The Hush Post: After Suranga Lakmal shocked the Indian batting line-up yesterday, on the second day it was medium pacer Dasun Shanuka who plucked another two — the two of them sending almost the entire Indian top-notch back to the pavilion, except Cheteshwar Pujara. Pujara put on a brave face in the testing conditions, leaving balls outside the off. At lunch, India had somehow managed to get to 74 for five. And this remained India’s score when the play was called-off for the day.
Shanuka’s medium pace didn’t really threaten Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Pujara hit two fours, but Rahane’s attempt to get more aggressive backfired. Rahane went after a ball well outside the off stumps and edged the ball to the wicket-keeper.
Pujara batted well, and with R Ashwin, helped India reach 50. Ashwin took his time and seemed comfortable, when Shanuka struck again. Ashwin like Rahane, went chasing a wide delivery, and got caught at the point.
With the top five in the pavilion, the Sri Lankan skipper brought Gamage and Dimuth Karunarathe. Karunarathe went for 17 runs in 12 balls, and with Gamage, they enabled India to put on 24 runs. This partnership between Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha is the highest in these two days of turmoil. A spell of shower after this brought in a call for early lunch. The post-Lunch session didn’t begin on time due to an on-and-off drizzle. After another lengthy wait, the day’s play was eventually called off. At the end of play Pujara was on 47 and Saha on 6.