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Sri Lanka Vs India Live Score (TEST)

Date: Saturday, 12 August 2017 Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy Match Status: Match Ended

India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs

487/10
Overs
122.3
R/R
3.98
Fours
41
Sixes
7
Extras
24
135/10
Overs
37.4
R/R
3.61
Fours
19
Sixes
0
Extras
11
181/10
Overs
74.3
R/R
2.44
Fours
22
Sixes
1
Extras
3
  • Earlier, India got a great foundation courtesy a 188-run opening stand between Dhawan and Rahul. After their departure, the middle order gifted their wickets away and the home side clawed back into the contest. However, the majority of their bowlers failed to shine today morning which helped India. Lakshan Sandakan was the pick of the bowlers as he took his maiden five-wicket haul while Pushpakumara ended with three wickets. The visitors will be aiming to take early wickets to inflict more trouble on the hosts. Join us shortly for Sri Lanka's reply with the bat.
  • Sri Lanka will be relieved that they have at least managed to keep India under 500 but it is still a mammoth score on the board. The tourists on the back of a brilliant century from Pandya managed to go past the 450-run mark with ease. He took his chances, put the opposition bowlers under the pump who eventually crumbled under the onslaught. Hardik got good support from the tail as well.
  • 122.3 OUT! Pandya holes out! Maiden five-wicket haul for Lakshan Sandakan. He has been smart with his variations and has rightly reaped the rewards. Tosses this one well outside off, encouraging Pandya to go for an expansive stroke. He looks to go downtown but his bottom hand comes off while playing that. He ends up slicing it over covers. Dilruwan Perera in the deep settles under it and takes it comfortably. INDIA GET BOWLED OUT FOR 487!
  • 122.2 Very wide outside off, left alone.
  • 122.1 Tossed up outside off, Pandya shuffles a touch and drills it to wide long off. Doesn't take the single.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. The Sri Lankan team is in a huddle. They will be aiming to take the final wicket quickly. Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav to continue their innings. Lakshan Sandakan to start off the proceedings in this session for Sri Lanka.
  • ... Day Two, Session Two ...
  • Sri Lanka now seem deflated by Pandya, like a nail's effect on a tyre. They were brimming with confidence after they snaffled up Saha early in the session. The passage of play thenceforth was inspiring as Fernando was bowling probing lines to Kuldeep. But after drinks, the session swung in India's favour in quick time. Post lunch, the visitors would look to score more, while it would be interesting to see the hosts' approach. Join us in a while.
  • 32 overs, 158 runs, 3 wickets - These figures show who bossed the session. Hardik Pandya is a name that the teams may dread in future, like Stokes these days. This innings from the all-rounder stands as a testimony to his hitting prowess. Mature and exhilarating are the two adjectives that could describe his innings so far. Kuldeep Yadav gave him able support before he departed.
  • 121.6 Fuller in length outside off, Pandya takes a couple of steps forward and eases it to mid off for a single to retain strike. Smart cricket from him, he is aware of the game situation. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 2! 487/9
  • 121.5 Wide outside off, Hardik doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 121.4 Short delivery but down the leg side, Pandya leaves it alone.
  • 121.3 Another off cutter outside off, stays low. Pandya doesn't bother to play at that one.
  • Another stat for the number lovers - Pandya is the 5th Indian to get a Test ton as his maiden first-class hundred.
  • 121.2 Low full toss this time, eased to mid off.
  • 121.1 Off cutter on a fullish length, Pandya comes forward and defends it.
  • 121.1 Wide! Fernando steams in and bowls a bouncer wide outside off. Pandya lets it go. Wide signaled for height.
  • Vishwa Fernando comes back into the attack.
  • 120.6 Fullish outside off, Yadav lunges forward and blocks it. 485/9
  • 120.5 Loopy delivery, defended to the right side of the bowler.
  • 120.4 Floated outside off, Yadav goes for a drive but misses.
  • 120.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 120.2 Slower delivery around off, the wrong one. Yadav looks to defend but gets beaten.
  • 120.1 Tossed up delivery, eased to wide mid off.
  • Pandya becomes the first Indian in Test cricket to score hundred runs in a session before Lunch. Meanwhile, Sandakan will continue.
  • 119.6 FOUR! Cheeky! He is toying with the Sri Lankan bowling! Shortish delivery on off, Pandya ramps it over the keeper's head for a boundary. 485/9
  • Maiden Test hundred for Hardik Pandya.
  • 119.5 FOUR! Take a bow, Pandya! What a knock it has been from the all-rounder, the fastest from a No. 8 in Test cricket. Fullish delivery on middle, Pandya drives it past mid on and the ball rolls to the fence. He raises his arms up and the Indian dressing room erupts with joy! Complete authority with the way he has batted today.
  • 119.4 Very full outside off, Umesh carves it to point and sets off. Pandya responds and makes the crease in time.
  • 119.3 Short delivery outside off, easily evaded by Yadav.
  • 119.2 Brilliant yorker on middle, Yadav does well to jam it out beside the pitch on the leg side. He again wants a run but is sent back. Both the batsmen smile about it.
  • 119.1 Very full on off, Yadav keeps it out towards mid off. Wants to get Pandya back on strike but he refuses. He walks to Umesh and tells him to keep his calm. He is not desperate for a century.
  • 118.6 Shuffles a touch and clips it to short mid-wicket. Wants the run but it is not there on offer. 476/9
  • 118.6 Wide! Well outside off this time, Pandya leaves it alone.
  • 118.5 Shortish outside off, eased through covers. Good running between the wickets allows the batsmen to come back for the second, Pandya is on 99 now.
  • 50-run stand up between Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav.
  • 118.4 SIX! High and mighty! Fullish on middle and leg, Pandya gets underneath it and tonks it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Such power in that shot.
  • 118.3 Quicker one outside off, Pandya goes for the cut but gets a bottom edge that goes through the legs of the keeper.
  • 118.2 Shortish outside off, cut to sweeper cover. No run taken.
  • 118.2 Wide! Bowls this wider outside off to restrict an expansive shot. Pandya can't reach it. Wide signaled by the umpire.
  • 118.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • Umesh Yadav gets a change of bat now as a consequence of the broken bat.
  • 117.6 Kumara searches for a yorker but ends up bowling a low full toss on middle and leg. Yadav keeps it out. Oh no! His bat has broken while he defended that. He has a wry smile about it. 466/9
  • 117.5 Down the leg side, helped to fine leg. This time Pandya takes the run. He trusts Yadav to survive the last delivery of this over.
  • 117.4 Fullish delivery, eased past mid off. He denies the run.
  • 117.3 Kumara comes around the wicket now and angles it across Pandya. He pushes at it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 117.2 SIX! He didn't hit this one cleanly but such is the power of the man that the ball lands into the stands! Short delivery around off, Pandya shuffles across and goes for the pull but gets a top edge. The ball flies over deep backward square leg for a maximum. He is on 90 now.
  • 117.1 Back of a length delivery on off, Pandya hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • Lahiru Kumara is back on.
  • Change of bat for Pandya. Wonder if he can hit even bigger sixes with this one!
  • 116.6 Flatter one in line of the stumps, whipped to deep mid-wicket for a single. Moves onto 84 with that. 459/9
  • 116.5 Pandya again shapes for a slog but Sandakan smartly bowls it wide outside off. He can do nothing about it.
  • 116.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 116.3 Fullish delivery, driven from the toe end back to the bowler.
  • 116.3 Wide outside off, Pandya was looking for a big hit but has to leave it.
  • 116.2 Coming in with the angle, Yadav looks to block it but the ball goes through the gap between his bat and pad. Beats the keeper as well. However, it is signaled as a run by the umpire. There was no bat involved actually.
  • 116.1 Eased to covers this time.
  • 115.6 Looks to take a run to retain strike but misses to get hit on the pads. This is a lottery over for the Indian side. This is the highest runs scored in an over in Tests by an Indian. 456/9
  • 115.5 SIX! Pushpakumara comes around the wicket and gives it air. Pandya gets his dancing shoes again and hammers it over long on for the third maximum in a row. 26 from the over already.
  • 115.4 SIX! Carnage from Pandya! Floated delivery, Hardik uses his feet and bludgeons it over the bowler's head for a maximum. That's the 450 up for India.
  • 115.3 SIX! The bowler is under the pump now. Tosses this one up on off, Pandya dances down the track and goes downtown. Has hit that straight as an arrow and the ball lands over the sightscreen. This is now the most no. of maximums scored by a visiting side in a Test series in Sri Lanka.
  • 115.2 FOUR! Pandya is turning it on! He is such a clean striker of the cricket ball, a sheer delight to watch! Uses his feet and hammers it past the left side of the bowler to find the long off fence.
  • 115.1 FOUR! Hit with disdain! In the zone for Pandya. He kneels and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a rocketing boundary.
  • There is a straight long on in place. Lunch will be delayed as the last pair is batting out there.
  • 114.6 Turned through mid-wicket for a single. 430/9
  • 114.6 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. Wide signalled by the umpire.
  • 114.5 SIX! Boom! Pandya uses his feet as Sandakan bowls it wider outside off. The all-rounder does well to reach out and lifts it over wide long off. The fielder in the deep has no chance of catching it as it sails overs the ropes. This is already the highest score at this venue in Tests.
  • 114.4 Pandya sweeps the fullish delivery to deep square leg. He declines the single this time.
  • 114.3 Outside off, Yadav cuts it through point for a run.
  • Umesh Yadav is the last man in.
  • 114.2 OUT! Shami gets lured into a false stroke and pays the price for it! Slow through the air around off, Shami takes a couple of steps down the track and drills it back towards Sandakan. He is alert, positions himself well and takes a reverse cup near his face. Sandakan gets his third wicket, he has bowled well.
  • 114.1 Shorter outside off, Shami goes for the cut but gets a bottom edge towards the keeper.
  • This is the first time India has managed to score 400 in the first innings in each Test of a series in Sri Lanka.
  • 113.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 421/8
  • 113.5 A loud appeal for an LBW falls on deaf ears! Quicker through the air, it is the arm ball. Shami looks to keep it out but seems to have got an inside edge onto his pads. The Sri Lankans appeal but the umpire stays put. The replays confirm there was an inside edge. Wise call to not take the review.
  • 113.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 2nd Test fifty for Hardik Pandya.
  • 113.3 Pandya eases this one through mid off to bring up his second Test fifty! He has been very impressive with the bat and is proving his worth.
  • Pandya was seen clutching his groin after running the second run in the previous over.
  • 113.2 Floated delivery, Shami eases it through mid off for a single.
  • 113.1 Pushed back to the bowler off the back foot.
  • 112.6 Tossed up outside off, Pandya goes for the cut but misses. 418/8
  • 112.5 Good running! Outside off, Pandya plays it off the outer half behind point. Calls for the second and completes it with ease.
  • 112.4 SIX! Great hit! He goes against the spin and connects well. Floated around off, Pandya comes down the track and hammers it towards wide long on. Perera in the deep runs to his left and leaps but can only watch it sail over him for a maximum.
  • 112.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 112.2 FOUR! The tailender is capable with the bat and here is an example of that. Shorter in length and it is the wrong one. Shami stays back, reads it well and cuts it through covers for a boundary.
  • 112.1 Slow through the air outside off, Pandya uses his feet and drills it to long off for a run. Exposes Shami for the five deliveries of this over.
  • 111.6 Pandya turns this one past short leg for a single. 404/8
  • 111.5 Fullish this time, knocked to long off for a run.
  • 111.4 Tossed up delivery, eased to covers.
  • 111.3 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 111.2 Arm ball from Pushpakumara. Shami looks to defend it but is hit on the pads. There is a stifled appeal but it was clearly going down leg.
  • 111.1 Floated delivery, slog swept to deep square leg for a run.
  • Mohammed Shami is the new man in.
  • 110.6 OUT! The on-field call stays! Floated on off, turns away after pitching. Yadav prods forward to counter it but only manages to get a faint outside edge. Dickwella behind the stumps collects it nicely and appeals. Up goes the umpire's finger. Kuldeep however opts for a review. Turns out to be a wasted one as the Snickometer spots the nick. The southpaw walks back after a stubborn knock. The 62-run stand is broken by Sandakan. 401/8
  • Kuldeep has opted to take a review against a caught behind decision.
  • 110.5 Yadav comes down the track and Sandakan bowls it wider. Yadav does well to block it.
  • 110.4 Tossed up on off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 110.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 110.2 Floated delivery, defended to short leg.
  • 110.1 Uses his feet, is not quite to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • Russel observes that Pandya camps on the back foot, which makes it easier for him to punish the short balls that the Lankans feed him with. The wagon wheel is also a proof of the fact that the pull shot has been productive for the all-rounder. So Arnold believes that the hosts need to change their bowling plans against Hardik.
  • 109.6 Tossed up delivery, patted back to the bowler. 400/7
  • 109.5 Turned to the leg side.
  • 109.4 Tossed up delivery, Pandya uses his feet and milks it to long on for a single. 400 up for India. This is the second time a visiting side has scored 400 in all the three Tests in Sri Lanka.
  • 109.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 109.2 Floated around off, Pandya is eager to come down the track but blocks it by staying back.
  • 109.1 Shortish in length, punched off the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 108.6 Floated on off, Yadav drags it off the toe end to mid on. 397/7
  • 108.5 Keeps his eyes on the ball till the last moment and plays it with the spin towards point.
  • 108.4 Loopy delivery outside off, Yadav leans forward and blocks.
  • 108.3 Flighted delivery, Yadav lunges forward in defense.
  • 108.2 Tossed up outside off, Yadav plants his front foot across to let it go.
  • 108.1 A bit shorter on off, pushed off the back foot back to the bowler.
  • 107.6 This time he goes for the conventional sweep but gets an under edge past the keeper. A run taken. 397/7
  • 107.5 Flighted delivery around leg stump, Yadav goes for the fancy reverse sweep but the ball turns away to beat him.
  • 107.4 He is nimble on his feet again and drives it past the right side of the bowler. A single taken.
  • 107.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 107.2 FOUR! Shot! Slow through the air on middle, Pandya comes down the track and lifts it over mid on to find the fence. That almost went for a maximum.
  • 107.1 Floated on middle and leg, Yadav works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Malinda Pushpakumara to bowl for the first time today. The umpire had a chat with Chandimal about the over rate. Sri Lanka for sometime now have had an issue about slowing the game too much.
  • 50-run stand up between Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya, which is the highest stand at this venue for the 8th wicket.
  • 106.6 Tossed up outside off, Yadav goes for a drive but gets it off the outer half through the vacant slip region. Three runs taken. 390/7
  • 106.5 Yadav uses his feet and pushes it past Sandakan. Mathews at mid on runs to his right, gets a hand to it but fails to stop it. Pandya runs well past the striker's end but Kuldeep is aware of the situation. He calls him through as the mid off fielder tracks it down. Two taken in the end.
  • 106.4 Outside off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 106.3 A bit short outside off, spinning away. Kuldeep shapes for the cut but lets it go.
  • 106.2 Slow through the air on middle, worked past short leg for a single.
  • 106.1 Fullish delivery on off, Pandya goes at it with hard hands but mistimes it to covers.
  • 105.6 Short delivery outside off, pulled through square leg for a run. 384/7
  • 105.5 Low full toss on the pads, Yadav clips it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 105.4 Similar length outside off, played with an angled bat to the off side.
  • 105.3 Back of a length delivery, angling in. Kuldeep looks to tuck it away but is hit on the thigh pad.
  • 105.2 Length delivery on off, stays low. Yadav does well to keep it out.
  • 105.1 Short delivery, Yadav sways away from the line of the delivery.
  • 104.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 382/7
  • 104.5 Quicker one outside off, Kuldeep goes for a full blooded sweep but gets beaten. He then loses his balance and falls over as Dickwella takes the bails off. Two false shots from him.
  • 104.4 Flighted well outside off, Yadav uses his feet and is beaten in the flight but does well to block it.
  • 104.3 Tossed up delivery, spinning down. Yadav looks to sweep hard but misses. Dickwella waits for a bit, takes the bails off and appeals. The square leg umpire has a wry smile on his face. The replays show that Kuldeep's foot was in the air for a moment but was down in time.
  • 104.2 Vicious turn! A bit flatter on off, turns away sharply after pitching. Yadav looks to defend it off his back foot but is beaten completely.
  • 104.1 Fullish delivery outside off, crunched through covers for a run.
  • 103.6 Similar length delivery on off, Yadav gets behind the line and defends it stoutly. 380/7
  • 103.5 Back of a length delivery, angling down the leg side. Kuldeep lets it go. Kumara has failed to maintain consistent lines and lengths. Simon Doull on-air mentions that Lahiru has ability but he is not executing it well.
  • 103.4 Well-directed bouncer on off, Kuldeep drops his wrists, sways away from the line and evades it.
  • 103.3 Fuller in length outside off, Pandya is on the move and drives it sweetly to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 103.2 Leg bye! Length delivery going down the leg side, stays a touch low as well. Yadav looks to help it away but misses to get hit on the pads. A stifled appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Good awareness by the batsmen as they steal a leg bye.
  • 103.1 Short delivery, sits up nicely for Pandya. Pulled hard to deep square leg for a run.
  • Lahiru Kumara is back on.
  • 102.6 A loud appeal for an LBW denied! Tossed up outside off, it is the wrong one. Yadav prods forward to counter it but misses to get struck on the pads. However, the umpire is not interested in the appeal. The impact was in question. In fact, the replays show there was an inside edge. 377/7
  • 102.5 Floated delivery, Pandya drives it to the left side of Sandakan who dives but fails to stop it. A single results.
  • 102.4 Spinning into Hardik. He defends it nicely with the spin.
  • 102.3 Floated in line of the stumps, patted back to the bowler.
  • 102.2 Tossed up outside off, Yadav drives it crisply to sweeper cover. A single taken.
  • 102.1 Fullish ball on middle and leg, Pandya turns it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • The Sri Lankan side is in a huddle. A pep talk from the skipper Chandimal. Let's see if it works for his side. Change in bowling. Lakshan Sandakan comes into the attack. A slip and short leg in place.
  • It's drinks time after an hour of play! After picking up an early wicket, Sri Lanka are bowling probing lengths but are still left searching for wickets. Pandya has looked solid so far and has played his shots too. Kuldeep has had a few plays and misses but is still battling on. The hosts would like to have a wicket-taking potion with the drinks!
  • 101.6 Length ball outside off, Kuldeep fishes at that and misses. 374/7
  • 101.5 Bouncer outside off, swayed away from by Yadav.
  • 101.4 Fuller ball outside off, driven straight to wide mid off.
  • 101.3 A tad fuller around off, defended off the front foot to the off side.
  • 101.2 Bowls a length ball outside off, which is played to gully.
  • 101.1 Length ball outside off and angling in, left alone by KY.
  • 100.6 This one's blocked off the front foot. 374/7
  • 100.5 Fuller ball on off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 100.4 Fuller ball outside off, played to deep cover for a run.
  • 100.3 FOUR! Kuldeep gets into the act now. Full and wide of off, Kuldeep Yadav opens the face of his bat and guides it to the backward point fence for a boundary. That was smart, considering there was a man in front of square on the off side.
  • 100.2 Full ball outside off, played back over the leaping bowler for a run.
  • 100.1 Fuller ball wide of off, hit straight to covers.
  • 99.6 Back of a length ball outside off, Kuldeep tries to fiddle with that. The ball passes the outside edge of the bat and goes to the keeper. 368/7
  • 99.5 Length ball on middle and leg, flicked to deep mid-wicket for one run.
  • 99.4 Length ball outside off, punched to mid off.
  • 99.3 Fuller ball around off, flicked away through mid-wicket. The batsmen decide to run two and make it comfortably.
  • 99.2 Length ball around off, pushed to the off side.
  • 99.1 FOUR! Smashed smartly! Short ball around off, Pandya pulls it off the front foot through mid-wicket for a boundary. It raced away in a jiffy!
