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India Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (TEST)

Date: Saturday, 02 December 2017 Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Match Status: Match Ended

India drew with Sri Lanka

536/7
Overs
127.5
R/R
4.2
Fours
55
Sixes
2
Extras
8
373/10
Overs
135.3
R/R
2.76
Fours
52
Sixes
3
Extras
16
246/5
Overs
52.2
R/R
4.71
Fours
22
Sixes
1
Extras
7
299/5
Overs
103.0
R/R
2.9
Fours
35
Sixes
1
Extras
7
  • For the Sri Lankans, the wrist spinner Sandakan was the pick of the bowlers. He picked up a 4-fer, not before being taken to all parts of the ground by the Indians. Their bowling will have another storyline to it though - that of the seamers walking away due to health concerns amidst the hazy conditions on the ground. Whatever be the case, this doesn't give the tourists respite from being out there. If they didn't want to have 11 on the field, 2 will have to walk out to face a barrage of fast bowling from the Indians. It's up to the first two batters to keep the rest out of the playing field for as long as they can. We'll bring you the Sri Lankan reply in a short while.
  • Kohli's 283-run partnership with Vijay for the third wicket set the tone for the tall Indian first innings score. Who knows, it could have been even taller if not for the declaration. Ajinkya Rahane missed out on getting among the runs yet again while Rohit Sharma stroked his way to an entertaining half century.
  • What has the story been about so far? All about one man - Virat Kohli. He looked in absolute control from ball one and eventually fell to the spin of Sandakan. As much as it should be owed to the bowler, the talks will also revolve around how the incessant breaks affected the Indian skipper's momentum.
  • Well! This is the most absurd of declarations I have ever seen! Kohli has had enough of this halt in play and he DECLARES WITH INDIA AT 536/7! If facial expressions are anything to go by, this isn't one of the most pleasant declarations either. 'If the Sri Lankans aren't willing to bowl, let us have a go at them with the cherry' seemed to be his signal from the dressing room. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan team physio and fielding coach had quickly changed to whites to take the field as substitutes for them but it wasn't required eventually.
  • Dinesh Chandimal isn't happy there. Not sure what's the reason. The on-air commentators observe that there are ONLY 10 PLAYERS ON THE GROUND! Yes, you read that right. Apparently, no one walked in as a replacement for Lakmal. Samarawickrama is out already, Gamage and Lakmal walked out a while back. Harsha Bhogle jokes on air that among the Lankans, only Russel Arnold looks fit and will have to take the field now.
  • 127.5 FOUR! Saha makes merry and collects runs, not in the manner he would have liked though. Sandakan drops it short outside off, Saha goes back and looks to cut. Gets a bottom edge past slip and the ball runs away to the third man fence.
  • 127.4 Jadeja punches this to long on for one run.
  • 127.3 Served outside off, Saha goes back and punches it through cover and crosses over to the other end.
  • 127.2 Saha lunges forward and blocks it.
  • 127.1 Flatter and shorter on the stumps, pulled away towards mid-wicket.
  • 126.6 Saha drives it through mid on for a single. 530/7
  • Oh dear! Now even Suranga Lakmal is seen walking off the field. The Sri Lankan team manager is seen walking to the middle to have a talk with the umpires. Seeing this, even Ravi Shastri dashes out to the middle, before the situation is taken under control by the umpires by sending both of them off the field. DILRUWAN PERERA will bowl the last ball of the over.
  • 126.5 Another bouncer by Lakmal, Saha has nothing to do with that.
  • 126.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 126.3 Saha shows a straight bat as he blocks it from the crease.
  • 126.2 Bouncer in line of the stumps, ducked under by Saha.
  • 126.1 Saha drives it through point and gets a brace for that.
  • 125.6 Pushed back towards the bowler. 527/7
  • 125.5 FOUR! Jadeja's intentions are out there on the advertisement hoarding! He will go for his shots. Sandakan bowls a half-tracker around off, Jadeja goes back and pulls it aerially over mid-wicket for a one-bounce boundary.
  • 125.4 Flatter around off, Jadeja keeps it down hurriedly from the crease.
  • RAVINDRA JADEJA walks out to the middle next. What's in his mind? Will he have some fun out there? Hard to guess anything from his body language.
  • 125.3 OUT! That's it for the Indian skipper then - departs for 243! India lose Kohli as well as the sole review that they had before this. Sandakan comes round the wicket and floats it around off. The ball spins in sharply. Kohli goes back to flick it but is surprised by the spin that beats him and strikes him on the back leg in front of the stumps. On appealing, Nigel Llong upholds it. Kohli wears a surprised look on his face as he widens his eyes post that decision. Has a chat with Saha who gives him a green signal to opt for DRS. Sandakan is just fine with his front foot and there is no bat on that either. Ball Tracker returns three reds to signal the end of the Kohli journey in this innings. He walks out to a standing ovation from the crowd. Raises his bat in acknowledgement of the same. It has been a brilliant knock by the skipper, one where he looked fluent from start to end. Perhaps he has a right to feel hard done by due to the hold ups in play. But taking nothing away from the Lankans, who despite not being at their best, have seen the back of the Indian skipper.
  • Is that it for Kohli? At least the on-field umpire thinks so. The Indian skipper has been ruled out LBW. He has a chat with his partner and signals a 'T' for the review. Should be gone unless an inside edge saves him.
  • 125.2 Loopy delivery on the stumps, driven powerfully back to where it came from. Lakshan gets his hand out and stops it partially but no run results.
  • 125.1 Kohli punches it towards covers.
  • 124.6 Bouncer in line of the stumps, Saha ducks and lets it go to the keeper. 523/6
  • 124.5 Fuller outside off, left alone.
  • 124.4 Lakmal begins with a length delivery outside off, Saha finds the point fielder with the push.
  • The artificial lights in the ground are seen taking their effect now. Meanwhile, Gamage again looks to be in some discomfort and is down on his knees. This makes the visiting physio rush out to the centre. Very unwise for play to continue in such conditions at the cost of the health of the players. Gamage is off the field and SURANGA LAKMAL will complete the over now.
  • 124.3 Bowled outside off, shouldered arms to by Wriddhi.
  • 124.2 Virat drives this through the cover region for a single.
  • 124.1 Now Kohli! Almost loses his wicket here. Gamage lands it on a length around off, Kohli looks to work it to the on side. The ball, though, stops a bit on the surface and ends up taking the leading edge of the bat. Lands just in front of covers.
  • 123.6 Saha keeps it out from the crease. 522/6
  • 123.5 This is tucked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 123.4 Blocked with a straight bat off the back foot.
  • 123.3 Saha has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single. He gets off the mark now.
  • 123.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 123.1 The huge cheers on the ground accompanies the decision flashed on the big screen - NOT OUT! Sandakan comes round the wicket and floats it around off. Kohli charges down and belts it straight back. The power in that stroke is such that the ball deflects off the bowler's hand, hits the stumps at his end and rolls towards long on. The Lankans put in an appeal even as the batters take one. The TV umpire is referred to. Replays show that Saha is well in as he did well to hold his bat in the left hand, which made it easy for him to drag it back in time. India get the run as well.
  • It's all happening now! Sandakan gets some hand on the ball as the ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's end owing to the powerful drive from Kohli. The Lankans appeal for a run out against Saha. The umpire refers it upstairs. Saha looks to be safe.
  • 122.6 Outside off, left alone. 519/6
  • 122.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • WRIDDHIMAN SAHA walks out to bat at the fall of the sixth Indian wicket.
  • 122.4 OUT! What an anticlimax! As seen often in the game, a break affects the concentration of the batsman and in this case, Ashwin is the one paying the price for it. Gamage lands it on a length outside off, Ashwin plays it from the crease but away from the body. He looks to pick up an easy run with a glide and that signs his fate. Ends up getting a thick outside edge that is snaffled up by Perera at gully. Sri Lanka barely celebrate even as Ashwin walks away with a dejected look. India 6 down now.
  • Now the noise around the ground rises as the play is all set to get underway. Willingly or unwillingly, the Lankan players take their respective positions on the field. Gamage will run in with the ball.
  • As the umpires are seen having an animated chat with Dinesh Chandimal, who seems furious because the players aren't taken off the field, a huge cheers engulfs the Kotla. This is because Virat Kohli is seen taking off his helmet and lying on his back.
  • More than the runs on the board it is about the players' health. THE THIRD UMPIRE HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE SITUATION IS BEING MONITORED, informs Russel Arnold on air. Now even the match referee, David Boon, is involved in some discussions with a doctor and Anil Chaudhary, the third umpire. Post that the referee is seen communicating something over the microphone to the on-field umpires.
  • Now even the Sri Lankan team physio is seen having a word with the umpires. Chandimal doesn't look pleased to be playing in such conditions. But the umpires show no signs of halting play. Now they are taking the Indian batters into the conversation as well. Kohli, being the local lad, is seen explaining something to Chandimal as well. As these images are flashing, the commentators on air talk about there being no express rule stating the plan of action in case of pollution as there is in case of rains or other weather conditions.
  • Lahiru Gamage's gingerly movements denote that he seems sick. He's down on his hunches, even as the physio is seen rushing out quickly. This will raise the levels of the talks about playing amidst the polluted environment. The on-air commentators also inform us that such a scenario hasn't happened in the sport as yet - that of play getting abandoned or held up due to polluted environment.
  • 122.3 Now Ashwin tries playing at a ball which he could have well left alone. Length ball outside off, Ashwin looks to slash it but misses.
  • 122.2 A low full toss outside off, Kohli belts it through covers and ambles to the other end.
  • 122.1 Kohli stands back and presents a straight bat in stonewalling that.
  • Another chat. This time Nigel Llong, Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella are the men in focus. The air quality in the Indian capital isn't at a decent level and this has the players concerned, perhaps.
  • 121.6 Ashwin keeps it out off the front foot. 518/5
  • Murali Kartik observes a reason for Sandakan being very inconsistent. He says that the chinaman's leading arm doesn't have a consistent pattern of rolling over. Hence the landing isn't always on target. This makes the bowler be erratic.
  • 121.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 121.4 Flicked away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 121.3 Sandakan serves it on a fuller length outside off, Ashwin guides it through point for one.
  • 121.2 Floated around off, Ashwin lunges forward and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 121.1 Around middle and leg, clipped away through mid-wicket to jog to the other end.
  • 120.6 Ashwin guides this one towards gully. 515/5
  • 120.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 120.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 120.3 Length delivery outside off, Ashwin feels for it and misses. The ball wasn't far away from the edge of the bat.
  • 120.2 Now Kohli guides it past gully with an angled bat for a run.
  • 120.1 FOUR! What a shot! Absolute authority displayed there. Gets Kohli to a new Test best score - 236. This one's on a length outside off, Virat walks down to convert it into a half-volley. Drives it powerfully through the gap between mid off and covers for a boundary. The ball flashed away before anybody could move. Also brings up 1000 Test runs for Kohli in 2017, second Indian after Pujara to do so.
  • 119.6 Ashwin drives this through covers and picks up a brace. 510/5
  • 119.5 Flicked away towards square leg.
  • 119.4 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads.
  • Another strange thing. While some of the Sri Lankan players are seen wearing the face masks, the Indian batters don't have that on. Doesn't pollution affect the Indians?
  • 119.3 Ashwin gets ahead and blocks it watchfully.
  • 119.2 Kohli eases this through mid on for a single. Moves to 232 now.
  • 119.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • The umpires have got together in the middle. They seem to point skywards as they have a chat. Must be something to do with the climate as it still is very hazy out there.
  • 118.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total. 507/5
  • 118.5 Why would you play at that? Length delivery outside off, Kohli looks to flay it through the off side away from the body but misses the ball. He doesn't need to go fishing at those.
  • 118.4 This ball is pushed towards covers.
  • 118.3 FOUR! That's a shot of a man batting on over a double hundred runs under his belt. Gamage hurls this on a length angling into the batsman. Kohli stands tall and flicks it through mid-wicket. The timing was such that no fielder stood a chance of cutting that off.
  • 118.2 Ashwin is off the mark with a flick. Gets it through backward square leg for a run.
  • 118.1 On a length outside off, Kohli punches it through covers for a single.
  • The players on the field have masks on their faces. Delhi in recent times has been notorious for having a high pollution level and hence the protection perhaps. Strangely though, some players aren't covering their mouths and noses and are seen having the mask hanging on their necks. LAHIRU GAMAGE, meanwhile, runs in to bowl this over.
  • 117.6 Ashwin clips it towards mid on. 500/5
  • Welcome back! We were delighted with some graceful and beautiful strokes before the break. The man behind it all, VIRAT KOHLI is still unbeaten on 225. He will resume his knock as RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN joins him in the middle. LAKSHAN SANDAKAN will complete the over by bowling the last delivery. Here we go...
  • ... DAY 2, SESSION 2 ...
  • The visitors are struggling to say the least. Runs are leaking from both ends and they haven't been able to find an answer to stem the run-flow. It looks all gloomy for the tourists. They need to do something spectacular to get back into the contest. The Indian skipper has his maiden triple century in sight. Can the Sri Lankans stop him? Join us for the second session in a while.
  • Session Highlights - 27.5 overs, 129 runs, 1 wicket. A flawless session for India apart from Rohit Sharma's dismissal on the last delivery before lunch. Sandakan has bowled well and he deserved his third wicket. Before that, it was a tremendous display of strokeplay from the duo of Kohli and Sharma. The former started where he left from yesterday and has gone on to score a back-to-back double ton, also his 6th in Test cricket scoring them in a span of 17 months.
  • 117.5 OUT! Rohit is gone on what turns out to be the last ball of the session. That was a waste of a review. Short and wide outside off, Sharma tries to cut it but seems to have got an outside edge and Dickwella takes a sharp catch behind the stumps. The Sri Lankans go up in a confident appeal and the umpire rules it out. Sharma opts to challenge the decision immediately. The Snickometer shows there is a faint spike. The ball actually brushed the bottom part of the bat before settling into the keeper's gloves. The decision is upheld. A good knock comes to an end. Some respite for the visitors. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 2!
  • Rohit Sharma is ruled out caught behind. He decides to review it, quite an immediate reaction from him. However, seems there is edge, certainly the body language of the Sri Lankan players suggest so. Let's find out...
  • 117.4 FOUR! He does this on a regular basis with a lot of success. Wide again outside off, Sharma opens the face of his bat like he has done so often during the course of play. Big gap between the fielder at deep point and third man and the ball races to the fence. A boundary results.
  • 117.3 Tossed up, Sharma drives it through covers for a couple of runs.
  • 117.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 117.1 FOUR! Well played! Wide outside off and Rohit won't miss out on such loose deliveries. Short delivery, Sharma camps back and guides it deftly to the third man fence.
  • 116.6 Slow through the air, eased to the mid-wicket fielder. 490/4
  • 116.5 Rohit is nimble on his feet and works it with the spin to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 116.4 Fullish delivery around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 116.3 Camps back to the flatter delivery and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 116.2 Going away with the arm, Rohit places it deftly past the keeper towards third man for a couple of runs.
  • 116.1 Loopy delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • Another change in bowling. Sri Lanka's most economical spin bowler in this game, Dhananjaya de Silva comes into the attack.
  • 115.6 Tossed up, Kohli drives it to mid off. 487/4
  • 115.5 Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 115.4 Sharma sweeps this to fine leg for a single.
  • 115.3 Full length delivery, driven to covers for a single.
  • 115.2 FOUR! A slight misfield in the deep allows Kohli to pick up a boundary here. It was a tossed up delivery around middle, Kohli wrists it through mid-wicket. Perera in the deep hares to his left, puts in the slide. He fails to stop it cleanly and ends up letting the ball trickle to the fence.
  • 115.1 Yorked him up. Kohli does well to put his bat down quickly to dig it back towards the bowler.
  • 114.6 Tossed up delivery, Virat leans forward and plays it with soft hands to mid-wicket for a single. 481/4
  • 114.5 Played with the spin to fine leg for a couple of runs.
  • 114.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • Some news comes in for Sadeera Samarawickrama. He was hit on the helmet yesterday and he is still under medical supervision. He has got mild concussion and as a safety measure, he won't take the field today. He might return tomorrow subject to his medical results.
  • 114.3 FOUR! That could have been converted into a catch! Around the pads, Kohli tries to flick it but manages to get only some part of the bat to it. The ball flies towards Mathews at leg gully off the edge. He fails to react in time and the ball goes past his right side and through to the fence. Sri Lanka need to be alert on the field. You can't afford to let Kohli away.
  • 114.2 On middle and leg, turning away. Kohli stays back and taps it to mid-wicket.
  • 114.1 Down the leg side, Kohli goes for the sweep but wears it on the pads.
  • 113.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 474/4
  • 113.5 Full in length, wide outside off, this ball keeps low and Sharma decides not to play it.
  • 113.4 Fuller in length, Kohli flicks it to mid-wicket for another run.
  • 113.3 Similar shot this time from Kohli, he drives it to mid on to rotate strike.
  • 113.2 Uppish delivery, driven to mid on for a run.
  • 113.1 Short ball, pulled away to mid-wicket for a single.
  • LAKSHAN SANDAKAN gets his chance to try and spin a web to this Indian batting.
  • 112.6 SIX! Clean as a whistle! Tossed up delivery on off, Sharma gets his dancing shoes on and tonks it down the ground for a maximum. Hits the sightscreen, that was straight as an arrow. 471/4
  • 112.5 Loopy delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 112.4 Leans forward to this one and eases it to deep mid-wicket for a single. That brings up the 100-run stand between the duo. Consecutive century stands for them.
  • 112.3 Kohli clips this one with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 112.2 Tossed up on a fullish length on the pads, swept away to fine leg for a single.
  • 112.1 On middle and leg, nudged to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 111.6 Short delivery around off, pulled away towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 462/4
  • 111.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 111.4 Kohli defends this off the back foot.
  • 111.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 111.2 This one is sliced towards backward point where the fielder does well to stop it partially. He cannot prevent the run though.
  • 111.1 Length ball from Lakmal, Sharma hangs on his back foot and jabs it to the ground.
  • 110.6 Fullish delivery around the pads, Sharma sweeps it hard to deep backward square leg for a single. 460/4
  • 110.5 Shortish in length, Sharma tucks it to short mid-wicket.
  • 110.4 Sharma plays the tossed up delivery with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 110.3 Rohit takes a couple of steps down the track to counter this one but the ball spins away to ping him on the pads.
  • 110.2 Pitches it outside leg stump, Rohit is happy to pad it away.
  • 110.1 Floated on middle and leg, Kohli flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 109.6 Full length delivery around off, Sharma puts his head down and defends it calmly. 458/4
  • 109.5 Fullish delivery attacking the stumps, Rohit opts to stay back and pushes it to mid on.
  • 109.4 Similar delivery outside off, tapped with an open bat face to the point region.
  • 109.3 Short of a length delivery outside off, Sharma pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 109.2 Similar length delivery on middle and leg, Kohli moves inside the line and tucks it to fine leg to rotate strike.
  • Another delay. The Sri Lankan players gather around and are discussing something as Kohli has a drink. After that, he is eating an energy bar.
  • 109.1 Short of a length delivery around off, Kohli stays back and taps it to short cover.
  • 108.6 Quicker and flatter on the stumps, defended solidly off the front foot. 457/4
  • 108.5 Outside leg stump, Sharma opts to pad it away.
  • 108.4 On middle and leg, clipped to square leg to rotate strike.
  • 108.3 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! A fraction short and spinning down the leg side, Kohli goes deep in the crease and nudges it through fine leg to find the fence.
  • 108.2 Floated delivery, eased back to the bowler.
  • 108.1 Tossed up delivery, knocked down to long on for a single.
  • 107.6 There it is! That's the 6th double hundred in Test cricket for Kohli and he has scored all of them in the last seventeen months - Virat Kohli, you beauty! This is pure class from the Indian skipper. This is also a back-to-back double century for him. He continues to grow in stature. Coming back to the ball, he gets to the milestone by pulling the ball through the mid-wicket region. He takes off his helmet in celebration and soaks in the applause. The Feroz Shah Kotla is on its feet and cheers the local lad. Dickwella and Mathews congratulate him by shaking his hand. 451/4
  • 107.5 Sharma cuts this one to back ward point to give Kohli the strike.
  • 107.4 Blocked of the front foot.
  • 107.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 107.2 Around off again, Kohli flicks it to mid-wicket region for a single. Looked like there was a double on offer but Kohli was satisfied with a single. Moves to 199 now.
  • 107.1 Back of length, Plays it to point, good save from the fielder there. Prevents a certain run.
  • SURANGA LAKMAL gets the ball for another spell. Will he get the much needed break-through?
  • 106.6 Loopy ball on middle and leg, Kohli nudges it to fine leg for a run and will retain strike. He moves to 198. 447/4
  • 106.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 106.4 Floated outside off, driven hard to sweeper cover for a couple.
  • 106.3 Not Out! Indeed, there is an inside edge. The crowd roars in delight! Slow through the air around off, Kohli strides forward to block it but gets rapped on the pads. Sri Lanka appeal in unison but umpire Joel Wilson shakes his head. Chandimal has a thought about it and after having a look at his bowler and keeper, he challenges the decision. Well, there is a thick inside edge and the rest doesn't matter. To make matters worse, the tourists have lost both their reviews now.
  • Oh ho! Just when Virat Kohli is on the verge of another double ton, a LBW review has been taken against him. Seems close to the naked eye. Is there an inside edge?
  • 106.2 Drifting away from Rohit Sharma. He waits for it and dabs it behind point to rotate strike.
  • 106.1 Tossed up on leg stump, Virat turns it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • The physio comes on the field.
  • 105.6 Outside off, edges it to gully. No run taken. 442/4
  • Gamage comes in running but suddenly withdraws. Maybe he missed his run up.
  • 105.5 Length ball, around off, Places it to point for nothing.
  • 105.4 Back of length ball, outside off, Sharma looks to cut it but it keeps low. Dickwella collects it on the bounce.
  • 105.3 back of a length this time, Sharma hangs off his back foot and defends this.
  • 105.2 Another delivery in the same channel, Sharma remains circumspect in approach and allows it to sail through to the keeper.
  • 105.1 On a length in the corridor of uncertainty, Rohit plants his front foot across and lets it go.
  • Drinks time. India have continued to score at a good click and are looking ominous at the moment. Virat Kohli is nearing his double century, which will be his back-to-back in Tests. He has entertained the crowd thoroughly and Sharma has provided him good support. The second new ball is being hit all around the park. Sri Lanka look clueless at the moment. Something spectacular, perhaps a brilliant piece of bowling and fielding might create an opening for them. However, have to say that the hosts are in complete control at the moment.
  • 104.6 On the pads, nudged around the corner for a run. 442/4
  • 104.5 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 104.4 Flighted delivery outside off, Kohli works it to mid-wicket.
  • 104.3 Tossed up outside off, Kohli drives it brilliantly towards sweeper cover where the fielder rushes to his right and saves a couple for his side.
  • 104.2 Plays this one with soft hands to mid-wicket.
  • 104.1 First false shot from Kohli against a spinner. Drifting towards the pads, Kohli clears his front leg and looks to whip it through mid-wicket but gets it off the inner half towards fine leg. A couple taken.
  • 103.6 He had absolutely smashed it but good fielding there! Back of a length and width on offer, Kohli slaps it towards point where Perera makes a good half-stop. He shakes his hand in pain after that. 436/4
  • 103.5 Kohli is having a bit of trouble around his off stump. Length delivery around off, seaming in off the deck. Kohli is caught inside the crease and tries to block it but gets an inside edge on his back pad. He was lucky that the ball didn't roll back to the stumps.
  • 103.4 Length delivery outside off, Kohli leans forward and taps it with an open bat face to point.
  • 103.3 This one is clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 103.2 Length ball around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 103.1 Length ball outside off, left alone by Rohit.
  • 102.6 Tossed up, Kohli works it on the leg side for nothing. 434/4
  • 102.5 Back of a length ball, Sharma quickly on his back foot and punches it to pick up a run.
  • 102.4 Pitched it up, Sharma drives it through mid on for no run.
  • 102.3 Nice looking shot from Rohit. Outside off, short off a length, Rohit cuts it to backward point for a couple of runs. Tidy work from the fielder there.
  • 102.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 102.1 Tossed up from Perera and Kohli drives it to mid on for a single.
  • In the last 6 overs, 32 runs have been scored off the second new ball. India are on the attack and they haven't let Lakmal and Gamage find any sort of rhythm. That has prompted a change and the veteran is back to roll his arm over. Sri Lanka need to find some inspiration from somewhere otherwise the Indian juggernaut will continue to roll on.
  • DILRUWAN PERERA comes in for another spell.
  • 101.6 Length delivery around off, Rohit leans ahead and blocks it right under his eyes. 430/4
  • 101.5 Fullish and length and swinging in from outside off, Rohit puts a confident stride forward and eases it to the cover region.
  • 101.4 Good length delivery outside off, Rohit leaves it alone.
