Rahane hits ton, India stretch lead in Colombo

23 Aug, 2015 3:30 pm

COLOMBO – Ajinkya Rahane hit his fourth test century as India stretched their lead to 370 runs at tea on day four of the second test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval on Sunday.

Resuming on 70-1, the visitors, who had taken an 87-run first innings lead, were 283-5 at the break in home favourite Kumar Sangakkara’s farewell match.

Sri Lankan off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal, who has bowled the bulk of the day’s overs so far, claimed all four wickets to fall on the fourth day.

Stuart Binny was on 17 at the break with Ravichandran Ashwin (three) at the other end as India, who trail the three-test series 1-0, push for a victory.

The visitors scored freely in both the sessions, with Vijay displaying his aggression by hitting both Dushmantha Chameera and Kaushal for six in the morning session.

Kaushal had the last laugh as he ended the 140-run stand trapping Vijay leg before after the batsman went for a sweep shot and missed the line.

The 22-year-old spinner dealt another blow when he accounted for rival captain Virat Kohli who also fell leg before.

Rahane (126) showed the temperament that prompted his promotion to number three in the batting order but he was not afraid to attempt an occasional cheeky shot, like the reverse-sweep for four off Kaushal that brought up his 50.

He added 85 runs with Rohit Sharma (34) to consolidate India’s position and took 212 balls to complete his century before Kaushal dismissed both.

India scored at a healthy four-an-over run rate in the second session and their only worry appeared to be the fitness of wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who retired hurt with strain. -Reuters

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