  • 98.6 This ball's a tad shorter just outside off, left alone again. 361/7
  • 98.5 Fuller ball outside off, left alone.
  • 98.4 A tad fuller, pushed through mid-wicket for a run. The bowler himself rushed and threw back the ball. Pandya thought of a second quite late there.
  • 98.3 This one's defended by getting right behind the line of the ball.
  • 98.2 Length ball pushed straight to cover.
  • Long off in place now, along with sweeper cover and deep point.
  • 98.1 Length ball outside off, Pandya looks to force the shot through the off side, misses completely.
  • Dimuth Karunaratne to have a bowl.
  • 97.6 Fuller ball outside off, Yadav comes forward to defend but gets beaten. 360/7
  • 97.5 Kuldeep caught by surprise with that nippy delivery. Started well outside off and came back sharply, the ball missed Kuldeep's bat and struck him high on the front pad and went to the keeper. The Lankans put up an LBW appeal only to see it turned down. Hawk Eye showed that it would miss the stumps.
  • 97.4 Shorter ball outside off, Yadav pokes his bat and gets beaten.
  • 97.3 Fuller ball defended well off the front foot.
  • 97.2 FOUR! STREAKY YET EFFECTIVE! Back of a length ball outside off, Kuldeep pokes his bat at that. The ball takes the outside edge and falls short of the slips and races away through the gap between second and third slip for a boundary.
  • 97.1 Harmless length ball way outside off, left unharmed by Kuldeep.
  • 96.6 Length ball outside off, pushed to mid off, off the back foot. 356/7
  • 96.5 Fuller ball outside off, driven through cover-point for a run.
  • 96.4 Fuller ball around off, pushed defensively to the off side.
  • 96.3 Another short ball outside off, Yadav sways away to let the ball go to the keeper.
  • Pandya is having a chat with Kuldeep. The talk will be to keep going and build up a handy partnership.
  • 96.2 A tad fuller ball, driven to the cover fielder.
  • 96.1 Length ball outside off, he poked his bat to see the ball pass the bat.
  • 96.1 WIDE! Round the wicket steams in Kumara, bowls a bouncer at Kuldeep who ducks. Wide given as it passed over the batsman's head.
  • 95.6 Length ball around off, played towards cover-point for a run. 354/7
  • 95.5 Full ball outside off, left alone.
  • 95.4 Fuller ball outside off, Yadav strides forward to defend but gets it off the outer edge to gully.
  • 95.3 Length ball angling in to Kuldeep's off stump, he plays it with an angled bat to gully.
  • 95.2 A tad fuller ball outside off, too far to make Kuldeep play though.
  • 95.1 Back of a length ball outside off, left alone. There was a little bit of movement there as the ball went to the keeper.
  • 94.6 Full ball outside off, driven straight to mid off. 353/7
  • 94.5 Back of a length ball bowled from wide of the crease. Pandya bent a little as he defended that, suggesting that the ball stayed a tad low.
  • 94.4 Length ball outside off, dabbed straight to gully.
  • Chandimal has a chat with Kumara. Might be regarding the field placements.
  • 94.3 FOUR! Crunched crisply! Short ball outside off, Pandya stands tall and punches it through covers. He hit it powerfully with good timing. The ball rushes away to the fence beating sweeper cover. That brings up the 350 for the visitors.
  • Bruce Oxenford has recovered from his illness and he is back as the TV umpire.
  • 94.2 Back of a length ball on his hips, tucked away to fine leg for a run.
  • 94.1 Length ball around off, pushed to the covers. Pandya wanted a single but was sent back.
  • 93.6 Good ball, that makes Pandya a tad uncomfortable! Back of a length ball on off and middle, nipping into him, the batsman gets beaten on the inside edge. The ball hits the back thigh and goes to the keeper, who along with the bowler appeals. The umpire turns it down. 348/7
  • 93.5 Length ball outside off, played off the back foot to the cover fielder.
  • 93.4 Length ball around off, a single taken after playing to point.
  • 93.3 Fuller ball outside off, draws Kuldeep forward and moves away. It goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 93.2 Another length ball outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 93.1 Length ball, too wide to make Kuldeep play.
  • 92.6 Back of a length ball nipping into him, Pandya defends a bit awkwardly. 347/7
  • 92.5 A tad fuller ball around middle and leg, turned away through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 92.4 Length ball blocked from his crease.
  • 92.3 Fuller ball on his pads, played away to fine leg for a run.
  • 92.2 FOUR! The upper cut from Pandya fetches him runs. That is another short ball on off and middle, Hardik sways back and just helps it over the keeper's head for a boundary.
  • 92.1 Bouncer for Pandya, who goes for the hook but misses.
  • 91.6 Length ball outside off, poked but gets beaten. 341/7
  • 91.5 Another full ball around off and middle, pushed through mid on for a brace.
  • 91.4 Wonderful ball first up. Fuller ball around off, Yadav looks to push defensively with a closed bat face. The bat hits his pad and the ball goes through to the keeper and the Lankans put up an appeal. The umpire stays put. The replays show that the impact was outside the line. Actually the ball did not brush anything on its way.
  • Kuldeep Yadav walks in to bat.
  • 91.3 OUT! Early success for Sri Lanka and Fernando. Back of a length ball outside off, Saha sees an opportunity to collect runs. He cuts that but does so straight to Perera at gully, who takes a smart catch. Probably that bounced more than he expected, but he could have done better there. This will pump the hosts up.
  • 91.2 Length ball outside off, punched through covers for a brace. He played that off the back foot.
  • 91.1 Length ball around off, Saha again gets it off the inner half of the bat to the bowler as he looks to play to the off side.
  • Dickwella is getting some taping off his fingers. Meanwhile, Vishwa Fernando to bowl from the other end.
  • 90.6 Bowled on a length on his pads, tucked away to fine leg for a single. 337/6
  • 90.5 A tad fuller around off, Saha looks to push it on the off side, ends up getting it off the inner half of his bat on to the pads and rolls back towards the bowler.
  • 90.4 Fuller ball on middle and leg, looks to defend but gets it off the inner half of his bat to the fielder at deep square leg for a run.
  • 90.3 Bowls on a length in line of the stumps, Pandya plays it of the front foot showing the full face of the bat.
  • 90.2 FOUR BYES! Length ball outside off, swings in after it passes the batsman. It dips as it reaches Dickwella, who gets an awkward bounce just before him, and races away to the fence.
  • 90.1 Off straightaway! Full ball outside off, Pandya drives it through covers for a brace. The fielder chased it and threw it at the bowler's end, which hit Saha.
  • We are set to get underway. Wriddhiman Saha and Hardik Pandya to continue their innings. Lahiru Kumara to open the bowling this morning. Two slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • Pitch Report - Simon Doull and Russel Arnold are out there. Russel feels that it's crucial to make early inroads. About the pitch he says that it is still pretty good and there is some sweat due to the overnight rain. He feels that it could be lively and helpful to the bowlers at the start.
  • A warm welcome to all on a pleasant morning for the second day's play of the final Test between Sri Lanka and India in Pallekele. This is the first time in the series where the hosts end up being on par with the visitors. The most even day of play in this series saw India lose 6 wickets for a reasonable score, with the Lankan bowling showing some spine and control to keep the visitors in check. Stay with us as we bring you all the live action.
  • ... Day Two, Session One ...
  • The Indians, on the other hand, have a right to be disappointed today. Scoreboard tells a story, batsmen did get starts but didn't bat to get a big score. What the scorecard doesn't say though, is that most of them departed playing shots that they could have done without. Rahul and Dhawan did give the rest a good platform with a 188-run opening stand, but they didn't capitalize on it. They still have batsmen in the hut, who would aim to stretch the score as far as possible. Do join us tomorrow at 1000 local time (0430 GMT) for what could be another riveting day of cricket. Till then, take care. Adios!
  • A good day of Test cricket comes to an end. 34 overs, 94 runs and 3 wickets in this session shows that it was an even session for both sides. This was the first time in the series when Sri Lanka actually turned up, it seemed. Their bowlers, led by Pushpakumara, tested the Indian batsmen and kept them in check. Bad balls were few and far between today from the hosts. Runs were hard to come by and most of the catches offered today were held on to, unlike earlier in the series. Fernando was also largely impressive, especially towards the end.
  • 89.6 Fernando angles across a length delivery well outside off, Saha simply leaves it alone. STUMPS ON DAY 1! 329/6
  • 89.5 Length delivery on middle and off, straightening up a shade, Saha defends it from within his crease by taking his bottom hand off.
  • 89.4 Hardik is off the mark. Drives it to mid off and snatches a quick run.
  • 89.3 Spears it down the leg side, Pandya looks to get something on it but misses.
  • 89.2 On the body once more, Saha works it through backward square leg and takes a single.
  • 89.1 Shortish on the body, awkwardly fended away on the leg side.
  • 88.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 327/6
  • 88.5 On the shorter side of things again, punched to backward point off the back foot.
  • 88.4 Back of a length outside off, dabbed just wide of gully but still no run.
  • 88.3 Coming back in on a back of a length, worked in front of FSL from within the crease.
  • 88.2 Just back of a length, outside off, punched through towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 88.1 FOUR LEG BYES! Now Saha survives! Has no idea what's going on with this. Back of a length ball which just kicks off the deck, takes the little man by surprise as he just hangs his bat out. It goes off his arm and over the slip cordon for a boundary. Leg byes signalled.
  • The hard hitting Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya strides out at the fall of the 6th wicket.
  • 87.6 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Went fetching for a wide one and paid the price for it. Well outside off on a back of a length, Ashwin fishes for it and gets an edge. Flies behind where Dickwella dives full stretch to his right and takes a sensational catch. Sri Lanka with a much-needed wicket towards the end of day's play. Good stuff from them. 322/6
  • 87.5 Yorker fired wide outside off, left alone.
  • 87.4 Cutting back in on middle and leg, clipped through square leg. One run added to the total.
  • 87.3 Bit fuller in length, swinging back in on middle and leg, Saha leans forward and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 87.2 Hangs inside his crease and with minimal foot movement, dabs it to gully.
  • 87.1 Short of a good length angling well across, Saha looks to make contact with an angled bat but fails to do so.
  • Vishwa Fernando will have a change of ends.
  • 86.6 Good length ball just outside off, dabbed to backward point. 319/5
  • 86.5 Full ball just outside off, Ashwin moves across a touch to drive but gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 86.4 Full length delivery shaping back in, Ashwin pushes it back down to the left of the bowler.
  • 86.3 Full toss wide outside off, the Indian wicketkeeper batsman reaches out and places it to the sweeper as he jogs across.
  • 86.2 On a good length just outside off, Saha covers the line well and shoulders his arms to it.
  • 86.1 Low full toss on the fourth stump line, punched through point for one.
  • Lahiru Kumara brought back on.
  • 85.6 Another lunge forward, defends it right under his nose. 315/5
  • 85.5 Slower through the air, on off and spinning away, Saha has to wait for it for a second before he buries it into the track.
  • 85.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 85.3 Keeps tossing it up there, Wriddhiman strides ahead and blocks.
  • 85.2 Gives it a lot of flight, around off, tapped away to backward point with a slightly opened face.
  • 85.1 Full ball drifting in on off, Saha presses forward and meets the ball at its pitch.
  • 84.6 Nudges it fine down the leg side and gets a couple of runs for doing so. 315/5
  • 84.5 Punches this into the off side but no run is taken.
  • 84.4 Not out! Clearly. Length delivery shaping back in, Ashwin defends it onto his pads and the ball dies down safely near him. Chandimal reviews and replays show the batsman is safe. Waste of a review, really.
  • A review! For an lbw appeal against Ravichandran Ashwin. Not sure why though, it's clear there's bat involved. Going to be a poor review.
  • 84.3 Swinging back in from a good length, on the stumps, Ashwin takes his front leg out of the way and meets the ball with his bat.
  • 84.2 FOUR! Easy as they come. It's sprayed on the pads and all Ashwin has to do is tickle it fine down the leg side. He does so and sends it across the fine leg fence.
  • 84.1 Length delivery aiming the top of off stump, kept out by getting behind the line.
  • Vishwa Fernando to bowl a spell with the second new ball.
  • An analysis of Pushpakumara reveals that he had a forgettable debut because he was bowling way shorter and slower, thereby giving the batsmen ample time to play their shots. Today he has been bowling fuller and also tossing it up a bit more. Hence, the wickets column also has a favourable number for him.
  • 83.6 Comes half-forward and blocks it out with the full face of the bat. 309/5
  • 83.5 Driven through the covers for a run.
  • 83.4 On the stumps, Ashwin looks to play but is caught on the pads. Big shout, shut down. Bat first probably. That's the only thing that could have saved him.
  • 83.3 Drifting in on middle and off, Ashwin with a big lunge forward defends.
  • 83.2 Pushed through, still some grip and turn for Malinda. Ashwin is taken by surprise and somehow awkwardly defends it to cover.
  • 83.1 Ashwin taps this tossed up ball outside off to point.
  • Sri Lanka have taken the second new ball. Would be interesting to see how much purchase they get from it.
  • 82.6 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 308/5
  • 82.5 Flat on off, opens the bat face and dabs it to point for one.
  • 82.4 Some flight from Lakshan, Saha kneels forward and across to sweep it on the full. Through backward square leg and a single is taken.
  • 82.3 Straighter one on middle, keeps low and skidding from the surface, Saha does well to get back and bring a straight blade down to keep it out.
  • 82.2 Flat and short on leg, goes back and glances it to short fine leg once again.
  • 82.1 Going down the leg side, paddled to short fine leg. Dot ball.
  • 81.6 Clears his front leg and pushes the full delivery to the covers. 306/5
  • 81.5 Works it against the spin through the mid-wicket area and fetches himself a single.
  • 81.4 Ooooohhhh.... Saha is lucky to survive! Pushpakumara with a slider on leg, it's going on with the angle and keeps very, very low. Catches Wriddhiman on the pads and there's an appeal. Was sliding down leg though, so turned down.
  • 81.3 Blocked into the cover region for a brisk run.
  • 81.2 Takes a big stride forward to negate the spin and deals with it comfortably.
  • 81.1 Could have been run out. Quite easily too, lucky to survive. Ashwin adjusts his body and clips it towards short fine leg. Saha without even looking is halfway down the track. Is sent back, fortunate that Dickwella couldn't collect cleanly.
  • 80.6 Short outside off, punched through towards sweeper cover. One run taken. 304/5
  • 80.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 80.4 Looped up from Sandakan, Saha is down and paddles it on the full. Behind square on the leg side and a brace is taken.
  • 80.3 Decent placement. Saha stays back and is able to work it just wide of the mid off fielder. Two runs are taken as he chases it down.
  • 80.2 Full delivery, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 80.1 Landed on a shorter length, forced to the cover area as he jogs across.
  • 79.6 Another one on the fuller side, blocked. 297/5
  • 79.5 Full on the stumps, a front foot defensive shot presented by Wriddhiman Saha.
  • 79.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 79.3 Short and outside off, spinning away, a solid punch to cover.
  • 79.2 With a shimmy down the track, Ashwin wrists it wide of mid on and steals a single.
  • 79.1 Turning away from around off, Ashwin drops this with gentle hands on the off side.
  • Ruchira Palliyaguruge is the stand-in TV umpire, as Bruce Oxenford has taken ill and has stayed back in the hotel.
  • 78.6 Extremely full on off, drilled straight to the mid off fielder to end a successful over from Lakshan Sandakan. 296/5
  • 78.5 Plays it with the spin and turns it in front of square leg for nothing.
  • 78.4 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 78.3 NOT OUT! SAHA SURVIVES! Good decision by the TV umpire in all honesty. Flighted right up there, outside off, Saha attempts to drive it through the covers but misses. There is a noise as the ball goes past the bat and into the keeper's gloves. Loud shout from Dickwella, convinces his skipper to take the review as the umpire doesn't show any interest. It's taken upstairs and replays show that the noise is of the bat hitting the ground and not the ball.
  • And instantaneously, Saha is in the midst of all the drama. There is a caught behind appeal against him and it has been reviewed by Sri Lanka.
  • Wriddhiman Saha is the new man in for India.
  • 78.2 OUT! KOHLI DEPARTS! This is a big, big wicket for the hosts. The Indian skipper has been sent back and at a crucial juncture too. Tossed up well outside off and Kohli is seen going after this. Attempts to play his whippy cover drive and ends up getting a thick edge behind to Karunaratne at first slip, who takes a very good catch.
  • 78.1 Goes deep inside his crease and turns it on the leg side.
  • 77.6 Driven towards the mid off region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 296/4
  • 77.5 Fired full and outside off, Kohli is forward to drive but somehow slices it behind point for two.
  • 77.4 Comfortable run. Just pushed through the covers for a single.
  • 77.3 Tad short and outside off, cut away hard straight to backward point.
  • 77.2 Reaches out to this full ball and pushes it to covers.
  • 77.1 Sliding in on middle and off, attempting to pierce the gap between bat and pad, but Ashwin is tight in defense as he keeps bat and pad close together.
  • 76.6 Full, fast and on the pads, Virat attempts to turn it on the on side but is caught on the pads. 292/4
  • 76.5 Waits for the ball to come to him, open the face and dabs it through backward point. The man in the deep runs to his left and mops it up. Two runs taken.
  • 76.4 Fired outside off, the wrong 'un, Kohli reads it well and hence, is able to leave it alone.
  • 76.3 Full and straight, hit back to the bowler.
  • 76.2 Slider aimed at off, the batsman is half-forward as he blocks it out.
  • 76.1 Easily done. Knocks it through the cover area and takes one.
  • 75.6 Tossed up outside the line of off stump, Virat looks to drive hard but ends up slicing it towards backward point. 289/4
  • 75.5 Fullish in length, just outside off, Kohli with a nice stride forward blocks it in front of covers.
  • 75.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 75.3 Less turn for Malinda on this one, Ravi Ash in forward in defense.
  • 75.2 Short on off, fast and flat, Ashwin backs away as he cuts it to backward point.
  • 75.1 Good use of the feet from Ashwin to get to the pitch of the ball. Flicks it well through mid-wicket and comes back for the second.
  • 74.6 Quicker ball targeting the off stick, placed to point with an open face. Single to end the over. 286/4
  • 74.5 A bit fuller than Sandakan would have liked, Ashwin jams it out towards mid off.
  • 74.4 Picks it off his pads and clips it in front of square on the leg side.
  • 74.3 Bit quicker through the air, on a fuller length on middle and leg, Ashwin presses ahead and blocks.
  • 74.2 Tossed up delivery on the stumps, driven down to long on for an easy one.
  • 74.1 Full delivery on middle and leg, off the inner half Virat clips it wide of backward square leg for a couple.
  • Lakshan Sandakan is back to bowl.
  • 73.6 Flighted ball on off, comes forward and smothers the ball in its tracks. 282/4
  • 73.5 Slider on off, skids off the deck and keeps a little low too. Hurries onto Ashwin who manages to cut it away behind point. Two runs are taken.
  • 73.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 73.3 Stays right behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 73.2 Some good turn for Pushpakumara. He nicely tosses it up around off and makes it spin away. Ashwin is forward in defense and it beats the outside edge of his bat.
  • 73.1 Nice drift into the batsman, Kohli clears his front leg and drives it to wide mid off for a single.
  • Drinks have been called for one final time today. Both sides have put up an even show till this point in the session. While the Lankans have succeeded in stemming the run flow, Kohli and Ashwin are battling it out after the fall of Rahane.
  • 72.6 Fuller ball down the leg side. Ashwin tried to flick and missed. 279/4
  • 72.5 Good length ball around middle and leg, pushed defensively to mid on.
  • 72.4 Short ball around off, Ashwin bails out of the shot and lets the ball go unharmed to the wicketkeeper.
