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India Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (TEST)

Date: Friday, 24 November 2017 Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur Match Status: Match Ended

India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs

205/10
Overs
79.1
R/R
2.59
Fours
21
Sixes
2
Extras
3
610/6
Overs
176.1
R/R
3.46
Fours
51
Sixes
4
Extras
9
166/10
Overs
49.3
R/R
3.37
Fours
19
Sixes
4
Extras
2
  • Ashwin got 4, Jadeja picked up 3 while Ishant Sharma bagged a 3-fer too. Sri Lanka will rue the fact that they threw it away yet again. They were good in patches but only Karunaratne and Chandimal showed stomach to fight. Both scored their respective fifties but perished soon after. Dickwella hung around for a bit but apart from them nobody else stood up. They now have to come out and bowl 9 overs. Can they do what the Indians did? Or will India dominate and take the day in their favor? Join us back in a while for India's reply...
  • A brilliant bowling performance from India has seen them bundling out the Lankans for a paltry, 205. They lost an important toss but have done exceedingly well to restrict the visitors. They were without their two strike bowlers but haven't let their team miss their absence. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav bowled with a lot of heart with the former being in terrific rhythm. Then the spin duo of Ashwin and Jadeja took over the reins and Sri Lanka found it really tough to counter them.
  • 79.1 OUT! And Ashwin wraps it up! 4-fer to him and a much satisfying performance from him, considering that he went wicket-less in the last game. Sticks to around the wicket and nicely loops it up outside off. Herath comes forward to run it down but ends up guiding it straight into the hands of Rahane at first slip. SRI LANKA BOWLED OUT FOR 205!
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE is the last man in.
  • 78.6 OUT! Yes, there's an edge and Lakmal starts to walk back. Brilliant bowling this from Ishant Sharma. It's his third of the match. He hurls a length delivery outside off, Lakmal stays back to defend but the ball straightens a touch, takes a faint outside edge and settles into the mitts of Saha behind. India are on course to bowl the Lankans out today itself. 205/9
  • 78.5 Fuller on middle, clipped towards the leg side.
  • 78.4 FOUR! Lakmal is playing handy innings. Back of a length delivery on middle, Lakmal stands tall and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. How long can he throw his bat around?
  • 78.3 Good stop from Ishant Sharma! Keeps it full on off, Lakmal backs away and tries to hit it down the ground. But gets it off the toe end of the bat and Sharma in his followthrough does well to get low and stop it with his left hand.
  • 78.2 Fuller and once again angling in on middle, Suranga drives it towards silly mid on.
  • 78.1 Angles in a length delivery from around the wicket, Lakmal stands behind the line and defends.
  • ISHANT SHARMA is called back into the attack. With the second new ball due in 2 overs, Kohli has asked his pacer to come and have a warm-up before having a go at the new cherry.
  • 77.6 Flat and quicker outside off, Herath lets it be. 201/8
  • 77.5 Around middle and off, defended into the ground.
  • 77.4 This one skids a bit off the surface, Rangana lunges forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 77.3 Quicker one on off, blocked watchfully.
  • 77.2 Ashwin bowls a carrom ball around off, Herath gets down and paddle sweeps it behind square on the leg side. Ishant in the deep does well to moves across to his right and stop it. Two added to the total. 200 comes up for Sri Lanka.
  • 77.1 Flattish outside off, Herath goes back to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads.
  • 76.6 Loopy outside off, driven off the front foot towards mid off. 199/8
  • 76.5 Suranga comes down the track and drives it back to Jadeja.
  • 76.4 Quicker through the air, skidding a bit, Lakmal comes forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. They appeal but it was going down leg.
  • 76.3 Tossed up outside off, driven towards the mid off fielder.
  • 76.2 Darted on the stumps, kept out off the front foot.
  • 76.1 FOUR! Takes the aerial route and it nearly goes the distance! Jadeja serves it full around middle, Lakmal clears the front leg and goes bang over wide mid on. The ball just bounced before going into the boundary rope.
  • 75.6 Now Herath presents a straight bat in blocking that solidly. 195/8
  • 75.5 Herath has a wild slog at that it misses. Needs to play a tad responsibly.
  • 75.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 75.3 Floated around off, Herath lunges forward in defense but gets it off the higher part of his bat towards silly point.
  • 75.2 On the pads, Herath misses the flick and wears it on the thigh pad.
  • 75.1 Loopy ball around off and middle, defended watchfully off the front foot.
  • 74.6 FOUR! Lakmal decides to use the long handle and it comes off in this instance. Clears his front leg and smashes it through wide mid on. Ishant runs to his right but fails to prevent the boundary. Maybe had he dived, things could have been different. 195/8
  • 74.5 Quicker around off and middle, Suranga defends with his bat and pad close to each other.
  • 74.4 Lakmal camps back and defends it from the crease.
  • 74.3 Flatter around leg, Herath cheekily sweeps it to fine leg for one.
  • 74.2 Another delivery in line of the stumps, watchfully kept out by Rangana.
  • 74.1 Jadeja bowls it on the stumps, Herath presents a straight bat in defending that.
  • Drinks are on the field. India has continued to make further inroads into the Lankan line up. India have managed to bowl 15 overs in this hour and have picked up 4/39. Partly the shot selection is to be blamed like in Chandimal's case. He had a big score for the taking. But instead of shepherding the tail, he fell to a poor shot. Can the tourists see the day off?
  • 73.6 Floated in line of the stumps, watchfully kept out. 190/8
  • 73.5 Flicked towards short leg from the crease.
  • 73.4 Ashwin comes round the wicket and bowls it around leg. Lakmal offers his pad for that.
  • 73.3 Herath reverse sweeps it towards deep backward point for one run.
  • 73.2 Looped outside off, Herath has a feel for it but misses.
  • 73.1 Herath lunges forward and defends it stoutly.
  • 72.6 This delivery is hit to the fielder at mid off. 189/8
  • 72.5 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • 72.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 72.3 Lakmal hits it straight to the cover fielder.
  • 72.2 FOUR! Of all the ways and areas to get runs, this is one! Jadeja serves it around middle and leg, Lakmal looks to go inside out. Gets a thick inner edge and the ball rolls through his legs into the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 72.1 Floated around off, Lakmal blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 71.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 185/8
  • 71.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 71.4 Flicked away off his pads to get off the mark.
  • SURANGA LAKMAL is the next man in.
  • 71.3 OUT! India use the review system to their advantage now to see the back of the Sri Lankan skipper. Chandimal falls for an atrocious shot, which he would be rueing in the dressing room. Ashwin loops it up around off, Dinesh gets down and misses his reverse sweep attempt. The ball strikes him on the right pad. India appeal but the umpire doesn't think that's out. Ashwin knows he has his man. Asks about the impact to Saha and then says that he himself feels it's very close. This convinces Kohli to go upstairs. Hawk Eye signals the end of Chandimal's innings by returning three red marks. Ashwin gets his third. India hastening the end now.
  • Another review! This time India opt for it. It is for an LBW decision against Chandimal. Ashwin insisted for it as he felt it was 'very close'.
  • 71.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 71.1 This is pushed to mid-wicket.
  • 70.6 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. 184/7
  • 70.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • The veteran RANGANA HERATH makes his way out to the middle.
  • 70.4 OUT! Jadeja gets his man! This is as easy a decision can get. Jadeja fires this at 90kmph on a length around off. Perera goes back to clip it away to the leg side but gets beaten for pace. The ball hits him on the front pad which is right in front of the stumps. The umpire gives him marching orders. Yet he has a talk with his skipper and opts for the UDRS. Ball Tracker returns three reds to end Perera's stay at the crease. He takes a review with him, too.
  • This is as plumb as it gets! Only an inside edge can save Perera this time as he opts to review an LBW decision against him.
  • 70.3 Chandimal plays it with the turn and hits it through mid off. One run is the result.
  • 70.2 Turns it through mid-wicket and ambles to the other end for a single.
  • 70.1 The ball has found the edge of the bat. Two runs added to the total.
  • 69.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 180/6
  • 69.5 Perera gets an outside edge past slip and gets three runs.
  • 69.4 The batsman dances down the track. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 69.3 Perera crosses over to the other end by playing it to long on.
  • 69.2 The batsman dances down the track. They pick up a single.
  • 69.1 Chandimal drives it towards mid on.
  • 68.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 174/6
  • 68.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Mid off goes back a bit. He is midway between a long off and mid off.
  • 68.4 SIX! Hello, oh hello! Forgetting what happened a delivery ago, Dilruwan decides to take on the bowler. Jadeja floats it around off, Perera slinks down the wicket and hits it straight over the bowler's head. Clean as a whistle. This is his 12th six this year, second in the list of most biggies hit.
  • 68.3 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 68.2 Not Out! Perera makes a good use of the review. The DRS is in place to avoid howlers like these. It looked out to the naked eye though. Jadeja fires it around off, Perera goes back to cut it but misses to get hit on the back pad. The hosts put in a celebratory appeal as he was in line of the stumps. The umpire ruled that out. Perera immediately used the DRS. It is seen that he ended up chopping the ball on his back pad as confirmed by Snicko. He is saved and will continue batting.
  • Time for the review! Perera seems to have been caught adjacent in front of the stumps. Indians' appeal is upheld by Richard Kettleborough. Perera, however, takes the DRS immediately. Only getting a bat can save him.
  • 68.1 Bowled around off, defended watchfully from the crease.
  • 67.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 168/6
  • 67.5 This ball is eased through covers for one run.
  • 67.4 Technically a DROPPED! Ashwin serves it around middle and leg, Perera goes back to flick it. Gets a thick edge to short leg. Pujara gets a hand onto that but fails to cling on. Such is his reputation, this will go down as a drop. These aren't easy ones, if they stick, they are applaudable.
  • 67.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 67.2 This ball is flicked towards short leg.
  • 67.1 Floated around off, Perera hits it towards the point region.
  • 66.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 167/6
  • 66.5 Finds the mid off fielder with this push from the crease.
  • 66.4 Perera gets off the mark with a gentle push through covers.
  • Silly point, short leg and a slip for Perera.
  • 66.3 Dinesh eases it to long on for one run.
  • 66.2 This ball is punched to the cover fielder.
  • 66.1 Flatter around off, buried on the ground off the front foot.
  • 65.6 Perera watchfully clips it to mid-wicket. A good successful over for Ashwin. 165/6
  • 65.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 65.4 Perera stays in the crease and bunts it.
  • 65.3 The batsman has offered no stroke to an incoming delivery.
  • DILRUWAN PERERA replaces Shanaka at the crease.
  • 65.2 OUT! Timber! Shanaka's forgetful outing with the bat continues. Just a while back Sanjay Manjrekar was comparing the non-turning deliveries of Ashwin and Jadeja and here is the former striking with the one that doesn't spin. Continues round the wicket to Dasun and lands it around off. Shanaka goes back to play for the turn that is absent. Finds that the off stump is pegged back. Looks like a darts session where the bull's eye has been hit through the only visible area, as the stumps weren't really visible. The off spinner's joy is visible and why won't it! Sri Lanka slip further.
  • 65.1 Tossed up around middle, Dinesh uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and drives it to long on for a run.
  • 64.6 Shanaka finds the mid on fielder with the drive. Another maiden on the trot for Jadeja. 164/5
  • 64.5 Dasun shows the full bat face to block that.
  • Sanjay Manjrekar observes that when Ashwin bowls the arm delivery, it is easier to pick. When Jadeja bowls the arm delivery, it isn't easy to pick as it creates the impression that it will spin away. This is what caught Mathews off guard. He played for the non-existent turn to get out LBW.
  • 64.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 64.3 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects.
  • 64.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 64.1 Shanaka defends this off the front foot.
  • 63.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 164/5
  • 63.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 63.4 Shanaka gets an inside edge agonizingly past the leg gully fielder for a run. The extra bounce on that occasion made him edge that.
  • 63.3 The batsman has played it to the point region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 63.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 63.1 Ashwin comes round the wicket and bowls it outside off. Dinesh eases it towards covers.
  • 62.6 Dasun stays in the crease to defend it watchfully. A maiden for Jaddu. 162/5
  • 62.5 The batsman dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
  • 62.4 Shanaka presents a straight bat face as he defends that.
  • 62.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 62.2 Shanaka presents a solid forward defense to this one.
  • 62.1 Driven towards the mid-off region.
  • 61.6 Shanaka gets down on his knee and sweeps it through backward square leg. Gets off the mark with that. 162/5
  • 61.5 Chandimal drives it down to long on for a single.
  • 61.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 61.3 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 61.2 A stifled appeal, not upheld. Ashwin bowls it flatter on the stumps, Chandimal looks to flick it away but misses to get hit on the front pad. The appeal is turned down as it seems to be sliding down leg.
  • 61.1 The batsman dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
  • DASUN SHANAKA comes in at the fall of the fifth wicket. He had a game to forget with the bat in the previous match. Will he able to make amends now?
  • 60.6 OUT! Dickwella commits a blunder! Tries to take Jadeja on but the move doesn't pay off. Jaddu floats it around off, the wicketkeeper-batsman charges down the track and looks to go big on the on side. Ends up getting a leading edge which makes the ball go a long way up in the air. Ishant settles under it at mid off and pouches it safely. Once more Niroshan has failed to make his start count. Sri Lanka lose half their side now. 160/5
  • 60.5 14th Test fifty for Dinesh Chandimal. Came in when Sri Lanka had lost an experienced Mathews and steadied the ship with some clean hitting and smart batting. He needs to make it big here. He goes back and punches it towards long off for a run to bring up the milestone.
  • 60.4 Chandimal smashes it but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 60.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 60.2 Dickwella wrists it through mid-wicket and crosses over to the other end.
  • 60.1 Tossed up around off, eased through covers for one.
  • RAVINDRA JADEJA to bowl from the other end.
  • 59.6 Arm delivery around off and middle, defended with a straight blade. 157/4
  • 59.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 59.4 FOUR! Not expected from Jadeja - a misfield. Dickwella smashes it towards him at covers, he gets to his right but fails to stop it despite the dive. Before he can recover and retrieve the ball, it makes contact with the fence.
  • 59.3 Ashwin serves it fuller around middle and leg, Chandimal flicks it through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 59.2 Dickwella goes inside out and hits it towards covers. The batsman cross over for a very quick run.
  • 59.1 Floated around off, Dickwella lunges forward and defends.
  • CHANDIMAL and DICKWELLA walk out with the bat. Both have looked positive so far and will look to carry on in the same vein. Both are good players of spin and hence pose a sterner task for the Indian spin twins. ASHWIN will begin the proceedings for the session. A slip and a leg slip in place. Let's roll...
  • Welcome back for the final session. We have 31 overs left in the day's play. If Kohli persists with Ashwin and Jadeja for most parts of this session, there's no reason why they won't be bowled today.
  • ... DAY 1, SESSION 3 ...
  • Niroshan Dickwella then arrived at the crease and he is someone who doesn't sit back and play the waiting game. He started to score runs at a good rate and just towards the end of the session we saw the Lankan skipper getting in the mix. He is about to reach his fifty and it it would be interesting to see if he can get a big one under his belt. The Indians, on the other hand will be looking to come out and keep picking wickets. Who will take the honors in the final session? Remains to be seen. Join us back shortly...
  • This session - 32 Overs, 104 Runs and 2 Wickets! A session shared by both the sides. The Indian spinners, Jadeja and Ashwin started the session right on the money. The former removed Mathews early and the visitors were in a spot of bother. Skipper Chandimal and Karunaratne then got together, saw off a few nervy moments and stringed a 50-plus stand. The latter scored a fifty and departed soon after courtesy Ishant Sharma's disciplined lines and lengths.
  • 58.6 A bit short and outside off, Chandimal stands tall and punches it towards Pujara at cover-point. TEA ON DAY 1! 151/4
  • 58.5 Short of a length delivery outside off, Chandimal ducks under it.
  • 58.4 FOUR! What a fabulous shot that is! Yadav once again ends up bowling it a bit too full outside off. The Lankan skipper leans into it and drills it through the covers. No need to run for those.
  • 58.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 58.2 FOUR! Classical from Dinesh! Umesh serves a half-volley on off, Chandimal takes a little stride forward and drives it neatly off the middle of the bat. Has enough to beat mid off and race away to the fence down the ground. Moves into the 40s now.
  • 58.1 Fuller in length on off, driven towards mid off.
  • 57.6 Under edged and through! Flatter one outside off, Dickwella once again makes room and tries to go hard at it. Gets an under edge which jams Rahane on his right foot and rolls further. They take a couple of runs. 143/4
  • 57.5 Dances down the track and drives it towards the man at mid off.
  • 57.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 57.3 Quicker delivery outside off, Dickwella takes his front foot across and pads it away. Jadeja appeals but the impact was outside the line. Although it doesn't matter in this case, it wouldn't have come in sufficiently.
  • 57.2 FOUR! Slapped powerfully! Jadeja drops it short outside off, Dickwella makes room and flays it through covers. Pujara gives it a chase but never for a moment it seemed like he would cut that one off.
  • 57.1 Bowls it quicker through the air from over the wicket, Dickwella seems to be undone by the pace on it. The ball hits the portion near the sticker of the bat and rolls back towards the bowler.
  • RAVINDRA JADEJA is back on!
  • 56.6 Back of a length but going down leg, Dickwella helps it towards fine leg for a single. 137/4
  • 56.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 56.4 Fuller on off, pushed towards Ishant at mid off.
  • 56.3 Harmless delivery outside off, blocked off the back foot.
  • 56.2 Good length delivery on middle, defended off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 56.1 FOUR! How effortless was that? Yadav bowls a length delivery outside off, Niroshan reaches out to that one and drives it square of the wicket on the off side. Connects it off the meat and is able to split the gap through point to pick up another boundary.
  • 55.6 Ashwin pitches it outside leg, Chandimal pads it away. A maiden from Ravi Ash! 132/4
  • 55.5 Dances down the track and drives it back to the bowler.
  • 55.4 Loops delivery on middle and leg, tucked uppishly towards square leg.
  • 55.3 Flicks it with the turn towards mid-wicket.
  • 55.2 Flatter through the air on middle, punched towards Jadeja again.
  • 55.1 Shimmies down the track and clips it towards Jaddu at mid-wicket.
  • 54.6 On a length and outside off, the ball seems to have stopped a bit off the deck. Dickwella is early into the drive and nearly spoons one towards extra cover. 132/4
  • 54.5 Back of a length on middle, worked away towards the mid-wicket region.
  • 54.4 Direct hit and Dickwella would have been sent packing here! Not a good option to take one of the best fielders in the opposition camp - Jadeja! Length ball outside off, Chandimal taps it in front of covers and calls for the single. Jadeja is quick to the ball, picks it up and fires it at the striker's end with his throwing arm, the left one. He misses the target but replays show had that hit, Dickwella would have been a goner. A single taken.
  • 54.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 54.2 Length delivery, angling in, tucked towards mid-wicket.
  • 54.1 Back of a length outside off, punched towards mid off.
  • UMESH YADAV is back on!
  • 53.6 Ashwin sees Dickwella dancing down the track and hence drops it short on the stumps. The Lankan keeper still manages to keep it out. 131/4
  • 53.5 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man.
  • 53.4 Comes down the track and flicks it to Kohli at short mid-wicket. The ball bursts off Kohli's fingers and rolls away towards long on. A run taken.
  • 53.3 Wrists it with the turn towards mid on.
  • 53.2 Around middle and leg, Dickwella paddles it fine down the leg side. Ishant in the deep does well to stop the ball but then he falls after doing so. In the meanwhile, the batsmen are aware of this and they take three.
  • 53.1 In the air... safe! Ashwin tosses it up around middle and off, dipping in on the batsman. Chandimal tries nudging it away but gets it aerially off the inner half towards leg slip. The ball falls short of KL Rahul there and runs further away. A single taken.
  • 52.6 Fuller in length outside off, left alone with ease. 126/4
  • 52.5 Ahead of a length outside off, poked off the front foot towards point.
  • 52.4 Good stop, Rahane! Back of a length outside off, Niroshan stays back, opens the bat face and tries to run it down towards third man. But Rahane at gully is very alert as he quickly sticks his left hand out and stops the ball.
  • 52.3 Fuller on off, strokes into the hands of the short extra cover fielder.
  • 52.2 FOUR! Nicely done! Short of a length delivery outside off, Dickwella stands tall and packs a punch behind point for a boundary. No protection in the deep and he gets going now!
  • 52.1 Short of a length outside off, cut off the back foot to point.
  • 51.6 Loops it on the stumps, nudged towards the leg side. A maiden from Ashwin! 122/4
  • 51.5 Waits for the ball to come and then turns it towards square leg.
  • 51.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 51.3 Works it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 51.2 A bit short on off, driven square of the wicket by Chandimal.
  • 51.1 Pushed off the front foot towards mid off.
  • NIROSHAN DICKWELLA is the new man in. Remember, he got into the nerves of the Indians on the final day of the first Test. Can he do the same by giving support to his skipper?
  • 50.6 OUT! The decision stands! Ishant Sharma provides a much-needed breakthrough. He comes running in and drops it on a length around middle and leg. The ball nips back in just a touch and hits Karunaratne on the pads who tries to flick it across the line. A loud appeal follows and umpire Kettleborough after taking his time, raises the dreaded finger. The southpaw slowly walks down the track and after a chat with Chandimal takes the DRS. The front foot is fine. There is no bat involved either. And the Ball Tracking shows it's pitching in line and it clips the top of off stump. So, the umpire's call stays! Sri Lanka lose Karunaratne but they retain the review. 122/4
  • A loud shout for an LBW against Karunaratne and umpire Kettleborough has given it OUT. Where is it pitching? Is it pitching outside leg? Dimuth talks to his partner and takes the DRS...
  • 50.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 50.4 Chandimal taps it in front of cover-point and calls through for a quick single. There is a shy at the striker's end but no harm done.
  • 50.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, Dinesh stands tall and defends.
  • 50.2 Good length delivery on middle and off, defended towards the cover fielder.
  • 50.1 Bangs in a short ball on middle, Chandimal ducks under it.
  • 49.6 Pushes off the front foot towards the cover fielder. 121/3
  • 49.5 Fuller on the stumps, kept out nicely.
  • 49.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 49.3 There he gets to the milestone but not in a convincing manner! Who cares as long as you are safe out there. 1K runs for the southpaw in the calendar year. Becomes only the second Lankan to do after the great, Sanath Jayasuriya. Flighted delivery, dipping in, DK looks to work it away but gets and inside edge past short leg. He didn't know the ball has gone fine and Chandimal asks him to cross over.
  • 49.2 Slider around middle and off, the batsman presses forward in defense.
  • 49.1 Tosses it up on the stumps, clipped behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 48.6 A bit fuller on middle and leg, nudged towards the mid-wicket fielder. 118/3
  • 48.5 Bangs in a short ball on middle, Karunaratne is quick to duck under it as the ball sails over him to the keeper.
  • 48.4 Stays behind the line and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 48.3 Sloppy from Rohit! Sharma angles it full and on the pads, Chandimal wrists it towards short mid-wicket where Rohit fumbles and lets the ball through. But then he quickly gets up and gives it a chase. The ball stops near the rope and Rohit shows good presence of mind to pick the ball when he didn't touch the rope. Saves a run for his side.
  • 48.2 Good length delivery, angling in, Dinesh clips it towards mid-wicket.
  • 48.1 Ishant serves it full outside off, the Lankan skipper drives it towards cover.
  • 47.6 Drops it around off, skids a bit off the surface. Dimuth looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Karunaratne still stays on 999 runs in the calendar year. 115/3
  • 47.5 Loopy ball, pitched around middle and off, pushed towards the man at mid on.
  • 47.4 Keeps it nice and full on middle and off, DK prods forward in defense.
  • 47.3 Crouches low and clips it past short leg for a single.
  • 47.2 Gives it loop outside off, Dinesh leans into it and drives it through covers for a couple of runs.
  • 47.1 Floated delivery on middle, Chandimal digs it out towards mid on.
  • ASHWIN to replace Jadeja now.
  • 46.6 On a length and outside off, Dimuth covers the line and offers a straight blade. 112/3
  • 46.5 A bit fuller on off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 46.4 On a length outside off, DK shoulders his arms.
  • 46.3 Flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 46.2 14th Test fifty for Dimuth Karunaratne! He continues his good run in the calendar year! But if his side needs to post a good total, he needs to get a big one here. Back of a length delivery outside off, tapped in front of point for a single. Gets a hug from his skipper as well. Agreed, he has got reprieves but then you need to make use of them.
