Galle,August 13:Indian cricketerVirat Kohli scored yet another ton as Test captain his fourth in as many games while Shikhar Dhawan finished with 134 to give India
a sizable 121-run lead at Tea. However, Sri Lanka, who failed to pick a wicket in the morning session, picked four this time around.
The arrival of Angelo Mathews on the field coincided with a much improved performance from the hosts in the second session on day 2 of the first Test.
Mathews had missed the first session due to flu and his presence and leadership was clearly missed by the Lankans. Dhawan got to his second successive ton before lunch while Kohli got his, soon after.
The duo added 227 for the second wicket before off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal broke through by getting Kohli LBW. That paved way for a middle-order collapse.
Ajinkya Rahane fell for a duck to Kaushal, again plumb LBW while Dhawan and Ashwin were castled by pacer Nuwan Pradeep.
But the massive stand between Kohli and Dhawan ensured that India were in a position to dictate terms. The pitch had eased out considerably from yesterday and both batsmen found the going relatively easy in the morning session.
Both drove with fluency and were able to ping the boundary boards on a regular basis.
Kaushal's breakthroughs however gave Sri Lanka enough chance of restricting the lead. The spinner was unlucky not to have had Dhawan LBW in the first session, in what appeared to be a very close call but persisted and was rewarded later on.
Dhawan, who had a bruised left-hand after dropping a catch yesterday, batted through pain but did not let it show on the field.
Kohli had worked hard to get start the tour off on the right note and was clearly relieved to have his first international fifty since the World Cup. He proceeded to cap it off with a superb ton before failing to connect a sweep shot.
The cluster of wickets in the second session offers Sri Lanka a chance to try and fight back. If they do manage to wrap up the tail in quick time, they will have a good chance of making use of better batting conditions on day 3. Therein lies their best chance of loosening India's grip on the match.