  • 72.3 Full toss tailing in a tad, Ashwin punches it to the cover fielder off the front foot.
  • 72.2 Short and wide of off, punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 72.1 Full ball on middle and leg, flicked away in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 71.6 This loopy ball is flicked towards short mid-wicket. Ashwin wanted a run but rightly denied by Kohli. 278/4
  • 71.5 Floated ball is blocked from the crease.
  • 71.4 Looped up ball around middle pushed a tad aerially back towards the bowler.
  • 71.3 Tosses that outside off, driven straight to the short cover fielder.
  • 71.2 Flighted ball, blocked by Ashwin bringing out his big stride.
  • 71.1 Tossed up ball coming into the batsman with the angle, he tucks it to deep square leg and runs away to the other side.
  • 70.6 Full and on his pads, Ashwin clips it all along the ground to short mid-wicket, who makes a half-stop. The ball rolls towards mid on, they don't take a run. 277/4
  • 70.5 Length ball on off, Ash blocks from within the crease.
  • 70.4 Fuller ball outside off, Kohli nudges it towards cover-point for a single. The fielder at covers runs there to field that.
  • 70.3 Bouncer for Kohli, who ducks under that and lets the keeper do his bit.
  • 70.2 Length ball on his pads, Ashwin tucks it through square leg for a run. He slips as he completes that run.
  • 70.1 Full ball tailing in a bit, played to mid on.
  • Lahiru Kumara brought back for another spell.
  • 69.6 Tossed up on off, defended off the back foot. 275/4
  • 69.5 A back foot defense on display to that flighted ball.
  • 69.4 Kohli gets behind the line of the ball and defends that.
  • 69.3 Flatter ball in line of the stumps, played through wide mid on for a single.
  • 69.2 Ashwin bunts this ball in line of the stumps on to the ground.
  • 69.1 Slower through the air outside off, Ashwin blocks from his crease.
  • 68.6 This one's bowled outside off, played towards point for a run. 274/4
  • 68.5 Tossed up around off, RA strides forward and blocks.
  • 68.4 A wrong 'un well read and played by Ashwin by opening the face of his bat and guiding it through point for a couple.
  • 68.3 Floated down the leg side, Ash tries to sweep and misses.
  • 68.2 Tossed up outside off, Ashwin times it sweetly through covers for a brace. He didn't try to hit it too hard. Sweeper cover had to slide to save runs.
  • 68.1 Flatter ball outside off, cut away to deep point for a single.
  • 67.6 Flighted ball outside off, played to covers. They thought about a single and aborted. 268/4
  • 67.5 Tosses it around middle, Ashwin takes a couple of steps down the ground and pushes it to mid on.
  • 67.4 That's bowled around off, punched away towards covers.
  • 67.3 Loopy ball around middle, played to short leg.
  • 67.2 Slower through the air around off and middle, Ravi defends off the front foot.
  • 67.1 Tossed up delivery around leg, Kohli plays it wide of mid on for a run.
  • 66.6 Flatter ball around off, punched away through covers for a run. 267/4
  • 66.5 Tossed up way outside off, Kohli doesn't bother to play at that.
  • 66.4 A tad shorter this time, Ashwin goes back and slaps it through covers for a run to get going in this innings.
  • 66.3 That's looped up on off, Ashwin strides forward and defends.
  • 66.2 Flighted ball on middle and leg, punched off the back foot to long on for one run.
  • Mid on drops back...
  • 66.1 Tossed up ball outside off, Kohli gets to the pitch and mistimes it straight to mid off.
  • 65.6 Flighted ball around off and middle, defended off the front foot by Ashwin. 264/4
  • 65.5 Tossed up, pushed towards covers.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin comes in to bat at no. 6.
  • 65.4 OUT! Pushpakumara is doing the wicket-taking stuff today! Rahane plays a shot that he could have done without. Loopy ball around off and middle, Rahane looks to flick it towards the on side by taking a lunge forward. He missed the ball completely and finds the woodwork disturbed. The ball stayed a tad low and also he played for the turn that wasn't there. Another Indian wicket falls to spin in Pallekele.
  • 65.3 Loopy ball on off, played from within the crease.
  • 65.2 Tossed up around middle and off, played towards covers for a quick single. The fielder had a shy at the non-striker's end but missed.
  • 65.1 That's floated gently on middle, Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 64.6 Tossed up ball around off, Rahane looks to play towards covers and gets it off the inside of his bat back to the bowler. 261/3
  • 64.5 Looped up ball is played straight to the short mid-wicket fielder.
  • 64.4 Flatter ball on his pads, flicked towards short fine leg. They thought of a single and decided against it.
  • 64.3 Loopy ball around off, placed towards covers for a run.
  • 64.2 Loopy ball on middle, pushed off the front foot on the off side.
  • 64.1 Tossed up around off, Kohli plays it with soft hands towards covers. Rahane wants a single, but an early negation from Kohli saves India a wicket.
  • 63.6 Bunts that looped up delivery on to the ground. 260/3
  • 63.5 Now Rahane defends the flighted ball by Pushpakumara off his front foot.
  • 63.4 Tossed up around off, driven through mid off for a run.
  • 63.3 This one's given some air around middle, Virat shows his defensive skills yet again.
  • 63.2 Looped up around middle and leg, Kohli defends it by getting right over the ball.
  • 63.1 Floated outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • Malinda Pushpakumara comes on.
  • 62.6 Floated outside off, Rahane goes for the sweep and misses. 259/3
  • 62.5 Another solid defense on display for the flighted ball in line of the stumps.
  • 62.4 Loopy ball, defended showing the full face of the bat.
  • 62.3 FOUR! BANGED AWAY! Short wrong 'un on middle, Rahane rocks back and pulls it away through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 62.2 NOT OUT! Tosses it outside off and spinning in to Rahane. He strides forward in defense, but the ball misses his bat and strikes him on his pad. The Lankans appeal, which the umpire turns down and after some thought they decide to review. There is no bat involved and the Ball Tracker shows that even though the pitching and impact are in line, the ball would go on to miss the leg stump. Strange to see the projection show so much turn on the first day itself, given it hasn't nearly turned this much all day. Anyway, the on-field decision stays, owing to which Sri Lanka lose a review. Rahane bats on.
  • A review has been taken by Sri Lanka for an lbw decision against Ajinkya Rahane.
  • 62.1 Loopy ball down the leg side spinning away. Rahane plays and sees the ball pass past his edge and go into the keeper's gloves. They appeal but to no avail.
  • 61.6 Fuller ball around off, flicked to mid on. 255/3
  • 61.5 Length ball on off, defended from within the crease.
  • 61.4 FOUR! Lovely, lovely shot. Full ball outside off, inviting the drive from Kohli. He is too good to miss out on his favourite stroke, he plays it to perfection and collects a boundary through the covers. That was one you could have watched on loop.
  • 61.3 Full ball outside off, driven to mid on.
  • 61.2 A tad fuller outside off, Kohli blocks it after getting behind the line of the delivery.
  • 61.1 Length ball outside off, Kohli points his bat skywards as he lets Dickwella do the rest.
  • 60.6 This flighted ball is blocked by Rahane by getting behind the line of the delivery. 251/3
  • 60.5 Another loopy ball well defended by Rahane.
  • 60.4 Lakshan gives it some air, Rahane defends showing the full face of the bat.
  • 60.3 Tossed up on his pads, tucked away past square leg for a brace.
  • 60.2 Floated around middle, blocked off the front foot by Jinx.
  • 60.1 Loopy ball on leg and middle, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 59.6 Length ball outside off, Kohli shoulders arms to let it go. 249/3
  • 59.5 A tad fuller outside off, pushed defensively towards covers.
  • 59.4 Length ball outside off, Kohli defends it off the front foot to cover-point.
  • 59.3 Length ball outside off, Ajinkya plays it towards deep point for one run.
  • 59.2 That's too wide to make him play.
  • 59.1 Rahane shoulders arms to that length ball outside off.
  • 58.6 This one's given more air, Kohli plays it off the back foot. 248/3
  • 58.5 Flatter ball on his pads, flicked straight to square leg.
  • 58.4 Another ball blocked off the back foot.
  • 58.3 Floated up in line of the stumps, Kohli goes back and defends showing the full face of the bat.
  • 58.2 Tossed up down the leg side, Kohli misses the flick and wears it on his pads.
  • 58.1 Googly outside off, played towards deep point for one run.
  • 57.6 Another ball outside off, the batsman leaves it alone. 247/3
  • 57.5 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 57.4 Another beautiful cover drive, finds the fielder this time.
  • 57.3 FOUR! CRISP KOHLI SPECIAL! Fuller ball outside off, Virat leans forward and drives it through the cover region. The sweeper didn't have any chance as the ball raced away.
  • 57.2 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 57.1 Starts off with a length ball on middle and leg, Kohli clips it past the diving square leg fielder. The fielder in the deep runs to field that and keeps it to two.
  • Vishwa Fernando to bowl from the other end.
  • 56.6 Flatter delivery on his pads, Rahane rocks back and tucks it off his pads towards fine leg for another couple. 241/3
  • 56.5 Another loopy ball bunted on to the ground.
  • 56.4 Loopy ball on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 56.3 Floated up around off, Rahane drives it through covers for another brace.
  • Mid on going back now.
  • 56.2 Tossed up around off, punched to covers.
  • 56.1 Shorter outside off, Rahane rocks back and punches it off the back foot through covers. Chandimal puts in a slide while the batters take two.
  • The umpires and the players walk to what could be an exciting passage of play. Kohli and Rahane will resume their innings for India, while Sri Lanka start with Sandakan.
  • ... Day One, Session Three ...
  • 29 overs, 101 runs and 3 wickets - This summarizes the story of this session. The runs have come, but Sri Lanka will be the happier lot having sent back the set batsmen and picking up Pujara's wicket as well. Malinda Pushpakumara has been the pick of the bowlers, sending both the openers back. Sandakan has kept things tight at one end and even scalped a wicket of his own. It's set up now for an exciting final session. It'll begin shortly, so don't go anywhere...
  • 55.6 Similar ball, similar shot/lack of shot. That will be it, TEA ON DAY 1! 235/3
  • 55.5 Another left alone. We're at the stroke of the break, so the Indian captain doesn't want to take any unnecessary risks.
  • 55.4 Too far outside off, VK covers the line and lets it be.
  • 55.3 Good save from Dilruwan. Moving away from outside off, Kohli plays away from his body and dabs it toward gully. Perera there quickly dives low to his right and makes a one-handed stop.
  • 55.2 Going well across Virat Kohli, he wants nothing to do with it.
  • 55.1 Back of a length on the stumps, Kohli moves a step across and works it the man in front of square on the leg side.
  • 54.6 Wrong 'un outside off, Rahane offers a back foot punch but is beaten past the outside edge. 235/3
  • 54.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 54.4 Reaches out to it a bit and pushes it into the covers for one run.
  • 54.3 Another flick to mid-wicket, to the fielder yet again. Dot ball.
  • 54.2 Plants his front foot forward and dead-bats it into the track.
  • 54.1 Brings his wrists into play and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 53.6 Short and wide, cut hard through point. Sandakan out in the deep does well to move to his left and makes a good tumbling stop. Saves two runs for his side. 234/3
  • 53.5 Short of a good length close to off, looks to punch it away on the off side but mistimes it towards point.
  • 53.4 Good length ball in the channel outside off, no shot offered by the batsman.
  • 53.3 With an open-faced blade, Rahane moves across and dabs it to gully.
  • 53.2 Fraction straight in line, turned on the leg side for nothing.
  • 53.1 Angling across from a length, around off, Ajinkya presents a tight defensive shot to keep it out.
  • 52.6 Off the mark finally. Rahane knocks it to mid on and takes the fielder on. Beats his throw and completes the run. 232/3
  • 52.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 52.4 BEATEN! The Indians are having a difficult time picking up Sandakan. Googly on off, spins away sharply and beats the outside edge of Ajinkya Rahane's bat.
  • 52.3 Spinning into Jinx, who once again presents a front foot defense. Muted shout for a leg before, to no avail.
  • 52.2 Better length. Just drops it a little behind, the ball has room to breathe and turns. Jinx defends it in front of FSL.
  • 52.1 Quite full on middle and leg, too full for the ball to turn. Easy enough for Rahane to press forward and defend.
  • 51.6 No bounce at all on this occasion. Fired way across, the Indian skipper doesn't play at it. Dickwella bends low to take it as it falls short of him and gets a bit of a sting on his fingers. 231/3
  • 51.5 Length delivery on off, moves across and meets the ball with a solid, straight bat.
  • 51.4 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 51.3 Quite full in length, driven to mid on by Virat for no run.
  • 51.2 Straighter in line, on middle and leg, Kohli adjusts his body and defends it out well.
  • 51.1 Length delivery outside the line of off stump, Kohli with an open face dabs it past gully for a couple of runs.
  • Vishwa Fernando (10-1-42-0) is back on for another spell.
  • 50.6 Spinning down, Rahane puts his bat ahead of his front pad to defend. It goes off something as the keeper takes it. Loud appeal, shut down. Replays show why, the ball brushed the pad and there was no bat involved. 229/3
  • 50.5 Shout for a leg before, turned down. Pitched outside leg which ended everything right there. Rahane was ahead to block but was rapped on the front pad.
  • 50.4 Poor line, down the leg side. Rahane still tries to go after it but misses.
  • 50.3 Doesn't use his feet much on this occasion, just hangs his bat and meets the turning ball with the full face.
  • 50.2 Spinning away on middle and off, Rahane is half-forward in defense.
  • Ajinkya Rahane is the next batsman in.
  • 50.1 OUT! Another wicket down! Sri Lanka have made their way back into this game in some fashion. Expecting the ball to turn in, Pujara goes back to cut but the ball holds its line. Takes the outside edge and brushes off Dickwella's gloves, before eventually settling into Angelo Mathews' safe hands. Good catch, wasn't an easy one by any means.
  • 49.6 Skates down the wicket and clips it through mid-wicket. Single to end the over. 229/2
  • 49.5 Drops this in front of covers and both batsmen hare across.
  • 49.4 Drives this full delivery to mid off for no run.
  • 49.3 Gets big on the ball by coming ahead and buries it into the track.
  • Mid off is pushed back.
  • 49.2 FOUR! Drifting in on middle and leg, Kohli gets his front leg out of the way and blasts a straight drive across the boundary line. Super shot.
  • 49.1 Tossed up on off, Kohli lunges ahead and smothers the ball in its tracks.
  • 48.6 Plants his front foot forward and defends. 223/2
  • 48.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 48.4 Straighter one on the stumps, Kohli off his back foot punches it through mid-wicket. Single taken.
  • 48.3 Darts it quite full outside off, Cheteshwar fails in his attempt to put bat on ball. It goes through the keeper's leg as well which enables the batsmen to take a bye.
  • 48.2 Works it with the spin just in front of the short leg fielder.
  • 48.1 Wrong 'un on off, going away, VK is back in his crease as he offers a solid punch to covers. One run added to the total.
  • 47.6 Quicker ball, on middle and leg, flicked to square leg for a single. The Indian skipper is off the mark. 220/2
  • 47.5 Similar ball, played in the same area as the previous delivery. Just to the left of short cover this time.
  • 47.4 Outside off, spinning away, plays with the spin and pushes it straight to short cover.
  • 47.3 Loopy and full just outside off, Kohli takes a good stride ahead and blocks.
  • 47.2 Drifting in on middle and leg, Kohli clears his front leg and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • Virat Kohli walks in at No.4.
  • 47.1 OUT! Malinda with his second! He's been superb since he's come on and has dismissed the two dangerous, set openers. Tossed up delivery, Dhawan kneels and sweeps it hard. This time, however, he doesn't keep it down and it flies towards Chandimal at square leg. He moves to his left and takes a good, sharp catch. Sri Lanka rejoice, but both the Indian wickets to fall have been soft dismissals. Can be argued that they threw it away. The Lankans won't mind, this is their chance to make further inroads.
  • 46.6 Down the leg side, Dhawan works it through backward square leg for a run. 219/1
  • 46.5 Dhawan has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 46.4 Shimmies down the track, clears his front leg and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Shikhar Dhawan is the first Indian opener to score two centuries in an away series since 2011.
  • 46.3 Short and flat well outside off, room on offer which Pujara uses well. Punches it a bit square through cover-point for a double.
  • 46.2 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 46.1 EDGED AND PAST FIRST SLIP! Tossed up outside off, Pujara is forward to defend but the ball spins away just enough to take the edge. Fortunately for Pujara, flies to the right of Mathews at slip and it's just wide. Was short of him too.
  • Lakshan Sandakan returns to the attack.
  • 45.6 Good use of the feet, brings his wrists into play as well as he works it towards mid on for a quick single. 213/1
  • 45.5 Hangs deep inside his crease and meets the ball with the full face of the bat.
  • 45.4 Short, flat and quick, sliding down leg, Pujara goes back to whip it away on the leg side but is hit on the pads.
  • 45.3 Gets close to the pitch, too close and ends up driving it to mid on.
  • 45.2 Tossed up and it's on middle and leg, flicks it away sweetly into the vacant spaces in the mid-wicket region for a run.
  • 45.1 Dropped outside leg, Dhawan kneels down to sweep but misses and is hit on the front pad. Muted appeal, nothing from the umpire.
  • 44.6 Opts to leave the ball outside his off stump. End of the over. 211/1
  • 44.5 Banged in short, too short for Pujara to want to fiddle with. He doesn't play any shot at it.
  • 44.4 Cheteshwar Pujara has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 44.3 Sprayed on the pads, glanced down to fine leg for one.
  • 44.2 FOUR! Shot! The timing is excellent on this one. Short of a length around off, Dhawan drags the pull through mid-wicket and gets one more boundary to his name.
  • 44.1 Going across, Dhawan uses the angle well and dabs it behind point. In the gap and that will fetch him a couple of runs.
  • 43.6 Shortens the length again, punched off the back foot straight to the bowler. 204/1
  • 43.5 Short and sliding in, Pujara is early into the pull shot but misses. The ball hits him high on the thigh pads, lobs up and takes the back of his bat and lands next to the stumps in front of the slip fielder.
  • 43.4 Stays back and keeps it out.
  • 43.3 Pujara jumps down the track and wrists it towards short mid-wicket. The fielder there dives and makes a fine stop. Good effort.
  • 43.2 Down the leg side, Dhawan manages to whip it fine down the leg side, through Dickwella's legs. Three runs taken. But hold on, seems there's no bat involved. The ball missed everybody. So, byes signalled by the umpire.
  • 43.1 Just back of a driving length on off, Shikhar gets close to the pitch and pushes it to mid off.
  • 42.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 201/1
  • 42.5 Short delivery outside off, Che sees it early and drops it down on the off side.
  • 42.4 Short of a good length, picks it off his hips and tucks it towards the square leg area.
  • 42.3 Well outside off, not troubling the batsman. Left alone.
  • 42.2 Angling in from a length on middle and off, Pujara closes the face a wee bit early and gets a leading edge in front of covers.
  • 42.1 Back of a length ball angling across Dhawan, he opens the bat face and dabs it to point for a single.
  • 41.6 Use of the feet again from Shikhar, knocks it down to long on and takes one. 200/1
  • 41.5 Positions himself perfectly behind the line and blocks.
  • 41.4 FOUR! Not sure when will the Sri Lankans learn. You don't bowl that to anybody, especially to somebody like Shikhar Dhawan. Short and wide, Dhawan smashes it through point and sends it across the rope.
  • 41.3 Steps out once more and defends it by getting to the pitch.
  • 6th Test ton for Shikhar Dhawan!
  • 41.2 FOUR! There it is, hundred for Dhawan! What a knock, what a man. Scores so freely whenever he plays. Was given a life early in the morning, but he hasn't looked back since. Removes his helmet and points two fingers on each hand skywards, looking at the dressing room. Dances down and drives it through the right of mid off for a boundary.
