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India set 413-run target for Sri Lanka to win second Test


Ajinkya Rahane

Colombo: India declared their second innings of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at 325/8 on the fourth day of play at the P. Sara Oval here on Sunday — setting a 413-run win-target for the hosts. Ajinkya Rahane (126) and Murali Vijay (82) were the main scorers for India who extended their 87-run first innings lead to 412 runs.

Ajinkya Rahane struck his fourth Test century of his career as India set a huge 413-run target for Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the second Test in Colombo. The tourists declared their second innings on 325 for eight after Rahane and Murali Vijay accelerated the innings as the duo shared a solid 140-run partnership for the second wicket.

Rahane made 126, while Vijay made a classy 82 before he was trapped lbw by off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal. Rohit Sharma chipped in with 34, while Stuart Binny and Ravichandran Ashwin contributing 17 and 19 respectively.   Sri Lanka require to score 413 runs to win the fixture and take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. For Sri Lanka, pacer Dhammika Prasad (4-43) and off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal (4-118) shared the Indian wickets.