  • 101.3 FOUR! The new ball is vanishing to all parts of the Feroz Shah Kotla. Gamage tests the pitch and bangs in another short delivery outside off. It sits up nicely for Sharma who swivels and pulls it with command over mid-wicket to find the fence again.
  • 101.2 Short delivery around off, Virat gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through in front of square leg for a single.
  • 101.1 FOUR! Elegance at its best! In the last delivery of the previous over, Sharma had played a majestic cover drive and this time Kohli plays a beautifully timed stroke to the other side. Low full toss on the pads, Kohli stays well-balanced and clips it nonchalantly through mid-wicket for another boundary.
  • The physio comes running out. Seems like Kohli is having a slight issue with his back. The magic spray comes out. Just might be a little stiffness. The Indian skipper is in the midst of a big innings.
  • 100.6 FOUR! How elegant was that! Wonderful on the eye and a boundary from the moment it left the bat. a little fuller around off, dispatched with ease by Sharma. Gets his front foot forward and drives it through covers for another boundary. Nine runs off that over. They are coming thick and fast. 421/4
  • 100.5 In line of the stumps, Sharma bunts it onto the ground.
  • 100.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 100.3 Kohli looks to drive it to the off side but ends up getting it off the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 100.2 FOUR! Not in control this time. Yet gets the desired result. This happens when you are in form and on your 180s. Outside off this time from Lakmal, Kohli opens the face of the bat at the last moment. There were two slips and a gully and the ball goes through the gap between second slip and gully for a boundary. It also brings up the 50-run stand and it has come in quick time.
  • 100.1 Served around off, Kohli looks to flick it from off stump. He gets an inside edge onto his pads and the ball dies down on leg side.
  • 99.6 Fractionally overpitched outside off, Sharma drives it elegantly but finds the cover fielder. 412/4
  • 99.5 A great shot but the fielding is better! Such a fielding effort can lift the morale of the whole side. More so when you are struggling, this is the kind of effort you need from your players. Coming back to the delivery, it is short and there is width on offer. Sharma cracks it towards point but Silva dives to his left and saves a certain boundary.
  • 99.4 Similar length delivery, Rohit camps back and defends it stoutly.
  • 99.3 Well bowled! Good length delivery in the off stump channel, Sharma goes fishing at it tentatively and is foxed completely. The away seam movement off the deck caught him off guard.
  • 99.2 On a length outside off, left alone.
  • 99.1 Almost chopped it back! That is an area where Virat has got troubled in the past and the Sri Lankans need to bowl there much more. Length delivery outside off and a bit of width on offer as well. Kohli lazily pushes at it and gets a thick inside edge past his stumps and the ball goes past the keeper towards short fine leg. A run taken. That was a rare false shot from the Indian skipper.
  • 98.6 Length ball, in line of the stumps and defends it from the crease. 411/4
  • 98.5 Back of a length this time, places to the point region and runs for a single.
  • 98.4 FOUR! Gracefully done from Kohli. Didn't seem at first that it would run all the way to the fence, but the timing on that was perfect. Length ball around off, Kohli looks to open the face of the bat but it goes off the outer half of the bat. The fielder at third man ran to his right but couldn't save the boundary.
  • 98.3 Back of a length, Kohli goes to his back foot and defends it.
  • 98.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 98.1 Served around off stump, Kohli plays it to point for nothing.
  • 97.6 Similar delivery, Rohit eases it off the front foot to mid off. 406/4
  • 97.5 Gamage goes full on this occasion, some nibble in the air as well. Sharma puts his head down and with a high elbow pushes it down the track.
  • 97.4 Length delivery outside off, a bit of inward movement on this occasion. Sharma doesn't flirt with it.
  • 97.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, Kohli places it with an angled blade to the vacant point region and scurries across for a quick single.
  • 97.2 In the zone of apprehension, holding its line. Kohli points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 97.1 Good fielding! Half-volley outside off, Kohli leans into it and nails the drive but the short cover fielder dives to his right to intercept.
  • Lahiru Gamage comes into the attack. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • 96.6 Pitched up on leg stump, Sharma flicks it to mid-wicket for a couple of runs. The fielder there dives but still couldn't prevent the second run. 405/4
  • 96.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • Deep point comes inside the circle.
  • 96.4 Outside off, Kohli places it to the point area to rotate strike.
  • 96.3 Served on a fuller length, the batsman works it down the leg side for a dot.
  • 96.2 Length ball, Kohli doesn't put bat to ball.
  • 96.1 FOUR! That's not how you start with the new ball. Not what the captain would have liked from him. Fuller length ball on the pads, Kohli flicks it classically through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. The fielder at mid on chases the ball only to get it back from the fence.
  • The second new ball has been taken after 96 overs. SURANGA LAKMAL will have the first bite at it. Let's see if Sri Lanka can get the breakthrough with this.
  • 95.6 That's a peach of a delivery! Just shows what he can do when he pitches it in the right areas. Brings out the googly and lands it around off. Sharma is caught off guard as he fails to pick the variation. Pushes at it half-heartedly and gets beaten comprehensively. Sharp work from Dickwella to take the bails off but Sharma, unlike Vijay and Rahane, had his back foot grounded inside the crease. 398/4
  • 95.5 Too short in length, Kohli has ample time to sit back and knock it down to long on for a run.
  • 95.4 Sharma let's this one come to him and clips it with the angle to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 95.3 Coming in with the arm, blocked watchfully.
  • 95.2 Straightaway after being hit for a boundary, Sandakan changes his angle and comes around the wicket. Drifts it down the leg side and Rohit misses it.
  • 95.1 FOUR! Easy pickings! Sandakan opts for the wrong one but the line is really wayward. It is outside leg and Sharma takes full toll of it. Kneels and sweeps it hard through fine leg to find the fence. Sharma is looking in good touch, he is fresh from a hundred.
  • 94.6 Flicked to mid-wicket for a single. 392/4
  • 94.5 FOUR! DEFT! Amazing shot from Rohit Sharma. So elegant to watch. This ball is just around off and Sharma opens the face of the bat again and plays it towards the third man region. Karunaratne from slip chases it but cannot keep pace with the ball. Rohit is looking good.
  • 94.4 Floated delivery, eased to mid on for a run.
  • 94.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot
  • 94.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 94.1 Quicker one outside off, Kohli looks to cut it but misses it. Dickwella collects it.
  • 93.6 This one is wide outside off and Rohit doesn't fiddle with it. 386/4
  • 93.5 Stays back and defends it towards forward short leg.
  • 93.4 SIX! First maximum of the game. What a hit! Floated around off, Sharma clears his front leg and lifts it over long off for a biggie. The cameraman failed to spot it as he rolled his camera towards long on. That shot would give Sharma a lot of confidence. Might be a good ploy to the attack the youngster to upset his rhythm.
  • 93.3 Slow through the air on middle and leg, Kohli works it nicely to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 93.2 Once again it is a full delivery and Virat nudges it to short mid-wicket.
  • 93.1 Tossed up on a fullish length outside off, Kohli frees his arms and drills it towards sweeper cover. Lakmal races to his right and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 92.6 Tossed up again, Sharma nudges it to mid-wicket for no run. 377/4
  • 92.5 In line of the stumps, Sharma plays it back to the bowler.
  • 92.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 92.3 Pitched up, Kohli pushes it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 92.2 Tossed it up, Kohli defends it from his crease.
  • Sunil Gavaskar recounts his playing days. He says that once Eknath Solkar was hit when he was fielding at short leg and had to get some scans done. After returning, he jokingly said that there is something inside his head and it is not empty! This talk came up after the video of Samarawickrama getting hit on the helmet yesterday was shown.
  • 92.1 The batsman has driven it through mid on.
  • 91.6 Easy run this for Virat. He goes back and uses his wrists to turn it away off his pads for a run to retain strike. 376/4
  • 91.5 Sharma gets off the mark for the day by turning this past mid-wicket for a single.
  • 91.4 This ball is driven towards mid on.
  • 91.3 Rohit punches this back towards the bowler.
  • 91.2 Flatter outside off, Sharma looks to cut it but ends up chopping it towards the keeper.
  • 91.1 Sharma flicks this one but straight to the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 91.1 No ball! Not an ideal start from the tweaker. Tosses it up around middle and leg, Kohli flicks it away towards mid-wicket for a single. The replay shows that he is well over the line there. Not pardonable for a spinner.
  • LAKSHAN SANDAKAN to begin from the other end. A slip and a bat-pad fielder in place for him too.
  • 90.6 Wide outside leg, Sharma tries to flick it to square leg but it is too far for him. 372/4
  • 90.5 Fuller in length this time, Rohit drives it to mid on.
  • 90.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 90.3 First run of the day. Tossed up to the batsman and Kohli plays it to point by opening the face a little and picks up a run.
  • 90.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 90.1 Starts off with a delivery in line of the stumps, Kohli plays it onto the ground.
  • The Sri Lankan players make their way in middle with the umpires. The Indian pair of ROHIT SHARMA and VIRAT KOHLI are ready to give Sri Lanka another hard day's work. DILRUWAN PERERA will start the first over of the day. A slip and a short leg to start with. Here we go!
  • Russel Arnold says that the sun has come out early today in Delhi and the pitch has not changed much after yesterday. The grass, as he thought, is a bit superficial and not much has changed. Sunil Gavaskar adds that the pitch is still very good for batting. After inspecting the pitch further, he states that the cracks are yet to open up and the footmarks are visible but not at a length that should trouble the batsmen. Further mentions that the pitch should remain the same during the course of play. He adds that the batsmen should capitalize on the wicket and score as much as possible. Arnold says that Gavaskar and he have looked up and down, but the Sri Lankans have to look inside for the resilience.
  • Russel Arnold has a chat with Dilruwan Perera, the quickest Sri Lankan to pick up 100 Test wickets. He is delighted with the feat and says he knew Muralitharan was the quickest to the mark and was aware of beating the former spinner in this regard. States that he plays just a few games outside Sri Lanka and hence he aims to do well in the chances he gets. Says that the track is flat at the moment and he will look to pitch the ball in right areas to restrict India to a decent total.
  • Murali Kartik catches up with Murali Vijay on the sidelines, who says that his mindset is really good and he's hitting the ball really well. About his celebration post the century mark, he says that they are practicing a jig for the away series and are teaching Pujara the same, as they want the no.3 batter to dance in the future. He isn't even thinking about the wrist injury (that had hampered him in the last 6 months) and is happy with the way he is hitting the ball. He admits it is difficult to play just one format and that too Tests. There is no room for error, he reckons, and as a professional these are the challenges that he looks forward to. About changing gears, he states it is about habit. Asserts that he doesn't want to give the opponent a chance to dismiss him. Adds that in the initial part of his career he did so and paid the price for it and hence avoids doing so now.
  • Sri Lanka on the other hand will look for early breakthroughs. Their bowlers looked off-colour and allowed the hosts to score quickly. They would hope their spinners get some sort of purchase from a track, where the odd ball is misbehaving. They should come out and begin the day with a different mindset - that of triggering an Indian collapse to restrict the score to as less as they can. Sandakan's spell towards the end of yesterday should act as an encouragement. Stay with us to find out whether there would be any twist in the tale today.
  • Good morning! Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka. Despite the loss of two quick wickets during the close of Day 1, India would be satisfied with their position in the game at the moment. With Kohli still unbeaten on 156, his aim would be to get consecutive double centuries. It will be an interesting watch as to how much more India add to the overnight score.
  • ... DAY 2, SESSION 1 ...
  • Sri Lanka would be happy ending the day with back-to-back wickets but they still have a lot of work to do. They will be hoping Sandakan gets similar purchase on Day 2 and picks up a few more wickets. The tourists would hope to build up on this and start on similar lines tomorrow. They have their task cut out due to the presence of the Indian skipper at the crease. Will they trigger a collapse and restrict India under 450? Or will the hosts continue to surge ahead with their runs? Let's find out tomorrow. Do join us then at 0930 local time (0400 GMT) for what would be another exciting day of cricket. Till then, goodbye and take care!
  • The duo added 283 runs with both scoring 150-plus. Kohli got to his 20th ton while Vijay scored his 11th. They looked as if they would end up playing the entire day without losing another wicket. But Sandakan had other plans. Two wrong ones on a driving length got the better of Vijay and Rahane. Dickwella with some Dhoni-esque stumpings played a crucial part in those dismissals. Rahane will be disappointed with his shot selection as this was his opportunity to score some runs on a good batting track.
  • Good comeback by Sri Lanka towards the close of the day's play. One way traffic otherwise in the game. The Indian openers, Dhawan and Vijay, gave India a good start scoring quickly from both ends before the former fell to a rash shot. It was a rare failure for Pujara and he got dismissed due to a well-planned field placement. And then came the counter attack from Kohli and Vijay.
  • 89.6 Slips in a googly on middle, Rohit reads it well and smothers it expertly. THAT'S STUMPS ON DAY 1! 371/4
  • 89.5 Spinning into Sharma who plays it with soft hands to mid-wicket.
  • Second slip in place now. Good move.
  • 89.4 Another beauty of a delivery from Sandakan. He is bowling on fuller lengths and is immediately causing problems for the batsmen. Wrong one around off, Sharma pokes at it and gets beaten all ends up.
  • 89.3 Full and quick down the leg side, Sharma goes for a full fledged sweep but fails to make contact.
  • 89.2 Fullish in length, Sharma stays back and blocks it in a jittery manner.
  • 89.1 Flat and quick on off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • Last over of the day coming up...
  • 88.6 Stays back footed and clips it to fine leg for a single. 371/4
  • 88.5 Shorter in length, kept out watchfully.
  • 88.4 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 88.3 Defends this one off the front foot to the leg side.
  • 88.2 FOUR! Nicely done! Outside off, Sharma hangs back and cuts it behind point to find the fence.
  • 88.1 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 87.6 On middle and leg, whipped to deep backward square leg for a run. 366/4
  • 87.5 The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
  • 87.4 Brilliant ball to get first up. Googly outside off, Sharma prods forward to defend but gets beaten.
  • Rohit Sharma is the new man in. Suddenly Sri Lanka are on the prowl. Can they sneak in another wicket before end of day's play?
  • 87.3 OUT! What a terrific combination of bowling and keeping one more time and it has paid dividends! Sandakan has again outsmarted a top batsman to pick up his second wicket. Bowls this one slower through the air from over the wicket and it is the wrong one. Keeps it well outside off, drawing Rahane into the drive. He falls into the trap and goes for a half-hearted push. Ends up missing it and Dickwella behind the stumps is sharp as a hawk. He collects it and whips the bails off in a jiffy. Is the back foot out of the crease? It is taken upstairs. Replays show that the foot is on the crease and no part of it is behind the line. OUT flashes the giant screen. Rahane's struggle in this series continues. India have lost a couple of wickets in quick succession and are looking tentative. It is time for Sri Lanka to capitalize.
  • Another nervy moment for the Indians. Dickwella is once again confident and is claiming that he has caught Rahane short of his crease. It has been referred upstairs. Seems out to the naked eye. The body language of Rahane also suggests so.
  • 87.2 An appeal for an LBW is denied! Tossed up around leg stump, Rahane prods forward to defend but misses. The visitors shout in unison but the umpire stays put. Replays show that it was spinning down leg.
  • 87.1 On the pads, tucked to backward square leg.
  • Easy singles on offer for Rahane. Not the correct mindset to play with. When a batsman has been struggling, you need to make him feel uncomfortable. That is how you get wickets.
  • 86.6 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 365/3
  • 86.5 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 86.4 Kohli has scored a lot of runs through the mid-wicket region today. Fullish on middle, clipped to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 86.3 Easy pickings for Virat! Spinning down the leg side, the Indian skipper helps it down to fine leg for an easy brace.
  • 86.2 A fraction fuller in length on off, turned wristily to the mid-wicket region.
  • 86.1 Flatter and shorter in length, punched off the back foot to mid-wicket.
  • Ajinkya Rahane strides out to the middle. A tricky phase of play awaits him. He has been short of runs in this series. Perhaps the right time for Sri Lanka to attack him.
  • 85.6 OUT! Brilliant piece of bowling and keeping from Sri Lanka. A welcome wicket for them, something to cheer for after a hard-fought day. Sandakan bowls this at a driving length and invites Vijay for the drive. It's a wrong one from Sandakan, with some extra bounce and turn. Vijay fails to pick it up and pokes at it but misses. Dickwella does the rest by taking off the bails in a flash. The umpire goes up to the third umpire to find out that nothing was behind the line. Sanjay Manjrekar on air says it was like the Dhoni school of wicket-keeping. End of a magnificent knock from Vijay although he should have gone on to get a deserving double ton. 361/3
  • Third umpire has been referred to for a stumping appeal against Vijay. Should be close but Dickwella looks confident.
  • 85.5 The batsman fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad.
  • 85.4 Driven towards the mid off region. One run added to the total.
  • 85.4 Sixth no ball here from Sandakan. He has some serious problem with his front foot. Back of a length and Vijay rocks back and punches it through covers for a single.
  • 85.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 85.2 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 85.1 Tossed up, On the leg side, Kohli strides forward and defends it.
  • 84.6 Fullish delivery in line of the stumps, clipped to mid on. 357/2
  • 84.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 84.4 Floated delivery, Vijay clips it to mid-wicket.
  • 84.3 8th 150-plus score for Virat Kohli! The way he is playing it seems like he is having a net practice. He is sighting the ball like a football. Shorter in length, Kohli rocks back and punches it towards sweeper cover. The fielder does well to stop the ball from crossing the fence. Three runs taken. Another double century in sight for the Indian skipper.
  • 84.2 Drifting away from MV who taps it to vacant point region and crosses over for a single.
  • 84.1 Tossed up delivery, Vijay eases it to mid on.
  • 83.6 On a flatter trajectory, answered with a straight bat. 353/2
  • 83.5 Fullish in length, patted towards mid on.
  • 83.4 Slow through the air outside off, stroked to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 83.3 Slips in the googly this time, Vijay reads it and blocks it watchfully.
  • 83.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 83.1 Leans ahead to the tossed up delivery and works it past mid-wicket for a single.
  • 82.6 Flatter this time, worked off the hips to square leg. 351/2
  • 82.5 Full on middle and leg, drilled down to long on for a single.
  • 82.4 No trouble at all for Kohli. He waits for the delivery which turns in slowly and tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • 82.3 In line of the stumps, played with soft hands to mid-wicket.
  • 82.2 Outside off, played with an open bat face towards point to rotate strike.
  • 82.1 Floated on off, Vijay prods forward to defend but gets it off the inner half towards the vacant short leg region.
  • 81.6 Drifting down the leg side, tucked around the corner for a single. 349/2
  • Hang on! The umpires had made a mistake. They had forgotten the no ball and so Sandakan has been called back to complete his over. A bit of an issue with the sightscreen as well.
  • 81.5 Sits deep in the crease and works it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 81.4 The runs continue to flow from Vijay's bat. 4th 150 plus score for the elegant right-hander in Test cricket. The entire dressing room is up on its feet applauding his brilliant knock. Coming back to the ball, it is outside off. MV creams it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 81.3 Slow through the air, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 81.2 Stays back to the flatter delivery and blocks it stoutly.
  • 81.2 No ball! 5th no ball of the day, poor stuff from the Sri Lankans. A spinner overstepping is just not done. Kohli plays this one with soft hands to covers for a run.
  • 81.1 FOUR! Hit away with disdain! A rank long hop on off, Kohli lines it up and smashes it over the leaping fielder at short mid-wicket. No protection in the deep and the ball races to the fence.
  • 80.6 Tossed up delivery, pushed off the front foot to covers. 340/2
  • 80.5 Not much feet movement on that but he eases it nicely to covers for an easy single.
  • 80.4 Clears his front leg to the fullish delivery and milks it down to long on to rotate strike.
  • 80.3 Spinning into Vijay who works it to square leg and looks for a run. However, he is sent back by the Indian skipper.
  • 80.2 Hangs deep in the crease to this one and works it to deep mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 80.1 On a flatter trajectory on off, Kohli covers the line and defends it stoutly.
  • The second new ball is available now but it has not been taken.
  • 79.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 337/2
  • 79.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 79.5 This is his fourth no ball. This one is a little marginal but a no ball is a no ball. Played through mid-wicket and Kohli gets to the non-strikers end.
  • 79.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 79.3 Kohli flicks this ball to square leg and picks up two runs. He runs the first one hard and quickly gets back for the second.
  • 79.2 Driven towards the mid on region. One run added to the total.
  • 79.1 On the leg stump, Kohli tries to flicks it to square leg but misses the ball and it hits his pad.
  • 78.6 Clears his front leg and knocks this down to long on for a single. The 250-run stand comes up between the duo. What an effort and they continue to play freely. 328/2
  • 78.5 Well played! Drifting away from Kohli. He waits for it and guides it past Mathews at first slip. The veteran hares after it and keeps the ball in play. Saves a run for his side.
  • 78.4 Quicker in pace on off, played with soft hands to mid-wicket.
  • 78.3 In line of the stumps, turned to square leg.
  • 78.2 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 78.1 The big sweep but finds the fielder! Tossed up on leg stump, Kohli hits it hard but the fielder is present at deep backward square leg.
  • 77.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 322/2
  • 77.5 This one is down the leg side. MV tries to flick it but misses. The keeper shouts for a catch but to no avail.
  • 77.4 Short again, Kohli punches this to mid-wicket and gets a single this time.
  • 77.3 Short of a length by Sandakan, Kohli goes on to his back foot and punches it to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 77.2 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 77.1 Kohli looks to drive this ball but it goes off the inner half of the bat to mid on.
  • Lakshan Sandakan to bowl.
  • 76.6 On leg stump, MV dead-bats it. 321/2
  • 76.5 Full delivery, Virat makes room and drills it towards mid on.
  • 76.4 Vijay clips this one to deep mid-wicket for an easy single.
  • Murali Kartik observes that Dhananjaya de Silva has looked the better spinner so far and wonders why. Sunil Gavaskar opines that it is because he is bowling at a good pace and not giving much air to the ball. This creates a dilemma in the minds of the batsmen as whether to get on the front foot or the back foot.
  • 76.3 Works this one with the spin around the corner for a run.
  • 76.2 Some turn on this occasion! Kohli hangs back and helps it to square leg.
  • 76.1 Spinning towards the pads, Kohli tickles it fine past the keeper. Sandakan in the deep sprints to his right and shows some football skills to keep the ball in play. Two runs taken.
  • 75.6 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper. 316/2
  • 75.5 Length again from Gamage, Kohli drives it to mid-wicket for a single. With that he reaches to 3000 runs as captain in Test cricket.
  • 75.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 75.3 FOUR! This is class from Vijay. This is a length ball outside off, he opens the face of the bat, uses the pace of the ball and runs it down to third man for a boundary.
  • 75.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 75.1 Good length ball from Gamage, around off and Vijay taps it towards cover-point and picks up a single.
  • 74.6 The batsman has driven it through mid on. The batsmen have run through for a single. 308/2
  • 74.5 A shout for a caught behind turned down! Tossed up delivery around leg stump, Vijay goes for the fancy reverse sweep but misses. The ball lobs off something and goes towards the leg side. Dickwella moves to his left and collects it. The Sri Lankans appeal but the umpire turns it down. Dickwella immediately signals to his captain that there is no edge. The Snicko confirms that, it came off the arm actually. The LBW is also out of question as it pitched outside leg.
  • 74.4 Loopy delivery, blocked watchfully.
  • 74.3 Short delivery, Kohli pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 74.2 Flighted delivery on off, Virat looks to flick it through mid-wicket but gets a leading edge which falls short of de Silva.
  • The artificial lights are starting to take effect now.
  • 74.1 Uppish but safe! Slow through the air on off, Kohli looks to ease it down the ground but ends up chipping it just wide of the bowler on the off side. Perhaps signs of the track being two-paced?
  • 73.6 The batsman has driven it through mid on. 306/2
  • 73.5 Served in a good length and the ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
  • 73.4 Bouncer from Gamage, Vijay picks up the length and lets it go to the keeper.
  • 73.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 73.2 Takes a step forward and quickly goes to his back foot and defends it onto the ground.
  • 73.1 Back of a length from Gamage, around off Kohli pushes it to point for a dot ball.
  • The helmet comes out for Vijay which indicates that a fast pace bowler will come back into the attack. Indeed, Lahiru Gamage will have a burst now.
  • 72.6 Loopy delivery on off, whipped to deep mid-wicket for a run. 304/2
  • 72.5 Slow through the air, MV makes room to drive it but defends it eventually.
  • 72.4 Loopy ball on off, Vijay comes forward and negotiates the spin.
  • 72.3 Takes as confident stride forward and clips it to mid-wicket.
  • 72.2 Oohs and aahs from the Sri Lankans! Quicker through the air on off, Vijay plays for the turn but it carries on with the arm. As a result, he is opened up in his stance and gets it off the outer half besides the pitch on the off side.
  • 72.1 Fraction short on off, Virat camps back and tucks it to wide long on for a single.