  • 41.1 Looped up outside off, Dhawan presses forward in defense.
  • 40.6 What just happened here? Could have been nasty, but Pujara looks unfazed, which is good to see. Kumara with a bumper on off, Che doesn't judge the length well at all. Just stands there and gets hit on the helmet. 191/1
  • 40.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 40.4 Back of a length outside off, cutting back in, kept out solidly off the back foot.
  • 40.3 Comes back in from around off, on a good length, Pujara stands his ground and defends it down on the off side.
  • 40.2 Full ball tailing back in, Pujara plays it off the inner half behind square leg and gets off the mark with a couple of runs.
  • 40.1 Short and outside off, cut away square on the off side for a single.
  • 39.6 Another tossed up ball around middle, Cheteshwar blocks it by getting behind the line of the delivery. 188/1
  • 39.5 Similar delivery, Pujara blocks it off the front foot.
  • 39.4 Tossed up on middle and leg, Pujara strides forward and defends.
  • The new age wall, Cheteshwar Pujara is the next man walking in.
  • Drinks! It will taste sweeter and be far more refreshing for the Lankans now that they have broken through.
  • 39.3 OUT! Rahul throws away yet another start! That's bowled flatter around middle, KL tried to go big over mid on, but didn't get to the pitch of the ball. All he managed to do is find a leaping Karunaratne there to perfection. The opener is distraught and why not! He had a 100 for the taking yet he's thrown it away.
  • 39.2 Slider around off, Rahul goes on to the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 39.1 Starts of with a flat ball outside off, Dhawan punches it off the back foot to long on for one more run.
  • Malinda Pushpakumara will bowl for the first time today.
  • 38.6 Length ball starting outside off and angling in to Rahul. He defends it from the crease. 187/0
  • 38.5 Full and straight delivery on middle and leg, the opener drives it down the ground but finds the mid on fielder.
  • 38.4 Short ball around middle, pulled away to deep square leg for one run.
  • 38.3 Length ball around middle, KL plays it with soft hands to the right of short mid-wicket for a quick run.
  • 38.2 Fuller ball outside off, Dhawan drives it to cover, where the fielder dives and makes a half-stop. The batsmen run one.
  • 38.1 Full ball on off, driven straight to covers.
  • 37.6 Flatter on off, Rahul tries to push it with soft hands and the ball takes the edge of the bat and lands in front of slip. 184/0
  • 37.5 Tossed up outside off, Dhawan drives it through covers for another single.
  • 37.4 Looped up outside off, driven to the left of mid off for a single.
  • 37.3 Floated around middle, played towards wide mid on for a run.
  • 37.2 Very full ball outside off, Dhawan goes for the drive and misses the ball completely. The ball lobs off the keeper's gloves and lands in Mathews' hands.
  • 37.1 Loopy ball around his legs, KL tucks it past the diving short leg fielder and takes a single.
  • 36.6 Full ball around middle and leg, driven back to mid on. 180/0
  • 36.5 Aah! Glorious shot again results in something less than what it deserved. Good length ball on middle angling in to the batsman, Rahul maintains his balance and flicks it through mid-wicket. The fielder from mid on chases it down and saves a run for his side.
  • 36.4 Shorter ball around off, Rahul plays it calmly from the crease.
  • 36.3 That's bowled on a length around off, defended from within the crease.
  • 36.2 Very full ball on middle, dug away towards wide mid on for a single.
  • 36.1 Full ball outside off, driven to mid off.
  • Lahiru Kumara is back on for another spell.
  • 35.6 Floated on middle, bunted onto the ground. 176/0
  • 35.5 Short ball on off and middle, pulled away in front of square on the leg side for a run.
  • 35.4 Loopy ball on off, punched off the back foot.
  • 35.3 FOUR! Another ball where Dhawan churns runs off Sandakan! Floated around leg, Dhawan sweeps fine, the ball passes the keeper and rolls away to the fine leg fence. Replays show that it came off the back of his bat. This partnership between Dhawan and Rahul is now the highest opening stand against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.
  • 35.2 Short wrong 'un outside off, cut to point.
  • 35.1 Loopy ball going down the leg side, Rahul tries to sweep, misses. The keeper, too, misses and lets a bye.
  • 34.6 FOUR! Aaah, those small margins in cricket! That's just a fraction short and wide of off, Dhawan wristily cuts it to the right of backward point. The ball races away to the fence in a jiffy! 170/0
  • 34.5 Length ball, dragged his pull to mid on.
  • 34.4 Back of a length ball outside off, Dhawan tries to cut and gets a bottom edge on that.
  • 34.3 Length ball on off, SD shows the full face of the bat in blocking it.
  • 34.2 The well-left game continues in the form of a length ball outside off, which Dhawan lets it go.
  • 34.1 Back of a length ball outside off, punched off the back foot straight to the cover fielder.
  • 33.6 Floated around middle, defended from the crease. 166/0
  • 33.5 Fired this down the leg side, Rahul tries to play that and misses.
  • 33.4 Tossed up on middle, played off the back foot.
  • 33.3 A wrong 'un, well read and punched off the back foot through covers for a run.
  • 33.2 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for the Delhi Dasher! Tossed up around off, Dhawan gets down and slogs it through mid-wicket yet again for another boundary. He's just toying with Sandakan at the moment.
  • 33.1 FOUR! Rank short delivery is dealt with in the manner it should be! That was pitched way short, giving ample time for a well-set Dhawan to rock back and pull it with disdain through mid-wicket to increase the boundary count.
  • 32.6 A tad fuller around off, pushed to covers. 157/0
  • 32.5 Length ball on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 32.4 Good ball. Sri Lanka need more of such balls if they are to dislodge this pair. Length ball on middle, swinging away from the batsman, who pokes his bat tentatively at that. The ball misses the bat and lands in the keeper's gloves.
  • 32.3 Length ball on off, played off the front foot.
  • 32.2 Length ball on off, pushed towards covers for a run. This is the highest opening stand in Tests in this year.
  • 32.1 FOUR! DHAWAN BASHES IT! Full ball outside off, Dhawan drives it exquisitely through covers to increase his tally of runs and boundaries.
  • 31.6 Loops it up on middle and leg, KL blocks it off the front foot. 152/0
  • 31.5 Flatter ball on middle, punched off the back foot.
  • 31.4 Quicker ball down the leg side, Rahul goes after it and misses.
  • 31.3 Loopy ball outside off, punched away off the back foot through covers. One more run added to the score.
  • 31.2 Tossed up around off, Dhawan powerfully sweeps it straight at Mendis at short leg. So, Mendis continues to take shots on his body!
  • 31.1 Sandakan bowls it slower through the air outside off, the ball spins away as Dhawan pokes his bat at that.
  • 30.6 Length ball on middle, defended showing the full face of the bat. 151/0
  • 30.5 Fuller ball on middle, played it wide of mid on for another run.
  • 30.4 Length ball on his pads, flicked away to mid-wicket for a run. That brings up the 150 for India.
  • 30.4 Back of a length ball outside off, Rahul punches it off the back foot to the bowler. A big no ball as Vishwa oversteps.
  • 30.3 Length ball outside off, KL defends it from with the crease.
  • Short cover in place now.
  • 30.2 Length ball outside off, arms shouldered by Rahul.
  • 30.1 FOUR! Exquisite! His timing and placement are just getting better and better. Length ball outside off, punched away through covers. The ball teased the fielder at sweeper cover briefly, before rolling away to the ropes.
  • 29.6 Tossed up on his pads, played to short leg. The fielder has a shy at the striker's end, misses and that results in a run. 144/0
  • 29.5 Short non-spinning ball on middle and leg, pulled away towards deep square leg for one run.
  • 29.4 That's bowled with some air outside off, Dhawan offers his pads instead of his bat.
  • 29.3 Floated outside off, Dhawan goes for the sweep and completely misses the ball.
  • 29.2 Tossed up around middle, Rahul steps down and drives it to long on for a run.
  • 29.1 Looped up on middle, played back to the bowler with soft hands.
  • 28.6 Bowls it on a length outside off and slightly swinging in, Shikhar shoulders arms to let that go. 141/0
  • 28.5 That's bowled on a length well outside off, Dhawan tries to cut and misses.
  • 28.4 Length ball outside off, punched away through covers for a run.
  • 28.3 Full and straight around off, blocks showing the full face of the bat.
  • 28.2 That's bowled straight outside off, played towards point for a single.
  • 28.1 Length ball on off, blocked off the front foot.
  • Vishwa Fernando to bowl from the other end.
  • 27.6 Floated on off, driven to the fielder at mid-wicket. 139/0
  • 27.5 Looped up on off, punched back to the bowler.
  • 27.4 Tossed up on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 27.3 FOUR! Another chance gone begging! Short and quicker ball outside off, this one didn't turn. Rahul went back to cut and got a thick outside edge that flew from the left of Mathews at slip and raced away to the boundary. Mathews moved to his right and couldn't recover well to gather that chance. Rahul lives to fight another day!
  • 27.2 Flatter this time outside off, punched to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 27.1 Tossed up outside off and turning away from Dhawan, he doesn't bother playing that.
  • The men who matter are making their way out in the middle. Dhawan and Rahul to resume their innings with the bat, while it will be spin in the form of Lakshan Sandakan to start for Sri Lanka.
  • ... Day One, Session Two ...
  • India, India, India! That's how this session panned out. It seemed that the Indians continued the battering of the Lankans from the previous game. Both the openers got to their respective half centuries and seem unstoppable at the moment. Sri Lanka missed some chances that came their way - more glaring being the dropped catch of Rahul and the Indian openers made them pay for it. The home side would hope for some magic potion in their lunch, which would make things go their way come the second session. Join us in a while.
  • 26.6 Some flight from Dilruwan, Rahul skates down the track and flicks it to mid-wicket. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 1! 134/0
  • 26.5 FOUR! Easy. Just too easy. The Lankan bowlers are just giving the runs away here. Full outside off, Rahul takes half a step forward and with a crisp drive finds the cover fence.
  • 26.4 FOUR! Dropped short and Dilruwan pays the price for it. Outside off, Rahul rocks back in a jiffy and punches it sweetly through the gap in the covers for a boundary.
  • 26.3 Sprayed on the pads, no trouble to tuck it behind square leg and take one.
  • 26.2 Around the wicket to Dhawan, he leans forward and across to the full ball and flicks it to mid-wicket. The fielder there dives low to his left and stops the ball from going past him. Good save!
  • 26.1 Turning in on middle and off, knocked down to long on as the batsmen jog across for a run.
  • 25.6 Outside off, the southpaw pads it away on the off side. 124/0
  • 25.5 FOUR! Loopy full toss and it's dispatched. Shikhar Dhawan gets low and sweeps it off the top edge over backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 25.4 Comfortably outside off, wide enough for Shikhar to dab it to backward point.
  • 25.3 Sliding into Dhawan's pads, he works it away on the on side. No run taken.
  • 25.2 Spinning away from a shorter length, well outside off, Dhawan flashes at it but misses. The pace probably did him in a bit as it was a bit quicker.
  • 25.1 A bit of loop as he drops it around off, draws Dhawan forward who defends it well. That's the area he needs to keep bowling at. Perfect length.
  • Wonderful partnership this for India. The tweet by Rohan Abeysinghe drives home the point - This is the 1st time an opening pair has a century stand at Pallekele in 6 tests. The previous best 81 vs Aus in 2011 by Dilshan & Para.
  • 24.6 Knocks this through the covers and takes two runs as the sweeper mops it up. 120/0
  • 24.5 Prods forward in defense and confidently deals with it. There wasn't much turn on offer, so no problem for the batsman.
  • 24.4 Pushes this in front of the covers but gets no run for it.
  • 24.3 Darted on the stumps, driven hard straight to silly mid on though.
  • 24.2 Stays rooted inside his crease and taps it down on the off side with soft hands.
  • 24.1 Full and flat outside off, off the inner half Rahul defends it to square leg.
  • 23.6 Rahul eases this full delivery down to long on and retains strike with a single. 118/0
  • 23.5 Short in length, turned away on the leg side for a single.
  • 23.4 Turning in on the pads, off the back foot KL nudges it behind square on the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 23.3 A lot of revs from Sandakan, just outside off, Rahul prods ahead and keeps it out.
  • 23.2 Very full on off, dipping in, drilled straight to short extra cover.
  • 23.1 Not the ideal start he'd have liked. Short and wide outside off, cracked square of the wicket on the off side for a run.
  • One of the two chinamen in this game involved in the action now. Lakshan Sandakan is brought into the bowling attack. A wicket would be nice for the Sri Lankans at this point in time.
  • 22.6 Floats it just outside off, another back foot defense from KL Rahul. End of a maiden over from Perera. 114/0
  • 22.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 22.4 Provides a decent amount of flight on this one, Rahul is forward in defense.
  • 22.3 Pushed quick once more, outside off, moves across and taps it down in front of point with soft hands.
  • 22.2 Drops it a touch short, outside off but close to the off stump. Rahul goes back to cut but ends up mistiming it into the off side.
  • 22.1 Quick and full on the stumps, goes right behind the line and defends it on the on side.
  • 21.6 Full ball attacking the stumps, pushed towards mid on for a brisk run. 114/0
  • 21.5 Down the leg side this time, left alone by the batsman.
  • 21.4 Instantly goes full again. Should be quite patient, the previous delivery is the length he needs to stick with more often. Full and outside off, it's driven to short extra cover.
  • 21.3 On the fourth stump line, tailing back in, Rahul covers the line well and lets it be. Kumara needs to hit this length more regularly. Has been too wayward since morning.
  • 21.2 Lands it on a length this time, the right-hander hangs inside the crease and defends it down on the off side.
  • 21.1 Fuller length delivery fired outside off, KL meets it with a straight blade as he offers a punch to the left of short extra cover.
  • 20.6 Solid in defense as Dhawan presses forward in defense. Meets it with the full face of the bat and ends the over without any problem. 113/0
  • 20.5 Fast again, Rahul goes deep inside his crease and whips it in front of square leg. Single taken.
  • 20.4 Rare dot ball. It's pushed quicker through the air, Rahul pushes it back down the track.
  • 20.3 Tossed up on middle stump, kneels down and sweeps it behind square leg for one more.
  • 20.2 Works it off his pads and turns it away to the mid-wicket area for one.
  • 20.1 Flat and short, sliding in around off, Dhawan backs away a touch and punches it through the covers for a single.
  • 19.6 Length ball around off, played towards point for a single. 109/0
  • 19.5 Short ball on off, pulled away to deep square leg for a single.
  • 9th Test fifty for KL Rahul. He becomes the first Indian to score 7 consecutive Test fifties.
  • 19.4 Classy flick to get to his fifty. Full on middle and leg, Rahul plays it wide of mid on for a brace. He's been getting those runs on a regular basis, now he needs to get a bigger score.
  • 19.3 That's a tad fuller, Dhawan taps it towards cover-point for a run.
  • 19.2 Length ball blocked from within the crease.
  • 19.1 A low full toss is pushed to mid off. No run there.
  • 18.6 Tossed up on off, steps down and drives towards long off for a single. 104/0
  • 18.5 Loopy ball on off, Dhawan defends after getting to the pitch of the ball.
  • 18.4 Fired on middle and leg, flicked away backward of square on the leg side for one run.
  • 18.3 A stumping chance! Loopy ball on middle, Rahul charges down and as he tries to get bat on to that, the ball takes his pads and goes to the left of Dickwella. He doesn't manage to take the ball.
  • 18.2 Tossed up outside off, Rahul strides out and blocks.
  • 18.1 Loopy ball on middle and leg, flicked away to fine leg for a brace.
  • 17.6 That's blocked from the crease by Shikhar. 100/0
  • Dhawan gets a change of bat. The previous defensive shot resulted in a chunk of the bat coming off.
  • 17.5 Length ball, defended from within the crease.
  • 4th Test fifty for Shikhar Dhawan.
  • 17.4 FOUR! Another boundary ball from Kumara results in India getting to 100! Full and outside off, Dhawan powerfully cover drives it for a boundary. A well-deserved half century for the Delhi lad. This is also the first century stand between Dhawan and Rahul.
  • 17.3 Length ball on off, Dhawan tries to punch it off the back foot and gets an inside edge on to his pad.
  • 17.2 Length ball on off, KL plays it towards point and the batsmen rush for a quick single.
  • 17.1 FOUR! Kumara comes back, a boundary welcomes him! Spears it full and wide outside off, Rahul dishes out a glorious cover drive. This shot is so well timed, that even the outfield couldn't play a role in helping Sri Lanka here.
  • Lahiru Kumara comes back on for another spell. He was costly in his first spell.
  • 16.6 Tossed up on off, played defensively from the crease by Shikhar. 91/0
  • 16.5 Air given on middle, KL punches back to long on for another run.
  • 16.4 Flat ball on off and middle, Rahul bunts it on to the ground.
  • 16.3 Floated on off, Dhawan gets down to the pitch of the ball and drives it to long off for a single.
  • 16.2 Tossed up on middle, punched off the back foot to long on for one run.
  • 16.1 Loopy ball outside off, played with soft hands in front of point for a quick run.
  • 15.6 Shikhar drives this full ball through covers for a run. 87/0
  • 15.5 Length ball, Dhawan blocks it towards point.
  • 15.4 This length ball is pushed through covers for another single.
  • 15.3 Length on off, played towards point for a single.
  • 15.2 Fuller ball on off, played from the crease.
  • 15.1 Length ball pushed towards mid on for a quick single.
  • 14.6 Tossed up on middle, punched to long on for a run. 83/0
  • 14.5 Flatter on his pads, flicked away through square leg for a single.
  • 14.4 FOUR! SHORT AND SMASHED! Perera bowls a half-tracker, Dhawan rocks back and pulls it powerfully through mid-wicket for another boundary. That's not great bowling to be honest.
  • 14.3 Given a bit more air, Dhawan pushes it defensively on the leg side.
  • 14.2 Flatter on middle, flicked away to mid-wicket.
  • 14.1 FOUR! Dhawan plays it up and over for a boundary. Tossed up around off, he steps down the track and lofts it over mid off. The ball rushes away to the long off fence.
  • 13.6 Full ball on his pads, flicked away through mid-wicket for three runs. The fielder at mid on got there and misfielded that, while the fielder at deep mid-wicket did the tidying up. 73/0
  • 13.5 Fuller ball blocked from the crease.
  • 13.4 Fuller ball defended off the front foot.
  • 13.3 Length ball bunted off the front foot.
  • 13.2 Fuller ball, flicked away to backward square leg for a run.
  • 13.1 Fuller slower ball on leg, Rahul looks to play on the leg side and gets a leading edge that falls where silly point could be.
  • Drinks break! The first hour has clearly belonged to the Indians yet again, but not before the generous Lankans let off a couple of chances. The hosts will hope this drinks interval would refresh them and spur them on to make a few inroads into the Indian batting line-up.
  • 12.6 Bowled on off, played from within the crease. 69/0
  • 12.5 Floated on off, Dhawan steps down and defends.
  • 12.4 Tossed up on off and middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 12.3 Floated on middle and leg, pushed to mid on.
  • Harsha Bhogle on-air provides some information on the Lankans training today morning. He says that not once did he see any of their bowlers bowl from behind the crease. Quite surprising at such a level.
  • 12.2 Loopy ball on off and middle, Rahul plays it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 12.1 Tossed up on middle, flicked to square leg.
  • 12.1 A spinner starts off with a no ball due to over stepping! That batsman defends it from the crease.
  • Spin in the form of Dilruwan Perera is brought on.
  • 11.6 FOUR! Bad ball, punished! Full and straight on his pads, Dhawan flicks it powerfully through mid-wicket for a boundary. 67/0
  • 11.5 Length ball outside off, played towards covers.
