Cheteshwar Pujara becomes second-fastest Indian to 4000 test runs

Cheteshwar Pujara becomes second-fastest Indian to 4000 test runs

Cheteshwar Pujara becomes second-fastest Indian to 4000 test runs

Upul Tharanga failed to leave a mark as he was cleaned up for 2 by Umesh Yadav. He faced 135 deliveries and hit 17 boundaries. With this, he became the joint second fastest to 4000 test runs and now shares the record with former Indian captain, Rahul Dravid.

As Ashwin and Jadeja continue to flourish in Sri Lanka now, India will be equipped with plenty of options when they go on to tour South Africa later this year.

India held all the aces going into Day 2, and it hardly looked like a bother when Pujara and Rahane were dismissed in the first session.

Karunaratne and Mendis shared a huge partnership of 191 runs for the second wicket.

# Ashwin's tally includes six instances of five-wicket hauls in away Tests. Pujara was batting against Sri Lanka in first innings of the second test match against Sri Lanka, being played in Colombo.

Cheteshwar Pujara (89 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (41 not out) put on 105 runs for the 4th wicket as India reached 238-3 at tea on day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka today (3). It was a cutter by Pandya as ball took an inside edge and carried to Wriddhiman Saha, who picked up an excellent diving catch behind the wickets to remove the well-set batsman.

Tucker had complete control of everything that was happening on the ground, but he couldn't stop a sloshed fan from shouting instructions to Kusal Mendis during the Sri Lankan innings. The hosts face a daunting task of saving the game and also the series with Ashwin and Jadeja making the ball talk on a helping surface.

Sri Lanka were in danger of ending up on the losing side for the second straight game when they were asked to follow-on.

Kusal Mendis was hit on the helmet, the leg, the back and the foot while fielding at short leg, silly point and silly mid off during India's innings. Sri Lanka lost as many as 8 wickets for 133 runs.

Once Ashwin took out Mathews for 26, Sri Lanka began to lose wickets in a hurry, including that of Dickwella, who made 51 off 48 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six.

Earlier Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane scored centuries and four other batsmen scored half-centuries to help India to a massive score.

It won't be an easy task though as the pitch has started assisting the spinners with bounce and a explosion of puff of dust making batting a hard job and India - with their ace spinner R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on the prowl.

Praising Karunaratne and Mendis, Ashwin said the two batted beautifully to thwart India's march towards victory.

All-rounder Asela Gunaratne broke his thumb in the Galle Test and was ruled for the rest of the three-match series. He perished shortly afterwards, bowled off Shami (2-13) in the 42nd over, scooping the ball back onto his stumps.

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