Stats: Ravichandran Ashwin continues to torment Lahiru Thirimanne

Ashwin is just three wickets short of reaching the 300 mark in Tests
Ashwin is just four wickets short of reaching the 300 mark in Tests

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 205 on day one of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. India ended the day 194 runs behind as Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten at the end of the day with the score at 11/1.

After not picking up a wicket in the previous, Indian spinners bounced back in style as they picked up seven wickets. India, who made three changes to the side that drew the first Test in Kolkata got off to the perfect start thanks to the returning Ishant Sharma who got rid of opener Sadeera Samarawickrama early.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin got into the act soon afterwards before Ishant came back to dismiss the dangerous Dimuth Karunaratne for 51. From 122/3, the wicket of Karunaratne prompted a collapse that saw them eventually bowled out for 205.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal scored 57 but he was trapped by Ashwin after attempting a reverse sweep while batting with the tail. Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers, as he finished with four wickets while Jadeja and Ishant both picked up three apiece.

Here are some interesting statistical highlights from the day's play:

0 - No batsman has been dismissed by R Ashwin more times in international cricket than Lahiru Thirimanne. Across all formats, he has been dismissed 12 times by the off-spinner.

1 - Only one batsman has scored more Test runs than Dimuth Karunaratne in 2017. Dean Elgar leads the pack with 1,097 Test runs in the calendar with Karunaratne in second with 1,000 runs.

2 - Dimuth Karunaratne becomes only the second Sri Lankan opener after Sanath Jayasuriya to score 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year.

3 - Karunaratne has 1,000 runs in Tests in 2017. This is only the third time a Sri Lankan opener has reached the four-figure mark in a calendar year in Tests. Jayasuriya (1209 in 1997 and 1125 in 2004) did it the other two times.

5 - The number of times Ashwin has dismissed Thirimanne in Tests. Along with Dimuth Karunaratne (5), that is the most often he has dismissed a Sri Lankan batsman in Tests.

48 - Ravichandran Ashwin now has 48 Test wickets in 2017, which is the most by any Indian bowler in the calendar year. Ravindra Jadeja is second with 47.

Edited by Sankalp Srivastava


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