Can Ind recover from late blows on day 1?

Vijay Manjrekar, Kapil Dev, Ajay Ratra and Harbhajan Singh are the others to have done so. Malinda Pushpakumara and Lakshan Sandakan spun some momentum in Sri Lanka's way. Incidentally, both batsmen are India's most recent Test cricketers. He has batted well with the tail in the morning session on Day 2.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Ashwin is one of those who have been identified as an ideal candidate by Worcestershire with a view to playing the last few weeks of the English season.

The clean-hitting Pandya soon tore into the Sri Lanka attack and blasted 26 in one over from Pushpakumara, hitting the left-arm spinner for two fours and three sixes in five deliveries.

Now Sri-Lanka is set to take the reins to chase down a challenging score target as the second innings of the match begins.

The prolific Rahul, who timed the ball superbly, etched his name in the record books with yet another half-century and Dhawan raced on to 64 as India reached lunch on 134 without loss. The ICC said that during Sri Lanka's second innings, one of Jadeja's throw was "in unsafe manner".

Trailing by 487 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a frightful start as Shami took out Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne for five and four runs respectively.

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It is reported that Afridi told the non-striker Kamran Akmal that he would attempt six sixes in Harbhajan's next over to which his partner retorted with a simple "good luck".

Hardik Pandya scored his first first-class century in the ongoing Test against Sri Lanka. Mahela Jayawardene brought up an 81-ball ton against Bangladesh at the SSC in Colombo in 2000-01.

The 86-ball hundred by Hardik, is also the joint-fastest hundred by a visiting player in Sri Lanka alongside Wasim Akram's 86-ball effort against the hosts in 2000. When Sri Lanka took crease, the new ball took them by surprise. Six of his seven sixes came against the spinners. India then lost two quick wickets, with Dhawan falling to Pushpakumara as well, hitting one to square leg, into the diving hands of Chandimal. They were all out for 28.2 overs against Pakistan in Kandy in 1994 and in 34.2 overs against Australia in Pallekele a year ago.

Four balls later, Pandya trapped Mathews lbw to reduce Sri Lanka to 38 for 4 inside the tenth over, before Chandimal (13 not out) and Niroshan Dickwella (14 not out) saw the side through to tea. The ball, though, hit the top-half of the bat as it went straight to the fielder.India 341/7.

George Bailey equalled Lara's world record a decade later in the third Test between Australia and England in the Ashes series down under.


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