake up the new Test skipper.
In the Indian camp, it is all hunky dory. The process of leaving the ugly Kohli-Kumble split behind is underway. The only ‘task’ that India face before the game is decision-making – KL Rahul is fit and, by Kohli’s repeated admission, the team’s first-choice opener. Even that is already a foregone conclusion perhaps, considering Kohli confirmed on the eve of the game that one of the openers will make way for Rahul. Abhinav Mukund is the one likely to be resigned to the bench – talk about pressures of playing in such a competitive and successful team.