India’s quest for snappy second-innings runs didn’t exactly go to anticipate a two-paced fourth-day pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla as they lost two wickets while scoring 51 keeps running in 17 overs before lunch. At the break, they drove by 214, with Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara at the wrinkle.
Having taken the final wicket in the 6th over of the day and secured a 163-run first-innings lead, India turned out with clear expectation to score rapidly. M Vijay, regularly so vigilant outside off stump, over and again hoped to drive the new ball on the up, and, having hit two fours in this way, scratched Suranga Lakmal behind on 9.
Rather than Pujara, India sent in Ajinkya Rahane, whose four past innings in this arrangement had brought him scores of 4, 0, 2 and 1. Rahane likes the ball making advances on the bat, so maybe this was a push to make them confront a harder, more up to date ball than ordinary. The test didn’t fall off. He attempted to center the ball in his 37-ball innings, as a control level of 64 would propose, and survived two close lbw yells before holing out while hoping to hit Dilruwan Perera over long-on.
At last it was Pujara, as opposed to the typically free-stroking Dhawan, who looked the most familiar of India’s batsmen. By lunch he had moved to 17 off 15 balls and had hit two fours, an off-drive and a square-cut off progressive Dilruwan conveyances.
By and by, various Sri Lanka’s defenders turned out wearing face covers on what was conceivably the smoggiest morning of the Test coordinate. Lakmal specifically battled with the contamination; he spewed on the field and went off quickly before returning to bowl a short second spell.
Continuing on 147, Dinesh Chandimal stretched out his score to a vocation best 164 preceding turning into the last man out in Sri Lanka’s innings. He included 30 for the last wicket with Lakshan Sandakan, who wound up unbeaten on 0 off 20 balls. The No. 11 was beaten different circumstances by Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, yet safeguarded forcefully when the line was on the stumps.
At the opposite end, Chandimal went for his shots, and got three fours in the morning, two of them with cuts and uppercuts. That shot, at last, cost him his wicket, as he cut Ishant straight to Shikhar Dhawan at third man.