Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane scored half-centuries apiece as India stretched their lead to 266 by lunch on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval.
India starting the day at 70 for one reached 179 for three wickets with Rahane batting throughout the morning session to score 82 not out off 170 balls with seven fours. Rohit Sharma was unbeaten on two.
Tharindu Kaushal captured the two wickets to fall in the morning after going wicketless for 42 overs and 160 runs on a pitch that has slowed down considerably but offering slow turn.
Vijay was dismissed for a well-compiled 82 scored off 133 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes) and Virat Kohli made 10. Both batsmen were out attempting to sweep Kaushal across the line to balls that didn’t turn as expected.
Vijay’s dismissal ended a 140 stand with Rahane for the second wicket.
Rahane reached his half-century with a reverse swept four off Kaushal and looked solid throughout his near four-hour stay at the wicket hardly offering the bowler’s any chance.
The match marks the farewell appearance for one of Sri Lanka’s legendary cricketers Kumar Sangakkara.
Scores: India 393 and 179-3 at lunch (Murali Vijay 82, Ajinkya Rahane 82 n.o., Tharindu Kaushal 2/59)
Sri Lanka 306.