  • 46.1 FOUR! Shot! Moves to 49 now! Ishant goes around the wicket and offers ample width outside off. Dimuth stands tall and cuts it exquisitely through backward point for a boundary. And the 50-run stand comes up between the two! Is Sri Lankan innings coming back on track?
  • ISHANT SHARMA is recalled into the attack.
  • 45.6 On middle and off, defended by getting forward. 106/3
  • 45.5 Quicker one on middle and leg, jammed out towards mid-wicket.
  • 45.4 Tosses it up outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 45.3 Quicker and fuller on off, blocked off the front foot gently.
  • 45.2 Once again gets across and works it in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 45.1 Darts it on middle and leg, Dimuth gets across and flicks it straight towards short mid-wicket.
  • After an hour of play after Lunch, DRINKS are on the field! Sri Lanka are crawling ahead with the game. The run flow can well be credited to Chandimal as he has looked to score from the outset. From the time he has walked out, he hasn't been afraid to attack the spinners. The 45-run stand between him and Karunaratne, who is close to his fifty, is flourishing and India will look to end it as soon as they can.
  • 44.6 Length outside off, Chandimal opens the face of the bat to guide it through backward point for a brace. 105/3
  • 44.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 44.4 FOUR! 3000 Test runs for Chandimal! What an authoritative stroke to get there. Length delivery outside off, Chandimal dishes out the cover drive. Ashwin from mid off runs after it but stands no chance of cutting it off with his speed.
  • 44.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 44.2 Shorter around off, pulled towards the man at fine leg for a single.
  • 44.1 Yadav runs in from round the wicket and bowls it on a length around off. Dimuth plays it from the crease.
  • 43.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 98/3
  • 43.5 FOUR! Chandimal does what he does best - attack. Jadeja loops it up around leg, the batsman gets down and dishes out the sweep shot. Gets it through backward square leg for a boundary. On first look, it seemed as if he missed the ball with that shot.
  • 43.4 A yorker from Jadeja! Chandimal does well to dig it back.
  • 43.3 Driven towards the mid on region.
  • 43.2 This ball is flicked off his pads towards square leg.
  • 43.1 The batsman dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
  • 42.6 FOUR! Karunaratne is looking in good touch and now moves into the 40s. Fuller outside off, Dimuth strides forward and drives it with pristine timing through covers for a boundary. 94/3
  • 42.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 42.4 Yadav continues over the wicket and lands it full around off, Dimuth knocks it towards covers.
  • 42.3 Chandimal flicks it off his pads through the gap between the short mid on and mid-wicket. Gets a single.
  • 42.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • A short mid on and a catching mid-wicket in place. Perhaps to curb the flick that Chandimal tends to play.
  • 42.1 Yadav lands it around off, Chandimal shows a full bat face and blocks it.
  • 41.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. 89/3
  • 41.5 FOUR! Commanding shot that! Jadeja serves it fuller around off, Karunaratne moves across the stumps and chips it aerially over mid-wicket for a boundary. He has got a couple of lives and has also survived some close calls but he's making the most of them and playing well here.
  • 41.4 This ball is wristed towards mid-wicket.
  • 41.3 Floated outside off, Karunaratne plays it with soft hands towards covers. Wants a run but Pujara gets to the ball quickly to deny any such chance.
  • 41.2 On the pads, flicked away to fine leg for one.
  • 41.1 Well bowled. Jadeja fires this at 90 kmph just outside off. Chandimal had to get his bat down hurriedly to keep that out.
  • 40.6 On a length around off, punched towards mid-wicket from the crease. 84/3
  • 40.5 Another ball outside the line of the stumps, left alone.
  • 40.4 Yadav changes his angle and comes round the wicket. Bowls it outside off, Karunaratne shoulders arms to that.
  • 40.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 40.2 Sprayed down the leg side, Dimuth just lets it be.
  • 40.1 Umesh now runs in from over the wicket to the left-hander and serves it on a length just outside off. Karunaratne feels for it but gets beaten. Wasn't far from the outside edge.
  • 39.6 This ball is blocked watchfully from the crease. Jadeja is playing the controlling role perfectly. He had conceded 7 runs off his first two overs and now his figures read 8-2-12-1. He's creating the pressure from one end. 84/3
  • 39.5 Tossed up outside off, Chandimal plays it with the turn through cover-point. Huge cheers fill the ground as Ishant chases it from point. The batters get a brace.
  • 39.4 Floated around off, driven back towards the bowler.
  • 39.3 Straighter outside off, Chandimal points his bat skywards as he leaves it alone.
  • 39.2 DC gets really low and blocks it solidly.
  • 39.1 Dropped around off, Chandimal lunges forward in defense.
  • 38.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 82/3
  • 38.5 Length delivery on the shorter side outside off, Karunaratne finds the real estate through cover-point with his punch. Jadeja runs after it from point before which the batsmen get a brace.
  • 38.4 Continues round the wicket to the southpaw and bowls it around off. DK shows a straight willow and blocks it.
  • 38.3 Yadav comes over the wicket to the right hander and bowls it on the pads. Chandimal tickles it away towards fine leg for one run.
  • 38.2 Short delivery around off and middle, Dimuth pulls it away confidently through backward square leg. Vijay runs to his right from fine leg and keeps them down to one.
  • 38.1 Yadav steams in from round the wicket and bowls a back of a length delivery outside off. Karunaratne punches it straight to the fielder in the cover region.
  • Rohit's love affair with the spider cam continues! He's having fun with it when it is lowered down. Meanwhile, UMESH YADAV is back into the attack. Will the change in pace help?
  • 37.6 A straight bat face shown in defending this one from the crease. 78/3
  • 37.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 37.4 DC lunges forward and bunts it.
  • 37.3 A yes-no call... All's well eventually! Chandimal gets an inside edge through square leg and wants a run. But Karunaratne spots Ashwin there and denies the run. The fielder does well to prevent the run there. Dinesh is back in safely.
  • 37.2 Good running. Karunaratne taps it towards mid on and sets off for a quick run. He completes it with ease.
  • 37.1 Landed around off, blocked solidly from the crease.
  • 36.6 Hit straight to the mid on fielder. 77/3
  • 36.5 Karunaratne flicks it through square leg and crosses over to the other end.
  • 36.4 A forward defense displayed by Dimuth to this delivery on the stumps.
  • 36.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.2 Karunaratne strides forward and defends it with a full bat face.
  • 36.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 35.6 A maiden from Jadeja as the Lankan skipper pushes it towards covers. 76/3
  • 35.5 Chandimal shows a straight bat to defend this.
  • 35.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 35.3 Chandimal covers his stumps and shoulders arms.
  • 35.2 Flatter outside off, slapped to the man at covers.
  • 35.1 Outside off, eased towards covers.
  • 34.6 Dinesh flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 76/3
  • 34.5 Now Karunaratne rotates the strike by playing this towards long on.
  • 34.4 Floated around off, driven through mid on for a single.
  • 34.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • Catching mid-wicket in place...
  • 34.2 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground. They pick up a single.
  • 34.1 This ball is blocked from the crease.
  • 33.6 This ball is pushed towards mid on. 72/3
  • 33.5 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 33.4 DC comes down the track and blocks this.
  • 33.3 On the pads, flicked away off the pads for a single.
  • 33.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 33.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 32.6 This ball is guided towards third man for a single. 71/3
  • 32.5 Karunaratne blocks it off the front foot.
  • 32.4 The batsman charges down the wicket. One run added to the total.
  • 32.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 32.2 SIX! This is what Chandimal can do - attack! He charges down the track and hits it straight over the bowler's head. The ball goes all the way for half a dozen.
  • 32.1 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects.
  • 31.6 Chandimal gets it off the inside half of his bat through square leg for a run. 63/3
  • 31.5 DC charges down and flicks it to mid on.
  • 31.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.3 The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot.
  • 31.2 Flatter on the pads, Chandimal looks to flick it but it goes off the pads to Rahane at first slip. The hosts appeal but the umpire shakes his head in negation. Missing leg maybe. Meanwhile, Rahane had a shy at the striker's end but missed. All's safe in the end.
  • 31.1 Driven through mid-off by the batsman.
  • 30.6 The on-field call stays! NOT OUT it is and Karunaratne survives yet again! Ashwin floats it around off, Dimuth gets forward to block but misses to wear it on the front pad. Ashwin and co go up in unison but the umpire stays put. There is a small discussion on the field post which Kohli opts to review it. Replays show that although the pitching and the impact are alright, the ball is seen clipping the leg stick on the Hawk Eye. Hence the umpire's original decision stays. Indians retain their review though. 62/3
  • It's all happening! The Indians appeal ecstatically for an LBW against Karunaratne. It is taken upstairs by the home side. Will he survive again?
  • 30.5 The relative silence in the crowd shows that the decision is NOT OUT! Ashwin tosses this outside off, Karunaratne strides forward to block and plays inside the line. But there is extra bounce on that one, which means that Dimuth misses the ball. Saha hops up to take that and whips the bails off and asks the question. The third umpire has to be involved. This time, the southpaw has hit feet firmly grounded inside the crease. Much better this time than in the pre-lunch session when he dragged it out. He survives to battle on.
  • There is a stumping appeal against Karunaratne. Will he be lucky once more or has he run out of that? His expressions show he is safe. We'll find out...
  • 30.4 Chandimal drives it through mid off for a single.
  • 30.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 30.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 30.1 This ball is pushed towards mid on.
  • Skipper DINESH CHANDIMAL walks in to the middle next. He has this knack of playing counter-attacking innings from such situations. Will he do so? Or is his grafting game coming to the fore today?
  • 29.6 OUT! Mathews departs! Jadeja bowls it from round the wicket and lands it around off. Mathews strides forward and looks to block. But the ball goes straight on and strikes him on the front pad. The Indians appeal and the umpire signals in affirmative. Mathews has a chat with Karunaratne and then signals a 'T'. Snicko doesn't show the presence of an edge as the bat and the pad are well away from each other and the ball was far from the inside edge too. Hawk Eye shows that the ball would have clipped the leg stump. Mathews has to walk back but the review is retained. 60/3
  • Mathews is gone! He has been ruled out LBW by the on-field umpire. However, he has a chat with his partner and uses the DRS. Looks to be in trouble.
  • 29.5 Mathews blocks this off his front foot.
  • 29.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 29.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 29.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 29.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 28.6 This ball is flicked away off his pads for a run. 9 runs off this over. 60/2
  • 28.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 28.4 FOUR! Much better and very much in control. Mathews is a good player of spin and he takes the aerial route on this occasion. Takes it on the up and hits it over mid on. Almost goes the distance. The umpire on-field isn't sure and hence goes upstairs to check whether it is a four or a six. Replays shows that it bounces just in front of the ropes.
  • 28.3 FOUR! Lucky, very lucky is Mathews here! Ashwin bowls it flatter outside off, Angelo looks to play the cut. Gets an under edge that bounces just short of Rahane's left hand and runs away to the third man fence. Could have easily chopped it on.
  • 28.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 28.1 Around off, Mathews blocks it with a straight bat.
  • RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN to bowl from the other end.
  • 27.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 51/2
  • 27.5 FOUR! Well played. Why look for unconventional shots when the orthodox ones fetch you runs? Jadeja offers it outside off, Karunaratne drives it through wide mid off. Vijay runs after it and puts in the slide but takes the ball with him on the other side of the ropes.
  • 27.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 27.3 Flatter outside off, Karunaratne goes for the reverse sweep. Misses the ball and gets rapped on the front pad. A stifled appeal from the Indians dies down. The impact was well outside off.
  • 27.2 Edged but safe! Karunaratne looks to defend but gets an outside edge that goes on the bounce to Rahane at slip. Jadeja has began on the money here!
  • 27.1 Begins with a straighter delivery outside off, Dimuth plays for the turn that's not there. Misses the ball.
  • We're back! After a sumptuous meal, the players will have that added vigor to put up a good show. Well, as cricket enthusiasts, we can hope for a delicious passage of play to pan out. Sri Lanka have been moving at a slow pace and they would look to increase it now. DIMUTH KARUNARATNE and MATHEWS will resume their battle. RAVINDRA JADEJA will start off with the ball.
  • ... DAY 1, SESSION 2 ...
  • Sri Lanka could have lost another wicket had Jadeja not overstepped in the only over he bowled before lunch. Karunaratne is lucky to be still out there, as he was dropped by Pujara before going on to survive a stumping scare. His side would be hoping that he makes the most of the reprieves once the play resumes. The Indian spinners are getting some purchase off the deck and it would be a task in front of the batsmen to counter them. They were kept quiet at the Eden Gardens but it won't be the same as this surface is a bit dry as compared to that one. So, will Sri Lanka take their own time to score or will there be a change in approach? Join us back for the post-lunch session...
  • An eventful first session comes to an end. The Indians lost the toss but they wouldn't be complaining with their efforts so far. They haven't let Sri Lanka off the hook and mind you, they have done that in the absence of their two strike bowlers. Ishant Sharma, set the tone up by removing Samarawickrama first while Umesh Yadav kept the dot ball pressure from the other end. Both bowled on the trot till the drinks break and then Kohli brought Ashwin into the attack. The offie was very disciplined. He pitched the ball in the right areas and also broke the stubborn stand between Thirimanne and Karunaratne.
  • 26.6 Lovely delivery to end the session! Ashwin tosses it up outside off, Mathews goes back to play for the turn but the ball zips through to beat the outside edge. Saha fails to collect it cleanly and that's also LUNCH ON DAY 1! 47/2
  • 26.5 Slower one on off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 26.4 More flight around off, defended down watchfully.
  • 26.3 Tossed on the stumps, flicked towards short mid-wicket where Rahul makes a tumbling stop.
  • 26.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 26.1 Flighted ball on the stumps, driven towards mid on.
  • Last over before lunch.
  • 25.6 Gets a bit forward and blocks it down. 47/2
  • 25.6 STUMPED OFF A NO BALL! Would you believe it? Ravindra Jadeja has overstepped and a spinner doing this is a crime. Karunaratne survives another scare here and the Indians can't believe this. Jadeja bowls it slower through the air outside off, Dimuth Karunaratne takes a good stride forward to defend but fails to put bat on ball as he expected the ball to turn in and hence played for that. However, the ball goes straight on to the keeper, who collects it and takes the bails off. He is confident and appeals long and hard. They refer it upstairs. It's shown that Jadeja has overstepped and so, that's the end of the story. On seeing further, it's seen that Dimuth has his foot outside the crease, as he came forward in defense and failed to drag his back foot to safety on time. Lucky he is, yet again.
  • Drama again in the middle. Saha has whipped the bails off quickly and he feels that Karunaratne was well outside the crease. Let's wait and see as the umpire has gone upstairs...
  • 25.5 Gets forward and defends it down the track.
  • 25.4 This one comes in from outside off, Dimuth tries to flick it away but misses and is hit on the thigh pad.
  • 25.3 Flat and short on the stumps, punched past cover for a single.
  • 25.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 25.1 Flighted delivery from over the wicket, worked in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • ANGELO MATHEWS steps out to bat next, replacing Thirimanne. Also, there is a bowling change as RAVINDRA JADEJA is asked to roll his arm over. Let's see how he goes about with his thing. With 6 minutes to go for lunch, it'll be interesting to see how Sri Lanka will take care of him.
  • 24.6 OUT! Bowled 'em! Well, well, an Indian spinner strikes for the first time in the series! Ashwin tosses it up outside off, Thirimanne sinks low to sweep this one but the ball doesn't turn. It skids off the surface, beats the outside part of the bat and hits the off stump. Lahiru wasn't looking comfortable and now has to walk back without troubling the scorers much. The Indians have broken the stubborn 121-ball stand at last. 44/2
  • 24.5 Tossed up on off, dipping in, bunted back to Ashwin.
  • 24.4 Flatter on middle, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • 24.3 Slower one around off, Thirimanne makes a bit of room and pushes it towards the right of the bowler.
  • 24.2 Flatter outside off, cracked off the back foot towards the point fielder.
  • 24.1 Flighted delivery around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 23.6 Stays back and runs it wide of the man at point to keep strike. 44/1
  • 23.5 Shortish in length outside off, punched off the back foot again. Finds the man at the catching position.
  • 23.4 Fuller and angling in, blocked out by the batsman.
  • 23.3 Good length delivery outside off, dabbed with soft hands towards the off side.
  • 23.2 Back of a length outside off, crunched once again off the back foot towards the same region.
  • 23.1 Shortish outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • UMESH YADAV is back into the attack. Two catching fielders are stationed in the cover region.
  • 22.6 Full on middle, driven towards the fielder at mid on. 43/1
  • 22.5 Ashwin bowls it down leg, Lahiru gets down and sweeps it towards fine leg for a single this time.
  • 22.4 Flatter one around the pads, clipped fine down the leg side for a brace.
  • 22.3 Slower one on off, defended by keeping bat and pad together.
  • 22.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 22.1 Tossed up on middle, worked towards the leg side for one.
  • 21.6 A shout for an LBW but nothing from the umpire. Sharma bangs in a short ball on middle and leg, Thirimanne takes evasive action but this one doesn't rise as much as he expected it to. Wears it on the back next to the shoulder. Replays show it would have gone over the stumps. 39/1
  • 21.5 Fuller in length delivery outside off, Dimuth drives it back down the ground. Sharma in his followthrough tries to stop it but fails to do so. The ball rolls towards Vijay mid on who fumbles but then himself retrieves it. Only a single taken.
  • 21.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 21.3 Tad fuller on off, driven on the up back to Sharma.
  • 21.2 Stays back to this length ball and defends again.
  • 21.1 Good length around middle and off, defended towards the on side.
  • 20.6 Yes... No... and there is a chance of run out now! Karunaratne gets away again. Dimuth clips it through short leg and calls for the single. Thirimanne responds but the striker stutters. They eventually take off as Saha chases the ball to his right and fires a wild throw at the bowler's end. A better throw could have made things interesting here. The single is completed. An eventful over comes to an end. 38/1
  • 20.5 Gets a bit forward and blocks it down.
  • 20.4 In the air... dropped! It's that man, Pujara once again in the picture. Seems like the cherry loves him today. He took a great catch early today, scored a direct hit but to no avail and now drops one but a good effort nonetheless. Ashwin floats it up outside off, Karunaratne says enough of blocking it out. He steps down the track and tries to go big. Gets it off the inner half but aerially towards mid on. Pujara stationed there waits for the ball and tries to leap but the timing isn't good enough. The ball bursts through his fingers and rolls further down towards long on. A couple of runs taken but Kohli appreciates the effort.
  • 20.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 20.2 Bowls it around middle and leg, worked in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 20.1 Bowls it quicker through the air but it is well outside off, Thirimanne cuts it straight to the point fielder.
  • 19.6 Persists with his length, which is outside off. Not going after that says the batsman. 34/1
  • Vijay Shankar is on the field not sure for whom though.
  • 19.5 Keeps it on a fuller length on middle and off, Karunaratne brings his bat down quickly and bunts it back to the bowler.
  • 19.4 Harmless delivery outside off, left alone without much fuss.
  • 19.3 Angles it in on middle and leg, Dimuth gets across to clip it away but misses and wears it on the pads. No appeal as it was going down leg.
  • 19.2 Fuller in length this time, driven nicely but couldn't get it past the fielder at mid off.
  • 19.1 Good length ball outside off, the batsman presses forward and defends it down on the off side.
  • 18.6 Slows it through the air, keeps it full on middle and off, kept out safely. 34/1
  • 18.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 18.4 NOT OUT! Karunaratne is safe! But lovely fielding from Pujara, this. Simply outstanding! Ashwin drops it a bit short on middle, Dimuth goes back and punches it towards mid on. He takes Pujara on and sets off for a single. Cheteshwar quickly charges towards the ball, picks it up and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. They all appeal and it's taken upstairs. Replays show DK did well to drag his bat. A brisk single picked up.
  • Direct hit from Pujara now. He has been in the thick of things. He believes he has got his man - Karunaratne and so do his teammates. The umpire refers it upstairs...
  • 18.3 Takes a stride forward and buries it into the ground.
  • 18.2 Flatter outside off, defended off the back foot.
  • 18.1 Tossed up outside off, defended in front of silly point.
  • 17.6 Good length ball outside off, Thirimanne is happy to block that one out. The runs seem to have dried up completely. Maiden after maiden is what the Indians are bowling! 33/1
  • 17.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 17.4 Once again the ball is holding its line. Lahiru defends it off the front foot towards cover.
  • 17.3 On a good length and around middle and off, defended towards the on side.
  • 17.2 Good length delivery around off, blocked off the front foot gently.
  • 17.1 Starts off the spell from around the wicket and dishes out a length ball outside off. Thirimanne watches it till the last moment before letting it be.
  • As expected Umesh Yadav is given some rest and ISHANT SHARMA is called back into the attack. He found good rhythm in his first spell and has already opened his account. Can he get one more?
  • 16.6 Drifting in from around off, DK lunges ahead to defend but gets an inside edge as the ball rolls towards square leg. Another maiden! 33/1
  • 16.5 Sees the flight and Dimuth's eyes light up. He drives hard but finds the man at cover.
  • 16.4 Gets behind the line and defends.
  • 16.3 Some turn there for Ash but the length is short. It gives ample time for Dimuth to go back and push it towards point.
  • 16.2 Tossed up on off, Karunaratne comes down the track and works it off the inner half towards the leg side.
  • 16.1 Flighted delivery around off, Dimuth works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 15.6 This one holds its line, bowled in the corridor on off. Left alone. Should be the last over for the pacer, this. He has bowled 8 overs on the trot. 33/1
  • 15.5 Tries to bring in from outside off, LT knows where his off stump is and carefully shoulders his arms to that one.
  • 15.4 Hits the deck hard, the batsman is quick to duck under it.
  • 15.3 Ahead of a length outside off, Thirimanne leans forward, opens the bat face and pushes it towards the fielder at gully.
  • 15.2 In the corridor outside off, Lahiru lets it be.
  • 15.1 Yadav sticks to around the wicket and lands it on a length outside off, pretty harmless that. Thirimanne leaves it alone.
  • 14.6 Tossed up on the stumps, Dimuth prods forward in defense. 33/1
  • 14.5 Flighted delivery, served outside off, Karunaratne takes his left foot across and pads it away towards first slip.
  • 14.4 Fuller on middle and off, jammed back towards the bowler.
  • 14.3 A lot of loop on this one, still Karunaratne is happy to defend it down calmly.
  • 14.2 Gives it nice air and lands it full on off, defended watchfully.
  • 14.1 Floats it up outside off, Thirimanne drives it towards cover. Vijay there dives to his left but the batsmen run one.
  • 13.6 A maiden from Umesh Yadav! His second of the game! Good length delivery around the off stump channel, DK is happy to lunge forward and block it down. 32/1
  • 13.5 Back of a length outside off, crunched off the back foot towards the cover fielder.
  • 13.4 Hurls it fuller on off, driven towards Ashwin at mid off.
  • 13.3 Hits the back of a length area outside off, Dimuth opens the bat face and dabs it towards point.
  • 13.2 Attacks the stumps this time, keeping it full, worked off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 13.1 Umesh bowls a pacy delivery, touch fuller outside off, Karunaratne defends it down off the front foot.
  • 12.6 Around off, a bit fuller, pushed off the front foot and into the ground. Ashwin begins with a maiden. 32/1
  • 12.5 Floats it up outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 12.4 A bit flatter through the air around middle and off, Lahiru goes back and offers a straight willow.
  • 12.3 Tosses it up wider on off, stabbed off the front foot again.
  • 12.2 Drifting in from around off, blocked gently off the front foot.
  • 12.1 Ashwin starts off from around the wicket and loops it up around off, Thirimanne drives it with a stride forward towards Pujara at short extra cover.
  • Spin time! RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN is into the attack. He had a wicketless game in the previous game, not often do you see that from him in India. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • Drinks are on the field! Just 12 overs have been bowled in this hour. Although it is understandable as seamers have bowled from both the ends, it isn't an excusable thing. The hosts would be happy to have picked up an early wicket. But the visitors will be confident as both Karunaratne and Thirimanne are amidst a grafting stand.
  • 11.6 Bowled outside off, Karunaratne continues his leave-alone game as he lets the keeper do the rest. 32/1
  • 11.5 This delivery is defended off the front foot with a straight bat.
  • 11.4 Driven towards the mid off region. One run added to the total.
  • 11.3 Another delivery outside off is left alone.
  • 11.2 Bowled outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • Umesh aborts his run up. As he runs in to bowl, Thirimanne signals that there is some movement behind the bowler's arm. Yadav has to go back to his run up and steam in again. The people in that stand need to realise how crucial their every movement is.
