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Sri Lanka Vs India Live Score (TEST)

Date: Thursday, 03 August 2017 Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo Match Status: Match Ended

India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs

622/9
Overs
158.0
R/R
3.94
Fours
57
Sixes
9
Extras
14
183/10
Overs
49.4
R/R
3.7
Fours
19
Sixes
6
Extras
5
386/10
Overs
116.5
R/R
3.31
Fours
51
Sixes
1
Extras
9
  • They now have 20 overs to have a go at the Lankan batting and will look for an early break. The pitch has also started to take turn and this might just go against the home side. The first step for the Islanders would be to see off the day safely. India might start with the spin. But, you never know. Join us shortly for the second innings...
  • And as we informed, Kohli calls the last Indian batting pair back to the dressing room. The visitors have piled up a massive 622 runs. Four batsmen scored 50-plus scores while there were two centurions in Pujara and Rahane. The hosts were dismal with their bowling. They were all around with their pitching and were taken apart by the opposition batsmen.
  • 157.6 Full ball on middle, Yadav hits it towards long on for a run. INDIA DECLARE ON 622/9.
  • 157.5 FOUR! Floats it on leg stump, Umesh goes for the sweep and gets it off the inner half through square leg for a boundary.
  • 157.4 Tosses it on middle, Yadav defends it off the front foot.
  • 157.3 Quicker on leg stump, Jadeja works it on the leg side and takes a run.
  • 157.2 Brilliant running! Flatter outside off, Jadeja taps it towards point and takes a couple.
  • 157.1 Fires it on leg stump, Jadeja defends it off the front foot.
  • India have crossed 600-run mark for the fourth time this year. Only India have managed to achieve this feat earlier. It was back in 2007. Meanwhile, Kohli from the dressing room signals one, it might be the indication of one more over before declaration.
  • 156.6 Bowls it on the stumps, Umesh defends it watchfully. 614/9
  • 156.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 156.4 Loopy ball on off, Ravindra drives it to long off for a run.
  • 156.3 SIX! That was hit hard! Jadeja dances down the track and tonks it over long off for a maximum. He quickly moves onto 67.
  • 156.2 Fires it on middle, Jadeja defends it off the front foot.
  • 156.1 Flatter outside off, Umesh drives it through covers for a run.
  • 155.6 Floats it on middle, spinning in. Umesh gets it off the inner half through backward square leg for a run. 606/9
  • 155.5 Flighted on middle, Jadeja taps it towards point for a run.
  • 155.4 Low full toss on off stump, Umesh drives it down to long off for a run.
  • Short leg and a leg slip comes in for Umesh.
  • 155.3 Shorter in length outside off, Jadeja cuts it to deep point for a run.
  • 155.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 155.1 FOUR! Comes down the track, Perera drags it short. Jadeja adjusts and guides it through short third man for a boundary. 600 up for India.
  • 154.6 Loopy ball on off, Yadav defends it off the front foot. 598/9
  • Umesh Yadav is the last man in!
  • 154.5 OUT! Shami holes out! The 9th one down for India. Shami departs after doing his job. Herath drags his length back on middle, Shami tries to pull but gets a top edge towards Tharanga at deep mid-wicket who pouches it safely. Rangana gets his fourth. India are 2 runs away form 600.
  • 154.4 SIX! That is going, going and gone. Another biggie for Shami. Dances down the wicket and hits it over long off this time for a huge maximum. He is striking it well here.
  • 154.3 SIX! BOOM! You dare call Shami a tailender. Uses his feet and hits it over the long on fence for a biggie.
  • 154.2 Drags his length back, Jadeja cuts it through covers for a run.
  • 154.1 Bowls an arm ball, Shami gets it off the inner half towards square leg for a run.
  • 153.6 Guides it towards point for no runs. 584/8
  • 153.5 Shorter on the stumps, Jadeja slaps it back to the bowler.
  • 153.4 Tosses it up on middle, Shami drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 153.3 FOUR! Top shot by Shami! Comes down the track and hits it over mid off for a boundary. These are handy runs for India.
  • 153.2 Fires it on middle, Shami defends it off the back foot.
  • 153.1 Flatter outside off, Jadeja guides it towards point and sets off for a run. The fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end but it is a poor throw. A single added to the total.
  • 152.6 Floats it on middle, Jadeja drives it to long on for a run. 578/8
  • 8th Test fifty for Ravindra Jadeja!
  • 152.5 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Jadeja. Fires it on leg stump, Jadeja flicks it fine down the leg side and the ball races to the fence. He also brings up his fifty and performs his trademark celebration.
  • 152.4 FOUR! Shorter outside off, Jadeja cuts it through backward point for a boundary. Runs are coming thick and fast here.
  • 152.3 Flatter on the stumps, Jadeja pushes it to covers.
  • 152.2 Tosses it up on middle, Shami drives it down to long on for a run.
  • Mohammed Shami strides out to bat.
  • 152.1 OUT! Saha departs after playing a good knock. That turned and bounced off the wicket. Tosses it on off stump, the ball turns sharply. Saha tries to push it but gets beaten by the away turn and in the process drags his back leg out of the crease. Dickwella collects the ball and whips the bails off in a flash. Saha walks back to a standing ovation from his coach.
  • Rangana Herath is back on.
  • 151.6 The batsman has driven it through mid off. 568/7
  • 151.5 Tosses it up on middle, spinning in. Saha tries to sweep but it goes off his pad to leg gully who makes a good stop diving to his right. He has a shy at the striker's end but misses. There was no backing up and the ball goes towards long off and the batsman take a leg bye.
  • 151.4 Bowls it on leg stump, Jadeja gets it off the inner half on the leg side for a run.
  • 151.3 Tosses it up outside off, Jadeja drives it through covers for a couple.
  • 151.2 Plays it with the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 151.1 Tries to flick it with the spin but misses and is struck on his pads.
  • Dilruwan Perera will bowl from the other end.
  • 150.6 Sweeps it to deep square leg for a run. 563/7
  • 150.5 SIX! There was a fielder positioned there but it does not make a difference to Saha. He comes down the track and hits it with the spin over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. We might see a lot more of this attacking approach from India now.
  • 150.4 Floats it outside off, Jadeja drives it through covers for a run.
  • 150.3 Fires it in on leg stump, Ravindra flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 150.2 Flatter outside off, Jadeja cuts it to point.
  • 150.1 Tosses it up on middle, Jadeja flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • We are underway for the third and final session. The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha will continue their innings. Dhananjaya de Silva will bowl the first over after the break.
  • ...Day 2, Session 3...
  • Another session in which India pile up more than 100 runs. They continue to march on and now are inching closer to 600. The session started off in the same fashion as the first one. Sri Lanka got the early breakthrough but then got frustrated, first via the Saha-Pandya partnership and then by the ongoing Saha-Jadeja stand. The hosts are already behind in this Test and if they don't scalp the last few wickets quickly, they are in for a drubbing. Declaration would be one question on everyone's mind. So, to find out what Kohli feels is enough, join us back for the final session of the day.
  • 149.6 Served full around off, Saha leans forward and blocks it out. THAT'S TEA ON DAY 2! 553/7
  • 149.5 Served around leg, worked off the back foot to mid-wicket.
  • 149.4 Saha presents a solid front foot defence.
  • 149.3 Almost a drag on! Shorter around off, spinning in a touch, Saha looks to punch it on the off side but gets up an inside edge onto the pads. Saha is really lucky there!
  • 149.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 149.1 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. Two runs added to the total.
  • 148.6 FOUR! Dropped and that runs away! It was hit very hard though. Full on middle and off, Jadeja drills it hard straight back. De Silva stretches his hands, gets a fingertip to it but fails to hold onto it. The ball still manages to beat long off and run to the fence. Tough luck, Dhananjaya! 551/7
  • 50-run stand up between Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha.
  • 148.5 Short outside off, glided behind square on the off side for a brace.
  • 148.4 Full on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 148.3 Quicker one on middle and off, WS leans ahead and blocks it into the surface.
  • 148.2 Served around leg, spinning in a touch, Saha gets half forward and tickles it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 148.1 Fuller around middle, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 147.6 Full around middle and off, RJ presents a solid front foot defence. 544/7
  • 147.5 SIX! That's hammered! Short delivery, sliding into the batsman. Jadeja camps back and pulls it with disdain over mid-wicket for a huge maximum. Such a freebie, this!
  • 147.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 147.3 Short and wide outside off, cut to point.
  • 147.2 Straighter one around middle and off, bounces a touch extra. Jadeja stands back and then adjusts well to defend it with a straight bat.
  • 147.1 Full on middle, Ravindra prods ahead and blocks it on the off side.
  • 146.6 Sliding into the pads, worked with the angle through mid on for a run. 538/7
  • 146.5 Full outside off, RJ takes a huge stride forward and blocks it on the off side.
  • 146.4 Jadeja covers the line of the ball and then defends.
  • 146.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 146.2 Fuller on middle and off, straightens a touch, Saha kneels down across and paddle scoops it past the keeper. There's a huge gap there and the ball runs in the fine leg region. Three runs taken.
  • 146.1 Slanting away from the batsman, Saha glides it through point. Takes off for a single but then realising that Herath is the fielder, starts sprinting and completes two.
  • 145.6 Full and sliding in from middle, pushed towards mid on. 532/7
  • 145.5 Full around off, defended by prodding ahead on the off side.
  • 145.4 Straighter and shorter around off, chopped to point.
  • 145.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 145.2 That was a peach! Served around middle and leg, Jadeja looks to defend with a straight bat but the ball spins away enough to go past the outside edge. Luckily for him, it bounces extra as well which takes the ball just over the stumps. Jadeja is a really lucky lad!
  • 145.1 Wide outside off, spinning away, cut to point.
  • 144.6 Served around off, straightens a touch, dabbed on the off side. 532/7
  • 144.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 144.4 De Silva drops it short, Jadeja goes back and pulls it in the cow corner for a brace.
  • 144.3 Sliding into the pads, tucked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 144.2 Served very full around off, placed to point.
  • 144.1 Full on off, pushed off the front foot down the track.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva will bowl for the first time today.
  • 143.6 Spinning into the pads, Saha goes back and punches it to mid-wicket. 527/7
  • 143.5 Flicked with the spin on the leg side.
  • 143.4 Short and straighter outside off, Jadeja camps back and cuts it square of the wicket on the off side. Herath at point fumbles and concedes a single.
  • 143.3 Full around off, Jadeja prods forward and taps it on the off side.
  • 143.2 Served around off, spinning in, worked behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 143.1 Spinning into the pads, flicked on the leg side.
  • 142.6 Spinning down the leg side, Jadeja lets it pass by. 525/7
  • 142.5 SIX! Into the stands! Tossed up around off, spinning in, Jadeja dances down the track and goes after it. Clubs it over long on for a biggie. He is done waiting.
  • 5th Test fifty for Wriddhiman Saha.
  • 142.4 Saha dances down and pushes through mid off for a single.
  • 142.3 Loud appeal! But, that spun straight off the rough! Tossed up around off in the rough, spins away a touch. Saha prods forward to defend but gets beaten by the away turn. Dickwella collects and appeals but the umpire shakes his head in denial.
  • 142.2 Served fuller on middle and leg, Saha leans forward to defend off the outer half.
  • 142.1 Jadeja dances down the track and pushes it wide of mid off for a single.
  • 141.6 Perera drops a touch short, spinning in, flicked off the back foot to mid-wicket. 517/7
  • 141.5 Served on off, spinning in, worked with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 141.4 Fuller on middle, spinning in, turned on the leg side.
  • 141.3 Sliding down leg, Saha clears his front leg and tucks it to square leg.
  • 141.2 Pushed off the front foot to mid on for a single.
  • 141.1 Full on middle and off, Jadeja leans ahead and blocks it.
  • 140.6 Pushed from within the crease in the cover region. 516/7
  • 140.5 Fuller on the stumps, Jadeja dances down and drills it to long on for a single.
  • 140.4 Short and wide outside off, spinning away, Saha punched off the back foot through cover-point for a single.
  • 140.3 Saha comes down the track a touch and wrists it to mid-wicket.
  • 140.2 Sliding into the pads, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 140.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 139.6 Served fuller on the stumps, defended back to the bowler. 514/7
  • 139.5 Once again Perera drops it short outside off, spinning away. Jadeja goes back and cracks it past point for a brace.
  • 139.4 A fraction shorter outside off, pushed to point.
  • 139.3 Another arm ball on a shorter side, slanting in, Jadeja goes back to play across the line but misses and gets rapped high on the pads.
  • 139.2 Another straighter one around off, skidding on, Jadeja goes back and punches it to short cover.
  • 139.1 Full outside off, Jadeja prods ahead and blocks it on the off side.
  • 138.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 512/7
  • 138.5 Played with the spin with an angled bat in the backward point region.
  • 138.4 FOUR! Poor ball, punished! Short delivery, sliding in, Saha camps back and hammers his pull through mid-wicket for a boundary. He has been solid and has put the bad balls away all day long.
  • 138.3 Tossed up outside off, Wriddhiman skips down the track and defends it towards short extra cover.
  • 138.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 138.1 Saha once again dances down the track and blocks it.
  • 137.6 Sharp turn there! Served around middle and off, spinning away with some extra bounce. Jadeja gets surprised but drops his wrists at the last moment to leave it. 508/7
  • 137.5 Another solid front foot defence presented by Ravindra.
  • 137.4 Full outside off, Jadeja leans forward and buries it into the ground.
  • 137.3 A touch shorter and sliding in, cramps Jadeja for room, who ends up chopping it to point.
  • 137.2 Full around off, Jadeja prods ahead, dabs it towards point and wants a single but his partner isn't interested.
  • 137.1 Perera starts off with a low full toss. RJ just flicks it through square leg for a brace.
  • Dilruwan Perera comes back into the attack.
  • 136.6 Tossed up outside off, spinning in, Jadeja too like Saha skips down the tack. Ends up driving it off the toe end to long on for a single. 506/7
  • 136.5 Once again the Indian keeper dances down and turns it through wide mid on for a single.
  • 136.4 Saha dances down the wicket and pushes to short extra cover.
  • 136.3 Saha opens the face of the bat and guides with the turn to point.
  • 136.2 A touch shortish around off, Saha goes back and punches on the off side. The player from short cover, runs to his right and makes a diving stop.
  • 136.1 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 135.6 Driven through covers off the front foot for a single. 503/7
  • 135.5 Quicker and fuller outside off, dabbed off the toe end beside the pitch on the off side.
  • 135.4 In the air for some time! Tossed up by Herath around off, it lands in the rough there and spins away sharply. Saha looks to carve it away but the sharp turn catches the outside edge and goes through cover-point. A single is taken. Such instances will get smiles on the faces of the Indian spinners.
  • 135.3 Served on middle, WS presents another solid front foot defence.
  • 135.2 Slower through the air on middle and off, Saha dances down and blocks it on the off side.
  • 135.1 Full around leg, knocked to mid on.
  • Time for Drinks. 500 is up for India. It will be interesting to see how many more runs will they want to add before declaring.
  • 134.6 Comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler. 501/7
  • 134.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 134.4 Dances down the track and pushes it to long on for a run.
  • 134.3 Comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 500 up for India. They become the first team to score 500-plus in consecutive Tests against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.
  • 134.2 Plays it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 134.1 Drags his length back outside off, Saha cuts it through covers for a run.
  • 133.6 Quicker on the stumps, Ravindra camps back and defends it. 498/7
  • 133.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 133.4 Flatter on off, Jadeja defends it off the back foot.
  • 133.3 Works it towards mid-wicket with the spin.
  • 133.2 Floats it outside off, Jadeja defends it off the front foot.
  • 133.1 Tosses it up outside off, Jadeja pushes it towards covers.
  • 132.6 Plays it with the turn towards mid-wicket for a run. 498/7
  • 132.5 Dances down the wicket and drives it to long off for a run.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in. He walks out in a cap and it seems that he too like Pandya will go after the Lankan bowling.
  • 132.4 OUT! Pandya's cameo comes to an end. Malinda gives it air on off, Pandya comes down the track and tries to go big but holes out to Mathews at long off. Pushpakumara gets his second and he is happy about it. India are now looking for quick runs here.
  • 132.3 FOUR! He is taking the attack to Pushpakumara now. Pandya plays the slog sweep through mid-wicket for a boundary. He is on the charge now.
  • 132.2 FOUR! EASY PEASY! Shorter on the stumps, Pandya rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 132.1 Tosses it up on off, Pandya defends it off the front foot.
  • 131.6 Dancing down the wicket and drives it to long off for a run. 488/6
  • 131.5 Flatter outside off, Saha cuts it through point for a run.
  • 131.4 Loopy ball on middle, Saha defends it watchfully.
  • 131.3 BEATEN! Turn again! Floats it on off, Saha pokes at it and gets beaten by the away turn.
  • 131.2 Gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it to short covers.
  • 131.1 Floats it on off, Saha defends it off the front foot.
  • 130.6 Uses his feet well and drives it to long off for a run. 486/6
  • 130.5 Tosses it up outside off, Saha pads it away. There is muted appeal from the Lankans but nothing from the umpire.
  • 130.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 130.3 Comes down the track and Pandya drives it to long on for a run.
  • 130.2 FOUR! CRUNCHED! Pandya comes down the track and smashes it straight back past the bowler for a boundary. That almost took the umpire along. However, he did well to get out of the way as it went just whiskers past him.
  • 130.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 129.6 Floats it on middle Saha defends it off the front foot. 480/6
  • 129.5 FOUR BYES! That spit off the surface! Tosses it up on off, turns away with extra bounce. Beats the batsman and the keeper to race away to the fence.
  • 129.4 Sees Saha coming down the track and shortens his length. Saha adjusts and cuts it late through short third man for a couple.
  • 129.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 129.2 Uses his feet well and drives it to short covers.
  • 129.1 Dances down the track and defends it.
  • 128.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 474/6
  • 128.5 Dances down the track and cracks it towards extra cover who gets a hand to and deflects it towards long off. The batsmen take two.
  • 128.4 NOT OUT! Sri Lanka have lost both their reviews now! But, this was close. Tosses it up on leg stump, Pandya tries to defend it but gets beaten by the away turn and the ball hits the waist. The Lankans appeal but the umpire stays put. After a chat with his teammates Chandimal decides to review. Replays show there is no inside edge but the ball is bouncing over the stumps. The on-field call stays. Pandya survives.
  • There is LBW referral against Pandya this time. This looks close!
  • 128.3 Short and outside off, Saha cuts it through cover-point for a run.
  • 128.2 The batsman dances down the track but decides to defend it.
  • 128.1 Comes down the track and drives it to long on for a run.
  • 127.6 Floats it on off, Saha defends it solidly. 470/6
  • 127.5 NOT OUT! Yes that is missing leg stump! A review out off desperation! That never looked out. Herath bowls an arm ball on leg stump, Saha plants his front foot forward and tries to defend it but misses and the ball hits the front pad. The Lankans appeal and the umpire gives it not out. Chandimal after a chat with his teammates decides to review. The replays show there was no inside edge but the impact to be umpire's call and to be going on to miss the leg stump as well. The on-field call stays!
  • There is a review for LBW against Saha. Missing leg maybe.
  • 127.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 127.3 Similar length, Saha lunges forward and defends it.
  • 127.2 Tosses it up on off, Saha prods forward and defends it.
  • 127.1 Tosses it up on off, Saha prods forward and defends it.
  • 126.6 Floats it on off, Pandya tries to defend it but gets beaten by the away turn. 470/6
  • 126.5 Adcancees down the track and drives it towards mid off for a run.
  • 126.4 Tosses it up on off, Saha defends it off the front foot.
  • 126.3 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 126.2 Paddle sweeps it towards short fine leg and sets off for a run. There is a shy at the non-striker's end but misses and there is nobody backing up and the batsmen take a second.
  • 126.1 Flighted ball on off, Saha comes down the track and drives it to mid off.
  • 125.6 Drags his length back, Hardik pushes it to mid-wicket. 467/6
  • 125.5 Drifts it on the pads, Saha flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 125.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 125.3 Loopy ball on off, Saha defends it watchfully.
  • 125.2 Flatter on off, Saha defends it off the front foot.
  • 125.1 Comes down the track and drives it to long on for a run.
  • 124.6 Drives it with the spin to mid off. 465/6
  • 124.5 In the air... but safe! Pandya tries to play the sweep but gets a top edge towards square leg. Herath who runs in from backward square leg cannot reach to it. A single taken.
  • 124.4 Brings out the paddle sweep fine through the leg side for three.
  • 124.3 Herath bowls it very full on the stumps, Pandya sweeps it awkwardly through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 124.2 Sweeps the ball through backward square leg for a run.
  • 124.1 Loopy ball on middle, Saha defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 123.6 Flighted ball on middle, Pandya defend it solidly. 459/6
  • 123.5 Drives it through mid off for a run.
  • 123.4 FOUR! Good intent from Saha. Sees a tossed up ball and lofts it over the mid off fielder for a boundary.
  • 123.3 Flatter on off, Saha punches it towards mid-wicket.
  • 123.2 Floats it on off, Saha defends it off the front foot.
  • 123.1 Dances down the track and gets it off the outside edge to point.
  • 122.6 BEATEN! Brilliantly bowled. Gives it air on off, Pandya tries to poke at it but gets beaten by the away turn. 454/6
  • 122.5 Plays the sweep shot fine down the leg side for three.
  • 122.4 Comes down the track and defends it.
  • 122.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 122.2 Floats it on middle, Saha lunges forward and defends it.
  • 122.1 Tosses it up on middle, Saha defends it off the front foot.
  • 121.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 451/6
  • Hardik Pandya walks out to bat. Will he go all guns blazing? Or will he and Saha continue to frustrate the hosts?
  • 121.5 OUT! Herath gets his revenge! Lovely bowling from the wily veteran. Just like the first session, the Lankans get an early breakthrough. Flatter on off stump, Ashwin makes room to cut it but gets beaten and the ball takes the off stump. He gets to his fifty and departs the next ball. A nothing shot from Ashwin. Rangana gets his second.
  • Ashwin completes 2000 Test runs! He becomes 4th fastest player to reach the double of 200 wickets and 2000 runs in Tests.
  • 11th Test fifty for Ravichandran Ashwin! This is his tenth 50-plus score after 2015. Only Bairstow and Stokes have managed this feat coming at 6th or lower.
  • 121.4 SIX! BANG! Ashwin comes down the track and lofts it over the long on fence for a maximum. He brings up his fifty in style. That was a classic hit.
  • 121.3 Flatter on middle, RA defends it watchfully.
