Sunil Gavaskar backs Shikhar Dhawan,compares Cheteshwar Pujara to Rahul Dravid

Sunil Gavaskar backs Shikhar Dhawan,compares Cheteshwar Pujara to Rahul Dravid

The 30-year- old hit a half century in the first innings of the second test against Sri Lanka and became the fastest cricketer to reach the milestone of 2,000 test runs and 250 wickets.

The opener had been denied his maiden wicket on Thursday after a review from KL Rahul overturned the leg-before wicket decision but a similar review, this time from Chandimal, would not deny Karunaratne his maiden Test scalp.

#India's lead of 439 runs is their third biggest first innings lead - the two highest are 492 vs Bangladesh at Dhaka in May 2007 and 478 runs vs West Indies at Kolkata in November 2011.

Rahane certainly did not favour the stroke in the course of his innings, his first century in almost 10 months.

On day two, R Ashwin (54), Wriddhiman Saha (67) and Ravindra Jadeja (70 not out) scored half-centuries to help India post another 600-plus total.

India captain Virat Kohli, who led his team to a crushing 304-run win in the first of the three Tests, was rewarded for his superb field placement when avid sweeper Dinesh Chandimal sent a Jadeja delivery straight to Hardik Pandya at square leg. Chandimal made 10.

Kohli then came to the crease and added 24 runs for the 3rd wicket with Pujara.

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Pujara and Rahane batted with goal and steadied the Indian innings after Lokesh Rahul (57) and Virat Kohli (13) departed in quick succession post lunch at the SSC.

Ashwin was the only bowler to take any wickets. He went on to bring up his fifty, his 11th in Test cricket, with a six off Rangana Herath, but fell off the very next delivery. His patient innings of 134 balls included four boundaries and a six.

India bowled 20 overs before the close and Ashwin got rid of both openers, with Upul Tharanga going in the second over for a duck. En-route, Pujara notched his 3rd ton in as many Tests on Sri Lankan soil while Rahane too got past his 9th hundred in the format.

Ashwin felt the Lankan batsmen deployed the sweep to good effect against the two spinners. He has cemented his place in the Indian batting line up and has made the number 3 spot his own.

Ashwin, who bagged two wickets on Day Two, picked up his 26th five-wicket haul while Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami took two each. Niroshan Dickwella, who blasted 51 off 48 in the first session, said that the track is not hard to bat on.

Team India is doing well in the ongoing 3-match Test series against Sri Lanka.