Stumps (Day 2): Ind vs SL: Pujara Still Going Strong For Team India
By CricShots - Nov 17, 2017 11:06 am
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Shanaka after dismissing Rahane on Day 2

For a second straight day at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the pacers dominated before rain played spoilsport. Even on Day 2,  the Indian batsmen looked pretty uncomfortable on a tricky surface. Before the day being called off, India were 74/5 and the outcome from the Test looking pretty diminishing – unless things change drastically on the weather front.

On an opening day, it was Suranga Lakmal who had scalped 3 Indian batsmen while on the second day, Dasun Shanaka made the most of his gentle medium pace by dismissing Ajinkya Rahane and R Ashwin.

On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara showed some patience and chose his deliveries with utmost care. Under testing conditions, he made a rule to not go after deliveries outside the off stump and played only the over-pitched and short deliveries. At lunch, India had wandered their way to 74/5 with Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha in the middle.

Unluckily, that was that as far as cricketing activity was bothered with just 21 overs bowled in the day and a total of 32.5 overs from the first two days. Thus stealing Sri Lanka of a chance of any retaliation of the hammering they received back home.

Pujara opened the day’s account at eight and faced 102 deliveries in his knock which was laced with nine boundaries. He stands just three runs away from what would be an inning appreciated mostly for his resolve to stand his ground.

With the bowlers working successful, skipper Dinesh Chandimal was criticized for questionable bowling change decisions. With five wickets down, Chandimal brought on Lahiru Gamage and Dimuth Karunarathe thus allowing Pujara to steady himself and put together a string of boundaries. Karunarathe gave away 17 runs in his two overs as Gamage failed to trouble the two batsmen.