  • 121.2 Tosses it up on middle, Saha defends it off the front foot.
  • 121.1 Shorter outside off, Saha cuts it through covers for a run.
  • Rangana Herath will bowl from the other end.
  • 120.6 Drags his length back outside off, the batsman punches it through covers for a run. 444/5
  • 120.5 Uses his feet again and drives it straight back to the bowler.
  • 120.4 Dances down the track and drives it to short cover.
  • 120.3 Flighted ball on off, Saha prods forward and defends it.
  • 120.2 Floats it on off, Saha defends it on the front foot.
  • 120.1 Tosses it up on leg stump, Ashwin flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run. First run for this session.
  • We're back for the second session. The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Ashwin and Saha will continue their innings. Debutant Pushpakumara to start off with the ball.
  • ...Day 2, Session 2...
  • The pitch has started to show some wear and tear which are not good signs for the home side. The visitors would look to add some quick runs after the break as the wicket is going to deteriorate even more. Join us in a while for the second session.
  • So, Sri Lanka will be happy with the session but India are still in firm control here. The Lankans started the day well when Karunaratne provided an early breakthrough by removing Pujara. Rahane and Ashwin built a partnership but a lapse in concentration from the former cost him his wicket. The home side has opted for a defensive approach which has not let the pressure build on the Indian batsmen.
  • 119.6 Full outside off, pushed with an angled bat square of the wicket on the off side for a single. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 2! 442/5
  • 119.5 A touch shortish on the stumps, Saha goes back and works it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 119.4 Fuller delivery, eased through covers for a single.
  • 119.3 Served in the line of the stumps, RA stays in the crease and defends.
  • Last over before lunch and still Sri Lanka have opted for a defensive field. Murali Karthik and Roshan Abeysinghe on air are really not pleased to see such a defensive captaincy from Chandimal.
  • 119.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 119.1 Served around leg, straightens a touch, tapped to short leg.
  • 118.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Wriddhiman is being very watchful and careful as he knows that lunch is around the corner. 439/5
  • 118.5 Driven to covers by Saha.
  • 118.4 Saha takes a huge stride forward and blocks it from near the surface.
  • 118.3 Tossed up around off, pushed off the front foot to short extra cover.
  • 118.2 Served around leg, spinning in, defended from within the crease.
  • 118.1 Slower through the air wide outside off. Ashwin gets ample of time to flay it through the gap in covers for a single.
  • 117.6 WS opens the face of the bat and dabs it towards first slip. 438/5
  • 117.5 Once again Saha uses his feet, gets to the ball and wrists it to mid-wicket.
  • 117.4 Tossed up delivery outside off, Saha comes a touch forward and drives to left of mid off.
  • 117.3 Nudged off the back foot on the leg side.
  • 117.2 Tossed up on middle and off, straightening a touch, driven off the front foot on the leg side. Perera moves to his right, puts in a dive but fails to make a clean stop. The ball trickles behind and a single is taken.
  • 117.1 Spinning into the pads, Saha camps back and works it behind square leg for a single.
  • 116.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 436/5
  • 116.5 Driven off the front foot to short extra cover.
  • 116.4 Full outside off, pushed to covers.
  • 116.3 Another sharp turn! Malinda lands it around off, gets it to grip and spin away. Ashwin is beaten in his front foot defence. The pitch has started to assist spinners more now.
  • 116.2 Full around middle and leg, swept through square leg for a single.
  • 116.1 Shortish delivery outside off, spins slowly away from Ash. He gets time to adjust and then cuts it through backward point. The player from point chases it down and saves a run for his side.
  • 115.6 Leading edge but safe! Perera bowls it quicker through the air and the ball slides on. Ashwin plays for the turn, looks to flick it on the leg side but is early to close his bat face. The leading edge lobs straight back but even a dive from Perera to his left can't get to it. A single is taken as well. 432/5
  • 115.5 Played with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 115.4 Loud shout for lbw! More grip and turn for Dilruwan Perera. Lands it around off, spins in sharply. Ashwin prods ahead in defence but gets beaten and is rapped on the front pad. The players appeal but the umpire stays put. The replay shows that there was inside edge involved. Good decision!
  • 115.3 Outside leg, spinning sharply down the leg side. Ashwin leaves it but would have a glee on his face looking at that turn.
  • 115.2 Shorter on leg, spinning way down the leg side, Wriddhiman camps back and pulls it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 115.1 Slower through the air outside off, Saha dances down and blocks it.
  • 114.6 Full on off, driven to long off for a run. He will keep the strike. 430/5
  • 114.5 FOUR! Floated around middle and off, Saha kneels down to sweep. Gets a bottom edge and the ball bounces past the stumps and through to the fine leg fence.
  • 114.4 Full outside off, WS prods ahead and buries it into the deck.
  • 114.3 Served on off, spinning away, punched to mid on.
  • 114.2 Full around off, driven through covers for a single.
  • 114.1 Slower through the air on middle and leg, spinning away, dabbed with the turn on the off side.
  • 113.6 Straighter one around off, spinning in a touch, Wriddhiman shuffles across and defends it with a straight bat. 424/5
  • 113.5 Flicked with the turn on the leg side.
  • 113.4 Spinning down leg, Saha looks to nudge it but misses.
  • 113.3 Flatter around off, Saha covers the stumps and defends it down the wicket.
  • 113.2 Perera comes from around the wicket, lands it outside off, caressed through covers for a single.
  • 113.1 Tossed up around off, driven off the front foot through the gap in covers. Ash collects another brace.
  • 112.6 WS gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends. 421/5
  • 112.5 Full on the stumps, driven back to the bowler.
  • 112.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 112.3 Saha uses his feet and taps it on the off side. The fielder at short extra cover dives to his right and makes a stop.
  • 112.2 Full around off, Saha prods ahead and blocks it on the off side.
  • 112.1 A touch shortish in length, punched to cover-point.
  • 111.6 Quicker through the air on middle and off, Ash defends it late. 421/5
  • 111.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 111.4 FOUR! Takes the aerial route! A touch short and spinning in, Wriddhiman dances down and clobbers it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 111.3 Another delivery spinning down leg, Saha nudges it past leg slip for a brace.
  • 111.2 Spinning down leg, Saha leaves it alone but gets rapped on the pads.
  • 111.1 Spinning down leg, Ashwin tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 110.6 Slower through the air outside off, spinning away, defended on the off side. 413/5
  • Wriddhiman Saha strides out to the middle. A silly point and a short leg in for him.
  • 110.5 OUT! MAIDEN INTERNATIONAL WICKET FOR PUSHPAKUMARA! Once again Rahane dances down the track. Malinda anticipates it and drops his length short, gets it to spin away as well. Ajinkya goes through with his heave but misses this time around. The ball sneaks past him and Dickwella behind the stumps stays composed, collects the ball and takes off the bails. Rahane stepped down the track one time too many and it did him in. Pushpakumara is delighted and why won't he be. It's his first wicket after getting such a hammering. The centurion departs. Can Sri Lanka trigger a collapse here or will we see another partnership building?
  • 110.4 Full outside off, spinning away, pushed to covers.
  • 110.3 The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground to the bowler.
  • 110.2 Grip and turn! Tossed up around off, spinning away, Rahane presents a straight bat defence. But, the ball grips and spins away, beating the outside edge.
  • 110.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 109.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 413/4
  • 109.5 Ashwin prods forward to defend but gets it off the inside edge on the leg side.
  • 109.4 Full outside off, driven straight down. Perera dives to his left and makes the stop.
  • 109.3 Served around middle, spinning into the pads, tapped to short leg.
  • 109.2 Well adjusted! Rahane advances down the track, Perera spots that and drags his length back. Drops it short but Rahane still goes through with his heave like pull. The ball goes on a couple of bounces to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 109.1 Sliding into the pads, Rahane takes a huge stride and defends it beside the track on the leg side.
  • 108.6 Another delivery full and outside off, placed to point. 412/4
  • 108.5 FOUR! Square driven! Sprayed full but wide outside off, Ashwin extends his arms and smashes it through point. There's a big gap there and a boundary is collected.
  • 108.4 Sliding into the batsman, driven to mid on.
  • 108.3 Loopy delivery outside off, spinning away, pushed with the spin to covers for a single.
  • 108.2 Fuller on middle and off, spinning away, Ash opens the face of the bat and pushes it in the cover region.
  • 108.1 Served around leg, spinning away, Ashwin prods forward and defends it off the outer half on the off side.
  • 107.6 Rahane dances down the track, stays leg sidish and defends it on the leg side. 408/4
  • 107.5 Spinning down leg, tapped to short leg.
  • 107.4 Tossed up outside off, pushed through covers for a single.
  • 107.3 Fuller on the stumps, Ash leans ahead and blocks it.
  • 107.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 107.2 No ball! Rahane uses his feet, dances down and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. Perera has overstepped here, second time in the match.
  • 107.1 On middle, spinning in, tapped to short leg.
  • 106.6 Full on middle and leg, Rahane clips it off the front foot through mid-wicket for a run. 405/4
  • 106.5 Driven through covers for a single.
  • There are clouds hovering on top. The groundsmen are getting ready. Not good signs these!
  • 106.4 Served fuller outside off, milked down to long off for a single.
  • 106.3 Loopy delivery on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 106.2 Tossed up outside off, Rahane leans into the drive and gets it through covers for a brace.
  • 106.1 Slower through the air outside off, spinning away, Rahane leans forward and places it to point.
  • Malinda Puhspakumara comes into the attack for the first time in the day.
  • DRINKS BREAK! Dimuth Karunaratne provided the vital breakthrough removing Pujara but then failed to capitalize on it. Since then Rahane and Ashwin have gelled along well and are amidst an useful partnership. The hosts will have to scalp some quick wickets to get back into the game.
  • 50-run stand is up between Rahane and Ashwin!
  • 105.6 Flicks it with the spin through mid-wicket for a run. 400/4
  • 105.5 Bowls it outside off, Ajinkya guides it through point for a couple. This is Rahane's highest score against Sri Lanka in all formats of the game.
  • 105.4 Quicker outside off, Ashwin guides it down to third man. Mathews from slip hares after it and keeps it down to three.
  • 105.3 Flatter outside off, Ashwin lets it through to the keeper.
  • 105.2 Works it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 105.1 Dances down the track and drives it to mid on for a run.
  • 104.6 Sprays on the pads, Rahane flicks it through square leg to retain strike in the next over. 393/4
  • 104.5 Loopy ball on off, Ashwin drives it through covers and changes strike.
  • 104.4 Gives it air on middle, Rahane drives it beautifully through mid off for a run.
  • 104.3 Tosses it up on middle, Rahane lunges forward and defends it.
  • 104.2 Floats it on off, Ashwin drives it through the cover region for a run.
  • 104.1 FOUR! Easy peasy! Short and outside off, Ashwin cuts it through cover-point for a boundary. That was a nothing ball form Rangana.
  • 103.6 Once again Rahane uses his feet, gets to the pitch of this loopy delivery and drives but finds the man at mid off. 385/4
  • 103.5 Rahane skips down the track, Dilruwan spots that and bowls it straighter and quicker. Ajinkya can only push it back to the bowler.
  • 103.4 Off-spinner outside off, Rahane leans ahead and blocks it with the turn to short leg.
  • 103.3 Served fuller outside off, spinning in, Ashwin gets half forward and eases it down to long on for one.
  • 103.2 Tossed up around off, Jinx dances down and drills it to long on for a single.
  • 103.1 Quicker through the air on middle, Rahane is watchful and defends it neatly.
  • 102.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 383/4
  • 102.5 Bowls an arm ball on middle, Ashwin gets an inside edge onto his pads and the ball rolls down the pitch.
  • 102.4 Loopy ball on off, Rahane drives it down to long off for a run.
  • 102.3 Flatter on off, Rahane camsp back and defends it.
  • 102.2 Floats it on off, Rahane drives it to mid off.
  • 102.1 Tosses it on off, Rahande defends it watchfully.
  • 101.6 Works it with the spin to mid on. 382/4
  • 101.5 Tosses it on off, turns back in sharply. Ashwin tries to defend it off the front foot but gets hit on the pads. There is a muted appeal but nothing from the umpire.
  • 101.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 101.3 BEATEN! Lovely stuff from Dilruwan. The previous ball turned, this one went on with the arm. Ashwin plays for the turn but gets beaten.
  • 101.2 Bowls it on off, gets some sharp turn into the batsman. Rahane flicks it towards fine leg for a run.
  • 101.1 FOUR! The inevitable freebie! Short and outside off, Rahane punches it through the off side for a run.
  • Dilruwan Perera replaces Karunaratne.
  • 100.6 Straighter one on leg stump, Ashwin tries to defend it but gets hit on the pads. There is stifled appeal from the Lankans but nothing from the umpire. It might be sliding down leg. 377/4
  • 100.5 Floats it on off, Ashwin drives it to covers. You hardly see a dead defensive shot from RA.
  • 100.4 Quicker on off, Ashwin cuts it towards point.
  • 100.3 Tosses it up on off, Ashwin drives it to mid off.
  • 100.2 Bowls an arm ball, Ashwin plays it towards mid on.
  • 100.1 Full ball on off, Ashwin drives it to the man at short covers.
  • 99.6 Full ball outside off, RA drives it through covers for a run. 377/4
  • 99.5 Good length on off, Ashwin defends it towards point.
  • 99.4 Fuller outside off, Rahane drives it to sweeeper cover for a run.
  • 99.3 Back of a length outside off, the batsman guides it through point for a run.
  • 99.2 FOUR! Poor line! Sprays on the pads, Ashwin flicks it to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Easy pickings at his pace.
  • 99.1 Length on off, Ashwin defends it off the front foot.
  • 98.6 Tosses it on middle, gets some turn away from the batsman. Ashwin gets an outside edge through short third man for a run. 370/4
  • 98.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 98.4 Flighted ball on Ashwin defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 98.3 Flatter on off, skids of the wicket. Ashwin does well to keep it out.
  • 98.2 Tosses it on middle, RA defends it off the front foot.
  • 98.1 Comes down the track and defends.
  • 97.6 Fuller length, Ashwin drives it uppishly through the off side for a run. There were two fielders for the catch but it goes in the gap. 369/4
  • 97.5 Fullish length on off, the batsman drives it to covers.
  • 97.4 A tad fuller on leg stump, Ashwin drives it to mid on.
  • 97.3 Flicks it straight to mid-wicket.
  • 97.2 Good length on off, Ashwin defends it off the front foot.
  • 97.1 Bowls it on a length, seaming in this time. Rahane gets it off the inner half towards square leg for a run.
  • 96.6 Full ball on off, Ashwin drives it to cover-point. 367/4
  • 96.5 Quicker on off, RA drives it to mid off who is a little deep.
  • 96.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 96.3 Bowls an arm ball on middle, Ashwin tries to force it through the off side but gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 96.2 Tosses it up on middle, Ashwin defends it off the front foot.
  • 96.1 Gets some drift into the batsman. Loopy ball on off, Ashwin drives it to mid off.
  • 95.6 Fullish length outside off, Ashwin drives it through the off side for a run. 367/4
  • 95.5 A tad shorter outside off, Ajinkya guides it through backward point for a run.
  • 95.4 Back of a length on off stump, Rahane defends it from within the crease.
  • 95.3 Lands it on a length on off, Rahane defends it off the front foot.
  • 95.2 Bowled outside off, RA drives it through cover-point for a run.
  • 95.1 Good length on off, Ashwin drives it on the up towards extra cover where Chandimal makes a good half stop. No runs taken.
  • 94.6 Slower through the air on off, Rahane defends it by covering the line of the ball. 364/4
  • Once again Kusal Mendis has taken one for the team. This time he gets hit on the left shin and the team physio comes running in to treat him with magic spray.
  • 94.5 Drags his length back on middle, Rahane pulls it but the ball hits Mendis on the shin. He was in the firing line yesterday and he has been hit again today. He looks to be in some sort of trouble here.
  • 94.4 Floats it on middle, Rahane lunges forward and defends it.
  • 94.3 Flatter on off, Rahane cuts it to covers who fumbles but no runs conceded.
  • Mid off drops back to long off.
  • 94.2 FOUR! Rahane comes down the track and hits it straight over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • 94.1 Floats it on middle, Rahane defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 93.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 360/4
  • 93.5 FOUR! Lovely timing! Full on off, Ashwin leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 93.4 Drifts on the pads, Rahane flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 93.3 Lovely seam position there! Bowled on off, seaming away from the batsman. Rahane shoulders his arms to it.
  • 93.2 Good length on off, Rahane defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 93.1 Lands it on a length outside off, Rahane lets it through to the keeper.
  • 92.6 Flighted ball on middle, Ashwin prods forward and defends it. Solid from RA. 355/4
  • 92.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 92.4 Floats it on off, Ashwin defends it solidly.
  • 92.3 FOUR! Drags his length back outside off, Ashwin tries to cut but gets an outside edge through backward point for a boundary. He is off the mark. De Silva at point should have been on his toes and at least tried to dive to his left to create a chance.
  • 92.2 Tosses it up on off, Ashwin drives it to mid off.
  • 92.1 Flatter outside off, Rahane pushes it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • Rangana Herath replaces Perera.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin is the new man in.
  • 91.6 OUT! No it is not going over the stumps! A successful review by Sri Lanka and it is the perfect start to the day for them. Karunaratne is the one who strikes. Lands it on a length on off, jags back in. Pujara tries to defend it but misses and is struck on the back thigh. An appeal goes up and the umpire gives it not out. Dickwella straightaway asks the captain to review and Chandimal obliges. They go upstairs. The replays show there is no inside edge and Hawk Eye shows three reds. The decision has to be overturned. Pujara has to depart after playing a fine, fine knock. The 217-run partnership has been broken. Karunaratne gets his first Test wicket. Can Sri Lanka now build on this? 350/4
  • There is a review for LBW against Pujara. Looks very close. Height might be a factor.
  • 91.5 FOUR! Can't bowl on the pads to this guy. Pujara flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. First one of the day.
  • 91.4 Lands it on a length on middle, Pujara flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 91.3 Bowls it outside off, Pujara lets it through to the keeper.
  • 91.2 Some shape away from the batsman. Bowled on off stump, the batsman defends it watchfully.
  • 91.1 Good length on off, Che defends it off the front foot.
  • Dimuth Karunaratne comes on to bowl. Just a wide slip for him. Also, Nuwan Pradeep is still injured and is seen sitting out. Danushka Gunathilaka has come on for him.
  • 90.6 Quicker outside off, Rahane tries to force it on the off side but gets beaten. 346/3
  • 90.5 Works it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 90.4 Flatter on off, Ajinkya defends it off the back foot.
  • 90.3 Tucks it around the corner for a run.
  • 90.2 Floats it on off, Rahane drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 90.1 Starts off with a tossed up delivery on off, Rahane defends it off the front foot.
  • The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Rahane and Pujara will continue their innings. Dilruwan Perera will open the bowling for today. Similar field for him to day 1, a slip and a short leg. Here we go...
  • PITCH REPORT - Russel Arnold feels the pitch still looks the same and runs are on offer. He mentions there is sharp turn from the good length area in the line of the stumps. Admits this pitch is slower than the pitch in Galle. He ends by saying today and tomorrow will be the best days for batting.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the second day of this second Test between Sri Lanka and India. The visitors have once again ruled the roost and pushed the home side very much on the back foot. They will now hope that the pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane add to their overnight total and take the game out of the hosts' hand. The Islanders will have to trigger a collapse for hopes of making a comeback. Stay tuned for the proceedings, weather permitting as rains are predicted throughout the day...
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • India tomorrow will try and bat Sri Lanka out of the game, whereas the Lankans will need a few early wickets to get back into the game. Do join us for all the action from the 2nd day of the Test at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Till then, cheers and take care!
  • Sri Lanka on the other hand, have found it very difficult to apply any kind of pressure on the Indian batsmen. They were too short and bowled way too many bad balls. To make matters worse, Nuwan Pradeep walked off holding a hamstring and if he cannot bowl tomorrow, it is going to be a crucial blow for the hosts.
  • Rahane and Pujara walk off to a standing ovation from the dressing room. A hundred from both of them has ensured India are right on top in this match. They did not lose a wicket in this session and have managed to add 106 runs. After winning the toss and opting to bat this the ideal situation they would have wanted to be in. Earlier in the day, Rahul scored a brisk fifty and Dhawan and Kohli were lost cheaply, but it evidently didn't matter as the Pujara-Rahane partnership covered for it very well.
  • 89.6 Last ball of the day. Full and around off, Pujara walks across the sticks and whips it through mid-wicket. The fielder chases it down as the batsmen come back for the second. STUMPS ON DAY 1! 344/3
  • 89.5 Decent amount of bounce for Herath, Pujara does well to deal with the extra bounce.
  • 89.4 Pitched just back of a driving length, on middle and off, Pujara is quite far down the track to play but is caught on the pads. Muted appeal, the umpire declines. Maybe Sri Lanka should have reviewed that. It looked to be hitting in line and with the technology available today, they could have had the decision go their way.
  • 89.3 Short around off, Rahane is cramped for room as he punches it through the covers. Earns himself a single for doing so.
  • 89.2 Moves across a step to get behind the line and defends.
  • 89.1 Targets the middle stump, blocked.
  • Rangana Herath to bowl the last over of the day.
  • 88.6 Rahane has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 341/3
  • 88.5 Plays it to point with an open face against the spin.
  • 88.4 Flatter and quicker, jammed on the leg side.
  • 88.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 88.2 Heavy turn for Dilruwan, shoots off the surface too as Rahane goes back to play. Rolls it down on the leg side for no run.
  • 88.1 Spinning in from around off, Rahane with a jabby front foot defense.
  • 87.6 With bat and pad close together, Pujara has no problem in his defensive shot. 340/3
  • 87.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 87.4 Fuller in length, around off, keeps it out off the front foot.
  • 87.3 Ajinkya Rahane has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 87.2 Not out! Rahane knows best! There was bat involved. Flat and short on the stumps, keeps a little low as Ajinkya is back to defend. Is caught on the pads and an appeal goes up, to which the umpire raises his finger. Rahane wastes no time in taking the review and replays show why. He did get a big inside edge before the ball hit the pad and so, he's safe. Not sure how the umpire missed that to be honest.
  • Instant review from Rahane. He's caught leg before and given out. Indicates there's an inside edge and is very confident of it. It's taken upstairs.
  • 87.1 Drives this full delivery straight to short extra cover.
  • 86.6 Turning in from outside off, Cheteshwar defends it easily. A rare maiden over today. 339/3
  • 86.5 Gets back and defends it down on the off side.