  • Drinks break.
  • 71.6 Deft! Shortish in length outside off, Vijay dabs it past first slip and gets a couple to his name. 302/2
  • 71.5 Well outside off, the wrong one and it spins further away. MV doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 71.4 A chirpy appeal for an LBW is turned down! Tossed up on middle and leg, spinning down. Vijay looks to keep it out but misses to wear it on the pads. Sandakan is confident but Dickwella is not quite sure. Chandimal has a look at his bowler but they don't go for the review this time. Right thing to do as it would have missed the leg stump.
  • 71.3 Outside off, patted back to Sandakan.
  • 71.2 A miscued shot from Virat Kohli, perhaps the first one from the Indian skipper. Fullish on middle, Kohli clears his front leg and goes for an expansive shot towards long on but skews it off the inner half to deep mid-wicket. A run taken. 300 up for India. India keep on ticking the scoreboard with ease.
  • 71.1 Flighted delivery, pushed off the front foot to short mid-wicket.
  • 70.6 Fullish on middle and leg, kept out nicely. 299/2
  • 70.5 Spinning towards the pads, the Indian skipper turns it to backward square leg to rotate strike.
  • 70.4 Slow through the air on leg stump, Kohli waits for it and taps it besides the pitch on the leg side.
  • 70.3 Tossed up on leg stump, Virat makes good use of the depth of the crease and turns it to square leg.
  • 70.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 70.1 Fraction short in length, tucked off the back foot to short mid-wicket.
  • 69.6 Kohli flicks it away off his pads for a run. 298/2
  • 69.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 69.4 Short ball from Sandakan, punched off the back foot from Vijay to pick up a single.
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama got hit on the grille of his helmet earlier in the day. He was taken off the field as well. The on-air commentators tell us now, that he had been taken to the hospital for some precautionary scans. He is safe and not in any danger they add.
  • 69.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 69.2 Wide down the leg side, no trouble at all for the batsman to let it go.
  • 69.1 FOUR! Powerful sweep from Kohli. Gets onto his knees and places it to perfection in the deep mid-wicket region. There was a fielder at there and at fine leg. But it was in the gap between them and it races away to the fence.
  • 68.6 In line of the stumps, tucked off the back foot towards short fine leg. 291/2
  • 68.5 Flighted delivery on off, MV leans ahead and blocks it into the ground.
  • 68.4 Going away with the arm, Vijay hangs back and punches it to covers.
  • 68.3 Straying on the pads, tucked to backward square leg for a run.
  • 68.2 Slower in pace, Kohli lunges forward in defense.
  • 68.1 Short in length, Vijay works it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 67.6 Fullish in length around off from Sandakan, Vijay drives it sodily to cover-point for a single. 289/2
  • 67.5 Tossed up fuller in length, and Kohli flicks it to rotate strike.
  • 67.4 Vijay flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 67.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 67.2 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 67.1 Good length ball from Sandakan. Kohli pushes it to mid-wicket for no run.
  • Lakshan Sandakan comes back to replace Perera.
  • 66.6 In line of the stumps, kept out watchfully. 285/2
  • 66.5 Floated delivery on middle, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 66.4 Slow through the air, defended with soft hands to the leg side.
  • 66.3 Tossed up delivery, MV is compact in his defense.
  • 66.2 Drifting away this time, played with an angled bat behind point. A run taken.
  • 66.1 Floated on middle and leg, turned to deep square leg for a run.
  • 65.6 Driven towards the mid-on region. 283/2
  • 65.5 This one is swept by Vijay to fine leg for a single.
  • 65.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 65.3 FOUR! Reverse sweep from Vijay and it gets him a boundary. He gets down and plays the shot and the ball races away towards the third man fence. The player from slip runs to stop the ball from going to the fence but fails to do so.
  • 65.2 The batsman delicately works it fine down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single. The 200-run stand is up. They don't look like they are going to stop here.
  • 65.1 Short ball on the leg side, Kohli on his back foot and pushes it to mid-wicket region for no run.
  • 64.6 Spinning down the leg side, Vijay tries to flick it but misses. 277/2
  • 64.5 Almost a wicket! Sri Lanka need much more of these moments. Perhaps they need to get the rub of the green going their way. Tossed up delivery around off, Vijay looks to play an expansive drive through covers but ends up getting it off the inner half of the bat. The ball flies towards Chandimal at short mid-wicket who dives in front but only manages to take it on the bounce.
  • 64.4 Waits for this one and nudges it to mid-wicket.
  • 64.3 Flighted delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 64.2 Quicker in pace, kept out watchfully.
  • 64.1 In the air... but safe! Floated on middle and leg, Kohli is early into his shot and hence, chips it uppishly. Gets it to the right side of the bowler for a run.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva comes back into the attack. Can he bowl a magic delivery and get a wicket?
  • 63.6 Fullish delivery around leg stump, Vijay sweeps it but gets it off the bottom half of the bat to fine leg. Two runs taken. 276/2
  • 63.5 Takes a confident stride forward to this one and blocks it.
  • 63.4 Full on middle and leg, clipped all along the ground to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 63.3 Tossed up delivery, eased to the same region.
  • 63.2 Slow through the air, Kohli makes room and bludgeons it but finds the man at mid off.
  • 63.1 Not Out! A review goes down the drain! Tossed up delivery around middle and leg, spinning down. Kohli tries to flick it away but misses and gets rapped on the pads. Perera is really confident and so is Dickwella but the umpire stays unmoved. Chandimal has a look at his bowler and finally decides to challenge the decision. Time for the Snickometer. It doesn't spot any deviation. The Hawk Eye rolls in. Oh ho! The ball has pitched outside leg and that puts the argument to bed. A review lost due to desperation.
  • Review time! Finally some excitement among the Sri Lankan players. Kohli is the man in question and it is regarding an LBW decision. Seems to be spinning down the leg side but you never know.
  • 62.6 Kohli gets this on the pads. He flicks it to the fine leg region to move to the non-striker's end. 273/2
  • 62.5 Down the leg side this from Gamage, easy pickings for any batsman. Nudges it wide of fine leg and gets another run.
  • 62.4 Length ball on off, played onto the ground.
  • 62.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 62.2 Served it at a fuller length and onto the pads, Kohli uses his wrists and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 62.1 A bit straighter this time from Gamage. Angling to the leg side. MV nudges it to mid-wicket region for a single.
  • 61.6 Flighted delivery outside off, MV strokes it to sweeper cover for a run. 269/2
  • 61.5 Driven through mid on by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 61.4 Spinning into Kohli who eases it to mid-wicket.
  • 61.3 Flighted delivery, Vijay eases it down to long on for a run.
  • 61.2 Shortish delivery, Vijay camps back and cuts it to sweeper cover for a couple.
  • 61.1 20th Test ton for Virat Kohli, his 13th as captain. What a player! He has scored this one without breaking a sweat. Colourful array of strokes all around the park and he has achieved this at a rapid pace. Looks like a man in complete control of himself and he has pummeled the opposition into submission. Coming back to the delivery, it is on a fullish length on the pads. Kohli clips it to deep mid-wicket for a run. Lifts his helmet and sinks in all the applause from the crowd. The run-machine continues to grow in stature. The enthusiasm and zeal with which he operates is an inspiration to one and all.
  • 60.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 263/2
  • 60.5 Kohli plays this ball to mid-wicket and picks up another single.
  • Third man comes inside the ring to create some pressure on Kohli.
  • 60.4 Vijay defends towards cover to rotate strike.
  • 60.3 Gamage delivers this around off, Vijay pushes it to mid-wicket area for a couple of runs.
  • Two short mid-wickets in place.
  • 60.2 FOUR! Glorious timing from Vijay. He really looks in good nick. This ball is served up around off and Vijay picks the length quickly and drives it through the cover-point area for a boundary. Doesn't bother running for it.
  • 60.1 Back of a length from Gamage, Kohli jumps and pushes it to cover region for a single. Moves to 98.
  • 59.6 FOUR! This time he maneuvers the field with perfection. He has played that with a lot of authority. Tossed up delivery in line of the stumps, Vijay makes room and creams it through covers for an exquisite boundary. When he is in full flow, he is an absolute joy to watch! 254/2
  • 59.5 Hit hard but not in the gap! Floated delivery outside off, Vijay punches it but finds the man at extra cover.
  • 59.4 Leans into the flighted delivery and knocks it through mid on to rotate strike.
  • 59.3 Fullish in length, Vijay is on the move as he clips it to mid on for a run.
  • 59.2 Similar delivery, spinning in. Virat turns it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 59.1 Flatter delivery on middle, Kohli has all the time in the world to hang back and ease it to short mid-wicket.
  • 58.6 Back of a length this time, Vijay goes onto his back foot and plays it on the ground. Maiden for Gamage to start with. 247/2
  • 58.5 Length ball around off and it nips back from the pitch. Vijay leaves it alone.
  • 58.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 58.3 Fuller this time, MV drives it confidently to mid off for a dot ball.
  • 58.2 Offers it around off, Vijay doesn't bother playing at it.
  • 58.1 Serves it on a good length around off, Vijay plays it with a straight bat.
  • Lahiru Gamage to bowl from the other end.
  • 57.6 Quicker in pace and on a flatter trajectory on leg stump, Vijay helps it through mid-wicket for an easy run. 247/2
  • 57.5 Hangs back to the flighted delivery and stonewalls it.
  • 57.4 Slow through the air on off, patted back to the bowler.
  • 57.3 Short delivery on middle, stays low. Kohli adjusts well and pulls it to deep mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 57.2 Spinning towards the pads, Kohli tucks it to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 57.1 Shortish in length, Kohli hangs back and blocks it.
  • We are back for the last session of the day. The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Vijay and Kohli are back to resume their innings. How long will Kohli take to get to his ton? Dilruwan Perera to bowl first up.
  • ... DAY 1, SESSION 3 ...
  • Sri Lanka didn't capitalize on the wicket of Pujara and let things slip out of their hands. The spinners have been leaking way too many runs for their liking and nothing seems to be going according to plan. They need to break this partnership as soon as possible or else they will have to toil it out for another session. What will Chandimal have to tell his players during the break? Join us soon after the break to find out.
  • Well then! 129 runs from the session and it completely belonged to the Indian team. Vijay and Kohli are amidst a 167-run stand and are looking solid out there. After the loss of two wickets, Kohli started counter-attacking the Lankan bowlers. He got to his fifty in just 52 balls and has scored the majority of his runs through boundaries. Vijay on the other hand, has been in sublime form getting to his 11th Test century and his third back-to-back first-class ton.
  • 56.6 A touch fuller around off, Vijay defends it towards mid off. A maiden to end the session. That's TEA, DAY 1! 245/2
  • 56.5 Vijay gets behind the line of the ball and blocks it watchfully.
  • Interesting celebration! After Vijay got to the triple-figure mark, he and his skipper brought out the dab after signalling something towards KL Rahul. This had the youngster in splits.
  • 56.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 56.3 Vijay displays the forward defense as he keeps it out solidly.
  • 56.2 Length delivery around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 56.1 Length ball outside off, pushed towards point.
  • Last over before Tea. Kohli on 94 now. Can he get to triple figures before the break?
  • 55.6 FOUR! Can the local lad stay quiet when his partner is mustering the runs? Nope. He won't. He goes back to this shortish delivery and smashes it through covers for a boundary. Moves to 94 with this. 245/2
  • 55.5 Kohli presents a forward defense as he blocks this.
  • 55.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 55.3 Now picks up a single by easing it through point.
  • 55.2 FOUR! 11th Test hundred for Murali Vijay! He has looked at ease from the moment he walked in. In the previous game, a loose shot brought his downfall when he looked set for a longer stint at the crease. This time he seems focused to not let the chance go. Sandakan drops it short outside off, Vijay goes back and slaps it through covers for a boundary. He gets out a jig as he celebrates his milestone. Back-to-back tons for the opener, the first time he has done so. Also, this is the third consecutive first-class hundred for him.
  • 55.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • The short leg fielder is a bit deeper. Means that the fielder isn't for a bat-pad chance but for a flick shot that can be aerial.
  • 54.6 Here comes the bouncer! It was well advertised from a while ago. Kohli is well set for that and he flat-bats it towards deep mid-wicket. Gets a couple for doing so. 236/2
  • The Armed Forces week is going on in India. The Indian cricketers are wearing a badge on their chest in order to show respect to the Army men.
  • 54.5 Length delivery outside off, Kohli guides it straight to gully.
  • 54.4 Vijay clips it through mid-wicket for a single that takes him to 96.
  • 54.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Lakmal had to abort bowling this one. As he ran in to bowl that, the towel tucked in his pant fell off. This distracted Vijay, who moved away from his position. Earlier in the day, such an instance hadn't resulted in the bowler aborting delivering the ball.
  • 54.2 Kohli taps it towards covers for a quick run.
  • Two men in the deep in the leg for the bouncer for Kohli.
  • 54.1 On a length around off, Virat presents a straight bat as he keeps it out watchfully.
  • 53.6 Beautifully bowled. Sandakan tosses this just around off, Vijay lunges forward in defense but misses. It was the googly. Shows that if you land it in the right areas, it will cause problems even to the set batsman. 232/2
  • 53.5 Kohli hits it to the fielder manning the long on fence for a single.
  • 53.4 Vijay plays this straighter towards long on for a run. Moves to 95 now.
  • 53.3 Vijay flicks it towards mid-wicket, where the fielder dives to his left to prevent a run.
  • 53.2 Floated wide of the off stump, Vijay watches the ball go into the keeper's gloves.
  • 53.1 Flatter on the stumps, Virat gets back and hits it to the fielder stationed at deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 52.6 On a length outside off, Vijay gets his front foot forward and shoulders arms to that. 229/2
  • 52.5 Lakmal runs in and bangs it short on the stumps. Vijay crouched low and lets it go. It was bowled at 128kph.
  • 52.4 Straight bat face presented by MV as he keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 52.3 Length delivery around off, Vijay blocks it solidly.
  • 52.2 Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket for the umpteenth time for a run.
  • 52.1 This partnership is now worth 150 runs. It just rolls on and on. Vijay plays it with soft hands towards mid on and sets off for a quick run. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. The run is completed with ease.
  • SURANGA LAKMAL is back on.
  • 51.6 Flatter on the pads, Vijay goes back and flicks it through short fine leg. Karunaratne chases it down, slides and keeps the ball in play. The batsmen pick up three runs before the ball is returned. The umpire goes upstairs to see if the boundary is saved. It is indeed, as confirmed after having a look at numerous replays. 227/2
  • 51.5 Vijay goes back and flicks it towards fine leg for a brace.
  • 51.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 51.3 Another appeal! Floated gently around middle and leg, Kohli lunges forward to keep it out but misses. The ball hits him on the front pad and that draws a huge shout from the Lankans. Because it is turned down, they ponder about the review before deciding against that. Ball Tracker shows it would have been umpire's call on impact and the ball would have spun down leg.
  • 51.2 In the air but just out of the bowler's reach. Vijay charges down and wrists it over the bowler's head. Sandakan leaps but fails to get a hand to it. A run results as the long on fielder does the fielding.
  • 51.1 A wrong 'un around leg, Vijay goes back and presents a full bat face as he keeps this out safely.
  • A chest guard and shin guards are brought on for Roshen Silva who is all set to grab his place at short leg.
  • 50.6 This one's knocked down to long on for a single. 220/2
  • 50.5 Landed around middle and leg, Vijay blocks it watchfully.
  • 50.4 This ball is flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 50.3 Kohli goes back and whips it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 50.2 Similar delivery, MV works it towards short fine leg for a run.
  • 50.1 Floated around leg, Vijay keeps it out to the leg side.
  • 49.6 Vijay eases this down to long on for a run. 217/2
  • 49.5 Kohli turns it through mid-wicket for one run.
  • 49.4 Virat blocks it from the crease.
  • 49.3 Karunaratne should never have been conceding the single there, reckons Russel Arnold on air. This ball is flicked towards square leg and the batters set off for a run. Karunaratne is on his heels and hence is a touch late in getting to the ball. A run results.
  • 49.2 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 49.1 Fuller outside off, Vijay plays it through cover-point for one run.
  • 49.1 Floated around middle and leg, Kohli eases it down to long on for a run. What's more, Sandakan has overstepped.
  • 48.6 Kohli does the same now as he knocks this down to long on for a run. 210/2
  • 48.5 Vijay eases this down to long on for a run.
  • 48.4 Vijay pushes it towards mid on.
  • 48.3 Played to mid-wicket region by MV.
  • 48.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 48.1 Kohli rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • DHANANJAYA DE SILVA is given the ball now. He has been on the bench for the first couple of games and should be largely unaffected by the on-field fatigue then. Can he provide the Lankans the breakthrough?
  • 47.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 207/2
  • 47.5 Another one down the leg side, Vijay goes back and misses the flick.
  • 47.4 Flatter down the leg side, Vijay goes back to flick but misses.
  • 47.3 Kohli turns this through mid-wicket and rotates strike.
  • 47.2 Landed around middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 47.1 Vijay taps it towards mid-wicket and crosses over to the other end. He moves to 81 now.
  • 46.6 This is pushed towards mid off. 205/2
  • 46.5 Kohli lunges forward and blocks it.
  • 46.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 46.3 Vijay goes back and flicks it through mid-wicket. A brace results before the fielder in the deep does well to retrieve the ball.
  • 46.2 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 46.1 Hit straight to the man at mid on.
  • 45.6 Virat has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 201/2
  • 45.5 Vijay plays it through point for a run.
  • 45.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 45.3 HUGE APPEAL! No reaction from the umpire. Sandakan floats it around middle and leg, Vijay sees that it is on the shorter side and looks to go back and play the cut. The spin on that delivery makes him miss the ball and he gets rapped on the back pad. A huge appeal follows but to no avail. Hawk Eye shows that it wasn't a bad shout as the ball is seen clipping the leg stump. Wouldn't have been out on review as it is umpire's call.
  • 45.2 Vijay finds mid-wicket with this flick.
  • 45.1 Driven towards mid off.
  • 44.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads 199/2
  • 44.5 This ball is flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 44.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 44.3 Worked through square leg for a single.
  • 44.2 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • Virat Kohli's key to success against the spinners has been the stride that he gets. He does so and converts the good length deliveries into fuller ones and collects runs. He is seen picking up lengths early and hence when the delivery is slightly short, he is quick to go back and play it. Good to see, helpful for a young player to watch and learn.
  • 44.1 Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 43.6 Pushed towards covers. 197/2
  • 43.6 No ball! It is a crime for a spinner to overstep and Perera has already done it twice. Vijay negotiates this by blocking it from the crease.
  • 43.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 43.4 Vijay pushes it defensively back towards the bowler.
  • 43.3 Vijay has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 43.2 The batsman has driven it through mid on. They pick up a single.
  • 43.1 Sandakan needs to bowl this line more often. Tosses it up around off, Vijay looks to play it with a straight bat. The ball takes the outside edge and runs towards the third man fence. Before the ball is returned, three runs result. Replays show that as Vijay was running to complete his second run, Kohli was halfway down for the third. So the opener was left with no option but to rush to the other end.
  • 42.6 FOUR! Wow! All this while, Kohli went back and flicked such deliveries to the man at deep mid-wicket. This time he brings his wrists into play a bit more to get it squarer. The ball rushes through square leg. The fielder in the deep rushes to his right but fails to prevent the boundary. 192/2
  • 42.5 Perera comes round the wicket and serves it around leg. Vijay taps it in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 42.4 Kohli uses his wrists to work it past mid-wicket for a single.
  • 42.3 Now Vijay works it in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 42.2 Vijay finds the fielder stationed at mid-wicket with this clip.
  • 42.1 Flatter on the stumps, Kohli goes back and turns it through mid-wicket. Gets a run for doing so.
  • 41.6 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 184/2
  • 41.5 This ball is played through cover-point for a run.
  • 41.4 A stifled appeal for an LBW, turned down. Sandakan tosses it up around leg, Vijay lunges forward to block but misses and wears it on the front pad. The Lankans appeal but to no avail. Going down leg for sure.
  • 41.3 That's the wrong 'un! Bowled flatter outside off, Vijay goes back to cut but misses.
  • 41.2 Floated full delivery around off and middle, Vijay drives it towards covers, where the fielder stops it to his right.
  • 41.1 Floated around off and middle, turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • Drinks are on the field. Vijay and Kohli are just carrying on from where they left in the previous game. Their 103-run stand off 124 deliveries has just been full of strokes. Looks as if there is a competition of sorts and that's why both of them are matching each other stroke for stroke. Sri Lanka already seem to run out of ideas just half a day into this game. More than a refreshing drink, a fresh thought is what would help them.
  • 40.6 Vijay gets down and plays the paddle sweep. Gets it fine on the leg side. Before Sandakan can chase it down from short fine leg, a brace results. 181/2
  • 40.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Perera aborts before delivering this one. Mind games? Maybe.
  • 40.4 Kohli clips it through mid-wicket and rotates strike.
  • 40.3 100-run stand between Vijay and Kohli is up! This journey has been only of 121 balls so far and is as chanceless as it looks. Vijay eases this through the cover region for a single.
  • 40.2 Swept away to the short fine leg fielder.
  • 40.1 Vijay finds the mid-wicket fielder with the flick.
  • DILRUWAN PERERA to roll his arm over from the other end.
  • 39.6 Flicked straight to the man at mid-wicket. 177/2
  • 39.5 FOUR! Kohli fulfills the desire of the ball wanting to be at the cover boundary, says the witty Harsha Bhogle as he lavishes praise on this shot. Sandakan drops it short around off, Kohli goes back and slaps it through covers. The real estate on that part of the ground leaves the ball unhindered as it makes its way to the fence. Kohli is soon catching up with Vijay as far as personal scores are concerned.
  • 39.4 Vijay ambles away to the other end by knocking this down to long on.
  • 39.3 Vijay gets ahead and pushes it defensively back towards the bowler.
  • 39.2 Kohli wrists this in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 39.1 Floated around middle and leg, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
  • LAKSHAN SANDAKAN comes back for a bowl. A short leg and a short mid-wicket in place apart from a slip.
  • 38.6 Poor bowling by Gamage. Even after conceding so many runs, he strays on the pads yet again. Vijay flicks it through backward square leg. Before Lakmal in the deep does the clean-up job, a couple results. 171/2
  • 38.5 Vijay pushes it back towards the bowler.
  • Matthew Hayden on air discusses about not going far ahead of the moment. He says that on days when you are striking the ball well or when things are going your way, you often tend to forget about the bigger picture. Adds further that in the sport it is about only that one delivery that can often consume the batsman. So the batsmen need to be careful more so when in full flow.
  • 38.4 Kohli picks up a run after flicking it to fine leg.
  • 38.3 Vijay whips it off his pads and crosses over to the other end.
  • 38.2 Another bouncer in line of the stumps, MV ducks and lets it go.
  • 38.1 Gamage bends his back and bowls it short around off. Vijay sways away from the line to let the keeper collect that.
  • 37.6 Kohli lunges forward and blocks it solidly. 167/2
  • 37.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 37.4 Vijay crosses over to the other end by driving it through mid off.
  • 37.3 Driven through mid on by the batsman.
  • 37.2 Vijay strides forward and buries this delivery onto the ground.
  • 37.1 Kohli eases this to long on for a single.
  • 36.6 Virat works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 13 runs off that over. 165/2
  • 36.5 FOUR! Often the movement and the body language of the players show how good and at ease a batter has looked. Banged on a shorter length around off, Kohli pulls it with disdain through wide mid on. The player at mid on didn't bother moving or, well, he didn't stand a chance of doing so.
  • 36.4 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 36.3 Good judgement shown by Kohli this time as he shoulders arms to this delivery outside off.
  • 36.2 FOUR! Over-correction from Gamage results in another boundary that brings up Kohli's 15th Test fifty off just 52 balls. On the previous occasion there was width. Here the bowler angles it on a length on the pads. Easy-peasy for the Indian skipper who whips it through fine leg. The fielder in the deep runs to his right and dives but is unable to prevent the Indian no.4 from getting to his landmark.
  • 36.1 FOUR! I think we need to put off all the superlatives away, because we might be guilty of overusing them, says Harsha Bhogle on air. Pretty much sums up the way Virat Kohli is playing. We have seen him play such strokes in white-ball cricket and here he is doing so in the red-ball game. Gamage bowls it full outside off, Kohli leans into the shot and drives it through covers for a boundary that takes him to 47.
  • 35.6 Flatter around off, Vijay goes back to open the face of his bat past slip. Gets a brace after doing so. 152/2
  • 35.5 Easy singles on offer, which the Indians won't miss out on. Kohli lunges forward, plays it in front of cover-point and ambles to the other end for a run.
  • 35.4 Vijay works this past short leg for a single.
  • 35.3 Vijay pushes this towards mid off.
  • 35.2 On the stumps, Vijay pushes it back. Perera gets to his right and stops that.
  • 35.1 Flatter around middle and leg, MV goes back and hits it towards backward square leg.
