Cheteshwar Pujara becomes 15th Indian cricketer to score 4000 Test runs

Cheteshwar Pujara becomes 15th Indian cricketer to score 4000 Test runs

India's Wriddhiman Saha plays a shot during Day 2 of the second test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Aug. 4. Coming into the day at 344 for 3, after Cheteshwara Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored brilliant unbeaten centuries, India were looking to put a big score to push the Lankans to back foot.

Hardik Pandya provided the crucial breakthrough as he removed the dangerman Kusal Mendis for 110, who was looking in good touch. He is guiding India against a Sri Lanka team who not only are woefully short of worldwide standards, but also have been plagued by injuries and the lack of form of their top spinner Rangana Herath.

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne confirmed that Pradeep, who injured his hamstring on the first day of the second Test in Colombo, will be out of action for one or two months.

Earlier in the morning, resuming at 50 for two, Sri Lanka needed enduring partnerships.

Kusal Mendis (16) and Dinesh Chandimal (8) were batting at the close, with Ashwin taking 2-38 in 10 overs.

They looked to be heading for another collapse when Umesh Yadav struck early, bowling Upul Tharanga (2) with a delivery nipping back into the left-hander to make it 1-7. Rahane impressed in the manner he soaked in pressure after India's twin losses and stabilised the innings. He 'ow stands second in the list of most five-wicket hauls for India in Test cricket, overtaking Harbhajan Singh s 25 and behind Anil Kumble s record of 34.

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Indeed, collectively, they have the best batting average out of all Test-playing nations (3,238 runs at an average of 32.38 from 19 contests). With a 439 run lead, Sri Lanka was enforced follow-on by India.

India bowlers to reach 150 wickets in fewer Tests than Jadeja. The previous day, Karunaratne had opened up about his plan to Ashwin - just play for the ball that doesn't spin.

Jadeja hit Herath for another six prior to Kohli ending the innings with 20 overs for Sri Lanka to face in a testing passage of play stumps were drawn. He stepped across to try and scoop Mohammed Shami's first ball of the day but lost his stumps for 51.

With a breezy 26 on the board, he flicked at an Ashwin delivery and Pujara took a spectacular left-handed catch at leg gully.

India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the second test against Sri Lanka who made three changes to their side in a bid to level the three-match series on Thursday.