  • 11.4 Why play aerially when you can play such wonderful strokes? Full ball outside off, driven beautifully through covers for three runs. Thanks to the slow outfield, a run is saved for the Lankans.
  • 11.3 DROPPED! How costly would this prove? Fuller ball, Rahul tries to go over the top on this two-paced wicket and almost pays the price. Kumara is late in turning and running back from mid on and drops it even after getting two hands to that. The batsmen take two, to rub salt on the Lankan wounds.
  • 11.2 Length ball edged towards slips.
  • The commentators on-air feel that the slips are slightly deeper, as there isn't much carry available. Karunaratne wasn't happy with the shape of the ball and hence took it to the umpire. He checked it with the help of the 8-shaped gauge and are happy with it. Play resumes.
  • 11.1 Full outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 10.6 Length ball, punched towards covers for another run. This now becomes the highest opening stand in the series. 58/0
  • 10.5 Another lovely shot doesn't yield the desired runs here, owing to the slow outfield. Length ball outside off, punched away through covers. Rahul had timed it so sweetly that he expected four and hence ran lethargically for a couple.
  • 10.4 Fuller ball on middle and leg, blocked off the front foot.
  • 10.3 Short ball, pulled away to deep square leg for a run.
  • 10.2 Length ball outside off, Rahul tentatively pokes at that. The ball takes the inside half of the bat and goes towards mid-wicket and the batsmen settle with a run.
  • 10.1 Back of a length ball outside off, Rahul gets it off the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket.
  • 9.6 Fuller ball outside off, played towards covers for a single. 53/0
  • 9.5 Another mistake by the slip cordon. Fuller ball outside off, Rahul edges it through second slip. The fielder there doesn't get down in time to stop it and the batsmen run two.
  • 9.4 Length ball outside off, Rahul tries to cut it off the back foot, gets an inside edge and the ball rolls towards the on side.
  • 9.3 Fuller ball on off, played off the front foot.
  • 9.2 That's where the Sri Lankans should bowl more often. Fuller ball swinging a tad away from Rahul, who pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 9.1 Full gentle pace ball on his pads, flicked away through backward square leg for a single. Fifty up for India inside the first hour. Russel Arnold on air jokes that he mentioned in his pitch report that batting will be difficult in the first hour.
  • 8.6 Full ball outside off, played solidly off the front foot to covers. 49/0
  • 8.5 Length ball going across Rahul, who points his bat skywards to let it go.
  • 8.4 Length ball outside off, punched off the back foot to mid off.
  • 8.3 Back of a length ball angling into Dhawan, he plays it with the angle through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 8.2 FOUR! Glorious! Short ball outside off, Dhawan times his cut wonderfully through backward point for a boundary.
  • 8.1 Short ball outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 7.6 Length ball outside off, punched off the back foot straight to the short cover fielder. 44/0
  • 7.5 Full ball outside off, played to point.
  • 7.4 Dhawan cuts that length ball outside off to deep point for a single.
  • 7.3 Length ball on his pads, tucked away to fine leg for a run.
  • 7.2 A tad fuller outside off, left alone.
  • 7.1 Bowls on a gentle pace on off, Rahul defends it off the front foot.
  • Medium pacer Dimuth Karunaratne is brought on to bowl. We're going to see quite a lot of him with the ball in the match. He dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara in the previous game, can he provide a breakthrough here as well?
  • 6.6 Fuller ball on middle, flicked away towards wide mid on for another run. 42/0
  • 6.5 Full and swinging ball outside off, Dhawan leans and drives that beautifully through covers. Cricket can sometimes be unfair on you, that wonderful shot resulted in just three, as the slow outfield allows Sandakan to field and return the ball to the keeper.
  • 6.4 A tad full on middle, played towards mid-wicket for no run.
  • 6.3 Length ball well wide of off, left alone.
  • 6.2 Length ball on off and angling into the batsman. Dhawan jumps and wears it on his pads. The players appeal which the umpire denies.
  • 6.1 Length ball, flicked away to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 5.6 Length ball outside off, Rahul gets an inside edge on that and the ball rolls towards point. They decide to take a quick single, hesitated a bit but eventually completed the single easily. 16 runs off that over. 37/0
  • 5.5 Leaves that length ball outside off alone.
  • 5.4 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for KL! Short ball on off, Rahul goes for the pull instinctively and gets a top edge. The ball goes on the bounce to the backward square leg boundary.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Classy Rahul! Kumara steams in from over the wicket to the righty and spears it full on middle at 144 kph. Rahul just times it brilliantly past mid on for another boundary.
  • 5.2 Short ball outside off, punched off the back foot through point. Upul Tharanga chases the ball and keeps the batsmen down to three.
  • 5.1 FOUR! CLUBBED! Kumara runs in from round the wicket and bowls it short and wide of off. Dhawan stays on the back foot and cuts it through cover-point for another glorious boundary.
  • 4.6 Back of a length ball on leg, the ball rolls towards square leg of the inner half. A maiden over by Fernando. 21/0
  • 4.5 Fuller ball on middle and leg, Rahul looked to push that defensively. The ball rolled over to the on side off the inner half of his bat.
  • 4.4 Full ball down the leg side, KL tries to flick but misses.
  • 4.3 Short ball just outside off, Rahul tries to punch it off the back foot towards covers. He gets an inside edge onto his back leg and it rolls towards first slip. That ball was too close to him to play that shot.
  • 4.2 Bowled full on off, he plays it from the crease showing the full face of the bat.
  • 4.1 Fuller ball played straight to the fielder in front of square on the leg side.
  • 3.6 Yorker outside off, dug away next to the stumps on the off side for a run. 11 runs off that over. 21/0
  • 3.5 Length ball on off, played with soft hands towards covers for a quick single. The fielder there has a quick shy at the non-striker's end and misses. Dhawan had just made it in.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Cuts it hard and gets the desired result. Short ball outside off, Dhawan gets the room that he wants. He collects a boundary by playing it through point.
  • 3.3 Full ball outside off at 140 kph, swinging in a bit. Rahul lets it go to the keeper. The ball dies down before it reaches the keeper, who makes a diving attempt to stop the ball but concedes a bye.
  • 3.2 Length ball defended from the crease by showing the full face of the bat.
  • 3.1 FOUR! Good shot! Very full ball outside off, an attempted yorker converted into a low full toss by Rahul, who guides it through the gully region and into the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 2.6 Fuller ball on off and middle, played to mid on. 10/0
  • 2.5 EDGED BUT FOUR! A tad fuller ball moving just a bit, draws Dhawan forward who looks to drive. Gets a thick edge that dies down towards second slip and past the diving third slip. The ball races away to the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 2.4 A tad fuller, but outside off, Shikhar lets it go.
  • 2.3 Spears in at 140 kph, Dhawan has nothing to do with that and lets the keeper collect it.
  • 2.2 Another length ball outside off, arms are shouldered to it by the batsman.
  • 2.1 Length ball well outside off, left alone by Dhawan.
  • 1.6 Length ball outside off coming in slightly, Rahul gets an inside edge on to his pads which draws a stifled appeal from the Lankans. The umpire stays unmoved. 6/0
  • 1.5 Full outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 1.4 Length ball outside off, swinging in a bit, KL has nothing to do with that.
  • 1.3 Length ball on middle, tailing in. Rahul fails to get bat to ball and gets hit high on his pad.
  • 1.2 Back of a length ball starting on off and swinging down the leg side, KL shoulders arms and lets it go through to Dickwella.
  • 1.1 Starts with a back of a length ball on middle and leg, Rahul plays it from within his crease.
  • Lahiru Kumara to share the new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6 Length ball on his pads, he fails to get bat on to that. The ball hits his pads and they sneak a leg bye. 6/0
  • 0.5 Full and straight on middle, tailing in a tad. KL flicks it past a diving square leg for another couple.
  • 0.4 Length ball outside off, Rahul leaves it unharmed.
  • 0.3 Length ball just outside off, Rahul covers the stumps and shoulders arms.
  • 0.2 Full on middle and leg, Rahul flicks it through square leg for a brace to get underway. It's always a nice feeling to get some runs on the board off your first ball.
  • 0.1 Starts over the wicket, bowls a fuller ball angling into Dhawan, he flicks it to fine leg to get off the mark with a single.
  • The players are out in the middle. It's relatively dark out there with chances of rain through the day. The Lankans have taken their positions out in the field. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul to open, with the former taking strike. Vishwa Fernando to kick things off with the new ball. Three slips and a gully in place. Let's roll...
  • Dinesh Chandimal says they would have batted first as well. Mentions one can't control the toss so now just have to restrict the Indians as well as possible. Continues saying India played some good cricket in the last two games, so his side just has to keep its spirits up and do its best. Lets everyone know there are three changes - Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep and Dhananjaya de Silva are out for Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando and Lakshan Sandakan.
  • Virat Kohli reckons that the wicket looks similar to the second game but not as dry. Feels that it will break down from the end of day 2. Says they expect resilience from sides in Tests and it was a challenge in the previous match which they expect from their oppositions. Admits that he knows that he hasn't played the same side in consecutive games and those are due to circumstances and not some pattern followed consciously. Confirms the one change in the side, that of Ravindra Jadeja being replaced by Kuldeep Yadav.
  • Toss - Virat Kohli wins yet another toss and INDIA WILL BAT FIRST.
  • Pitch Report - Russel Arnold says it's a nice hard wicket with a good covering of grass. Adds cracks are there but it won't really affect things much till the 4th or 5th day. States the first hour in particular will be torrid for the batsmen with the ball moving about. Reckons hitting through the line will be difficult at first, but will get easier as the game goes on. Ends saying that all in all, the wicket has something for everybody and it makes for a good game of cricket.
  • Hello and warm welcome to our coverage of the final Test between Sri Lanka and India in Pallekele. India are on a roll after their thumping wins over the Sri Lankans and the series is placed 2-0 in the visitors' favour. India would be eyeing their first-ever whitewash away from home in a minimum of three-match Test series. The hosts would be boosted, hopefully, by their second innings show in Colombo and would hope that they put up a good fight to avoid an embarrassing whitewash at home. The Asian giants, on the other hand, would look at nothing less than another rout of the home side. Stay with us as we bring to you all the action in a while.
  • Sri Lanka surrender rather meekly yet again in the first innings. The conditions seemed treacherous while they batted and Kuldeep Yadav tricked their batsmen into submission. None of their batsmen displayed any resilience that one associates with Test cricket. Chandimal kept the Indian bowlers at bay for a while, but he was invariably just delaying the inevitable. Apart from him, only Dickwella got some kind of start yet he threw it away at a time when the need of the hour was to grind it out. Join us in a while as we will see the Lankan openers striding out for the second time today.
  • 37.4 OUT! That's the final nail in the coffin! Short delivery on middle and leg, spinning down. Sandakan rocks back and looks to pull it through square leg but only manages to get a thick inside edge onto his thigh pad. The ball spoons behind and goes to the left side of Dhawan at leg gully who pouches it safely. A brilliant bowling display from India. SRI LANKA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 135!
  • 37.3 Slow through the air, Sandakan comes down the track and looks to slog it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 37.2 Tossed up around off, Sandakan lunges forward in defense.
  • 37.1 Flatter one, defended off the back foot.
  • 36.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 135/9
  • Lahiru Kumara is the last man in.
  • 36.5 OUT! Kuldeep is having a great outing, gets a 4-fer to his name! Bowls this one slower through the air around off and gets it to turn in appreciably. Fernando looks to defend it tentatively but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Then, the ball deflects back to crash into the stumps. The misery continues for the hosts.
  • 36.4 On middle and leg, defended watchfully.
  • 36.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman
  • 36.2 Floated outside off, spinning in. Vishwa looks to defend it but is beaten on the inside.
  • 36.1 The change of angle almost did the trick! Slips in a googly on off, Fernando looks to defend it but gets an outside edge that falls short of Rahane at first slip.
  • 35.6 Variation from Ashwin. Leg spinner outside off, Sandakan fails to dig it out. 135/8
  • 35.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 35.4 FOUR! Good positive cricket from Sandakan! Slow through the air, Sandakan uses his feet and chips it over mid off. The fielder there hares after it but only comes second best.
  • 35.3 Sandakan strides forward and defends this carrom ball.
  • 35.2 Spinning sharply down the leg side, Lakshan looks to play it across but misses.
  • 35.1 FOUR! Good shot! Tossed up delivery, Sandakan comes down the track and lifts it over the leaping Pandya at mid on to earn a boundary.
  • 34.6 Worked with the spin to deep square leg for a run. 127/8
  • 34.5 Flighted delivery, defended off the back foot.
  • 34.4 The wrong 'un this time. Sandakan stays back to keep it out.
  • 34.3 Floated delivery, eased to mid off.
  • 34.2 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 34.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 33.6 Tossed up on middle, spinning down. Fernando looks to defend it but is hit on the pads. An appeal follows but that was going down leg. 126/8
  • 33.5 Quicker one on leg stump, clipped to the leg side for a run.
  • 33.4 Loopy delivery, Sandakan lunges forward in defense.
  • 33.3 Shorter outside off, generates extra bounce on that. Sandakan goes for the cut but misses.
  • 33.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 33.1 Outside off, defended off the front foot.
  • During the drinks break, the Indian side was in a huddle. The discussion would have been to whether enforce the follow-on or not.
  • 32.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 125/8
  • 32.5 Full delivery outside off, Vishwa goes at it with hard hands but ends up jamming it down the track.
  • 32.4 Stays back to this one and keeps it out.
  • 32.3 Turns in sharply from outside off, Fernando prods forward to defend it but gets it off the inner half towards short leg.
  • Vishwa Fernando strides out to bat.
  • 32.2 OUT! Bowled 'em! Another one bites the dust! Full delivery around middle, skids on through the surface. Pushpakumara misreads the length, comes a couple of steps down the track and ends up yorking himself. Misses it altogether to get the furniture behind him shattered. Sri Lanka in complete disarray! Kuldeep gets his third wicket.
  • 32.1 Tossed up outside off, driven to wide mid off.
  • 31.6 Loopy ball around off, Sandakan gets it off the inside half to mid-wicket. 125/7
  • 31.5 Flighted ball outside off, pushed to covers.
  • 31.4 Tossed up ball on middle, played to short leg.
  • Lakshan Sandakan comes out to bat.
  • Time for Drinks. India are all over Sri Lanka. The home side are failing to find a solution to the turn and grip on this surface and are falling like a pack of cards.
  • 31.3 OUT! Soft dismissal in the end for the Lankan skipper! This wicket might hasten their fall. Tossed up delivery around off and middle, Chandimal looks to flick it. But he does so straight to leg gully, where Rahul doesn't falter. He was looking decent out there as he was approaching a 50. Ashwin gets a wicket, Sri Lanka trail by 362.
  • 31.2 This floated ball is bunted on to the ground.
  • 31.1 Tossed up ball around off and middle, defended off the front foot.
  • 30.6 Flighted ball around off and middle, it strikes him high on his pads as Malinda misses the ball. The Indians appeal to no avail. 125/6
  • 30.5 This loopy ball is blocked by getting right behind the line of the ball.
  • 30.4 FOUR! Tossed up ball around middle, swept powerfully through square leg for a boundary. There was no fielder in the deep there.
  • 30.3 This flighted delivery is flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 30.2 Dinesh shows the full face of the bat as he blocks it.
  • 30.1 Loopy ball around middle, Chandimal defends showing the full face of the bat.
  • 29.6 Floated around middle, flicked away to the leg side for a run. 120/6
  • 29.5 Again a flighted ball is blocked from the crease.
  • 29.4 This one's the carrom ball, that strikes him low on the pads.
  • 29.3 Fired in around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 29.2 Loopy ball around off and middle, defended.
  • 29.1 Flighted ball outside off and turning in sharply as Dinesh looks to flick but misses. The Indian players appeal for LBW which is turned down.
  • 28.6 Another tossed up ball, Malinda gets an inside edge on to his pads as he defends. 119/6
  • 28.5 Pushpakumara looks to drive this loopy ball but gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 28.4 Loopy ball outside off, the ball goes past the edge as Malinda comes forward to defend.
  • 28.3 Loopy ball around off and middle, Chandimal gets a leading edge towards covers for a run.
  • 28.2 Tossed up full ball outside off, Chandimal bottom edges it as it rolls to the keeper.
  • 28.1 This flighted ball is well defended by Chandimal.
  • 27.6 Fired in around leg, Pushpakumara takes a hit on his pads as he misses the shot. The fielding side puts up a shout for LBW, turned down. 118/6
  • 27.5 Tossed up delivery bunted down.
  • 27.4 Quicker ball around off, played from the crease.
  • 27.3 This flighted ball around off and middle, is blocked on to the ground.
  • 27.2 FOUR! Aaah! Cheeky and effective. Tossed up off spinner outside off and turning in, Pushpakumara watches it closely and plays it ever so late to guide to the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 27.1 Slow turning ball down the leg side, Malinda looks to hit that and misses.
  • 26.6 Slow loopy ball on leg, Chandimal looks to sweep but misses, and wears the ball full on his pad. 114/6
  • The field is coming up to save the single.
  • 26.5 Loopy ball on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • Deep square leg comes in to invite the sweep shot.
  • 26.4 Flatter ball is flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 26.3 Round the wicket, Kuldeep bowls a googly. The ball takes the outside edge of the poking bat and rolls through point for a single.
  • 26.2 This leg spinning ball is flicked away on the leg side for a run.
  • 26.1 Tossed up ball around middle and leg, Chandimal sweeps but misses. The ball passed agonizingly close to the leg stump.
  • 25.6 This time Dinesh sweeps the loopy ball for a single. 112/6
  • 25.5 Flighted ball around off and middle, Chandimal keeps it out.
  • 25.4 Floated around middle, blocked.
  • 25.3 NOT OUT! India lose both their reviews! That's tossed up around off and turning into Chandimal, who tries to sweep and misses. The ball passes his left arm and settles in to Saha's gloves which brings up an appeal from the Indians. On seeing that denied, the Indians review. The Snicko doesn't return any spike as the ball passes the glove. So the on-field call stays.
  • Virat Kohli opts to take a review for a caught behind appeal against Chandimal. Seems like there was daylight between between bat and ball.
  • 25.2 Tossed up ball around off, Chandimal defends showing the full face of the bat.
  • 25.1 Tossed up ball around off, Chandimal pushed it to mid-wicket.
  • 24.6 This one is a turning ball that is tucked to short fine leg. Chandimal denies him the run there. 111/6
  • 24.5 This is the wrong 'un from round the wicket which is too much for the no. 8. It passes the prodding edge of the bat.
  • No cover in place now. Point comes in. Kuldeep will encourage him to drive and hence, induce a false stroke.
  • 24.4 Round the wicket, tossed up outside off, left alone.
  • 24.3 He played for the turn as the ball went straight past the outside edge of his bat.
  • 24.2 Full toss outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 24.1 Flighted ball around middle, blocked off the front foot.
  • 23.6 He safely negotiated that flighted ball by blocking it. 110/6
  • 23.5 This tossed up delivery is presented the full face of the bat. The ball falls just short of short leg after taking the inside edge of the bat.
  • 23.4 Another front foot defense to a tossed up ball around off and middle. The bowler thought it was pad first and put in an appeal to see it turned down.
  • 23.3 This is floated around middle, blocked off the front foot.
  • 23.2 Solid front foot defense by Malinda to that loopy ball.
  • 23.1 Loopy ball around off, blocked from the crease.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin is back on.
  • 22.6 Flatter and quicker outside off, slapped through wide mid off, where Ashwin chases down. The batsmen get a brace. 110/6
  • 22.5 Another floated ball, played to mid-wicket.
  • 22.4 Loopy ball around middle, nudged to short leg.
  • 22.3 Tossed up around off, placed towards backward point for a run.
  • 22.2 Loopy ball on off, blocked.
  • Malinda Pushpakumara walks in at the fall of the 6th wicket.