  • 34.6 Length ball outside off, Kohli walks down the track and blocks it down. 148/2
  • 34.5 Lovely shot for a dot ball. Fuller outside off, Kohli plays the cover drive but finds the fielder stationed in that region.
  • 34.4 This one is too wide to make VK play.
  • 34.3 Length ball around off, Kohli stands tall and blocks it.
  • 34.2 Outside off, shouldered arms to by Virat.
  • 34.1 Fuller around off, driven to mid off.
  • 33.6 Slower through the air outside off, Vijay lunges forward in defense. The ball takes the inside edge before hitting the front pad. 148/2
  • 33.5 The batsman has driven it through mid off.
  • 33.4 Kohli hits it towards long on for a single.
  • 33.3 FOUR! Another one in the over! This one is dangerously cheeky though. Flatter outside off, Kohli goes back and looks to guide it past slip. Ends up getting it just past Mathews at slip who fails to get a hand to it. The desired result is achieved by Kohli who moves to 41 off just 42 deliveries.
  • 33.2 Punched back off the back foot.
  • 33.1 FOUR! Kohli just feasts on spinners and here is another proof of that. Perera loops it around off, Kohli gets low and plays the inside out drive through covers. Once he times that well, there's no stopping that.
  • 32.6 This time Vijay is sensible enough to let this length ball outside off go through to the keeper. 139/2
  • 32.5 Yet again Vijay looks to play it off the front foot but ends up pushing it towards mid on off the inner half. Not sure why at this stage in his innings this is happening to him.
  • 32.4 On the stumps, blocked with by getting forward.
  • 32.3 Another one! MV strides and looks to drive it to the off side, but gets it off the inner half towards the bowler.
  • 32.2 Length delivery outside off, Vijay gets it off the inner half towards mid off. The short cover fielder gets to his right to stop that.
  • 32.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE is brought into the attack. The wicket-takers are on now from both the ends.
  • 31.6 On the pads, flicked away towards square leg. 139/2
  • 31.5 Driven towards mid on by Kohli.
  • 31.4 FOUR! Wrists all the way! How does he manage to look so good with those flicks! Perera loops it up around off and middle, Kohli lunges ahead and uses his wrists to play it through mid on for a boundary. The Indian skipper is in the ODI mode already.
  • 31.3 Kohli lunges forward and blocks this one.
  • 31.2 This ball is played towards short leg.
  • 31.1 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • Roshen Silva is preparing to get to the short leg position. He is seen putting on his shin guard and a guard to protect his ribs as well. In spite of all of these, there might be a fear lingering in his mind after seeing his teammate take a few blows on his body.
  • 30.6 Short ball around off and middle, pulled away towards fine leg for a run. 135/2
  • 30.5 Virat defends this from within the crease.
  • 30.4 Driven through mid on by the batsman.
  • 30.3 FOUR! 5000 Test runs for the Indian skipper, 4th fastest Indian to the mark. He is unstoppable when he is in such good flow that he is right now. An overpitched delivery outside off, Kohli leans ahead and drives it through covers. Bisects the gap between the cover fielder and the mid off fielder to get a boundary.
  • The physio is on the field. Samarawickrama is seen holding his forehead and this doesn't look good. After a bit of a mini conference, he is seen walking off the field. Hope this isn't too serious.
  • 30.2 This ball is driven towards mid on.
  • 30.1 FOUR! 50-run stand between Vijay and Kohli! This has come in quick time. These two have combined well after India had lost a couple of wickets before even putting 100 on board. Lakmal bowls it on a length outside off, Kohli hangs back and slaps it through cover-point for a boundary.
  • 29.6 Ohh Sadeera! Gets hit yet again at short leg. After taking a blow on the ribs in the previous game, now he wears one on the helmet grille. Vijay goes back and clips it to the leg side, only to find the protective gear of Samarawickrama. 126/2
  • 29.5 Landed on a fuller length around off, driven back straight to the bowler.
  • 29.4 Kohli crosses over to the other end by driving it through mid on.
  • 29.3 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 29.2 Loopy around off and middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 29.1 On the pads, flicked away to backward square leg.
  • 28.6 Outside off, left alone. 124/2
  • 28.5 This ball is kept out from within the crease.
  • 28.4 Well done, Samarawickrama! It is on a length outside off, Kohli leans forward and opens the face of the bat to guide it past gully. The ball rushes towards the third man fence. Sadeera chases it down, slides and makes sure that the ball is in play. A couple of runs is all that Kohli gets.
  • 28.3 Excellent running now. Vijay pushes it towards mid on with soft hands and scurries to the other end for a run.
  • 28.2 Length outside off, shouldered arms to by Vijay.
  • 28.1 FOUR! Not a good way to start for Lakmal. Vijay is as pristine as ever with his timing. Lakmal spears it straight on a length around off and middle, Vijay gets his stride forward and times the flick through mid-wicket. The mid on fielder ran after the ball, only to retrieve it back from the fence. Wonderful leg position and head position from the opener.
  • SURANGA LAKMAL will steam in from the other end. Strangely, he has looked off-color after the first Test.
  • 27.6 Flatter on the stumps, turned to short leg. 117/2
  • 27.5 Vijay goes back and punches it down to long on for one.
  • 27.4 Loopy delivery around off and middle, turned away to mid-wicket.
  • 27.3 Landed around off, Vijay gets forward and blocks.
  • 27.2 Flatter around off, Vijay goes back and pushes it towards point.
  • 27.1 Floated around off, Vijay smashes it straight back to the bowler. He stops it in his followthrough even as the umpire is seen taking evasive action.
  • Here we are after the Lunch break. India have begun well in spite of a couple of setbacks. As the saying goes, well begun is half done. The Vijay-Kohli combo has got going with a fluent 38-run stand off just 40 deliveries. Sri Lanka will have to break this stand before it gets out of hands. Out come their players followed by the Indian batsmen. DILRUWAN PERERA it will be, who will start the proceedings with the ball. A slip and a bat-pad catcher in place.
  • ... DAY 1, SESSION 2 ...
  • Perera and Sandakan have been bowling short on most occasions. That has allowed Vijay and Kohli to score freely. The former has scored an eye-catching fifty and is looking ominous. The odd ball is keeping low and there is also some turn on offer. The visitors' spinners ought to utilize that. The duo will be aiming to play in the same manner and on the other hand, Sri Lanka need to keep chipping away at the wickets. If the tourists don't do so, the No.1 ranked side in the world will run away with the show. Join us for the second session in a while.
  • Dhawan was in the mood to play attacking cricket and that resulted in his downfall. He fell attempting a sweep shot which has become his weak link and gifted his wicket to Perera, who reached the landmark of 100 Test wickets, being the quickest to do so. Pujara departed in quick succession and it was a rare failure for him. Got to give credit to Chandimal for keeping a leg gully in place.
  • Session highlights - 27 overs, 116 runs, two wickets. It has been India's morning and they continue to march on in this series. Chilly conditions and a tinge of green on the surface set up a good prospect for watching some exciting seam bowling on display but the two Indian openers, Vijay and Dhawan started off in a positive manner. They didn't let Lakmal and Gamage settle down, scoring at every possible opportunity and that prompted Chandimal to bring in Perera early into the attack.
  • 26.6 Outside off stump, Kohli shoulders arms to that one. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 1! 116/2
  • 26.5 Kohli lifts his bat skyward and lets the ball go through.
  • 26.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 26.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 26.2 FOUR overthrows! 16th Test fifty for Vijay. What a way to get to the landmark! Length delivery by Lakmal and Vijay opens the face of the bat and plays it towards the cover-point region for a quick single. Debutant Roshen Silva moves to his right to pick up the ball and has a shy at the stumps. It hits the bull's eye at the non-striker's end but Vijay is safe. The ball ricochets off the stumps and races away to the long on boundary. 5 runs off that delivery.
  • 26.1 Outside off, Kohli taps it in front of cover-point for a quick single. The fielder from cover picks up the ball and hurls a wild throw at the stumps. Good running by the batsmen.
  • 25.6 Drifting away from Kohli. He strides forward and places it with an open bat face to cover-point for a run. 110/2
  • 25.5 FOUR! How easy to the eye was that shot from the Indian skipper, in complete control. Fullish in length around off, Kohli clears his front leg and drives it elegantly through covers to find the fence.
  • 25.4 Slower in length and more revolutions on that one, Kohli puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 25.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 25.2 That's a really good delivery! Sandakan slips in the wrong one outside off. Vijay shapes for the drive but doesn't pick up the variation and as a result, is beaten.
  • 25.1 Tossed up delivery but down the leg side, Vijay goes for the sweep but misses.
  • 24.6 Half-hearted appeal from Sri Lanka. A little fuller from Lakmal and it hits the leg of Kohli. Inside edge onto the pads. No damage done. 104/2
  • 24.5 Length ball from the bowler, around off stump and this one nips back off the pitch. Kohli leaves it and allows the keeper to do the rest.
  • 24.4 A little fuller around off, Kohli tries to flick it to leg side but the ball hits the outer half of the bat and goes to the cover region. Safe leading edge there!
  • 24.3 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 24.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 24.1 Good length ball around off and Virat shoulders arms to it.
  • Suranga Lakmal back for another spell.
  • 23.6 Spinning into Kohli who turns it to backward square leg for a run. 9 from the over, India keep on scoring runs with ease. 104/2
  • 23.5 FOUR! Bowl to Kohli's strengths and he will keep milking you all day long. Full length delivery on middle, angling in. The Indian skipper brings those wrists into play and clips it with a lot of command. Gets it past short mid-wicket and the ball reaches the fence in a jiffy.
  • 23.4 Short once again but it is spinning in sharply. Vijay does well to tuck it past mid-wicket for a single.
  • 23.3 Prods forward to this one and turns it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 23.2 Shortish this time on leg stump, stays low again. Vijay is surprised a bit and works it off the bottom half of the bat through square leg. A run taken.
  • 23.1 Full in length on off, Kohli drills it down to long on for a run.
  • 22.6 Length ball, shaping in. Defended solidly off the back foot. 95/2
  • 22.5 FOUR! Vijay is focusing on timing and he is getting the desired results. He has already produced a colourful array of strokes. Fullish in length and angling into the opener. He clips it beautifully through mid-wicket for a glorious boundary.
  • 22.4 Short delivery, but it is not a well-directed one. It is well outside off which allows Vijay to drop his wrists.
  • 22.3 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 22.2 Ouch.. that must have hurt! Fullish delivery outside off, Vijay shuffles and looks to clip it but gets an inside edge onto his box area. The Lankans put in a chirpy appeal but to no avail. That blow is going to sting.
  • 22.1 FOUR! That came right out of the textbook! For all the kids watching, this is how you should play a cover drive. Length delivery around off, holding its line. Vijay takes a confident stride forward and just pushes it. Such is the timing that there is no chance for any fielder whatsoever and away she whistles to the boundary.
  • 21.6 That kept a bit low. The wicket is playing tricks on odd occasions. Shortish on leg stump, Vijay whips it uppishly to deep square leg for a single. 87/2
  • 21.5 Low full toss on middle, flicked straight to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 21.4 Too short once again, Sandakan and Perera have been guilty of bowling too many of those. Ample time for Vijay to rock back and cut it to sweeper cover for a brace.
  • 21.3 In line of the stumps, patted back to the bowler.
  • 21.2 Vijay hangs back and flicks it with the spin past short leg. The ball is racing away towards the fence but the deep mid-wicket fielder does well to hare to his right and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 21.1 Floated on off, Vijay is on the move as he clips it towards short mid-wicket. Silva is sharp as a hawk there as he dives to his left and makes a clean stop.
  • 20.6 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 82/2
  • 20.5 FOUR! Off the mark in style! Fuller length ball from Gamage around middle and leg, Kohli flicks it through the mid-wicket region. The ball races away to the fence in no time.
  • 20.4 Kohli defends it from the crease.
  • 20.3 The batsman does well to stand tall and play that short delivery.
  • VIRAT KOHLI comes in to bat next. He is out there on the back of a well-made double hundred.
  • 20.2 OUT! Pujara has fallen to a well-planned Sri Lankan move. Gamage bowls to his field and reaps the reward. Length ball on the pads, Pujara tries to flick it away. He couldn't keep the ball down and hits it straight to the fielder at leg gully. A sharp low catch by Samarawickrama there to his left ends Pujara's stay at the crease. It's very unlikely from Pujara, as he often looks in control and solid at the start of his innings. The move to have a leg gully has worked for Sri Lanka. Clever captaincy from Chandimal and Sri Lanka have picked up their second wicket.
  • 20.1 Fuller in length this time, on middle and leg, and he plays it on the square leg for no run.
  • 19.6 Floated delivery on off, eased sweetly off the front foot to mid off. 78/1
  • 19.5 Slow through the air around off, kept out off the back foot.
  • 19.4 The wrong one this time, Vijay reads it well and stonewalls it.
  • 19.3 Spinning down the leg side, Vijay tries to glance it but fails to do so. Dickwella moves to his left but fails to collect it properly.
  • 19.3 No ball! Slider in line of the stumps, whipped with the spin to deep mid-wicket for a run. Sandakan has overstepped, it is a crime for a spinner to do so.
  • 19.2 FOUR! Rank long hop and it has been hit away with disdain! Around off stump, Pujara rocks back and flat-bats it through the mid off region for a rocketing boundary. The Sri Lankan spinners need to bowl on much fuller lengths to make it challenging for the batsmen.
  • 19.1 Floated on leg stump, Pujara plays it with soft hands to mid-wicket.
  • Lakshan Sandakan to bowl now. The wrist spinner has a lot of ability. Can he deliver on his comeback?
  • 18.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 72/1
  • The umpires Joel Wilson and Nigel Llong are seen wearing black armbands. This is because Russel Evans, an English umpire in the first class circuit, passed away on the 30th of November, 2017.
  • 18.5 FOUR! Pujara won't miss out on these balls. He picks up the length quickly and drives it beautifully through the mid off region for a boundary. After continuous short balls he gets a fuller ball and plays it beautifully. Classical Pujara.
  • 18.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 18.3 Looks like Gamage has some plan for Pujara, he is keeping him on his toes. Another short ball, Pujara does well to evade it.
  • 18.2 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 18.1 Length ball, around off, Pujara tries to drive it but gets an inside edge. It goes to wide fine leg and they pick up a single. Sri Lanka would want some of these to go on to the stumps.
  • 17.6 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short and spinning down, Pujara tucks it past square leg who sprints after it but fails to keep the ball in play. 66/1
  • Defensive field setting from the Sri Lankans. Not the ideal thing to do. Vijay and Pujara are using their feet and that has prompted Chandimal to keep a long on in place. You don't send the right message to your bowler when you do that. And that too, with Perera bowling, who is the go-to-man in the absence of Herath.
  • 17.5 A strong appeal for an LBW is turned down! Tossed up delivery and a bit shorter in length outside off, spinning in. Pujara lunges forward to defend but misses to get pinged on the pads. The Sri Lankans shout for it but the umpire stays put. The visitors decide not to take the review. The Hawk Eye shows that it would have missed the leg stump, so a wise call.
  • 17.4 FOUR! Shot! Shorter in length, turning in. Pujara makes good use of the depth of the crease and turns it through backward square leg to pick up a boundary.
  • 17.3 Slow through the air, Vijay punches it to long on to rotate strike.
  • 17.2 Tossed up delivery, Vijay prods forward in defense.
  • 17.1 Stays back to this one and keeps it out.
  • There is a bowling comparison being made between Perera and Muralitharan. Perera does better in terms of strike rate and he has got 100 Test wickets in his 25th Test match while Murali had taken 95 wickets in the same number of matches. He is also the fastest Sri Lankan to take 100 Test wickets.
  • 16.6 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper. 57/1
  • 16.5 Length ball around off, the batsman plays it to mid-wicket for no run.
  • 16.4 Back of a length ball by Gamage, Pujara jumps and defends it onto the ground.
  • 16.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • Leg gully in place.
  • 16.2 Wide outside off, Pujara leaves it alone.
  • 16.1 Length ball by Gamage around off stump, Pujara shoulders arms to it.
  • 15.6 Floated on off, Pujara clips it nicely through mid-wicket for a run and will retain strike. 57/1
  • 15.5 Sharp turn for Perera! On a shorter length outside off, spins in substantially. Pujara hangs back and has it covered. Looks to cut it but gets a bottom edge besides the pitch on the off side.
  • 15.4 Slow through the air around off, Pujara strides ahead and buries it into the ground.
  • 15.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 15.2 Great work from the debutant! Tossed up delivery, Pujara whips it towards short mid-wicket where Silva dives to his left to save certain runs for his side.
  • 15.1 Full delivery around off, knocked down to long on for a run.
  • 14.6 Similar delivery outside off, Cheteshwar remains circumspect in approach. 55/1
  • 14.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 14.4 Full length delivery in the zone outside off, Pujara makes a watchful leave.
  • 14.3 A rush of blood from Pujara! It is rare to see him play that way. He is usually cool as a cucumber. Short and width on offer, Pujara slashes at it but the ball goes under his bat and sails into the gloves of the keeper.
  • 14.2 Wide outside off, Pujara is not bothered to play at that one.
  • 14.1 Length delivery around off, Cheteshwar doesn't fiddle with it. Gamage's towel fell down while he delivered that but the umpire doesn't call it a dead ball this time.
  • Lahiru Gamage returns for a bowl. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • 13.6 Good shot and good fielding as well! Shorter in length outside off, Pujara rocks back and cuts it through cover-point. Sandakan hares after it and makes a spirited save near the ropes. Saves a run for his side. 55/1
  • 13.5 Flighted delivery around off, Pujara uses his feet and works it to short mid-wicket.
  • 13.4 Similar delivery, similar shot, similar result.
  • 13.3 Fullish in length on middle, clipped neatly with the spin to short mid-wicket.
  • 13.2 Slow through the air outside off, Pujara shimmies down the track and with a high backlift strokes it to mid on.
  • 13.1 Shoter in length around off, spinning in slowly. Vijay tucks it nicely to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • Time for Drinks. India will be happy with the way things are going on so far. They are going at a healthy run rate. They have lost the wicket of Dhawan but other than that they look solid. Vijay is not wasting time to get his runs and is looking good for a big score. Sri Lanka on the other hand have not really been disciplined in their bowling. They should try and capitalize on the wicket that they have picked up.
  • 12.6 Fuller length ball, on middle and leg stump, Vijay pushes it to mid-wicket and goes to the other end. 51/1
  • 12.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 12.4 Back off a length ball by Lakmal, Pujara tucks it to square leg area and looses his balance. That doesn't stop the run though. They pick up a single.
  • 12.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the backfoot.
  • 12.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 12.1 Vijay opens the face of the bat at plays it through the cover area for a single.
  • 11.6 Tossed up delivery, defended with the spin to short leg. 48/1
  • 11.5 Spinning into Vijay who hangs back and tucks it through square leg for a run.
  • 11.4 Shorter in length, Vijay stays back and smothers the turn nicely.
  • 11.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 11.2 Floated around off, driven firmly off the front foot to mid off.
  • 11.1 FOUR! What a shot! Tossed up delivery on off, Vijay strides forward and drills it past the diving mid on fielder and the ball races to the fence.
  • 10.6 Around off stump, Pujara shows the full face of the bat and plays it to the cover-point region. Chandimal from covers, moves to his left and quickly throws the ball at the strikers end but misses. A run completed. 43/1
  • 10.5 Bouncer from Lakmal. Vijay ducks and lets the keeper collect it.
  • 10.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 10.3 Teasing ball around off side and Vijay tries offering a shot to that and missses it. Good ball by Lakmal, perfect length and just what his captain would want from him.
  • 10.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 10.1 Fuller by length by the bowler, on middle stump and Vijay defends it firmly onto the ground.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara strides out to bat. He has recently moved to No. 2 in the ICC Test batting rankings. Will he score back-to-back centuries?
  • 9.6 OUT! 100th Test wicket for Perera! He becomes the third Sri Lankan spinner after Muralitharan and Herath to achieve this feat! Dhawan throws his wicket away after a promising start. That was a loose shot early in the innings and he pays the price for it. Coming back to the ball, it is slow through the air, drifting in towards the leg stump. Dhawan kneels and goes for the sweep but his head falls over and he fails to get on top of the bounce. He ends up top edging it. The ball skies towards Lakmal at deep square leg who looks somewhat jittery due to the hazy conditions. The pacer almost loses it in the background and slips a bit before crouching forward. However, he keeps his cool and takes a fine catch to his right. His left shoe came out in the process but in spite of being off-balanced, he did really well to hold onto it. Perera has his hands on his head as he cannot believe how Lakmal managed to cling onto that catch. Big smiles on the faces of the visiting players. Can Sri Lanka capitalize on this? 42/1
  • 9.5 Slower in pace, a bit of extra bounce there. Dhawan eases it to covers.
  • 9.4 Spinning towards the pads, Vijay tucks it to backward square leg for a run.
  • 9.3 Full on middle, Dhawan wrists it to mid on for a swift run.
  • 9.2 Another slider, this time in line of the stumps. Shikhar blocks it down the track.
  • 9.1 FOUR! Deft! Dhawan is looking ominous at the moment. Perera comes from around the wicket and bowls an arm ball outside off. Dhawan camps back, watches it closely and guides it past the keeper for a boundary.
  • 8.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 36/0
  • Matthew Hayden and Murali Karthik on air discuss about Dhawan's improvement as a batsman. They feel that he plays with a lot of authority these days and has a knack of converting his starts into big ones.
  • 8.5 Fuller by length on the off stump, and Dhawan drives this towards cover region for a good looking shot. They pick up a quick single here.
  • 8.4 Length ball outside off, the batsman lets that go to the keeper.
  • 8.3 Length ball again outside off, Dhawan shoulders arms to it.
  • 8.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 8.1 A little back of a length by Lakmal. Dhawan offers no shot to it.
  • 7.6 Slow turn on offer, coming in from outside off. Vijay stays compact in his defence and plays it towards short leg. 7 from Perera's first over. 35/0
  • 7.5 Spinning in to Vijay who allows it to come to him and works it to backward square leg.
  • 7.4 Perera continues to be short. Dhawan places it to covers for an easy run.
  • 7.3 FOUR! Easy pickings! Short delivery outside off, spinning away. Dhawan eyes light up. He rocks back and cracks it through cover-point to pick up another boundary.
  • 7.2 There are a lot of times when direct hits create a lot of trouble for the batsman but this time no such situation arises. Drifting towards the pads, Vijay whips it to backward square leg and his partner calls him through for a run. Dhawan is running to the danger end and makes it home safely.
  • 7.1 A fraction short in length, going on with the arm. Dhawan sits back inside the crease and clips it to deep square leg to rotate strike.
  • Spin has been introduced early. Dilruwan Perera to roll his arm over now. He is just one shy of 100 Test wickets. Let's see what kind of purchase he gets from this surface. A slip and a short leg in place. The crowd is making a lot of buzz at the moment.
  • 6.6 Length ball around off, he strides forward and defends. 28/0
  • 6.5 Vijay defends this one from the back foot.
  • 6.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • Third slip moves a little wider.
  • 6.3 FOUR! Good length ball outside off. Vijay plays it with a soft bottom hand and it goes between third slip and gully region for a boundary. Intentionally done by Vijay. Playing positive cricket and getting quick runs.
  • 6.2 Fuller length on the pads and Dhawan tries to flick it but misses. They seek a single here
  • 6.1 Good length ball outside the off stump and Dhawan leaves it alone.
  • 5.6 Straying on the pads, Dhawan tucks it around the corner for a run and will retain strike. 23/0
  • 5.5 On a length, very wide outside off. Shikhar doesn't flirt with it.
  • Deep square leg in place now. Time for the bouncer may be.
  • 5.4 Nicely bowled! Good length delivery, swinging in. Dhawan stays back and blocks it off the inner half of the bat down the track.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Exquisite! Harsha Bhogle on-air mentions that there is something about a batsman when he plays a shot and doesn't move after that. Full length delivery outside off, Dhawan leans into it and punches it through covers for a boundary. Timing and grace written all over that one.
  • 5.2 Fuller in length, slanting away from the southpaw enticing him for an ambitious drive. However, Dhawan resists the urge and makes a watchful leave. This is the kind of line and length Gamage should be aiming to bowl on a consistent basis.
  • 5.1 On a length on off, not much space for Dhawan to work with. He stays inside the crease and punches it to covers.
  • 4.6 Length ball, on middle and leg stump, Dhawan plays it to the mid on region and runs for a quick single. 18/0
  • 4.5 Back of length this time from Lakmal. Dhawan quickly on his back foot at pushes it to covers.
  • 4.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 4.3 Similar ball by the bowler. Dhawan leaves it and allows the keeper to do the rest.
  • 4.2 Length ball again by Lakmal, around off, inviting Dhawan to drive but Dhawan doesn't fall prey to it.
  • 4.1 Length ball by Lakmal, outside off, gets a little inswing and Dhawan leaves it alone.
