Nagpur, Nov 24: Indian bowlers maintained consistent pressure on Sri Lanka reducing them to 151 for 4 at tea on the first day of the second cricket Test here.
The trio of Ishant Sharma (2/33), Ravichandran Ashwin (1/45 in 18 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/28 in 13 overs) kept the islanders under tight leash despite skipper Dinesh Chandimal's unbeaten 47 off 92 balls.
Opener Dimuth Karunaratne had luck going his way during the first session, when he was dropped once and stumped off a no-ball another time, but still he could not fully capitalize on the reprieves getting out for 51.
Having already played 147 deliveries and hit six boundaries, his skipper Chandimal would have expected Karunaratne to help him stitch a bigger partnership than the 62 runs that they added for the fourth wicket.
Ishant finally sent the dogged Karunaratne back with a delivery that looked to have straightened after pitching. Karunaratne went for DRS but the replays showed that the delivery would have hit the off-stump.
Chandimal showed more intent than his teammates to get the scoreboard moving, hitting four boundaries and a down the ground six off Jadeja. When tea was called, Niroshan Dickwella (18) was giving him company.
Courtesy Chandimal, during the post-lunch session, Sri Lanka managed to score 104 runs in 32 overs while losing a couple of wickets.
Former skipper Angelo Mathews padded a Jadeja arm ball to be dismissed for 1 which brought Chandimal at the crease. The two best shots by the Lankan captain were a picture perfect straight drive and a copybook cover drive off Umesh Yadav at the stroke of tea. The cover drive also brought up Sri Lanka's 150.
Earlier, opener Sadeera Samarawickrama (13) and one down Lahiru Thirimanne (9) were out during a session where the visiting team went into a shell with a safety-first ploy in the 27 bowled during the first morning.