  • 11.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Rohit Sharma seems to be having some fun! The spider camera that gives us wonderful close up pictures of the players, had come low. Rohit's love for the cam seems evident as he just doesn't want to let go off it even as the camera is taken up for an aerial view.
  • 10.6 Around middle and leg, flicked defensively towards mid-wicket. 31/1
  • 10.5 Some more chin music for Karunaratne. He realizes that early and ducks in response.
  • 10.4 Karunaratne gets a small stride forward and he presents a straight bat to block that.
  • 10.3 Back of a length delivery on the pads, Dimuth jumps up to flick but ends up getting it off his thigh pads towards the vacant short leg region.
  • 10.2 Bowled in line of the stumps, Dimuth pushes it defensively back towards the bowler.
  • 10.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 9.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 31/1
  • 9.5 Another bouncer around off. Lahiru ducks to let the keeper do the rest.
  • 9.4 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 9.3 Thirimanne strides forward and drives it through covers. Rahul dives to his left and gets some hand to it to take the pace off the ball. Ashwin from mid off jogs after it, puts in a lousy slide to save a couple of runs.
  • 9.2 What has that come off? Length delivery angling down the leg side, Lahiru looks to flick and the ball goes off something to the right of Saha. He dives full stretch to his right but is unable to catch that as the ball was always dipping on him. The batsmen get a brace. Leg byes signaled and the replays show that it came off his thigh pad.
  • 9.1 Beaten on the inside! Length delivery around off, Thirimanne once again looks to keep it out by hanging his bat away from the body. The ball passes from the inside, not far away from the edge.
  • 8.6 On a length around off, defended off the back foot. 27/1
  • 8.5 The Ishant Sharma stare is here! Bowls a bouncer which is swayed away from Karunaratne. Gets a stare from the bowler in reply.
  • 8.4 Dimuth stays in his crease and blocks this.
  • 8.3 FOUR! Shot! The straight drives is one of the glorious shots to watch in the sport and here it is. Sharma lands it on a fuller length around off, Karunaratne gets his front foot forward a bit and just times his push down the ground perfectly. Ishant tries to stop it in his followthrough but is unable to do so. A boundary results.
  • What that early fall of wicket has done is that it has eased the work for the Indian bowlers. Both the batters at the crease now are lefties and that makes it slightly easy in terms of the lines to bowl. A right-left combination is always hard to contend with.
  • 8.2 Hurled outside off, it is a harmless one and the opener leaves it unharmed.
  • 8.1 Fuller around off, driven straight to the man at mid off.
  • 7.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. A maiden over from Umesh Yadav. 23/1
  • 7.5 Well outside off, left alone by Thirimanne.
  • 7.4 Fuller than the previous ball, Lahiru shows the full face of the bat to defend that.
  • 7.3 Back of a length ball outside off, Thirimanne hangs his bat at that to defend. But the inward angle of the delivery means that he ends up getting an inside edge onto his back pad.
  • 7.2 Lahiru has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.1 Yadav continues round the wicket and hurls it outside off. Thirimanne just shoulders arms.
  • 6.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 23/1
  • Sunil Gavaskar and Russel Arnold analyze Samarawickrama's wicket on-air. Earlier, he got a boundary through covers when he took a good stride forward to drive the ball. There was no movement on that delivery. But on the one that got the wicket, the ball had some movement. That ended up being the opener's undoing. When the shots come off, they look glorious. But when the ball moves, the technique gets questioned.
  • 6.5 Length delivery outside off, Karunaratne gets an edge towards gully. Rahane dives to his left but is unable to get a hand to it. Jadeja from backward point chases it and keeps the batsmen down to two.
  • 6.4 This delivery is too wide for Dimuth to play at that.
  • And again... India aren't entirely happy with the ball and take the issue to the umpires yet again. This time they call for the change of ball and it is changed. Would you change a ball that has just got you a wicket?
  • 6.3 Dimuth gets his front foot ahead and blocks it watchfully.
  • 6.2 This ball is defended off the back foot.
  • 6.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 5.6 This ball is kept out from the crease. 21/1
  • 5.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 5.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 5.3 Landed around off, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 5.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 5.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 4.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 20/1
  • LAHIRU THIRIMANNE makes his way out next. The half century in the previous game would make him feel confident enough to face the Indian attack on this surface. Two slips to welcome him.
  • 4.5 OUT! Excellent catch by Pujara at first slip! Samarawickrama doesn't stop playing away from the body and pays the price yet again. In the previous outing it resulted in him playing on, and now, he offers a catch to the slip cordon. Ishant bowls it on a driving length outside off, Sadeera is lured into the shot. Plays at it with minimal feet movement and gets a thickish outside edge. The ball dips in front of Cheteshwar at first slip, who gets low and grabs it inches above the surface. The on-field umpire wants to check if the catch is clean and hence refers it upstairs, with the soft signal being OUT. The catch is clean indeed as the player had his hands underneath the ball. Pujara was hailed as an ideal replacement for Dravid, the batsman, when he first came to the side. Now will he be deemed so in terms of slip fielding as well? India strike early!
  • Samarawickrama is a goner! The on-field umpire wants to be 100 percent sure and hence refers it upstairs. The soft signal is OUT.
  • 4.4 Dimuth works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 4.3 Collision in mid-pitch! Sharma bowls it on the pads, Dimuth flicks it through mid-wicket. The other Sharma, Rohit, chases it down. Both the batsmen are ball watching and hence dash against each other in the middle. The brace is completed though.
  • 4.2 Around off, driven towards mid off.
  • 4.1 Short delivery around off, pulled away in front of square on the leg side for a run.
  • Down to two slips now.
  • 3.6 Beauty! Yadav lands it just outside off, Karunaratne expects it to come in and has a push at that. But the ball holds its line and flies to the keeper, past the edge of the bat. 16/0
  • The ball is checked again. It is again passed through the loop and the umpire says it is good to play with. Strange this, as only two boundaries have been struck so far and yet the Indians seem to be unhappy with the cherry.
  • 3.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 3.4 Ishant Sharma fielding at point! Karunaratne stays in his crease and plays it to him.
  • 3.3 Fuller around middle, driven back. Yadav stops it in his followthrough.
  • 3.2 Running race between the fielders! Yadav serves it on a length outside off, the ball swings away. Samarawickrama drives it on the up away from the body through covers. Even as Vijay from the position chases that, Rohit seems to rush quicker from point, overtakes Vijay, slides and parries it to the former. All this helps the batsmen take three.
  • 3.1 Bowled outside off, Samarawickrama points his bat skywards and leaves it alone.
  • 2.6 Ishant lands it on a length just outside off, Karunaratne has a feel for that but misses. 13/0
  • Extra cover goes to fine leg.
  • 2.5 Length outside off, Samarawickrama plays it towards backward point. Jadeja stationed there dives to his left and stops it partially. He cannot prevent the single though.
  • 2.4 This ball is played towards mid on.
  • 2.3 Around off and middle, the batsman blocks it solidly.
  • 2.2 Fuller around middle and leg, Samarawickrama looks to flick hurriedly and ends up getting it off the inner half of his bat. The ball runs through mid-wicket. Vijay hares after it, slides and saves a couple of runs for the side.
  • 2.1 Bowled outside off, Sadeera shoulders arms to let it go.
  • Ishant Sharma isn't happy with the ball and has thrown it to Richard Kettleborough. So soon in the game? The umpires check it with the help of the 8-shaped gauge and deem it alright to continue.
  • 1.6 This ball is blocked solidly from the crease. 5 runs off this one as well. 10/0
  • 1.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 1.4 Fuller on the stumps, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 1.3 This is much wider outside off. Dimuth refuses to put bat to that.
  • 1.2 FOUR! Magnificent shot that. The balance that Karunaratne maintained there was just perfect. Yadav hurls in a very full inswinger around off and middle, Dimuth had to get his bat down quickly. Does so and times the flick through mid-wicket perfectly. The ball speeds away to the fence in not time.
  • 1.1 Umesh angles this down the leg side on a length. Sadeera helps it to fine leg for a run.
  • The local lad, UMESH YADAV, will share the new ball from the other end. It's his first Test at this venue and he would want to have an immediate impact. He too will run in with three slips and a gully who is slightly closer, making it seem like almost a fourth slip.
  • 0.6 Landed around middle, Karunaratne offers a straight bat in defending that. Decent start for Sri Lanka. 5/0
  • 0.5 Samarawickrama taps it in front of mid on and hares to the other end for a quick run.
  • 0.4 A stifled appeal dies down on its own. Fuller delivery angling down leg, Sadeera misses his flick and gets hit low on the pads. Indians realise this and curtail their appeal.
  • 0.3 FOUR! First runs on the board, courtesy a boundary! Samarawickrama would breathe a bit more easy after getting that away as openers generally love to get off the mark as soon as they can. This is bowled on a fuller length outside off, Samarawickrama strides forward and drives it through covers. Jadeja dives to his right yet is unable to prevent the ball from running away to the fence.
  • 0.2 This one is closer to the stumps yet outside off. Sadeera shoulders arms to let that pass.
  • Already a pause! Samarawickrama isn't happy with the movement near the sightscreen and is getting it adjusted. The spectators in that area need to be careful.
  • 0.1 Good carry on that one. Sharma bowls it on a length wide outside off, Samarawickrama doesn't put bat to that and lets it be.
  • The anthems are completed now. After a small huddle near the fence, the Indians rush out to the centre. Looks like the comeback man ISHANT SHARMA, minus his big long mane, will steam in with the ball to bowl the first over of the game. He's been in decent form in the Ranji Trophy and would love to emulate that run here. SADEERA SAMARAWICKRAMA and DIMUTH KARUNARATNE will open the batting. Looks like a good combo as one is a natural attacking player while the other is known for his stoic defense. Three slips and a gully in position. Here we go...
  • Blue and green are the colours on show at the venue. The clear skies wear a blue drape while the playing surface has a tinge of green. All are pointers to the making of a good game of cricket. In this backdrop, the players stride out for the national anthems. Sri Lanka's anthem would play first, followed by India's.
  • VIRAT KOHLI, the Indian skipper, feels that the first session should offer something for the quicks as there is grass on the good length area. States that even they would have batted first as they wanted to challenge themselves. Opines that the surface is pretty hard and would tend to slow down as the game progresses. He says that if the batters apply themselves, they will get runs while if the bowlers prolong bowling on consistent lengths, they'll get success. On the team changes, he states that Mohammed Shami is out with a side niggle and hence ISHANT SHARMA comes in, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is replaced by ROHIT SHARMA, for whom the team aims to give some game time and the obvious change of MURALI VIJAY, who replaces Shikhar Dhawan.
  • DINESH CHANDIMAL, the Sri Lankan captain, says that they will bat as it looks like a very good pitch. Opines although there is a grass cover, it is pretty dry underneath. States that apart from the last session in the previous game, they did well and would look to keep up the good work. That has given them the confidence he adds. Ends saying that they are playing the same side as the last game.
  • HEADS is the call from the Sri Lankan skipper... and heads it is! Sri Lanka win the toss and chose to BAT first. Interesting choice.
  • PITCH REPORT - Matthew Hayden observes that although there is a grass covering on the pitch, this one is a dry surface and there is no moisture on it like Eden Gardens. The previous Test here vs South Africa was a dustbowl and this isn't so, observes VVS Laxman. He is of the view that as the game progresses the cracks will widen and hence the spinners will come into play. Reckons it will be tough for the batsmen.
  • The last Test match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium - India vs South Africa in 2015 - saw 33 out of the 40 wickets fall to the spinners. That shouldn't be the case this time as we have a greenish-looking surface on offer. India are looking beyond just this series and are on course to prepare for a tougher South African tour and hence such a surface. What will the story be this time round? Can the Indian batters put a better show in bowler-friendly conditions? What will the compositions of the sides be? Will Sri Lanka continue to impress us on this tour? All this and more to follow. Stay tuned.
  • India under Kohli will continue to not play the same side in consecutive games as Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are out of this one due to personal reasons. While Murali Vijay is expected to walk in to replace the southpaw, the replacement for the latter would be eagerly awaited. Sri Lanka would look at their seam bowling department and ponder over the personnel who could provide a better support to Suranga Lakmal, who looked incisive in Kolkata. Will they get in Vishwa Fernando instead of Lahiru Gamage?
  • The first India - Sri Lanka Test turned out to be a cracking draw. Not many gave the tourists a chance to put up a fight and they surprised all by dominating the hosts for most parts of the game. If psychological advantage is a thing in sport, the home side will have plenty of it after running the visitors close towards the end. A bright and sunny weather in Nagpur welcomes us for the second game of the series. Yes, so we don't foresee any amount of time lost this time round.
  • Sri Lanka, well, what do I say about them. They have been made to toil really hard and have spent over two days on the field already. They must be tried and now have to come out and bat for 10 overs. Perera took 3 wickets but he has an unwanted record under his belt - conceded 200 runs by a bowler in the calendar year! Can the openers see out this tricky period before stumps? Let's wait and find out...
  • Virat Kohli then stepped in and looked to score runs quickly. Pujara departed this morning but the plot remained the same. Next was Rohit Sharma who made merry and played perfect foil to his skipper. The skipper scored his 5th Test ton and broke a couple of records in the process before perishing in the quest to score more.
  • As soon as Rohit reached the three-figure mark, the signal from the dressing room comes - INDIA HAVE DECLARED FOR 610/6 AND LEAD BY 405! Fantastic batting performance from the hosts as apart from Rahul and Rahane everyone came in and scored a big one. It all started with Vijay and Pujara laying the foundation. The former had to prove himself and he did that by scoring a ton. The latter took his time and then cashed in when the bowlers were tired out. The duo stitched a mammoth 209-stand before Vijay fell to Herath.
  • 176.1 3rd Test ton for Rohit Sharma! He is a happy man! A century for him after 4 years and something he will cherish for a while now. Superbly done! Length delivery outside off, Rohit punches it through covers. It's through the gap and the fielder gives it a chase. They take three till then and the entire dressing room is up on its feet.
  • 175.6 Driven towards mid off. 607/6
  • 175.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. They pick up a single.
  • 175.4 This one turns back in, Sharma clips it off the inner half through backward square leg and hares back for a brace. Lead is up to 400 now!
  • 175.3 FOUR! Bang! Perera tosses it up outside off, Sharma advances down the track and goes bang down the ground for a boundary. Moves to 96 now!
  • 175.2 Slows it through the air outside off, Sharma looks to go big but is deceived in the flight, ends up getting it off the inner half back to the bowler.
  • 175.1 Loopy ball outside off, defended into the ground.
  • 174.6 Fuller and angling in, Saha walks across a bit and works it straight towards short mid-wicket. 600/6
  • 174.5 Fullish in length and bowled outside off, driven towards the cover fielder.
  • 174.4 Sees Sharma coming down the track, Shanaka fires it full and wide outside off. The batsman reaches out and square drives it through point for a single. 600 up for India! This is the 30th time India have reached the mark and 7th vs Sri Lanka in Tests! Woah.
  • 174.3 Fuller in length outside off, a free flowing drive from Rohit but finds the cover fielder.
  • 174.2 Slower delivery again outside off, Saha tries to tap and run but gets an inside edge towards square leg. Rohit wants the single and gets it.
  • The fielders come in closer as they don't want Saha to bring Rohit on strike...
  • 174.1 Slower one outside off, Rohit comes down the track but could only drive it towards mid off for a single.
  • 173.6 Gets a touch forward and blocks it out gently into the ground. 597/6
  • WRIDDHIMAN SAHA walks out to bat next.
  • 173.5 OUT! Bowled 'em! Perera may have given aplenty but he has picked up his third wicket and is one short of picking up 100 wickets in Tests! Fires in a yorker at 83 kph, Ashwin tries to jam it out but it's too good for him. Gets beaten and sees the off stick pegged back. India continue to bat as they now lead by 392 runs!
  • 173.4 Drops it short outside off, slapped through point for a single.
  • 173.3 Floats it up outside off, Sharma taps it towards point. Looks for the single which is not on.
  • 173.2 Darted on middle, eased down to long on for a single.
  • 173.1 Flighted delivery around off, Ashwin prods forward in defense.
  • 172.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, Rohit punches it through covers for a couple of runs. 595/5
  • 172.5 Slower delivery outside off, Rohit comes down the track and then tries to dab it away. He does so but off the outer half as Shanaka gave no pace to work with.
  • 172.4 Touch overpitched on off, dug out towards cover.
  • 172.3 Fuller ball on the pads, Rohit works it through square leg. Runs the first one hard and sees the fielder in the deep is slowly charging and comfortably comes back for the second.
  • 172.2 Short of a length delivery on middle, Ashwin pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 172.1 Angles in a length delivery on middle, Ashwin clips it towards mid on.
  • Drinks are on the field. Kohli and Rohit were intent on scoring quickly as the declaration looms now. Kohli got to his maiden ton before he holed out while probably the wait is for Rohit's ton. The Indian players in the dressing room are seen in their whites. Neither of Jadeja or Saha is seen padded up. Also, DASUN SHANAKA has been brought to roll his arm over.
  • 171.6 Ashwin drives it through covers for a single. 590/5
  • 171.5 This ball is hit towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 171.4 The batsman dances down the track. They pick up a single.
  • 171.3 Ashwin flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 171.2 Ashwin hits it straight to mid-wicket.
  • 171.1 Rohit drives it towards long on for a single.
  • 170.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 586/5
  • 170.5 There have been many sagas in this looonnng Indian innings. Gamage and his right knee is one of them. After the first couple of times when he jammed it onto the ground, this time it has come in the firing line of the ball. Ashwin taps it towards mid on and sets off for a quick run. Dhananjaya the sub fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses and hits Lahiru's right knee. The bowler first had to avoid the batter who was running in search of a single and hence was a late to react to this throw that came to him. Ash would have been a goner had that hit though.
  • 170.4 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 170.3 Ashwin finds the point fielder with this push.
  • 170.2 Ashwin tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side.
  • 170.1 Sharma drives it through mid off for a single.
  • 169.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 583/5
  • RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN walks in at no.7 for India.
  • 169.5 OUT! Is it a tired shot? An over-ambitious shot? Over-confident? Neither, maybe it's a shot that was played more to score quickly than any of the above. Who has the wicket? Dilruwan Perera. He tosses it up around off, Virat charges down and looks to go big downtown. Ends up getting more height than distance. Thirimanne at long on has the eyes on the ball like a hawk and pouches it safely. The Indian skipper knew he was a goner as soon as he hit that. Gets a standing ovation from the crowd and the dressing room. Raises his bat as he walks off. The Indian lead has swollen to 378, India 5 down.
  • 169.4 FOUR! Even a lazy shot fetches Kohli a boundary, such has been the day for him today. Perera tosses it around middle and leg, Virat dashes out a lousy-looking reverse sweep. Middles that too and gets it to the third man fence.
  • 169.3 Kohli flicks it off his pads.
  • 169.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 169.1 Kohli gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 168.6 This delivery is pushed through point for another run that helps him retain strike. 577/4
  • 168.5 Virat pushes this through covers and has enough fuel in him to get back for the couple.
  • 168.4 Rohit hits this through covers and gets a single now.
  • 168.3 Driven through the covers by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 168.2 FOUR! Never satiated with runs, is he? Gets another bad delivery, doesn't let it go unpunished. Gamage hurls it full outside off, Kohli gets forward and drives it through wide mid off for a boundary.
  • 168.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease. One run added to the total.
  • 167.6 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single. 567/4
  • 167.5 There it is! Double hundred no.5 for Virat Kohli. Most by an Indian skipper and equals the mark set by Brian Lara with 5. He drives this delivery down to long on to get him the run that helps him raise his bat and helmet in acknowledgement of the applause. A wonderful innings this is, as 200s are not something that you score every other day. India lead by 361 now.
  • The decibel levels in the ground go up. Virat Kohli is on strike on 199!
  • 167.4 Rohit sweeps this one to fine leg for a single.
  • 167.3 Sharma lunges forward and blocks it.
  • 167.2 There it is... oh no, not meant to be! Kohli works it away through backward square leg and wants the two immediately. However, Rohit puts his hand up and denies his skipper the landmark. Kohli on 199!
  • 167.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 166.6 Kohli flicks it off his pads through square leg for a single that takes him to 198. 563/4
  • 166.5 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 166.4 Kohli drives this to long on for one.
  • 166.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 166.2 The 150-run stand between these two is up. As the innings progresses, they have looked inseparable. This ball is played through point for a run. Lead is 355 now!
  • 166.1 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE brought back to bowl.
  • 165.6 Flicks it easily through mid-wicket for a single. 558/4
  • 165.5 SIX! Brilliantly played! Perera tosses this around off and middle, Kohli charges down and whips it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. The lead goes to 351 now as Kohli moves into 190s!
  • 165.4 Rohit guides this one through point to get a single.
  • 165.3 Kohli gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. One run added to the total.
  • 165.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 165.1 Turn! Perera floats it around middle, the ball spins in after pitching. Hits Virat on the front thigh.
  • 164.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 549/4
  • 164.5 Kohli plays the pull-shot. They pick up a single.
  • Sunil Gavaskar and Matthew Hayden, two erstwhile openers are in the commentary box and they throw light more about the role. While Hayden says that he was relieved on most occasions to not face the first ball in a game, Gavaskar was happy to do so he says. He reasons that this is because of the good feeling that follows after you get to score your first run then, rather that wait for your partner to give you the strike.
  • 164.4 Is he gone? No! Lakmal lands it on a length around off, Kohli gets beaten for pace as he looks to push at it. Gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball rolls towards the keeper. An appeal follows but is turned down.
  • 164.3 Rohit drives it to long on for a single.
  • 164.2 The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
  • 164.1 On the pads, flicked away through square leg for a single.
  • The ball seems to have gone out of shape a bit. Understandably so, as this one is 84 overs old. A new box of cherries is brought in and the umpires select one. Wonder if the change in ball will matter for the Lankans. If the inspiration to do something doesn't come from within, wonder how much the external conditions would matter.
  • 163.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 545/4
  • 163.5 Rohit uses his feet to get to the ball and hits it aerially towards long on. The ball goes on the bounce to the fielder there. A run results.
  • 163.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 163.3 Perera floats it fuller outside off, Kohli leans ahead and drives it square on the off side for a run.
  • 163.2 Driven through point to get to the other end.
  • 163.1 Kohli brings his wrists into play and eases it down to long on for a single.
  • 162.6 Sharma gets it off the bottom of his bat towards mid on. Has a look at his willow post that. 541/4
  • 162.5 FOUR! Rohit is very strong with the pull shot and this proves why. Lakmal bent his back to deliver this, the Indian batsman picks the length early. Stays on the back foot and hits it through backward square leg. The fielder at fine leg had to rush to his left but had no chance of stopping that. A boundary it is.
  • 162.4 The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads
  • 162.3 This is angled in to the batsman, he looks to flick it but misses and gets hit on the front pad.
  • 162.2 Strays on the pads this time, Virat flicks it in front of square on the leg side for a single. The intent from the skipper is still evident. He always runs the first run hard in anticipation of a misfield, which will allow him to get back.
  • 162.1 Lakmal bangs it short on the stumps, Rohit hangs back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • SURANGA LAKMAL back on. India lead by 330!
  • 161.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 535/4
  • 161.5 Flatter around off, played through point for one.
  • 161.4 Kohli flicks it towards fine leg and jogs to the other end for a single.
  • 161.3 Wristed away towards mid-wicket.
  • 161.2 Kohli goes back and slaps it through cover-point and gets a brace.
  • 161.1 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 160.6 A slower delivery at 109kmph around off. Kohli watchfully defends it. Yet gets it off the bottom as the ball kept a bit low too. 530/4
  • 160.5 Yes he is tiring indeed! Sprays this full and wide outside off, Rohit drives it through covers. There is protection in the deep and so only one run is possible.
  • 160.4 FOUR! Authoritative! A short delivery at 125kmph is never going to trouble a set batsman. Rohit hangs on his back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Probably Dasun is tiring here.
  • 160.3 This is the 161st over in this innings and that is a real good effort in the deep from Karunaratne. Shanaka hurls it around middle and leg, Sharma looks to smash it away but gets it off the inner half of his bat. There is a misfield at mid-wicket although the player there got a hand to it. Dimuth runs to his left, puts in the slide and saves a couple for his side.
  • 160.2 Kohli drives it towards mid on for a single.
  • 160.1 Driven towards the mid-on region.
  • 159.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 522/4
  • 159.5 Sharma keeps this out from the crease.
