Dhawan, Kohli dominate as spinners strike again

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Virat Kohli (2L) and teammates celebrate with bowler Amit Mishra (C) after dismissing unseen Sri Lankan batsman Kaushal Silva during the second day of the opening Test match – AFP

By M. Shamil Amit Reporting from Galle
Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli made the Sri Lanka bowlers toil in the pre and post lunch sessions of play on day two which paved the way for India to end with a 192-run first innings lead in the first Test match played at the Galle International Stadium.
The duo’s contribution saw India end day two in a strong position as later in the day spinners Ravichandran Ashwin the first innings wrecker and Amit Mishra had Sri Lanka batting a second time struggling.

Dhawan and Kohli playing cautiously in the early stages on the second day were able to get only the singles and two s and the first boundary in the morning session came only after 72 balls.
But thereafter they opened up and runs began to flow before they added 99 runs in this session to go into the lunch break with the score on 227 for 2 with Dhawan having reached his ton being unbeaten on 110 and skipper Kohli on 86.
The post-lunch session saw them putting up the 200-run partnership for the third wicket. Later skipper Kohli reached his ton which was the 11th of his career.

Five runs later Sri Lanka tasted the first success for the day when spinner Tharindu Kaushal separated the pair with the wicket of Kohli who had made 103 that included 11 boundaries.

The partnership of 227 runs between Dhawan and Kohli was the best third wicket stand between the two countries.
Kaushal struck again when he got rid of Ajinkya Rahane for a duck. Dhawan joined by Wriddhiman Saha added 37 runs for the fifth wicket before Dhawan was clean bowled by pacie Nuwan Pradeep having made a dogged 271-ball knock of 134 which had 13 boundaries with India’s score on 294 for 5.

Ravichandran Ashwin who walked into the crease did not last long as eight runs later Pradeep dislodged him. Saha and Harbhajan Singh put on 28 runs for the seventh wicket before Kaushal clean bowled Singh and also followed with the wicket of Amit Mishra two overs later.

Saha went on to reach his maiden half ton and ten runs later he fell victim to pacie Pradeep and Kaushal grabbed his fifth wicket of the innings as India ended their innings making 375 to end up with a lead of 192 runs.