Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara took India into a commanding position at the end of Day 2 in the second Test at Nagpur, but also injured Samarawickrama in the process. Murali Vijay, who is making a comeback into the team, roared back with a 100, staking claim to the opening slot by throwing up a few questions to deal with for the selectors. Vijay scored 128 and gave company to Pujara at the other end, who went on to also get a century and in the process became the batsman with the highest number of runs in 2017. He went past Karunaratne and Dean Elgar in the way.
With India in total control, it will be interesting to see if Kohli and Co. go into overdrive soon on Day 3. But there was an incident that really grabbed our attention. Vijay, who was then batting on 115, played a full-blooded sweep shot. Samarawickrama, who was at forward short leg came in the way. The ball hit his ribs flush and he was down on the ground in immense pain.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 25, 2017
It must have been painful and also painful to see the young soul field there, as that is a risky position to be at, right under the nose of the batsman.
Samarawickrama has shown he has immense talent, potential and class but is due to play an innings of significance.
— Baahubali (@bahubalikabadla) November 25, 2017
Earlier Sri Lankans won the toss and opted to bat first on a greenish wicket. they were polished off for 205 runs in their first innings with no one making any contribution of significance.
It was Ashwin who finally came into the thick of things, he picked up 4 wickets and his partner-in-crime picked 3 wickets. India is totally in command of the Test and the series, so to say.