  • 159.4 Virat works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 159.3 Floated outside off, Virat hits it towards covers.
  • 159.2 Rohit flicks it through mid on and gets to the other end.
  • 159.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 158.6 Sharma pushes it through covers for a single. 520/4
  • 158.5 Bye! Another one, but this time excellent keeping does it. Confused? Read on. Shanaka again hurls it down the leg side. Kohli misses the flick and Dickwella does extremely well to move swiftly to his left and collect that. In the same motion he back-hands it on the stumps. The ball deflects off the woodwork and rolls towards point. There's no one there and it results in another run.
  • 158.4 BYES! This is what happens when the keeper is upto the stumps. It may keep the batsmen inside the crease but when the delivery is down the leg side, it is tough to stop and prevent runs. Shanaka sprays it down the leg side, Kohli misses the flick. Dickwella only manages a glove onto that and thus, the byes are restricted to just two.
  • 158.3 FOUR! Kohli has switched on his coloured-clothing cricket mode. Shanaka bowls it a touch fuller around off, Virat stays in the crease and lifts it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 158.2 Sharma flicks it off his pads and gets a single for that.
  • 158.1 On a length around off coming in with the angle. Rohit Sharma looked to defend but got it off the inner half towards the bowler.
  • DASUN SHANAKA to run in from the other end. 22-4-78-1 read his current figures.
  • 157.6 This delivery is flicked to the man at mid-wicket and immediately a huge NO is heard. 511/4
  • 157.5 There moves the stand between Kohli and Rohit to 101! How untroubled this pair has looked. They have let the runs flow unhampered. Fuller delivery outside off, Virat drives it past the diving man at covers. The fielder from long off runs to his right but cannot prevent the brace. The lead moves to 306.
  • 157.4 Around off, blocked off the front foot by Virat.
  • 157.3 Kohli lunges forward to defend it watchfully.
  • 157.2 Flatter outside off, Rohit goes back and punches it through covers. He sprints for the first and turns around for the second. But seeing the fielder in the deep get quickly to the ball, just one is on offer.
  • 157.1 Floated outside off, this one goes straight on. Kohli goes back to punch it to long on for one to resume the run-accumulation saga.
  • Welcome back to the final session of the day. With 31 overs left to be bowled, expect all of them to be completed as the over rate has been good today. And the milestone story might just continue. A double ton for Kohli? A ton for Rohit? Maybe. Both of them walk out to the crease. DILRUWAN PERERA has the ball in hand. He got Rahane soon after the lunch interval. Will he break this stand now? There's a slip and a short leg for him. Let's roll...
  • ... DAY 3, LAST SESSION ...
  • India continue to boss this game! They have scored 103 in 30 overs in this session. Ajinkya Rahane fell early, thereby continuing his dry run but Rohit Sharma walked in and was fluent from ball one. He has registered a breezy fifty of his own. Kohli from the other end was happy to rotate strike and notched his 7th 150-plus score in Tests. Just towards the end, both slowed down a bit. Now the question is, with the lead already over 300, how long will India bat? Will they wait for Kohli to get a double century? Or will they look beyond that and bat the whole day? Join us in a short while to catch all the action...
  • 156.6 Fuller in length and aimed at the base of off stump, Sharma pushes it off the front foot towards cover. TEA CALLED ON DAY 3! 507/4
  • 156.5 Short and bounces a bit more off the deck, no pace behind it and hence Rohit keeps it out safely.
  • 156.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 156.3 Fuller and angling in on the pads, wristed through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 156.2 Good length delivery outside off, defended towards cover but still they take a single.
  • 156.1 LEAD TOUCHES 300 NOW! Back of a length delivery outside off, Kohli taps it towards cover for a single.
  • 155.6 RS dances down the track but decides to defend it. 504/4
  • 155.5 Fires it fuller around middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • Short leg in place...
  • 155.4 Chance of a catch but there is no short leg! Flighted delivery outside off, turning in a bit, Sharma comes forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge. The ball lobs towards the vacant short leg region.
  • 155.3 On middle and leg, bunted back to the bowler.
  • 155.2 Floats it up outside off, Sharma kicks it away.
  • 155.1 Darted around middle an leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 154.6 Fifty for Rohit Sharma! His 8th in Tests and third consecutive one! Another man who makes the most of the opportunity after Ishant and Vijay! Well played, Rohit! Fuller in length and outside off, driven nicely through covers for a single. India's lead is now one short of 300. 504/4
  • 154.5 Covers the line and offers a straight blade.
  • 154.4 Shortish outside off, tapped towards point.
  • 154.3 Length delivery on middle, angling in, Rohit blocks it out from within the crease.
  • 154.2 Fuller in length and outside off, pushed towards the cover region.
  • 154.1 On a length and outside off, punched towards covers for a single.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE is back into the attack.
  • 153.6 This one stays low but Rohit does well to keep it out. First maiden for Perera in this innings. 502/4
  • 153.5 Floated delivery around off, defended into the ground.
  • 153.4 Takes a stride forward and buries it down into the ground.
  • 153.3 Tries to get across and flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 153.2 Floated delivery around middle and leg, worked with soft hands towards the leg side.
  • 153.1 Floated ball around off, Sharma lunges forward in defense.
  • DILRUWAN PERERA is back!
  • 152.6 Touch fuller outside off, Kohli presses forward and keeps it out. 502/4
  • 152.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 152.4 Angles it in on middle, clipped through backward square leg for a single.
  • 152.3 Taps it in front of point and calls for another single.
  • 152.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, cracked through cover-point for a single.
  • 152.1 On a length and outside off, punched through covers for a single.
  • 151.6 Eases it down to long on for a single to keep strike. 498/4
  • 151.5 Fires it in on middle and leg, Kohli looks to flick it away but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 151.4 Kohli this time drives towards cover but the man there dives and stops some runs.
  • 151.3 Flighted delivery outside off, driven through covers for a single.
  • 151.2 Gets down the track but yorks himself completely. Jammed out back to Herath.
  • 151.1 Floats it up around middle and off, blocked into the ground.
  • 150.6 Too straight in line, Sharma clips it behind square on the leg side for a single. 496/4
  • 150.5 Goes back and turns it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 150.4 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 150.3 On middle and leg, driven down to mid on for a single.
  • 150.2 On middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 150.1 Not an ideal way to start! Fuller and sprayed on the pads, Sharma looks to flick it away but misses. The ball brushed the pads and goes down to the fine leg fence. They take three runs.
  • DIMUTH KARUNARATNE is given a chance to bowl now.
  • 149.6 Flatter around middle and off, defended off the back foot. 489/4
  • 149.5 Tossed up outside off, pushed into the off side.
  • 149.4 Eases it through covers for a single.
  • 149.3 Comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 149.2 Darted around middle and leg, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 149.1 Slider around middle, Sharma comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads.
  • 148.6 Flicked through the leg side for a single. 488/4
  • 148.5 Length ball outside off, tapped in front of point.
  • 148.4 Stays behind the line and defends it down safely.
  • Good observation from the commentators here. They say Rohit Sharma is really good against the spinners and the fact that the way he made use of the feet has really put the spinners out of rhythm. He has scored freely and in no time is about to reach his fifty. Not being a philosopher here, but as the saying goes - opportunities come through to door and go through the window, if you don't grab it, it's your loss.
  • 148.3 On a length and outside off, dabbed a bit squarer this time on the off side. A single taken.
  • 148.2 Length ball outside off, glided down to third man for a couple of runs.
  • 148.1 Fuller on off, driven towards mid off for a single.
  • 147.6 Sharma sinks low and brooms it down to fine leg to keep strike. Rohit wanted another one but surprisingly, his skipper yells a big NO and sends him back. 483/4
  • 147.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 147.4 An arm ball, stays low around off, Rohit does well to adjust and keep it out.
  • 147.3 A bit of turn here! Herath loops it up outside off, Rohit makes room to drive but there is a bit of turn here. The ball takes the outer part and rolls behind point for a couple.
  • 147.2 Stays leg side and works it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 147.1 Fires it down leg, Sharma moves inside the line and leaves it alone.
  • 146.6 Bangs in a short ball on middle, just a tad swivel from RS as he pulls it behind square on the leg side for a single. 480/4
  • 146.5 Fuller in length and angling in, driven hard towards mid on. Chandimal there dives and stops the ball. Meanwhile, Kohli is near the bowler's end while Rohit is busy ball-watching. He then scampers through as the Lankan skipper half-stopped it.
  • 146.4 Short of a length delivery on middle, tucked towards square leg for a single.
  • 146.3 Short ball on middle and leg, Sharma moves inside the line and allows Dickwella to do the rest.
  • 146.2 Fullish in length but once again on the pads, flicked towards Dananjaya de Silva at short mid-wicket. The substitute fielder fumbles and concedes a single.
  • 146.1 Fuller and at the base of the off pole, squeezed out to cover.
  • 145.6 Darted on the stumps, worked towards mid on for nothing. 476/4
  • 145.5 FOUR! Why to run and sweat it out when you can hit a boundary, says Rohit Sharma! Fuller and around the pads, Sharma chips it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 145.4 The batsman fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad.
  • 145.3 Chance of a run out? Virat Kohli runs out of patience and wants a run but Rohit isn't interested. Remember, they aren't the best when it comes to running between the wickets. But the format was different and if you don't know, twice Rohit ran Kohli out and the former went on to get something in the ODIs that his skipper is on the verge to get here. Ball - fuller around leg, worked towards mid-wicket. Kohli sets off but the fielder there dives to his left, stops and returns a throw to the bowler but not before Virat made it in.
  • 145.2 Slower one around off, Rohit prods forward to defend but gets it off the inner half as the ball rolls towards the square leg fielder.
  • 145.1 Fuller and sliding in on middle, Kohli dinks down the track and milks a single towards long off.
  • 144.6 Bowls a slower delivery on middle and leg, Rohit reads it well. Waits for the ball to come and then turns it with soft hands through backward square leg. The call is for two and with Kohli at the other end, it's always on. 471/4
  • 144.5 Back of a length outside off, punched square of the wicket on the off side for an easy single.
  • 144.4 Short and down leg, helped towards fine leg for a single.
  • 144.3 A bit fuller and angling in, Sharma tries to flick but the bat turns in his hands it seems. Mistimes it towards mid on.
  • 144.2 Shortish in length, punched down to long on for a single.
  • 144.1 On a length and outside off, dabbed nicely but couldn't get it past gully.
  • 143.6 Quicker one around middle, Rohit hangs back in defense. 8 from the over. 466/4
  • 143.5 FOUR! And again! Effortless is the correct term if you ask me to describe this shot! More flight around middle and leg, Sharma dances down the track and just chips it nonchalantly over mid-wicket for another boundary. Signs of declaration?
  • 143.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 143.3 Lunges ahead and keeps it out solidly.
  • 143.2 FOUR! Kaboom! 50-run stand comes up in no time! Herath flights it up outside off, seeing this Rohit decides to go after it. Skips down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and goes bang down the ground for a one-bounce boundary. Such a good player of spin he is.
  • 143.1 Starts off from over the wicket and loops it up outside off, driven towards the cover fielder.
  • RANGANA HERATH is called back into the attack.
  • 142.6 Full toss and veering on the pads, put away to deep mid-wicket for an easy single. 458/4
  • 142.5 Slower one, it's the cutter served outside off, Rohit crouches low, opens the bat face but finds the fielder at gully as he dabs it away.
  • 142.4 Short but miles down leg, Sharma doesn't even bother going after it.
  • 142.3 Shanaka keeps it on a fuller length, bunted back to the bowler.
  • 142.2 On a length and angling in on middle, defended by getting right behind the line.
  • 142.1 Spears in a fuller length delivery on middle, driven with a straight blade down to long on for a single.
  • An hour done, time for Drinks! It's not about runs anymore. It's turning out to be about milestones. Kohli got to his 6th score of 150 or more as an Indian captain, which is the most. Sri Lanka are failing to exert any control over the proceedings. Wonder how it would be to be in their camp at the moment. Go with the flow? Maybe.
  • 141.6 Sharma negotiates the last ball by defending it from the crease. INDIA LEAD BY 251! 456/4
  • 141.5 Here's the extra bounce now. Tossed up outside off, it draws Rohit forward in defense. The ball goes off the inside edge onto the pads and drops in front of short leg. Close.
  • 141.4 Often a batsman's reaction gives an idea of the behavior of the ball. Sharma crouched low after he went back to keep it out watchfully. Shows that it stayed a bit low.
  • 141.3 Flatter around off, Sharma goes back in defense.
  • 141.2 Kohli wrists this with the spin down to long on for one.
  • 141.1 Floated outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 140.6 Around off, Sharma wants a run towards third man but the guide from him finds gully. Results in a maiden over. This stand is worth 45 runs now. 455/4
  • 140.5 Fuller around off and middle, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 140.4 A tad fuller around off, Rohit gets ahead and knocks it towards covers.
  • 140.3 Rohit defends this one from the crease with a full bat face.
  • 140.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 140.1 Sharma stays in the crease and presents a straight bat to keep it out.
  • Lahiru Gamage is back on the field. Meanwhile, DASUN SHANAKA is given the ball now.
  • 139.6 Sharma picks up a single playing this one through point. India lead by 250 now! 455/4
  • 139.5 The batsman has driven it through mid-on. They pick up a single.
  • 139.4 Turned towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 139.3 This ball is flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 139.2 SIX! Virat Kohli gets to 150 in style - his 7th score over that mark. He has looked commanding and seems unstoppable as far as the Lankans are concerned. Perera tosses it invitingly around off, Kohli accepts the offer and shimmies down the track to hit it over long on. Shanaka at that position leaps high but is unable to get a hand to that. A biggie results. The shot was all about his wrists. He revels in the occasion with a smile. The crowd cheers to celebrate their favorite player's milestone.
  • 139.1 The batsman has driven it through mid-off.
  • 138.6 Outside off, Sharma strides forward and lets it go. The lead stays at 242! 447/4
  • 138.5 This ball is hit to mid-wicket.
  • 138.4 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 138.3 Chin music for Rohit! Lakmal bangs it short around middle. Sharma looks to pull then finds that it is getting bigger on him. Ducks in time to let it go.
  • 138.2 Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket and picks up the single that is on offer.
  • Well said! Often in situations India find themselves in, the outsiders or the people who watch the game opine endlessly about the team declaring quickly. All the talks do revolve on the same lines. Hayden says that the right way forward is for the outsiders to stay patient and let the game take its course. This opportunity can well be used for getting some practise for those who are looking to get their feet in the game.
  • 138.1 Length delivery outside off, Kohli stays in the crease and presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 137.6 Sharma lunges forward and blocks it solidly. 446/4
  • 137.5 Served around off, pushed defensively back towards the bowler.
  • 137.4 Around off, hit towards covers.
  • 137.3 Kohli eases this through mid on for one.
  • 137.2 Kohli takes a stride forward and defends.
  • 137.1 Floated around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 136.6 Outside off, left alone. 445/4
  • 136.5 Kohli has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 136.4 Rohit rotates strike after pushing it through covers.
  • 136.3 FOUR! Lucky, very lucky is Rohit with this one! Lakmal angles it on a length around off, the ball comes in a touch after pitching. Rohit looks to push it to the off side away from the body. Gets an inside edge just past the leg stump and into the fine leg fence.
  • 136.2 Finds the mid on with the on drive.
  • 136.1 Kohli flicks it in front of square on the leg side for a run.
  • 135.6 SIX! Hello! First game in this format after a long time? Chance of being a bit rusty? Put all those talks to trash just like Rohit has put the ball out of the playing area. Perera floats it around off, the six-hitting machine skips down the track and hits it high and handsome over long on for half a dozen. 438/4
  • 135.5 This ball is flicked towards short leg.
  • 135.4 Sharma turns this with the angle towards mid on.
  • 135.3 Floated around off, Kohli eases it to long on for a single.
  • 135.2 Driven through mid-on by the batsman.
  • 135.1 Kohli flicks it off his pads to mid-wicket.
  • 134.6 Sharma looks to defend this one but it goes off the inner half onto his pads before rolling next to the pitch towards point. 431/4
  • 134.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 134.4 Punched towards covers.
  • 134.3 On a length around off, Rohit stays in the crease and defends it.
  • 134.2 Flicks it off his pads and goes over to the other end.
  • 134.1 FOUR! Talk about intent, it's written in bold letters all over this one. Lakmal bowls the first delivery of his spell on a length around off. Kohli charges down the track and smashes it over mid off. The ball almost goes the distance. A one-bounce boundary results. Probably he wanted it to go all the way, as his expression suggests.
  • Oh no! This is not good for anyone, let alone Sri Lanka. As he attempted to stop the previous one, Gamage's right knee again got stuck on the ground. He is seen clutching that and is down in pain. The physio has come out to the middle and he is seen taking the player off the field. He is seen limping.
  • 133.6 Floated around off and middle, Rohit drives it back towards mid on. Gamage runs to his left, dives and prevents the ball from passing him. The batsmen don't run and so Kohli retains strike for the next over. However, Gamage looks to be in some pain. It's his right knee again. 426/4
  • 133.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 133.4 Kohli plays the cover drive and crosses over to the other end.
  • 133.3 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 133.2 Floated around off, Kohli looks to turn it to the on side but gets a soft leading edge that falls in front of covers.
  • 133.1 Hit straight to the mid-wicket fielder.
  • Change of bat for Kohli. Sign of change in intent?
  • 132.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 425/4
  • 132.5 Rohit blocks it form the crease.
  • 132.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 132.3 Length ball outside off, Kohli gets it off the outer half towards gully. A run results
  • 132.2 Rohit flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 132.1 Outside off, driven through point for one.
  • 131.6 Sharma lunges forward and lets this ball outside off go. 422/4
  • 131.5 Rohit turns it towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 131.4 Sharma lunges forward and blocks it watchfully.
  • 131.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 131.2 This time Kohli gets it past the fielder at mid-wicket for a run.
  • 131.1 Floated around off and middle, whipped towards mid-wicket.
  • 130.6 Now Kohli gets a run after playing it to the man stationed at deep point. 421/4
  • 130.5 Kohli punches it through covers. Before the man from deep point runs to his right and returns the ball, two runs taken.
  • 130.4 Shot! Rohit looks in good touch already. This is on a length outside off, Sharma stands tall and punches it through point. Lakmal hares after it, slides and saves a run for his side.
  • 130.3 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 130.2 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 130.1 Kohli finds the mid-wicket fielder with this clip.
  • 129.6 Rohit lunges forward in defense but the ball goes to the keeper past the outer edge of the bat. Dickwella also whips the bails off but the batter is safe. 414/4
  • 129.5 FOUR! Test cricket is pretty easy, Rohit Sharma would feel. Faces the red ball in a game situation after considerable time and hits it for a boundary immediately. Perera offers it full outside off, Rohit drives it through covers. Karunaratne gives it a valiant chase, puts in the slide as well. It is referred upstairs and is seen that he is in contact with the ropes and the ball simultaneously.
  • One Mumbai lad replaces the other at the crease. ROHIT SHARMA is the man striding out. He would look to make this chance count to get some batting practise in red-ball cricket. With Rahane not among the runs, the chance is ripe for Rohit to stake a claim for that spot. Remember, he hasn't played a first class game for about 13 months now.
  • 129.4 OUT! Ajinkya Rahane has frittered away another opportunity to get among the runs! In the previous over we saw a puff of dust come off the pitch, meaning it would be conducive to the spinners. Perera offers width outside off, Ajinkya goes back to cut it. The extra bounce makes it difficult for him to control that and ends up offering an easy catch to Karunaratne at backward point who just has to take a couple of steps to his right. The umpires go upstairs to check for the front foot but Dilruwan is fine on that count. Rahane's recent first class scores aren't impressive either. He has had a couple of ducks in the recent Ranji Trophy outings as well. India's lead stands at 5 runs over 200 now, as the fourth wicket falls.
  • 129.3 A low full toss outside off, Rahane finds the man at cover with the drive.
  • 129.2 Rahane charges down but buries this solidly.
  • 129.1 Floated around off, Kohli drives it to long on for one.
  • 128.6 Kohli drives it through cover-point for one. 409/3
  • 128.5 This ball stayed a touch low. Kohli defends it but gets it off the lower part of his bat.
  • 128.4 Pitched further up to the batsman outside off, Rahane leans forward and drives it through cover-point for a single.
  • 128.3 Another delivery outside off, Ajinkya shoulders arms to it.
  • 128.2 Lahiru hurls it outside off, Rahane watches it go by to the keeper.
  • 128.1 Length ball outside off, punched through covers for a single.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE will run in.
  • 127.6 Rahane looks solid as he negotiates this one with a watchful defense. 406/3
  • 127.5 Kohli flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 127.4 Kohli finds mid-wicket with the flick.
  • 127.3 Rahane gets off the mark with a flick through mid-wicket. INDIA LEAD BY 200 now!
  • 127.2 An appeal put up for the sake of it. This one is bowled outside off, Rahane lunges forward and just offers the pad. That draws the appeal. The impact is well outside, though. As the ball pitched there, a puff of dust was seen coming out.
  • 127.1 Resumes play with a delivery floated outside off. Rahane defends it towards point.
  • Out walk the players and the umpires to the middle. The Indian skipper and vice-captain will resume the run-scoring spree. If R Sridhar's pre-play chat is something to go by, the pair will be intent on scoring at a good rate. DILRUWAN PERERA will start the proceedings with the ball. Mathews stands in anticipation at first slip and Samarawickrama is at short leg.
  • We're back for the post-lunch session, hoping Sri Lanka would have had plenty of food for thought. The visitors should pay heed to their coach's pre-match talk today, when he spoke of confidence coming from within. They need to believe in themselves and not let things veer away from their control. They can't expect easy opportunities from Kohli, who seems intent on scoring big.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 2 ...
  • Sri Lanka are down and out to say the least. Their body language on the field is quite evident and seems like they have given up already. Apart from Herath no one really bowled well. Shanaka got the breakthrough but he wasn't the best of the lot. Perera towards the end got some purchase but can he continuously land the ball on good areas? Remains to be seen. Join us after the lunch break to see if Sri Lanka can do something extraordinary...
  • Needless to say whom the session belongs! India have piled up 92 runs in 29 overs with the loss of Pujara. Both the overnight batsmen, Kohli and Pujara came out with positive intent, particularly the skipper, who scored the majority of runs this morning. Also, he was helped by some really clumsy fielding by the opposition. He then powered himself to another Test ton, a quick one and is not done yet. The Indians have already stretched the lead to 199 and it would be interesting too see how much more they are eyeing.
  • 126.6 Keeps it full on the stumps, Kohli wrists it towards short mid-wicket and sees off the session. LUNCH, DAY 3! 404/3
  • 126.5 FOUR! School boy error from Chandimal, this! A loopy full toss, dipping in on middle and off, Kohli drives it towards mid on. Chandimal gets across, bends low but lets the ball through his legs. Herath chases it from mid off but to no avail as the ball goes for a boundary. Agreed, he got a bad bounce but the basic rule of fielding is to get that body behind the ball. Not acceptable at all.
  • 126.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 126.3 Stands right behind the line and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 126.2 Slower one bowled a touch outside off, Kohli reaches out to that one and tries to drive. Gets it off the outer half but all along the ground towards gully.
  • 126.1 Fuller in length and outside off, Kohli blocks it out of the crease.
  • 125.6 Lands it outside off, it turns back in, Rahane leans across to defend but the ball turns him and he wears it on the pads. No real appeal made as the impact was well outside the line. 400/3
  • 125.5 Flighted delivery outside off, Jinx prods forward to keep it out.
  • 125.4 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 125.3 Loopy delivery around middle and off, defended by coming forward.
  • 125.2 400 up for India and they lead by 195 runs! Short and outside off, punched past point for a single.
  • 125.1 Flattish on middle and off, defended off the back foot.
  • 124.6 In the channel outside off, Rahane shoulders his arms. A successful over! 399/3
  • AJINKYA RAHANE is the new man in! Where is the other mumbai lad, Rohit Sharma? He should have come in to get some batting practice but then one would say, even Rahane is out for form and hence the decision.
  • 124.5 OUT! Perfect toe-crusher! What a ball and Shanaka is up and running. He has breached Pujara's defense and has got every reason to smile now. He comes steaming in and fires in a perfect yorker at the base of the stumps and gets it to tail back in a touch. Cheteshwar wasn't expecting this and tries to jam it out but seems to have got beaten for pace and sees the woodwork being disturbed. He has a perplexed look on the face as hre trudges back to the dressing room. The 183-run stand comes to an end, India lead by 194!