  • 3.6 Well bowled! A yorker around off, Murali is alert to it and jams it out in time. 17/0
  • 3.5 Gamage steams in and bangs a short delivery but the direction is wayward. Vijay moves inside the line and lets it go safely.
  • 3.4 Gamage goes fuller this time, allowing the ball to swing away a bit. Vijay prods forward and eases it to mid off. Fullish lengths should be the order of the morning. Need to make use of the new ball and the helpful conditions.
  • 3.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, shaping in. Vijay makes use of the depth of the crease and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 3.2 Length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, Vijay doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 3.1 Full length delivery around off, shaping away. Vijay plants his front foot across and lets it go.
  • 2.6 Good length ball around off, Dhawan doesn't bother playing at it. 17/0
  • 2.5 Back of a length ball by Lakmal. On the off side and Dhawan plays it on the back foot.
  • 2.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 2.3 Length delivery outside off, Dhawan looks to slash but misses.
  • 2.2 The batsman has punched that ball towards mid off.
  • 2.1 FOUR! Fuller in length again, around off and Dhawan drives it through the cover region for his first boundary. Glorious looking shot by Dhawan, he held his pose and the ball raced to the fence.
  • 1.6 Shortish delivery well outside off, defended solidly off the back foot. 13/0
  • 1.5 Back of a length delivery in the zone of apprehension, moving in a bit. Vijay camps back and defends it stoutly.
  • 1.4 Short of a length delivery in the channel outside off, Vijay lifts his bat skywards and allows it through.
  • 1.3 FOUR! Elegance at its best! That is a shot of a man who believes in his abilities and is oozing confidence. Full length ball on middle, not much nibble in the air. Vijay strides forward and just strokes it past his partner for a delightful boundary down the ground. The elegant right-hander held his pose after playing that.
  • 1.2 Back of a length delivery around off, Dhawan hangs back and taps it to covers for a quick single. He is off the mark with that.
  • 1.1 Gamage starts off with a loosener. Slips this one down the leg side, Dhawan tries to clip it away but misses.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE to bowl from the other end. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • 0.6 A little towards the leg side. Vijay plays it onto the ground with a straight bat. Eight runs to start with for India in the first over. 8/0
  • 0.5 Outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 0.4 FOUR! India are up and running here in Delhi. Lakmal is not bowling the perfect lengths like he did in the two Tests so far. Fuller on the pads, Vijay flicks it off his pads for another boundary. These are welcome runs at the start of the innings for India. Lakmal should not be wasting the new ball and should bowl it in good areas.
  • 0.3 FOUR! Not exactly where he intended but he will take it. Length ball outside off, Vijay opens the face of the bat and guides it through the gap between third slip and gully for the first boundary of the game. Good start by Vijay. He looks in control.
  • 0.2 On a length around off, holding its line. Vijay prods forward and blocks it stoutly.
  • 0.1 A little fuller in length, away swing on offer. Vijay defends it solidly.
  • So... The anthems are done and dusted. Play is set to get underway. Out walk the Indian opening batsmen MURALI VIJAY and SHIKHAR DHAWAN. The former is coming off a wonderful hundred while the latter is back in the side after being out for personal reasons. Sri Lanka hand the new red rounded shiny object to SURANGA LAKMAL. Three slips and a gully to begin with. Let's roll...
  • India haven't lost a Test at this venue in the last 30 years. This would keep the hosts in good stead. Are the numbers pointing against the away side even here? Maybe, but a game of cricket isn't won on statistics alone. Meanwhile, the players and the umpires line up for the national anthems. It will be Sri Lanka's first followed by India's.
  • DINESH CHANDIMAL says that they would have batted first as well although the toss isn't under anybody's control. Aims to restrict the opposition to as minimum as they can. After the previous game, they assessed the need to change their approach in batting. Informs that Rangana Herath, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka make way for Lakshan Sandakan, debutant Roshen Silva and Dhananjaya de Silva. He adds that the newcomer has scored well in domestic circuit and hopefully will do well in this game.
  • VIRAT KOHLI says it looks like a decent wicket to bat on. Opines that the first session will offer something to the bowlers and the Indian batters are up for the challenge. States that they would have liked more grass covering for sure but will take whatever is on offer. They would like to take the challenge of batting first in bowler friendly conditions, he adds. Reckons every game is important and they aren't taking any opposition lightly. Adds further that even in South Africa, it is more about conditions than the opposition. States the two changes that India make for this game - Umesh Yadav makes way for Mohammed Shami and Shikhar Dhawan comes in for KL Rahul.
  • TOSS - Heads is the call from Chandimal... It comes down as TAILS. INDIA WIN THE TOSS AND BAT!
  • PITCH REPORT - Russel Arnold says that the weather is a bit cold and nippy right now but should warm up later. Observes that the track is a bit different than in Kolkata and Nagpur. Sunil Gavaskar agrees and states that the fair covering of grass on the pitch should help seamers initially. The cooler conditions should help the bowlers bowl longer spells, he opines. He goes on to add that the cracks might open up as the match progresses and should help spinners from Days 2 and 3. He reckons that it is a bat-first pitch as the grass covering shouldn't make much difference to GOOD opening batsmen. On being asked by Arnold about the similarities with the Protea conditions, he opines that this is a far cry from the South African conditions as even the quality of the opposition is different. Advises the batters to counter the initial movement and then bat comfortably. Arnold reckons that a score of about 300-350 should make it competitive. Ends saying do the hard work early and reap rewards later.
  • Test cricket would do well with a bit of competitive games. While the Test ranking table shows a huge gap between the two sides, the visitors would love to put up a performance that would reduce the rankings to a farce. There are talks of the light fading away pretty soon in the evenings. It will be notable to see if that affects the proceedings of the match. Will the story change this game? Will Sri Lanka put up a better batting performance? Will India be challenged and pushed to the wall? Let's find out. Meanwhile, ROSHEN SILVA was seen getting handed his Test cap. So there's a debutant for Sri Lanka in this game. We'll get to you the pitch report, toss and teams in a while. Stay tuned.
  • India are going through a very good run in Tests and are having a problem of plenty in more than one department. While Shikhar Dhawan comes into the reckoning after taking time out for personal reasons, a fit-again Mohammed Shami would be eager to find a place in the side, too. Rohit Sharma is breathing down Ajinkya Rahane's neck with a ton to his name in the last outing. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have lost Rangana Herath to a back injury and only time will tell who among Lakshan Sandakan and Jeffrey Vandersay take his place in the XI.
  • If Sri Lanka made their presence felt in the first Test of the series by competing well, in the second, they were back to their recent just-mere-presence style where it was another abject surrender by their batsmen which set the game up for the hosts. Here we are for the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Welcome to our coverage and we hope this game would see the tourists turn the table on the hosts.
  • The Indian bowlers were more or less on the money. The pacers, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bowled with a lot of heart picking up three and two wickets respectively. The spin twins, Ashwin and Jadeja made life difficult for the opposition as well. India hold the edge and Sri Lanka need to bowl extremely well in order to come back into the contest. Join us for India's reply with the bat.
  • It didn't take much time for India to take the last wicket this morning. A lead of 163 is a substantial one, especially on Indian tracks on Day 4. Chandimal was the star for the visitors as he scored a personal best of 164 in Test cricket and showed tremendous composure to bat till the end. Earlier, Mathews rode his luck and went on to score a brilliant ton. Apart from those two, the rest of the batting order was not up to the mark.
  • 135.3 OUT! Chandimal holes out after a terrific knock! Third wicket for Ishant Sharma and he has reaped the dividends for his hard work. Short delivery and width on offer as well, Chandimal goes for a slash but only manages to get a thick outside edge. The ball flies towards Shikhar Dhawan at third man who stays composed, gets down on a knee and takes a good low catch. SRI LANKA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 373!
  • The artificial lights are on at the Kotla.
  • 135.2 Length delivery outside off, played to deep point but Chandimal decides against the run again as usual.
  • 135.1 Fullish delivery around off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
  • 134.6 Flighted delivery, Sandakan is once again compact in his defense and survives. 373/9
  • 134.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 134.4 Down the leg side, Sandakan misses his flick.
  • 134.3 Well bowled! Drifting in with the angle, Chandimal uses his feet and tries to turn it to the leg side but gets a leading edge behind point. A run taken.
  • 134.2 Strides forward to this one and blocks it.
  • 134.1 Starts off with a tossed up delivery from around the wicket, kept out watchfully.
  • RAVINDRA JADEJA to roll over his arm now.
  • 133.6 Full delivery slanting across Sandakan who plays at it but misses. Sharma has a stare at him and also has a smile on his face. End of an entertaining over. 372/9
  • Rohit Sharma is having a good time at short leg. He is constantly talking to Sandakan and is having a laugh about it. The No. 11 is being really tested by Ishant. Tough times for him.
  • 133.5 Sharma runs in from around the wicket and bangs in a sharp bouncer on leg stump, Sandakan has to duck under it to evade it.
  • 133.4 On a good length but well outside off, Sandakan again plays away from the body and doesn't make any contact.
  • 133.3 Fuller length delivery outside off, shaping away. Sandakan fishes at it and once again gets foxed.
  • 133.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Sandakan hops back and blocks it.
  • Leg gully and a short leg in place now.
  • 133.1 Fullish delivery outside off, swinging in. Sandakan pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 132.6 FOUR! Nice improvisation! Shortish delivery around off, Chandimal arches back and ramps it over the slip region to pick up a boundary. Chandimal moves on to 163, his best score in Tests. 8 from the over. 372/9
  • 132.5 FOUR! Easy pickings! Shami runs in and slips this on a length down the leg side, Chandimal moves inside the line and tucks it fine past the keeper for a boundary.
  • 132.4 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • The field comes in for stopping the single.
  • 132.3 Fullish delivery tailing into Chandimal who tucks it towards square leg but doesn't take the run.
  • 132.2 Good length delivery outside off, Chandimal strides forward and blocks it stoutly.
  • 132.1 Fullish delivery on off, patted back to the bowler.
  • 131.6 This time it is hurled well outside off and Sandakan doesn't flirt with it. 364/9
  • 131.5 Well bowled! Full delivery outside off, Sandakan feels for it and gets foxed.
  • 131.4 Length delivery around off, Chandimal prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge to square leg. Decides to take the run this time and expose the tailender for the last two deliveries.
  • 131.3 FOUR! Streaky runs! In the zone of apprehension, Chandimal throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge past the slip cordon. Gets another boundary to his name.
  • 131.2 Back of a length delivery, Chandimal cuts it away towards deep point but doesn't take the single.
  • 131.1 Full delivery well outside off, Chandimal goes at it with hard hands and plays it towards covers where the fielder dives to his left to make a good stop.
  • ISHANT SHARMA to run in from the other end. Three slips in place.
  • 130.6 Fullish in length outside off, Sandakan pokes at it and is late to withdraw his bat. Gets beaten all ends up but manages to survive. 359/9
  • 130.5 Stays back to the good length delivery and blocks it.
  • Three slips and a gully in place for Sandakan. Can he survive?
  • 130.4 4th 150-plus score for Chandimal in Test cricket! Well played! He has looked in complete control throughout the innings. Short of a length delivery outside off, Chandimal chops it down to third man for a run. He raises his bat towards the dressing room and his effort is acknowledged by his teammates.
  • 130.3 Length delivery on off, Chandimal works it nicely through wide mid on and returns for a brace.
  • 130.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, the Lankan skipper hangs back and punches it to cover-point.
  • 130.1 On the mark straightaway! Shami steams in and bangs in a bouncer around off, Chandimal arches back, drops his wrists and lets it go.
  • We are set to get rolling. There is a lot of haze around as usual. Dinesh Chandimal and Lakshan Sandakan will resume their innings. Can the last batting pair frustrate the Indians? Let's see. We have a 4-minute early start today as stumps was called yesterday 4 minutes earlier than the scheduled close of play due to bad light. MOHAMMED SHAMI to bowl first up this morning. Two slips in place. Here we go...
  • PITCH REPORT - Russel Arnold and Sunil Gavaskar are out in the middle inspecting the pitch. The former says that it is looking a lot better than expected. Gavaskar adds that there hasn't been much deterioration in the track. Mentions that only the odd ball is playing tricks. States that Ashwin is a dangerous bowler whenever there is assistance on offer and feels that he will hold the key for the hosts. Adds that there are some footmarks on the good length areas which can be exploited but it is not a major concern. Both of them reckon that if the batsmen apply themselves, they can score runs.
  • The Lankan Lions need to put in a much better bowling performance if they are to save the game or even generate sparks of winning it. Will they rise to the occasion? Or will the Indians dominate the proceedings and further drive the advantage in their favour? Stay with us to find out...
  • The hosts have pounced on the opportunities they got. They are still ahead by 180 runs and will be aiming to wrap up the tourists as quickly as possible. The Sri Lankan skipper is still out there, three runs short of a 150, and has played a commendable knock so far. Ending the innings with a flourish is what he will be striving for. The visitors will know that it won't be an easy task for them to bat last on this surface with the two formidable spin twins in the opposition ranks.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of Day 4 of the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka. On the back of the 181-run stand between Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka scripted an inspirational comeback. After the departure of the ex-Lankan skipper who made a resolute ton, there was also a 61-run stand between the captain and Samarawickrama (who was declared fit to bat and came down the order). However, after that, all the hard work was undone by another Sri Lankan batting collapse, something we have become accustomed to. They lost 5 wickets for 26 runs and once again are staring down the barrel.
  • ... Day 4, Session 1 ...
  • Often matches are turned or won by individual brilliances. But the heart of the sport is teamwork. Chandimal would be ruing the fact that his batters aren't supporting him in keeping the hosts on the field for longer durations. He is unbeaten with a valiant 147, to add to his fifties in both the innings of the previous test. How long can he manage to be there? A Test 150 beckons. His best score in the format isn't far either - 162. Will he go past that? Join us tomorrow to know more. 0930 local time (0400 GMT) is the time that matters. Meanwhile, you can catch all the Ashes action on our site by switching tabs. See ya! Adios! Take care!
  • Russel Arnold catches up with Angelo Mathews on the sidelines. He admits that this wasn't one of his most fluent knocks and he had to work extremely hard. There is a sense of pleasure and relief after the knock as in the end runs matter, he opines. Adds that he was hitting the ball well and was disappointed to not have continued after getting to a 50 in Kolkata. He enjoys challenges and the pressure that come with representing the nation. When asked whether he remembered his dismissal on 99, when he was batting in the 90s today, he responds saying that it was a one-off occasion when that happened and with experience, the jitters go away. Admits he is a bit disappointed with the state that his side is in as some more wickets in hand would have been a happier thing. He praises Dinesh Chandimal by saying that it is a pleasure watching him bat from the other end. He reckons that the pitch isn't taking turn viciously as of now and it won't be an issue batting last on a track that is still decent for batting.
  • As much as India's shoddy fielding, well, catching or dropping of catches will be talked about, Saha's glovework will still be the highlight of the Indian fielding. The wicketkeeper pulled off a stunner to send Sadeera packing and added one more athletic diving catch to end Lakmal's stint. Yes, that doesn't hide the home side's vulnerable slip cordon but it can at least be a solace.
  • Once the hosts broke through that stand, the fall of wickets were like children coming down a slide on a park. The visitors lost three wickets in the space of 17 balls to concede the upper hand to the home side. Their long batting order couldn't help them keep the Indians at bay for long. All the Indian bowlers made merry while the opportunity was ripe to add a few numbers to their wickets column.
  • It is often said that only the last mile is the hardest one when you have to cover a long distance. Sri Lanka's progression today stands true to the above sentence. Till the time the Mathews-Chandimal pair batted, it seemed a very benign surface. The Indians used all the tricks up their sleeve yet couldn't break that stand before it was worth 181 runs. After the former skipper's departure, the youngster Samarawickrama combined with his captain to forge a useful half-century stand.
  • And once more the light meter comes out of the umpire's pocket. This time the reading seals it. The light doesn't permit further play and hence it is STUMPS, DAY 3!
  • 129.6 Sandakan sees off the final ball of the over safely by blocking it. 356/9
  • 129.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 129.4 Chandimal uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and drives it towards covers. A run taken.
  • 129.3 Charged down and blocked with a straight bat.
  • 129.2 Quicker one around off and middle, Chandimal stonewalls it.
  • 129.1 SIX! Chandimal is playing cleverly here. Attacks the initial deliveries of the over and then moves to the other end. Seeing the flight on offer, he slinks down and hits it over deep mid-wicket. The umpire is unsure whether it is a four or a six and hence goes upstairs. The replay shows that the ball hit the ropes on the full. A maximum it is to bring up 350 for Sri Lanka. The trail is down to 181.
  • 128.6 Served around off, bunted from the crease. 349/9
  • 128.5 Sandakan keeps it out watchfully.
  • 128.4 Now the skipper pushes it through covers to get to the other end. Leaves the no.11 to see off the last two balls.
  • 128.3 DC has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 128.2 Flatter around off, defended towards the point region.
  • 128.1 Chandimal stays in the crease and keeps it out.
  • The light meter is taken out to take the reading. The visibility is good for the play to continue, deem the umpires and hence we continue.
  • 127.6 Outside off, Sandakan refuses to play that. 348/9
  • 127.5 The ball takes the outside edge and goes towards the slip region.
  • 127.4 This one is flicked round the corner for a run.
  • 127.3 FOUR! Chandimal is up for a fight. Seeing some flight on this delivery, he charges down and hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 127.2 The batsman dances down the track and defends it.
  • 127.1 Another LBW appeal, turned down. Ashwin floats it around off, Chandimal looks to flick it but the ball goes off his pads towards point. The Indians appeal to no avail.
  • 126.6 Around off and middle, blocked solidly. 343/9
  • The last man in for Sri Lanka is LAKSHAN SANDAKAN.
  • 126.5 OUT! It is umpire's call but that means Gamage has to continue his walk back to the pavilion. Another time when Kohli's bowling change reaps rewards immediately. Jadeja fires this at 89kmph around middle, Lahiru looks to defend. Misses the ball completely and the ball makes contact with the front pad. Looked plumb to the naked eye and hence when the Indians appealed, the umpire upheld that. Gamage, however, opts for the review straightaway. The Hawk Eye shows that it would have gone on to clip the top of the middle stump. Although Sri Lanka lose their 9th, they don't lose the review, if that's some consolation. They trail by 193.
  • Gamage is a goner! Not as easy as it is though, as the batsman chooses to review it immediately. It is against an LBW decision and it looks plumb unless an inside edge saves him.
  • 126.4 Gamage keeps it out watchfully.
  • 126.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 126.2 Around off and middle, defended from the crease with a straight bat.
  • 126.1 Flatter on the pads, nudged away to fine leg for a run. Strange tactic to expose the tailender for 5 balls.
  • RAVINDRA JADEJA to roll his arm over.
  • 125.6 This ball is pushed to the cover region. 342/8
  • 125.5 Ashwin changes his angle to bowl over the wicket. Lands it around off, blocked from within the crease.
  • 125.4 Gamage blocks it from the crease.
  • 125.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 125.2 Almost! Ashwin lands it around off and middle, Gamage lunges forward in defense. The ball lobs off something to the left of short leg. Dhawan looks to dive but doesn't. It wasn't near him though. The replay shows that it came off the gloves. Perhaps a better fielder there would have done better.
  • 125.1 Floated around middle, dead-batted off the front foot.
  • 124.6 Bouncer in line of the stumps, ducked under by Dinesh. 342/8
  • 124.5 FOUR! The ball continues to follow Vijay Shankar. Shami lands it on a length around middle and leg, Chandimal hops and clips it off his pads. The ball races through backward square leg. The fielder in the deep runs to his left but doesn't have a chance of cutting that off.
  • 124.4 Length around off, blocked from the crease.
  • 124.3 This ball is hit to the fielder stationed at mid-wicket.
  • 124.2 Length around middle, clipped towards mid-wicket.
  • 124.1 FOUR! The follow-on has been avoided, though I am not sure it would have been enforced by India. On a length outside off, Chandimal hangs his bat at that. The ball flies through the gap between the gully and the second slip fielder off the edge of the bat for a boundary.
  • 123.6 Around off, kept off watchfully. 334/8
  • 123.5 Chandimal slaps it through cover-point to jog to the other end.
  • 123.4 Gamage picks up a run by driving it through point for a single.
  • The floodlights have been switched on.
  • 123.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 123.2 Gamage lunges forward and blocks this solidly.
  • 123.1 Chandimal uses his feet to come down and takes a single to long on.
  • 122.6 This one is too wide to elicit any response from the batsman. 331/8
  • 122.5 What a leave! Fuller delivery outside off, Gamage strides forward, covers his stumps and shoulders arms to that one.
  • LAHIRU GAMAGE walks in at number 10. Can he hang on with his skipper? Fading light is a factor, remember.
  • 122.4 OUT! Oh dear! This is all going downhill for Sri Lanka. Chandimal is losing partners quickly than small children rush on the sight of toffees! The bowling change works for India. Shami is brought back and he lands a length delivery around off from over the wicket. Lakmal pokes at it from the crease. The ball kisses the outside edge and flies to the right of Saha. He dives and grabs that with both hands to take another brilliant catch. He is so swift-footed that he seldom avoids diving if the opportunity presents itself. Sri Lanka still haven't avoided the follow-on, technically. They trail by 205.
  • 122.3 Chandimal crosses over by pushing this delivery through covers.
  • Between overs, the fourth umpire was seen handing over the light meter to the on-field umpire.
  • 122.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 122.1 Fuller outside off, driven straight to covers.
  • MOHAMMED SHAMI back for another burst.
  • 121.6 Shortish delivery around off and middle, Lakmal goes back and pulls it back towards mid on who stands a touch deep. No run though. 330/7
  • 121.5 Lovely delivery to the lower order bat. Ashwin tosses it up outside off, the ball spins past the defensively poked bat and settles in the gloves of the keeper.
  • 121.4 Forward defense displayed by Lakmal to this one.
  • 121.3 FOUR! Will this be a confidence booster for the no.9? It is a slider on a shorter length just outside off, Lakmal goes back and thrashes it through covers for a boundary.
  • 121.2 Chandimal punches it through covers for one run.
  • 121.1 Floated around off, Chandimal lunges forward in defense.
  • 120.6 SL stays his ground and bunts it. 325/7
  • 120.5 Lakmal blocks it from the crease.
  • 120.4 The batsman fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad. They pick up a single. The umpire signals leg bye.
  • 120.3 Length delivery angling down leg, Suranga fails to flick it away. Gets it off the thigh pads towards square leg. A leg bye stolen.
  • 120.2 Lakmal stays put in the crease and blocks it.
  • 120.1 This is sprayed down the leg side, Lakmal misses the flick.
  • 119.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. 323/7
  • 119.5 Lakmal gets off the mark by flicking it through mid-wicket.
  • 119.4 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails.
  • 119.3 Floated up around middle, Lakmal looks to defend but gets struck on the pads. The fielders ask the question to no avail. Sliding down.
  • SURANGA LAKMAL makes his way out to the middle next. The free-flowing innings that he played towards the end of the last game seems to have earned him this promotion.
  • 119.2 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Ashwin gets his third and boy, he is up and running at the Kotla. He undercuts this one and lands it around off. The length was a tad shorter and that made Dickwella go back to cut. The ball goes straight on and he ends up missing it completely. Sadly for him, it has gone on to remove the off stump from its position. You give an inch to the Indians and they grab a mile. They are all over the Lankans on this side of the Tea break as 3 wickets have fallen in the space of 17 balls. Sri Lanka still trail by 214, 15 runs adrift of avoiding the follow-on.
  • 119.1 He'll play his natural game, Dickwella had asserted before play today. That's what he intends to do. Plays the sweep straight to the man at square leg.
  • 118.6 Edged but just short! Sharma hurls a fuller delivery around off, Chandimal looks to drive it down away from the body. Ends up getting the outside edge that lands just short of a diving Saha. On another look, it is seen that it was the slow off-cutter. No wonder then, it didn't carry. 322/6
  • 118.5 Driven on the up to mid off.
  • 118.4 Snorter! Sharma lands it on a length around off, Chandimal looks to defend. The ball takes off after pitching and ends up striking Dinesh's bat on the high part. He immediately takes his right hand off and wrings his hand in pain.
  • 118.3 FOUR! Beautifully driven! Sharma hurls it full outside off, Chandimal gets his stride forward and drives it through covers. The ball races to its destination in no time.
  • 118.2 Ishant is charged up seeing Chandimal at the crease. Bangs a brutal bouncer on the stumps, Chandimal spots it and ducks under it.
  • 118.1 Length ball outside off, blocked from the crease towards cover-point.
  • 117.6 Slow through the air, patted back to the bowler. 318/6
  • 117.5 Played against the spin to point.
  • Drinks time. Meanwhile, Niroshan Dickwella is the new man in.