  • 86.4 Use of the feet again from Che, finds mid on again. Plays it along the carpet straight to the fielder.
  • 86.3 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. Places it down the ground but finds mid on.
  • 86.2 Flights it right up there, it dips and spins in, Pujara is forward in defense.
  • 86.1 Flatter delivery around off, blocks from within the crease.
  • 85.6 Works it on the leg side from his crease to end the over. 339/3
  • 85.5 On a driveable length, inviting Rahane forward. He accepts it but only blocks.
  • 85.4 Stays back and punches it straight to the bowler.
  • 85.3 Dances down and smacks it past the bowler for one.
  • 9th Test hundred for Ajinkya Rahane!
  • 85.2 Century for Jinx! India's best player overseas in Test cricket at the moment, you can see why. Has delivered once again on foreign soil. Had a big gap in between as he waited a long time to score this, 17 innings in fact, but he'll welcome this and enjoy it fully. Leans ahead and taps it in front of point as he steals a single. Lovely knock.
  • 85.1 Fired full on off, pushes it out with a straight bat.
  • 84.6 Again some sharp spin for Dilruwan, Rahane is back to tickle it fine but it goes past him and the keeper. The batsmen take three byes. He's still on 99. 337/3
  • 84.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 84.4 Spinning in rather sharply, works it 'round the corner but straight to the fielder.
  • 84.3 Advances down the track and wrists it to long on. One run taken.
  • 84.2 Prods forward to this fuller delivery to defend it out.
  • 200-run stand between Pujara and Rahane!
  • 84.1 Backs away to this one and punches it through cover-point for a single.
  • Dilruwan Perera to bowl.
  • 83.6 Fires it quick and straight, all Pujara can do, or wants to do at least, is block. 332/3
  • 83.5 A half-appeal for a stumping which is turned down. No way that was ever going to be given out. Pujara looks to sweep this ball down the leg side but misses. Dickwella takes the bails off and Sri Lanka for a stumping. Nothing from the square leg umpire as Pujara's back leg never rose off the ground.
  • 83.4 Pujara dances down the track and does well to block the ball towards mid-wicket.
  • 83.3 Short ball which keeps quite low, outside off, Rahane is a bit cramped for room as well but does well to chop it away on the off side. Another run.
  • 83.2 Some extra bounce on offer as the ball kicks off the deck. Pujara has to take his bottom hand off as he works it away on the on side. One more taken.
  • 83.1 Flighted full outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • 82.6 Pujara jumps out of his crease, gets extremely close to the pitch and does well to block. 329/3
  • 82.5 Darts it full and attacks the stumps, wrists it through mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
  • 82.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 82.3 Slow and loopy, covers the stumps and sees it out.
  • 82.2 FOUR! Here's comes the inevitable freebie from a Lankan bowler. Their problem all day. Short on middle, Rahane off his back foot pulls it with power through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 82.1 Ajinkya Rahane defends it by staying firm behind the line of the delivery.
  • 81.6 Slower through the air, on middle and off, keeps bat and pad close together to block. 324/3
  • 81.5 Steps out of his crease and whips it towards mid-wicket, where the fielder makes a good diving stop.
  • 81.4 Short and with some width on offer outside off, Rahane makes a little room for himself and cracks it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 81.3 Lands it on a driving length, Rahane presses ahead and blocks.
  • 81.2 Fuller ball on middle and leg, plays it off the inner half in front of square leg. Single taken.
  • 81.1 Extremely loopy and very full, Ajinkya with a gentle push to long off to get off strike.
  • 80.6 Some drift into Cheteshwar Pujara, he lunges ahead and sees the over off without any trouble. 321/3
  • 80.5 Goes against the spin and flicks it with the wrists through mid-wicket for a double.
  • Nuwan Pradeep, the only new ball bowler Sri Lanka have, is walking off the field. Only bowled 4 balls and he's already off. Seems there is a hamstring issue troubling him, his left hamstring to be specific. So, it will be Malinda Pushpakumara to complete Pradeep's remaining over.
  • 80.4 Sprays it on the pads, clips it through the square leg area for an easy single.
  • 80.3 Full delivery attacking the stumps, driven towards mid on. Won't get any run for it.
  • 80.2 Good length ball in the channel outside off, Rahane blocks it to point and wants the single. Is sent back by Pujara quite early though. Good call.
  • 80.1 Back of a length delivery going away from outside off, steered behind point for a run.
  • And, Nuwan Pradeep will be the first one to have a go with it.
  • Second new ball has been taken. The reviews have been restored as well.
  • 79.6 Flicks it away on the leg side and takes a single. 317/3
  • 79.5 Positions himself perfectly behind the line and defends.
  • 79.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 79.3 Not out! Never in doubt. Think it was just a tactical review, given how it's anyway going to be refreshed after this over. Flighted around off, turning away, Rahane kneels to sweep but misses and is caught on the back pad. Loud appeal turned down, so the review is taken. Replays confirm impact is outside the line of off stump, so Jinx is safe.
  • Sri Lanka have taken another review. it's for another lbw appeal, with Ajinkya Rahane the man in the spotlight. Looks comfortably safe in real time. Let's see now...
  • 79.2 FOUR! Tossed up outside the line of off stump, Rahane drives it through extra cover and sends it all the way for a boundary.
  • 79.1 Quicker outside off, punched to the right of the bowler for nothing.
  • Rangana Herath to bowl again.
  • 78.6 Plays it with the spin towards mid-wicket. 311/3
  • 78.5 Floats it on middle, Rahane drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 78.4 Tosses it up on middle, Pujara flicks it to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 78.3 Flatter on middle, Rahane punches it down to long on for a run.
  • 78.2 Comes down the track and flicks it to long on for a run.
  • 78.1 Drags his length back on the stumps, Rahane pushes it down to long on for a run.
  • 77.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 306/3
  • 77.5 DROPPED! A tough chance. He almost got his first Test wicket. Tosses it up on off, Rahane drives it uppishly to the left of the bowler who dives and stretches his hand but is unable to hang onto it. The ball goes down to long off for a run.
  • 77.4 Works it with the angle towards square leg for a run.
  • 77.3 Slower through the air on middle, Rahane gets it off the inner half towards short fine leg for a run.
  • 77.2 Flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 77.1 Floats it on the pads, Rahane flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 76.6 Floats it on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot. 301/3
  • 76.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 76.4 Comes down the track and drives it to long off for a run.
  • 76.3 Tosses it on middle, Rahane defends it off the front foot.
  • 76.2 Plays it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 76.1 Bowls it on the pads, Pujara flicks it to deep backward square leg for a run.
  • 75.6 Flat and short, Rahane stands tall and deals with it well. 299/3
  • 75.5 Rahane has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 75.4 Hangs deep inside his crease and meets it with a straight bat.
  • 75.3 Prods half-forward to this fuller ball and smothers it in its tracks.
  • 75.2 FOUR! Poor ball. Another free from a Lankan bowler. Short and wide outside off, Rahane rocks onto his back foot and firmly punches it through the covers for a boundary.
  • 75.1 Drifting in on middle and leg, too straight in line which allow Pujara to comfortably wrist it in front of square leg. Single taken.
  • 74.6 Offers a solid punch down the ground, to long on and retains strike with a single. 294/3
  • 74.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 74.4 Brings the wrists into play and works it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 74.3 Some decent air again, Pujara is presses forward and blocks.
  • 74.2 Nice flighted delivery on middle, Che pushes it back in the bowler's direction.
  • 74.1 Loopy off spinner on middle, easily pushes it through to long on and takes a single.
  • Drinks have been taken!
  • 73.6 In the air... but safe! Loopy ball on off, gets some turn and bounce. Rahane drives it uppishly thorugh cover-point for a run. 292/3
  • 73.5 Dances down the track and flicks it wide of mid on for a run.
  • 73.4 Comes down the track and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 73.3 Plays it with the spin towards sweeper cover for a run.
  • 73.2 Drags his length back outside off, Che pushes it through cover-point for a run.
  • 73.1 Slower through the air gets a little turn. Pujara defends it off the front foot.
  • 72.6 Floats it on middle, Rahane defends it watchfully. 288/3
  • 72.5 Flatter on the pads, Rahane tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
  • 72.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 72.3 FOUR! BANG! Rahane comes down the track and hits it over mid off for a one bounce boundary. He has played with great intent here.
  • 72.2 Tosses it on the leg stump, Ajinkya defends it off the front foot.
  • 72.1 Bowls it down the leg side, Rahane pads it away.
  • 71.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 284/3
  • 71.5 Flatter on off, Rahane square cuts it through point for a run.
  • 71.4 Flighted ball on middle, Rahane defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 71.3 Drives it to long off for a run. The 150-run stand between the two is up.
  • 71.2 Floats it on off, Pujara defends it solidly.
  • 71.1 Tosses it up on off, Pujara defends it off the front foot.
  • 70.6 Bowls it down the leg side, Rahane lets it through to the keeper. 282/3
  • 70.5 Drags his length back, spins into the batsman. Rahane guides it towards point for a couple.
  • 70.4 Plays it with the spin towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 70.3 Floats it on off, Rahane drives it to long off for a run.
  • 70.2 Very full ball on off, Rahane drives it back to the bowler.
  • 70.1 Comes down the track and flicks it to mid-wicket for a run.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva comes back into the attack.
  • 69.6 FOUR! EASY PEASY! Too short on off, Rahane rocks back and punches it through covers for a boundary. 277/3
  • 69.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 69.4 Plays it with the spin towards point for a run.
  • 69.3 Flighted ball on middle, Pujara defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 69.2 Floats it on middle, Pujara defends it off the front foot.
  • 69.1 Tosses it on off, Pujara drives it back to the bowler.
  • 68.6 Very full on off, Rahane does well to dig it out. 272/3
  • 68.5 Bouncer again! Ajinkya does well to evade it.
  • 68.4 Sprays on the pads, Pujara flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 68.3 Bangs it in short, Pujara lets it through to the keeper.
  • 68.2 Lands it on a length on middle, Pujara tries to flick it but gets it off the leading edge safely to covers.
  • 68.1 Back of a length on off, Rahane guides it towards point for a run.
  • 67.6 FOUR! POOR BOWLING! Shorter in length, Pujara camps back and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. It is so easy for him. This is the highest 4th wicket partnership against Sri Lanka at this venue. 270/3
  • 67.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 13th Test ton for Cheteshwar Pujara!
  • 67.4 Century for Pujara! Bowled on the stumps, Pujara flicks it through square leg for a couple. He also brings up his hundred. This has been very good knock by him. He has been patient and he deserves this.
  • 67.3 Dances down the track and drives it to mid on.
  • 67.2 Drags his length back outside off, Pujara cuts it through point for a couple.
  • 67.1 Tosses it on off, Pujara defends it off the front foot.
  • 66.6 A low full toss on leg stump, Pujara flicks it in front of square for a run. 262/3
  • 66.5 Flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 66.4 Bowls on the pads, Ajinkya flicks it towards mid-wicket where the fielder makes a half stop. The ball rolls towards mid on. Rahane sets off for a run but then sends his partner back.
  • 66.3 A well-directed short ball aimed at the rib of Rahane who keeps it out awkwardly.
  • 66.2 Good length on off, Rahane defends it solidly.
  • 66.1 Sprays on the pads, Rahane flicks it to square leg.
  • There was a member of the groundstaff out in the field. Seems there's some problem with the footholes, the area where the bowler plants his foot just before bowling. It's been plugged up now and we're good to go again.
  • 65.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 260/3
  • 65.5 Floats it on middle, Che works it to square leg. He sets off for a run again but is sent back by Rahane.
  • 65.4 Bowls it on the pads, Pujara flicks it to short fine leg. He wanted a run but was sent back by Rahane.
  • 65.3 Uses his feet and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 65.2 Drags his length back a little, Rahane works it on the leg side for a run.
  • 65.1 Loopy ball on off, Rahane defends it off the front foot.
  • 64.6 Just ahead of a length on off, Pujara defends it off the front foot. 259/3
  • 64.5 Bowls it on a length, Rahane taps it in front of covers and takes a run.
  • 64.4 FOUR! BEAUTIFUL! Full ball on off, Rahane leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 64.3 Good length on off, Rahane defends it watchfully.
  • 64.2 Lands it on a length outside off, Rahane lets it through to the keeper.
  • 64.1 Full on the pads, Rahane flicks it to square leg.
  • Nuwan Pradeep is into the attack.
  • 13th Test fifty for Ajinkya Rahane!
  • 63.6 Fifty for Rahane! Has been flawless so far. Scored runs briskly and looked brilliant. Drives it to long off and takes a single. Like Pujara, he too must carry on and make a big score. 254/3
  • 63.5 Shortens the length this time, Jinx goes back and whips it straight at short leg.
  • 63.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 63.3 Slider on the stumps, goes back and flicks it away on the leg side for a single.
  • 63.2 Spinning away from middle and off, stays right behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 63.1 Slow, drifting in and full on middle, Pujara meets the ball with a straight blade and defends.
  • 62.6 Floats it on middle, Rahane defends it off the front foot. 252/3
  • 62.5 Comes down the track and flicks it to deep square leg for a run.
  • 62.5 NO BALL! Bowls it on the pads, Pujara flicks it through square leg for a couple. Perera has overstepped there.
  • 62.4 Works it around the corner for a run.
  • 62.3 FOUR! POOR LENGTH! Short on middle, Rahane won;t miss out on that. He camps back and pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 62.2 Tosses it up on off, Rahane drives it to mid off.
  • 62.1 Flatter on the stumps, Rahane flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 61.6 Loopy ball on off, Pujara defends it off the front foot. 243/3
  • 61.5 Uses his feet and drives the ball down to long off for a run.
  • 61.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 61.3 Plays the sweep shot but the ball hits Kusal Mendis at short leg. He has been in the firing line all day today.
  • 61.2 Floats it on the stumps, Ajinkya lunges forward and defends it off the front foot.
  • 61.1 Flights it on middle, Rahane defends it solidly.
  • 60.6 Floats it on middle, Pujara defends it off the front foot. 242/3
  • 60.5 Comes down the track and plays it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 60.4 Drags his length back outside off, Rahane cuts it to deep point for a run.
  • 60.3 Gives it air on off, Ajinkya drives it back to the bowler.
  • 60.2 Flatter on the stumps, Rahane pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 60.1 Tosses it outside off, Rahane drives it to covers.
  • 59.6 Loopy ball on middle, Rahane drives it down to long off for a run. 241/3
  • 59.5 Dances down the track and mistimes his shot to mid on.
  • 59.4 Flatter on off, Rahane punches it to covers.
  • 59.3 Uses his feet well and drives it towards mid on for a run.
  • 59.2 Quciker on middle, Pujara defends it off the back foot.
  • 59.1 Almost a catch to short leg! Tosses it up on middle, Pujara gets it off the inner half on the bounce to Mendis.
  • Malinda Pushpakumara will bowl from the other end.
  • 58.6 Works it to mid-wicket with the spin. 239/3
  • 58.5 Comes down the track and tries to work it on the leg side but misses. The ball hits the pads and lobs to the off side. There is a muted appeal from the Lankans but nothing from the umpire.
  • 58.4 Tosses it up on middle, Rahane defends it off the back foot.
  • 58.3 Comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 58.2 Flatter on off, Pujara gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 58.1 Plays it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Pujara and Rahane will continue their innings. Dilruwan Perera will bowl the first over after the break.
  • ...Day 1, Session 3...
  • Sri Lanka on the other hand, have been wayward with their lines and lengths. They need a quick wicket or two post tea to get back into the game. There is assistance from the pitch but the Lankan bowlers are not hitting the right areas. They need to come out fighting after the break. Join us for the final session in a short while.
  • This session 30 overs, 137 runs and 2 wickets. Sri Lanka started off the session well by taking two quick wickets but Rahane and Pujara added some quick runs and have made sure that it has belonged to India. Pujara has been like a wall at one end while Rahane is scoring at a brisk rate. The visitors will want the same to continue after the break.
  • 57.6 Good length ball on off, Rahane blocks it back down the track. TEA ON DAY 1! 238/3
  • 57.5 Short again, this time Rahane pulls it away. Along the ground through backward square leg as he'll get two runs.
  • 57.4 Sharp bumper on middle and off, Rahane crouches low and lets the ball sail over his head.
  • 57.3 Not out! The on-field calls stays! Poor review in hindsight, to be honest. Looked to be safe in real time itself. Length delivery jagging back in from outside off, Rahane plants his front foot across to block but is caught on the front pad. Loud appeal and the umpire says no. Chandimal talks with his teammates and decides to review it. Replays show that the impact is outside the line of off stump and so that's that.
  • There is a review for an lbw decision against Ajinkya Rahane. Impact looks outside off. Over to the third umpire now...
  • 57.2 Shaping back in from around off, on a length, Rahane punches it straight back in the direction of the bowler.
  • 57.1 Angling in on middle and leg, Pujara picks it off his pads and clips it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 56.6 Eased away through towards sweeper cover for a single. 235/3
  • 56.5 Punched away past the extra cover fielder and a run is taken.
  • 56.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease, pushing the ball on the off side.
  • 56.3 Drifting in once again, around off, Rahane from his front foot meets it with the full face.
  • 56.2 Drifting in on off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 100-run stand between Rahane and Pujara. It has come in quick time, just 104 balls.
  • 56.1 Slider on middle and off, Pujara backs away and punches it through covers for a run.
  • Rangana Herath returns to the attack. He will have a change of ends.
  • 55.6 Straying on the pads, comfortably worked through square leg. Two runs are taken as the fielder out in the deep cuts it off. 232/3
  • 55.5 Outside off on a good length, steered to point all along the ground.
  • 55.4 Poor line from Pradeep, is lucky though as it isn't put away. On the pads, Rahane looks to clip but it goes off his pads to fine leg as the batsmen take a leg bye.
  • 55.3 Just back of a length, outside the line of off stump, gets behind the line by moving a step across and blocks it down on the track.
  • 55.2 Cutting back in on a shortish length, Rahane swivels and pulls it along the ground through backward square leg. A brace has been taken.
  • 55.1 Tap and run! Che drops this with soft hands square on the off side and both batsmen cross over.
  • Nuwan Pradeep comes back into the attack.
  • 54.6 Uses his feet once more, to the pitch and wrists it through mid-wicket. Single taken. 227/3
  • 54.5 Flicked with the wrists through the vacant spaces in the mid-wicket area. One run taken.
  • 54.4 Moves forward and leans across as he blocks it out.
  • 54.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 54.2 Short ball, backs away a little and offers a punch straight to short extra cover.
  • 54.1 Off break delivery on off, coming in, Rahane presses ahead and blocks just as the ball starts to turn.
  • 53.6 FOUR! Boundary to end the over. Dropped short, ample amount of time for Pujara to go back and slap it past the diving extra cover fielder. Picked his spot and executed the placement to perfection. 225/3
  • 53.5 Milked down to long off for an easy one.
  • 53.4 Spinning away from outside off, with an open face Che pushes it through backward point for a single.
  • 53.3 Stays right behind the line and negotiates the spin easily.
  • 53.2 FOUR! Poor ball to bowl, especially with third man up in the circle. Short and wide, Pujara cuts it away across the boundary line.
  • 53.1 Slow drift on middle and off, full in length, Pujara brings down a straight blade in defense.
  • Rangana Herath is brought back into the attack.
  • 52.6 Pitched on leg, turns it 'round the corner and retains strike. 215/3
  • 52.5 FOUR! The Indian batsmen, in particular Cheteshwar Pujara, has used his feet well so far. Excellent shot. Got to the pitch in a jiffy and wristed it between mid on and mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 52.4 Slaps this to long on off the back foot and fetches himself a single.
  • 52.3 Half-tracker on middle, Pujara pulls this hard to deep mid-wicket. Kusal Mendis at short leg just about manages to evade. He's in the firing line for sure.
  • 52.2 Tossed up on the pads, slightly quicker in pace, Rahane clips it through the right of short leg and gets off strike.
  • 52.1 Floats it across Rahane, who is well forward to defend it.
  • 51.6 Flat ball on the stumps, dropped in front of short leg and that will be the end of the over. 207/3
  • 51.5 Pushed away off the front foot to mid off and takes a brisk run.
  • 51.4 Short in length again, Rahane goes back and punches it to extra cover. Wanted the run but seeing Chandimal get to the ball quickly, decided against it.
  • 51.3 Worked away on the leg side. Dot ball.
  • There are a few clouds building on top. The groundsmen have taken their position and this is not a good sign.
  • 51.2 FOUR! Sweet timing, beautiful to see. Ajinkya Rahane with a shimmy down the ground just pushes it past Herath at mid off and gets a boundary to his name.
  • 51.1 Short, quick and around off, Rahane keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 50.6 Too short and no turn at all, easy enough for Jinx to work it away on the leg side for one. 202/3
  • 50.5 Stays leg sidish, drives it to long on. Single taken.
  • 50.4 Tad short, whipped away on the leg side for a single.
  • 50.3 Works it with the spin and tries to beat short leg. But the fielder is agile enough to not let it get too far away. Saves a single.
  • 50.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
  • 50.1 Starts off from around the wicket, it's going across Rahane who does well to lean across and keep it down on the ground.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva will bowl for the first time today. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • 49.6 Flat and outside off, punched off the back foot through to sweeper cover for a single. 199/3
  • 49.5 Driven through the mid on region. One run added to the total.
  • 49.4 Much like Che, Rahane eases it through mid on and rotates strike.
  • 49.3 Advances down the track to this floated ball and wrists it to long on. Single taken.
  • 49.2 FOUR! Good timing. Met the ball well at its pitch and drove it through the line past the sliding mid off fielder, who couldn't stop it moving to his left. Super shot.
  • 49.1 Off spinner on middle and off, Pujara defends off the inner half in front of FSL.
  • 48.6 Looped up close to off, Rahane plants his front foot forward and negotiates it well. 191/3
  • 48.5 Waits for the ball to come to him, stays back and taps it to point for a single.
  • 48.4 SIX! Wrong line and length to bowl. Very wrong. Malinda drops it short, on middle and leg, Pujara rocks back and with a powerful pull clears mid-wicket for a maximum.
  • 48.3 Flatter this time, punched down the ground to long off for one run.
  • 48.2 Quite slow, lovely loop on it from Malinda, Rahane is forward and the ball takes the edge. Luckily for him, falls just short of first slip.
  • 48.1 Tossed up outside off from around the wicket, Rahane comes ahead and pushes it back down the track.
  • A slight halt in play as some of the senior players, in a sense, offer words of advice to Pushpakumara. Good to see.
