Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara steer India into commanding position

Arnold Nichols
November 27, 2017

On the second day's play, Captain Virat Kohli (54 not out) along with Pujara were on the crease. He has also achieved double centuries against the West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.

He received able support from Sharma, who reached his 50 before tea and then stepped up a gear to amass runs all around the ground and register his third Test hundred.

The right-handed opener smashed nine fours and a six during his 194-run stay so far with Pujara playing the sheet-anchor's role to perfection. The Indian trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma ran through Sri Lanka's batting line-up to put India in the driver's seat on the opening day of the second Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) stadium.

Vijay, the first Test player after eight months, has created a dilemma of selection in front of the team management as the management will have to decide which player should start the inning in the series scheduled against South Africa in Delhi.

Sri Lankan spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera bowled in tandem after the paceman failed to breakthrough, but were left wicketless in the 13 overs between them.

According to the International Cricket Council, Shanaka was charged by match officials for "changing the condition of the ball", after he was seen picking the area near the seam of the ball on TV. India now have 107 runs ahead of Sri Lanka's first innings score of 205 runs.

Sri Lanka, trailing behind by a massive 384 runs, came to bat in the second innings, the Islanders faced an early jolt with the wicket of Samarawickrama on Ishant Sharma's ball.

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