The overnight batsmen put together a 209-run partnership for the second wicket to take the hosts past Sri Lanka's 205. India lead by 107 runs in the first innings. While Pujara is on 121, alongside skipper Virat Kohli, on 54, at the close of play, Murali Vijay went back to the stands after scoring 128.
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara began the day with authority. They didn't allow any bad ball to go unpunished. Notwithstanding the two chances, Vijay got, well it’s three, if you count a drop and a run out of a single delivery as two different ones. He made the Lankans pay with a wonderful 10th Test century. The latter is still unbeaten after his well-composed 14th one in the longer format.
Yesterday India would have wanted to go to stumps with all their wickets intact, to make it a really fruitful day. But that was not to be as KL Rahul, after having played a delectable off-drive to the fence on the first ball of the innings, chopped a Lahiru Gamage delivery back on to his stumps. However, despite the loss of that wicket, India has a commanding position on day two and look to set a grand total on day three. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, looked much more confident than day one and a good day of cricket is expected on day 3.India is playing on a bouncy pitch against the Sri Lankan team at Nagpur after not managing time between two series. While Captain Kohli, who is presently batting on 54 not out, has complained about the issue, the current schedule is not shiftable.