Day/Night Test, session 3: India have the upper hand
Shreyas Iyer's magnificent 92 helped India post 252/10 on Day 1 of the second Test in Bengaluru. The Day/Night affair saw India lose wickets at regular intervals. Besides Iyer, the likes of Rishabh Pant (39) and Hanuma Vihari (31) chipped in as well. In the final session, Sri Lanka have already lost six wickets (86/6). Jasprit Bumrah picked up three wickets.
India were off to a poor start, losing both openers with the score reading 29/2. Hanuma and Virat Kohli added 47 runs to resurrect the innings before the duo perished. Pant and Iyer played crucial knocks as the Lankan bowlers claimed crucial wickets. Praveen Jayawickrama claimed figures worth 3/81. In response, Sri Lanka were reduced to 14/3. Angelo Mathews departed late on for 43.
India lost Mayank Agarwal early on. He scored four runs before being trapped LBW. The ball shaped in and Mayank was caught at the crease as it hit his pads. Rohit departed next after lunging into a forward defence as the ball took an outside edge. A sharp catch was taken at gully. There was enough assistance for the spinner here.
India showed fight as Vihari and Kohli got together to forge a stand. The important thing was that the two maintained a decent run rate. Both players played some good shots for fours and kept the scorecard ticking along.In the 23rd over, Vihari was given out LBW but he survived after a DRS call. However, moments later Vihari departed for 31.
Pant chipped in with a 26-ball 39, hitting seven fours. Pant held back for a dab and was cleaned up. His runs were important for India alongside Iyer's valuable 92-run effort. He was the reason behind India getting past 250. The 27-year-old struck his second fifty in Tests. The knock will give Iyer confidence. He smashed 10 fours and four sixes.
Jasprit Bumrah helped India with an early strike, dismissing Kusal Mendis for just two. Mendis went hard to drive the ball and got a leading edge. Lahiru Thirimanne chased a ball he should have left alone to give Bumrah his second. Mohammed Shami got Dimuth Karunaratne's wicket of the very first ball. Shami also dimissed Dhananjaya de Silva before Axar got Charith Asalanka.