  • 47.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 183/3
  • 50-run stand between Pujara and Rahane!
  • 47.5 Works it off his pads and places it into the gap on the on side for a couple.
  • 47.4 The batsman dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
  • 47.3 Against the spin this time. Dances down, close to the pitch and drives it through extra cover for a double.
  • 47.2 On leg stump line, Rahane uses the line and the spin to clip it past leg slip for a run.
  • 16th Test fifty for Cheteshwar Pujara, his first against Sri Lanka.
  • 47.1 Fifty for Pujara! Another solid knock, but he must continue on and score a big one. He plays with the spin and tucks it past short leg for one.
  • 46.6 FOUR! Little short from Malinda and that's enough for Rahane to put it away. He goes back, swivels and pulls it through mid-wicket to send it across the rope. 177/3
  • 46.5 Beautifully flicks it through the gap in the mid-wicket region and picks up three.
  • 46.4 Makes use of his feet but isn't quite close to the pitch, gets hit on the thigh pad as he attempts to get some bat on it.
  • 46.3 Pujara has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 46.2 Presses forward to this full ball and buries it into the track.
  • 46.1 Fullish in length, around off, blocked.
  • 45.6 FOUR! That's a lovely shot. Rahane is not afraid to take the attack to the opposition. Skips out watching the flight and lifts it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 170/3
  • 45.5 Off spinner on middle, turns in as Rahane defends comfortably.
  • 45.4 Dances down the track to negotiate the spin and defends it out with the full face.
  • 45.3 Picks it off his pads and flicks it away on the leg side.
  • 45.2 Short delivery, pulled away past short leg for a single.
  • 45.1 Flat, short and turning in slightly around off, Pujara goes back and offers a solid punch to the right of the bowler.
  • 44.6 Wrists it through the mid-wicket region and picks up a couple of runs for doing so. 165/3
  • 44.5 Takes a step forward, places himself behind the line and blocks.
  • 44.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 44.3 FOUR! Super shot! Tossed up delivery on middle, Rahane stays leg side, gets to the pitch of the delivery and smashes it past a diving Pushpakumara, who in all honestly stood no chance to stop it. It races away to the fence for a boundary.
  • 44.2 Takes a stride forward yet again and deals with it well.
  • 44.1 Slower through the air and full on off, Rahane comes ahead and meets it at its pitch.
  • Drinks are on the field! Sri Lanka have come back into the game by using the conditions well. Picked up a couple of wickets and clogged the run flow effectively. This next phase of play will be quite important for both teams.
  • 43.6 Comes down the track and gets a leading edge towards the vacant cover area for a run. 159/3
  • 43.5 Plays it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 43.4 Dances down the track and drives it to long on for a run.
  • 43.3 Comes down the track, Dilruwan bowls it quicker. Rahane tries to flick but misses and the ball hits his pads and lobs towards the off side. A leg bye is taken.
  • 43.2 Flatter on off, Rahane pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 43.1 Dilruwan is bowling well here! Tosses it up outside off, Pujara gets it off the outside edge past the diving Mathews at first slip and the batsmen run three.
  • 42.6 Comes down the track and defends it. 153/3
  • 42.5 Floats it on off, Rahande prods forward and defends it.
  • 42.4 Drags his length back on off, Pujara cuts it to deep point for a run.
  • 42.3 Slower through the air on off, Pujara defends it off the front foot.
  • 42.2 FOUR! POOR LENGTH! Shorter outside off, Pujara cuts it through point for a boundary. Easy for Che.
  • 42.1 Drags his length back outside off, Rahane cuts it towards point for a run.
  • Malinda Pushpakumara comes back into the attack.
  • 41.6 Floats it outside off, Rahane drives it towards mid off for a run. 147/3
  • 41.5 Dances down the track and pushes it towards covers for a run.
  • 41.4 Tosses it up on off, Pujara gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
  • 41.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 4000 Test runs for Pujara. He is the joint third fastest Indian to get to this landmark, and he's got there in his 50th Test. Some feat, that. He's going along well.
  • 41.2 Flatter outside off, Pujara guides it down to third man for a couple. That brings up Pujara's 4000 Test runs and he gets it on his 50th Test match.
  • 41.1 FOUR! Brilliant use of the feet! Pujara comes down the track and drives it through covers and the ball races to the fence.
  • 40.6 FOUR! Drags his length back on middle, Rahane whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Ajinkya gets off the mark. 139/3
  • 40.5 Drifts on the pads, Pujara works it around the corner for a run.
  • 40.4 Guides it with the turn towards short third man. Pujara wanted a run but is sent back by Rahane.
  • 40.3 Flights it on middle, the batsman defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 40.2 Tosses it on middle, Che defends it watchfully.
  • 40.1 Slower through the air on off, Pujara defends it off the back foot.
  • 39.6 First slower one of the over, fuller and on off, Rahane eases it back to the bowler to end the over. 134/3
  • 39.5 Full ball, blocked.
  • 39.4 Finds the gap this time. Whips it past Mendis at short leg off the back foot and picks up a single.
  • 39.3 Short and quick again, it's flicked to the right of the short square leg. Another dot.
  • 39.2 Goes back and works it to the same fielder again.
  • 39.1 Flat and short around off, spinning in, Pujara goes back and wrists it to short mid-wicket.
  • Dilruwan Perera to roll his arm over for another spell. There is a short mid-wicket and a short square kept. Interesting tactics from Chandimal.
  • 38.6 Tosses it up on middle, Rahane defends it off the front foot. 133/3
  • Ajinkya Rahane is the next man to walk in.
  • 38.5 OUT! Angelo, you beauty! A great reflex catch by the ex-skipper. Flatter and outside off, Kohli tries to cut it but gets an outside edge which flies to Mathews at first slip who takes a brilliant catch diving to his right. Kohli is not happy with himself. That was too close to cut maybe. Never the less, a big wicket for Sri Lanka and they are right back into the game now.
  • 38.4 Floats it up on off, VK drives it and the ball hits Kusal on the legs at silly point.
  • 38.3 Slower through the air on off, Kohli defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 38.2 Tosses it up on off, Kohli defends it watchfully.
  • 38.1 Quicker on middle, Kohli defends it off the front foot.
  • 37.6 FOUR! EDGY BOUNDARY! Fuller in length, swinging away from the batsman. Pujara gets it off the outside edge through backward point and the ball races to the fence. 133/2
  • 37.5 Good length on middle, Pujara defends it off the front foot.
  • 37.4 Bowls a short ball, Pujara does well to evade it.
  • 37.3 Good length ball on off, Pujara defends it towards point.
  • 37.2 Fuller on middle, Pujara flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 37.1 Back of a length on middle, jags back in. Pujara is struck high on the pads.
  • 36.6 FOUR! WHAT PLACEMENT! Loopy ball outside off, Kohli leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary. He has played some great shots uptil now. 129/2
  • 36.5 Gives it air on middle, Kohli drives it to mid on.
  • 36.4 Floats it on off, Kohli defends it off the front foot.
  • 36.3 Flatter on off, Virat defends it to covers.
  • 36.2 Bowls an arm ball on middle, Virat defends it off the back foot.
  • 36.1 Tosses it outside off, Kohli drives it to covers.
  • 35.6 Very full on middle, Pujara drives it back to the bowler. 125/2
  • 35.5 Bowls a bouncer on leg stump, Kohli tucks it towards fine leg for a run.
  • 35.4 A tad fuller on off, Kohli drives it back to the bowler.
  • 35.3 FOUR! LOVELY SHOT! The short ball followed by a full one on off, Kohli leans into it and drives it through mid off for a boundary.
  • 35.2 Lands it on a length outside off, Kohli lets it through to the keeper.
  • 35.1 Bangs it in short on middle, Kohli ducks under it.
  • 34.6 Full ball, Kohli drives it towards mid off for a run. 120/2
  • 34.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 34.4 Flighted ball on off, the Indian skipper defends it towards covers.
  • 34.3 Gives it air on middle, Kohli gets it off the inner half towards short leg.
  • 34.2 Tosses it on off, Virat plants his front foot forward and defends it.
  • 34.1 Flatter on off, Kohli plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 33.6 Works it to square leg with the angle. 119/2
  • 33.5 A well-directed short ball, Pujara ducks under it. He had used the short ball to great effect in the first game, not bowled a lot of it here, yet.
  • 33.4 A tad fuller on off, Pujara drives it towards covers for no run.
  • 33.3 Good length on off, Pujara defends it solidly.
  • 33.2 Lands it on a length on off, jags back in sharply. Pujara gets an inside edge onto his body and the ball rolls towards the off side. He wants a single but is sent back by Kohli.
  • 33.1 Good length outside off, nips back in. Kohli shoulders his arms to it. Dickwella dives to his left and parries and concedes a bye.
  • 32.6 Dances down the track and drives it towards mid off. Pujara wants a single but is sent back by Kohli. 118/2
  • 32.5 Loopy ball on middle, Pujara defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 32.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 32.3 FOUR! Plays the sweep through backward square leg to great effect and collects a boundary.
  • 32.2 Flighted ball on middle, Pujara lunges forward and defends it.
  • 32.1 Tosses it up on middle, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
  • 31.6 Lands it on a length outside off, Kohli shoulders his arms to it. 114/2
  • 31.5 Fuller in length, Kohli gets it off the inner half to mid on.
  • 31.4 Good length outside off, Kohli lets it through to the keeper.
  • 31.3 Drifts it on the pads again, Pujara flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 31.2 Don't bowl to him on his pads. Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket for three.
  • 31.1 Lands it on a length on off, Pujara taps it towards mid on and takes a quick run.
  • Nuwan Pradeep is back into the attack.
  • 30.6 Floats it on off, Kohli defends it off the front foot. 109/2
  • 30.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • Virat Kohli strides out to the middle.
  • 30.4 OUT! Yes, no, yes, no and a run out. A big misunderstanding between the two batsmen. Tosses it up on off, Rahul pushes it towards covers and sets off for a run. Pujara first obliges but then stops in between the pitch and sends Rahul back who also was halfway down. Chandimal is quick to the ball and fires in a throw to Dickwella who collects the ball and whips the bails off. Rahul is well short of his ground. He is not happy at all. He walks back dejected. He fails to covert it big once again. He is run out for the first time in his Test career. Also, make it 5 out of 7 now - Another time where he's been dismissed on a score between 50-70. India have lost both their openers now.
  • 30.3 Tosses it up on off, Rahul drives it back to the bowler.
  • 30.2 Comes down the track and defends the ball.
  • 30.1 Sprays on the pads, Rahul flicks it through short fine leg for a couple.
  • 29.6 Comes down the track and drives it straight to the bowler who throws it back to the keeper. Aggression from Perera. 107/1
  • 29.5 Loopy ball on middle, Pujara flicks it to short leg.
  • 29.4 Gives it air outside off, Rahul gets it off the outside edge towards short third man for a run.
  • 29.3 Flatter on the stumps, Rahul plays it towards mid-wicket.
  • 50-run stand between Rahul and Pujara.
  • 29.2 Comes down the track and flicks it with the spin through square leg for three. Good running by the batsmen there.
  • 29.1 Tosses it full on middle, Rahul drives it to long on for a run.
  • Dilruwan Perera will bowl from the other end.
  • 28.6 Similar to the last delivery. Pujara defends it by covering the line of the ball. 102/1
  • 28.5 Floats it on the stumps, Che defends it watchfully.
  • 28.4 Loopy ball on middle, Pujara prods forward and defends it.
  • 28.3 Tosses it up on off, Pujara defends it off the front foot.
  • 28.2 Plays it with the angle towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 28.1 Starts off with a flatter delivery on middle, Rahul pushes it to mid-wicket.
  • The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Rahul and Pujara will continue their innings. Herath will bowl the first over after the break.
  • ...Day 1, Session 2...
  • Despite the loss of Shikhar Dhawan early in the morning, this is still India's session. Scored 101 runs in 28 overs as Rahul and Pujara have done well with the bat. Kept the scoreboard ticking and the former has gone on to score a fifty. Sri Lanka couldn't do much in this session but the ball is already turning and this will surely encourage them. The afternoon session should make for an interesting viewing. Join us back shortly for that.
  • 27.6 A bit of drama just at the stroke of the break. Dilruwan gets a lot of grip off the surface and it spins in with some extra bounce. Takes Pujara by surprise and it goes off the glove behind to leg slip on the bounce. Interesting stuff, he manages to survive. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 1! 101/1
  • 27.5 Good amount of turn for Dilruwan. Lands it around off, turns and raps Pujara on the thigh pad. Nothing he could do about that.
  • 27.4 Use of the feet again, close to the pitch and worked to mid-wicket.
  • 27.3 Drags his length back, gives Pujara time to get back and work it away with the spin on the leg side.
  • 27.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 27.1 Bit fullish in length, outside off, Pujara is behind in defense.
  • Dilruwan Perera comes back into the attack.
  • 26.6 Hangs inside his crease and keeps it out off the back foot. 101/1
  • 8th Test fifty for KL Rahul! This is his 6th consecutive fifty. But, 4 out of those 6 times he's gotten out in the 50-70 range. Something to be careful about.
  • 26.5 FOUR! That's just adding to Lanka's woes. Rahul advances down the track and lofts it over mid off. It falls just inside the rope and that'll be a boundary.
  • 26.4 NOT OUT! RAHUL LIVES TO FIGHT ON! But an excellent delivery from Herath and equally impressive glovework from Niroshan Dickwella. Slightly quicker through the air, turns and beats the outside edge of Rahul's hanging bat. He's a touch off balance too and this provides Dickwella the opportunity to whip the bails off and does so in a flash. It's taken upstairs and replays show that he's done well not to lift his back leg despite the unwanted shift in his balance. Credit to him for that.
  • Stumping appeal! This could be a big wicket for Sri Lanka. KL Rahul is the man in question. Dickwella could have got his man.
  • 26.3 Non-threatening delivery outside off, turning away, Rahul lets it be.
  • 26.2 Bit quicker outside off, KL is back in defense.
  • 26.1 Drifting in on middle and leg, defended off the inner half on the on side.
  • 25.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 97/1
  • 25.5 Sharp delivery! Landed on a length around off, cuts back in sharply and catches Pujara high on the back thigh. Excellent ball, didn't leave the batsman any chance to play that.
  • 25.4 Full outside off, driven tamely towards mid off.
  • 25.3 Short of a length delivery, solid defensive shot presented by Pujara.
  • There is a leg gully in place for Pujara. He got out in that position in the second innings of the last game.
  • 25.2 Slightly ahead of a length, stump-to-stump line, worked away with the wrists into the leg side.
  • 25.1 Good length delivery seaming back in, Rahul plays from his crease as he gets an inside edge to square leg. Single taken.
  • 24.6 Flighted full and attacking the stumps, Pujara takes big lunge forward and defends it on the on side. 96/1
  • 24.5 Inside edge on that? Simon Doull on air most definitely thinks so. And he's right too, replays confirm there was some bat. Great eye, Simon. Slider on leg, Pujara looks to flick but gets an inside edge off his pads and it flies past a diving Mendis at short leg. Wasn't too far away, that.
  • 24.4 On the fuller side once more, Che takes a big stride forward and defends.
  • 24.3 Pujara comes forward and meets it with a straight blade.
  • 24.2 Jumps down the wicket, gets close to the pitch of the ball and drives it to mid off for a quick single.
  • 24.1 Darts it extremely full outside off, KL stays grounded and dig it out on the off side.
  • 23.6 Fraction straight in line, Cheteshwar flicks it a bit uppishly but it's well short of the mid-wicket fielder. 95/1
  • 23.5 Short of a good length outside off, there was some room but not enough. Pujara attempts to cut and gets a bottom edge as the ball falls on the off side.
  • 23.4 Shaping back in on middle and leg, works it around his hips as he tucks it through backward square leg. Comfortable single taken.
  • 23.3 In the channel outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 23.2 Brings out the short one and bangs it in hard, Rahul ducks and evades watchfully.
  • 23.1 Back of a length outside off, punched from the crease to covers for no run.
  • 22.6 Tossed up delivery on the stumps, a solid front foot block from the batsman and that will be the end of the over. 94/1
  • 22.5 Drifting in on the pads, worked away down to short fine leg. No run taken.
  • 22.4 Quite full, the batsman in well forward as he meets it with the full face of the bat.
  • 22.3 Picks it off his pads and turns it against the spin on the leg side.
  • 22.2 Slower outside off, turning away as Che taps it square on the off side. Rahul wants the run but Pujara declines.
  • 22.1 Mendis takes another blow, this time on his body. Pujara rocks back as the ball keeps low, still manages good connection and hits Mendis positioned at short leg.
  • 21.6 Excellent over. Maiden. Rahul plants his front foot forward to this full ball and pushes it back down the track. 94/1
  • 21.5 Another dot ball. This is good pressure applied by Pradeep. Isn't giving Rahul much room to work with and forces him to defend on the off side.
  • 21.4 Keeps it close to the off stick, Rahul gets an inside edge past the leg stump towards short fine leg as he attempts to block.
  • 21.3 On the fourth stump line, a good length delivery and it's punched to mid off from the back foot.
  • 21.2 Slipped down the leg side, KL looks to get something on it but misses.
  • 21.1 Length ball just outside off, defends it in front of mid-wicket off the inner half.
  • Nuwan Pradeep is back into the attack.
  • 20.6 Ripper from Rangi! Absolute peach. Drops it just outside off, a bit short too. Pujara hangs his bat out to defend but it turns ever so slightly and beats the outside edge. Excellent end to the over from the veteran. 94/1
  • 20.5 Too short from Herath, allows Pujara time to go back and play this very late. Dabbed past the only slip fielder and two runs are in the bag.
  • 20.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 20.3 Just outside the line of off stump, Pujara defends it on the off side with a slightly opened face.
  • 20.2 Quite slow this time, Rahul pushes it just wide of cover and calls his partner through for one.
  • 20.1 Pushed through quicker outside off, with an angled bat it's played to point.
  • 19.6 Landed on a driving length, Pujara is down the track as he pushes this to mid off. 91/1
  • 19.5 Poor Kusal Mendis! That has got to hurt, blow on the helmet is never good. Pujara goes back and smashes the pull straight at Mendis positioned at short leg. The youngster turns to avoid it but is struck on the side of his helmet. The ball lobs back and falls just short of the fielder at mid-wicket. Mendis has his helmet off and fortunately, looks okay to continue. Has a big smile on his face. Good to see.
  • 19.4 Swept away on the leg side for no run.
  • 19.3 Goes deep inside his crease, waits for the flat ball to come to him and works it past short leg.
  • 19.2 Slower through the air, landed on off, it turns away as Cheteshwar prods forward in defense.
  • 19.1 Drifting in on middle and leg, Rahul clips it fine down the leg side and takes a run.
  • 18.6 Quite full on off, comes well forward and defends. 90/1
  • 18.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 18.4 FOUR! Full on middle, Rahul brings out the broom and sweeps it past short leg, through square leg and sends it across the rope for a boundary.
  • 18.3 Spinning away from around off, left alone for the keeper.
  • 18.2 Stays back and punches it wide of the cover fielder for a quick run.
  • 18.1 Drops it just back of a driving length, Pujara is half-forward to defend but the ball just spins away slightly. Takes the edge and falls into the off side.
  • 17.6 FOUR! Short and flat on the stumps, Rahul goes back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 84/1
  • 17.5 The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground.
  • 17.4 Floated around off, Rahul gets close to the pitch by using his feet and pushes it to the left of the bowler, who makes a tumbling stop.
  • 17.3 Positions himself perfectly behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 17.2 Touch short again, outside off, Rahul hangs back and blocks.
  • 17.1 Stays back to this flatter ball and keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 16.6 Defends it in front of short mid-wicket to end the over. 80/1
  • 16.5 Flat and short outside off, punched off the back foot through covers for one.
  • Harsha Bhogle on air has some good insight on Hardik Pandya. He says that he definitely has the potential, but it's too soon to compare him to Ben Stokes just yet. Hardik has just played 18 first-class matches whereas Stokes had 50-plus already under his belt before breaking out onto the scene. So India must really invest in him and give him time, as he could be a vital cog in this Indian Test team for a long time.
  • 16.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
  • 16.3 Takes a step out of the crease seeing the flight and works it past the man at short leg.
  • 16.2 Not much spin on this occasion, going on straight, Pujara defends it off the inner half from within his crease.
  • 16.1 Tossed up well outside off, Rahul reaches for it a bit and pushes it straight towards extra cover for a run.
  • Rangana Herath is back into the attack.
  • 15.6 Makes use of his feet again, comes down the track and whips it through the mid-wicket region for a couple of runs. 77/1
  • 15.5 Nice drift into Cheteshwar Pujara, slow and on the stumps, Pujara brings his bat ahead of his pad and deals with it well.
  • 15.4 Skips down and pushes it to mid on.
  • 15.3 Takes it on the full and sweeps it down towards fine leg for an easy run.
  • 15.2 Loopy and full on middle and leg, Rahul clears his front leg and drives it hard back down the track. The bowler makes a half-stop towards mid on, nicely done. The batsmen don't take a run.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Malinda gives it a lot of flight and seeing this, Rahul uses his feet well. Gets to the pitch and lofts it over extra cover for a boundary.
  • 14.6 Bowls it way outside off, Pujara pads it away. There is a mild appeal from Dickwella but nothing from the umpire. 70/1
  • 14.5 Flatter outside off, Pujara cuts it towards point.
  • 14.4 FOUR! TOP SHOT! He loves using his feet to the finger spinner. Dances down the track and drives it past the bowler for a boundary.
  • 14.3 Drags his length back outside off, Pujara guides it towards the vacant point region and takes two.
  • 14.2 Dances down the track and flicks it to mid on. Pujara sets off for a run but then sends his partner back.
  • 14.1 Plays it with the spin towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • Drinks break! India started off well but the Lankans have come back with Dhawan's dismissal. A wicket or two now and they present themselves with the opportunity to have a firm position in this game.
  • 13.6 Tosses it on middle, Pujara plants his front foot forward and defends it. 63/1
  • 13.5 Gives it air on middle, Pujara defends it watchfully.
  • 13.4 Loopy ball on middle, the batsman defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 13.3 Flighted ball on off, Pujara defends it off the front foot.
  • 13.2 Comes down the track and inside edges it towards mid-wicket who fumbles and concedes a run.
  • 13.1 Tosses it up on off, Rahul defends it off the back foot.
  • Another change from Chandimal, he's mixing it up. Debutant Malinda Pushpakumara will bowl for the very first time in his international career. He has 558 wickets in 99 first-class matches, not an easy feat to achieve. One wonders why he's coming into the national team so late. Let's see how he fares on the big stage. There is a slip and a short leg in place.
