11/25/2017 2:41:19 PM

Vijay, Pujara hit ton as India take 107 runs lead against Sri Lanka

Vijay, Pujara hit ton as India take 107 runs lead against Sri Lanka

Nagpur, India: Centuries from Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara powered India to 312-2 on day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur on Saturday.

The overnight batsmen put together a 209-run partnership for the second wicket to take the hosts past Sri Lanka's 205. They led by 107 runs in the first innings.

Pujara, on 121, was batting alongside skipper Virat Kohli, on 54, at close of play. Veteran spinner Rangana Herath got Vijay out for 128 in the only wicket of the day. 

Opener Murali Vijay hit a sublime century on comeback to help India close in on Sri Lanka's 205 on day two of the second Test in Nagpur on Saturday.

The hosts were 185 for one at tea, still trailing Sri Lanka by 20 runs in their first innings. Vijay, on 106, and Pujara, on 71, were batting at the break.

The batting duo, who resumed the day on 11-1, put together an unbeaten 178-run stand to take the attack to the opposition bowlers.

While Vijay added to the fifty he got before lunch, Pujara reached his half-century in the second session as India rammed home the advantage.

Vijay, who was returned to the team in place of Shikhar Dhawan after a long injury lay-off, made the most of his dropped catch on 61 when 

Dilruwan Perera failed to hold on to a chance at short mid-on off paceman Lahiru Gamage.

The right-handed opener smashed nine fours and a six during his 194-run stay so far with Pujara playing the sheet-anchor's role to perfection.

 

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