Trailing by 622 runs, Sri Lanka lost their first wicket on the 11th ball of the innings when opener Upul Tharanga was dismissed by Ashwin for a duck.
The hosts suffered an nearly immediate setback as opener Upul Tharanga was dismissed for a duck by Ashwin in just the second over. Catch India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test highlights and scorecard, Day 2 below.
"Looks like a decent wicket to bat, the surface looks nice and rolled in, plus the grass to keep it together as well", Kohli said after winning toss at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.
Ashwin registered figures of 2/38. The dependable batsman has 12 centuries to his name besides amassing 15 half centuries.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli would hope some strong services from Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav supporting the spinners. We have to play more sweep and reverse sweep shots.
He is guiding India against a Sri Lanka team who not only are woefully short of worldwide standards, but also have been plagued by injuries and the lack of form of their top spinner Rangana Herath.
Openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a flier but Dhawan's 34-run knock came to a halt when Dilruwan Perera trapped him in front of the wickets. Pujara departed in the first few minutes, falling to Karunaratne who was filling for the injured Nuwan Pradeep. He made 132, facing 22 deliveries and hitting 14 boundaries.
"I'm trying to play more balls from him, because if I batted a long time he will try to do something else and we can capitalise on the loose balls".
The Sri Lankans started the post-lunch session on a promising note when Ashwin was bowled by Herath shortly after completing his half-century. Rahane and he kept the innings going before the former departed in the 111th over for 132, giving Pushpakumara his first global wicket who deceived Rahane with a flighted delivery inviting him to hit over the top. Hardik Pandya was caught in the deep by Angelo Mathews off spinner Malinda Pushpakumara.
"Because the same thinking was in Melbourne in Australia, we wanted to dominate them and that's what we did".
A big turner from Herath left Saha stumped after tea, indicating the wear and tear on the pitch.
# Jadeja's batting record in Tests this year is superb - his tally being 288 in 10 innings, including four fifties, at an average of 48.00 - his highest in a calendar year.