  • 124.4 Length delivery outside off, tapped in front of point for a single.
  • 124.3 Short and angling in on the body, pulled through backward square leg for a single.
  • 124.3 Wide! Too high and rightly called as a wide! Short of a length delivery on middle and leg, it bounces a bit too much as Pujara just lets it swirl over him to the keeper.
  • 124.2 Fullish in length and served outside off, driven past covers for a single.
  • 124.1 Fuller in length and just outside off, blocked off the front foot gently.
  • 123.6 Fuller around middle and leg, jammed out towards the leg side. 395/2
  • 123.5 Darted on middle and leg, flicked towards the leg side.
  • 123.4 Driven towards the mid-on region. One run added to the total.
  • 123.3 Flatter through the air around middle, defended from within the crease.
  • 123.2 Slows it through the air outside off, Kohli lunges forward to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads.
  • 123.1 FOUR! Beats the dive of the man at mid off! Perera drops it short and outside off, Kohli goes back and punches it down the ground. Not sure who the fielder was, he dives but to no avail. The ball races down towards the long off fence.
  • 122.6 Once again it's on the pads, flicked through the leg side for a single. 390/2
  • 122.5 Fullish in length on middle and leg, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 122.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 122.3 Shortish outside off, tapped in front of point for one.
  • Keeper comes up to the stumps...
  • 122.2 FOUR! Easy peasy! Shanaka drifts it fuller on the pads, where Kohli likes. He leans across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. No need to run for those.
  • 122.1 Length delivery outside off, Pujara dabs it down to third man for a single.
  • 121.6 NOT OUT! Kohli is safe! Tossed up outside off, Kohli leans forward to defend but the ball skids off the surface and he gets beaten. Dickwella collects the ball and whips the bails off quickly. It's taken upstairs and replays find Kohli safe. 382/2
  • My word! Dickwella whips the bails off quickly much like how Dhoni does. He instantly appeals for a stumping and it's taken upstairs. Kohli's expression suggests that he has his foot grounded...
  • 121.5 Loopy delivery outside off, Kohli prods forward in defense.
  • 121.4 Flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 121.3 Fuller around middle and leg, worked towards the leg side.
  • 121.2 Drops it short and outside off, Kohli goes back and cuts it through backward point for a single.
  • 121.1 Flighted delivery around middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • Hayden on air shifts his interest to the on-going Ashes! He says three English players got to their fifties but none managed to convert it into a big one. The starts aren't of any use if you don't get a big one under your belt...
  • 120.6 On a back of a length outside off, patted towards point to keep strike. 380/2
  • 120.5 Length delivery outside off, dealt with a straight willow.
  • 120.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 120.3 Shortish on middle stump, clipped behind square for an easy single.
  • 120.2 Slants it on the pads, worked to deep square leg for one.
  • 120.1 Fuller in length on middle, Kohli works it towards mid on.
  • DASUN SHANAKA is into the attack. For all those who aren't aware, he was found guilty of tampering the ball yesterday. So, be careful lad. The umpires would be having an eye on you...
  • 119.6 Gets across and whips it through mid-wicket for a single. 377/2
  • Perera has a chat with Chandimal. Perera demands short leg. Oh no, he gets a leg slip in place as Perera is getting some turn...
  • 119.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 119.4 Uppish but safe! Slows it through the air, Pujara chips it uppishly but in the gap through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 119.3 Slows it through the air around middle and leg, Che tries to work it away but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 119.2 Darted on middle and leg, flicked down to long on for a single.
  • 119.1 Floats it up outside off, Pujara goes back and taps it in front of point for a single.
  • DILRUWAN PERERA to bowl now!
  • 118.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. 373/2
  • 118.5 19th Test ton for Virat Kohli! 10th this year and back-to-back in consecutive matches! This lad just loves scoring tons, doesn't he? Takes the helmet off and raises the bat to the dressing room, well played! Fuller in length on middle, Kohli lunges across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. In the last 3 attempts where he has scored a fifty, he has gone on to make it a big one.
  • There is a discussion regarding the field placement. Arnold says, get a leg slip in place, not sure why... Anyway, Kohli is one short of a ton.
  • 118.4 Length ball outside off, dabbed behind point for a single.
  • 118.3 Fuller in length and on middle, driven on the up towards mid on.
  • 118.2 Runs hard but will have to settle for one! Seems like the cramps are getting the better of him. Sprayed on the pads, worked behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • Cheers rise in the crowd as the Indian skip is approaching yet another ton...
  • 118.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Kohli is right behind the line and keeps it out towards point.
  • 117.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground as the ball rolls back to the bowler. Kohli stretches his right leg back into the crease and as he gets up he feels some cramps on the other leg. A maiden for Herath and he smiles at Kohli after playing that shot. 369/2
  • 117.5 Flatter through the air around middle, defended by getting right behind the line.
  • 117.4 Lunges forward and buries it into the ground.
  • 117.3 Tossed up outside off, driven towards the cover fielder.
  • 117.2 Seeing the loop, Pujara comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler.
  • 117.1 Loopy delivery outside off, Pujara lunges forward in defense.
  • 116.6 FOUR! Wayward delivery and duly punished! Brings up the 150-run stand as well! Length delivery on the pads, clipped fine down the leg side. Lahiru runs to his right in the deep, dives but his right knee gets stuck on the ground and the ball rolls away to the fence for a boundary. Kohli moves on to 98! Hold on, seems like Gamage has done some damage to his right knee in fielding that. However, he seems good to carry on. 369/2
  • 116.5 How well he has played that! Really good adjustment! The ball is on a length and it stayed a bit low too. Pujara crouches a bit and then turns it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 116.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 116.3 On a length and outside off, defended by coming right behind the line of the ball.
  • 116.2 On a back of a length outside off, dabbed deftly in front of backward point. Chandimal from gully is quick to the ball to deny them the other.
  • 116.1 Lakmal bowls a length delivery on middle, worked wristly towards the leg side.
  • Dilruwan Perera is seen warming up. Maybe, he might come on to bowl next...
  • 115.6 Darts it on middle, Pujara blocks it out. 363/2
  • 115.5 Floats it up outside off, Pujara leans forward in defense.
  • 115.4 Gives it nice flight outside off, defended into the ground.
  • 115.3 Oh good turn! Tossed up outside off, turning further away, Pujara comes forward to defend but is beaten by the sharp away turn. Dickwella behind the stumps fails to collect and so does Mathews at first slip. The ball lobs behind the keeper off Angelo's fingers but they don't cross. That spun off the cracks.
  • 115.2 Just a shimmy down the track and worked towards mid on for nothing.
  • 115.1 Loops it up outside off, worked through the leg side for a single.
  • 114.6 Hits the length hard on middle, defended confidently off the back foot. 362/2
  • 114.5 Fuller in length and angling in on middle, Che covers the line and keeps it out.
  • 114.4 Touch short and outside off, a back foot punch through covers for a single.
  • 114.3 Tries to angle it in on middle, worked towards the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 114.2 Back of a length delivery, drifting a bit down leg, easy for Cheteshwar who clips it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 114.1 Starts off with a short of a length delivery on middle, Pujara stands back and defends it with a high part of the bat towards square leg.
  • Drinks are on the field. 48 runs have come in this hour, where 16 overs have been bowled. The Pujara-Kohli duo started defensively and have come into their own towards the end. India lead by 155 runs at the moment. Hard to see things pan out in a different manner unless Sri Lanka are a bit more aware and alive on the field.
  • 113.6 Pujara charges down the wicket. One run added to the total. 360/2
  • 113.5 Pujara displays a forward defense to this one.
  • 113.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 113.3 Virat shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 113.2 Pujara gets down and sweeps it fine on the leg side for a run.
  • 113.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 112.6 Clumsy work yet again! Kohli drives it towards the man at sweeper and gets to he other end. Samarawickrama there, fumbles a bit but keeps them down to one. He returns the throw to Lakmal who bends lazily and fails to collect the ball that rolls towards square leg. Virat spots this and returns for the second. Lakmal isn't one bit amused by all of this. 12 runs have come off this over. 357/2
  • 112.5 FOUR! What happened there? Lakmal bangs it short around middle, Kohli goes for the pull. Gets beaten for pace and before he can complete the shot, the ball goes off something to the fine leg fence. Runs signaled by the umpire. Replays show that it came off the handle of his bat and that's what he was seen pointing to the umpire. LEAD REACHES 150 now!
  • 112.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 112.3 FOUR! Glorious! Fuller outside off, Kohli takes his front foot to the pitch of the ball and drives it through covers. Finds the real eastate between covers and mid off and gets a boundary.
  • 112.2 Oh Herath, why Herath! Sri Lanka cannot afford to give away such easy runs. Kohli pushes it towards mid off and seeing the veteran there, rushes for a run. Rangana fields it and fires a needless throw at the bowler's end. Misses the stumps and results in another run as there's no one backing it up.
  • 112.1 Almost! Length delivery around off, Kohli gets an inside edge as he looks to play towards point. The ball hits him on the pads. Even yesterday he had almost chopped it on, on a couple of occasions.
  • 111.6 Pujara negotiates this by lunging forward in defense. 345/2
  • 111.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 111.4 Where's short leg? Herath floats it around leg, Pujara looks to sweep. The ball lobs off something towards where short leg would have been.
  • 111.3 Worked away towards square leg for nothing.
  • 111.2 Served around leg, Che lunges forward in defense.
  • 111.1 Herath comes over the wicket and bowls a low full toss. Pujara flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • After almost every over, Kohli and Pujara are seen having a drink. It could mean that the plan from India is to bat long and hence the batsmen are ensuring that they are hydrated throughout.
  • 110.6 Pujara has played it to the point region. One run added to the total. 345/2
  • 110.5 Driven through cover-point by Virat for a run.
  • 110.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 110.3 Pujara hits this one through point and jogs across for a run.
  • 110.2 Kohli flicks it towards fine leg for a run.
  • 110.1 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 109.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 341/2
  • 109.5 FOUR! Confusion between Perera and Karunaratne results in a boundary for Pujara and India. Pujara drives it through cover-point. The former fielder from covers and the latter from point run after the ball. Both put in the slide but ends up colliding and none manages to stop the ball. Brings up 3000 TEST RUNS FOR PUJARA IN INDIA. He's the 10th Indian to do so, being the quickest to the mark - in 53 innings.
  • 109.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 109.3 Kohli hits this through covers for a single.
  • 109.2 Hit towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 109.1 Floated around off, driven back firmly. Herath does well to stop it in his followthrough.
  • 108.6 Kohli flicks it off his pads towards deep mid-wicket for a run. 336/2
  • 108.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • The old man of Indian cricket, Sunil Gavaskar, compares generations of cricket. Says that now fitness has taken the front seat to an extent that players strive for that. During his times, as a penalty durning net sessions, players were asked to run certain number of rounds of the ground. So people would avoid getting penalised just to avoid that. Now, that's not the case as the cricketers happily put in more yards of the ground. Ends saying the upbringing matters.
  • 108.4 Kohli looks to flick this delivery down the leg side but fails to do so.
  • 108.3 Pujara rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 108.2 Pujara blocks it from within the crease.
  • 108.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • SURANGA LAKMAL is brought into the attack for the first time today. The last game witnessed him being the better one among the Lankan seamers yet Chandimal has opted for Gamage first today. Stresses that the skipper goes as per the wickets column in deciding who'll bowl when.
  • 107.6 Kohli pushes this back towards the bowler again, in defense. He plays out a maiden. 334/2
  • 107.5 Another solid front foot defense displayed by Virat.
  • 107.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 107.3 Floated around off, Virat defends it stoutly.
  • Sunil Gavaskar observes that Rangana Herath is under cutting most of his deliveries. He opnies that on this surface, the bowler needs to loop it up to extract something from it.
  • 107.2 Kohli gets forward and blocks it watchfully.
  • 107.1 Looped up around off, Kohli drives it to the man at covers.
  • 106.6 Landed around off, pushed defensively back towards the bowler. 334/2
  • Kohli loves batting with Pujara and Rahane it seems. He now has 5 century stands in Tests with both of them which is his most with someone...
  • 106.5 Around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 106.4 Pujara taps it towards covers and shouts a big 'nooo'.
  • 106.3 Angled into the batsman, Virat flicks it away in front of square on the leg side for a run.
  • 106.2 A touch fuller outside off, Che pushes it through covers and gets to the other end.
  • 106.1 Played through point, a run taken.
  • 105.6 Virat has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. 331/2
  • 105.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 105.4 Served on the stumps, Kohli wrists it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 105.3 Lunged forward and blocked.
  • 105.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 105.1 Flatter around off and middle, blocked solidly off the front foot.
  • 104.6 Fuller around middle and leg, whipped away through mid-wicket for one. 328/2
  • 104.5 Pujara scores a run after 22 deliveries! That's all the Lankans have managed to do so far - keep Che quiet for some time. He scores a run now by clipping it towards square leg. It's a quick run as Kohli had to stretch to make it in and beat the wild throw from the fielder.
  • 104.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 104.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 104.2 Pujara stays in the crease and presents a straight bat to defend that.
  • 104.1 Kohli clips it towards fine leg for a run.
  • 103.6 Pujara has defended this off the front foot onto the ground. 325/2
  • 103.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. One run added to the total.
  • 103.4 Virat negotiates this one from the crease.
  • 103.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Good observation from Chandimal. Kohli is someone who whips most of his deliveries and hence Samarawickrama is stationed at short mid on for him. For Pujara tough, he comes at short covers.
  • 103.2 There's the whip. Kohli hits his straight to mid-wicket.
  • 103.1 On the stumps, Kohli lunges forward and blocks.
  • A long on and a deep backward square leg in place.
  • 102.6 Che has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 324/2
  • 102.5 In the line of the stumps, blocked solidly.
  • 102.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 102.3 Well outside off, Pujara has nothing to do with that.
  • 102.2 Now Kohli picks up a run after punching this delivery through covers.
  • 102.1 On the pads, Kohli flicks it away towards deep mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 101.6 Pujara stonewalls this from the crease. 321/2
  • 101.5 Around off, Che presents a straight bat to defend this.
  • 101.4 Pujara takes a stride forward and blocks it.
  • 101.3 On the pads, Virat flicks it past short leg for one.
  • 101.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 101.1 Ahhh! Not good to see early in the day's play. This was a ball that should have just resulted in a run but here is that extra run as the backing-up players were caught napping. Kohli flicks it to long on and jogs to the other end for a run. Lakmal returns the ball to the bowler, who fails to gather it due to the awkward bounce he got there. Nobody backed that up after him and that results in another run.
  • 100.6 Kohli pats it towards point and ambles to the other end to retain strike. 318/2
  • 100.5 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 100.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 100.3 Bowled down the leg side, Kohli lets it go past him. Goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 100.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 100.1 FOUR! Stats show that the cover drive has been Kohli's most productive shot against pacers in Tests since 2014. But if you follow the man though, you won't need the stats to show which his favourite shot is. Gamage serves it fuller outside off, Virat leans forward and drives it gloriously through covers past the diving fielder there for a boundary.
  • 99.6 Cheteshwar lunges forward in defense. A one-run over to start for the veteran. 313/2
  • Murali Kartik and Harsha Bhogle on air discuss about protection for the close-in fielders. The former says that with so much advancement in technology, it's a surprise that the players are yet to have complete protection from external injury. The latter at his witty best, quips that, whether insurance companies would increase the premium if one says that he fields at short leg. To this, Russel Arnold says that the insurance agent wouldn't know what a short leg position is. Good to hear such witty things on-air at the start of the day.
  • 99.5 Pujara fails to put bat on ball.
  • 99.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 99.3 A solid front foot defense to this delivery around off.
  • 99.2 Pujara blocks this towards covers.
  • 99.1 Flatter on the stumps, Kohli goes back to punch it down the ground to long on for one. First run of the day!
  • RANGANA HERATH will bowl from the other end. Chandimal's logic seems to be to go with the wicket-takers to begin the day.
  • 98.6 In line of the stumps, Pujara gets forward in defense. A maiden over to begin. 312/2
  • Strange! As Russel Arnold rightly points out, this second new ball is just 18 overs old so far. Yet Sri Lanka don't have any slip in place.
  • 98.5 Pujara drives it towards mid off.
  • 98.4 Very full delivery around off, Pujara digs it back towards the bowler.
  • 98.3 Around off, Che gets his front foot forward and defends it solidly.
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama is on the field. He had been hit near the ribs yesterday and is seen wearing a chest guard. Although he isn't at short leg now, he will have to get there soon.
  • 98.2 Another harmless delivery well outside off, Pujara withdraws his bat to let the keeper do the collection work.
  • 98.1 Gamage doesn't bowl it accoring to the field. Bangs it short outside off. All Pujara has to do is cover his stumps and shoulder arms.
  • Blue skies keep us company as we are set to get the ball rolling on Day 3! The players and the umpires soak in the sun and make their way out to the middle. PUJARA and KOHLI look all set to resume their stints at the crease. LAHIRU GAMAGE will steam in to bowl the first delivery of the day. Only a gully in position. A short cover and short mid-wicket in position too. Here we go...
  • PITCH REPORT - Simon Doull reckons that this pitch, after being in the sun for a couple of days, has developed some cracks. Sunil Gavaskar observes that there are cracks visible on the good length area and the effort should be to land the cherry in those areas. Batting with a positive intent is the key he feels. Both of them agree that from a selection point of view it is good to have a problem of plenty, which India have. Doull ends saying that these are decent batting conditions as of now, but if cracks widen and the spinners come into play, it will be hard work for the men with the willow.
  • Russel Arnold catches up with Sri Lanka's coach, Nic Pothas. He says that it was a long day yesterday but is an improvement from the last series against India. Feels that the side maintained the intensity over the day. Asserts that improvement is the focus as every side does that. Admits that they couldn't capitalize on some situations like the dropped catch of Vijay. Agrees that their batting is the most disappointing part on a track which hadn't seamed or spun a great deal and hence they were well short of the 300-350 mark which would have been ideal. He states that confidence plays its part as well and it should come from the inside. Ends saying that once an individual bats for 30-35 balls it is up to him to cash in and carry on.
  • Murali Kartik has a chat with India's fielding coach, Ramakrishnan Sridhar, who feels that it has been a good couple of days in the game so far. Today is the day where India will push harder after consolidating in the first session, he adds. States that each batter is comfortable against a particular bowler and they target the respective ones. On being asked about the Indian skipper, he says that after Kohli walked in, he changed the tempo of the game. Adds further that he never shut shop even towards the end of the play yesterday and made Pujara run hard between the wickets, oblivious to the fact that the latter had been out there for long. Opines that the Indian bowlers were frugal with the ball. States that Ashwin and Jadeja bowled well in tandem and were prepared to shoulder extra responsibilities after they weren't required to bowl much in Kolkata. Their variations in flight and the control they exhibited impressed him.
  • Sri Lanka seem to be in a quandary. Their batsmen, who should spend more time at the crease are in a hurry to get back to the pavilion while their bowlers have to spend long hours on the field. With India's lead already standing at a decent 107, the visitors have to act fast and establish some hold on the game. For that, they will first have to breach the Pujara wall. Only time will tell if they really do so. Trouble seems to be following the away team though. Dasun Shanaka has been fined 75 percent of his match for ball tampering yesterday. He was guilty of picking up an area on the ball next to the seam.
  • Hello folks! Rather than we welcoming you, it has been Cheteshwar Pujara who has welcomed us all with the bat on all the 8 days of the series so far. Yes, he has been out there with the bat at some time or the other on each of the days' play. He looks like an adamant child who refuses to let go off the bat. Here he is today, batting on an unbeaten 121. Let's see how far can he extend that on Day 3 of this second game between India and Sri Lanka being played in Nagpur. He has the skipper Virat Kohli for company who is flowing in good speed with a fluent 54.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 1 ...
  • After two days of play, the visitors find themselves on the back foot. Will they come up with something inspirational and change the course of the game tomorrow? Can they restrict the hosts within reachable distance? How long will India bat? Only time will reveal that. Join us tomorrow at 0930 local time (0400 GMT) for all the action from Day 3! Till then, adios!
  • Simon Doull has a chat with M Vijay on the sidelines. The opener says that it feels great to score runs, especially after coming back to the side from a wrist injury. States that it was tough to start by and then became easier as he spent time in the middle. Admits that he had a tough time with the injury and the rehabs. About his stand with Pujara, he reckons that the way the latter plays, suits his game and helps him a lot as he maintains a good tempo. Ends having a laugh about his hair which he is trying to grow.
  • Sri Lanka would be ruing the chances that they missed. The one that Perera dropped at silly mid on is just not acceptable at this level of the game. Vijay was on 61 then and went on to double his score from there. Their bowlers were good in patches. Those patches were as small as the gaps in a shower. This means that they are far behind the 8-ball game. With the lead now 107, they'd hope for some overnight inspiration to make a game of this. There's still a lot of time in this match left.
  • Today has been all about runs. Earlier Vijay and Pujara began the day with authority. They didn't let any bad ball go unpunished in their 209-run stand. Notwithstanding the two chances that Vijay got, well three, if you count a drop and a run out off a single delivery as two different ones, he made the tourists pay with a wonderful 10th Test century. The latter is still unbeaten after his well-composed 14th one in the format. Then Kohli came into the picture and smashed a quick fifty to ensure no other wicket fell.
  • The Sri Lankan players' glum faces act as a good indicator as to who this session and hence the day has belonged to. 127 runs for the loss of a wicket off the 33 overs in this session. India have been as commanding as the pundits had expected them to be even before the series began. After the loss of Vijay, which was mainly due to a loss of concentration, Kohli and Pujara have ensured that the momentum stayed where it should. The 96-run stand off 135 deliveries shows the free flowing nature of the runs that have been scored.
  • 97.6 Kohli negotiates the final delivery of the day by defending it off his front foot. That's STUMPS, DAY 2! 312/2
  • 97.5 Kohli flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 97.4 FOUR! Earlier we were talking on the lines of Kohli being in absolute command against spinners. This one drives home the point. Well, it's a full toss and most batters wouldn't miss out on this. Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket and helps himself to a boundary.
  • 97.3 Virat blocks this solidly off the front foot.
  • 97.2 A touch shorter outside off, Pujara cuts it towards deep backward point for a run.
  • 97.1 Pujara prods forward and presents a straight bat to block.
  • Last over of the day!
  • 96.6 Pujara pats it to point and crosses over to retain strike. 307/2
  • 96.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 96.4 Pujara defends it from within the crease.
  • 96.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 96.2 Here it is - 15th Test fifty for Virat Kohli! He has looked attacking today and gets to his landmark in just 66 balls. He hits it through point to raise huge cheers from the crowd.
  • The crowd is into this now. Reason - Kohli on 49!
  • 96.1 A huge 'ooooo' on the ground as Kohli finds the cover fielder with this punch.
  • 95.6 India's LEAD REACHES 100 and Kohli moves to 49 with this single towards long on. 305/2
  • 95.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 95.4 Pujara plays it through cover-point for a run.
  • 95.3 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 95.2 Flicked away off his pads towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 95.1 FOUR! 300 up for India! This morning we saw Vijay play such a drive and here is Kohli now. Perera should be bowling it in and around off. But he tosses it up very wide outside off, Kohli reaches out and drives it through covers. Like the office goers rush to go home after work, the ball speeds away to the fence. India lead by 97!
  • 94.6 Kohli plays this one through the vacant point region to retain strike. 298/2
  • 94.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 94.4 Beauty! Towards the close of the day! All these while we were ranting about the new ball not moving and here it is. Gamage lands it on a length just outside off, Kohli has a feel for it. The ball moves away to miss the edge of the bat.
  • 94.3 Pujara drives it through point. The fielder in the deep fumbles yet it doesn't result in an extra run. Just one of this one.
  • 94.2 Bowled outside off, shouldered arms to by Che.
  • 94.1 Length ball around off, defended back towards the bowler. Kohli wants a run but has to settle without one. Wonder why he is eager to have strike with the day soon to end.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE to have another burst.
  • 93.6 Around off, defended stoutly by Virat. 296/2
  • 93.5 Pujara flicks it away towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 93.4 Excellent wristy shot! Tossed up around middle, Pujara slinks down and wrists it towards fine leg. Before the man from deep square leg gets to his right to retrieve the ball, a couple results.
  • 93.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 93.2 Kohli drives it down the ground to long on for a single.
  • 93.1 Kohli goes back and punches it to the right of the bowler.
  • 92.6 Ends the over with another forward defense. 292/2
  • 92.5 Che negotiates this with a straight-bat defense.