  • 12.6 Dances down the track and drives it to mid off. 62/1
  • 12.5 Flatter outside off, Pujara pads it away.
  • 12.4 Comes down the track and drives it to mid off.
  • 12.3 Plays it with the spin towards the leg side for a run.
  • 12.2 Taps it in front of cover-point and Pujara sets off for a run. The fielder is quick to the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. A single taken.
  • 12.1 JUST SHORT! Tosses it up outside off, Pujara plays for the spin but the ball goes on with the arm and he gets an outside edge towards Mathews at first slip. He dives to his right and the ball falls just short of him. He makes a half stop and the ball rolls towards short third man. Pujara wants a single but is sent back by Rahul.
  • 11.6 Good length on off, Rahul defends it off the back foot. 60/1
  • 11.5 Sprays on the pads, Rahul flicks it through the leg side for a couple.
  • 11.4 Just ahead of a length on off, Lokesh drives it towards mid off.
  • 11.3 Angles it into the batsman, Rahul works it to mid-wicket.
  • 11.2 Bowled on middle, Rahul defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 11.1 Lands it on a length on off, Rahul gets it off the inner half back to the bowler.
  • 10.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 58/1
  • 10.5 Plays it with the spin towards square leg for a run.
  • 10.4 Almost an edge there! Flatter outside off, Rahul tries to cut but gets beaten.
  • 10.3 Loopy ball on off, Rahul defends it off the front foot.
  • 10.2 Flighted ball on off, Pujara gets it off the outside edge towards short third man for a run.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara, who is playing his 50th Test, makes his way out into the middle. Special occasion for him, he'll look to make it count like he usually does.
  • 10.1 OUT! A successful review from Sri Lanka this time. The bowling change has worked wonders. The dangerman Dhawan has to depart. Bowls it full on middle, the ball straightens a little. Dhawan tries to sweep but misses and is struck on the pads. The Lankans appeal and this time the umpire gives it not out. Dickwella wants it to be reviewed straightaway and Chandimal obliges and reviews. They go upstairs. Replays show that there was no bat involved. The ball has pitched in line, strikes him in line and is hitting the leg stump. Three reds the umpire has to overturn his decision again. Big wicket for the home side. Dilruwan is ecstatic.
  • Another lbw shout, this time Dhawan is the man in question. Looks close, he could be in trouble.
  • Dilruwan Perera will have a go with the ball.
  • 9.6 A tad fuller on off, Shikhar drives it towards sweeper cover and takes a single. 56/0
  • 9.5 Sprays on the pads, Rahul flicks it to fine leg for a run.
  • 9.4 A tad fuller outside off, Dhawan pushes it through covers for a run.
  • 9.3 Drifts it on the pads, Rahul flicks it through square leg and rotates strike.
  • 9.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 9.1 NOT OUT! Rahul survives. A brilliant review from him. The ploy to bowl with the part timer almost paid off for Sri Lanka. Bowls it on a length on middle, jags back in a touch. Rahul tries to flick but misses and is struck on the pads. The Lankans appeal and the umpire gives it out. Lokesh walks down to his partner and after a chat he decides to review it. They go upstairs. Replays show that the ball has pitched in line and hits him in line but is missing the stumps. The on-field call has to be overturned. Rahul will breathe a sigh of a relief.
  • Rahul has taken a review as he has been adjudged LBW. Looks close!
  • 8.6 Fuller on middle, Dhawan drives it to mid off. 52/0
  • 8.5 Good length on off, Rahul taps it in front of covers and runs a single.
  • 8.4 FOUR! It is raining boundaries in Colombo. Bowls it on the pads, Rahul flicks it to the fine leg fence for a boundary. The 50 is up for India, first 50-plus opening stand for them against the Lankan in the last 10 innings.
  • 8.3 Bangs it in short this time, Shikhar pulls it through backward square leg for a run.
  • 8.2 FOUR! He is so good through the cover region. Full outside off, Dhawan drives it through covers for another boundary. He is on the charge here.
  • 8.1 Change of angle from Pradeep, comes over the wicket to Dhawan. Bowls it wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 7.6 Good length on off, Rahul defends it by covering the line of the ball. 42/0
  • 7.5 Fullish length outside off, Dhawan drives it through covers for a run.
  • 7.4 A tad fuller on middle, gets some sharp movement back into the batsman. Dhawan tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 7.3 A tad shorter outside off, Rahul punches it through covers and the batsmen run three. India are off to a flier here.
  • 7.2 Lands it on a length on off, Lokesh defends it solidly.
  • 7.1 Good length on off, Rahul defends it off the back foot.
  • An unlikely bowling change as Dimuth Karunaratne is introduced into the bowling attack.
  • 6.6 BIG APPEAL! But nothing from the umpire. Lands it on a length on middle, Dhawan walks across and tries to flick but misses and is struck on the pads. Appeal made but seems like it was going down the leg side. 38/0
  • 6.5 Full on off, Dhawan lunges forward and drives it through extra cover. The fielder from mid off gives chase and does well to stop the ball before the boundary. Two taken from the batsmen.
  • 6.4 Shorter in length on off, Dhawan pushes it towards point.
  • Sri Lanka are already pegged on the back foot. There was a long leg, deep mid-wicket and long on in place in one of his earlier overs. Now, in Pradeep's, there's a deep point and gully has been removed. The Dhawan effect for you, people!
  • 6.3 Good length on off, Dhawan defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 6.2 Back of a length on off, Shikhar defends it off the back foot.
  • 6.1 FOUR! CRACKING SHOT! He is growing in confidence here. Fuller in length outside off, Dhawan leans forward and drives it through covers and the ball races to the fence.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Rahul. Dances down the track and hits it towards mid off where Karunaratne slips while running to his left and lets it through for another boundary. 32/0
  • 5.5 FOUR! TOP SHOT! Herath gives it air outside off, Rahul square drives it for a boundary.
  • 5.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 5.3 A tad shorter on middle, Rahul flicks it towards short leg who makes a good reflex stop.
  • 5.2 Floats it on middle, Rahul defends it solidly. He is more comfortable bowling to the right-hander.
  • 5.1 Tosses it up on middle, Dhawan drives it to long on for a run.
  • 4.6 Lands it on a length on middle, jags back in a touch. Rahul tries to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the pads. There is a stifled appeal from the Lankans but nothing from the umpire. 23/0
  • 4.5 Fullish outside off, Dhawan drives it powerfully towards mid off who half stops it and the batsmen take a single.
  • 4.4 A tad fuller on off, Dhawan drives it to mid off.
  • 4.3 FOUR! CRUNCHED! Bangs it in short on middle, Dhawan pulls it through square leg for a boundary. That made a cracking sound off the bat.
  • 4.2 Good length outside off, Dhawan pushes it off the inner half to mid off.
  • 4.1 Lands it on a length outside off, does not fiddle with it.
  • 3.6 Floats it on off, Rahul pushes it to mid on. A maiden by Herath. 18/0
  • 3.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground
  • 3.4 Drags his length back outside off, Lokesh cuts it towards point where de Silva dives to his left and makes a good stop.
  • 3.3 Flatter on off, Rahul pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 3.2 Dances down the track and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 3.1 CLOSE SHAVE! Loopy ball around off, goes on with the arm. Lokesh lets it through to the keeper. The ball just misses the off pole. A brave leave from Rahul there.
  • 2.6 Back of a length on off, Dhawan pushes it to point. Dhawan is playing with a positive intent just like he played in the first innings of the first Test. 18/0
  • 2.5 FOUR! Nails the cut shot this time. Shorter outside off, Shikhar camps back and cuts it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 2.4 BEATEN! Just ahead of a length outside off, Dhawan tries to cut but gets beaten. That was a bit too full to cut.
  • 2.3 Back of a length on off, the batsman pushes it to covers.
  • 2.2 A tad fuller outside off, Dhawan shoulders his arms to it.
  • 2.1 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 1.6 The last shot made Chandimal take push mid on back. Dhawan pushes it there and takes a run. 14/0
  • 1.5 SIX! BANG! We saw this so many times in the first Test. Dances down the wicket and lofts it over the long on fence for a maximum. Brilliant from Dhawan.
  • 1.4 Drags his length back outside off, Shikhar cuts it to point.
  • 1.3 EDGED BUT SHORT! Dhawan is living dangerously here. Flighted ball outside off, Dhawan pokes at it but gets an outside edge which falls just short of first slip.
  • 1.2 Tosses it up on middle, Rahul defends it off the front foot.
  • 1.1 Floats it on middle, gets some drift into the batsman. Rahul gets it off the inner half through backward square leg for a couple. That was loose from Rahul.
  • Well, well, well... What do we have here? Spin right from the off. Rangana Herath will be bowling from the other end. A slip and a short leg in position for him.
  • 0.6 FOUR! STREAKY BOUNDARY! Lands it on a length just outside off, Dhawan pokes at it and gets an outside edge past the diving third slip fielder for a boundary. The slip should have been a little closer. A good over by Pradeep. 4/0
  • 0.5 Lands it on a length outside off, Shikhar does not fiddle with it.
  • 0.4 Good length on off, Dhawan defends it solidly off the back foot.
  • 0.3 Bowls it way wide outside off, Dhawan points his bat skywards and lets it through to the keeper. Pradeep should be bowling a little straighter.
  • 0.2 A tad fuller outside off, Dhawan does not bother playing a shot at it.
  • 0.1 Comes around the wicket. Starts off with a length ball outside off, Dhawan shoulders his arms to it.
  • We are ready to get underway. The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul will open the batting for India. Nuwan Pradeep will bowl the first over for Sri Lanka. Three slips in a gully in place. Here we go...
  • Dinesh Chandimal says he feels much better and has recovered now well from the pneumonia. States despite the loss in Galle, you have to take the positives out of it. Stresses the importance scoring big runs after getting starts like Shikhar Dhawan did and the bowlers need to stick to their plans. Adds it's a dry surface so wants to keep the Indians to as low a score as possible. Mentions there are three changes - himself, Malinda Pushpakumara (debut) and Dhananjaya de Silva come in for Danushka Gunathilaka, Asela Gunaratne (injured) and Lahiru Kumara.
  • Virat Kohli says it feels good to win the toss and they will bat first. He reckons it will be a good wicket. He opines he wants to make good use of the wicket by batting first. He admits that they have recovered well and understands the importance of rest too. He further adds they are well prepared for this game. Informs that Lokesh Rahul comes in place of Abhinav Mukund. Finishes by saying Lokesh Rahul has been their champion opener and Abhinav Mukund understands the dynamics of how a team works.
  • TOSS - INDIA WIN THE TOSS AND ELECT TO BAT FIRST! A bit of trivia. This is the first toss Sri Lanka have lost here after 10 consecutive matches. And, Virat Kohli has never lost a Test match after winning the toss.
  • Pitch Report - Russel Arnold says the sun should break through and there should be a cool breeze coming through. Mentions that when comparing the wicket to the Sri Lanka-Australia game last year, it's less drier. Adds the team winning the toss should bat first. Continues saying when the ball starts landing in the line of the stumps, there will be movement and cheeky batsmen running down the wicket will only aid that. Ends the pitch report expecting lots of runs on the first day.
  • India on the other hand, could not have asked for a better way to start the tour. They will be oozing with confidence and Virat Kohli would want the winning momentum to continue. It will be interesting to see if Kuldeep Yadav gets a game on a track which will assist the spinners and if Abhinav Mukund keeps his place. We are in for an exciting day of cricket. Stay tuned for the toss which might play an important factor in this game.
  • Hello and welcome to the 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo. We will have to wait and watch whether the hosts have recovered from the drubbing they received in the series opener. They have been handed a boost with the return of their of their skipper Dinesh Chandimal who missed the first game due to illness. Also, Rangana Herath has been passed fit to play. The home side will have to play out of its skin to have any chance of leveling the series.
  • The visitors started the day by taking Chandimal and Mendis quickly. Dickwella and Mathews tried to counter attack but a brilliant catch to dismiss the latter and a false shot by the former got the better of them. For India, Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers bagging a 5-fer and he was well supported by the rest with everyone taking a wicket at least. On a wicket which is providing a lot of assistance to the bowlers we just might see the visitors clinching the series today. Join us for the second session in a while.
  • So Sri Lanka have been bundled out for 183. The Indian bowlers have made short work of the Sri Lankan batting line-up. They trail by 439 and INDIA HAVE ENFORCED THE FOLLOW-ON.
  • 49.4 OUT! Dragged on! 26th fifer for Ashwin! He tosses it up outside off, Pradeep plants his front foot across and after feeling that the ball won't spin much tries to leave it. However, he is late in it and the ball takes the inside edge and rattles the stumps. That's the end of the Sri Lankan innings. THEY ARE BUNDLED OUT FOR 183! This is their lowest score against India at the SSC.
  • 49.3 Pushpakumara dances down the track and heaves it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 49.2 Pushpakumara dances down the track, but Ashwin cramps him for room by bowling an off spinner on the shorter side around off. Malinda adjusts well and chops it to point.
  • 49.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 48.6 Pradeep prods forward in defence but gets a soft outside edge to second slip. 182/9
  • 48.5 Pushpakumara gets across and works it on the leg side for a run.
  • 48.4 Tossed up around off, spinning away, MP feels for it but gets beaten.
  • 48.3 FOUR! Dropped and a boundary! Served fuller around off, spinning away. Pushpakumara goes for the slog again. Gets it off the toe end over mid on. Yadav there backpedals, gets both hands to it but ends up spilling it. The ball trickles to the fence behind. That was a difficult chance though!
  • 48.2 Malinda now goes for the sweep against the turn but misses this time.
  • 48.1 SIX! Slogged down the ground! Pushpakumara makes room and slogs the fuller delivery straight down the ground for a maximum. Take that Jaddu, says Malinda!
  • 47.6 Nuwan sees off the over watchfully. Bends forward and blocks it again. 171/9
  • 47.5 Slower through the air around off, Pradeep presents a front foot defence.
  • 47.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 47.3 Pradeep prods forward and defends.
  • Nuwan Pradeep the last man comes out to bat. With only two minutes left before lunch if the last wicket does not fall in that time the session will be extended.
  • 47.2 OUT! Ashwin gets through Perera's defence. Does him in with flight. Lands it around off, Dilruwan looks to push it on the off side but plays down the wrong line. The ball goes past the inside edge and shatters the woodwork. 4th of the innings for Ashwin. He is continuing his good run.
  • 47.1 Tossed up nicely around off, Dilruwan leans ahead to defend.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin is brought back into the attack.
  • 46.6 MP prods forward and blocks it away. 171/8
  • 46.5 A touch shorter and spinning away, punched off the back foot to mid on.
  • 46.4 Malinda gets behind the line of the delivery and defends.
  • 46.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 46.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 46.1 Quicker through the air around off, spinning away sharply. Pushpakumara prods forward to defend but the away spin and sharp bounce does him in.
  • 45.6 Bangs it in short on off, Perera lets it through to the keeper. 171/8
  • 45.5 Sprays on the pads, Pushpakumara flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 45.4 Very full on middle, Dilruwan flicks it towards mid on for a run.
  • 45.3 Good length on off, Perera defends it solidly.
  • 45.2 Brilliant work from Jadeja! Full by Shami. Malinda drives it towards mid off where Ravindra dives to his right and makes a good stop. The batsmen take a run.
  • 45.1 Back of a length on off, Malinda guides it to point.
  • 44.6 Quicker on off, gets vicious turn away from the batsman. Perera tries to defend but gets beaten. 168/8
  • 44.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 44.4 FOUR! He is continuing from where he left in Galle. Perera plays the slog sweep through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 44.3 Flatter outside off, Perera lets it through to the keeper.
  • 44.2 Fires it full on middle, Pushpakumara gets it off the inner half through square leg for a run.
  • 44.1 Bowls it wide outside off, Perera drives it through covers for a run.
  • 43.6 Just ahead of a length on middle, Pushpakumara defends it by covering the line of the ball. 162/8
  • 43.5 Bowls it on a length on off, Malinda defends it solidly.
  • 43.4 Bangs it in short on middle, Pushpakumara tries to evade it but the ball hits his chest and lobs to second slip.
  • 43.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 43.2 Good length on middle, Perera tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The Indians appeal but the umpire gives it not out. The ball rolls on the off side and the batsmen take a run.
  • 43.1 Lands it on a length on off, Perera defends it off the front foot.
  • 42.6 Full outside off, Dilruwan drives it through mid off for a run. 161/8
  • 42.5 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries. Shorter in length outside off, Perera cuts it through cover-point and the ball races to the fence.
  • 42.4 FOUR! Dilruwan sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary. He used the pace well there.
  • 42.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 42.2 Very full on middle, Perera digs it out well.
  • 42.1 Advances down the track and pads it. The ball lobs towards second slip who collects the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Had he hit it would have been interesting.
  • Malinda Pushpakumara comes out to bat.
  • 41.6 OUT! Timber! Shami on fire! The perfect delivery for a tailender. He comes steaming in and spears it very full on middle and off, tails in sharply too. Herath is yorked and sees his woodwork disturbed. India just a couple wickets away from bowling out the hosts, depending on whether Pradeep comes out to bat. 152/8
  • 41.5 Shami comes from over the wicket, bowls a back of a length delivery, angling away. Herath mistimes his punch through covers and collects a brace.
  • 41.4 Banged in short, Herath ducks under it and lets it sail through to the keeper.
  • 41.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 41.2 Back of a length delivery around off, angling in, Herath stands tall and blocks it away.
  • Rangana Herath strides out to the middle.
  • 41.1 OUT! Dickwella oversmarts himself! Shami strikes with his first ball today. Niroshan kneels down and looks to scoop the length ball, gets a faint inside edge and it deflects onto the stumps. Such an unnecessary shot to play. He did all the hard work against the spinners, dealt with them nicely but in the end overdid himself, going after the first ball from Mohammed. SRI LANKA ARE STILL 472 RUNS BEHIND!
  • Mohammed Shami is into the attack.
  • 40.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 150/6
  • 40.5 Spinning away from outside off, tapped to point.
  • 40.4 Outside off, watchful leave by the batsman.
  • 40.3 Spinning into the pads, ND gets across and works it through square leg for a single.
  • 40.2 Played with the spin on the leg side.
  • 40.1 Spinning down leg, Dickwella gets across and lets it go at the last moment.
  • 39.6 Stifled appeal for a catch! Perera looks to defend with bat and pad close but the ball takes the pads and lobs to short leg. India appeal but the umpire stays put. The Snicko confirms no inside edge and glove being involved. 149/6
  • 39.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 39.4 Missed chance! Spinning in from around off. Perera looks to defend but misses and the ball goes off the pads behind. He loses his balance and falls out of the crease. Saha though fails to collect the ball due to that deflection and the chance goes begging. Ashwin appealed for lbw too but it was turned down.
  • 39.3 Shortish delivery outside off, spinning in, Perera goes back and punches it through covers for a brace. Good running!
  • 39.2 Defended with the turn on the leg side.
  • 5th Test fifty up for Niroshan Dickwella.
  • 39.1 Another half century for Dickwella! His fastest one! He once again kneels down and plays a controlled sweep in front of square on the legs side for a single. This is his fourth fifty in 2017 and it is the most by a Lankan batsmen this year.
  • 38.6 Spinning into the pads, Dickwella shuffles across and flicks it on the leg side for a single. 146/6
  • 38.5 Eased through mid on for a single.
  • 38.4 DP stays back in the crease and blocks it well.
  • 38.3 Outside off, spinning away, Perera goes back to cut but the away turn and extra bounce does him in.
  • 38.2 A muted appeal! Served around off, spinning away, Dilruwan feels for it but gets beaten on the outside edge. There's some sound as the ball passes the bat. The replays show that it was of the bat hitting the pad there.
  • 38.1 Niroshan shapes to reverse sweep but gets it off the toe end through mid off for a single.
  • 37.6 SIX! Into the stands! Game plan from Sri Lanka is clear, to go after the Indian bowling. This time it's Perera who gives the charge. Dances down and clobbers it over long on for a biggie. 143/6
  • 37.5 Perera prods forward to defend but gets it off the inner half and onto the pads.
  • 37.4 Ashwin comes from around the wicket, spinning away, ND goes back and taps it in the cover region for a single.
  • 37.3 FOUR! Handsome! Fuller delivery on middle, Dickwella kneels down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 37.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 37.1 Spinning away, punched with the spin to covers.
  • 36.6 Dickwella gets forward and eases it down to long on for a single. 132/6
  • 36.5 This time ND fails to sweep it cleanly, the ball gets stopped by leg gully.
  • 36.4 FOUR! Another one! Dickwella is doing well here to throw Jadeja off his lines and lengths. Kneels down and slog sweeps it over backward square leg for a boundary. He moves into the forties!
  • 36.3 Dickwella goes back to punch but gets cramped for room by the ball spinning in. Adjusts well and defends it on the off side.
  • 36.2 FOUR! Good use of the feet! Once again Dickwella dances down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and clubs it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 36.1 Spinning into the pads, Niroshan kneels down across and sweeps it to square leg.
  • 35.6 Drags his length back a little, Perera defends it off the back foot. 123/6
  • 35.5 Connects with the sweep this time to deep square leg for a run.
  • 35.4 Quicker on off, Dickwella guides it to point.
  • 35.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 35.2 Dickwella brings out the sweep shot but gets beaten by the turn.
  • 35.1 Tosses it outside off, Dickwella tries to sweep but misses and is struck on the pads.
  • 34.6 Fires it on off, Perera drives it to mid off. 122/6
  • Dilruwan Perera walks out to bat.
  • 34.5 OUT! 150th Test wicket for Jadeja! He is the second fastest Indian to do so. Quicker on middle, turning away. De Silva tries to defend it off the front foot but gets beaten by the turn and the ball takes the off pole. That was a beautiful delivery. Not a good return for Dhananjaya as he bags a golden duck. There was no foot movement by him. The Sri Lankan batsmen are falling like a pack of cards. Jadeja gets his third.
  • 34.4 Advances down the track and clips it to mid on to rotate strike.
  • 34.3 Plays it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 34.2 FOUR BYES! Tries to play the reverse sweep but Jadeja fires it down the leg side. It misses everything and races down to the fine leg boundary.
  • 34.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is the new man in.
  • Drinks break! Sri Lanka have lost half their side but are still 505 runs behind. They will have to pull something magical and also will need a lot of fortune if they want to get anything from this match. India would be looking to continue the same.