  • 22.1 OUT! There are days when good balls go for runs and on some, even bad balls fetch you wickets! A rank half-tracker on middle, Perera either could have hit it anywhere out of the park or nudged somewhere round the corner for some runs. Instead he decides to go aerially and ends up picking up the lone man, Hardik Pandya, at deep mid-wicket to perfection. The hosts are just disintegrating quickly here.
  • 21.6 Bowled on a length around middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a brace. 107/5
  • 21.5 Length ball around off, driven to mid off.
  • 21.4 FOUR BYES! Dangerous even for the keeper standing far from the stumps. This length ball outside off is left alone. The ball bounces just in front of Saha and bounces a tad more to hit his shoulders and run away to the fence. On such tracks, the keeper should wear his helmet even when standing far it seems.
  • 21.3 This good length ball is shouldered arms to, as it swings in after the batsman and goes in to Saha's gloves.
  • 21.2 Shami steams in and spears it around off, Chandimal blocks it showing the full face of the bat.
  • Umesh Yadav has pulled up in his delivery stride. He is walking across gingerly. He is in a lot of discomfort and is now heading back to the dressing room. A while back, he landed awkwardly on the ground while trying to stop a boundary. Hope it is nothing serious. Meanwhile, Shami comes to complete the over in his place.
  • 21.1 Length ball outside off, Chandimal point his bat skywards as he leaves it alone.
  • Umesh Yadav is back on. 3-0-23-0 read his figures as of now.
  • 20.6 Flatter ball, played to mid-wicket. 101/5
  • 20.5 Tossed up ball around middle, defended off the front foot on to the ground.
  • 20.4 Straighter ball outside off, Perera plays for the non-existent turn and misses.
  • Dilruwan Perera walks in next.
  • 20.3 OUT! Yes, this was coming once you couldn't pick the spinner yet were intent on attacking him. That was a tossed up wrong 'un around middle, inviting Dickwella to go for a big shot. He does so and ends up missing the ball completely. Saha behind didn't miss the stumping chance and that ends Niroshan's expressive innings.
  • 20.2 Tossed up ball around leg, Dickwella paddles it fine for a brace. That bring up Sri Lanka's 100.
  • 20.1 Loopy ball around off and middle, flicked away to mid-wicket.
  • 19.6 FOUR! Short and wide ball, Chandimal slaps it through cover-point as the ball rushes towards the fence. Umesh runs there from deep point but seems like he fails to keep the ball in the field of play despite multiple attempts to do so. The umpire checks upstairs for the boundary and it is one. 99/4
  • 19.5 Back of a length ball around off, pushed through covers for a run. As Dickwella was running Pandya said some words to him, which infuriated the Lankan keeper.
  • 19.4 FOUR! Dashing Dickwella is on a roll! Length ball around off and middle, he takes the aerial route as he goes over mid on. The ball goes to the fence for a boundary. Didn't really get it off the meat of the bat though.
  • 19.3 Hardik bowls it on a length outside off, played through point for a run.
  • 19.2 Length ball around off, blocked off the back foot.
  • 50-run partnership between Chandimal and Dickwella.
  • 19.1 Length ball on his pads, flicked away in front of square for a double.
  • 18.6 Flatter ball around off, he punches it to the off side. 87/4
  • 18.5 Floated gently around middle and leg, pushed towards mid on for a quick single.
  • 18.4 FOUR! And this one's even better. Another flighted ball on off, Chandimal smashes it to the right of mid off for the third boundary of the over. He's taking the attack to the spinner here.
  • 18.3 Loopy ball around middle, played to the left of short leg for no run.
  • 18.2 FOUR! Glorious shot that! Tossed up ball around off, Chandimal gets to the pitch and creams it wide of mid off for another boundary.
  • 18.1 FOUR! The first real bad ball from the tweaker. Short and wide of off, the batsman just crunches it through covers for a boundary.
  • 17.6 Back of a length ball around off, Dickwella jumps and pushes it to point. 74/4
  • 17.5 Fuller ball around off, Chandimal gets a single to deep point off the outer half of his bat, as he tries to push it on the off side.
  • 17.4 A tad fuller around off, the batsman defends it off his front foot towards the cover region.
  • 17.3 Length ball outside off, left alone by the Lankan skipper.
  • 17.2 Bowled on a length around middle and leg, tucked away through square leg for a brace.
  • 17.1 Slower length ball around middle and leg, Dickwella knocks it with soft hands towards mid-wicket for a quick run.
  • 16.6 A bit more air on that delivery as DC strides forward and defends. 70/4
  • 16.5 A straighter ball which the skipper is struggling to pick. He somehow gets bat on to that and blocks.
  • 16.4 A googly around middle and leg, Dinesh gets bat to it at the last moment to block it.
  • 16.3 Floated around middle and leg, Dickwella makes room and drives it towards mid off for a single.
  • 16.2 FOUR! Tossed up ball around off, Dickwella gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it through mid-wicket to collect a boundary.
  • 16.1 Loopy ball around off, bunted down from the crease.
  • 15.6 Full and driving length ball outside off, Dinesh goes for the shot and misses. There was a hint of swing there. 65/4
  • 15.5 That's a back of a length ball outside off, Chandimal slaps it through covers. The ball rolls towards the boundary. The outfield is slow and hence, the sweeper cover has ample time to run to his right and cut it off. Keeps the batsmen down to two.
  • 15.4 Length ball outside off, left alone. The ball swung in after passing the batsman.
  • 15.3 This is straight and quick around off, pushed to the cover region.
  • 15.2 Length ball around off, defended off the front foot by Chandimal.
  • 15.1 Length ball around off, punched through covers for a run.
  • Hardik Pandya to bowl from the other end.
  • 14.6 Floated googly around middle and leg, again Chandimal gets the edge of the bat as the ball rolls to the off side. 62/4
  • 14.5 Tossed up wrong 'un around middle, Chandimal completely missed the line of the ball as he looked to whip in to the on side.
  • 14.4 Loopy ball around leg, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 14.3 This one turns away sharply as Dickwella cuts it to the left of point for a run.
  • 14.2 Loopy ball played aerially towards mid-wicket.
  • 14.1 Starts of with a googly around middle, Dickwella made room to cut, but was cramped for room and ended up dabbing it to point.
  • We are back for the evening session. 41 overs are left today. Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella to continue their innings. Kuldeep Yadav to continue his spell. Here we go...
  • ... Day Two, Session Three ...
  • India are on top and continue to dominate. After posting a huge total on the board, their bowlers were right on the money from the beginning. Especially Shami, who bowled a fiery spell and made life difficult for the opposition. He sent both the openers packing in quick time. After that, the combined brilliance of Ashwin and Kuldeep resulted in Mendis' downfall. Hardik Pandya continued to have a cracking day, trapping Mathews off guard. Sri Lanka are caught in shallow waters and they will need the pair of Chandimal and Dickwella to stitch a substantial stand. Join us in a while for the evening session.
  • 13.6 Tossed up ball in line of the stumps, he again gets a run on the leg side off the inside half of his bat. THAT'S TEA, DAY 2! 61/4
  • 13.5 This slower ball in line of the stumps is blocked from the crease as the ball stayed a touch low.
  • 13.4 Floated around off, Chandimal pushes it towards covers with soft hands for a single.
  • 13.3 Tossed up ball around off, Dickwella gets it off the inside of his bat to the leg side as he looks to play it to the off side. They take a run.
  • 13.2 FOUR! The sweep gets him runs again. Tossed up ball around off and middle, Dickwella sweeps it powerfully in front of square on the leg side for a boundary. He's already playing the attacking brand of cricket that he's known for.
  • 13.1 Loopy ball around off, Dickwella comes down and plays to mid off.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack.
  • 12.6 Flatter ball around off, ND steps down and places it to the off side for a run. 54/4
  • 12.5 Loopy ball pushed to mid on for a quick single.
  • 12.4 FOUR! This time Chandimal nails the sweep. Flighted ball around leg, he gets down and sweeps through fine leg for a boundary.
  • 12.3 Floated up delivery around leg, Chandimal looks to sweep but gets hit on the pads. The Indians appeal but the umpire stays unmoved. Pitching outside the leg stump, mostly.
  • 12.2 This time the tossed up delivery turns a tad, played to short leg.
  • 12.1 Tossed up ball around off that went straight on, placed towards the off side for no run.
  • Kuldeep Yadav, the chinaman bowler is brought in to bowl.
  • 11.6 This length ball is defended off the back foot. 48/4
  • 11.5 Another ball down the leg side goes to the keeper as he misses the flick.
  • 11.4 Length ball around off, played to point.
  • 11.3 Fuller ball around leg, Dickwella wears it on his pads as he misses his flick. The Indians appeal, but the umpire stays unmoved. Such deliveries generally pitch outside the leg stump line.
  • 11.2 Bouncer on middle and off, Dickwella sways back and lets it go to the keeper.
  • 11.1 Length ball down the leg side, Niroshan tries a flick and misses.
  • 10.6 Length ball around off, driven to mid off. 48/4
  • 10.5 Another good shot in this match doesn't get the runs that it deserves. Full ball outside off, driven through covers. The batsmen run three as Ashwin chases it down from mid off.
  • 10.4 Fuller ball around off, driven towards wide mid off for a single.
  • 10.3 Straight ball outside off left alone.
  • 10.2 Bowled around off, played to point.
  • 10.1 Back of a length ball outside off, Dinesh plays it to the left of point. There is a slight hesitation yet again in the running between wickets and they take a run as Rahul has a shy at the striker's end and misses. The overthrow results in another run.
  • 9.6 On a length around leg stump, angling in. Dickwella looks to clip it away but gets hit on the pads. Another appeal for an LBW but this one has probably pitched outside leg. End of an eventful over. 42/4
  • 9.5 FOUR! Crisp! Fullish delivery outside off, angling away. Dickwella leans into and strokes it through covers for a glorious boundary. He is off the mark in style.
  • 9.4 Swinging into Dickwella. He defends it off the front foot.
  • Niroshan Dickwella is the new man in.
  • 9.3 OUT! The wicket-to-wicket line has done the trick for Hardik Pandya! He is having a terrific day. Smart bowling brings in another dismissal. Length delivery on middle and leg, stays low. Mathews hangs back to keep it out but gets pinged low on the front pad. A confident appeal follows and up goes the umpire's finger. The former captain doesn't review it and keeps walking back to the dressing room. It looked quite plumb. Sri Lanka are in dire straits now.
  • 9.2 Length delivery in line of the stumps, stays a bit low. Angelo keeps it out.
  • 9.1 Length delivery on off, Mathews stays back and blocks it.
  • 8.6 Length ball outside off, Chandimal is squared up and gets beaten. 38/3
  • Angelo Mathews strides out to bat. Sri Lanka are in a real spot of bother.
  • 8.5 OUT! Sri Lanka are in disarray here in Pallekele! A run out it is that leads to Mendis' downfall. Fuller ball around off and middle, flicked towards wide of mid on. Mendis runs down in search of a run, but is sent back as Ashwin at mid on runs to his right and makes a diving stop. He has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. It would have been curtains for Kusal if he had hit. But Kuldeep at covers, backs up that throw and immediately hits the stumps down at the bowler's end, while Shami is seen reacting to the first throw. The third umpire is called for and on replays, the batsman is found short.
  • Third umpire is referred to for a run out appeal. Looks out to the naked eye.
  • 8.4 Length around off, played to the off side off the back foot.
  • 8.3 FOUR! Shami is searching for the swing and hence bowls it full outside off. Chandimal gets to the pitch and drives it beautifully through mid off for a boundary to get going.
  • 8.2 Speared in straighter around off, pushed to point defensively.
  • 8.1 Length ball around middle, played through square leg off the back foot for a run.
  • 7.6 This straight ball in line of the stumps is played from the crease. 33/2
  • 7.5 Length ball outside off, played in the gap between cover and point for a quick run.
  • 7.4 Length around middle, pushed to mid-wicket.
  • 7.3 This one's bowled outside off, which is left alone.
  • A man at short mid-wicket in place now.
  • 7.2 FOUR! Mendis on a four-hitting spree, his fourth. Length ball around off and middle, Kusal whips it through square leg for another boundary on the leg side.
  • 7.1 Length ball around off, defended by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Yes, Hardik Pandya will bowl now.
  • 6.6 Length ball around off, bunted on to the ground. Maiden from Shami. 28/2
  • 6.5 This time a full outswinger outside off, Chandimal times it sweetly to the right of Pandya at covers. He stretches out his right hand to stop it.
  • 6.4 Full inswinging delivery around off, pushed towards mid off for no run.
  • 6.3 That's too wide of off for Chandimal to make any contact.
  • 6.2 Fuller ball outside off, draws the batsman into the shot. The ball takes the outside edge and lands agonizingly short of the diving third slip fielder.
  • Hardik Pandya is seen warming up. Some signs?
  • 6.1 Length ball outside off, Dinesh has nothing to do with that.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Mendis is too good to miss out on opportunities like that. That was full on middle and leg, clipped away over square leg for a boundary. 28/2
  • 5.5 Bouncer around off, ducked under by Mendis.
  • 5.4 Short ball around off, played off the back foot.
  • 5.3 Length ball outside off, Kusal pokes and gets beaten.
  • 5.2 Another length ball bunted on to the ground.
  • 5.1 Length ball around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 4.6 NOT OUT! It's all happening! Length ball outside off angling into Chandimal, he strides to defend and misses the ball to get hit on his pad. The Indians appeal, only to see a denial. Virat goes for the review. The Ball Tracker shows that it would have clipped the top of the stumps and hence, the umpire's call comes into play. So Chandimal stays on. 24/2
  • India have reviewed an LBW call against Chandimal. Looks not out to the naked eye.
  • 4.5 Length ball around off, defended from the crease.
  • 4.4 Length ball outside off, he inside edges it on to his pads.
  • 4.4 WIDE! Bouncer well outside off, left alone. The umpire signals an overhead wide.
  • Dinesh Chandimal, the skipper of the side in trouble, walks out next.
  • 4.3 OUT! The previous match centurion departs cheaply this time. A beaut of a length ball outside off, coming in to Karunaratne and leaves him ever so slightly as he plays at the original line. The ball takes the edge of the bat and goes low to Saha, who bends his left knee to pouch it smartly. Excellent bowling, even better catching. The umpire went upstairs to check if the catch was clean for which the third umpire returned an affirmation.
  • 4.2 Length ball outside off, he inside edges it on to his pads.
  • 4.1 Length ball on off, played from the crease.
  • 3.6 Back of a length ball around off, coming in. Mendis jumps and gets an inside edge onto his thigh pad. 23/1
  • 3.5 FOUR! Boundary ball, dealt with. Length ball on middle and leg, clipped away through mid-wicket by Mendis for another boundary. Umesh just letting the batsmen get off the pressure that Shami is creating.
  • 3.4 Good length ball around off and middle and coming into him, Mendis looks to flick but wears it on his pads. The Indians appeal for an LBW to be turned down by the umpire. Replays showed that it would have gone down.
  • 3.3 FOUR! Length ball angling into him, Kusal Mendis uses the pace of the ball and guides it through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 3.2 Length ball on his pads, he misses his flick and they steal a leg bye.
  • 3.1 What's happening, Sri Lanka? Back of a length ball around off, pushed to point. Mendis wanted a run and was halfway down the pitch when he was sent back. The fielder had a shy at the bowler's end and missed. If he'd hit, Mendis would have been back in the dressing room now.
  • 2.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 14/1
  • Third slip in place now.
  • 2.5 Another peach of a delivery! Short delivery around off, shoots through after pitching. Mendis looks to evade it and does so awkwardly.
  • 2.4 Welcomes Mendis to the crease with a snorter! Shami hits the deck hard around off, Mendis hangs his bat in the air like a periscope but the ball whizzes past him.
  • Kusal Mendis comes in at the fall of the early wicket.
  • 2.3 OUT! Sri Lanka waste a review! Fuller in length outside off, swings in a touch. Tharanga pushes at it with minimal foot movement and gets a faint nick. Saha dives to his right and takes a good low catch. The Indians go up in an appeal in unison and the umpire obliges. Upul walks across to Karunaratne and the latter tells him to go for the DRS. The Ultra Edge confirms the nick. Tharanga is disappointed and has to walk back.
  • Upul Tharanga opts to take a review after Karunaratne suggests him to do so. It is against a caught behind decision. Seems like there was a clear nick.
  • 2.2 Sloppy work! Angling in sharply into Karunaratne. He gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket where Kuldeep is lazy and makes a mess of it. Concedes a single.
  • 2.1 Back of a length well outside off, left alone.
  • 1.6 Well bowled! Length delivery around off, swings in a touch. Tharanga keeps his bat and pad close together to block it. 13/0
  • 1.6 FIVE WIDES! Fuller length delivery outside off, stays low and swings away late. Saha dives to his left but fails to stop it from reaching the third man fence. Bonus runs for Sri Lanka.
  • A straightish extra cover in place now.
  • 1.5 FOUR! Elegant! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Tharanga strokes it through extra cover and the ball whistles away to the fence.
  • 1.4 Fullish on this ocassion outside off, inviting Dimuth to play a drive. He pushes at it but gets it off the inner half to mid off. The batsmen steal a run.
  • Sri Lanka's highest opening stand against India in the last ten Tests is just 22. That's something that the hosts would look to improve on.
  • 1.3 Similar length delivery well outside off, holding its line. Karunaratne doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 1.2 Good length delivery angling across Upul. He punches it firmly through extra cover for a single. Gets off the mark with that.
  • 1.1 Length delivery outside off, a bit of nip in the air. Tharanga points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • Umesh Yadav to share the new ball.
  • 0.6 Fuller ball starting from outside off, swung in a great deal as it passed the stumps. Saha had to dive to collect it. 2/0
  • 0.5 Short ball on his body, Karunaratne jumps and plays it through square leg for a brace to get off the mark.
  • 0.4 That's a harmless ball outside off, left alone.
  • 0.3 Length ball outside off, nipping into Karunaratne. He gets an inside edge on to his pads as he tries to block it a bit away from the body.
  • 0.2 Length ball on off, played from within the crease.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a bouncer around off. The ball swings away to the leg side as Dimuth ducks under that. Saha collects it well.
  • So that's it from us for this game. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. There wasn't much of a contest most of the times but that is how international cricket is at this moment. There are many lopsided contests happening. Hopefully the ODIs will be more competitive. The first of which will be played on the 20th August in Dambulla. Action begins 1430 local time (0900 GMT). We look forward to your company. Until then, it's goodbye and take care!
  • India skipper, Virat Kohli calls it a good win for them. Says that it is nice to get convincing victories. On the positives, Kohli replies that Pandya's confidence with the bat and ball is the biggest positive as it gives them a lot of balance. Credits Rahane, Pujara, Mukund, Rahul for their knocks. Is more than happy with the efforts of the bowlers. Opines that they look forward to play every Test with the same excitement. Says that they want to be prepared, be proactive and need to carry this forward to be a ruthless side. On Sri Lankan players, he responds that they didn't have momentum on their side and they need to believe and not lose motivation to work hard.
  • Man of the Series, Shikhar Dhawan jokes that he was in Hong Kong enjoying his holidays, when asked about his place in the side before the series. Admits that he got a chance since an opener was injured. Adds that he is happy that things went well and he got this award. Affirms the backing he had of the team management. He states that he tries to play the attacking game which is his natural game. Ends by saying that he needs to keep working hard as there is competition for spots in the team and so nothing is a given.
  • Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal feels that one can't control the toss. Calls it a tough series as a team. Credits India for playing really well. Says that bad fielding is a part of the game but feels that they did not bat and bowl well. On the call to play the extra bowler, he replies that they wanted to restrict India under 450. Rues the batting and bowling lapses, does not think they concentrated well enough. Hopes that the talented players come good in the Pakistan tour.