  • 92.4 Pujara lunges forward and blocks it watchfully.
  • 92.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 92.2 Pujara flicks it away off his pads towards mid-wicket.
  • 92.1 Kohli eases this down to long on for a single.
  • RANGANA HERATH comes into the attack now. A final voodoo?
  • 91.6 Around off, Pujara pads this away as well. The ball lobs off it to the leg slip fielder. 291/2
  • 91.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 91.4 This ball is flicked away towards square leg for a single.
  • 91.3 Floated outside off, Pujara offers his front pad to that. The ball goes of that to Mathews at slip.
  • 91.2 FOUR! In the air but safe! Dilruwan loops it up around off, Pujara skips down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket. It was a touch aerial and not too far from the leaping fielder there. Goes away to the fence in no time. India lead by 84 now.
  • 91.1 Fired on the pads, Pujara flicks it towards square leg.
  • 90.6 Kohli stands tall and presents a straight bat in defending that. 285/2
  • 90.5 Pujara defends it from within the crease. One run added to the total.
  • 90.4 Pujara knocks it to the man stationed in the cover region.
  • 90.3 Fortunate Kohli yet again! Length delivery around off and middle, Kohli looks to keep it out towards point. Gets a bottom edge onto that as the ball rolls away to fine leg. A run taken.
  • 90.2 Kohli pushes it towards covers.
  • 90.1 FOUR! Shot! The balance that Kohli maintained in playing was just perfect. Shanaka bowls it on a length in line of the stumps, Virat hops up and just pushes it through mid-wicket. The timing is so good that the ball goes to the fence. Lead goes to 79!
  • 89.6 Kohli wrists it through mid-wicket for one run. 279/2
  • 89.5 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 89.4 Che lunges forward and stonewalls that.
  • 89.3 FOUR! What's the point of having so many fielders on the boundary, if you are to concede runs even then. This is wasting the new ball that's about 9 overs old. Perera serves this around off and middle, Pujara gets down and sweeps it to the fine leg fence.
  • 89.2 Virat drives it through mid on and goes to the other end.
  • 89.1 Around off, Kohli blocks it from the crease.
  • DILRUWAN PERERA comes in to bowl with 9 overs left in the day.
  • 88.6 Outside off, Kohli hits it towards cover-point and scurries for a run. Wants another but that's not there. 272/2
  • 88.5 On a length outside off, punched towards mid on.
  • Change of style? Perhaps. Seems like Rohit Sharma has given up hopes of getting a chance to bat in this Test. The pitch is looking extremely flat and wicket-taking does not seem to be easy. So, Rohit is now practising bowling. According to Kamti here beside us, Rohit seems to be imitating Jasprit Bumrah's bowling action. Must say - Kamti's vision seems to be excellent.
  • 88.4 This is outside off, Kohli shoulders arms to let it go.
  • 88.3 Length ball outside off, cut away through point for one.
  • 88.2 No run there, Che! Having Kohli at the other end, Pujara feels that every vacant area is a run-snatching area. Not so though. Taps it in front of cover-point and looks for a quick run. Kohli denies him the same spotting a fielder from covers get there.
  • 88.1 Shanaka offers this on a fuller length on the stumps. Pujara looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto his front pad.
  • 87.6 Harmless delivery outside off, left alone. 270/2
  • 87.5 Now Pujara does the same. Hits it to the man at deep point and ambles across for a run.
  • 87.4 Kohli punches it through point and jogs to the other end.
  • 87.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 87.2 Fuller around middle, Kohli clips it towards deep square leg and gets a brace.
  • 87.1 Bye! Pujara and Kohli's stand is now worth 50! This is bowled outside off, Pujara plays inside the line and lets it go to the keeper. Dickwella gets a bad bounce. The ball hits his left shoulder and then his neck before falling on his left side. With Kohli at the crease, you often see every run-gathering opportunity seized. He runs for the bye. The keeper gathers the ball and has a wild throw at his end but it ends up seeming like his aim was Pujara. A bye results.
  • 86.6 Pujara shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 265/2
  • 86.5 Pujara defends it with a straight bat.
  • 86.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 86.3 Outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 86.2 14th Test century for Cheteshwar Pujara, 4th against the Lankans! He continues to wow us with one solid knock after the other. Seldom does he miss out on feasting over attacks and here he is. Raises his helmet to acknowledge the huge round of applause that engulfs the VCA Stadium. He taps it towards gully, where Perera dives and parries it towards covers. Seeing this, the no.3 batter, who was haring across for a single turns back and returns for another to get to the mark.
  • 86.1 Kohli collects a single after playing it to the man stationed at deep backward point.
  • DASUN SHANAKA to have a bowl now. He has conceded 31 runs off his 10 overs so far. Would be interesting to see if he can swing the new ball. A deep backward point in place. So swing? Forget it!
  • 85.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 261/2
  • 85.5 Kohli almost plays on, for the second time today! On a length around off, Kohli looks to guide it to third man but seems to be beaten for pace. Ends up chopping it past the off stump towards the keeper.
  • 85.4 Make that 98! Short ball around middle and leg, pulled away to fine leg for a single.
  • 85.3 Fuller on the stumps, Pujara flicks it through mid-wicket. Before Sandakan can run to his left and return the throw, a brace is taken. The throw hits Kohli at the bowler's end, who has run in to complete the second run. Che moves to 97!
  • 85.2 Cheteshwar stays in the crease and defends it.
  • 85.1 Around off, Pujara presents a straight bat face to block that.
  • Gamage is seen walking out of the field. Lakshan Sandakan is the substitute fielder on for him.
  • 84.6 Kohli again knocks it to the cover region. 257/2
  • 84.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 84.4 This ball is knocked towards covers.
  • 84.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 84.2 Four runs, not a boundary this! Kohli taps this delivery in front of point and sets off for a run. Spotting a slower Pujara come to that end, the fielder fires a wild throw at the striker's end. The batter was well in and the fielder backing up the throw had over-run a bit, meaning he couldn't stop that. As a result the ball rolls towards the fence on the leg side. Before the ball is retrieved, Pujara and Kohli collect three more. The lead climbs to 52 now!
  • Just a slip and a gully in place now.
  • 84.1 Kohli hits it to the fielder at covers.
  • 83.6 This ball is kept out from the crease. 253/2
  • 83.5 The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground.
  • 83.4 FOUR! Not this time! Pujara doesn't let the fielder come into play here. Fuller delivery around middle and leg, Pujara flicks it away with the angle. The ball rolls towards the deep mid-wicket fence, leaving no chance for Gamage to come close to that. 250 up for India, while Lakmal too concedes 50 runs observes my colleague.
  • 83.3 Lahiru Gamage does well. Kohli uses his wrists to flick this delivery in front of square on the leg side. Gamage runs to his left, puts in an awkward slide and manages to keep the ball in play. He seems to have bruised his right knee as he is seen rubbing that. The umpires check whether a run is saved and it indeed is. Three runs taken.
  • 83.2 Kohli flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 83.1 Lakmal sprays it down the leg side. Kohli misses the flick and the keeper does the rest.
  • Change in bowling. Herath makes way for SURANGA LAKMAL to have a bowl with the newish ball.
  • 82.6 Fuller outside off, Che points his bat skywards and lets it go. There is a hint of movement on that after the ball passes him. 246/2
  • 82.5 Fuller around off, driven to the fielder at mid on.
  • 82.4 Bowled outside off, left alone by Pujara.
  • 82.3 Virat places this towards points and crosses over to the other end.
  • A second slip and two gullies in place. Maybe for the drive?
  • 82.2 This ball is around off, Kohli shows the full bat face and blocks.
  • 82.1 Kohli has come out with an attacking intent it seems, with his side in a fairly good position. This is on a length outside off, normally we'd expect him to leave it alone and get a hang of the conditions. Here, he looks to cut it and ends up almost chopping it on. The ball rolls towards the keeper.
  • Drinks are on the field. Russel Arnold on air ponders about the tactic of persisting spin against Kohli. It is actually bizarre. Why is Dilruwan bowling to Kohli? The Indian captain averages 44.15 against pace while it is 62.02 against spin. Dissecting further, it is 74 against left-arm spinners while it comes down a touch, 59.03 against offies. Still, that is pretty good. Baffling...
  • 81.6 Sees the flight and skips down the track. Drives it straight to the mid off fielder. 245/2
  • 81.5 Brings his bat and pad close and keeps it out safely.
  • The commentators on-air discuss about Kohli's love for the left-arm spinners. He averages over 82 and has scored 496 runs against them. So, a right option to bring in Herath against him?
  • 81.4 Pujara dances down the track to whip it away but gets an inside edge on the pads.
  • 81.3 Kohli taps one in front of covers and takes a quick single.
  • 81.2 Bowls a slider around middle, defended off the front foot.
  • 81.1 FOUR! He has drilled that one! Tossed up outside off, Kohli makes room and absolutely nails the drive through covers for a boundary.
  • Here comes RANGANA HERATH back into the attack.
  • 80.6 Length ball in the channel outside off, no shot offered. 240/2
  • 80.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 80.4 Fuller in length and on the pads, flicked through the leg side for a couple.
  • 80.3 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • Russel Arnold on-air informs us that Sadeera Samarawickrama who coped a blow on the ribs earlier has been taken to the hospital for some precautionary x-ray. Let's hope that he's fine...
  • 80.2 Stays on the back foot and shows a straight bat.
  • 80.1 Good length delivery on middle, defended from within the crease.
  • The second new ball is available now and Sri Lanka waste no time in tasting the new cherry. Can the change in ball bring about the change in fortunes for them? GAMAGE to continue.
  • 79.6 Flatter outside off, tapped towards point. 237/2
  • 79.5 Shimmies down the track and flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 79.4 Driven towards the mid-on region. One run added to the total.
  • 79.3 FOUR! That's sizzled away says Manjrekar on-air! Perera overpitches it on middle, Kohli clears the front leg and smashes it straight down the ground for a boundary.
  • 79.2 Tossed up on the stumps, defended into the ground.
  • 79.1 Pujara hangs back and punches it towards cover for a single.
  • Herath and Chandimal have a talk. The latter was supposed to bowl this over but after discussing something with the skipper, he takes his cap from the umpire and goes to his fielding position. Maybe, he wants a change of ends? Anyway, DILRUWAN PERERA comes back into the attack.
  • 78.6 Fuller and angling in on the stumps, flicked neatly through square leg to collect a couple. 231/2
  • 78.5 Stays back and tucks it towards mid-wicket again.
  • 78.4 Bangs it short outside off, Kohli lets it be.
  • 78.3 Fuller in length outside off, driven towards the cover fielder.
  • 78.2 Back of a length on middle, tucked off the back foot towards mid-wicket.
  • 78.1 Short of a length delviery outside off, fended towards the point fielder.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE is back on.
  • 77.6 Takes it on the full and drives it to mid on. 229/2
  • 77.5 Eased down to long on for a single.
  • 77.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 77.3 FOUR! Kohli is off the mark! Fuller on leg, Virat just uses his powerful wrists and gets it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 77.2 Gets behind the line and blocks.
  • 77.1 NOT OUT! Inside edge saves the India skipper! Sri Lanka lose both their reviews! Slower through the air around middle and off, Kohli lunges forward to defend but gets hit on the pads. Sri Lanka appeal long and hard but the umpire shakes his head. Chandimal has a chat with Mathews. The latter wasn't sure. The skipper still takes the DRS! Replays show there's a thick inside edge.
  • Sri Lanka have referred an LBW appeal against Kohli. There seems to be a thick inside edge but Chandimal doesn't think so.
  • 76.6 On middle and leg, worked towards the short mid-wicket fielder. 224/2
  • 76.5 Perera once again bowls it short outside off, Che punches it off the back foot through covers for another couple.
  • 76.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 76.3 Flat outside off, chopped through point for another brace.
  • 76.2 FOUR! Easily done! Fuller on the stumps, Pujara advances down the track and drives it back down the ground through mid on for a boundary.
  • 76.1 Flatter one on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 75.6 Loopy delivery outside off, driven towards the cover region. A successful over! 216/2
  • 75.5 Flighted ball outside off, defended into the ground.
  • 75.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • VIRAT KOHLI is the next man in. A wicket has fallen and you expect the crowd to go silent but here the scenario is completely different. They are excited to see this lad bat.
  • 75.3 OUT! Tame, tame dismissal that! Murali Vijay departs on a full toss and he is down on the ground and doesn't want to leave the field. But Sri Lanka rejoice, they have picked up a wicket at last today and who has provided the breakthrough? It's Herath! He bowls a loopy full toss, Vijay gets down to sweep but gets a top edge instead. The ball goes straight into the hands of Perera at short fine leg who takes the catch this time. The mammoth 209-run stand comes to an end, India lead by 11 runs!
  • 75.2 Slower one on the pads, Vijay looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • The man is sent to deep mid-wicket now...
  • 75.1 Loopy delivery outside off, defended off the front foot.
  • 74.6 Edgyyy but Pujara was eyeing to play in that area only. Drifts it outside off, Pujara wants to guide it but gets it off the outer half past Mathews at first slip who reacts late and a couple is picked up. 216/1
  • 74.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 74.4 Gets down the track and works it easily through mid-wicket for one.
  • 74.3 The line is outside the off stump, Pujara goes back in defense.
  • 74.2 On middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket where the fielder dives to stop the ball.
  • 74.1 Flatter on the stumps, clipped through the on side for a single.
  • 73.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 211/1
  • 73.5 Uses his feet and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 73.4 An arm ball around off, Pujara takes his front foot across and makes a leave.
  • 73.3 Now presses ahead and milks a single down to long on for a single.
  • 73.2 FOUR! 200-run stand is up between the two now! These two have looked so settled now and it seems like you throw anything at him, they will remain unscathed. A rare blip from Herath, he drops it short and to add to it, it's on the pads. Vijay makes full use of it as he flicks it powerfully through mid-wicket to earn a boundary.
  • 73.1 Flighted delivery outside off, pushed towards the cover region.
  • Poor Rangana Herath. The ball seems to be following him and so the commentators are keeping a close eye on his reactions. A couple of overs before he had to put in the long yards to save a boundary and then he had to bowl an over. In Dilruwan's last over, Pujara had flicked one between the two fielders placed at mid-wicket. He was standing at long leg. The moment he saw the ball was not coming towards him, he immediately turned his back and started to drink water from the 12th man who was standing beside him beyond the ropes. The commentators share a laugh about that. It is a hot day and he is certainly not the youngest on the field.
  • 72.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 206/1
  • 72.5 INDIA INTO THE LEAD NOW! Loopy delivery outside off, eased down to long off for a single.
  • 72.4 SCORES ARE LEVEL! Huge roar from the crowd! Flattish outside off, Cheteshwar dabs it to deep point for a single.
  • 72.3 Swept hard but straight to the man in the deep! Loopy ball on the stumps, the batsman nails the sweep towards deep mid-wicket for a single. India now trail by 1 run!
  • 72.2 Darts it on the stumps, Pujara leans across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 72.1 Vijay gets down and across and paddles it down to fine leg for a single.
  • 71.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 201/1
  • 71.5 Stays back and blocks it out comfortably.
  • 71.4 Flighted delivery outside off, defended by lunging forward.
  • 71.3 Quicker one around middle, defended by covering the line.
  • 71.2 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 71.1 Loopy delivery outside off, driven towards mid off for a single.
  • 70.6 Herath gives a long chase! Pujara makes room and once again places it through backward point. Rangana from backward point hares after it, in fact jogs after it and saves a couple for his side. 200/1
  • 70.5 Uses the feet and bunts it back to the bowler.
  • 70.4 Floats it up around middle and off, blocked into the ground.
  • 70.3 Nicely done! Pujara uses the angle, crouches low and places it through the vacant backward point region. Two runs added to the total.
  • 70.2 Pulls is length back again, Pujara turns it towards the square leg fielder.
  • 70.1 Flatter through the air on the stumps, punched off the back foot towards mid off for a single. The TRAIL now comes down to single digit.
  • 69.6 Makes a bit of room and drives it towards Chandimal at covers. 195/1
  • 69.5 Loops it up outside off, Pujara leans forward to keep it out.
  • 69.4 Loopy ball around middle and off, Che comes down the track and drives it towards the mid on fielder.
  • 69.3 On middle and leg, wristed towards mid on for a single.
  • What happened there? Sadeera Samarawickrama is down in agony. It has struck him flush on the ribs, never easy to field at the bat-pad position. The physio is out and the entire Sri Lankan team encircles him. Vijay looks a worried man too and goes to see if the fielder is okay. That's not good for the visitors, Sadeera is trudging off the field. Hope that he's fine. Dimuth Karunaratne has been asked to replace him at that place...
  • 69.2 Stung! Herath floats it up around middle, Vijay gets down to sweep and it hits Sadeera Samarawickrama right into the ribs at short leg. He is immediately down and calls for some help.
  • 69.1 Loopy delivery outside off, driven into the cover region.
  • 68.6 Gets behind the line and blocks it down. 194/1
  • 68.5 Slows it through the air outside off, Pujara prods forward in defense.
  • 68.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 68.3 Touch short on middle, crunched past the right side of the bowler down to long on for one.
  • 68.2 FOUR! Deft! The last time Vijay tried to play the reverse sweep he got a top edge! Angles it away from around the wicket, Murali Vijay gets into the position and deftly connects the reverse sweep. Beats Mathews at first slip and races down to the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 68.1 Loopy delivery, dipping in on Vijay, driven back to the bowler.
  • 67.6 Dances down the track and drives it straight to the mid off fielder. Another maiden for Herath. 189/1
  • 67.5 Outside off, pushed towards the left of Herath.
  • 67.4 Leans ahead and stonewalls it.
  • 67.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 67.2 Slower through the air on middle, worked in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 67.1 Comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge.
  • 66.6 On middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a single. 188/1
  • 66.5 Skips down the track and drives it wide of covers to collect a couple.
  • 66.4 Good stop, Sadeera! Full and around leg, Vijay gets down and sweeps. Samarawickrama stationed there is alert. He sticks out his left hand and makes a half-stop. Doesn't concede a run though.
  • 66.3 Quicker one around leg, clipped towards mid-wicket.
  • 66.2 Takes a stride forward and defends again.
  • 66.1 Goes back and flicks it off the pads towards the leg side.
  • Spin from both the ends. DILRUWAN PERERA to have a go from the other end.
  • 65.6 Flighted delivery outside off, blocked off the front foot. A maiden to start off with. 185/1
  • 65.5 Sees the loop and once again dances down the track only to bunt it back to the bowler.
  • 65.4 Comes down the track and drills it back to the bowler.
  • 65.3 A shout for an LBW! Slower through the air, landed on middle, Cheteshwar comes forward to defend but it hits his pads. Herath appeals long and hard but the umpire shakes his head. Replays show there was a thick inside edge.
  • 65.2 Flatter one on middle, Pujara hangs back in defense but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball falls just short of the short leg fielder.
  • 65.1 The veteran starts off with a loopy ball from over the wicket, Pujara comes forward and safely defends it down.
  • Out walk both the set batsmen - PUJARA and VIJAY. It will be HERATH to start off with the bowling proceedings. A slip and short leg in place...
  • Welcome back for the final session of the day. Still 33 overs to go so one thing is for sure that India will get into the lead by the end of the day. It remains to be seen how much can they stretch it to. Will Sri Lanka manage to pick up a wicket or will the India juggernaut continue to roll on?
  • ... DAY 2, SESSION 3 ...
  • Unless the tourists come up with a way to separate the 2nd-wicket stand, hard to imagine any other storyline for the last session. Technically, Sri Lanka are still ahead by 20 runs. Hopefully a good hot tea and some refreshing snacks would set the thought machines running in the visitors' dressing room. Will this daily-soap-like proceedings change? Join us soon to know.
  • The 178-run partnership between Vijay and Pujara shows to which side this session has belonged. The duo has continued to march on, bringing up their respective milestones - century for the opener and a half for the one-drop. The former had a scare as he was given another life on 61 (by Perera) to add to one that he got in the first session. Sri Lanka, who looked very good in the first game, seemed to have run out of ideas already. Apart from these minor blips, their fielding largely has been good.
  • 64.6 Comes round the wicket for the last ball before tea and delivers it on a length wide outside off. Vijay still goes after it as he looks to cut that. Misses it. That's TEA, DAY 2! 185/1
  • 64.5 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. They pick up a single.
  • 64.4 FOUR! A surprise short delivery doesn't catch Pujara by surprise entirely. It is bowled around Pujara's left shoulder, he swivels and tries to pull it. Gets it off his gloves as he didn't seem in control of that. The ball goes down to the fine leg fence on a couple of bounces. The trail comes down to 21 now!
  • 64.3 Length outside off, the Indian opener guides it past point for a run.
  • 64.2 Cheteshwar Pujara gets past the 6-ball rut by tapping it in front of mid on for a run.
  • 64.1 Length delivery around middle, Vijay clips it off his pads towards deep mid-wicket for one run.
  • 63.6 And here is the 6th one! A maiden! Fuller outside off, driven straight to covers. 177/1
  • 63.5 On a length outside off, Che stays in the crease and presents a straight bat in defense. 5 dot balls in the over.
  • 63.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 63.3 Excellent fielding! Not once, not twice, we have seen this quite a few times. Shanaka fielding the ball off his own bowling. Bowls it fuller that evokes a straight drive from Pujara. Dasun quickly gets down to his right and prevents the ball from passing him. Brilliant.
  • 63.2 Full length ball outside off, driven straight to the man stationed in the cover region.
  • 63.1 Fuller outside off, Pujara pushes this back defensively. Shanaka is unable to stop it in his followthrough and the ball rolls to mid on.
  • 62.6 Length outside off, left alone by MV. 177/1
  • 62.5 Pujara whips it through mid-wicket and that fetches him one run.
  • 62.4 Outside off, Pujara points his bat skywards to let it go.
  • 62.3 Vijay opens the face of the bat and guides it towards backward point for one.
  • 62.2 Pujara places this in front of point and sets off for a run. The fielder gets there and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Vijay is well in. Even though he has been out there for a while, he is still good enough to hare in those 22 yards.
  • 62.1 Length ball on the pads, flicked away towards backward square leg for one. Vijay ran the first very quickly but had to settle for one.
  • Perera now makes way for LAHIRU GAMAGE to come into the attack. 14-7-21-1 read his current figures. Will he add more numbers in that last column?
  • 61.6 Fuller around off, driven towards mid on. 173/1
  • 61.5 Che presents a straight bat face as he plays this delivery around off defensively.
  • 61.4 Length around off, played towards covers.
  • 61.3 Pujara lunges forward and presents a straight bat in keeping this out.
  • 61.2 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
  • 61.1 Bowled around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 60.6 Hello? Hold on, Vijay! The job isn't done. Probably an air of overconfidence engulfs him as Vijay plays this. Perera lands it just outside off, the batter looks to drive it away from his body. The ball rolls off the inside edge past the leg stump, enabling the batsmen to run two. 173/1
  • 60.5 Pujara takes one by playing it towards point.
  • 60.4 There it is! 10th Test hundred for Murali 'Monk' Vijay, his 7th at home. This is his comeback game and yet this innings shows that he was always playing with the team and wasn't away from the game. Began watchfully before unleashing his delightful strokes. How did he get to his milestone? Placed it down the ground towards mid off and hared to the other end. Raises his bat and helmet and soaks in the moment.
  • The crowd is behind Vijay. It realises that he is on strike, on 99.
  • 60.3 On the pads, Pujara flicks it towards backward square leg and crosses over for a quick run.
  • 60.2 Vijay collects a run by playing it towards mid off. Moves to 99!
  • Mind games galore! Seeing Vijay, who is on 98, at the crease, Perera comes into the delivery stride and aborts bowling. Probably it is an attempt to see what's going through the batter's mind.
  • 60.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 59.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 167/1
  • 59.5 Excellent awareness from Vijay! Drives it to covers, where the fielder dives but only parries it towards mid off. Vijay seizes the chance and scurries to the other end. There is a direct hit at the bowler's end but all's well.
  • The fielders come closer now. The visitors are probably thinking on the lines of creating pressure on him by doing so. Remember though, he isn't nicknamed Monk for nothing!
  • 59.4 Around off, Vijay keeps his bat and front pad close to each other as he defends this.
  • 59.3 Angling into the batsman, Pujara flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 59.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 59.1 Shanaka bowls it fuller outside off, Vijay for the umpteenth time today, drives it through covers. Gets one for that.
  • 58.6 Vijay collects an easy single on offer after driving it through mid off. 164/1
  • 58.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 58.4 Vijay finds the mid-wicket fielder with this flick.
