Nagpur Test : India 11/1 in reply to Sri Lanka's 205

  • Nagpur Test : India 11/1 in reply to Sri Lanka's 205

Nagpur Test : India 11/1 in reply to Sri Lanka's 205

Opener Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara hit sublime centuries to put India in command of the second Test against Sri Lanka, as the hosts took a 107-run lead on Saturday s day two. His innings in the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, was a trademark Pujara knock. Against the pacers, Vijay got to showcase his prowess of playing on the front-foot and did so with much ease in the initial phase of the day. Well, it looks like India need to implement a similar ploy while picking the Test openers, as they now seem to have three strong contenders - KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Murli Vijay - for those two spots and after Vijay's ton in his comeback Test innings in Nagpur, this is going to be the latest talking point in Indian cricket. In the next Test in Delhi, which will be India's final red-ball assignment before the tour of South Africa, Dhawan will be available for selection and after this innings of 128 by Vijay, it won't be easy for the management to ignore him. However, unlike the Sri Lankan batsmen, Vijay and Pujara didn't let that hurry them. Kohli took very little time to settle at the crease. "Obviously, we are in a strong position at the end of the day and I wanted to always contribute for the team and I am happy", Vijay told reporters.

Sri Lanka could only test Vijay and Pujara for an hour and half with well placed line and length of deliveries and also found good spin combination from Rangana Herath who beat the outside of the edge on multiple occasions.

Vijay and Pujara added 209 for the second wicket. Vijay carried on, picking the gaps to reach three figures in 187 balls - his previous Test century had come back in February against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.

With Niroshan Dickwella and Chandimal out in the middle and the total on 160 for 4, Sri Lanka had an opportunity to post a decent score, butDickwella's dismissal triggered a collapse as the tourists lost six wickets for 45 runs.

Sri Lanka's wasted their chances as well.

Kohli started scoring quickly, hitting boundaries more frequently.

The run-rate shot up and with Kohli looking in fine nick, Pujara worked towards his century without doing anything rash. Vijay's wicket brought Kohli into the field.