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India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Ajinkya Rahane Keeps It Nice and Straight

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 27, 2017, 9:45 AM IST
India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Ajinkya Rahane Keeps It Nice and Straight

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New Delhi: With skipper Virat Kohli failing to provide the much-needed support to Cheteshwar Pujara, it is now up to deputy Ajinkya Rahane to stand ground and play second fiddle to Pujara as India look to pile the agony on the Sri Lankan bowlers on the second day of the first Test at Galle on Thursday and Rahane was seen keeping things simple before the start of play.

BCCI took to Twitter to post a video of Rahane taking throwdowns before the start of action and the post read: “Nice and straight! @ajinkyarahane88 preps for Day ✌🏻#TeamIndia #SLvIND.”

On Day 1, Sri Lanka’s mediocre bowling attack and Asela Gunaratne gifting Shikhar Dhawan a life on 31 ensured that India were on the driving seat. Dhawan cut, pulled, drove and flicked with equal elan. More importantly, he picked the singles whenever the Sri Lankan bowlers bowled a decent delivery to ensure that the hosts could never really pile the pressure. With Cheteshwar Pujara (144) providing the solidarity from one end, it almost looked like Dhawan had the license to kill as the two put on 253 for the second wicket after Abhinav Mukund once again failed to grab the opportunity at the top, managing just 12 on a wicket which offered nothing to the bowlers.

At stumps, it was Ajinkya Rahane (39) giving Pujara company with Nuwan Pradeep returning with the best figures for Sri Lanka (3/64). India’s run-rate did dip once Pradeep sent back Dhawan and Virat Kohli (3) on either side of the tea break, but with Pujara looking to camp at the crease, there was no way that India would lose the advantage grabbed in the first two sessions by Dhawan.
First Published: July 27, 2017, 9:43 AM IST

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