  • 33.6 OUT! Sensational from Pujara! Great reflex catch there. Mathews can't believe it. Ashwin floats it on off, Angelo plays it with the spin towards leg gully where Pujara dives low to his left and takes an excellent one-handed catch. He starts walking back but the umpires ask him to stop. They go upstairs to check whether it is a clean catch or not. The replays show that he has taken that cleanly and Mathews has to walk back. Sri Lanka have half their side back in the hut. This is a huge wicket for India and you can see by their celebration how happy they are! 117/5
  • Pujara has take a stunner at leg gully. The umpire though wants to check it upstairs. However, the soft signal is 'out'.
  • 33.5 Straighter one on leg stump, Niroshan plays it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 33.4 Brings out the sweep this time, but hits it uppishly wide of the man at deep backward square leg who does well to pull it back just before the boundary. The batsmen take two.
  • 33.3 Fires it on middle, Dickwella defends it off the back foot.
  • 50-run stand is up between Dickwella and Mathews.
  • 33.2 FOUR! Raining boundaries here. Shorter in length outside off, Dickwella cuts it through covers and the ball races to the fence.
  • 33.1 Flatter on leg stump, turning away. Dickwella gets it off the outer half towards point.
  • Long off in place now. The attacking approach by these two batsmen has forced Kohli to think a little defensive.
  • 32.6 SIX! BOOM! Counter-attack from the ex-skipper. Fires it on off, Mathews moves his front leg out of the way and smacks it straight over the fence for a huge maximum. 110/4
  • 32.5 Sweeps it uppishly with the spin towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 32.4 Fires it on middle, skids into the batsman, Mathews flicks it on the leg side for a run.
  • 32.3 Flatter on off, turning away. Mathews tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 32.2 SIX! TOP SHOT! A lot fuller on leg stump, Mathews picks it up over mid on for another maximum.
  • 32.1 Shorter in length on off, Mathews cuts it to point.
  • 31.6 SIX! BANG! Great use of the feet. Runs down the track and hits it over the long off fence for a maximum. 96/4
  • 31.5 Floats it on off, Mathews sweeps it uppishly to deep backward square leg for a run.
  • 31.4 Tosses it up on off, Angelo defends it off the front foot.
  • 31.3 Advances down the track and defends it.
  • 31.2 Plays it with the spin towards mid-wicket. Dickwella wanted a run but was sent back by Mathews.
  • 31.1 Sweeps it to deep backward square leg for a run.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin is now into the attack. Two slips, a leg slip and a silly point in place.
  • 30.6 Darts it in on off, Mathews defends it by covering the line of the ball. 88/4
  • 30.5 Drags his length back on off, Angelo pushes it through the off side for a couple.
  • 30.4 Fires it on off, Mathews guides it on point.
  • 30.3 Quicker on off, turning away. Mathews gets beaten.
  • 30.2 Flatter on off, Angelo defends it off the front foot.
  • 30.1 Shorter outside off, turning back in. Dickwella taps it towards covers for a run.
  • 29.6 Full on off, Mathews drives it back to umesh who makes a good one hand stop to his right. He mimes to throw it back on the stumps but does not. Good aggression from Umesh. 85/4
  • 29.5 Good length on middle, Mathews works it to mid-wicket.
  • 29.4 Just ahead of a length on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 29.3 Huge appeal! Fullish length tailing back in on leg stump, Mathews tries to flick it but misses and is struck on the pads. The Indians appeal but the umpire gives it not out. It must be missing leg.
  • 29.2 Bangs it in short on leg stump, Dickwella tucks it towards the leg side for a run.
  • 29.1 The batsman rocks onto the backfoot and punches the ball.
  • 28.6 Brings out the sweep shot again but this time the ball hits the back of the short leg fielder who was taking evasive action and the ball lobs towards square leg for a run. 84/4
  • 28.5 FOUR! Dickwella will continue playing his shots. Walks across and sweeps it fine through the leg side for a boundary. If he would have missed that he would have been a dead duck.
  • 28.4 Fires it on leg stump, Angelo taps it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 28.3 Flatter on off, Mathews defends it solidly.
  • 28.2 Dances down the track and flicks it to the left of mid on for a run.
  • 28.1 Plays it with the spin towards mid off for a run.
  • 27.6 Angling into the batsman, played with the angle to mid on. 76/4
  • 27.5 Length delivery, defended off the outer half to gully.
  • 27.4 Back of a length delivery around off, Niroshan gets on his toes and blocks it.
  • 27.3 FOUR! Nicely done! Dickwella opens the face of the bat and nicely glides it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 27.2 Full outside off, driven on the up on the off side. Kohli at short cover drives and makes a good stop.
  • 27.1 Full outside off, driven off the inner half to mid on.
  • 26.6 FOUR! Good intent from Mathews! Shuffles across and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. He picked his spot as there was no one out there. 72/4
  • 26.5 Darts it in on middle, the batsman defends it solidly.
  • 26.4 Fires it on off, Angelo defends it off the front foot.
  • 26.3 That has taken a chunck out of the wicket! Fires it on off, turning away also bounces a lot. Mathews tries to defend it but gets beaten. Saha does well to collect it.
  • 26.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 26.1 Flatter on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 25.6 FOUR! Lovely timing! Full outside off, Dickwella leans into it and drives it through the covers for a boundary. He will play his shots. 68/4
  • 25.5 Back of a length on middle, Dickwella defends it off the back foot.
  • Niroshan Dickwella walks out to bat.
  • 25.4 OUT! UMESH STRIKES! Kohli having dropped one makes no mistake this time. Umesh bowls it on leg stump, Mendis tries to flick but the ball stops on him and takes the outer half and lobs up to mid on, who pedals back and takes an easy catch. Sri Lanka are in dire straits here.
  • 25.3 Lands it on a length on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot.
  • 25.2 CLOSE SHAVE! Lands it on a length on off, Mendis defends it off the bottom half and the ball bounces and hits him on the body and rolls just besides the stumps. Mendis does well to hit the ball away with his bat and not let it roll onto the stumps.
  • 25.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 24.6 FOUR! INNOVATION! Darts it on the stumps, Mathews paddles it through short fine for a boundary. 64/3
  • 24.5 DROPPED! Jadeja is causing all sorts of problems here. Fires it in on the middle, turning away. Takes the outside edge of Mathews and goes to the left of second slip. Kohli positioned there first moves to his right and then dives low to his left, gets a hand to it but fails to hang on. Mathews gets a reprieve!
  • 24.4 Beaten again! Quicker on off, turning away. Mathews tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 24.3 Arm ball on off, Mathews defends it solidly.
  • 24.2 Flatter on off, turning away. Mathews is beaten as he tries to defend,
  • Angelo Mathews strides out to bat. These are testing time for Sri Lanka and they will need this experienced campaigner to fight it out in the middle.
  • 24.1 OUT! Jadeja gets his man! Good field placement by Virat there. Full ball on leg stump, Chandimal shuffles across and sweeps it straight to Pandya at backward square leg, who takes an easy catch. He was the only man there and a couple of yards away from him could have fetched Dinesh a boundary but unfortunately he hit straight to Hardik. An early wicket for India and it is that of the skipper, who is walking back to the hut. The visitors are ecstatic!
  • 23.6 Sprays on the pads, Mendis flicks it towards fine leg for a couple. 60/2
  • 23.5 Good length outside off, Mendis shoulders his arms to it.
  • 23.4 EDGED AND SHORT! Length ball on off, Mendis tries to defend but gets an outside edge which falls just short of Rahul at second slip. He makes a good stop though. Mendis has been lucky until now.
  • 23.3 Back of a length on off, Mendis pushes it to point.
  • 23.2 Lands it on a length on middle, Chandimal taps it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 23.1 Fullish in length, swinging into the batsman. Chandimal drives it back to the bowler.
  • 22.6 JAFFA! Quicker on off, turning away. Mendis tries to defend it but gets beaten. That was very close to the outside edge. 57/2
  • 22.5 Fullish length, Mendis drives it to mid off.
  • 22.4 Shorter in length on off, Mendis punches it to point.
  • 22.3 Fires it on middle, turns away. Takes the outside edge of Mendis and on the bounce to first slip.
  • 22.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 22.1 TURN AND BOUNCE! Flatter outside off, turns away and also bounces extra. Mendis first wants to play the cut but then pulls out.
  • 21.6 Fuller length outside off, Dinesh lets it through to the keeper. 57/2
  • 21.5 Shorter in length on off, the batsman defends it solidly.
  • 21.4 Good length on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.
  • 21.3 RIPPER! Fuller in length, swings away late. Chandimal tries to drive it but gets beaten. It almost took the edge. A great start by Yadav.
  • 21.2 Back of a length on middle, Dinesh defends it off the back foot.
  • 21.1 Induces an outside edge on his first delivery. Lands it on a length outside off, Chandimal tries to defend it but gets an outside edge on the bounce to second slip who dives to his right and stops the ball.
  • Umesh Yadav finally gets a go with the ball this innings!
  • 20.6 Bowled on the pads, Mendis flicks it through the leg side for a couple. An eventful first over. 57/2
  • 20.5 EDGY FOUR! Fires it on off, gets it to turn away from the batsman with extra bounce. Mendis is surprised by the bounce on offer and just puts his bat to it. Gets an outside edge and Pujara stationed at second slip fails to react and it goes between the first and the second slip for a boundary. Jadeja is not happy. That should have been taken. Che was standing too close.
  • 20.4 Quicker on off, Dinesh taps it towards covers for a run.
  • 20.3 Flatter on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.
  • 20.2 Slower through the air, spinning away. The Lankan skipper lets it through to the keeper.
  • 20.1 Tosses it up on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.
  • We're ready to get underway. The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis will continue their innings. Ravindra Jadeja will start the proceedings today morning.
  • A warm welcome everyone to day 3 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and India. The visiting side is in firm control of this game. After mounting a huge 622 runs on board, they now have got rid of the Lankan openers. Mendis and Chandimal then saw off the day but today will be their real test as the pitch would have deteriorated even more. The hosts will hope for this pair to bat as long as possible and release pressure for the batsmen to come. We are in for some great tussle between bat and ball today.
  • ... Day 3, Session 1 ...
  • The pitch is providing a lot of assistance to the spinners and it will only get tougher for the batsmen. The Indian spinners will do the majority of the bowling tomorrow and try to get the purchase off the roughs, whereas Sri Lanka will bank on their experienced batsmen to get them out of this mess. Join us for Day 3 tomorrow at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Till then, cheers and take care!
  • So, India are in a commanding position heading into Day 3. Sri Lanka have lost both their openers with only 50 on the board and they still trail by another 572 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin is spinning a web around the Lankan batsmen and he already has two scalps to his name. Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis have taken the attacking approach and both will have to stitch a big partnership if the home side is to get close to the visitor's total.
  • 19.6 Served in the line of the stumps, Mendis gets behind it and blocks. He survives the day as IT'S STUMPS ON DAY 2! 50/2
  • 19.5 FOUR! That came out of nowehere! What a last over this is turning out to be for the hosts! 10 runs off it already. Tossed up around middle and off, Mendis kneels down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 19.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 19.3 Leg spinner on the shorter side of a length, Chandimal goes back and punches it through mid on for a single.
  • 19.2 Leg bye! Lands it in the roughs, around off, spinning in. Mendis looks to defend but the ball spins in and lobs off Mendis' thigh pad past leg slip. A leg bye is taken.
  • 19.1 FOUR! A rare boundary! Tossed up around off, spinning in, Mendis kneels down and goes through with slog sweep. Doesn't time it well but still gets enough behind it to get it through to square leg fence.
  • 18.6 Full outside off, driven to covers. 40/2
  • 18.5 Chandimal covers his stumps and defends it neatly.
  • 18.4 DC prods forward and blocks it out.
  • 18.3 Arm ball outside off, Chandimal gets across and lets it go through to the keeper.
  • 18.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 18.1 On middle, spinning away sharply, Chandimal defends it towards gully. The replays show that there was a huge puff of dust as the ball landed.
  • 17.6 Mendis prods ahead and blocks it on the leg side. 40/2
  • 17.5 Ashwin lands it in the roughs outside off, spinning in sharply. Worked with the spin towards leg slip. It goes on the bounce to Pujara. Mendis survives.
  • 17.4 Mendis leans ahead and blocks it on the leg side.
  • 17.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 17.2 A carrom ball outside off, defended on the off side,
  • 17.1 Mendis stays back and works it with the spin to short leg.
  • An unofficial drinks break. Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal have called for water to make the Indian spinners to slow down as they are bowling really quickly.
  • 16.6 Around off, spinning away a touch, DC presents a solid front foot defence. 40/2
  • 16.5 Chandimal takes a stride forward and pushes this fullish delivery on the off side.
  • 16.4 Full outside off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
  • 16.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 16.2 Beaten on the bounce! Landed around off, spins away with too much of bounce. Dinesh is surprised by it and drops his wrists to let it through.
  • 16.1 Full around off, driven to short extra cover.
  • 15.6 Spinning into the pads, Chandimal shimmies a touch and works it past leg slip for a single. 40/2
  • 15.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 15.4 Similar to the last delivery, DC stays back and adjusts to the turn, keeping it out.
  • 15.3 Chandimal hangs back in the crease, lets the ball to come to him and then defends.
  • 15.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 15.1 Beaten! Straighter one outside off, Chandimal looks to play for the spin. But, it's not there and whiskers past the bat. Good bowling, this!
  • 14.6 Serves around off, spins a touch, squares Mendis up. The Lankan adjusts well and plays with an angled bat on the off side. 39/2
  • 14.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 14.4 Punched off the back foot with the spin to covers.
  • 14.3 Full down the leg side, Mendis looks to defend it on the leg side but gets a leading edge past second slip.
  • 14.2 Fuller around middle and off, Mendis remains solid in his defence.
  • Mendis backs away when Jadeja is about to deliver the ball. The umpire has a word with him and asks him to be ready when the bowler is.
  • 14.1 Mendis leans ahead to defend but the away turn takes soft outside edge and goes on the bounce to second slip.
  • 13.6 SIX! BANG! What a shot. Flighted ball on off, Chandimal gets down on one knee and sweeps it over the square leg fence for a biggie. That is one way to counter the spin. 39/2
  • 13.5 Big turn! Floats it on off, Chandimal tries to defend it but the ball turns in and hits his thigh pad.
  • Dinesh Chandimal comes out to bat.
  • 13.4 OUT! Ashwin strikes! The ball finally takes the outside edge. Karunaratne's struggle comes to an end. Ashwin tosses it up on off, the ball turns away and takes the outside edge to first slip where Rahane takes it comfortably. Sri Lanka are in deep trouble here. They have lost their second.
  • 13.3 This has been the story of the today. He has beaten the edge so many times. Tosses it on off, turning away. Karunaratne tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 13.2 Bowls a slider on leg stump, Dimuth flicks it through short fine leg for a couple.
  • 13.1 Tosses it up on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
  • 12.6 Shortish delivery outside off, spinning away, chopped to point. 31/1
  • 12.5 Jadeja lands it around off, spins away with sharp turn and bounce. Mendis is beaten in his defence.
  • 12.4 Arm ball, sliding on, Mendis fails to read it and gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 12.3 Quicker through the air outside off, Mendis gets half forward to defend with soft hands but ends up edging it on the off side.
  • 12.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 12.1 Shortish outside off, spinning away, Kusal goes back and punches it through cover-point for a brace.
  • 11.6 This too spins away a touch but Karunaratne blocks it from within the crease. 29/1
  • 11.5 Beaten again! Tossed up around off, spins away with bounce. Just what Ashwin has been doing throughout the innings. Dimuth feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 11.4 Ashwin comes from around the wicket, lands it around middle and off, defended solidly.
  • 11.3 Dimuth gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it away.
  • 11.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 11.1 FOUR! Glorious! Full outside off, driven sweetly off the front foot straight down the ground. Gets it past mid off and to the fence behind.
  • 10.6 NOT OUT! Such a waste of a review! Landed outside off, spinning away, Mendis prods forward to defend but is late in bringing his bat down and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire stays put. After a huge discussion, Kohli goes for the review. The Hawk Eye shows that the impact was outside off and going on to miss the stumps by a long way. India lose their first review. 25/1
  • There is a referral for LBW against Kusal Mendis. Looks like the impact is outside off.
  • 10.5 Wide outside off, Mendis camps back and cuts it to point.
  • 10.4 Landed outside off, padded away.
  • 10.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 10.2 Outside off, punched to covers.
  • 10.1 Karunaratne flicks it off the back foot square on the leg side for a single.
  • 9.6 Spinning down leg, Mendis gets across to work it on the leg side but misses. Sharp turn beats him and raps him high on the pads. 24/1
  • 9.5 Mendis dances down the track, to get Ashwin off his rhythm. However, it backfires as he misses his heave and gets rapped on the pads.
  • 9.4 FOUR! More runs! Tossed up around off, Mendis kneels down to slog sweep but gets it off the inner half. Gets it in the gap and the ball races away to the mid-wicket fence. Trying to make Ashwin alter his line, is Kusal.
  • 9.3 Served full on middle and leg, Dimuth shuffles across and tickles it in the square leg region for a single.
  • 9.2 Pushed off the front foot to short cover.
  • 9.1 Full outside off, spinning away, dabbed to gully.
  • 8.6 Bowls it outside off, Kusal lets it through to the keeper. 19/1
  • 8.5 Tosses it up on off, Mendis drives it to covers.
  • 8.4 HUGE APPEAL! Flatter on the off, turns away from the batsman. Mendis tries to defend it but gets beaten. The Indian appeal but nothing from the umpire. Replays show that there was day light between bat and ball.
  • 8.3 Drags his length back outside off, Mendis cuts it to cover-point.
  • 8.2 Plays it with the spin towards fine leg for a run.
  • 8.1 Comes over the wicket to the left hander. Comes down the track and defends it to silly mid on who collects the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. No harm done.
  • 7.6 OVERTHROWS! Sliding into the batsman, flicked on the leg side. Pandya at mid-wicket, rushes to the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Had he hit, it would have been close. However, he doesn't and no backup allows the ball to race away to the fence. Five overthrows these, free runs for Dimuth Karunaratne! 18/1
  • 7.5 Dimuth goes back and punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a brace.
  • 7.4 Beaten again! Karunaratne looks to defend with a straight bat but the ball turns away a touch and whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 7.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 7.2 Beaten again! Landed around off, spinning away, Karunaratne is surprised by the extra bounce and then drops his wrists at the last moment to leave.
  • 7.1 Beaten! Ash lands it around off, gets it to spin away, Dimuth feels for it but gets beaten by the sharp away turn.
  • 6.6 Fuller on middle, Kusal leans ahead and keeps it out. 11/1
  • 6.5 Mendis once again presents a solid front foot defence.
  • 6.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 6.3 Full outside off, driven through covers. Dhawan there half stops it but the batsmen still don't go for the run.
  • 6.2 Mendis prods ahead and buries it into the ground.
  • 6.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack.
  • 5.6 Once more! This time closer to the stumps. Karunaratne feels for it but gets beaten. 11/1
  • 5.5 Beauty! Some sharp turn and bounce on offer! Ashwin lands it on off, spins away with bounce. Karunaratne prods forward in defence but gets beaten there.
  • 5.4 Fuller on middle, Karunaratne shimmies and flicks it past Rahul at short leg. This time it's in front of square and gets a couple for it.
  • 5.3 Full around off, DK prods ahead and blocks it.
  • 5.2 On middle and off, straightening a touch, Karunaratne presents a front foot defence.
  • 5.1 Slower through the air on middle and off, defended down the track off the front foot.
  • 4.6 Length delivery, angling down leg, nudged past short leg behind square for a single. 9/1
  • 4.5 Short around off, angling in, Karunaratne stands tall to defend but once again gets surprised by extra bounce. Ends up blocking it off the splice on the off side.
  • 4.4 Banged in short, angling in, Dimuth ducks under it.
  • 4.3 FOUR! Just a push! Full outside off, Karunaratne just leans into the shot and drives it through mid off for the first boundary of the innings. Beautiful to watch this!
  • 4.2 Length delivery around leg, tucked towards short leg.
  • 4.1 Angling into the pads, worked down the leg side for a single.
  • 3.6 Spinning into the batsman this time. DK goes back and punches it on the off side. 3/1
  • 3.5 Full around off, sliding in. Dimuth looks to clip it on the leg side but gets a leading edge towards backward point.
  • 3.4 Landed around off, bounces a touch extra and spins away too. Karunaratne is surprised but does well to keep it out on the off side.
  • 3.3 Spinning into the pads, worked behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 3.2 Served around off, straightening a touch, defended into the surface.
  • 3.1 Fuller on middle and leg, clipped past short leg for a single.
  • 2.6 Back of a length delivery, angling in, defended from within the crease. 1/1
  • 2.5 A touch ahead of a length outside off, Mendis feels for it but gets beaten on the outside edge.
  • 2.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 2.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 2.2 Pushed from within the crease in the cover region for a single.
  • 2.1 Once more Shami starts the over with a bouncer. Dimuth ducks and lets it through to the keeper. Saha has to jump to take.
  • Kusal Mendis strides out to the middle.
  • 1.6 OUT! Rahul has managed to hold on to it! Slanting into the batsman, Tharanga stays back and works it on the leg side. Rahul at short leg hops to get out of harm's way. But, the ball hits him on the shoulders and deflects into his stomach region and he manages to hang on to it. He is up in celebration and then Kohli joins him. Both perform a combined dab. One can feel for Tharanga, such an unlucky dismissal! Ashwin has drawn first blood. He has the highest dismissals (95) by a spinner, opening the bowling (1 or 2) for his side. 0/1
  • 1.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 1.4 Bowls an arm ball, quicker through the air. Upul keeps it with a block.
  • 1.3 Beaten! Serves it on middle and off, grips and turns away sharply. Tharanga prods forward in defence but gets beaten.
  • 1.2 Ashwin gives it a nice loop and lands it full around off, it's driven to mid off.
  • 1.1 Served around off, straightening a touch, defended on the off side.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin will bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Fuller around off, kept out from within the crease. 0/0
  • 0.5 Pitched outside off, guided to gully.
  • 0.4 Angling into the batsman, tucked to mid-wicket.
  • 0.3 Length delivery outside off, Dimuth hangs his bat and dabs it on the off side.
  • 0.2 On a good length and angling in, tucked to mid-wicket.
  • 0.1 What a start! That just took off from the surface! Shami comes steaming in and bangs it in short, angling into the batsman. Karunaratne ducks under it to let it go.
  • That is it from us for this match. India have continued their dominance over the Islanders and won what was quite a one-sided series. The Lankan side on the other hand have a lot of issues to solve and come up with new plans for the third and final Test. It will be played on the 12th of August in Pallekele at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Till then, take care and cheers!