  • 117.4 OUT! Silva departs for a duck in his first international innings. Another one goes down in quick succession. Ashwin tosses this one up nicely around off and gets it to spin in sharply. The debutant prods forward to account for the turn but only manages to get an inside edge onto his pads. The ball lobs straight towards Shikhar Dhawan at short leg who accepts it gleefully. The wheels are coming off for Sri Lanka now. They are still behind by 218 runs and need 19 more to avoid the follow-on.
  • 117.3 Quicker delivery, driven to long on for a single.
  • 117.2 Uses his feet and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • Murali Vijay is back on the field.
  • 117.1 Outside off, pushed to point.
  • 116.6 Sharp bumper around off, Silva ducks under it in a jiffy. Successful over for Ishant Sharma. 317/5
  • 116.5 Well bowled! Welcomes Silva with a ball in the corridor of uncertainty. Silva keeps his bat inside the line and lets it go.
  • The debutant, Roshen Silva strides out to bat. He has a very good first-class record. Can he deliver at the highest level?
  • 116.4 OUT! That's a stunning catch! Take a bow, Saha! Well-deserved reward for Ishant Sharma as well. He has had catches dropped off his bowling but this time he gets the breakthrough. Back of a length delivery in the zone of apprehension, holding its line. Samarawickrama is guilty of fishing at it away from his body and ends up getting a healthy outside edge. Wriddhiman Saha remains composed, dives full length to his right and grabs it in his right glove. Mind you, those are difficult takes. Saha showed great technique and slid his hands on the ground which made the catch possible. The 61-run comes to an end and this is the second wicket for Ishant Sharma.
  • 116.3 FOUR! Nicely done! Angling into Samarawickrama, he stays well balanced and flicks it through mid-wicket. Two fielders chase it but fail to stop it from reaching the fence.
  • 116.2 Dug in short on off, Sadeera drops his wrists and lets it go.
  • 116.1 Four bonus runs! Needless from Rohit Sharma. Samarawickrama taps it to point and calls his partner through for a single. There is no chance of a run out but Sharma throws it at the striker's end but misses. There is no one backing up and the ball races to the fence. This won't amuse Virat Kohli one bit.
  • 115.6 Defended with the spin to short leg. 308/4
  • 115.5 Uppish but safe! Drifting towards the leg stump, Samarawickrama kneels and paddle sweeps it towards fine leg for a couple.
  • 115.4 The batsman has played it fine down the leg side. They pick up a single. That brings up the 50-run stand between the duo. Good going.
  • 115.3 Shortish delivery, blocked watchfully.
  • Wonderful point made by Harsha Bhogle on air. He says that the highlights package of Test matches show only the shots played. They don't have the defensive shots in them. But those attacking shots are possible only after you defend a certain number of deliveries. He adds that an ability of a batsman isn't about how many sixes you hit but is about being aware of where your off stump is. Brilliant.
  • 115.2 Well, there is some drama and the crowd loves it! Chandimal drives it towards mid on where Kohli dives to his left and makes a good save. He gets up and throws instantly. The ball ends up hitting Samarawickrama on his right elbow. Chandimal looks at his opposite number and has a smile on his face. The Indian skipper walks down to Sadeera and apologizes to him. Signals that he was attempting to throw it at the striker's end.
  • 115.1 Flatter delivery, patted back to the bowler.
  • 114.6 Fractionally overpitched outside off, Sadeera nails the drive but finds the man at covers. 305/4
  • 114.5 Pujara probably saved five runs for his side there. Back of a length ball outside off, prodigious inward movement there. Samarawickrama lets it go and the ball shapes back late. Saha dives to his left and makes a half-stop. The ball rolls towards the helmet behind the keeper. Pujara is aware of it and stops it in time.
  • 114.4 Sharma opts to pitch this one fuller but the line is wide outside off. Easy leave for Sadeera.
  • 114.3 Back of a length ball well outside off, Sadeera remains circumspect in approach and makes another leave.
  • 114.2 These are good channels from Ishant! In the zone of apprehension, Samarawickrama points his bat skywards and makes a brave leave.
  • 114.1 Full length delivery angling in substantially, Samarawickrama clips it with soft hands to mid-wicket.
  • Ishant Sharma is called back for a burst.
  • 113.6 Spinning in sharply from outside off, Dinesh rocks back to cut it but ends up chopping it to cover-point. 305/4
  • 113.5 Clears his front leg and eases it to the left side of the bowler.
  • 113.4 Shortish delivery, Chandimal hangs back and plays it towards short leg who dives to his right to stop it.
  • 113.3 Slow through the air, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 113.2 Worked with the turn to mid-wicket.
  • 113.1 Flatter ball outside off, pushed to covers.
  • 112.6 Shortish delivery, spinning in. Chandimal rocks back and defends it to short leg. 305/4
  • 112.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 112.4 Flatter ball, kept out from within the crease.
  • 112.3 Drives this fullish delivery in front of cover to rotate strike.
  • 112.2 Clips this one around the corner for a single.
  • 112.1 Tossed up delivery, eased to the off side.
  • 111.6 Stays back and plays it to backward point. 302/4
  • 111.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 111.4 Spinning down the leg side as Samarawickrama pads it away and it goes past the keeper. Dead ball signalled by the umpire.
  • 111.3 Sits deep in the crease to negotiate that one.
  • 111.2 Turned nicely through the same region for a single.
  • 111.1 Played with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 110.6 Hangs back and stonewalls it. 301/4
  • 110.5 Almost dragged that back! Samarawickrama is living dangerously. Quick and flat on off, he exposes his stumps and goes for a cut but gets a bottom edge. The ball goes over the stumps and hits Saha on the chest. The young man needs to be careful.
  • 110.4 Pushed to covers with soft hands.
  • 110.3 Quicker one, nudged to square leg for a run.
  • 110.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 110.1 FOUR! The edges are coming. Tossed up around off, stays low. Chandimal pushes at it but gets an outside edge past the slip fielder and through to the ropes. 300 up for Sri Lanka and they trail by 236.
  • 109.6 FOUR! Streaky but effective! Tossed up delivery, Samarawickrama uses his feet and has a hoick at it but gets it off the inner half towards square leg. It teases Shankar there and goes past him to the fence. 296/4
  • 109.5 Short outside off, cut to point.
  • 109.4 Flighted delivery, kept out.
  • 109.3 Well bowled! This one straightens a touch on middle, Sadeera pushes at it with hard hands and it just falls short of Dhawan at short leg.
  • 109.2 Comes forward this time and blocks it.
  • 109.1 Stays back and keeps this out.
  • 108.6 Another compact forward defense. 292/4
  • 108.5 Fullish delivery, played to mid on.
  • 108.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 108.3 Confusion but no harm done. Chandimal taps this one towards point and waits. Samarawickrama sets off but the skipper loudly yells no. There is a shy at the non-striker's end but it misses. He would have been safe though.
  • 108.2 Uses his feet and drills it to the man at short cover.
  • 108.1 Floated delivery, defended nicely.
  • 107.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 292/4
  • 107.5 A stifled appeal for an LBW is turned down! Floated well outside off, Samarawickrama prods forward and opts to pad it away. A casual shout from the Indians is not paid heed to. The Hawk Eye shows that impact was outside off and it was also not spinning in enough.
  • 107.4 FOUR! Samarawickrama is in the attacking mode! Short delivery outside off, the batsman cuts it past point and the ball races to the fence.
  • 107.3 Hangs back and defends it against the spin to the off side.
  • 107.2 The batsman has driven it through mid on. They pick up a single.
  • 107.1 Fullish delivery, pushed to mid on.
  • 106.6 Tossed up delivery, Samarawickrama dances down the track and aims to hit it straight down the ground but gets it off the outer half over the sub Shankar at mid off. He chases it and does well to save a couple for his side. 287/4
  • 106.5 Spinning in substantially, Samarawickrama dabs it to point for a run.
  • 106.4 Places this quicker delivery to cover-point to rotate strike.
  • 106.3 Hangs deep in the crease and drops it beside the pitch on the leg side.
  • 106.2 Darted in, played with the angle to mid on.
  • 106.1 Full ball on middle, blocked well.
  • 105.6 Rash! Slow through the air outside off, Sadeera steps out to whack it over mid-wicket but is deceived in the flight. Gets rapped on the pads and the ball rolls to the off side. No real appeal from the Indians as the batsman was well outside off. 284/4
  • 105.5 Flat and quick ball, answered with a straight bat.
  • 105.4 Hangs back and clips it on the bounce to leg slip.
  • 105.3 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 105.2 Spinning in, defended from within the crease.
  • 105.1 Quicker through the air, blocked watchfully.
  • 104.6 Spinning away from Chandimal who lets it go. 284/4
  • 104.5 Strides forward and blocks it nicely.
  • Chandimal is struggling at the moment. He has been batting since a long time and is having cramps in his left hand. The physio runs out and attends to him. Seems to be fine now.
  • 104.4 Stays back to this one and blocks it.
  • 104.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 104.2 Clears his front leg and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 104.1 Coming in with the arm, clipped with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 103.6 FOUR! This time it is the floater from Ashwin. Samarawickrama picks up the natural variation and cuts it through covers to pick up a boundary. 284/4
  • 103.5 Spinning down the leg side, Sadeera pads it away. It rolls to the fine leg fence but no runs will be given as no shot was offered.
  • 103.4 This one is down the leg side and the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 103.3 Well bowled! A bit short in length around off, turning and bouncing away. Sadeera goes for the cut but gets beaten. Good take by Saha.
  • 103.2 Floated delivery, defended solidly.
  • 103.1 There it is! 10th Test ton for Dinesh Chandimal, also his second against India. A big moment for the Sri Lankan Test skipper! Tossed up delivery around off, Chandimal eases it to covers for a brisk single. Roars in delight and has a big smile on his face. The entire dressing room gives him a standing ovation. He deserves every bit of it. Even now, he remains the main link for Sri Lanka and needs to carry on.
  • Ashwin to continue his spell.
  • 102.6 Uses his feet to this one and blocks it. 279/4
  • 102.5 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Half-tracker outside off, Samarawickrama rocks back and cuts it with aplomb through point for another boundary.
  • 102.4 FOUR! Well played! Samarawickrama has started off nicely. A bit short in length outside off, the batsman waits for it and dabs it deftly through third man to find the fence.
  • 102.3 Fullish delivery on off, Samarawickrama puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 102.2 Tight single! Chandimal must be itching to get to the three-figure mark quickly. He steps down the track and knocks it towards Shankar at mid off. He attacks the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. The skipper would have been safe even if it hit. He moves to 99.
  • 102.1 Tossed up delivery around off, pushed off the front foot to mid off.
  • The prospect of CHANDIMAL getting to his 10th Test ton welcomes us to this session. He strides out confidently with the young SAMARAWICKRAMA for company. RAVINDRA JADEJA has the ball in hand.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 3 ...
  • Sri Lanka are showing a semblance of fight now. This is what the entire cricketing world would want - more competing teams. This is what even India would like - being tested before tougher away tours. Is this Lankan fightback just a fallacy? Will they be able to keep up the good work in the final session? Or will the hosts start bossing the game from here? We'll find out when play resumes at 1432 IST.
  • India had been left searching for a wicket all day long and it came off the bowling of Ashwin. Finally an Indian bowler was helped by a fielder in catching what was offered from the blade of Mathews. The seamers weren't off color. It's just that they weren't supported on the field as they would have wanted. The final session in the day beckons.
  • Another session that belongs to Sri Lanka! They owe it to their mainstays Mathews and Chandimal who put on a tall stand of 181 runs. The former got to his 8th Test ton, thanks to the generous Indians who gave him 4 lives, 2 of them being as easy as they come. The visiting skipper is still unbeaten on 98. He had looked the part in the previous game as well before throwing it away. This time, he has ensured and played a chanceless innings so far.
  • 101.6 Flatter on the pads, Samarawickrama opts to pad it away. The ball lobs off it to Rohit at leg gully who catches that and appeals. Kohli thought about a review before deciding against it. That signals TEA, DAY 3! 270/4
  • 101.5 Sadeera stays on the back foot and blocks it.
  • 101.4 Loopy ball around middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 101.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 101.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 101.1 Floated around middle and leg, Chandimal flicks it with the spin and gets to the other end. Moves to 98 now.
  • 100.6 FOUR! Samarawickrama is up and running with a boundary. Jadeja fires it outside off, Sadeera cuts it through point. The ball speeds away to the fence in a jiffy. 269/4
  • 100.5 A stifled appeal, turned down. Samarawickrama misses the flick and the ball strikes him low on the front pad. The hosts appeal but to no avail. Going down, maybe.
  • 100.4 Blocked from the crease watchfully.
  • 100.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 100.2 Chandimal eases this down to long on for a run to move to 97.
  • 100.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 99.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 264/4
  • 99.5 Samarawickrama drives it to mid on.
  • 99.4 Pushed towards point.
  • 99.3 FOUR BYES! Ashwin lands it around middle and leg, the ball goes with the angle. Sadeera misses the flick and the keeper doesn't have any chance of collecting that. A boundary results.
  • 99.2 Blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 99.1 The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot.
  • 98.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 260/4
  • 98.5 FOUR! When in the 90s, it doesn't matter how the runs come as far as they are coming. Jadeja bowls a half-volley outside off, Chandimal looks to drive. Ends up getting a thick outside edge well past slip for a boundary. He moves to 96 as the Lankan deficit comes down to 276.
  • 98.4 Dinesh has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 98.3 Blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 98.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 98.1 Chandimal defends it solidly off the front foot.
  • SADEERA SAMARAWICKRAMA is the next man in. Earlier today, he was cleared to bat and here he is now. How will he go about with his thing?
  • 97.6 OUT! Is this the breakthrough India needed? The change of ball has done the trick though. Ashwin is the man who manages to break this stubborn 181-run stand. Ashwin continues round the wicket and lands it around middle. The ball goes straight on after pitching. Mathews closes the face of his bat in a bid to flick it away and pick up a single with the supposed turn, but there isn't any. There is a thin edge and Saha behind the stumps makes no mistake in taking that. Mind you, he was blinded by the batsman owing to the angle the bowler is bowling from. Yet he didn't let that chance go. A sense of relief can be seen on the Indians' faces. A well played innings from Mathews comes to an end. There were those odd chances but he did capitalize on them till this moment. The trail is now 280. 256/4
  • 97.5 Chandimal hits it through cover-point and crosses over to the other end.
  • 97.4 Flighted delivery around middle, Mathews charges down and hits it aerially on the bounce to long on for a run.
  • 97.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 97.2 Floated on the stumps, blocked with a straight bat.
  • 97.1 Ashwin begins round the wicket and lands it around middle. Mathews blocks it watchfully.
  • Finally! The Indians seem to have their way. The umpires have called for the replacement balls and the ideal one is chosen. RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN will have a first bowl with it.
  • 96.6 This one is hit straight to mid-wicket. 254/3
  • 96.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 96.4 Served around off, Mathews looks to block it. The ball takes the outer edge of the bat and rolls towards short third man for a run.
  • 96.3 Pushed towards covers from the crease.
  • 96.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 96.1 Floated around off, Angelo defends it stoutly.
  • Jadeja runs in to bowl but aborts. Gets down, rubs the soil and gets back to his mark.
  • 95.6 Chandimal presents a straight bat face as he negotiates the last ball of the over. 253/3
  • And again! The ball is given to the umpires for a look. Wonder what the issue is. The Indians don't seem happy with it.
  • 95.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 95.4 On a length around off, blocked from the crease.
  • 95.3 Back of a length outside off, Chandimal hangs back and slaps it through covers. Jadeja from backward point hares after it and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 95.2 On a length, Chandimal stays in the crease and blocks.
  • 95.1 FOUR! Chandimal seems to be winning the battle against Ishant. Banged short around middle and leg, the Sri Lankan skipper expects it and plays the pull shot in response. Gets it fine down the leg side. Vijay Shankar runs to his right, puts in the dive but fails to prevent the boundary. Perhaps he started a bit late there. 250 up for Sri Lanka. The trail comes down to 285 now.
  • 94.6 Bowled outside off, pushed towards covers. Just a run off that over and the Lankan deficit stays at 289. 247/3
  • 94.5 Floated outside off, Mathews finds the cover fielder with the drive.
  • 94.4 Chandimal flicks it away through square leg for a run.
  • 94.3 Chandimal gets to the pitch of the ball and pushes it towards mid off.
  • 94.2 Served around off, Dinesh blocks it off the front foot.
  • 94.1 Floated outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 93.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 246/3
  • 93.5 Length ball around middle and leg, Mathews taps it next to the pitch on the leg side and takes a couple of steps for a run. Seeing Ishant get to the ball, he aborts the plan.
  • 93.4 This delivery is defended watchfully off the back foot.
  • 93.3 Mathews keeps this out off the front foot.
  • 93.2 Chandimal flicks it through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • The on-air commentators observe a pattern of Mathews vs the seamers. From the pitch map, it is seen that when the ball is pitched on a good length area outside off, Mathews isn't sure of his footwork and more often than not ends up poking at those. He misses almost all of them too. The Indians need to take this into account and bowl accordingly.
  • 93.1 Around off, driven towards mid on.
  • ISHANT SHARMA is brought on for another spell.
  • 92.6 Mathews presents a straight bat face as he defends it watchfully. 245/3
  • 92.5 Chandimal has played that off the front foot and into the ground. One run added to the total.
  • 92.4 DC has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 92.3 Chandimal lunges forward in defense.
  • 92.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 92.1 Floated around off, Dinesh plays it towards mid-wicket.
  • 91.6 This ball is driven towards mid on. 244/3
  • 91.5 Chandimal flicks it off his pads towards fine leg for a single.
  • 91.4 Watching this shot, nobody would believe that Mathews is batting over a hundred runs. Shami bangs it short around middle and leg, Mathews goes for the pull. Gets it off the under edge towards fine leg for a run.
  • 91.3 Mathews is hanging on the back foot yet again. This time it is the short length delivery and he defends it.
  • The ball is put through the 8-shaped gauge to check it as Ishant Sharma isn't happy with the shape of the ball yet again. The umpires are satisfied with it and return it to the bowler.
  • 91.2 Fuller around off, driven back towards the bowler.
  • 91.1 Length delivery around off, defended solidly from the crease.
  • 90.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 242/3
  • 90.5 Flatter on the stumps, Chandimal blocks it.
  • 90.4 Dinesh lunges forward and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 90.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 90.2 Around off, Chandimal steps out and looks to flick it away. Gets an inside edge and the ball lands next to him on the off side. Saha sees that the batter is out of the crease and comes down to flick the ball on the stumps. Does so but the Lankan skipper comes back in the crease in time.
  • 90.1 Flatter on the pads, Mathews misses the flick. The ball goes off his thighs towards short fine leg for a leg bye.
  • 89.6 Chandimal gets his stride out and blocks. 241/3
  • 89.5 Around off, blocked solidly from the crease.
  • 89.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 89.3 Shami delivers it around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • Ishant Sharma has handed the ball to the umpires. The umpire just has a look at it and deems it good for play.
  • 89.2 FOUR! This is all about timing! Length ball on the shorter side outside off, Chandimal hops and just pushes it through covers. The ball bisects the gap between mid off and covers and races away to the fence for a boundary.
  • 89.1 Chandimal stands tall and blocks it from the crease.
  • 88.6 Angelo works it down the leg side. 237/3
  • 88.5 DROPPED and FOUR! Angelo Mathews gets another life! Yes, you read that right! Jadeja induces the false shot from the former Sri Lankan skipper. Tossed up delivery around off, Mathews looks to go over mid off by making use of his feet. The ball spins and hence the batsman gets it high on the bat. The ball flies towards Vijay Shankar (sub) at that position. He jumps, gets both the hands to it but fails to close them when the ball is in. Allows the ball to go through to the fence. A boundary is the desired result for the batter but not the way he would have liked.
  • 88.4 Blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 88.3 Chandimal pushes it through covers for a run.
  • 88.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 88.1 Chandimal punches this off the back foot towards the bowler.
  • For the number crunchers, here's something. The duo of Mathews and Chandimal is the first visiting pair to stitch a partnership of over 400 balls in Tests against India in the last five years. Meanwhile, RAVINDRA JADEJA is brought into the attack.
  • Drinks are on the field now! Another period of play passes where Sri Lanka have come out unscathed. Though, that isn't the entire picture. There was an offering - that of Mathews to Rohit - but the latter was too gratuitous to let that one go abegging. Where do India look now? All their four bowlers have bowled in this hour without any success. Hope this drinks break gives them some fuel for thought.
  • 87.6 A touch fuller outside off, Mathews points his bat skywards as he lets it go. The ball bounces just in front of Saha as he collects it. 232/3
  • 87.5 Length around off, defended from the crease.
  • 87.4 Again the batsman hangs on the back foot and blocks it with the full face of the bat.
  • 87.3 Mathews stands tall and presents a straight bat as he blocks that.
  • 87.2 Short ball around middle and leg, Chandimal looks to pull but only manages to gets some glove on it. The ball rolls towards fine leg and only a run results. Again Mathews isn't running the right way. He is holding the gloves with his right hand and the bat with the other. So he isn't in a position to make quick movements.
  • 87.1 Length ball around off, Chandimal gets forward to block but gets it off the inner half towards mid on. Ishant again has a long stare at him.
  • 86.6 Bouncer around leg, ducked under by Angelo. 231/3
  • 86.5 On a length around off, Mathews' bat opens up as he blocks it defensively. On another look, it turns out that it was a knuckle ball by Shami.
  • 86.4 Mathews hangs on the back foot expecting a short ball. Instead gets a fuller delivery around middle and leg. Angelo keeps it out safely.
  • 86.3 Shami comes round the wicket and bowls it full around middle and leg. Chandimal drives it towards wide mid on. Vijay Shankar the sub rushes to his right and keeps the batsmen down to just one.
  • 86.2 Length ball outside off, left alone by Dinesh.
  • 86.1 Mathews gets on his toes and clips it towards fine leg for a run.
  • 85.6 FOUR! That shot should answer Ishant for whatever he had said to him a ball ago. Sharma bowls it short outside off. That is enough for a well-set Chandimal to cash on. He hangs back and smashes it through cover-point for a boundary. The bowler is dejected and rightly so. The deficit is down to 307 now. 229/3
  • 85.5 This ball is blocked from the crease towards cover-point.
  • 85.4 Ahhhh! The talking game from Ishant Sharma is here! Bangs in a short delivery in the line of the stumps, making Chandimal duck under it. As the batter rises, Sharma is seen giving some words of wisdom to him.
  • 85.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 85.2 On a shorter length outside off, Chandimal cuts it square on the off side straight to the man there.
  • 85.1 Bowled outside off, left alone.
  • 84.6 The 150-run stand between Chandimal and Mathews is up! The entire team looks upto them in tough situations and this time they have come good. Shami bowls it on the pads, Chandimal misses the flick. The ball goes off his pads towards backward square leg and a leg bye is taken. 225/3
  • 84.5 Bouncer around off, Dinesh lets that pass through to the keeper.
  • 84.4 Chandimal pushes this defensively towards covers.
  • 84.3 Fuller outside off, Chandimal drives it sweetly to mid off.
  • 84.2 It's all happening now! Shami bangs it short outside off, Chandimal looks to take it on with a pull. Misses the ball by not much. The ball rockets to Saha who fails to take it.
  • 84.1 Runs in and bowls it on a length outside off. Chandimal stands it the crease and blocks it towards cover-point.
  • 83.6 Fullish delivery, tailing in nicely. Chandimal prods forward to block it but gets it off the inner half to the vacant mid-wicket region. A run taken. 224/3
  • 83.5 Fuller in length well outside off, inviting the skipper for a drive. However, he remains resolute in his approach and makes a good leave.
  • 83.4 Well bowled! On a good length in the off stump corridor, seaming in. Chandimal knows where his off stump is and makes a brave leave.
  • 83.3 In the corridor of uncertainty, Dinesh points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 83.2 Good length ball on off, Chandimal hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • 83.1 The batsman has been struck on the thigh-pad. The batsmen have run through for a single. The Umpire signals Leg Bye.
  • 82.6 Bouncer in line of the stumps, Chandimal ducks to let it go. 222/3
  • 82.5 FOUR! Second in the over! Fuller outside off, Chandimal drives it through cover-point. The ball runs away to the fence for another boundary.
  • 82.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 82.3 FOUR! Shami strays on the pads, making it easy for Chandimal to flick it away through square leg for a boundary.
  • 82.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 82.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • MOHAMMED SHAMI to bowl from the other end.
  • 81.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 214/3
  • 81.5 Mathews charges down the track to the short ball and sways away from the line.
  • 81.4 Length ball outside off, the batter looks to slash it away from his body but misses.
  • 81.3 FOUR! There it is! 8th Test hundred for Angelo Mathews. What a way to get to his first ton in India. Ishant bowls it on the pads, Mathews flicks it through square leg. He looks heavenwards and thanks his stars. Revels in the applause that he gets and fist-pumps his hands in the air. Well played, lad. Turned up among the runs when his side needed it the most. Of course, the dropped chances have helped him. There is a slight confusion on this delivery as the camera focused on Mathews and didn't show the final result. As it turns out, the ball has crossed the ropes and has resulted in a boundary.