  • 58.3 Served in line of the stumps, turned through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 58.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 58.1 Cheteshwar has been using his feet all day long. Does so again and takes a run towards mid-wicket.
  • 57.6 Now Pujara flicks this delivery towards deep mid-wicket for another single. 160/1
  • 57.5 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside.
  • 57.4 Vijay hits it through mid-wicket to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking.
  • 57.3 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 57.2 The partnership keeps rolling on - is worth 150 now! Fuller around middle, Vijay flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 57.1 What a waste of the DRS from Sri Lanka! It was always a NOT OUT and it still is. Length delivery outside off, Vijay looks to cut it away. The extra bounce on that means that he ends up missing the ball. The keeper collects it and the day goes on... hold on! Suddenly the camera pans on Chandimal who seems to signal for the review, saying he heard something there. Snicko shows how mistaken he is as there is a huge gap between bat and ball. A review lost. Generally, the keeper is the first one who goes up in such cases but here Dickwella seemed least interested.
  • What has happened here? The Sri Lankans seem to have heard something as the ball passes Vijay's bat and goes to the keeper. They want to review the caught behind.
  • 56.6 Pujara prods forward and presents a forward defense to this one. Perera's 7 overs have cost 41. 156/1
  • 56.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 56.4 FOUR! Perera isn't going through a nice spell already and this boundary adds salt to his wounds. He fires it flatter down leg, Pujara gets down and paddles it to the fine leg fence. The trail down to 49 now!
  • 56.3 Similar delivery, CP gets forward to block that.
  • 56.2 Around middle and leg, Cheteshwar lunges forward in defense.
  • 56.1 Dropped around leg, Pujara pushes it towards mid-wicket.
  • 55.6 Length around off, Pujara taps it in front of mid on and takes on. 152/1
  • 55.5 On a length outside off, left alone by Che.
  • 55.4 A touch fuller outside off, Vijay brings his wrists into play and takes a single towards long on.
  • 55.3 Finds point with this defensive push.
  • 55.2 FOUR! Shot! 150 up for India, trail down to 55! Length delivery outside off, the opener got the width that he wanted. Guides it past backward point for a boundary. Vijay moves into the 90s with this.
  • 55.1 Length ball outside off, Vijay slaps it through cover-point for a brace.
  • DASUN SHANAKA is brought back to have a bowl. He hasn't been too effective with his dibbly-dobblies as of now. Will he change the effect now?
  • 54.6 Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 144/1
  • 54.5 FOUR! Wow! Vijay didn't look in control of that shot yet gets a boundary. Perera drops it just outside leg. Vijay gets down and pulls out the reverse paddle. Seems like he got it off the top edge of the bat as the ball rolls over Mathews at slip and rolls away to the third man fence.
  • 54.4 Pujara stays in the crease and flicks it towards the man in front of square deep on the leg side for a single.
  • 54.3 Pujara lunges forward and keeps it out safely.
  • 54.2 Vijay gets down on a knee and paddles it fine on the leg side. The fielder runs to his left to stop that. One run is the result.
  • 54.1 Perera continues round the wicket and bowls it around leg. Pujara plays it with an angled bat towards square leg and takes off for a run. The fielder there gets to his left and returns a throw to the bowler who whips off the bails. Che is in safely though.
  • Time for refreshments. The Indians continue to boss this game. They have scored runs at a good rate and it seems like another wicketless session is on the cards. Perera put down Vijay at silly mid on and that was the only chance that was given in this hour of play. Pujara has just reached his fifty and is set to get a big one. Can Sri Lanka strike before the tea break?
  • 53.6 17th Test fifty for Cheteshwar Pujara! No stopping him, he will take his time and continue to score. Well played, Che! Shortish on middle and leg, tucked through mid-wicket for a single. Just a raise of a bat from him and Vijay gives him a pat on the back. 136/1
  • 53.5 Short again, angling away once more, it's left alone this time.
  • 53.4 The change in angle almost did the trick for Lakmal! He goes around the wicket, angles away a short of a length delivery outside off, Pujara tries to run this one down but the ball zips through. Beats the outside edge by a small margin there.
  • 53.3 FOUR! Boom! It's struck powerfully by Pujara! Lakmal serves a gently half-volley outside off, Pujara leans a bit and bashes it right through cover-point for a boundary. On 49 now!
  • 53.2 Lovely stop in the deep from Gamage! Drifting on the pads, it's clipped behind square on the leg side. It seemed like it will race away but Gamage in the deep moves quickly to his right, slides and saves a couple for his side.
  • Two catching fielders on the leg side now...
  • 53.1 Lakmal once again gets some reverse swing but the line is not threatening enough. Flicked in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 52.6 Fuller and dipping in on middle, Pujara flicks it back to the bowler. Perera dives to his right in his followthrough and stops some runs for his side. 128/1
  • 52.5 Quicker one on middle and leg, Murali Vijay nudges it towards the leg side and takes the single.
  • 52.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 52.3 This time he dances down the track and flicks it wide of mid on for a single.
  • 52.2 Flighted delivery around off, Cheteshwar prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 52.1 This is not what Chandimal would have asked for. Perera bowls a juicy full toss on middle, Vijay heaves it towards deep mid-wicket. There is protection in the deep and so only a single is taken.
  • DILRUWAN PERERA is asked to roll his arm over now. These two played him out easily earlier this morning. Can he create some impact and provide a breakthrough?
  • 51.6 Hint of reverse now! Fuller and nipping back in on middle, Vijay gets across and clips it towards mid-wicket for a single. 125/1
  • 51.5 It's on the back of a length outside off, dabbed wide of Sadeera at backward point for a single.
  • 51.4 Short of a length delivery on middle, Pujara is hurried by the pace and bounce on this one. Looks to pull but isn't in any control of it. Mistimes it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 51.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 51.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Cheteshwar dabs it towards backward point where once again Samarawickrama makes a diving stop. This lad has been too good in that area. He's patrolling it really well.
  • 51.1 Shortish and bowled well outside off, seeing the line and with Pujara having settled in, doesn't go after it.
  • 50.6 Touch short, flatter on the pads, clipped behind square on the leg side for a single. 123/1
  • 50.5 Tosses it up on the stumps does Rangana, Pujara comes down the track and works it towards mid on.
  • 50.4 Fuller and dipping in on middle, driven down to long on for an easy single.
  • 50.3 SIX! Down the track and away she goes! High and handsome! Herath gives it loop, lands it outside off, Vijay dances down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it cleanly over long off for the first maximum of this innings.
  • 50.2 Slider around middle, skidding a bit, Murali Vijay goes back and tries to clip it away but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 50.1 Floats it up around middle, Vijay lunges forward and drives it back to the bowler.
  • 49.6 Outside off, the batsman shoulders his arms to that one. 115/1
  • 49.5 Shortish and outside off, Cheteshwar doesn't offer any shot.
  • 49.4 In the channel outside off, Pujara has got nothing to do with that one.
  • 49.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, Vijay just opens the bat face and glides it down to third man for one.
  • 49.2 Angles it in on middle, defended with a straight bat.
  • 49.1 Tad fuller in length and outside off, Vijay drives it towards the man at mid off.
  • 48.6 Quicker and flatter on the stumps, it stays a touch low as well. Punched somehow towards mid on. Pujara thinks about the single which wasn't on. 114/1
  • 48.5 Flat and dropped short outside off, slapped hard by Che but finds the man at point. It's Sadeera Samarawickrama who makes another good stop.
  • 48.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 48.3 Slows it through the air, landed full outside off, driven into the cover region.
  • 48.2 Flatter through the air on middle, punched back to Rangi.
  • 48.1 Dances down the track and drills it towards the cover fielder.
  • 47.6 Shortish and outside off, Pujara looks to cut it hard but gets it off the outer half of the bat. The man at widish slip does well to get a hand to it. The ball rolls towards third man and Pujara will keep strike. 10 off the over. 114/1
  • 47.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 47.4 Angles it in on a length on middle, clipped towards mid on for a single.
  • 47.3 Same ball, same shot but the only difference is that there is a deep point in place now. Only a single this time.
  • 47.2 FOUR! Shot! Looks good when the batsman rides the bounce! Lakmal once again shortens his length, Pujara stands tall and nails the back foot punch through point and picks up a boundary.
  • 47.1 100-run stand comes up between the two now! Pujara and Vijay are cheered by the crowd. Lakmal begins his spell with a loosener, bowls it short and wide outside off, Vijay places it between cover and point. Two fielders hare after it and manage to save a run for their side.
  • SURANGA LAKMAL is brought back into the attack. Silly mid on still in place. Vijay needs to be careful.
  • 46.6 Good stop from Herath! Fuller on off, Che comes down the track and drives it back towards the bowler who sticks his left hand out and takes the pace off. The ball rolls towards mid off. 104/1
  • 46.5 On middle and leg, quicker in pace, dug out comfortably.
  • 46.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 46.3 Floats it up outside off, Vijay drives it towards mid off for another single.
  • 46.2 Finally a run is scored, precisely after 27 balls. Flattish outside off, tapped towards cover for a quick single.
  • 46.1 Goes back and flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 45.6 Make it 26 now! Another superb fielding effort, this! Length delivery outside off, pushed towards the right side of Samarawickrama at backward point. Vijay wanted a single but Sadeera dives full length and then immediately releases the ball towards the bowler. 102/1
  • 45.5 Outside off, left alone by the batsman. It's been 25 balls since the last run has been scored. Lanka keeping a lid on the scoring rate here.
  • 45.4 Sees the width on off, Vijay slashes hard but finds the man at backward point.
  • 45.3 Good length on middle, defended from within the crease.
  • 45.2 Short of a length delivery outside off, Vijay drops his wrists and lets it be.
  • Good to see that! After dropping the catch, Perera asked Pujara to move aside and run out of the pitch. The latter immediately did that.
  • 45.1 Fuller and a bit wide on off, stroked nicely but couldn't get it past mid off.
  • 44.6 Once again takes the charge, drives but finds the man at cover. Back-to-back maidens for Herath! 102/1
  • 44.5 Skips down the track and drives it towards mid off.
  • 44.4 Flatter one on the stumps, defended from deep within the crease.
  • 44.3 Gets forward and blocks it out.
  • 44.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 44.1 Tossed up delivery outside off, driven towards cover.
  • 43.6 Fuller on off, driven towards the cover fielder. 102/1
  • 43.5 Dropped! The move to have silly mid on nearly paid off for Chandimal here. Vijay played a similar shot in Gamage's previous over that fetched him a boundary then but this time he survives a scare. Fuller in length outside off, Vijay clears the front leg and chips it uppishly down the track. Perera at silly mid on reacts quickly as he moves to his left but the ball bursts out of his palms and he nearly takes Pujara down as well. Another big moment in the game this could be. Vijay is living a charmed life.
  • 43.4 Touch fuller outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 43.3 Bangs in a short ball on middle, the batsman ducks under it.
  • 43.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, tapped in front of cover.
  • 43.1 Fuller and slanted in on middle, jammed out towards mid on.
  • 42.6 Defended off the inner half towards mid-wicket. Another maiden from Herath! 102/1
  • 42.5 Pujara gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it wide of mid off. The fielder there makes a diving stop and denies them a run.
  • 42.4 Slightly slower, fuller in length on off, defended into the ground.
  • 42.3 Quicker through the air around middle, Cheteshwar prods forward in defense.
  • 42.2 Slider on middle and leg, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 42.1 Tossed up outside off, Pujara takes his front foot across and kicks it away.
  • 41.6 Good length delivery on middle and off, Vijay looks to push but gets it off the inner half back to the bowler. 102/1
  • 41.5 Shortish outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 41.4 FOUR! Down the ground! Even the 100 is up for the hosts! Pitched up outside off, Vijay drills it back down the track. Was in the air but safely races away past mid on for a boundary.
  • 41.3 Beaten! Gamage bowls a length delivery outside off, seeing this Vijay once again decides to cash in on it as he tries to cut it. But there is an extra bounce which denies the batsman to the chance to carry on with the shot.
  • 41.2 Offers bit, it's full and Vijay tries to go after it. But gets it off the toe end of the bat towards mid off.
  • 41.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Vijay hangs back and defends it towards the cover region.
  • The ball seems to have gone out of shape. Joel Wilson takes it to his partner, Kettleborough who passes it through the loop and deems it good enough to continue...
  • 40.6 Takes a stride ahead and buries it into the ground. Tidy over from the veteran again. 98/1
  • 40.5 Loops it up outside off, driven straight to the fielder at cover.
  • 40.4 Shimmies down the track and eases it towards mid off for a single.
  • 40.3 Gets forward and across and nudges it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 40.2 Floats it up around middle and off, the batsman lunges forward in defense.
  • 40.1 Bowls a slider, it comes in with the arm, pushed off the front foot towards cover by Vijay.
  • RANGANA HERATH, with figures of 9-3-15-0 to bowl from the other end! A slip and bat-pad in place...
  • 39.6 Fuller outside off, an uppish drive but finds Chandimal at mid off. A maiden to start off with. 97/1
  • 39.5 Touch short and outside off, dabbed towards the point fielder off the back foot.
  • 39.4 Back of a length ball on middle, the batsman shuffles a bit and works it towards mid on.
  • 39.3 Hits it on the back of a length now, Pujara leaves it alone.
  • 39.2 On a length again, outside off, little bit of bounce off the deck. No shot offered.
  • 39.1 Starts off with a fuller length delivery, landed on off, a tight solid defense from Pujara.
  • Hello folks, we are back! It's time to get rolling. Usually when the sun is out in all its glory, the pitch seems to flatten out thereby making batting a bit more easy. These are good signs for India but not for the Lankans. They need to come up with plans and for that they need wickets in heaps. Let's see if they can do so. PUJARA and VIJAY are set to resume. The fielders take their positions. GAMAGE to kickoff with the ball. Here we go...
  • ... DAY 2, SESSION 2 ...
  • The only positive for Sri Lanka this session was a period of play before drinks where they made Vijay appear fidgety. Credit to Herath for that. But post that, the bowlers failed to exert any control. That Perera couldn't settle in because both the batters attacked him, didn't help Sri Lanka's cause. They have bowled 15 overs an hour, a good over-rate. But absence of wickets just nullifies that goodness. See you at 1214 local time (0644 GMT) for the resumption. Will the story be any different then? Can the tourists turn the tables on the hosts? They need to do the latter as the TRAIL is still 108.
  • India's session in its entirety! Vijay and Pujara are known for many a patient and grafty knocks but this isn't one of them. Yes, they have negotiated well but they were hardly tested by the Lankan bowlers. Vijay survived a tough chance, well, two in a single delivery. After a catch went down, the missed run-out attempt meant that he could get to his 16th Test fifty. Pujara has come into his own towards the end, being swift-footed against spin and sly against pacers.
  • 38.6 Vijay taps this length delivery in front of cover-point to see off the last ball before LUNCH, DAY 2! 97/1
  • Last delivery before the players can have a sumptuous meal...
  • 38.5 Pujara hops a touch and clips it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 38.4 Pujara stays in the crease and defends it watchfully.
  • Hayden says that the batsmen look so much at ease picking up singles through off side. He says that blocking that area and persisting with a line outside off could be of help. Drying the run would help in his opinion. Gavaskar says contrarily that patience is the key.
  • 38.3 On the pads, flicked away to fine leg for one.
  • 38.2 Fuller outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 38.1 Lakmal bends his back and bangs it short on the stumps. Vijay ducks and lets the keeper do the rest.
  • Last over before lunch!
  • 37.6 Similar delivery outside off, Pujara just lets it be. It again bounces just in front of Niroshan. 95/1
  • 37.5 That one stayed low! Fuller outside off, Pujara gets his front foot forward to shoulder arms. It stays a touch low and goes on the bounce to Dickwella.
  • 37.4 Shanaka hurls it outside off, Che hits it towards cover-point.
  • 37.3 Fuller delivery around off, eased towards covers.
  • 37.2 Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 37.1 Fuller around off, pushed back defensively to the bowler.
  • 36.6 Bowled around middle and off, Vijay defends it from the crease. This stand is worth 88 off 199 balls. 95/1
  • 36.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 36.4 Lakmal sprays it down the leg side, Vijay doesn't bother putting bat to that. Dickwella has to dive full stretch to his left to stop that.
  • 36.3 On the pads, flicked away wristily for a single.
  • 36.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • The batting duo is looking at ease against spin and hence SURANGA LAKMAL is called on to bowl by the Lankan skip!
  • 36.1 Around off, Pujara defends it watchfully from the crease.
  • 35.6 A good solid front foot defense on display from MV. 94/1
  • 35.5 Fuller around off, flicked to mid on.
  • 35.4 Vijay stands tall and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 35.3 On first look, this off drive had a look of Vijay to it. Pujara drives it towards the left of Chandimal at mid off and takes off for a run. The player gets to his left and stops it partially yet is unable to prevent the run.
  • 35.2 Pujara gets his front foot forward and defends it solidly.
  • 35.1 Yet another glorious cover drive. Fetches Vijay just one owing to a man positioned in the deep there.
  • 34.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 92/1
  • 34.5 Around middle and leg, clipped past short leg for one.
  • 34.4 FOUR! Doesn't matter what has happened the previous day, you've to live every day afresh. This philosophy of life equally applies to sport. Even though he was in trouble a ball before, Pujara uses his feet to shimmy down the track. Gets to the pitch of the delivery and punch-drives it through mid off for a boundary.
  • 34.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 34.2 Edged and almost gone! Perera lands it around off, Pujara guides it towards slip like the way Herath was dismissed. The ball lands just short of Mathews who takes it with a dive to his right.
  • 34.1 Perera changes his angle and comes round the wicket. Lands it in line of the stumps, Che flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 33.6 Landed around off, defended back towards the bowler. 86/1
  • 33.5 Yet again Vijay negotiates this by keeping it out watchfully.
  • 33.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 33.3 Dasun hurls it around off, MV defends it solidly.
  • 33.2 Vijay shows the full bat face in defending this delivery from the crease.
  • 33.1 FOUR! 16th Test half century for Murali Vijay! He hit the first delivery of the day to the fence and gets to his milestone now with another. Shanaka bowls it fuller outside off. Vijay's wrists come into play as he plays the on drive to take the ball past mid on. The next destination of the cherry is the fence. The monk has played a good knock. Typical. Watchful at the start, free-flowing as he progresses.
  • 32.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 82/1
  • 32.5 Pujara gets forward and blocks it showing the full face of the bat.
  • 32.4 FOUR! Good use of the depth of the crease. Pujara goes deep and punches it through covers off the back foot. It is so well timed that it speeds away to the fence.
  • 32.3 Vijay moves to 49 with this drive to long on.
  • 32.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 32.1 Vijay clips it towards square leg.
  • Pujara and Vijay have the best partnership average among the Indian pairs to have scored over 2000 runs. They average 70.24 and the next best is 62.69 between the Kohli-Rahane duo.
  • 31.6 Vijay has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total. 77/1
  • 31.5 Vijay pushes it back down the ground. Dasun gets down to his right in his followthrough and gets some hand onto it. Deflects it onto the bat of the non-striker.
  • 31.4 Pujara taps it towards covers and crosses over to the other end.
  • 31.3 Pujara stays put and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 31.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 31.1 Shanaka bowls it outside off, Pujara lets it go unharmed.
  • DASUN SHANAKA back on.
  • 30.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 32 runs have come off the 7 overs after drinks! 75/1
  • 30.5 Vijay miscues it high up in the air and such has been India's fortunes, that the ball falls in no man's land. Seeing the tossed up delivery outside off by Perera, Vijay slinks down the track and looks to go big over mid off. Since he plays against the turn, he ends up hitting it high than long. Chandimal hares back from the position but is unable to get there for the catch. A brace results.
  • 30.4 Vijay gets forward and blocks it watchfully.
  • 30.3 Flatter on the stumps, Pujara goes back and turns it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 30.2 FOUR! The aim of both these batters is to not let the spinners settle down. They arent't shy of using their feet to the spinners. Pujara does so and clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That went all along the ground to the fence.
  • 30.1 Bowled on the pads, flicked away through square leg for one.
  • 29.6 Pujara gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. 67/1
  • There is a comparison of the bowling action of Ravindra Jadeja and Rangana Herath done by the on-air commentators. Jadeja has a high-arm action while Herath's is more round armish. This means that the former imparts more revolutions on the ball than the latter who undercuts the ball more.
  • 29.5 Forward defense in display from the blade of Che.
  • 29.4 Vijay drives the ball straight down the ground. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 29.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 29.2 Pujara uses his feet and drives it towards long on to keep the scorecard ticking.
  • 29.1 Vijay punches it through cover-point for a single.
  • 28.6 This ball is flicked away off the pads for a run. 64/1
  • 28.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 28.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 28.3 Vijay paddles this fine down the leg side for a brace.
  • 28.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 28.1 FOUR! Change the bowler, Vijay will still play the drive to get the desired results. Often a sign of how comfortable a batsman is, is evident from how his feet moves. Perera tosses this wide outside off, Vijay gets his stride out and drives it graciously through covers for a boundary.
  • Spin from both ends now. DILRUWAN PERERA to roll his arm over replacing Shanaka after just one over for the latter.
  • 27.6 Che negotiates this one by presenting a straight bat in defense. 57/1
  • 27.5 Bowled around off, solidly defended by Pujara.
  • 27.4 50-run partnership between Vijay and Pujara! How good and comfortable have these two looked. Vijay eases it through covers and jogs to the other end.
  • 27.3 Pujara drives it through covers for a single.
  • 27.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 27.1 Floated on the stumps, Che prods forward and blocks.
  • 26.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 8-run over from Shanaka to begin. 55/1
  • 26.5 FOUR! Once again! Vijay and the beautiful drives is a wonderful love story. Shanaka delivers a full ball outside off, Vijay leans forward and strokes it through covers for another boundary. Moves to 34 now.
  • 26.4 Down the leg side, Vijay misses the flick.
  • 26.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 26.2 FOUR! Width outside off - tick. A stride forward - tick. Drive - tick. Glorious shot - tick. Vijay has looked gracious and confident today with his front foot drives and does so yet again. Length ball outside off, driven confidently through covers for a boundary.
  • 26.1 Starts off with a delivery around off, the Indian opener opens the face of the bat to guide it through the gully region. A good diving effort there denies the chance to score a run.
  • Bowling change. DASUN SHANAKA is handed the ball now. He had the happy knack of snaffling up wickets in the previous game. This is a lesser helpful track though. Encore?
  • 25.6 Use of the feet by Pujara once again. Normally he doesn't play this way but of late, this is a tweak in his game that we are seeing. He is not afraid to skip down the track occasionally. Does so again and hits it straight to the man at covers. 47/1
  • 25.5 Che lunges forward to block it solidly.
  • 25.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 25.3 Quick run, safely completed. Vijay pushes it towards mid off and sets off for a run. The fielder gets to the ball and hurls a throw to the keeper's end and knocks the stumps down. Pujara was well in though. MV moves to 26.
  • 25.2 Vijay pushes it defensively back towards the bowler.
  • 25.1 Flatter on the pads, Vijay goes back and clips it through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 24.6 The nataraja shot fetches Vijay a single through square leg. 44/1
  • 24.5 MV stays in the crease and blocks it out.
  • 24.4 Played back towards the bowler defensively.
  • 24.3 There is the pitch playing its trick occasionally. Back of a length delivery around off, it jumps up more than Vijay expects. He ends up getting an outer edge that falls down safely in front of point.
  • 24.2 On a length closer to the off pole, Vijay stays in his crease and presents a straight bat to block that.
  • 24.1 Gamage continues from over the wicket and bowls it on a length well outside off. Vijay covers his stumps and shoulders arms to that one.
  • Drinks are on the field. Vijay and Pujara started off the day on a good note, scoring runs freely but the in last half an hour the Lankans came back well. They bowled maidens after maidens and that has left the batsmen itching to get off strike. Herath is getting good purchase as he is getting the ball to grip. He has troubled Vijay on quite a few occasions already. Can Lanka strike early after the break? Or will the duo of Pujara and Vijay break the shackles?
  • 23.6 Fuller and outside off, Pujara drives it hard by coming down the track but finds the man at cover. 43/1
  • 23.5 Flatter on the stumps, kept out off the back foot.
  • 23.4 Loopy delivery outside off, Vijay prods forward in defense.
  • 23.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 23.2 Slower through the air outside off, defended by lunging forward.
  • 23.1 Quicker one on the stumps, jammed out towards mid on.