  • Virat Kohli says that the way the wicket behaved and the big lead they had prompted him to enforce the follow-on. Adds that he isn't a big fan of the follow-on and especially on a wicket like this where the ball turns square and even a target of 150 is tough but here he felt that they had enough to get them out. On the fight they received, he says that at international level one expects such things. Informs that he spoke with his team about enjoying the hard times and not getting much worried if they didn't scalp early wickets. He is happy that they went through the difficult times, helps you not to get complacent. He suggests that just four byes conceded speak volumes of Saha's keeping and adds that he is very safe behind the stumps, currently the best in that position in this format. Overall he thinks that their batting was outstanding, Pujara and Rahane, our best Test players scored tons, Jadeja contributed lower down the order and Pandya provides them the much-needed balance. On being the first skipper to win two series against Sri Lanka in the Island, he says that he never plays for such records and it's always about the Indian cricket.
  • Dinesh Chandimal says that one can't control the toss. Credits India by saying they outplayed us. Also praises the efforts of his side in the fightback. Informs that they want to take positives of the game going forward. Says that due to Angelo Mathews not bowling at the moment, they can't find the right balance. On losing Gunaratne, he says that it's a big blow as he has been consistent and hopes that some takes this opportunity to step up.
  • Man of the Match, Ravindra Jadeja says that the ball wasn't turning much when they were batting but when they came on to bowl, it started turning from the middle part of the wicket. Praises Mendis' batting. On the sweep shots being played against him, he mentions that it's challenging to bowl to and has to alter his lines and lengths.
  • Earlier in the match India won the all important toss and elected to bat. They posted a mammoth 622 courtesy a huge partnership of 217 between Pujara and Rahane with both completing their respective tons. Sri Lanka never recovered from that and fell short twice, by 439 runs in the first innings and then by 53 after being enforced to follow-on. If it was Jadeja who claimed a fifer this innings, it was Ashwin who took it in the first, both scored fifties as well. The others supported them well and it was another clinical performance by them, owning to their no.1 status in Tests.
  • Another Test which ends inside 4 days and India have taken the series in their strides with a 2-0 lead. Kohli leads his team off the field and it has been another dominating performance by the visiting side. Jadeja is the man of the moment for the Indians as he bagged a brilliant 5-fer. The Lankans showed good fight in the second innings but it was never going to be enough. To cut down a deficit of 439 on a wicket which had turn and bounce was never going to be easy and they fell short by 53 runs.
  • 116.5 OUT! Final nail in the coffin! India have sealed the series as well and have won 8th series on the trot. Ashwin gives it a nice loop and tosses it up outside off. Pradeep kneels down and goes for the slog sweep. Gets it off the toe end and the ball lobs high in the air on the leg side. It goes straight to Dhawan at wide mid on, who completes the catch to finish off the proceedings. And, the celebration starts! INDIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 53 RUNS!
  • 116.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 116.3 NOT OUT! Tossed up around leg, Pradeep once again fails to read the carrom ball, gets beaten and is hit on the pads. The players appeal but it's turned down. India go for the review but it turns out to be a wasteful one as the ball was pitching outside leg.
  • India have taken a review for LBW against Nuwan Pradeep. It looks like it has pitched outside leg.
  • 116.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 116.1 Served around leg, spinning in a touch. Pradeep looks to defend on the leg side but gets a leading edge and it lobs on the off side beside the pitch. That was a carrom ball!
  • 115.6 Bowls it full on the stumps, Herath keeps it out. 386/9
  • 115.5 Full toss, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 115.5 Banged in short, Pradeep ducks under it and lets it sail through to the keeper. Wide signalled for height.
  • 115.4 Slower one around off, Pradeep is watchful and leaves it.
  • 115.3 Full and tailing in, kept out neatly.
  • 115.2 Full and straight outside off, Pradeep is beaten on his drive.
  • Nuwan Pradeep the last man strides out to the middle.
  • 115.1 OUT! Catching practice! Very full outside off, Dickwella makes room, crouches low and glides it straight to Rahane at gully. There's a doubt of whether it went straight off the bat or it went on the bounce. However umpire Oxenford is convinced and rules Dickwella out. End of a frustrating 41-run stand for India. They are just one wicket shy of victory.
  • 114.6 Full around leg, reverse swept through point for a single. 384/8
  • 114.5 Dickwella goes leg sidish, at least a yard from the stumps and then defends
  • 114.4 Another reverse sweep, this time finds the man at backward point.
  • 114.3 Full around leg, Dickwella kneels down and reverse sweeps it through cover-point for a brace.
  • 114.2 The batsman paddles the ball down the leg side.
  • 114.1 Slower through the air outside leg, Dickwella dances down and pads it away.
  • 113.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 381/8
  • 113.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, Dickwella pokes and misses.
  • 113.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 113.3 Back of a length outside off, nips away, Dickwella puts his bat to it but gets beaten.
  • 113.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 113.1 Length delivery outside off, Herath feels for it but gets beaten.
  • 112.6 The batsman tried to sweep that one but missed it and was hit on the pads. 379/8
  • 112.5 Just short! Excellent effort from Jadeja! Fired in full on middle, Herath kneels down and slog sweeps it flat over mid-wicket. Ravindra in the deep, sprints in and dives ahead to catch but it falls just ahead of him. However, he does well to field it. A single is taken.
  • 112.4 Served around leg, spinning towards the stumps, defended from within the crease.
  • 112.3 Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman.
  • 112.2 Outside leg again, Herath goes for the sweep but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 112.1 Served outside leg, spinning away, Herath looks to defend but gets beaten and rapped on the pads.
  • 111.6 Dabbed to gully. 378/8
  • 111.5 Very full and tailing in, Herath digs it out at the last moment on the leg side. A single is taken.
  • 111.4 Banged in short, RH sways out of the way.
  • 111.3 Very full and tailing in, Herath misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire stays put. Going down leg maybe.
  • 111.2 Dickwella eases it down through mid on for a single.
  • That shot has induced Kohli to push the square leg fielder deeper.
  • 111.1 FOUR! Welcome Pandya, says Dickwella. Picks the length early, gets across and heaves it over front of square on the leg side for a boundary.
  • Hardik Pandya is back into the attack.
  • 110.6 Full outside off, reverse swept through backward point for a single. 372/8
  • 110.5 Shortish delivery, chopped through point for a single.
  • 110.4 Served around middle and off, takes off from the deck. Herath is surprised and gets it off the shoulder on the off side.
  • 110.3 Paddle swept to fine leg for a single.
  • 110.2 Full outside off, reverse swept in the third man region for a single.
  • 110.1 FOUR! Ashwin is being taken to cleaners in the last few overs. Dickwella comes down the track and tonks it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 109.6 Shout for lbw! Tossed up outside off, spinning in, Herath gets across, prods ahead to defend but the ball goes through his defence and hits him on the front pad. The players appeal but the umpire stays put. Impact outside the line may be the issue. 363/8
  • 109.5 The batsman plays a sweep shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 109.4 Spinning into the pads, Dickwella is beaten and the ball lobs off the pads on the leg side.
  • 109.3 Dickwella dances down the track and blocks it.
  • 109.2 Niroshan shapes up to reverse sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads.
  • 109.1 Dickwella presents a solid front foot defence.
  • 108.6 FOUR! Third one of the over! Full outside off, Herath now reverse sweeps it through backward point for a boundary. 362/8
  • 108.5 FOUR! Another one! Carrom ball outside off, Herath goes for the slog sweep over mid-wicket for a boundary. His one hand even came off the bat but still fetched him a boundary.
  • 108.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 108.3 FOUR! Swept away! Full around middle, Herath shapes up to sweep and gets it off the middle through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 108.2 Sliding down leg, Herath looks to defend but is beaten. Gets pinged on the pads but nothing from the umpire to the appeal. Going down leg.
  • 108.1 Tossed up outside off, reverse swept through backward point for a single.
  • 107.6 Flatter on off, Herath defends it off the front foot. 349/8
  • 107.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 107.4 Herath this time goes for the reverse sweep but the ball goes of something to the keeper. There is a huge appeal from the Indians for caught behind but nothing from the umpire. Replays show that the ball had hit his pads and would have missed leg.
  • 107.3 This time connect with the reverse sweep to deep point for a run.
  • 107.2 Goes for the reverse sweep again. Jadeja fires it full on off, Dickwella gets an inside edge onto his pads. There is a midl appeal but nothing from the umpire.
  • 107.1 FOUR! Dickwella nails the reverse sweep through the gap on the off side and the ball races to the fence.
  • 106.6 A carrom ball around off, Herath kneels down but again misses his sweep. Gets rapped on the pads and the muted appeal is turned down. Herath is getting well across and that's been saving him. 344/8
  • 106.5 Off spinner around off, Rangana goes for the sweep against the spin but misses.
  • 106.4 Herath goes for the sweep but gets it off the inside edge on the off side.
  • 106.3 Flighted around off, Herath feels for it but the ball spins away and beats the outside edge.
  • 106.2 Full outside off, pushed to mid off.
  • 106.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack. There is a silly point, two slips and a leg slip in place for him.
  • 105.6 This time Herath connects his sweep on the leg side and collects a single. 344/8
  • 105.5 Loud shout for lbw! Tossed up outside off, spinning in, Herath kneels down across and goes for the sweep. Misses and gets rapped on the front pad. The players appeal loud and hard but it's turned down. Kohli doesn't opt for the review. The impact is in question and it is outside off as confirmed by the Hawk Eye.
  • Rangana Herath is the new man in.
  • 105.4 OUT! Edged and taken! 9th fifer for Jadeja in Tests! He has made full use of the pitch on offer. Serves it around off, de Silva covers his stumps and hangs his bat in the air away from the body. Gets an outside edge and it goes towards Rahane at first slip, who takes an excellent low catch to his right. He is such a phenomenal fielder for India at that position. The umpire though takes it upstairs to have a look at the catch. The third umpire rules it out and Dhananjaya has to walk back. His attacking stint is over and his comeback Test hasn't been too kind for him.
  • They have gone upstairs to check whether the catch has carried to Ajinkya Rahane at first slip. The soft signal is out. De Silva is man in question.
  • 105.3 De Silva prods forward and blocks it away.
  • 105.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • India just need three wickets more and Kohli has placed a deep backward square leg, long on and a deep mid-wicket.
  • 105.1 Served fuller outside off, de Silva goes for the paddle sweep but gets a top edge off the toe end and the ball lobs beside the track on the off side. First, there was a silly point in place for him but after getting hit for three boundaries, Kohli had taken him off. Had he been there, it would have been a dolly catch.
  • Time for Drinks. India have managed to pick 4 wickets after the break and are now inching closer to victory.
  • 104.6 Back of a length on middle, Niroshan defends it off the back foot. 343/7
  • 104.5 Bowls an extremly slow ball outside off, Niroshan lets it through to the keeper.
  • 104.4 Bangs it in short outside off, Niroshan cuts it to point.
  • 104.3 Smart bowling by Pandya! Almost got Dickwella. Seeing Niroshan shuffle Pandya tries to bowl a leg stump yorker but sprays it down the leg side. Dickwella misses the flick and Saha does well to dive to his right and collect it.
  • 104.2 Good length outside off, Dickwella guides it to gully.
  • 104.1 Lands it on a length, Dickwella gets it off the outer half to point.
  • 103.6 Bowls an arm ball on middle, de Silva defends it off the front foot. 343/7
  • 103.5 Flatter outside off, de Silva lets it through to the keeper.
  • 103.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 103.3 FOUR! Three in a row! Paddle sweeps a low full toss down to the fine leg fence. 12 off the first three balls. The lead is now below 100.
  • 103.2 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries to de Silva. Short and wide outside off, he cuts it through cover-point for another boundary.
  • 103.1 FOUR! The sweep shot has been played to great effect by the Lankan batsmen. Fires it on middle, de SIlva sweeps it through square leg and the ball races to the fence.
  • 102.6 Full on off, Dickwella drives it to covers. 331/7
  • 102.5 Full and wide outside off, Dickwella lets it through to the keeper.
  • 102.4 Bangs it in short outside off, Dickwella tries to guide it down to third man but gets beaten.
  • 102.3 A tad fuller outside off, Niroshan drives it to cover-point.
  • 102.2 Good length outside off, Dickwella lets it through to the keeper.
  • 102.1 Slower ball on off, Dickwella defends it off the back foot.
  • 101.6 Bowls it outside off, turning away. De Silva lets it through to the keeper. 331/7
  • 101.5 Sweeps it with the spin down to deep backward square leg for a run.
  • 101.4 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 101.3 Shorter outside off, the batsman guides it down to third man for a run.
  • 101.2 FOUR! CRUNCHED! That was hit hard. Plays the sweep through mid-wicket for a boundary. He also avoids a pair with that boundary.
  • 101.1 Fires it on middle, de Silva plays tries to sweep but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Had he misses he was a goner.
  • 100.6 Full on off, Dickwella shuffles across and flicks it to mid on. 325/7
  • 100.5 Lands it on a length outside off, Dickwella shoulders his arms to it.
  • 100.4 Very full on middle, Niroshan does well to dig it out.
  • 100.3 Full on off, Niroshan drives it to covers.
  • 100.2 Lands it on a length on off, Dickwella defends it solidly.
  • 100.1 FOUR! Good intent from Dickwella! He makes room and slashes at it and the ball flies over point for a boundary.
  • 99.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 321/7
  • 99.5 BEAUTY! Almost a replica of how he got out in the first innings. Darts it on middle, spinning away. De Silva pokes at it but gets beaten and the ball just misses the off pole.
  • 99.4 Flatter on off, de Silva defends it off the front foot.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva strides out to bat. He has been demoted down the order and Arnold on air asks what it will do to his confidence? Remember, he is also on a pair.
  • 99.3 OUT! Another one bites the dust! It is the Saha and Jadeja partnership again! Jadeja gets a 4-fer. Fires it on off, Perera comes down the track and tries to go big but is beaten by the spin. Saha collects the ball and whips the bails out in a flash and Dilruwan is way down the wicket. Jadeja is ecstatic. India are just three wickets away from a win.
  • 99.2 Fires it on off, Dilruwan defends it off the front foot.
  • 99.1 Plays the sweep shot through backward square leg for a run.
  • 98.6 Brave leave! A cutter on a good length outside off, Perera plants his front foot across and then makes a leave. Luckily that ball doesn't cut him much and just goes past the stumps. 320/6
  • 98.5 Banged in short. A surprise bouncer from Pandya and it does surprise Perera, who sways away from it at the last moment.
  • 98.4 Length delivery around off, blocked from within the crease back to the bowler.
  • 98.3 Perera gets half forward and defends on the off side.
  • 98.2 Very full on middle, pushed down the track.
  • 98.1 Fuller this time outside off, angling in. It straightens a touch, squares up Dickwella and the outside edge goes through the gap in the point region for a single.
  • 97.6 DROPPED! FOUR! Almost another wicket for Jadeja. He darts it full and wide outside off, Dilruwan goes for the drive but gets an outside edge between the first slip and gully. Kohli at gully is late to react and throws a hand at it but only manages to get a finger tip to it and the ball races to the fence. Kohli is not having the best of times on the field. 319/6
  • 97.5 Very full on off, Perera defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 97.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • One reason why Dilruwan Perera might be sent one position up the order is because is in good form with the bat.
  • Dilruwan Perera is the new man in.
  • 97.3 OUT! What a catch, Saha! He has been brilliant with the gloves on a wicket which has been bouncing and turning and does well to dismiss Mathews. The ball before this kept low and this one bounced more than Angelo expected. Quicker through the air outside off, turning away. Mathews goes for the cut but the ball gets big on him and takes the outside edge to Saha who takes a very sharp catch at chest height to his right. He has been sharp as a hawk. The ex-skipper has to depart and this is a huge wicket. Another one bites the dust and India are closing in on victory.
  • 97.2 Flatter outside off, the ball stays low. Mathews goes for the cut but misses as the ball keeps low.
  • 97.1 FOUR! In the air... but safe and into the boundary. Tosses it up on off, Mathews tries to go inside out but slices it uppishly through cover-point and the ball races to the fence.
  • 96.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 311/5
  • 96.5 Good length straightens a bit. Dickwella first pokes at it but then keeps the bat inside the line and sways away from the ball.
  • A silly point comes in.
  • 96.4 Good length outside off, Niroshan leaves it to the keeper.
  • 96.3 Fuller on off, Dickwella drives it to covers.
  • 96.2 A tad fuller on middle, holds a touch off the surface. Mathews flicks it while taking his hand off the handle through square leg for a run.
  • 96.1 Lands it on a length on off, Mathews defends it off the back foot.
  • 95.6 Works it with the spin to the man at leg slip. 310/5
  • 95.5 Advances down the track and drives it to mid on.
  • Niroshan Dickwella walks out to bat.
  • 95.4 OUT! The centurion has to depart! End of a superb knock. The Indian camp shakes his hand to congratulate him on his knock as he walks off. It had to be a very good delivery to get him out. Flatter on leg stump, spits off the wicket. Karunaratne tries to defend it but the ball gets big on him and takes the glove and lobs behind the keeper. Rahane runs towards the ball from first slip and takes the easiest of catches. Dimuth could have done nothing with that ball. Half the side is back in the hut now. An early wicket after the break, just what India wanted! Sri Lanka still trail by 129 runs.
  • 95.3 Dances down the track and tries to flick it but misses and is struck on the pads.
  • 95.2 Drags his length back on the stumps, Mathews flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 95.1 Very full ball, Mathews first thinks of sweeping but then bails out and defends it.
  • 94.6 Shorter in length outside off, Mathews guides it towards point for a run. 309/4
  • 94.5 Angles it into the pads, Mathews misses the flick and the ball hits him on the pads. There is an appeal from Hardik but nothing from the umpire.
  • 94.4 Angles it into the pads, Dimuth flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 94.3 Good length on off, Karunaratne defends it watchfully.
  • 94.2 Bowls it outside off, the batsman does not fiddle with it.
  • 94.1 Back of a length on off, Dimuth defends it off the back foot.
  • 93.6 Darts it on middle, Mathews defends it off the front foot. 307/4
  • 93.5 Fires it on middle, Mathews gets his bat down in time and pushes it to covers.
  • 93.4 Bowls the leg stump line, Dimuth flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 93.3 Karunaratne camps back and works it to FSL.
  • 93.2 Quicker on the pads, Karunaratne tries to flick it but misses and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 93.1 Works it with the spin on the bounce to short leg.
  • 92.6 Full and wide outside off, Mathews gets it off the toe end to covers. 306/4
  • 92.5 Sprays on the pads, Mathews tries to flick but misses the ball brushes the pads and rolls towards Saha who does well to dive to his left and stop the ball.
  • 92.4 Full on the pads, Karunaratne flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 92.3 BEAUTY! The change in angle almost does the job! Lands it on a length on off, straightens a touch. Dimuth pokes at it but gets beaten.
  • 92.2 Full and wide outside off, the batsman shoudlers his arms to it.
  • 92.1 Lands it on a length angling across the batsman. Dimuth defends it off the back foot.
  • Hardik Pandya will bowl from the other end. A wide slip in place for him.
  • 91.6 Works it around the corner and retains strike for the next over. 305/4
  • 91.5 Plays it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 91.4 Advances down the track and tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. There is a stifled appeal from the Indians but nothing from the umpire.
  • 91.3 Flatter on off, Dimuth defends it watchfully.
  • 91.2 Paddle sweeps it through short fine leg for a run.
  • 91.1 Starts off with a flatter delivery on leg stump, Karunaratne flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • The players are back from the lunch break. Mathews and Karunaratne will look to stretch their stand even further. Ravindra Jadeja to start the proceedings with a short leg, a leg slip and a slip in place. Here we go...
  • ...Day 4, Session 2...
  • As one thought that a couple of quick wickets would open the floodgates, Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne came up with something special. If the first hour belonged to India, the next one belonged to the hosts. The Mathews-Karunaratne stand is growing stronger but they still have a long way to go. The trail is 137 and a couple of quick wickets can run Sri Lanka out of this game. Join us shortly for the post-lunch session.
  • We have just witnessed a terrific passage of play! Ravichandran Ashwin first provided India with the breakthrough and then Ravindra Jadeja scalped his first of the innings soon after. Both were bowling in tandem and wreaking havoc with some sharp spin and bounce.
  • 90.6 Edged but safe! Carrom ball around middle and off, spinning away with extra bounce. Mathews fails to pick it up and the extra bounce does him in as well. The ball lobs off the gloves and falls safely on the off side. Mathews survives and that shall be LUNCH ON DAY 4! 302/4
  • 90.5 Spinning into the batsman, Mathews prods forward to defend but gets it off the pads on the leg side.
  • 90.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 90.3 Edged but just short! Sliding into the pads, squares up Karunaratne, who is early in closing the face of his bat. Gets an outside edge and the ball falls short of Rahane's outstretched left hand at first slip. The ball rolls behind and a single is taken.
  • 90.2 Mathews dances down the track, Ashwin sprays it quicker, cramps Angelo for room. The Lankan gets an inside edge and the ball goes off the pads on the off side. There's a stifled appeal too, which is turned down. A single is taken.
  • 90.1 Tossed up outside off, Mathews kneels down and across to sweep but misses. Gets hit on the pads.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin to bowl the last over before lunch.
  • 89.6 Karunaratne stays in the crease and defends. 300/4
  • 89.5 Flatter delivery around leg, Karunaratne looks to work it on the leg side but misses and the ball goes off the thigh pad to leg gully.
  • 89.4 Sliding on with the arm, worked behind square on the leg side for a single. 300 up for Sri Lanka. They now trail by 139 runs!
  • 89.3 Beaten! Turn and bounce once again beats the outside edge of Mathews, who prods forward in defence.
  • 89.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 89.1 Tossed up outside off, spinning away, sliced towards backward point. It was in the air for a short while but no harm done.
  • 88.6 Short and wide outside off, cut through backward point for a single. Both these batsmen are ticking along nicely now. 299/4
  • 88.5 Length delivery outside off, Mathews defends it beside the track.
  • 88.4 A touch ahead of a length on middle and leg, turned on the leg side for a single.
  • 88.3 A touch shortish and wide outside off, Angelo cracks it square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • 88.2 Back of a length delivery, angling away, Karunaratne gets on his toes and dabs it behind square on the off side for a single.
  • 88.1 Very full and tailing in around off, flicked off the inner half wide of mid on for a single.