  • Man of the Match, Hardik Pandya expresses gratitude and says that he's pretty glad that he has got his hundred here. Adds that situation was good and he had the confidence to play his shots. He states that they as a team always had a target in mind and were looking to get somewhere around 550. He reckons that he has been bowling well and it isn't easy to get a five-fer in the longest format of the game. Adds further that he doesn't think too much about where he should bat and is happy to bat wherever the team wants. Ends by lauding the team and support staff.
  • Mohammed Shami led the attack well with the new ball. Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav showed their class and took wickets at regular intervals. They were always in control with the Sri Lankan batsmen not providing a fight. Virat Kohli will be pleased with the way his side has played in the series. Stay with us as we bring you the presentation in a while.
  • Once the Indian lower order wagged yet again, Sri Lankan shoulders drooped along with their confidence and energy levels. Hardik Pandya's onslaught ripped the spirits out of them. From there, mentally, the hosts were shut out of the match. Only Dinesh Chandimal fought hard in the first innings and in the second it was only his and Mathews' stand that had something to be spoken about. Rest was all about the Indian bowlers going about their work professionally.
  • It should be noted that Kohli wasn't keen on the follow-on, but his teammates egged him to do so and the visitors ended up inflicting another innings defeat on the home side. It seemed that Sri Lanka never turned up to play this series. The last time they were in this Test was when they finished day one restricting the tourists to 329/6. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul had set it up for the visiting side with a 188-run stand.
  • Another series win under Virat Kohli and this has been a comprehensive one. It proved to be a meek surrender from the Lankans as they batted over 80 overs only once in the entire series - just sums up their lack of application and temperament. This also is the first ever 3-0 whitewash away from home in Tests for India, seventh time a home team has been blanked 3-0.
  • 74.3 OUT! 3-0 to India! Ashwin bowls the carrom ball outside off, Kumara comes forward to defend but is beaten on the outside edge. The ball crashes into the stumps and that is it. INDIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 171 RUNS!
  • 74.2 FOUR! Smacked! Tossed around leg, Kumara comes down and clobbers it wide of mid on for a boundary.
  • 74.1 Flatter on middle, pulled towards mid-wicket from the crease. A quick single taken.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin brought on for the last rites.
  • 73.6 In the air but safe! Kumara aims to go over long on but fails to connect well. Umesh runs back from mid on but cannot get to it. Two runs taken. 176/9
  • 73.5 Punches one towards the fielder who just came in at covers.
  • Extra fielder now on the off side.
  • 73.4 FOUR! Hit away! Tossed outside off, Kumara gets under it and drives it in the air over wide mid off for a boundary.
  • 73.3 Wrong 'un outside off, Kumara shoulders his arms to it.
  • 73.2 Biffs one towards mid on from the batsman.
  • 73.1 This one spins away from Kumara, left alone.
  • Kuldeep Yadav comes back on. Session has been extended since Sri Lanka are nine down.
  • 72.6 Length ball outside off, the batsman looks to push it through the covers but is beaten. 170/9
  • 72.5 Good length outside off, punched through covers only in the mind, nothing in reality.
  • 72.4 Dropped! Shami bowls from wide of the crease, angles it on a length around off, Fernando pushes it back down the wicket. Shami looks to jump and take it but fails to grab it as it hits him on the hand. He expected it to come quicker to him.
  • 72.3 Shorter in length just outside off, Fernando sways out of the way.
  • 72.2 Goes for the yorker, just outside off, Fernando digs it out.
  • 72.1 Length ball outside off, Fernando defends it.
  • 71.6 Good length on middle and leg, Kumara defends it. 170/9
  • 71.5 Shorter outside off, Kumara places it towards covers.
  • 71.4 OUCH! That has hit him hard! Umesh follows Kumara with a short ball. Lahiru takes his eyes off and looks to duck. The ball hits him on the elbow, just near the guard. Don't think it was well placed.
  • 71.3 Shorter in length on middle and leg, Kumara ducks under it.
  • 71.2 Angles it on a length on middle and leg, Kumara punches it towards covers.
  • 71.1 Good length outside off, left alone.
  • 70.6 Outside off, Fernando looks to put bat to ball but misses. 170/9
  • 70.5 Fuller outside off, punched-driven through mid off for a couple of runs.
  • 70.4 Shorter but down the leg side, left alone by Vishwa.
  • 70.3 Bowls it on middle and leg, Vishwa looks to work it away but is hit on his thigh pad.
  • 70.2 Slower one around off, Fernando reads it and defends it from his crease.
  • 70.1 Shorter in length outside off, bounces more, Fernando keeps his bat out of the way.
  • 69.6 Fuller around middle and leg, Kumara keeps it out from his crease. 168/9
  • Lahiru Kumara is the last man in.
  • 69.5 OUT! What a smart catch by Rahane! Dickwella was backing away to slap one. Umesh bowls it in the area he has to, length on middle and leg, following the batsman. Dickwella dabs it but hits it straight to Rahane at gully who takes a sharp reflex catch diving to his left. That was really well taken and the end is nigh!
  • 69.4 Slower one, off the back of the hand, Dickwella guides it to deep point. No run taken.
  • 69.3 Shorter one around off and middle, Fernando fends it towards the vacant short leg region for a single. He gets off the pair.
  • 69.2 Shorter around off, Dickwella plays it with an angled bat towards Pandya at deepish point. This time Niroshan takes a run, he wanted the second but it was not there.
  • 69.1 Angles it on a length following Dickwella who is backing away, he can only nudge it on the leg side.
  • 68.6 Fuller and outside off, driven wide of point. Once again, Dickwella refuses the run. 166/8
  • 68.5 Angles it on a length around off, punched through mid on. Dickwella does not want the run.
  • 68.4 Fuller in length on middle and leg, turned towards short leg by Fernando.
  • Vishwa Fernando is the penultimate man in.
  • 68.3 OUT! Edged and taken! Good length outside off, bounces a tad more, Sandakan looks to force it through the off side again but this time he gets an edge. Saha goes to his right and takes a good catch in front of first slip. That is the third wicket for Shami! Sri Lanka still trail by 186.
  • 68.2 FOUR! Good shot! Short and outside off, Sandakan punches it in front of square on the off side for a boundary. That was really well played by Sandakan.
  • 68.1 Bowls a shorter length ball around middle and leg, Sandakan cannot tuck it away.
  • 67.6 FOUR! One bounce into the ropes! Short and outside off, Dickwella loves it there and he spanks it over the point region for a boundary. He is enjoying his time out in the middle now. 162/7
  • 67.5 Slants one down the leg side, Niroshan cannot clip it away.
  • 67.4 Gives himself room, coming down and looks to go through covers but finds the fielder.
  • 67.3 Goes round the wicket, angles it on a good length on off, too close to cut but Dickwella still aims to force it through. Chops it towards gully.
  • 67.2 This time he connects it and gets it to deep square leg. He refuses the single.
  • 67.1 Starts with a length ball down the leg side, Dickwella looks to clip but misses.
  • Umesh Yadav brought back on. So pace from both ends now.
  • 66.6 Low full toss outside off, Sandakan manages to dig it out well. 158/7
  • Silly mid on in place, short leg and a short mid-wicket as well.
  • 66.5 Turns one towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 66.4 Goes wide of the crease and fires it very full and on the stumps, Dickwella looks to clip it through but is hit on his pads. The players appeal but it was always going down leg. Smart bowling, there.
  • 66.3 Bowls it wide outside off, Niroshan shapes to put it away but misses. He is moving around in his crease now.
  • 66.2 FOUR! Punched! On a good length outside off, punched past the diving cover fielder for a boundary. He has continued to look good.
  • 66.1 Back of a length outside off, bounces more on Dickwella, he does well to place it towards the covers.
  • 65.6 Flighted ball around middle, is flicked towards mid-wicket. 153/7
  • 65.5 Full ball around off, Sandakan keeps it out from within the crease.
  • 65.4 Flighted ball around off, Sandakan strides forward to block it.
  • 65.3 This is given some more air, blocked off the back foot.
  • 65.2 Loopy ball outside leg, this time swept through square leg for a run.
  • 65.1 Comes over the wicket to the lefty, bowls it outside leg stump. Dickwella tries to sweep but misses.
  • 64.6 Low full toss outside off, Sandakan looks to drive but gets an outside edge that goes on the bounce to the third slip. 152/7
  • 64.5 Back of a length ball around off, looks to defend off the back foot but gets an inside edge on to his pad.
  • 64.4 Full ball outside off, played towards point for a run.
  • Change of bat for Dickwella.
  • 64.3 Full ball outside off, Niroshan looks to drive but gets beaten.
  • 64.2 This length ball is blocked off the back foot.
  • 64.1 Length ball from round the wicket, Dickwella defends by getting behind the line of the ball.
  • Mohammed Shami into the attack.
  • 63.6 Seeing the flight, Lakshan charges down, but gets too close to the ball, hence defends. 151/7
  • 63.5 Sandakan works this ball to the leg side.
  • 63.4 Another loopy ball, swept away for a run.
  • 63.3 This one's a bit flatter, swept to backward square leg.
  • 63.2 FOUR! Slammed! Tossed up delivery around off, Dickwella gets down on one knee and nails the slog sweep aerially through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 63.1 Turning ball around off, defended by showing the full face of the bat.
  • 62.6 FOUR! Too short and dealt with. That's a half-tracker around leg, Sandakan pulls it powerfully over square leg for a boundary. 146/7
  • 62.5 Comes round the wicket and gives more flight outside off. Sandakan allows the ball to turn and defends it off the front foot.
  • 62.4 Around middle and leg, defended off the back foot.
  • 62.3 Tossed up around off, Sandakan looks to defend. But he gets an inside edge towards leg gully.
  • 62.2 This one's played through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 62.1 Googly around off, it stayed a tad low as Dickwella blocked it off the back foot.
  • 61.6 Another ball given some air outside off, Sandakan gets an inside edge as he prods forward in defense. The ball falls in front of short leg. 141/7
  • 61.5 Tossed up around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 61.4 This flighted ball is swept away for a run.
  • 61.3 Tossed up outside off, played to point.
  • 61.2 This is too wide of off for the batsman to be interested.
  • 61.1 Fuller carrom ball outside off, driven to covers.
  • 60.6 Loopy ball around leg, Sandakan gets forward to defend, but gets hit on his pads. 140/7
  • 60.5 Bowled around leg, he misses the ball and gets hit on the pads.
  • 60.4 This time a bit flatter in line of the stumps, Lakshan blocks.
  • 60.3 A flatter wrong 'un around middle, going away from Sandakan. He gets squared up and beaten as he pokes his bat out.
  • 60.2 Googly in line of off, clipped away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 60.1 Full flighted ball outside off, punched to covers.
  • 59.6 Flighted ball on off, blocked from within the crease. 139/7
  • 59.5 Loopy ball around middle and leg, flicked away towards square leg.
  • 59.4 Full ball around off, swept away through square leg for a run.
  • Lakshan Sandakan is the next man in.
  • 59.3 OUT! Perera, what have you done? A tossed up delivery outside off, Perera is enticed to go for the big shot. He doesn't hold back, goes for the slog sweep and skies it towards deep mid-wicket. Pandya runs to his right, settles under the ball and pouches it safely. A needless shot really.
  • 59.2 Flighted ball on middle and leg, blocked of the front foot.
  • 59.1 Tossed up ball well outside off, Dickwella guides it towards third man for a run.
  • It's time for drinks! In this hour, India were successful in picking up Chandimal and Mathews. These are body blows as far as the Lankans are concerned. It would be interesting to see whether the rest attack or defend their way further in the session.
  • 58.6 Loopy ball around off, sharply spinning into Perera, he gets rapped on the pads as he fails to get bat on that. 137/6
  • 58.5 Some more air on that ball, Perera defends it.
  • 58.4 Flighted ball in line of the stumps, Perera keeps it away.
  • 58.3 Another paddle sweep by Dickwella for this loopy ball outside off. The ball rolls to fine leg for a run.
  • 58.2 This loopy ball is driven through mid on for a single.
  • 58.1 Flighted ball outside off, ND paddles it away for a run.
  • 57.6 A flatter ball on off, is played from within the crease. 134/6
  • 57.5 This ball in line of the stumps is bunted on to the ground.
  • 57.4 FOUR! Aaah, lucky! Flighted ball outside off, dipping on the batsman as he charged down. Perera looks to go over mid-wicket but gets an inside edge over the stumps, past the keeper for a boundary. The fielder at mid-wicket was removed and that forced the shot.
  • 57.3 Tossed up around off, blocked from the crease.
  • 57.2 Flatter around leg, hits him on his pads.
  • 57.1 Tossed up from round the wicket, Dickwella sweeps it through backward square leg for a run.
  • Lot of field changes for Dickwella on strike. Straight long off in place.
  • 56.6 Another flighted ball is blocked from the crease. 129/6
  • 56.5 This loopy ball is blocked from the crease.
  • 56.4 A tad short outside off, cut away through point for a run.
  • 56.3 Another loopy ball, punched away to the off side for a brace.
  • 56.2 FOUR! Clobbered! That's short and asked to be cut, Dickwella does so powerfully. The ball races through covers for a boundary.
  • 56.1 Short ball around middle, pulled away through square leg for a run.
  • 55.6 This ball is flicked away towards fine leg for a run. 121/6
  • 55.5 NOT OUT! Tossed up ball around off, Perera looks to defend off the front foot but the ball slides in through the defense, hits his pad and goes to first slip. On an appeal by the Indians, it is ruled out. Perera reviews it immediately. Snicko showed that the ball missed the bat clearly. Hawk Eye was summoned for LBW, which showed the ball to be missing the stumps. Perera survives, the first successful review in this match.
  • A review has been taken by Sri Lanka. This time it's Perera who has been ruled out caught in slips. Seems close.
  • 55.4 This floated ball is played from within the crease.
  • 55.3 This flatter ball is flicked away to the leg side.
  • 55.2 Loopy ball around off, he gets struck on the pads as he looks to defend.
  • 55.1 Ashwin loops it around off, Perera blocks off the back foot.
  • 54.6 Loopy ball around off, Perera goes for an expansive drive, but gets an inside edge towards fine leg for a run. 120/6
  • 54.5 Another front foot defense by Perera.
  • 54.4 This one's blocked from the crease by Perera.
  • 54.3 Loopy ball around off, swept away towards deep square leg for a single. It was racing away to the boundary, but the fielder there puts in a slide and saves three.
  • 54.2 Flatter ball around off, played to point.
  • 54.1 This one's looped in line of the stumps, blocked off the front foot.
  • Dilruwan Perera is the next man in.
  • 53.6 OUT! Sri Lanka lose Mathews as well as a review. And it's the missed sweep that brings about his downfall. Tossed up ball around off and middle, Mathews got down to sweep, but it was too full and he couldn't make any contact. The ball struck his pad, the Indians appealed, which the umpire upheld. Mathews went up for the review. The replays were rolled over numerous times, more so the Snicko. The Ball Tracker showed that the ball was clipping the leg stump. Mathews has to go. 118/6
  • Mathews has reviewed an LBW decision against him. Looked plumb to the naked eye, as he missed a straight and full ball.
  • 53.5 Shorter ball around middle and going down, Angelo looks to pull but misses.
  • 53.4 This one's tossed a bit more, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 53.3 Some more loop on that, Mathews gets back and defends.
  • 53.2 Some more air to that delivery, the batsman flicks it to the leg side.
  • 53.1 Flatter ball around middle and leg, Mathews takes a step down and pads it away.
  • 52.6 This tossed up ball is paddle swept towards fine leg for a brace. 118/5
  • 52.5 FOUR! Couldn't see any more authority than this since morning. Tossed up ball outside off, Niroshan slog sweeps it aerially through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 52.4 Googly around off, Niroshan gets forward and blocks.
  • 52.3 This one's given a bit more air outside off, it spins away as Dickwella lets it go.
  • 52.2 Loopy ball outside off, punched away for a run.
  • 52.1 FOUR! Short and punished! Shorter ball around leg, that's pulled away through fine leg for a boundary.
  • 51.6 This is quicker around middle, tucked away towards fine leg for a brace. 107/5
  • 51.5 Tossed up ball around off, Mathews sweeps it for a run.
  • 51.4 This one's flighted around middle, he gets an inside edge towards square leg as he looked to block.
  • 51.3 Another tossed up ball outside off, blocked towards covers.
  • 51.2 This loopy ball is blocked off the front foot.
  • 51.1 Loopy ball around middle and off, he misses the flick and it lobs to short leg off his pads.
  • 50.6 Dickwella rocks back and punches it off his crease. 104/5
  • 50.5 He played three shots there! Fuller and outside off, Dickwella looks to drive, then poke, then cut. Fails to connect with any of them.
  • 50.4 Loops it outside off, Dickwella looks to sweep but gets it off his body to first slip.
  • Niroshan Dickwella comes out to bat.
  • 50.3 OUT! There comes the breakthrough! Kuldeep bowls it on middle and leg, Chandimal looks to nudge it through mid-wicket. Gets it onto his pads and it goes straight to Pujara at short leg. That is a wicket gifted by the Sri Lankan captain. Second time he has played one straight into the hands of the fielder. Kuldeep helps India break the stand. Sri Lanka still trail by 248 runs.
  • 50.2 Chandimal turns it towards the leg side from his crease.
  • 50.1 Bowls it down the leg side, Chandimal cannot clip it.
  • 49.6 Another loopy ball around off, Chandimal charges down and plays it to long on for a single. 104/4
  • 49.5 Seeing the loop, Dinesh charges down and blocks.
  • 49.4 This ball is played through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 49.3 This flighted ball is blocked off from the crease.
  • 49.2 Loopy ball driven back towards the bowlers.
  • 49.1 Loopy ball around off, Mathews gets down to sweep but misses and gets hit on his pads. The players appeal for LBW, but is turned down.
  • 48.6 This one's flicked off his pads. 102/4
  • 48.5 This flatter ball is flicked away towards square leg for a quick single. The fielder at point has a shy at the bowler's end and misses.
  • 48.4 SIX! Glorious! More air on that ball around off, Mathews charges down to the pitch of the ball and clobbers it straight over the sightscreen for a maximum. 100 up for Sri Lanka.
  • 48.3 This shorter ball is blocked from within the crease.
  • 48.2 Flatter ball outside off, Mathews fails to hit that.
  • 48.1 This loopy ball is defended after getting down the track.
  • 47.6 Chandimal blocks this one off the front foot. 95/4
  • 47.5 FOUR! That's a good looking shot. Seeing a bit more flight, Chandimal charges down and smashes it right over the bowlers end for a boundary.
  • 47.4 Tossed up ball around off, Dinesh charges down and blocks.
  • 47.3 Back foot defense for this loopy ball.
  • 47.2 This is defended off the front foot by Dinesh.
  • 47.1 Tossed up ball around off, Chandimal charges down and fails to get bat on that and gets hit on his pads. The ball lobs towards the slip. The players appeal but it is turned down.
  • 46.6 Low full toss on middle, pushed to mid on. 91/4
  • 46.5 Quicker ball around off, strikes him on the pads as he misses the ball.
  • 46.4 Full face of the bat shown in blocking that.
  • 46.3 Loopy ball driven strongly to covers. A misfield there allows him a run.
  • 46.2 Seeing some air the batsman charges down and drives to covers.
  • 46.1 Chandimal plays this loopy ball on the leg side.
  • 45.6 This one's played off the back foot and onto the ground. 90/4
  • 45.5 Loopy ball around middle and off, Chandimal looks to defend off the front foot but gets an inside edge that goes just past Pujara at short leg. They take a run.
  • 50-run partnership between Chandimal and Mathews.
  • 45.4 This floated ball is clipped away to the leg side for a run.
  • 45.3 Full toss around off, pushed to mid on.
  • 45.2 This carrom ball is carefully watched and defended by Mathews.