  • 22.6 Lands it on a length outside off, Pujara lunges forward to defend but the ball bounces off the deck and nearly takes the outside edge of the bat to the keeper. Another maiden. This has been a good passage of play for the Lankans. 42/1
  • 22.5 Short and angling in on middle, Pujara gets across to tuck but the ball goes off the thigh pad towards Dickwella.
  • 22.4 Bangs in a short ball outside off, Cheteshwar rides the bounce and keeps it out.
  • 22.3 Hits the deck hard outside off, Pujara drops the wrists and lets it be.
  • 22.2 Back of a length on middle, Cheteshwar stands tall to keep that one out.
  • 22.1 Shortish in length, bowled outside off, tucked towards mid-wicket.
  • 21.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. Third maiden on the trot for Sri Lanka. 42/1
  • 21.5 Vijay lunges forward and drives it back to the bowler.
  • 21.4 Comes down the track to flick but gets an inside edge past a diving Sadeera Samarawickrama at short leg.
  • 21.3 Beaten! Gives it nice air, lands it outside off, Vijay prods forward to defend but the ball grips off the surface and beats the outside edge. Vijay is looking a bit fidgety now.
  • 21.2 A bit short, it's the slider, Vijay goes back to flick but misses and it goes off the pads towards the leg side.
  • 21.1 Flighted delivery around middle, clipped towards the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 20.6 Drops it on a back of a length outside off, CP stays back and defends it with a straight bat. 42/1
  • 20.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, punched towards mid off.
  • 20.4 Sprays fuller but down the leg side, Cheteshwar looks to flick but fails to get any wood on it.
  • 20.3 Another short delivery on middle, Pujara rides the bounce and defends it down the track.
  • 20.2 Bangs in a short ball on middle, not much pace behind it and as a result it's kept out safely by Che.
  • 20.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Pujara hops a bit and defends it towards point.
  • 19.6 Slows it through the air outside off, the batsman lunges forward in defense. 42/1
  • 19.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 19.4 Quicker one on middle, Vijay comes down the track to jam it out but gets an inside edge towards short leg.
  • 19.3 Loopy ball outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 19.2 Loopy delivery outside off, defended into the ground.
  • 19.1 Flighted on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 18.6 Back of a length delivery on middle, defended towards the off side off the back foot. 42/1
  • 18.5 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper.
  • 18.4 Shortish on middle, Vijay looks to pull but gets an inside edge on the thigh pad as the ball lobs wide of Sadeera at short leg. A single taken.
  • 18.3 Fuller on middle and leg, flicked past Herath at mid on for a single.
  • 18.2 Another short ball on middle, Pujara is right behind the line to keep it out.
  • 18.1 Bangs in a short ball outside off, left alone.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE is brought back into the attack.
  • 17.6 On middle and leg, driven once again towards mid on. 40/1
  • 17.5 Pujara drives it towards mid on for a single.
  • 17.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 17.3 Floated on the stumps, defended down.
  • 17.2 Driven towards the mid on region. One run added to the total.
  • 17.1 In the air... dropped. Chance of a run out too! In the end Vijay survives! Two opportunities there. Herath tosses it up on the stumps, Vijay comes down the track to flick but gets an inside edge and the ball lobs towards Sadeera Samarawickrama at short leg who fumbles. He then tries to take it in the second attempt but fails to cling onto that one. In the meanwhile, Vijay was down the track and the fielder shows good presence of mind as he picks the ball up and reverse flicks it towards the stumps but misses. Dickwella missed collecting that as he was near Sadeera thinking the catch had been taken. Had it hit, the Indian opener would have been run out. A chance goes abegging.
  • 16.6 FOUR! Nicely done! Fuller in length, angling in on the pads, Pujara flicks it towards mid on. Herath the man there tries to stop it with a dive but by the time he did the ball already went past him. A boundary results. 27 runs have already been scored this morning off the 9 overs bowled. 38/1
  • 16.5 Bangs in a short ball on middle and leg, the batsman ducks under it as the ball swirls over Pujara and settles into the keeper's gloves.
  • 16.4 Drops it on a back of a length outside off, Pujara makes room and taps it towards the point fielder.
  • 16.3 Sprays a tad wider outside off, Pujara ignores.
  • 16.2 Shortish on middle and off, punched off the back foot towards the bowler.
  • 16.1 Hits the deck hard, it holds it line too. Pujara drops his wrists to let it be.
  • 15.6 This one dips into the batsman, it's flicked straight into the hands of short mid-wicket. A maiden for the veteran. 34/1
  • 15.5 Slower again around middle, bunted back to the bowler.
  • 15.4 MV has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 15.3 Darted on middle and leg, worked towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 15.2 Flighted ball around off, driven towards mid off.
  • 15.1 Slower through the air outside off, Vijay comes forward to defend it away but gets an inside edge on the pads. Here Vijay needs to be careful. Either you come fully forward or stay back. If you are half committed, you might be in trouble.
  • 14.6 Fullish on the pads, nudged in front of square on the leg side for a single. 34/1
  • 14.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, Vijay looks to defend from the crease but gets an inside edge towards short leg.
  • 14.4 Bangs in a short ball outside off, Vijay leaves it alone.
  • 14.3 Takes a stride forward and strokes it towards cover.
  • 14.2 Length delivery outside off, Vijay has got nothing to do with that one.
  • Russel Arnold on air feels that Herath will be the key for the Lankans. Yesterday he observed that Jadeja was continuously varying his pace. He bowled a couple of deliveries at 90 kmph and then all of a sudden slowed it down and reaped huge dividends for doing so...
  • 14.1 Shortish on middle and off, Vijay sways away from the line quickly.
  • 13.6 Presses forward and defends it down watchfully. 33/1
  • 13.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 13.4 FOUR! Good use of the feet. Gavaskar on-air wants to see more of that. While doing the pitch report this morning he emphasized on the same thing. The more you use the feet, the more successful you will be. Herath tosses it on the stumps, it dips in as well. Pujara dances down the track, takes it on the full and flicks it neatly through square leg for a boundary.
  • 13.3 Floats it up outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 13.2 Gets forward and blocks it down on the ground.
  • 13.1 Tossed up delivery around middle, stays a touch low as well. Vijay tries to flick but misses. The ball goes off the pads past short leg and a leg bye is taken.
  • Enough of pace this morning says Chandimal. And as a result he brings RANGANA HERATH into the attack. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • 12.6 Shortish on middle, clipped through mid-wicket for a single. 28/1
  • 12.5 Outside off, left alone with ease.
  • 12.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 12.3 Back of a length delivery on middle, defended off the back foot showing the full face of the bat.
  • 12.2 A brisk single! Punches this length ball wide of Chandimal at mid off and scampers through for a run. The Lankan skipper fumbles and then has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. First run for Pujara today.
  • 12.1 That took off! What a ball from Lakmal. He lands it right on the seam and gets that extra bounce which he wants. Pujara is taken aback as he tries to fend it away. The ball wasn't far away from kissing the gloves. He was dismissed off a similar delivery in the second innings of the first Test.
  • 11.6 Back of a length outside off, pushed off the back foot towards gully. 26/1
  • 11.5 FOUR! Glorious! Touch fuller outside off, Vijay sees this as another opportunity to score. Presses forward a tad and caresses it through the gap in the covers for a boundary.
  • 11.4 Covers the line and offers a straight bat.
  • 11.3 Good stop! Gamage drifts one again on the pads, it's flicked towards mid-wicket where Karunaratne quickly dives to his left and stops it.
  • 11.2 Good ball! This one holds its line, it's outside off. Vijay tries dabbing it away but gets beaten.
  • 11.1 Vijay is looking really confident. He has quickly moved on to 13. Fuller and on the pads worked delicately behind square on the leg side. Calls for two, puts pressure on the fielder in the deep and gets the desired result in the end.
  • 10.6 As expected, Lakmal bangs in a short ball but the line should be on middle. He bowls it outside off, easily kept out towards gully. 20/1
  • After the last ball, Chandimal brings in a short leg fielder. So chin music coming up?
  • 10.5 Short of a length delivery on middle, comes slowly off the deck, Pujara gets surprised by that. He tries to defend but takes his bottom hand off. The ball hits the splice of the bat and dies down safely in the vacant short leg region.
  • 10.4 Length delivery outside the off stump line, Che resists and leaves it alone.
  • 10.3 Touch short and served outside off, a back foot punch on offer but straight to the cover fielder.
  • Some dirt has been stuck in the spikes of Vijay. He takes some object from the umpire and is seen clearing it out. It's very risky as if you don't clean it, you might slip. Another delay...
  • 10.2 In the channel outside off, Pujara shoulders his arms to it.
  • 10.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, stabbed off the back foot towards point.
  • 9.6 Sprays it around the pads, Vijay loves to have it there. Works it beautifully through mid-wicket and picks up another couple of runs. 20/1
  • 9.5 Angles it in on middle, but there is a bit of extra bounce on this occasion. Vijay tries to clip but gets a leading edge through covers. It's gone through the gap and that allows them to take a couple.
  • 9.4 Gets forward, keeps his head straight and blocks it out towards cover.
  • The commentators on air discuss about Murali Vijay's role as an opener in the team. He is someone who can adjust in any format of the game. He has played some aggressive T20 innings, he has shown immense patience when it comes to the traditional form of cricket. So, to sum it up he is someone a team can rely on...
  • 9.3 Back of a length on middle, defended by covering the line of the ball.
  • 9.2 Fuller again on off, Vijay presses forward and defends it towards cover.
  • 9.1 Begins with a fuller length delivery on off, Vijay drives it back to the bowler who stops it with his right hand.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE to continue from the other end. Same field placement for him as well. Vijay is unhappy with some movement behind the bowler's arm and hence a bit of a delay...
  • 8.6 Short and aiming in at the body, Pujara arches back and leaves it alone. 16/1
  • 8.5 Stays back and plays it close to the body. A push back to the bowler.
  • 8.4 Touch fuller and angled in again on middle, Cheteshwar tucks it towards the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 8.3 Angles it in by going wide of the crease, wristed away through square leg for a single.
  • 8.2 Now a gentle line outside off, Murali Vijay doesn't go after this one. Leaves it alone.
  • 8.1 FOUR! Vijay doesn't need a second invitation. Such a confident looking shot that is. My colleague just reminded me that KL Rahul began the Indian innings with a boundary and today Vijay does the same off the first ball of the day. Lakmal offers it full and a bit wide outside off, Murali leans ahead and presents full face of the bat to pierce it through covers. It races away to the fence in a jiffy.
  • We are all set to get underway. The umpires and players have made their way out to the middle. CHETESHWAR PUJARA AND MURALI VIJAY will continue from where they left off. It shall be SURANGA LAKMAL to start off with the bowling proceedings. Two slips and a gully in place...
  • PITCH REPORT - Sunil Gavaskar says there is a bit of grass on the wicket which will keep the pacers interested in the first hour. Further adds the cracks might start to open up as the game progresses. He adds the best way will be to use your feet, get to the pitch of the ball and counter whatever is thrown at you. Simon Doull agrees and states that it's a beautiful day for batting and the batters need to take full advantage of it as the pitch will start to take more and more turn later on.
  • For all the stat lovers - On 10 occasions in India, has a team gone on to win a Test match after scoring 205 or less in the first innings. 3 of those have been by visiting teams. The last time we had a Test match at this venue India defeated South Africa in spite of posting only 215 in the first innings. Sri Lanka can take a leaf out of this and come out with a mindset of chipping away at the wickets. What do we have in store? Will the Lankans be made to toil hard under the sun or will it be the other way round? Stay with us as the action is about to resume...
  • Hello and a warm welcome for day 2 of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors once again threw it away and eventually were restricted to a scanty 205 just towards the end of the day. They had to come out and bowl for 8 overs and will be happy with the fact that they removed Rahul. However, India's mainstay, Pujara and the comeback man Vijay saw off the remainder of the day. It was quite evident that the pitch isn't a true one which means even the Indians have their task cut out.
  • ... DAY 2, SESSION 1 ...
  • Right then! The pitch is already showing signs of being up and down. Batting is certainly not going to be easy on this track and the Indians will hope to bat ONCE and bat big. Do join us at 0930 LOCAL (0400 GMT) for all the action from Day 2. In the meanwhile, you can also check what is going on in the mother of all contests as Australia and England battle for supremacy at the 'Gabba in the first Ashes Test. Adios! Take Care!
  • Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma is ready for a chat. He says he is really satisfied with the way he bowled today. Informs he was in good rhythm in the domestic circuit and that has helped him today. Further says keeping it fuller on the stumps is his stock ball and is working really hard to bowl it consistently there. States that the wicket seems to be two-paced and that batting on this pitch wouldn't be an easy task. Ends by saying, he didn't mind bowling an extended spell but his skipper asked him to take rest.
  • Do Sri Lanka have a chance tomorrow? Well, perhaps a score around 300 might have kept them in the game. But as far as this game is concerned, one good partnership for India and one solid knock should give India a handy lead.
  • Chandimal and Karunaratne were the only ones to cross 50 but in reality, as many as 5 batsmen got starts. Cannot waste those, especially having won the toss.
  • Things were not looking so bad for the Lankans when they were 160/4. But they were blown away by Ashwin and Jadeja. Dickwella's wicket just triggered a collapse and then it was just one-way traffic.
  • India's day, by a distance. They would have liked to go in without losing a wicket but will not be too unhappy with the proceedings. 11 runs have been knocked off Sri Lanka's 205 and the Lankans already look deflated.
  • 7.6 Switches the angle again, goes back to over the wicket. Drops it on a back of a length outside off, Pujara pushes it away from the crease towards point. He wanted a single but Vijay asks him to stay right there. THAT'S STUMPS ON DAY 1! 11/1
  • Last ball of the day coming up...
  • 7.5 Goes around the wicket and bowls a length ball on middle, Cheteshwar covers the line and blocks it out.
  • 7.4 That stayed low but played well in the end! Length delivery outside off, Vijay crouches low and punches it in front of point for a quick single. Sadeera tries to have a shy but he takes his eyes off the ball.
  • 7.3 Fuller around middle and leg, Pujara wrists it through mid-wicket and scampers through for a quick single.
  • 7.2 Bouncer which isn't well-directed! Short but the angle is down the leg side. Easy for the batsman to sway away from the line.
  • 7.1 Pitches it up on off, Pujara leans forward and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 6.6 Back of a length outside off, defended comfortably off the back foot. 9/1
  • 6.5 Length ball outside off, Murali Vijay shoulders his arms to it.
  • 6.4 Lakmal sprays one down the leg side, MV tries to clip it away but fails to get any wood on it.
  • Wow. Matthew Hayden at his poetic best. Perhaps he must have been observing this when the likes of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee would have been bowling during his hay days. He studies Lakmal and Gamage and opines that the outswinger should be pitched outside off and then swing away in a curve. This should be done repeatedly, almost like a spider makes its web. Wow. Guess that can be done by the likes of those great bowlers but not quite sure everyone can get that right.
  • 6.3 Gets across and clips it towards the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 6.2 Stays behind the line and offers a straight blade.
  • 6.1 Fuller and sprayed on the pads, Pujara shuffles across and flicks it towards the man at short mid-wicket. The fielder there dives to his right but half-stops it. He then gets up and does well to keep them down to just a single.
  • 5.6 Gets right behind the line and defends it down gently. A maiden from Gamage, he is not giving anything away. 8/1
  • 5.5 Back of a length outside off, Vijay punches it towards cover.
  • 5.4 Continues to keep it outside off, MV lifts his bat and allows it to go through to the keeper.
  • 5.3 Outside off, it's once again on a length. Murali doesn't play at it.
  • 5.2 On a length and bowled in the channel on off, Vijay leaves it alone.
  • 5.1 Fuller in length on off, Vijay lunges forward and drives it straight to the cover fielder who stops it partially but doesn't concede a run.
  • 4.6 Sprays a bit on the hips, clipped behind square on the leg side for a single. Vijay gets off the mark with that one. 8/1
  • 4.5 Length delivery on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket.
  • 4.4 Lakmal bangs in a short ball on middle, Vijay arches back to evade it.
  • 4.3 Landed outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 4.2 Closer to the off stump again, Vijay defends it back down the ground.
  • 4.1 Landed outside off, nice curve away from the batsman, Vijay watches it carefully and lets it go. Sri Lanka are making the new ball talk so far.
  • 3.6 On a length and outside off, defended gently by covering the line. A successful over from Gamage! 7/1
  • CHETESHWAR PUJARA arrives at no. 3, replacing Rahul. The crowd gives him a warm welcome by chanting his name at the top of its voice.
  • 3.5 OUT! Dragged on! Lahiru Gamage strikes! He looked out of sorts in the first Test and now he draws first blood today. Serves a length delivery, a bit wide outside off. KL Rahul could have left it alone but for some reason tries to play it away from the body. Like the way Sadeera Samarawickrama did in the second innings of the first Test, he gets a thick inside edge and the middle stump is disturbed. Rahul is guilty for playing it away from the body and now has to walk back for a cheap score.
  • 3.4 Touch short and outside off, the batsman punches it towards Samarawickrama at backward point.
  • 3.3 Fuller and coming in with the angle, Rahul works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 3.2 Excellent from Lahiru again! He hurls a length ball outside off, it holds its line too. KL Rahul has a poke inside the line and hence gets beaten all ends up.
  • 3.1 Good ball from Gamage! Pitches it right up there, curling back in a shade, Rahul brings his bat down at an angle and bunts it back to the bowler.
  • 2.6 Touch fuller outside off, Murali Vijay doesn't even bother looking at that one. 7/0
  • 2.5 Back of a length outside off, a bit of width on offer as well. Vijay goes back to cut but mistimes it towards point.
  • 2.4 Once again Lakmal gets good carry. He drops it on a length and outside off, Murali Vijay has got nothing to offer on that one.
  • 2.3 This one shoots off the deck but it's well outside off which means Vijay leaves it alone.
  • 2.2 It's pitched on a good length, in the corridor of uncertainty, Murali lifts his bat and lets it go.
  • 2.1 Fuller and swinging away after pitching, Vijay watches it pass through to the keeper.
  • 1.6 Sprayed wider outside off, KL Rahul is happy to leave it alone. A decent start from Gamage! 7/0
  • 1.5 Ahhh... Rahul looks a bit tentative! He's itching to hit everything it seems. It's on a length and outside off, Rahul tries poking at it but the ball holds its line and nearly takes the outside edge of the bat.
  • 1.4 Once again it's bowled in the same channel, the ball isn't doing anything. Rahul doesn't even bother looking at it.
  • 1.3 Hits the deck hard, but the line is well outside off. Rahul drops his wrists.
  • 1.2 Shot! Touch fuller outside off, Rahul leans ahead and drives it square of the wicket on the off side. Gets it through point which allows him to come back for the second.
  • 1.1 Gamage begins from over the wicket and sprays a bit wide outside off. Rahul goes fishing after it but the ball moves away and he gets beaten comprehensively.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE to share the new ball from the other end. He had a tough outing in the previous game. Can he come up with a better plan this time?
  • 0.6 Lakmal serves a length delivery outside off, Murali has got nothing to do with that one. 5/0
  • 0.5 Fuller and angling in, clipped towards the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 0.4 Drops it on a length and angles it in on middle, Vijay covers the line and offers a straight blade.
  • 0.3 On a length but no real movement off the deck, Vijay is happy to shoulder his arms.
  • 0.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 0.1 FOUR! Fine start to the innings! A half volley dished up to the batsman, Rahul comes forward, covers the outswing nicely and drives it through mid off. As seen in the last game, there is no man in that position and it is a boundary!
  • Right then! That's all we have for you from this game. After a thrilling day 5 finish in Kolkata, this wasn't something we would have liked. Let's hope we don't get to witness another lopsided affair when these two meet next for the third and final Test in Delhi. Will Sri Lanka pull a rabbit out of the hat or will the plot remain the same? Join us at 0930 LOCAL (0400 GMT) to catch all the action. Till then, goodbye and take care. Cheers!
  • Indian skipper, VIRAT KOHLI is delighted with the win. Starts by crediting the pitch which was a good one to bat on. Now credits the bowlers for doing the job when there wasn't much purchase on day 1. On previously failing to get daddy tons, he says he wanted to better himself and is happy to get going now. Gives a special mention to fitness with a mix of other factors too. Thinks the ton is counted when you convert it into a big one. On Pujara and Vijay, he states that the former is very consistent while the latter is a technically sound player who takes a lot of pride in playing Test cricket. Praises Rohit too for grabbing the opportunity and justifying his selection and backs him up by saying he will certainly be the one in the fray for the future prospects. On his bowlers, he says first class cricket has helped Ishant. Yadav and Shami haven't played much cricket as much as Kumar has in the recent times. States that all his bowlers are in good rhythm. Reckons they asked for the pitch which had more life in it as they wanted to get some practice before flying to South Africa. Informs the pitch deteriorated on day 2 itself but loved the one that they got in Kolkata. Is really looking forward for the South African tour.
  • Sri Lanka captain, DINESH CHANDIMAL says it was a good toss to win but admits they were outplayed completely by the Indians. Reckons India is a tough team to beat and that they were really poor with their shot selections. Adds they had certain plans in minds but rues that every batter just threw it away after getting a start. Informs Angelo Mathews is the senior player in the side and when he falls early, the rest fail to carry on. Hopes that Mathews will come back into the groove sooner for them as his side needs him. Ends by saying they need to address the loss quickly. Emphasizes that they need to improve massively in the batting department as it is letting down since a while now. Lauds the way his bowlers bowled and once again expects a good show with the bat next as he walks back.
  • It's time for the presentation. Let's hear what the skipper's have got to say.
  • Next up is Ishant Sharma. He reckons that since he wasn't among the wickets and the way Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were playing, they deserved to play ahead of him. In such tracks it is about varying the lengths, he opines. He feels good to be among the wickets now. Thanks Basu, the fitness trainer, for pushing everybody harder in terms of fitness levels and also mentions that the skipper leads from the front in this aspect. With healthy competition in the side for the seamers it is all about grabbing your opportunities and performing he states.
  • Here's what Ashwin has to say. After the applause dies down, the latter says that it was a tad funny at the start of today as some deliveries spun while the others didn't. Credits Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma for bowling well and giving the early breakthrough. He opines that angles and heights of release of the ball matter on such tracks and that both the spinners bowled ideal speeds. On being the quickest to get to 300 Test wickets, he says that the present players are blessed more than the others due to the technology on offer and hence it is unfair to compare players from different generations. States that he didn't bowl many carrom balls and has worked on different loading positions and release points for that. Regarding the longish lay off that he had, he reckons that the break was longer than what he had ever got, during which he played County cricket and worked on the holding role. His is still a young career and he aims to add many more and almost double the 300 wickets that he currently has. Ends saying that he is tired as spin bowling isn't just about ambling in and rolling the arm over.
  • Once again it was Ishant Sharma who set the tone up while Jadeja and Ashwin spun the web viciously to leave the batsmen puzzled. Umesh Yadav too saw his name in the wicket section and overall it was a complete team effort from the hosts. India have now EQUALLED THEIR BIGGEST TEST VICTORY. Sanjay Manjrekar catches up with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma on the sidelines...
  • Two full days of play were remaining and result was surety. Sri Lanka had a monumental task set ahead of them and it was disheartening to see them going down without putting up a fight. None of the batsmen apart from their skipper Chandimal (who tried his best in the first innings too) showed any resistance. Most were guilty of playing reckless shots and that didn't help their cause. Suranga Lakmal threw is bat around and stringed a breezy 58-run stand with skipper but to be honest, it was just about delaying the inevitable.
  • If not full, Sri Lanka lost half of the game there and then. The Indian batsmen decided to bat once but bat big. Apart from Rahul and Rahane, rest everyone made the most of a good batting surface. It all started with Murali Vijay (128), then Cheteshwar Pujara (143), went on to Virat Kohli (213) and it ended when Rohit Sharma helped himself to an unbeaten ton. All of them batted with sheer authority and dictated terms to the Lankan bowlers. Finally the declaration came when Kohli felt a lead of 405 is enough.
  • India have dominated Sri Lanka completely to take a 1-0 lead in the series. They were put under the pump in Kolkata but it was completely a different scenario that we got to witness in this one. Kohli lost an important toss but his side did everything right from thereon. You don't expect a team to be bundled out for a paltry 205 on day 1 of a Test match, do you? The Indian bowlers did that without their two strike bowlers (Shami and Kumar). Ishant Sharma on his comeback, took three while the remaining 7 wickets were taken care by the spin twins.
  • 49.3 OUT! Gamage is bowled! Another feather in Ashwin's gap - 300th Test wicket f