  • 87.6 Spinning in from a length around off, Karunaratne stays back and plays with the spin on the leg side. 294/4
  • 87.5 Dimuth takes a huge stride forward and across and keeps it out on the off side.
  • 87.4 Karunaratne gets across, leans ahead to block with a straight bat on the leg side.
  • 87.3 Defended on the off side by leaning ahead.
  • 87.2 Karunaratne prods forward and defends it neatly.
  • 87.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Ravindra Jadeja comes back into the attack.
  • 86.6 Edged but safe again! On a good length around off, bounces a touch extra as well. Mathews looks to defend it but fails to counter the extra bounce. His bottom hand comes off as the ball hits the willow. It goes off the edge but on the bounce to Rahane at gully. 294/4
  • 86.5 A touch on the shorter of a length around off, angling away. Karunaratne pokes at it away from his body and taps it in the point region for a single.
  • 86.4 Back of a length delivery, angling in, Mathews hops and nudges it behind square on the leg side for a single. Yadav is hitting the deck hard but not getting the purchase off it that he would like.
  • Jadeja has been seen warming up.
  • 86.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 86.2 A touch fuller in length, played on the up to mid off.
  • 86.1 Back of a length delivery, defended from within the crease by Mathews.
  • 85.6 Quick single. Mathews stands tall to this short delivery, drops it in the cover region and calls Karunaratne through for a single. 292/4
  • 85.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 50-run stand is up between Mathews and Karunaratne!
  • 85.4 Shortish and wide outside off, Dimuth cuts it square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • 85.3 FOUR! Beautiful, simply beautiful! Pitched up outside off, Karunaratne takes a stride forward, leans into the shot and just drives it on the up past a diving Ashwin at mid off for a boundary.
  • 85.2 Banged in short, angling into Karunaratne, he ducks under it and lets it sail through to the keeper.
  • 85.1 Very full around off, tailing in, driven to mid off.
  • 84.6 Outside off, left alone. 286/4
  • 84.5 Appeal for lbw! Length delivery, angling in, nips in as well. Mathews hops back to play it across the line but misses and gets hit on the thigh. The players appeal but it's turned down. height might be the factor. The replay though shows that there was a slight inside edge as well
  • 84.4 A touch fuller again. Mathews leans ahead and defends.
  • 84.3 Edged but safe! A touch ahead of a length outside off, Mathews feels for it. Gets an outside edge but it's a soft one and goes on the bounce behind. Rahane at gully dives to his left and makes a good stop.
  • 84.2 Fuller on the pads, Mathews flicks it flamingo style in front of square on the leg side for a brace.
  • 84.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, tapped on the off side.
  • 83.6 Back of a length delivery, angling in, blocked into the deck. 284/4
  • 83.5 Wide outside off on a length, Karunaratne bends his knees and cuts it through covers for a brace.
  • 83.4 Slightly fuller this time, DK prods ahead and taps it to covers.
  • 83.3 Angling into the batsman from a length, defended off the back foot.
  • 83.2 Ouch! That nipped back in sharply! Shami comes in from around the wicket, lands it on a good length around off. The cherry jags back in and goes through Karunaratne's defence and hits him near the box area.
  • 83.1 Fuller length around off, driven on the up to mid off.
  • Kohli has gone back to the basics. He now brings on Mohammed Shami from the other end. First time in the match he will partner Umesh with the ball.
  • 82.6 Straying on the hips, tucked to fine leg for a single. 282/4
  • 82.5 Goes a touch fuller this time, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 82.4 Yadav hits the deck hard again. Bowls it short of a good length, angling away, Karunaratne hangs his bat and taps it on the off side.
  • 82.3 Back of a length delivery around leg, defended by getting on his toes.
  • 82.2 Full around middle and off, pushed to mid off.
  • 82.1 On a good length around off, deviates away. Karunaratne pokes at it but gets beaten on the outside edge. Good start by Yadav, this!
  • Umesh Yadav finally gets a go with the ball today. It's a brand new cherry and he would look to make full use of it.
  • 81.6 Mathews gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it. 281/4
  • 81.5 Flicked on the leg side from within the crease.
  • 81.4 Spinning into the pads, worked past short leg for a run.
  • 81.3 Slanting into the pads, worked behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 81.2 Mathews gets ahead and pushes it to covers.
  • 81.1 Full outside off, spinning away, pushed to covers.
  • 80.6 Four Leg byes! Sliding down leg, Dimuth gets ahead to tickle it away but misses. The ball brushes the pads and rolls down to the fine leg fence. 279/4
  • 80.5 Karunaratne dances down the track, fails to dig it out and gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 80.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 80.3 Karunaratne prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 80.2 FOUR! Top shot! Full on middle and leg, flicked crisply through mid-wicket for a boundary. That was really a fine, fine shot!
  • 80.1 Served around off, straightens a touch, defended off the outer half on the off side.
  • New ball is taken straightaway! Ashwin only will continue with it.
  • 79.6 BRAVE LEAVE! Bowls an arm ball outside off, Mathews does not bother playing a shot at it and the ball goes relatively close to the off stump. 271/4
  • 79.5 Shorter in length outside off, Mathews cuts it to point.
  • 79.4 Dabs it towards point.
  • 79.3 Drags his length back a little, truning away. Mathews tries to play it through the off side but gets beaten.
  • 79.2 SIX! Over mid off this time. This is even better. Jadeja tosses it up on off, Mathews goes over the long off fence for a maximum.
  • 79.1 FOUR! BANG! Full ball on middle, Mathews lofts it over the bowlers head for a boundary. Good by Mathews he has taken the aggressive approach.
  • 78.6 Plays the sweep shot uppishly to deep backward square leg for a run. 261/4
  • 78.5 Flatter on off, Karunaratne cuts it to deep point for a run.
  • 78.4 Sweeps it from outside off, to deep square leg for a run.
  • 78.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 78.2 Comes down the track and defends it off the front foot.
  • 78.1 Drives it with the spin through covers for a run.
  • 77.6 FOUR! The most effective shot to counter the spin. Jadeja darts it on middle, Mathews kneels down and sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary. 257/4
  • 77.5 Quicker on middle, Mathews defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 77.4 Fires it on leg stumnp, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 77.3 Flatter on off, Mathews defends it solidly.
  • 77.2 pushes it quicker through the air on middle, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 77.1 Comes down the track and gets it off the outer half through point for a run.
  • 76.6 Drags his length back a little, Mathews plays it towards short leg. 252/4
  • 76.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 76.4 Flighted ball outside off, turning in and also bounces. Angelo tries to play the sweep but the ball bounces and hits him on the chest and lobs besides the wicket.
  • 76.3 Floats it up on off, Dimuth drives it down to long off for a run.
  • 76.2 Comes down the track and drives it to long on for a run.
  • 76.1 Tosses it up on off, Karunaratne gets it off the outside edge towards point for a run.
  • Drinks time! India have got what they wanted, first a breakthrough and then rid of the opposition skipper. Pushpakumara was out to a poor shot selection while sharp turn got the better of Chandimal. The hosts are staring at the defeat and they need more stands like the Mendis-Karunaratne one. India are cruising through at the moment!
  • 75.6 Sweeps it through square leg for a run. 249/4
  • 75.5 Darts it down the leg side, Karunaratne tries to flick but misses it.
  • 75.4 Fires it down the leg side, Dimuth nudges it towards the on side.
  • 75.3 Things have started to happen here! Karunaratne's back foot just saved him. Tries to play a reverse sweep the ball takes the inside edge and hits his back foot. He should consider himslef a bit lucky as that was going onto hit the stumps.
  • 75.2 Flater on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
  • 75.1 Flicks it with the spin to short mid-wicket.
  • 74.6 Sliding down leg, Dimuth goes back and plays across the line through mid-wicket for a single. 248/4
  • 74.5 Beaten! Slower through the air around off, spinning away, Karunaratne feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 74.4 Spinning into the batsman, Mathews sweeps it nicely to deep mid-wicket for a single. He is off the mark.
  • 74.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 74.2 FOUR! Low full toss around off, Dimuth gets down on one knee and slogs sweeps it handsomely over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 74.1 Served around off, spinning away, Karunaratne stays in the crease. Looks to defend with a straight bat but the ball spins away and beats him.
  • 73.6 WOW! That is unplayable! Fires it on leg stump, Mathews tries to defend it off the back foot but is beaten by the vicious away turn which misses the edge and the off stump. How on earth do you play that ball? You just have to hope that it misses everything. Brilliant from Jadeja. 241/4
  • Angelo Mathews is the new man in. The going is getting tough and he needs to step up. Bring all his experience in the middle and show some resistance.
  • 73.5 OUT! Chandimal has to depart there! As the saying goes if you get one, you soon get another one. Jadeja gets his first of the innings. Flatter on off, turning away. Chandimal prods forward to defend and gets an outside edge to Rahane at first slip who takes a good low catch diving to his right. This is a huge wicket for India. Has Pushpakumara's wicket opened the floodgates? Can the visitors now trigger a collapse?
  • 73.4 Flatter on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.
  • Chandimal moved away at the last moment as there was some disturbance in front of the sightscreen. Also, as he swayed away, it caught the edge of his willow and flied past the keeper.
  • 73.3 Flicks it with the spin towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 73.2 Slower through the air, Karunaratne flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 73.1 Tries to sweep it with the spin but gets beaten and is hit on the pads.
  • 72.6 Flicks it with the spin towards square leg. 240/3
  • 72.5 Floats it on off, Ashwin defends it off the front foot.
  • 72.4 EDGE BUT SAFE! Bowls a carrom ball on leg stump, Chandimal tries to flick it but gets a leading edge wide of first slip and they take a couple.
  • 72.3 Floats it outside off, turning in. Chandimal tries to defend it but gets beaten and is hit high on the pads.
  • The Sri Lankan spinner Dinesh Chandimal strides out to bat.
  • 72.2 OUT! Pushpakumara what have you done? That was a needless shot there. Malinda tries to bring out the reverse slog. Ashwin bowls it quicker and full on middle, spinning in, Pushpakumara misses and it hits the leg pole. He was playing so well and only he would know why did he do that! India get their first wicket of the day and it's none other than Ashwin who provides it.
  • 72.1 Tosses it up on off, turning away. Karunaratne tries to defend but gets an outside edge through first slip for a run.
  • 71.6 Darts it full on middle, Malinda awkwardly keeps it out. There is a muted apppeal from the Indians but nothing from the umpire. 237/2
  • 71.5 Fires it in on middle, Malinda defends it off the front foot.
  • 71.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 71.3 Quicker on off, Malinda guides it to the slip cordon.
  • 71.2 Sweeps it with the spin to fine leg for a run.
  • 71.1 Comes down the track and flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 70.6 The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot. 236/2
  • 70.5 Another muted appeal but Pujara has failed to hold onto it. Spinning in from around off, Pushpakumara kneels down to sweep but seems to have missed it. The ball lobs off the forearm towards Cheteshwar at leg gully but he spills it. The replay confirms no involvement of the bat.
  • 70.4 An appeal in desperation there! Floats it on off, turning into the batsman. Pushpakumara tries to defend it but the ball hits him on his pad and lobs to short leg who takes it easily. The Indians appeal but nothing from the umpire.
  • 70.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 70.2 Slower through the air on off, Pushpakumara lunges forward and tries to defend but the ball spins into the batsman and hits him on the stomach.
  • 70.1 Tossed up ball, Karunaratne paddle sweeps it through short fine leg for a run.
  • 69.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 235/2
  • 69.5 Darts it on off, turning away. Malinda gets beaten.
  • 69.4 FOUR! He is really playing well here! Bowls it on the leg stump, Pushpakumara sweeps it against the spin through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 69.3 Fires it on middle, turning away from over the wicket. Pushpakumara tries to defend it but gets beaten.
  • 69.2 DImuth sweeps it with the spin towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 69.1 Flatter on off, Karunaratne defends it watchfully.
  • 68.6 Loopy ball outside off, turning into the batsman who tries to guide it down to thrid man but it goes off the top of the bat to covers. 230/2
  • 68.5 Plays it with the angle through suqare leg for a run.
  • 68.4 Good intent here from Pushpakumara! Slog sweeps it with the spin towards wide long on for a run.
  • 68.3 Flighted ball on off, Karunaratne drives it through cover-point for a run.
  • 68.2 Floats it on off, Karunaratne drives it to mid off.
  • 68.1 WOW! That spit off the wicket! Tosses it up on off, turns and bounces away from the batsman. Karunaratne does well to get his gloves out of the way.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin comes on to bowl. A slip, a gully and a silly point is there for him.
  • 67.6 Bowls a straighter one, Malinda prods forward and defends it. 227/2
  • 67.5 Third time in the over. Darts it in on middle, Pushpakumara who gets forward to defend it is beaten by the away turn.
  • 67.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 67.3 Fires it on off, Pushpakumara guides it to point.
  • 67.2 Again almost a replica of the last ball but this one did not quite bounce like the last one.
  • 67.1 Vicious turn and bounce! Flatter on off, turns and bounce away from the batsman. Pushpakumara tries to defend it but gets beaten.
  • 6th Test ton for Dimuth Karunaratne! 4 of his 6 centuries have come in the second innings. This shows his character.
  • 66.6 FOUR! Full and on middle, Karunaratne drives it through mid on for a boundary. He also brings up his century and what a knock it has been. He has had his luck but take nothing away from the will and determination he has shown out there. He still has a long way to go out there. 227/2
  • 66.5 Bangs it in short on middle, Karunaratne ducks under it.
  • 66.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 66.3 Lands it on a length outside off, DImuth points his bat skywards and lets it through to the keeper.
  • 66.2 Length ball angling into the batsman who flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 66.1 Good length ball on off, Karunaratne defends it solidly.
  • 65.6 Fires it on off, turning away. Pushpakumara tries to defend but gets beaten. 223/2
  • 65.5 Floats it on off, Karunaratne gets it off the inner half down the ground for a run.
  • 65.4 DROPPED! Rahul the culprit this time. A sharp chance though. Jadeja bowls it on middle, Karunaratne flicks it uppishly with the spin to Lokesh at short leg who spills it. Should have taken that as he was standing a little behind than the normal short leg position.
  • 65.3 Flatter outside off, Dimuth tries to sweep it but misses and the ball goes off the pad and on the bounce to first slip.
  • 65.2 Comes down the track and drives it to mid on.
  • 65.1 Fires it down the leg side, Karunaratne lets it through to the keeper. Well kept Saha!
  • 64.6 A tad fuller on middle, Pushpakumara flicks it off the inner half to mid-wicket. 222/2
  • 64.5 Bangs it in short on middle, the batsman defends it off the back foot.
  • 64.4 Fuller on middle, Dimuth flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 64.3 Lands it on a length, straightens a touch. Dimuth pokes at it but gets beaten.
  • Gavaskar on air mentions about Kohli's slip fielding. He once again committed the same mistake he did a couple of times yesterday. His initial movement is always to his right. Also the little master mentions that he should bend a touch more than his usual stand.
  • 64.2 Back of a length on off, Karunaratne defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 64.1 Full on off, Dimuth gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 63.6 FOUR! SHOT! Tosses it up on middle, Pushpakumara hits it with authority over the mid on fielder for another boundary. 221/2
  • 63.5 FOUR! Streaky boundary. A risky shot that. Fires it on off, turning away. Pushpakumara opens the face of the bat to guide it away but gets it off the edge. It goes through the gap between the two slips where Kohli dives to his left but does not get a hand to it. The ball races to the fence for a boundary.
  • 63.4 Drags his length back outside off, Dimuth pushes it through cover-point for a run.
  • 63.3 Arm ball on off, Pushpakumara gets it off the inner half towards mid on to change strike.
  • 63.2 Flatter on off, Malinda defends it watchfully.
  • 63.1 Quicker on off, Pushpakumara defends it off the front foot.
  • 62.6 Lands it on a length on off, from around the wicket. Dimuth defends it off the front foot. 211/2
  • 62.5 Sprays on the pads, Pushpakumara tries to flick it but the ball brushes the pads and goes down to fine leg for a leg bye.
  • 62.4 Shorter in length outside off, the batsman does well to evade it.
  • 62.3 Good length angling into the batsman, Pushpakumara defends it solidly.
  • 62.2 Full on off, Pushpakumara drives it beautifully to covers.
  • 62.1 Back of a length outside off, Karunaratne guides it down to thrid man for a run.
  • 61.6 Bowls an arm ball on middle, Malinda defends it off the front foot. 209/2
  • 61.5 TURN AND BOUNCE! Darts it on off, gets a lot of turn and bounce. Pushpakumara lunges forward and tries to defend but is beaten.
  • 61.4 Fires it on the pads, Malinda flicks it towards square leg.
  • 61.3 Flatter on off, turning away. Pushpakumara tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 61.2 Drags his length back, Malinda cuts it to point.
  • 61.1 Bowls it wide outside off, Pushpakumara lets it through to the keeper.
  • Ravindra Jadeja will bowl from the other end. He has a couple of slips and a silly point in place.
  • 60.6 Good length on off, Karunaratne defends it watchfully. A testing over by Shami. 209/2
  • 60.5 Lands it on a length outside off, Karunaratne shoulders his arms to it.
  • 60.4 Lovely bowling from Shami! He has started off well here. Back of a length just outside off, Karunaratne tries to force it through the off side but gets beaten.
  • 60.3 Full and wide outside off, Karunaratne lets it through to the keeper.
  • 60.2 BEAUTY! Lands it on a length on off, straightens a touch. Dimuth pokes at it but gets beaten.
  • 60.1 Starts off on a length on middle, Karunaratne tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • We are underway for this session. The players and the umpires are out in in the middle. Dimuth Karunaratne walks out with the nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara. Mohammed Shami to start the proceedings of the day with the ball. He has a a wide slip and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • PITCH REPORT - Russel Arnold inspecting the pitch says that more than the pitch, it's more about the mental strength. Mentions that the pitch looks tired but there's plenty of wear and tear and the ball is still in the bowlers' court. Adds that the Lankan batsmen have to hang in there, trust their defence and try to tire out the Indian bowlers.
  • The Indian bowlers looked a little tired yesterday. They will be raring to go after a good night's rest and will look to bundle out the Sri Lankan batsmen as soon as possible. We are in for an action-packed day of Test cricket. Stay tuned.
  • Hello and welcome to the 4th day of the 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and India at SSC, Colombo. The Islanders will try and take inspiration from the Mendis-Karunaratne partnership and show some fight on a pitch which seems to have eased a little. They still trail by another 230 runs and will need a miracle to avoid defeat.
  • ...Day 4, Session 1...
  • India on the other hand, toiled hard in the last two sessions of the day but Hardik Pandya provided them with an important breakthrough, ending the day on the high for them. They would want to come out tomorrow morning and take a few early wickets to set the game up for them. Join us for the 4th day of the Test tomorrow at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Till then, take care and cheers!
  • So, Sri Lanka are showing some character and fight to get back into the game courtesy two outstanding knocks from Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne. The duo scored a giant 191-run stand, in which the former scored a ton and the latter is unbeaten on 92. They still have a long way to go and it would take something special from their batting line-up to get something out of this game.
  • 59.6 Close shave to end the day! Jadeja darts an arm ball outside off, Pushpakumara prods ahead and once again lets it go by keeping the bat inside the line. He doesn't pick the straighter one at all but is lucky that the ball whizzes past the off stump. THAT'S STUMPS ON DAY 3! 209/2
  • 59.5 Soft outside edge! Served closer to the off pole this time, Pushpakumara once again presents a front foot defence with bat and pad close. It bounces a touch more, catches a faint outside edge and rolls towards gully.
  • 59.4 Outside off, turning away, Malinda once again keeps the bat inside the line and leaves it alone.
  • 59.3 Pushpakumara prods ahead and dead-bats it on the off side.
  • 59.2 Similar to the previous delivery.
  • 59.1 Malinda keeps the bat inside the line and leaves the away spinning delivery.
  • 58.6 Dimuth prods forward and buries it into the surface. 209/2
  • 58.5 Full around off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 58.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 58.3 Sliding into the pads, defended on the off side.
  • 58.2 Peach of a delivery! Loops it up nicely around off, Dimuth leans forward to defend but the ball spins away and goes past the outside edge.
  • 58.1 FOUR! Top shot! Short and wide outside off, Karunaratne goes back and smacks it through cover-point for a boundary.
  • 57.6 Full toss around off, driven back to the bowler. 205/2
  • 57.5 Spinning away from Pushpakumara, he is beaten on his drive. There's some sound as the ball passes but it's of the bat hitting the ground.
  • 57.4 Once again Malinda prods ahead in defence but the away turn beats him
  • 57.3 Beaten again! Full outside off, spinning away, Pushpakumara feels for it but gets beaten.
  • 57.2 Quicker through the air outside off, turns away with extra bounce. Malinda keeps the bat inside the line and sways from the danger.
  • 57.1 Flicked with the spin through square leg for a single.
  • 56.6 Bowls an off spinner down the leg side, the batsman pads it away. 204/2
  • 56.5 Shorter outside off, Malinda guides it down to third man for a couple.
  • 56.4 Flatter on off this time. The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 56.3 Slower through the air, turning into the batsman. Pushpakumara tries to defend it but gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball rolls towards short leg. Lucky that it did not go up in the air.
  • 56.2 Floats it outside off, Malinda presses forward and defends it watchfully.
  • 56.1 Tosses it up on off, Pushpakumara lunges forward and defends it.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin is brought back into the attack.
  • 55.6 Dimuth prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 202/2
  • 55.5 Spinning into pads, flicked on the leg side.
  • 55.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 55.3 Karunaratne dances down the track and offers no shot at all.
  • 55.2 FOUR! Kohli makes mockery of himself. Moves a step to his right in anticipation and Dimuth's flick goes through his left, all the way to the fence for a boundary. Had Virat been in his original position, it could have been a chance. It cost him a catch earlier in the day as well.
  • 55.1 Served around middle and off, Karunaratne looks to reverse sweep but misses and the ball lobs off the forearm and dies on the leg side.
  • Ravindra Jadeja comes back into the attack.
  • 54.6 Very full outside off, squeezed on the off side. 198/2
  • Malinda Pushpakumara the nightwatchman strides out to the middle.
  • 54.5 OUT! Hardik Pandya with the vital breakthrough! Bowls a cutter a touch ahead of a length around off, angling in. Mendis prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge and lobs behind off the back pad. Saha there, dives full stretch to his left and takes the catch. The Indians are excited and start celebrating. The umpire asks his partner whether the catch has been taken cleanly but then they go upstairs and the soft signal is 'OUT'. The replay shows that the catch is clean and Mendis' stay in the middle comes to an end. The 191