2nd Test: Jadeja, Rahane power India to 622/9 declared against Lanka
Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot during the second day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and India at the SSC ground in Colombo. Photograph: (AFP)
Ravindra Jadeja hit an unbeaten 85-ball 70 as India declared their innings after scoring 622/9 on the second day of the second Test at Colombo.
Jadeja and wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha took India past the 550-run mark as Saha scored an effortless 67 with four boundaries before being stumped by Dickwella.
Jadeja then with combined with Shami(19) and Yadav(8) to give India a huge advantage on Day-2 as the Lankans were pushed to the backfoot.
Earlier, India went past the 500-run mark as Rahane led the charge with a well made 132 runs as the Lankans continued to struggle on Day-2 of the second Test at Colombo.
India had started the day at 344/3 with Pujara and Rahane at the crease but the visitors lost their fourth wicket early as Pujara departed after scoring 132 with India at 350/4, Rahane and Ashwin then combined to take India past the 400-run mark with the Indian allrounder giving Rahane able company.
Rahane, however, fell with India on 413/5 after hitting a confident 132 runs with 14 boundaries. India were 442/5 at lunch, well placed to take a stranglehold of the Test.
The Lankan bowlers meanwhile could manage to just restrict the runs with none of them making any impression on the Indian batting line-up.
Hearth and Pushpakumara picked up 4 wickets between them but went for plenty giving the Indian batsmen ample opportunity to place their innings on their own terms.
Ashwin fell to Hearth bowled out after scoring 54 and Pandya made a quickfire 20 in as many balls with 3 boundaries as India went past the 600-run mark.