  • 81.2 Chandimal taps this in front of covers and sets off for a quick run.
  • 81.1 DROPPED! The second slip conundrum continues for India! It's Mathews who is living a charmed life here. Gets a second life and it's the same spot where he was dropped earlier, although the person was different then. Sharma hurls the second new cherry on a length outside off, Mathews, on a nervous 98, pokes at it away from his body. The ball takes the thick outer edge and flies to the right of Rohit Sharma at second slip. He gets both hands to that but fails to cling on. What's more, the ball rolls towards third man that takes Mathews to 99. Unacceptable fielding standards by India here.
  • Action time for the fourth umpire! He has to run into the field to hand over the SECOND NEW BALL to the umpire as INDIA HAVE OPTED TO TAKE IT. It will be made use of first by ISHANT SHARMA.
  • 80.6 Chandimal defends it solidly by getting behind the line. 208/3
  • 80.5 Chandimal lunges forward and bunts it.
  • Good news for Sri Lanka! Russel Arnold on air informed us a while back that Sadeera Samarawickrama is declared fit to bat in this innings.
  • 80.4 Defended off the back foot by DC.
  • 80.3 Driven towards covers.
  • 80.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 80.1 Chandimal flicks this delivery that was around middle and leg, past short leg. Vijay from the position gives it a chase and keeps it down to a brace.
  • The second new ball is now available for India. India opt to continue with the old one though, as the spin twins are using the older one well.
  • 79.6 Mathews stays on 98 with this solid forward defense. 206/3
  • 79.5 Mathews gets forward and presents a straight bat face.
  • 79.4 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 79.3 Mathews strides forward and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 79.2 Chandimal smashes it straight back past the stumps at the other end for a single towards long on.
  • 79.1 Chandimal flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • A backward square leg in place.
  • 78.6 On the stumps, blocked off the front foot. 205/3
  • 78.5 Finds the mid off fielder with the drive.
  • 78.4 Outside off, pushed to covers.
  • 78.3 AM has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 78.2 Mathews gets forward and dead-bats that.
  • 78.1 Floated up to the batsman, driven back towards the bowler.
  • India are 2 overs away from getting the second new ball. It is a doubt whether they will take it immediately.
  • 77.6 Mathews uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and drives it down to long on for a run. Gets to 98 now. 205/3
  • 77.5 Flicked away off his pads for a run.
  • 77.4 Another forward defense on display to a ball around off and middle.
  • 77.3 Chandimal gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads as he looks to defend that.
  • 77.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 77.1 Floated around off, Dinesh gets forward and presents a straight bat to bunt that.
  • 76.6 Mathews stonewalls it by lunging forward. 203/3
  • 76.5 Now he lunges forward and defends this.
  • 76.4 FOUR! Lucky Mathews! But a hard taskmaster may call it as a dropped chance! Jadeja drops it flat around off. The ball spins after it pitches. Mathews plays for the initial angle and gets squared up a bit due to the turn. He is also deceived by the low bounce. The ball takes the outside edge and goes through Saha's legs and rolls to the fence behind. A very hard chance that. Mathews moves to 97 with that.
  • 76.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 76.2 AM gets behind the line of the ball and blocks it.
  • 76.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • As replays of that review taken by India roll in, it gets even more hard to decipher on what basis did Kohli opt for it. Saha was seen shaking his head signifying 'maybe'. Rahane was signalling that probably it slid down leg.
  • 75.6 Chandimal gets forward and blocks. 199/3
  • 75.5 Pushed towards point from the crease.
  • 75.4 Driven through mid on by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 75.3 Blocked solidly off the front foot.
  • 75.2 This one is driven towards long on for a run.
  • 75.1 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • 74.6 AM has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 197/3
  • 74.5 Mathews smothers that onto the ground.
  • 74.4 Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 74.3 Watchful front foot defense displayed by Angelo.
  • 74.2 Mathews hits it towards mid on.
  • 74.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 73.6 The Lankan skipper gets squared up yet again and gets an outside edge. The ball rolls towards slip. 197/3
  • 73.5 Chandimal pushes this towards point.
  • 73.4 NOT OUT! It is sliding down leg indeed! Ashwin tosses it up around middle, the ball spins in a bit. Chandimal misses the flick and hence the ball strikes him on the front pad. The Indians appeal only to see umpire Joel Wilson unmoved. Kohli consults with his teammates and opts to review that. Remember, Ashwin always is eager to review the on-field calls. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be missing the leg stump by a mile! India waste a review in desperation here.
  • India desperate for a breakthrough? Chandimal is rapped on the front pad and India put an appeal for LBW due to this. The umpire denies it. Kohli opts for DRS. Seems to be sliding down leg...
  • 73.3 Dinesh punches this off the back foot through covers for a brace.
  • 73.2 The ball takes the outside edge and goes towards the slip region.
  • 73.1 Chandimal lunges forward to block that.
  • Interesting! The on-air commentators remind us of Mathews' highest Test score in India - 99. He was run out in that innings, being the last man dismissed. He is currently on 92. Can be get to his first ton on Indian shores?
  • 72.6 Mathews negotiates this safely. A quick maiden over from Jadeja ends. 195/3
  • 72.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 72.4 Pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 72.3 Too close to cut! Flatter just outside off, Angelo goes back to cut it but ends up chopping it to the keeper. On another day, the stumps would have been disturbed.
  • 72.2 Mathews lunges forward and blocks this solidly.
  • 72.1 Starts off with a straight ball on the stumps, Mathews pushes it towards mid on.
  • Spin twins in operation. RAVINDRA JADEJA will bowl from the other end and will continue his spell. A silly point stands close to the batter apart from the slip.
  • 71.6 Flicked past short leg for one run. 195/3
  • 71.5 Blocked solidly off the front foot.
  • 71.4 Chandimal flicks it to mid-wicket, where Rohit misfields and allows a run to be taken.
  • 71.3 Floated around off, Chandimal lunges forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto his front pad. No harm done.
  • 71.2 Similar delivery around off and middle, Mathews clips it away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 71.1 Nice loop on that one from Ashwin. Mathews presents a straight bat as he keeps it out watchfully.
  • The men concerned make their way out to the middle. MATHEWS and CHANDIMAL will look to continue their 117-run stand. RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN will start off the session with the ball. A slip and a leg gully in position...
  • We're back! Sri Lanka would be breathing easy at the moment, literally. Yesterday, post this point of time, the pollution levels shot up causing great inconvenience for the tourists. They had to take field with face masks covering their noses and mouths. How will it be today? So far it hasn't hampered their batters out there. Only Chandimal seemed in some discomfort on one occasion.
  • ... DAY 2, SESSION 2 ...
  • So, what do we have in store next? Will it be another session where the batsmen dictate terms? Or will the Indian bowlers come out all guns blazing? To find out join us back to catch all the action from the post-lunch session...
  • The Indian pacers started off well this morning although there isn't much assistance off the deck. They had the batsmen hopping around in the crease but much to their dismay, they didn't taste any success. Jadeja is getting a good amount of purchase but he was negotiated well by the current batting pair. Ashwin was brought into the attack later than we would have liked.
  • A wicketless session for Sri Lanka! Not a run-flowing one but more importantly they did not lose a wicket. Mathews and Chandimal not only weathered the storm but also have shown that the track is still a good one for batting. It's all about mental application.
  • 70.6 Slower through the air, Chandimal takes a couple of steps down the track and blocks it right under his eyes. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 3! 192/3
  • 70.5 Coming in with the arm, kept out watchfully.
  • 70.4 Fullish delivery, eased to mid off for a run.
  • 70.3 That's a Jadeja special! On a flatter trajectory and quick through the air on middle. It pitches and takes off with extra bounce. The turn is substantial as well which has Mathews in a tangle. He lunges forward to defend it but the ball whizzes past the edge of his bat, hits him on the back arm and dies down besides the track on the off side. In fact, the Snicko shows a spike as it brushed the glove and then the back arm. Fortunately for the ex-Lankan skipper, it didn't carry to the slip fielder or the keeper.
  • 70.2 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 70.1 Quick and flat, Mathews covers the line and stonewalls it.
  • 69.6 Full delivery on off, driven crisply to mid off. 191/3
  • 69.5 Slow through the air again, buried into the ground.
  • 69.4 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 69.3 Spinning in sharply into Chandimal who skips down the track and bunts it to mid-wicket.
  • 69.2 Fullish delivery which is pushed back to the bowler.
  • 69.1 Loopy delivery, Chandimal comes forward and stonewalls it.
  • 68.6 Strides forward to this one and keeps it out. 191/3
  • 68.5 Rush of blood from Mathews! Perhaps trying to get to a ton before Lunch. Slower through the air around off, Mathews charges down the track and attempts to tonk it over mid off but skews it off the outer half. The ball is in the air for a while but falls short of Ishant Sharma at backward point.
  • 68.4 Quicker in pace, Mathews comes forward in defense.
  • 68.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 68.2 Short in length, tucked off the back foot to mid-wicket.
  • 68.1 Coming in with the arm, blocked solidly.
  • Change of gloves for Angelo Mathews.
  • 67.6 Slow through the air, Chandimal eases it to the same region. 191/3
  • 67.5 Fullish delivery, knocked to mid on.
  • 67.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 67.3 Almost a wicket! Spinning down the leg side, Mathews tucks it uppishly but it falls just short of the man at leg gully and goes past him. A run taken.
  • 67.2 Shorter and flatter, answered nicely with a straight bat.
  • 67.1 Spinning into Mathews who comes forward and defends it besides the pitch on the leg side.
  • 66.6 Driven through mid off by the batsman. 190/3
  • 66.6 No ball! Jadeja has overstepped this time, a rare thing for a spinner to do so. Darted in, played with soft hands to mid-wicket.
  • 66.5 Short this time, Chandimal cuts it but finds the backward point fielder.
  • 66.4 Uses his feet to the tossed up delivery and blocks it.
  • 66.3 Drifting in on middle, clipped to mid-wicket.
  • 66.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 66.1 Quick and flat on middle and leg, tucked to mid-wicket.
  • Jadeja is back on.
  • 65.6 Slow through the air, Mathews lunges forward in defense. 189/3
  • 65.5 Spinning into Chandimal who works it to square leg for a single.
  • 65.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 65.3 FOUR! Well played! Floated down the leg side, Mathews kneels and sweeps it through fine leg to find the fence.
  • 65.2 Full delivery, kept out watchfully.
  • 65.1 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly.
  • 64.6 Short delivery, Chandimal sits under the bumper. 183/3
  • 64.5 FOUR! Third consecutive fifty for Chandimal and his 16th in Test cricket! He is in good form and is making it count. Well played, skipper! Full length delivery outside off, Chandimal goes at it with hard hands but gets a thick outside edge past the diving Ashwin at gully. The ball runs away to the fence. The Sri Lankan dressing room is up on its feet. He has played really well but knows that needs to score a big one.
  • 64.4 Short delivery around the rib cage area, pulled nicely behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 64.3 Fullish delivery, tails in a bit. Chandimal clips it in a controlled manner to deep mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • The umpires check the shape of the ball. They pass it through the 8-shaped gauge and feel that it is fine enough to continue.
  • 64.2 Fullish delivery, eased off the front foot to short cover.
  • 64.1 Short delivery on middle and leg, Mathews pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Mohammed Shami returns for a burst.
  • 63.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 176/3
  • 63.5 Back of a length delivery, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 63.4 Uses his feet and tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • 63.3 Spinning into Chandimal who clips it to the same region.
  • 63.2 Plays this one nicely with the spin through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 63.1 Tossed up delivery around off, played with soft hands in front of cover for a single. That brings the century stand between Chandimal and Mathews. These two have batted with a lot of grit and determination but have a long way to go as they still trail by 361. This is also the first century stand for Sri Lanka in this series.
  • Finally, Ashwin comes into the attack. There is a huge cheer from the crowd.
  • 62.6 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 174/3
  • Rahane moves to a straighter position at leg gully. Most of the tucks are flying from this position and this has prompted this subtle change.
  • 62.5 Nearly another wicket! Short ball again, around middle and leg, Chandimal is taken aback a touch by it. He tries to fend it away but does so a bit uppishly. Rahane at leg gully was interested but only for a bit as it flies safely past him and rolls down towards fine leg before Vijay retrieves it. A single taken. Dinesh is struggling with the short stuff.
  • 62.4 Served it on a fuller length again, Mathews flicks it to square leg to pick up a single.
  • 62.3 Fuller in length, Chandimal pushes it to cover for a run. Mathews wanted a second run but his running technique wasn't right there. His bat was in his left hand which didn't allow him to watch either Chandimal or the ball. He ran out for the second before Chandimal sent him back.
  • 62.2 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 62.1 Was there an edge? Was there a glove involved? Ishant Sharma felt so and made a half-hearted appeal to the umpire, but the umpire doesn't think so. Short ball down leg and Mathews looks to pull it away but misses the ball. Saha does the rest.
  • 61.6 Shortish again, Chandimal hops and rides the bounce well to tap it towards gully. 170/3
  • 61.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 61.4 In the air... but safe! The field positioning at leg gully almost worked wonders for the home side. Good length delivery attacking the rib cage area, Chandimal hops and tucks it away. No control in that stroke and it flies uppishly towards Rahane at leg gully who dives in front but can only take it on the bounce. He has a smile on his face. Good attacking stuff from Shami.
  • 61.3 That's a typical reply from a fast bowler! Shami changes his angle and runs in from around the wicket. It is a well-directed bouncer and Chandimal has to duck in a jiffy to evade it.
  • 61.2 FOUR! Lovely stroke! Full length delivery around off, Chandimal leans into it and caresses it past Murali Vijay at covers. Once it goes past him, it is destined to reach the fence.
  • 61.1 Good running! Fractionally overpitched around off, Mathews taps it in front of covers for a brisk single.
  • Change of ends for Mohammed Shami. He was fierce in his first spell this morning in which he bowled 4 overs. There is only one fielder close in on the off side. Can he break this flourishing stand?
  • 60.6 Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone. 165/3
  • 60.5 Uppish delivery, plays it into the ground.
  • 60.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 60.3 Fuller this time and Mathews drives it to mid on for a single.
  • 60.2 FOUR! Looks like they have some plan for Mathews but it's not working out. Short ball around middle and leg, Mathews swivels and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 60.1 Short ball to start with, and is down the leg. Saha collects it with no trouble.
  • 59.6 Chandimal drives this one straight to the silly point fielder who shows good reactions and throws it back on the stumps. However, Chandimal's back foot is inside the crease. 160/3
  • 59.5 Slow through the air, eased to covers.
  • 59.4 Very full delivery on off, Mathews jams it out towards cover-point for a run.
  • 59.3 A lot of revolutions in this flighted delivery, Angelo defends it off the outer half of the bat towards cover-point.
  • 59.2 Similar delivery, Mathews strides forward and blocks it nicely.
  • 59.1 Slow through the air on middle, pushed off the front foot to short extra cover.
  • 58.6 Similar ball, pulls it in front of square and a similar result. 159/3
  • 58.5 Short of a length, Mathews pulls it to wide fine leg for a run.
  • A catching leg gully in place now. Ishant Sharma comes around the wicket as well. The ploy will be to pepper Mathews with the short delivery.
  • 58.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 58.3 Back of a length again, Chandimal opens the face of the bat and plays it to the point region for a single.
  • 58.2 Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 58.1 Back of a length ball, Chandimal hangs back and defends it.
  • Drinks have been taken. The Sri Lankan batsmen have looked solid and are battling it out there. The Indians have troubled them without any success. This pair is looking good and needs to carry on for some more time.
  • 57.6 Floated delivery, eased off the front foot to mid off. 157/3
  • 57.5 That's a brute of a delivery! Quick through the air and on a shorter length on middle and off, Mathews prods forward to defend it but is foxed by the substantial away turn and bounce. There is a sound as the ball goes past the bat and that has the Indians interested but the umpire stays put. Jadeja has a quality of surprising the batsmen often. On the delivery in which there was an LBW shout, it was pitched on a similar line and length but carried on with the arm. This time it goes the other way and that bamboozled the ex-lankan skipper. The replays roll in after a while and it was actually the bat which hit the ground. It was really close to brushing the bails as well. Mathews is a lucky man.
  • 57.4 A bit wider outside off, Mathews lunges forward in his defense.
  • Silly point in place now. Deep square leg also in place.
  • 57.3 Fullish on off, driven with soft hands towards mid off to rotate strike.
  • 57.2 A stifled appeal for an LBW is turned down. Quick and flat, coming in with the arm. Chandimal looks to keep it out but misses to get hit on the pads. The Indians appeal in unison but the umpire shakes his head. The angle was always going to take it down the leg side. The Hawk Eye confirms so.
  • 57.1 Tossed up on the stumps, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 56.6 Served on a fuller length, Mathews plays it onto the ground. 156/3
  • Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami are back on the field. The former was struggling with cramps at Eden Gardens as well. He played a marathon knock earlier in the game and the cramps might be an issue. He is back so it is probably not a concern.
  • 56.5 In line of the stumps, Mathews plays it with a straight bat and defends it.
  • 56.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 56.3 Back of a length ball, Chandimal hangs on his back foot and flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 56.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Kohli has gone off the field. We do not know what the reason is exactly. Meanwhile, Nigel Llong has given an official warning to Ishant Sharma for running on the danger zone. Hang on, it is Mathews who has been warned. Indeed, he was the one who was running on the danger area. He has a habit of doing this. The umpire has rightly reminded him about it.
  • 56.1 Mathews gets a run again at mid on. This is the second time he has done this. Pushes it and quickly moves to the other end.
  • 55.6 Drifting towards the pads, played with the angle to mid-wicket. 154/3
  • 55.5 Very full on the stumps, Mathews drives it to the left of Jadeja who fails to stop it cleanly and parries it behind. Concedes a single, rare to see Jadeja fumbling.
  • 55.4 Around off this time, eased to covers off the front foot.
  • 55.3 Slower through the air this time, Mathews comes forward and smothers the turn expertly.
  • 55.2 Slider this time, Angelo puts a confident stride forward and blocks it with authority.
  • 55.1 Full delivery on middle and leg, Mathews puts his head down and defends it with a high elbow.
  • 54.6 Misses his line this time by bowling it outside leg, Chandimal tries to flick it but misses. 153/3
  • 54.5 Fuller length in line of the stumps, Chandimal drives it to mid off for nothing.
  • 54.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 54.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. It hits the outer half and goes into the ground.
  • 54.2 Good intent from the Sri Lankan batsmen. There was a single on offer and they didn't miss out. Plays it to mid on and quickly moves to the other end. Now this is a highest score by a Sri Lankan player in this series - 68.
  • 54.1 Length ball, Mathews plays the square drive for nothing.
  • Ishant Sharma comes into the attack. Meanwhile, Shami is seen walking out of the field.
  • 53.6 Turn and bounce! Fired in around leg stump, Chandimal is opened up in his stance and somehow manages to keep it out. 152/3
  • 53.5 Slightly short this time, Chandimal hangs back and blocks it towards the same region.
  • 53.4 Floated on off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
  • 53.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 53.2 FOUR! Streaky runs! Floated outside off, drifting away as well. Chandimal uses his feet to play it through covers but gets a thick outside edge that goes past cover-point. The outfield is quick and the ball races to the fence.
  • 53.1 Floated on off, Chandimal lunges forward in defense.
  • 52.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 148/3
  • 52.5 Bouncer! Mathews ducks to let it go.
  • 52.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • Shami has his tail up and is beating the bat often. On a track which is not offering much to the seam bowlers, he has bowled with a lot of intensity and venom. Last evening, he got the ball to tail in prodigiously and he has been on the money again this morning. He is hitting the right channels often and is catching the batsmen off guard. Good to see a pace bowler making life difficult for the opposition.
  • 52.3 Misses the edge this time. Teasing ball from Shami and Mathews tries to push it and misses.
  • 52.2 Better from Shami, this is the length to bowl in the early part of the day. Bowls it outside off but Mathews does well to leave it alone.
  • 52.1 Careful Mathews! Don't throw your wicket away. Mathews flicks this full pitched ball straight to Dhawan at square leg. Wants a single but is rightfully sent back by his skipper.
  • 51.6 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot. 148/3
  • 51.5 Quick and flat on off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 51.4 Always a risky ploy to play against the spin. When it comes off, it may look beautiful but with the amount of risk it possesses, you need to be really selective with your shots. Darted in around leg stump, Chandimal looks to whip it away but gets a safe leading edge to extra cover.
  • 51.3 Good fielding, skipper! Flighted ball, Chandimal drives it hard but Kohli dives to his left to stop certain runs for his side.
  • 51.2 Quicker through the air and a lot of revolutions on that, Mathews plays it off the outer half of the bat towards point. A run taken.
  • 51.1 Slow through the air around off, Mathews eases it towards Kohli at silly mid off.
  • The physio comes running in with a drink and provides it to Chandimal. There is smog around today as well. The reserve player is wearing a mask. Seems like the Sri Lankan skipper is having issues with breathing. Yesterday, Lakmal threw up and Gamage was struggling as well. Hopefully, the Sri Lankan skipper is alright. It has been a testing Test match for the visitors so far.
  • 50.6 Change of length from Shami. He bowls this fuller and to the leg side, Mathews flicks it through square leg for a run. 147/3
  • 50.5 Short stuff from Shami. He is making Mathews jump more often. Bouncer again and Mathews evades it.
  • As the camera rolls towards the Sri Lankan dressing room, some of the members of the staff are seen wearing a mask. Pollution levels up again?
  • 50.4 Served at a length, Mathews doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 50.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 50.2 Bouncer again. This time way down leg. Mathews leaves it alone.
  • 50.1 Good length ball, nipping away from the pitch and just misses the outside edge of Mathews.
  • 49.6 Slow through the air, coming in with the arm. Dinesh blocks it with a straight bat towards silly mid off. 146/3
  • 49.5 Loopy delivery around off, played with an open bat face towards cover-point.
  • 49.4 FOUR! Beautiful stroke! Tossed up delivery around leg stump, Chandimal clears his front leg and whips it against the turn through mid-wicket to find the fence.
  • 49.3 Well bowled! On a flatter trajectory on leg stump, spinning away. Chandimal is squared up in his stance and defends it off the inner half down the track.
  • 49.2 Tossed up delivery, Mathews is on the move and eases it down to long off for a run.
  • 49.1 Fullish delivery on off, drilled towards the man at extra cover.
  • JADEJA to replace ISHANT. A slip and short leg in place.
  • 48.6 The batsman does well to leave that bouncer. 141/3
  • 48.5 Just short! Perfect length, Chandimal looks to push that one and gets an edge to that. It falls just in front of Pujara at first slip.
  • 48.4 Served around off, Chandimal drives it to mid off for a dot ball.
  • 48.3 Shami is bowling at good lengths and is making the batsman work for his runs. This ball is at a good length and hits the bottom edge of the bat as DC tries to defend.
  • 48.2 OUCH! Didn't judge the ball there and Chandimal is hit on his right biceps. Back of a length ball, Chandimal tries to duck by taking his eyes off the ball. No damage done though.
  • 48.1 Length ball swinging in on the middle stump line, Chandimal's bat turns in his hands as he tries to defend it.
  • 47.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 141/3
  • 47.5 In line of the stumps, Mathews plays that with a straight bat.
  • 47.4 Served on a little fuller length, on the legs of Chandimal and he flicks it to square leg for a run.
  • 47.3 In the zone of back of a length, Chandimal hangs on his back foot and defends it from the crease.
  • 47.2 Fullish in length, around off, Chandimal drives it beautifully to covers for nothing.
  • 47.1 Bouncer from Ishant. Left alone from Chandimal. A little too high to make him play that.
  • 46.6 Well-directed bouncer around off, Mathews drops his wrists and lets it go. 140/3
  • 46.5 FOUR! Well played! On a length on the hips, Mathews gets inside the line and tickles it through fine leg. The fielder is squarer and hence, has no chance to cut it off.
  • 46.4 Back of a length delivery, answered with a straight bat from the back foot.
  • Change in field. Extra cover is taken out and a catching mid-wicket comes in place. Meanwhile, Nigel Llong has a chat with Mathews. Earlier in this over, the ex-skipper took off for a run and stepped right on the danger zone before ambling back to his crease. The umpire rightly makes him aware of the importance of the situation. Sunil Gavaskar on air adds that Mathews runs on the danger area on a consistent basis and he can't afford to do that. He needs to be careful.
  • 46.3 In the air... but safe! Short delivery around off, rising on Mathews. He gets in an awkward position and miscues his pull over the fielder at mid-wicket. A couple taken. This is the second time this has happened in his innings. Shami is a slippy customer to deal with when he gets it right.
  • 46.2 This time it is on a good length around off, skidding through the surface. Angelo hangs back and blocks it besides the pitch on the off side.
