India’s second inning stretch built a considerable score in contrast to the first inning woes. After the fourth day match, India recovered itself with Shekhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul. Dhawan scored 94, with a high strike-rate, while Rahul added 73, remaining unbeaten. Sri Lanka scored 294 batting in the first inning. The high scores were from Rangana Herath, Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne. Herath’s 67 brought him the third half century in the format. Mathews scored 52 to attest the validity of his selection. Thirimanne scored 51 to boost the start of momentum in the inning.
Although India’s defense was not that effective, Mohammed Shami came up with a strong attack. The bowler took down four wickets in the middle order to slog the visitor’s line up. Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar knocked other four wickets in two days of his enterprise. Still, India bowlers could not stop Sri Lanka from hauling their tally to 294. In the inning, it was only the seamers who had the success on India’s side.
India started its inning with adequate aggression of Rahul and Dhawan. The players hammered the deliveries off Lahiru Gamage that made captain Dinesh Chandimal to bring forth his spinners. However, as bets like Herath could not restrict boundaries, the team ran out of options to challenge the Indian openers. They played 37 overs together scoring 166 runs. The lights were fading when Dhawan was dismissed on 94, making the end of the day. The host played only a couple of overs before wrapping up for the day. The figures were 171 for 1, leading Sri Lanka by 49 runs. Rahul and Pujara remained as the night-watchmen.
The fifth day began Rahul’s wicket at 79 and Pujara followed the trail adding 22. By 69 overs, Virat Kohli was batting on 41 with R Ashwin on his side. India’s lead was 129, by the lunch break of the fifth day. The visitors scored 251 for 5 wickets against the blows of Sri Lanka defenders.
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