Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, the centurions of the first day were down by the morning session of the next. The players did their parts hauling the score close to 400. Their wickets did not let lose India’s score as in the following sessions Sri Lanka bowlers had to face an almost similar stance from the lower order. The score remained intact until the ninth batsman down the line. Apparently, India is well bolstered with allrounders. There were three half centuries on the day from players below the middle order. Ravichandran Ashwin smashed 54, Wriddhiman Saha hammered 67 and Ravindra Jadeja knocked 70 remaining unbeaten in the inning.
With a strong strike from batsmen on the tail, India reached its first inning score to past the 500-mark. It is the ninth time India reached the feat in past 12 years. The inning brought a strong record for Ashwin. He reached the 2000 run milestone in the format along with the cap of 250 Test wickets. He the 15th allrounder in the format to reach the feat, but he became the fastest to reach the mark in 51 matches. The stadium has always fetch a strong score for India. So far in five sessions, India has not added a 100 run only in a single, but it was only 2 runs less.
The loss of Nuwan Pradeep costed heavy for Sri Lanka. At Galle, he claimed six wickets but injured his hamstring. In the second day as well, Rahane set off the momentum beating. It was in the 111th over when Malinda Pushpakumara dismissed the player. Ashwin played 10 overs more hauling the score to 451. Sri Lanka bowled 158 overs in the inning as India reached 622 runs. The target is certainly a challenge for Sri Lankan batsmen as the pitch is not that favorable. It could only the bowling from the home team that led India to this high score, or the batting of the visitors, which is certainly through a high.
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