  • 46.1 Shami steams in and delivers a back of a length delivery. It is seaming in as well after hitting the deck. Mathews hops back and defends it stoutly.
  • MOHAMMED SHAMI to replace Jadeja.
  • 45.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single. 134/3
  • 45.5 Good length ball, Mathews shoulders arms to it.
  • 45.4 A bit fuller again from Ishant, Chandimal pushes it to covers for a single.
  • 45.3 Fuller this time, around off, played into the ground by Chandimal.
  • 45.2 Outside off again, Chandimal doesn't flirt with it.
  • 45.1 Length ball outside off, left alone by Chandimal.
  • ISHANT SHARMA to ball from the other end. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • 44.6 First run of the day! Coming in with the arm, the Sri Lankan skipper tucks it to mid-wicket for a run and will retain strike. 132/3
  • 44.5 A bit quicker in pace, usually the way Jadeja likes bowling. It is on a fullish length again and Chandimal drives it crisply to deepish mid off.
  • 44.4 Fullish delivery on middle, Chandimal has his feet moving and taps it back to the bowler.
  • The umpires and the players are ready to take the field. The Sri Lankan pair of Mathews and Chandimal is out to battle it against the Indian bowlers. Jadeja to complete his pending over. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • PITCH REPORT - Russel Arnold doing the pitch report says that it's a chilly morning and the sky is blue in color. Seeing the partnership between Mathews and Chandimal last night, he added that the pitch played well throughout yesterday and should most likely stay the same today as well. His counterpart Sunny Gavaskar says that the grass is getting a bit drier and the footmarks are not clearly visible. He further opines that the odd ball will keep turning but it will still remain a good batting pitch. Arnold suggests that Sri Lanka should take the game to the last day and then try to see if they can save it or win it from there. His major concern is the variations in the pitch which could test the Lankan batting but he feels that they can still bat throughout the day.
  • Russel Arnold interviews Niroshan Dickwella before the day's play. The wicketkeeper says that Sri Lanka are in a relatively good position with Chandimal and Mathews at the crease. Observes that it is still a good batting track and his side would look to put runs on board. States that it isn't easy to bat out a session after being on the field for long. About last afternoon, he says that it was more foggy than the first day. Hesitates adding his views on that as things get misinterpreted. Adds that Lakmal was really struggling yesterday and he himself had a nap and then had an itchy feeling in the throat post that. Adds further that Lakmal is still sick but is hopeful of a quick recovery. Ends saying that he will be playing his normal game and would want to get among the runs.
  • Murali Kartik has a chat with Bharat Arun before the start of play today. The Indian bowling coach says that the pitch is still batting-friendly. States Mohammed Shami has been outstanding in the series and that the weather is pretty good for bowling at the moment. Asserts that there are plans in place to bowl to Mathews, who was fishy at times, and also for others and it's just a matter of executing them. Reckons it is important for the spinners to be disciplined and try using the crease and bowling from different angles to unsettle the batsmen. Ends saying that Ishant Sharma, whose wrist position he has worked on, has been a revelation in this series and the way he is bowling, the signs look encouraging.
  • The experienced Lankan duo is battling on with an unbeaten 56-run stand and would aim to avoid the follow-on first up and then reduce the deficit, that currently stands at 405 runs, to as less as they can. If both of them as well as the men to follow, bat to their potentials, there is no reason as to why the visitors can't keep the hosts at bay. Will it happen so, though? Stay with us as the action unfolds in a while.
  • After India, aided by a Kohli double ton, a century from Vijay and a half from Rohit, posted a mammoth score, their bowlers continued the rich vein of form. Shami struck off the first ball to get rid of Karunaratne before Ishant sent Dhananjaya back after the latter's feet were just not going anywhere. Jadeja and Ashwin bowled some testing overs as well before countering some resistance from Mathews and Chandimal.
  • It wasn't just another day of Test cricket yesterday. It wasn't just about runs, wickets and milestones. It was also about the environment - pollution. The same thing hovers around as we enter Day 3 of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka played in Delhi. We welcome you to our coverage and hope the conditions are better for playing and breathing in general (and the face masks are put away for good).
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 1 ...
  • What to expect on Day 3? It is often called the moving day in cricket. Mathews and Chandimal have looked set but one always starts new on a fresh day. The first hour will be crucial. Can Sri Lanka battle hard? Or will they be rolled over by the Indians? Join us at 0930 local (0400 GMT) as to how Day 3 pans out! Meanwhile, in what could be a day of fightbacks, do check out action across the world as West Indies battle against New Zealand, England in the Ashes and then of course, this third Test. Adios! Take Care!
  • Sanjay Manjrekar has a chat with Shami who says that his aim was only to bowl in the right areas, with pace. Adds that the left-handed batsmen from Sri Lanka have had trouble facing deliveries from around the wicket on a good length. Opines that he loves to bowl with both, the new and old balls, but loves when the cherry starts to reverse. Maintains that focus is important. Hopes that India can strike early in the first hour tomorrow and the ball will move.
  • Perera, who was opening the batting in the absence of Samarawickrama, got a life early on, thanks to Dhawan who spilled his catch at second slip. Even Mathews was dropped by Kohli at the same position. Till that point, the ex-Lankan skipper was looking completely at sea. However, he battled on and grew in confidence, making an unbeaten half century.
  • However, it was not to be. The reason being Virat Kohli signaled for a declaration. He was so frustrated at that point of time that he was pumped up to have a go at the tourists. The Indian pacers struck in quick succession to leave the Sri Lankans reeling two down before Tea.
  • After the lunch break, the afternoon session moved at a snail's pace mainly due to the issues with pollution. The Sri Lankan players wore masks to combat the hazy weather and kept on complaining. That led to several halts in play and only 16 overs were bowled in the entire session. Gamage struggled and so did Lakmal. They went off the field. Samarawickrama was already out due to a head concussion and at one stage, the Lankans became short of substitutes, prompting their fielding coach and physio to get ready to take the field.
  • An eventful day comes to an end! India have dominated the proceedings once again and are sitting pretty on top. The day began with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma playing positive cricket. The ploy to attack Lakmal and Gamage paid off and the runs kept on coming thick and fast. The Indian skipper was at his mercurial best and scored his 6th double ton in Test cricket. It was also the second consecutive double hundred for him and he pummeled the opposition into submission. The duo stitched a 135-run stand and deflated the morale of the visitors.
  • The light meter is out again. A grim look on the faces of the umpires and they decide to CALL IT A DAY! Stumps on Day 2, SRI LANKA TRAIL BY 405!
  • 44.3 School boy error from Ashwin! Fullish on middle, Chandimal clips it towards mid-wicket. Ashwin puts in a lazy dive to his right and allows the ball to go through. A couple taken.
  • 44.2 Fired in this time, dealt with smartly off the back foot.
  • 44.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Jadeja to bowl from over the wicket.
  • 43.6 Uses his feet to this one and almost yorks himself in the process. Somehow, he manages to keep it out. 129/3
  • 43.5 Another loopy delivery to which Mathews prods forward to block it.
  • 43.4 Floated delivery, Mathews lunges forward in defense.
  • 43.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 43.2 Mathews hangs back and punches it nicely through covers for a run.
  • 43.1 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 42.6 Uses his feet one more time and negotiates it expertly. 127/3
  • 42.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 42.4 Chandimal uses his feet and seeing that, Jadeja fires it in. The skipper does well to keep it out.
  • 42.3 Fullish in length, patted to mid on.
  • 42.2 Uses his feet to this one and smothers the turn nicely.
  • 42.1 Slow through the air, kept out nicely.
  • 41.6 That's a ripper! Quick through the air outside off, going away with the arm. Mathews tries to defend it but gets beaten all ends up. 127/3
  • 41.5 Tossed up delivery, blocked off the front foot.
  • 41.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 41.3 Fullish around the pads, swept around the corner for a single.
  • 41.2 No real appeal from the Indians but that looked close. Tossed up outside off, spinning in. Chandimal prods forward to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. It looks close but strangely, the Indians do not appeal. The replays show that the ball struck the flap of the front pad first. Should have shown more intensity.
  • 41.1 Mathews skips down the track and immediately calls for a couple after playing it to deep mid-wicket. Vijay hares to his left and is quick to attack it. Keeps it down to a single.
  • 40.6 Camps back to the flatter delivery and stonewalls it. 125/3
  • 40.5 Chandimal comes forward and blocks this one.
  • 40.4 Tossed up delivery, eased off the front foot to mid on.
  • 40.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 40.2 Fullish delivery, played with soft hands to mid on.
  • 40.1 Uses his feet to this one and eases it to deepish mid off for no run.
  • 39.6 Slow through the air, blocked watchfully. The commentators on air inform that Ashwin completed this over in 1 minute and 49 seconds. 125/3
  • 39.5 Comes back to around the wicket and bowls it nicely. Mathews comes forward to defend but the sharp inward turn beats him and he gets pinged on the thigh pad.
  • 39.4 Ashwin comes from over the wicket and tosses it up nicely. Mathews prods forward in defense.
  • HeroPrash - What is this fuss about light meter and bad light? In my childhood, I used to play till 7 pm! We never used to feel light is fading! @HeroPrash - Well, international cricket is a bit different, mate...
  • 39.3 Well bowled! Slow through the air on leg stump, Mathews comes forward to defend but gets it off the outer half of the bat to point.
  • 39.2 Mathews takes a couple of steps down the track and blocks it watchfully.
  • 39.1 Tossed up delivery on middle, answered with a straight bat.
  • 38.6 Mathews is nimble on his feet and strokes it to long off for a run. The 50-run stand comes up. The duo need to battle on. 125/3
  • 38.5 A bit slower in pace, Mathews prods forward in defense.
  • 38.4 Very full on middle and leg, Mathews clears his front leg and blocks it to mid off.
  • 38.3 Fullish in length, Mathews clears his front leg and keeps it out watchfully.
  • 38.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 38.1 Fired in line of the stumps, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 37.6 It is a bit short again which allows Chandimal enough time to sit back and answer it with a straight bat. Back-to-back maidens for Ashwin. 124/3
  • 37.5 Fullish delivery on middle, knocked to mid on.
  • 37.4 A hint of turn there. Chandimal plays it nicely to square leg.
  • 37.3 Slower through the air outside off, Chandimal plays it with an open bat face to point.
  • 37.2 Chandimal opts to stay back again and stonewalls it.
  • 37.1 A bit short in length, Chandimal camps back and blocks it from inside the crease.
  • 36.6 Loopy delivery, Mathews lunges forward in defense. 124/3
  • 36.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.4 Slow through the air, eased to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 36.3 Tossed up delivery, eased to covers.
  • 36.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 36.1 Arm delivery on middle, kept out safely.
  • The light meter comes out again. It has turned quite dark but the umpires tell the players to carry on. Still 14 overs are left as a lot of time was lost due to the halts in play because to pollution issues. Meanwhile, Jadeja returns for a bowl.
  • 35.6 Strides forward to the tossed up delivery and smothers the turn with ease. 123/3
  • 35.5 Stays back to the flatter delivery and blocks it nicely.
  • 35.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 35.3 Uses his feet to this one but decides to block it in the end.
  • 35.2 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly.
  • 35.1 On the pads, clipped to mid-wicket.
  • Out comes the light meter. Nigel Llong takes a reading and decides that it is safe to continue.
  • 34.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. End of a terrific over from Shami. 123/3
  • 34.5 Fuller in length, blocked nicely.
  • 34.4 That's the perfect definition of a toe crusher - Shami is in terific rhythm. Spears in a pacy yoker on the boots, Chandimal quickly gets his legs out of the way and blocks it down the track. Shami stares at Chandimal and the skipper returns a smile. Even Mathews has a smile about it.
  • 34.3 Back of a length delivery at 140 clicks, reversing in. Chandimal hangs back and taps it to mid on.
  • 34.2 FOUR! Well played! Shami loses his radar a bit this time and slips it towards the pads. Chandimal clips it beautifully in front of square leg and away she whistles to the fence.
  • 34.1 Brilliant delivery! Shami steams and keeps it very full on off and gets it to tail back in substantially. Chandimal is alert to it and jams it out smartly. It will be an interesting battle with Shami starting to get reverse swing.
  • 33.6 A fraction short on middle and leg, turned with the spin to short leg. 119/3
  • 33.5 Slow through the air on middle, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 33.4 Allows the ball to do its part and tucks it past short leg.
  • 33.3 Floated delivery, Dinesh knocks it down to long on for a run.
  • 33.2 A bit short around off on this occasion, allows ample time to Mathews to place it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 33.1 Spinning into Mathews who turns it towards short leg.
  • Gamage is seen wearing a mask in the dressing room. His teammates are having a smile as the camera rolls towards them.
  • 32.6 Length delivery around off, pushed off the front foot to mid on. 117/3
  • 32.5 Back of a length well outside off, Chandimal lets it go.
  • 32.4 Short delivery on middle, Dinesh sits underneath the bumper nicely.
  • 32.3 Back of a length around off, Chandimal stays back and keeps it out.
  • 32.2 Fuller in length around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 32.1 On a length around off, poked to the off side.
  • The fourth umpire comes out with the light meter. However, the on-field umpire feels that the light is good enough at the moment and doesn't take a reading. He keeps it in his pocket and has a drink. Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami returns for a burst.
  • 31.6 Flighted delivery, knocked down to long on for a single. 117/3
  • 31.5 Quicker through the air well outside off, Chandimal lets it go.
  • 31.4 Loopy ball around off, Mathews is tentative once again as he pushes at it but gets it off the inner half past short leg. A run taken.
  • 31.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 31.2 Well bowled! Flighted delivery and it is dipping in as well. Chandimal prods forward to block it but gets an inside edge towards short leg.
  • 31.1 Slow through the air around off, Chandimal puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • Mid on goes back for Ashwin.
  • 30.6 On leg stump, Mathews smothers it expertly. 114/3
  • 30.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 30.4 Shortish in length, Mathews makes good use of the crease and taps it to point.
  • The crowd is getting into the act. They are doing oohs and aahs after every delivery. This is what the spin duo wants.
  • 30.3 Leans ahead and drives it with the spin to covers.
  • 30.2 Flatter one outside off, bunted to mid off.
  • 30.1 Tossed up on leg stump, Mathews clears his front leg and eases it to covers.
  • 29.6 Loopy ball around off, Dinesh prods forward in defense. 114/3
  • 29.5 FOUR! You get values for your shots on this ground. This one drifts away from Chandimal who rocks back and places it behind point to find the ropes.
  • 29.4 Fired in this time, Chandimal stonewalls it.
  • 29.3 Waits for this one and taps it to point to rotate strike.
  • 29.2 Quick and flat on leg stump, turned around the corner for a run.
  • 29.1 Ashwin comes from around the wicket and bowls it on middle and leg. Mathews clips it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 28.6 Slower delivery on off, defended solidly. 107/3
  • 28.5 Loopy ball on off, answered with a straight bat.
  • 28.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 28.3 FOUR! Well played! Tossed up on middle, Chandimal skips down the track and drives it against the spin through mid on for a boundary.
  • 28.2 Played with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 28.1 Tossed up delivery, defended off the front foot.
  • 27.6 Comes down the track and plays it to mid-wicket. 12 from Ashwin's first over. 103/3
  • 27.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 27.4 On the pads, clipped to short fine leg.
  • 27.3 SIX! That brings up his 29th Test fifty! He was dropped by Kohli and survived a jittery initial phase but has grown in confidence. Mathews once again uses his feet and heaves it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. Two consecutive maximums.
  • 27.2 SIX! What a shot! Mathews is doing to Ashwin what Kohli and Sharma did to Gamage and Lakmal. Slow through the air around off, Mathews skips down the track and tonks it over long on for a maximum. That came right off the screws.
  • 27.1 Floated on off, Mathews comes forward in defense.
  • Time for Ravichandran Ashwin. It will be interesting to see how much turn he extracts from this track. A slip, a short leg and a leg gully in place.
  • 26.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 91/3
  • 26.5 Another solid front foot defense from Chandimal.
  • 26.4 Darted in on off, Chandimal blocks it watchfully.
  • 26.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 26.2 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly.
  • 26.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 25.6 Outside off, left alone. 8 from the over. 91/3
  • 25.5 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! This is the third time in the innings that Sharma has conceded consecutive boundaries points out my colleague. Fullish delivery around off, Mathews strides forward and strokes it past mid off to find the fence.
  • 25.4 FOUR! Lovely hands from Mathews! Fullish delivery and straying on the pads, Mathews clips it nonchalantly through square leg. The substitute, Vijay Shankar, covers a lot of ground to his left but fails to stop it.
  • 25.3 Fullish in length outside off, a confident front foot push to mid off.
  • 25.2 Similar length delivery in the off stump zone, Mathews is a bit tentative and gets it off the outer half of the bat to gully.
  • 25.1 Length delivery around off, Mathews covers the line and defends it solidly.
  • A slight delay. The fourth umpire runs in and has a chat with Joel Wilson. There is an issue behind the sightscreen. The Sri Lankan batsmen are getting distracted. The flag that is being waved might be the factor. The umpires are also telling the spectators to quieten down.
  • 24.6 Drifting in towards middle and leg, Chandimal clears his front leg and bunts it to covers. 83/3
  • 24.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 24.4 Clips this one nicely through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 24.3 Drifting in towards Chandimal who eases it to short mid-wicket.
  • 24.2 Loopy once again, Chandimal lunges forward in defense.
  • 24.1 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 23.6 Nippy delivery at 140 clicks in the zone of apprehension. Mathews keeps his bat inside the line this time and lets it go. A testing comeback over from Ishant, a maiden. 81/3
  • 23.5 Short of a length delivery, blocked watchfully.
  • 23.4 Another nervy moment! Sharma has been troubling Mathews a lot. In the corridor of uncertainty, Angelo fishes at it and is too late to withdraw his bat. Gets beaten convincingly.
  • 23.3 Oh, so close! Back of a length delivery outside off, keeps low. Mathews shapes for the cut but ends up getting a bottom edge that rolls past the stumps and towards the keeper. He could have easily chopped that back on.
  • 23.2 On a length this time, Mathews covers the line and blocks it.
  • 23.1 Short of a length delivery, blocked off the back foot.
  • Ishant Sharma is back on.
  • 22.6 On the pads, worked past short leg for a run. 81/3
  • 22.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.4 Similar delivery, tapped to the same region.
  • 22.3 This fullish delivery is eased to mid off.
  • 22.2 Quick and flat, kept out.
  • 22.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 21.6 Fullish in length, eased to mid off. 80/3
  • 21.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 21.4 Fullish delivery, Chandimal clips it through square leg. Dhawan covers a lot of distance to his right and stops it. Two runs taken.
  • 21.3 Fullish delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 21.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 21.1 Almost another wicket! Shami bangs in a bouncer outside off, Mathews goes for the pull but fails to get on top of the bounce. His bottom hand also comes off and the ball lobs in the air towards wide mid on. Vijay backtracks from short mid-wicket but can only see it fall down on the ground.
  • 20.6 Very full on middle, jammed to covers. 77/3
  • 20.5 Quicker on off, blocked nicely.
  • 20.4 A bit slower in pace, kept out.
  • Silly point has moved to short leg.
  • 20.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and onto the ground.
  • 20.2 Similar delivery, Chandimal looks to whip it but gets it off the inner half towards short fine leg.
  • 20.1 Fired in on off, tucked to mid-wicket.
  • 19.6 Full length ball on off, eased off the front foot to mid off. 77/3
  • 19.5 This fullish delivery is eased to mid on.
  • 19.4 Fuller in length this time, Mathews pushes at it but gets an inside edge through square leg. Two runs taken.
  • 19.3 Good length delivery on off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 19.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 19.1 Short of a length delivery, kept out nicely.
  • 18.6 Eased to covers this time. 75/3
  • 18.5 In line of the stumps, blocked watchfully.
  • Time for drinks. Meanwhile, the skipper, Dinesh Chandimal strides out to bat. He played well in the last Test but he needs to do much more than that in this game. Sri Lanka are in deep trouble.
  • 18.4 OUT! Judicious use of the review from India! Jadeja strikes. He was causing problems for Dilruwan and he finally gets the better of him. Jadeja spots Perera use his feet once more and bowls the arm delivery. It skids on, beats the defense of Perera and pings him on the front pad. Up go the Indians in unison and Nigel Llong after thinking a bit shakes his head. Kohli has a chat with Jadeja and Saha and challenges the decision. Has coming down the track saved Perera again? Time for the replays. Hawk Eye shows three reds and the batsman is a goner. Earlier as well, Llong had adjudged him not out as he was down the track and the three-meter rule saved the batsman then. Not this time though as the commentators on air mention that Perera was 2.99 meters down the track. So, it was a matter of 1 centimeter which proved to be Perera's undoing. These little things in cricket can make a lot of difference. The Indians rejoice. The visitors are still behind by 461 runs!
  • Review time! The Indians think, discuss and ponder and eventually decide to review the LBW decision against Dilruwan Perera.
  • 18.3 The slider this time, around the pads. Perera looks to clip it away but is hit on the pads.
  • 18.2 Similar delivery, jammed out nicely.
  • 18.1 Fullish delivery, eased back to Jadeja.
  • 17.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 75/2
  • 17.5 FOUR! Streaky runs! On a good length outside off, Mathews pushes at it but gets it off the outer half past the gap between third slip and gully for another boundary.
  • 17.4 On a length outside off, kept out off the front foot.
  • 17.3 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • 17.2 FOUR! Straight as an arrow! Fullish delivery in line of the stumps, Mathews stays well-balanced and drives it past the outstretched right hand of Shami and races to the fence.
  • 17.1 Back of a length on middle, nudged to mid-wicket.
  • Change of ends for Mohammed Shami.
  • 16.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 67/2
  • 16.5 FOUR! Hit with authority! Slow through the air, Perera dances down the track and lifts it over the bowler for a boundary. The 50-run stand comes up with that. However, they still have a lot of work to do.
  • 16.4 Perera whacks this one and hits Murali Vijay straight on the pads at silly point.
  • 16.3 Fullish delivery, eased off the front foot down the track.
  • 16.2 Arm delivery, Perera advances down the track but gets hit on the pads.
  • 16.1 Quick through the air, kept out nicely.
  • 15.6 Back of a length delivery, defended solidly off the back foot. 63/2
  • 15.5 Stays back to the length delivery and keeps it out watchfully.
  • 15.4 Fullish delivery, patted to mid-wicket.
  • 15.3 Shortish delivery around the pads, tucked away around the corner for a run.
  • Russel Arnold and Mathew Hayden make a good analysis. The reason why Perera is struggling is due to his lack of footwork. He plays away from the body with minimal feet movement and his head position is not correct. As a result, false strokes are induced. He has already been dropped once in the slip region.
  • 15.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Nicely controlled! Shortish delivery around off, Perera glides it nicely behind point and gets the desired result.
  • 14.6 That turned and gripped! That will create doubts in mind of Mathews who is already fidgety. Quicker through the air on off, Mathews prods forward to defend but gets beaten by the away turn. 58/2
  • 14.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 14.4 Works it with the angle towards wide mid on for a single.
  • 14.3 FOUR! Runs continue to flow from Perera's bat. Tossed up delivery, Perera creams it through covers. Dhawan from the same region hares after it but once again fails to stop the boundary.
  • 14.2 Another appeal for an LBW is denied! Jadeja watches Perera use his feet and hence shortens the length. It hits him on the pad first and then the bat. Indians are confident but the umpire shakes his head. Replays show that the impact was umpire's call as the point of contact on the pads was more than three meters and would have gone over the stumps.
  • 14.1 Floated delivery, Perera lunges forward in defense.
  • 13.6 On a length outside off, pushed off the outer half to gully. 53/2
  • 13.5 Short of a length delivery, Angelo gets on top of the bounce and blocks it stoutly.
  • 13.4 Back of a length ball on middle, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 13.3 Fullish delivery, nudged to mid-wicket.
  • 13.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 13.1 Mathews' trouble around the off stump continues. In the zone outside off, Mathews plays it away from the body compulsively and and gets beaten.
  • 12.6 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Fires this at 87 kph but down the leg side, Perera just uses of the pace of the delivery and tickles it past the keeper for a boundary. 53/2
  • 12.5 Plays this one with soft hands to covers.
  • 12.4 Tossed up outside off, hit hard to extra cover.
  • 12.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 12.2 A loud appeal for an LBW is turned down! Quicker in pace around off, Perera skips down the track but fails to defend it. Wears it on the pads and Jadeja puts up a confident appeal. The umpire stays unmoved though. Replays show it would have missed the stumps.
  • 12.1 Fullish on middle, eased to mid on.
  • Time for spin. Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. More importantly, the man with the safe pair of hands, Ajinkya Rahane is stationed at first slip.
  • 11.6 FOUR! Third boundary in the over, all scored by Mathews. This will be a confidence booster. Fullish on middle, Mathews comes forward and strokes it past a diving Ashwin at mid on to find the fence. 12 from the over. 49/2
  • 11.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.