Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara hit sublime centuries to put India in command against Sri Lanka on Day 2 of the Nagpur Test. 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. Pujara completed his 14th ton after Vijay departed for 128. The batting duo, who resumed the day on 11-1, put together a 209-run stand on the second day.
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.
Gamage dismissed opener Lokesh Rahul for seven when India started their reply on the first day.
Both teams are looking to go one up in the three-Test series after the first Test ended in a draw in Kolkata.
(With inputs from AFP)