  • 45.1 Some air on that delivery that is swept to mid-wicket.
  • 44.6 This loopy ball is played to mid on. A maiden for Kuldeep. 88/4
  • 44.5 Another flighted ball that Chandimal shows good defensive skills to.
  • 44.4 Yadav bowls it a tad quicker, Chandimal blocks.
  • 44.3 Tossed up ball in line of the stumps, bunted down.
  • 44.2 This loopy ball is driven to mid on.
  • 44.1 A loopy wrong 'un around middle and leg stays a tad low. Chandimal goes back and defends.
  • 43.6 Flatter ball around off, Mathews looks to block but gets an inside edge on to his pads. 88/4
  • 43.5 Floated outside off, Mathews pushes at it with soft hands. The ball goes wide of slip towards third man as the batters run two.
  • 43.4 This flatter ball strikes him low on the pads, as he misses the ball.
  • 43.3 Plays that with the turn to long on for a single.
  • 43.2 Loopy ball around off, Mathews charges down and drags it towards deep mid-wicket. Lucky that it didn't go to any fielder as he didn't play it well. They take a run.
  • 43.1 Tossed up around off and middle, defended off the inner half to short leg.
  • R Ashwin will have a bowl from the other end.
  • 42.6 Solid back foot defense for this flatter delivery in line of the stumps. 84/4
  • 42.5 Flighted ball in line of the stumps, blocked.
  • 42.4 This loopy ball is met with the full face of the bat.
  • 42.3 Similar to the previous ball, tucked straight to backward square leg.
  • 42.2 A tad shorter and spinning in to him, worked away towards fine leg for a brace.
  • 42.1 Begins with a tossed up delivery around off, driven to mid off.
  • The men who matter stride out in the middle. Chandimal and Mathews will resume their grind with the bat, while Kuldeep Yadav will start the probe with the ball.
  • ... Day 3, Session 2 ...
  • 29 overs, 63 runs, 3 wickets - These are the numbers that matter for this session. India started on the right note by sending back the overnight batsmen back to the hut early. Shami bowled a probing spell and the hosts were left searching for answers. They would find solace from the fact that they didn't end up losing a cluster of wickets to him in that spell. Chandimal and Mathews have done well to guard their wickets since drinks. Join us in a while for the resumption of the Lankan vigil as they stand 270 runs behind India at this moment.
  • 41.6 Fullish and straight on this occasion, Mathews clips it to mid-wicket. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 3! 82/4
  • 41.5 Similar length delivery in the off stump channel, Angelo hops and taps it to the off side.
  • 41.4 Good length delivery around off, Mathews shuffles across and blocks it.
  • 41.3 On a length and angling in from outside off. Chandimal gets squared up as he looks to work it to the leg side. Ends up getting a leading edge to covers for a single.
  • 41.2 Well outside off this time, Dinesh points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 41.1 Back of a length delivery around off, Chandimal shuffles and taps it to cover-point.
  • 40.6 It is again full but outside off this time, jammed out by the former skipper. 81/4
  • 40.5 Full in line of the stump, dug out towards the bowler.
  • 40.4 Comes forward and turns it to the leg side for a run.
  • 40.3 Low full toss on middle and leg, Angelo toe-ends his sweep to deep square leg for a run.
  • 40.2 Short delivery, spinning down. Mathews pulls it hard but finds the man at backward square leg.
  • 40.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 39.6 FOUR! Short delivery on middle, Chandimal gets into a bit of an uncomfortable position but manages it to pull through the vacant fine leg region for a boundary. 79/4
  • 39.5 Back of the hand slower delivery well outside off, the skipper doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 39.4 Brilliant take, Saha! Umesh tries something different and ends up bowling a full toss down the leg side. Saha moves to his left, dives full length like a goal keeper and saves a certain boundary.
  • 39.3 Swinging in sharply to Dinesh. He hops back and blocks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 39.2 Length delivery around off, pushed off the back foot to covers.
  • 39.1 Fullish and swinging down the leg side. Chandimal goes for the flick but misses it.
  • 38.6 Comes forward and plays it with soft hands to covers. 75/4
  • 38.5 Spinning down leg, Mathews lets it go.
  • 38.4 Sharp inward spin on this one. Angelo looks to block it but is hit on the thigh pad.
  • 38.3 Stays back to the shortish delivery and blocks it.
  • 38.2 A loud appeal for an LBW denied! Tossed up on off, spinning in. Mathews lunges to defend but seems to have got an inside edge onto his pads. The umpire is not interested in the shout. The replays confirm that there was an inside edge.
  • 38.1 Tossed up delivery on middle and leg, Mathews looks to clip it away but gets a safe leading edge to covers.
  • 37.6 Fullish delivery on off, eased to mid off. 75/4
  • 37.5 Very full outside off, Chandimal jams it out.
  • 37.4 Angling into Dinesh. He shuffles a bit and keeps it out.
  • 37.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 37.2 Fullish delivery, Chandimal clips it towards Pujara at mid-wicket who is quick to attack to the ball to deny the single.
  • 37.1 Length delivery outside off, pushed off the front foot to the off side.
  • Change of ends for Umesh Yadav.
  • 36.6 Pushed to mid on this time. 75/4
  • 36.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 36.4 Spinning into Mathews. He stays deep in the crease and works it to square leg.
  • 36.3 Quicker this time, defended off the front foot.
  • 36.2 Defends this one with the spin to short leg.
  • 36.1 A bit short this time, Mathews hangs back and defends it.
  • Kuldeep Yadav comes back into the attack.
  • 35.6 Stays back and pushes it towards mid on for a run. 75/4
  • 35.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 35.4 Fullish delivery outside off, knocked to mid off.
  • 35.3 Chandimal shuffles across to the fullish delivery and clips it to mid-wicket.
  • 35.2 Fullish delivery outside off, Chandimal taps it to covers.
  • 35.1 In the zone outside off, Chandimal lets it go.
  • Hardik Pandya is brought in to bowl now.
  • 34.6 Wide outside off, left alone. 73/4
  • 34.5 Not Out! There hasn't been a single successful review in this Test so far! Good length delivery outside off, Mathews hangs back and is unsure what to do. However, he ends up poking at it. There is a sound as the ball goes past the outside edge of the bat. Saha moves to his right and takes it. Virat Kohli consults his teammates and opts to go for the review. Time for the replays. The Snickometer shows a bit of spike but there is daylight between bat and ball. The on-field call has to be upheld. Mathews survives and India have lost a review!
  • India take a review against a caught behind decision. Mathews is the man in question. The body language of the Indians is not that confident though.
  • 34.4 Fullish delivery outside off, swinging in. Angelo plants his front foot across and leaves it alone.
  • 34.3 Angelo's initial foot movement is across this time and Umesh bowls this one on a fullish length on middle and leg. Clipped to mid-wicket.
  • 34.2 Length delivery outside off, seams in a touch after hitting the deck. Mathews shuffles a bit and keeps it out.
  • 34.1 Full length delivery outside off, Angelo Mathews eases it to mid off.
  • Mathews has a change of helmet, which holds the play for a bit.
  • 33.6 Turning into Angelo. He plays it with the spin to square leg for a run. 73/4
  • 33.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 33.4 Technically a dropped chance! Mathews again uses his feet and Ashwin gives more revs on this. The former skipper looks to whip it but get a thick inside edge towards Rahul at short leg. He gets low to his right, gets a hand to it but fails to take it. That was really difficult, he didn't have time to react.
  • 33.3 Ashwin sees Mathews using his feet and bowls it on middle and leg. He adjusts to block it.
  • 33.2 Flatter this time, defended off the back foot to short leg.
  • 33.1 Ashwin comes around the wicket and tosses this one around off. Mathews lunges forward in defense.
  • 32.6 FOUR! Classy! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Chandimal leans forward and creams it through extra cover to find the fence. That was pleasing to the eyes. 70/4
  • 32.5 Stays back to the length delivery on off and blocks it.
  • 32.4 Back of a length delivery going down the leg side, Chandimal initially looks to tuck it to fine leg but eventually lets it go.
  • 32.3 Wide outside off this time, Chandimal doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 32.2 Fuller in length outside off, Chandimal pushes at it but gets an outside edge that rolls to third slip. Playing with soft hands saved him there.
  • 32.1 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 31.6 Sharp turn on this one, Dinesh turns it in the gap between short leg and leg gully for a single. 66/4
  • 31.5 Hangs back and works this one behind square on the leg side for a run.
  • 31.4 Tight run! Carrom ball this time, Chandimal eases it to cover-point and sets off. Kuldeep from point goes across and returns a flat throw to the keeper but Mathews is fast enough to beat him.
  • 31.3 That was risky! If he missed that, he would have been a candidate for LBW. Full on leg stump, Mathews opts to go for the sweep and connects. Gets it through square leg for a single.
  • 31.2 Slower through the air around off, Mathews comes forward and defends tentatively off the inner half of his bat.
  • 31.1 Chandimal hangs on the back foot, lets this one to turn into him and helps it past short leg for a single.
  • 30.6 Fractionally overpitched outside off, driven crisply to mid on. 61/4
  • 30.5 On a good length this time outside off, Angelo camps back and knocks it to short cover.
  • 30.4 Similar length delivery outside off, Angelo shuffles a touch and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 30.3 Fullish delivery outside off, pushed confidently off the front foot to mid off.
  • 30.2 A touch fuller outside off this time, Angelo doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 30.1 Back of a length outside off, Mathews plays it with an open face to point.
  • 29.6 Mathews is on the move as he turns it through mid on for a run. 61/4
  • 29.5 On middle and leg, Mathews clears his front leg and looks to block it but misses to get hit low on that pads. The ball lobs to short leg who takes it and appeals casually. There was no bat involved.
  • 29.4 Takes a stride forward and eases it through extra cover for a run.
  • 29.3 Floated around off, Dinesh takes a couple of steps down the track and looks to push it but gets a thick inside edge to leg gully.
  • 29.2 Slower through the air, Chandimal strides forward and blocks it.
  • 29.1 Waits for this one and defends it to short leg.
  • Axar Patel is on the field for Mohammed Shami.
  • 28.6 That one jagged back substantially! On a length outside off, stays low. Mathews covers his off stump and lets it go. It swings in late. Saha moves to his left and dives to make a good stop. 59/4
  • 28.5 Fuller length delivery outside off, Mathews comes half-forward and defends it.
  • 28.4 Yadav bowls this one a bit fuller outside off, Angelo takes a confident stride forward and taps it to the off side.
  • 28.3 Similar length delivery around off, not much nip on that. Mathews defends it solidly.
  • 28.2 On a length on off, Angelo hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • 28.1 Full length delivery outside off, pushed crisply off the front foot to wide mid off.
  • Time for Drinks. Another hour where India assert their position in the match by snapping up regular wickets. Sri Lanka lost three in this hour and the talk in their camp would be to prevent or delay this slide.
  • 27.6 This tossed up delivery is pushed gently to mid on by shimmying down a bit. 59/4
  • 27.5 Gently floats it around middle, Chandimal gets wristy as he plays it on the on side.
  • 27.4 This flighted ball is blocked off the front foot.
  • 27.3 FOUR! Gloriously struck! Tossed up shorter delivery outside off, Chandimal gets back and punches it through covers for a boundary.
  • 27.2 Tossed up ball outside off, Dinesh goes back and blocks it off the back foot.
  • 27.1 Loopy ball down the leg side, left alone.
  • 26.6 Another length ball outside off is shouldered arms to. 55/4
  • 26.5 Bowled full around off, he knocked that away towards mid on. Kuldeep stops that well to prevent any run.
  • 26.4 Length ball around off, pushed through covers for a run.
  • 26.3 This ball is bunted on to the ground.
  • 26.2 Full ball outside off, left alone.
  • 26.1 Fuller ball outside off, driven wide of mid off for a brace.
  • Umesh Yadav comes on for a bowl.
  • 25.6 This loopy ball is played to mid on for a run. 52/4
  • 25.5 Tossed up around off, Chandimal again misses the sweep and gets hit on his pads. The Indians appeal but the umpire stays put. Ashwin signals to Kohli that impact was outside off.
  • 25.4 Flighted ball outside off, pushed to the left of mid off for a quick run. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
  • 25.3 This time Chandimal sweeps the full ball to deep square leg for a run.
  • 25.2 Loopy ball around off, Chandimal goes for the sweep and misses. The ball hits him on the pad which interests the Indians who appeal. The umpire stays unmoved. The Indians think of a review, but the impact made them go against it. Snicko returns a spike as the ball passes the glove.
  • 25.1 Tossed up ball outside off, Dinesh looks to defend but wears it on his pads.
  • 24.6 Again he bowls it straighter on the stumps, Mathews collects a couple more through square leg. 49/4
  • 24.5 Length ball on his pads is easy runs, as Mathews plays it through square leg for a couple.
  • 24.4 Outswinging length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 24.3 FOUR! STREAKY STROKE! A tad fuller around off, Mathews pushes at it without any feet movement. The ball takes the edge and rolls in the gap between the gully and the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 24.2 Length ball around off, blocked off the back foot.
  • 24.1 This bouncer is ducked under by Angelo.
  • 23.6 Chandimal looks to flick this flighted ball but got hit on his pads. 41/4
  • 23.5 Flatter ball around off, punched off the back foot to the off side for a run.
  • 23.4 Flighted ball around off, bunted on to the ground.
  • 23.3 Floated delivery around off, played towards covers for a quick run.
  • 23.2 This floated ball is blocked by getting behind the line of the ball.
  • 23.1 Tossed up delivery outside off is played from within the crease.
  • 22.6 Back of a length ball outside off, moving away just that little bit. Mathews gets squared up and sees the ball pass the edge of his bat. Beautiful spell of seam bowling by Shami. 39/4
  • Angelo Mathews strides out to the center with Lanka in disarray yet again.
  • 22.5 OUT! Shami gets his revenge! Mendis has to walk back now. Length ball around off and middle, angling in to the batsman and swinging in a bit. He looks to flick but misses and gets rapped on the pads. Once that happens, the appeal and the finger-raising is just a formality, which is completed to end his stay at the crease. It looked plumb to the naked eye, but Hawk Eye showed that it just clipped the leg stump. There wasn't a need even to think about reviewing that.
  • 22.4 FOUR! Beautifully played! Shorter delivery outside off, Mendis goes on to the back foot and cuts it to the left of point for a boundary. Good to see this.
  • 22.3 Fuller ball outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 22.2 Inswinging length ball around off, played from within the crease.
  • 22.1 Back of a length ball around middle, knocked to mid-wicket.
  • 21.6 Floated around off, Dinesh gets back and defends. 35/3
  • 21.5 This flighted delivery is defended off the front foot.
  • 21.4 Tossed up ball around off bounces a tad. Mendis looks to sweep initially but then plays it past short leg for a run.
  • 21.3 Another loopy ball blocked off the front foot.
  • 21.2 Tossed up delivery around off, Mendis plays it with soft hands towards mid-wicket.
  • 21.1 Bowled down the leg side, Kusal tries a sweep but misses.
  • 20.6 Length ball in line of the stumps, defended. 34/3
  • 20.5 This time Dinesh gets behind the line of the ball and blocks.
  • 20.4 Fuller ball around off, pushed towards covers off the front foot.
  • 20.3 Shami welcomes Chandimal with a bouncer! The skipper ducks under that.
  • Skipper Dinesh Chandimal walks in. Can he bat out time?
  • 20.2 OUT! The wonderful seam position from Shami yields him a wicket now. Length ball, slightly on the fuller side just outside off and gets some away movement. Pushpakumara just pokes at it and ends up edging the ball which Saha gobbles up. Too good a delivery to a nightwatchman.
  • 20.1 Fuller ball around off, defended off the back foot.
  • 19.6 Tossed up around off, driven back towards the bowler. 34/2
  • 19.5 This ball is blocked to short leg.
  • 19.4 Overpitched outside off, squirted to short third man for a run, to get off the mark.
  • 19.3 This is floated around middle, Malinda misses the defense and the ball goes of his pad to short leg.
  • 19.2 Slightly more air given by Ashwin this time, Pushpakumara bunts it on to the ground.
  • 19.1 Tosses this around off, Kusal sweeps it all along the ground through square leg for a single.
  • 18.6 This length ball outside off is driven straight to the cover fielder. 32/2
  • 18.5 A back of a length ball around off and middle, blocked off the back foot.
  • Silly mid on in place.
  • 18.4 Length ball this time around middle, pushed gently to the leg side.
  • 18.3 Another fuller ball around off, edged towards gully.
  • Short cover in place now.
  • 18.2 Fuller delivery outside off, it nips away after pitching, beating the poke of the batsman.
  • 18.1 Bowls it on a length on off, Pushpakumara defends.
  • 17.6 Wonderful drive through wide mid off for this loopy ball outside off. It fetches him a couple. 32/2
  • 17.5 Flatter delivery outside off, pushed to point.
  • 17.4 Kusal flicks this floater to the leg side.
  • 17.3 Loopy ball around off, Mendis covers the stumps and blocks.
  • 17.2 FOUR! Shot! Flatter but shorter ball around off and middle, Mendis picks up the length early and half-pulls it away over backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 17.1 Floated ball around middle, nudged to the leg side.
  • 16.6 This ball outside off is played to covers. 26/2
  • 16.5 A good ball outside off, Malinda plays and misses.
  • 16.4 Length ball on middle and leg, flicked straight to leg gully.
  • 16.3 A length ball around off, played to point.
  • 16.2 This is bowled on a length around off and middle, blocked again.
  • 16.1 Length ball around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 15.6 Front foot defense to a loopy ball around off and middle. 26/2
  • 15.5 This one's bowled on middle and turning in, the ball lobs off Mendis' pad and lands in the hands of short leg. An appeal follows only to be turned down.
  • 15.4 Floated ball around middle and leg, Mendis goes back and blocks it from within the crease. The ball could have gone on to the stumps.
  • Kusal Mendis walks in next.
  • 15.3 OUT! Excellent delivery to get early in the morning. Ashwin bowls it flatter around off, which the batsman had to play. Karunaratne gets on to the back foot and pokes his bat at that. The extra bounce means that the ball brushes his gloves and lobs straight into the waiting hands of Rahane at first slip. Not much different he could have done there.
  • 15.2 Flighted ball around off, Karunaratne strides forward. Sees the ball go past the bat as it turns away.
  • 15.1 Loopy ball around off and middle, blocked off the front foot.
  • R Ashwin is brought in to bowl.
  • 14.6 Swinging delivery around off, Malinda again feels for it and sees the ball whiz past the edge. 26/1
  • 14.6 He digs out the yorker around off. Shami oversteps, no ball.
  • 14.5 Another length ball, blocked off the back foot.
  • 14.4 Length ball outside off, Malinda feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 14.3 Length ball, defended off the back foot.
  • 14.2 Length ball down the leg side, he misses the flick and the ball falls just short of the diving Saha who gets some glove to that. Two byes taken.
  • 14.1 Starts with a length ball around off angling in to the batsman, Pushpakumara misses the flick and gets hit on his pad. The Indians appeal but the umpire stays unmoved. This one's missing leg.
  • Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end.
  • 13.6 Googly this time, Dimuth strides forward to play for the conventional turn. He gets hit on the pad which draws an appeal from the Indians. No avail there. Hawk Eye shows that it would be missing the stumps. 23/1
  • 13.5 This ball is given some air and bowled outside off, left alone.
  • 13.4 Flatter ball, played to covers.
  • 13.3 FOUR! First runs of the day, courtesy a boundary. Loopy full ball around middle and leg, Karunaratne flicks it wide of mid on. Dhawan from mid on gives a valiant chase and puts in the dive as well, unsuccessfully.
  • 13.2 A tad shorter this time, cut away to point.
  • 13.1 Starts off with a tossed up delivery on off, which is pushed to covers off the front foot by Karunaratne.
  • We are ready to get rolling. Dimuth Karunaratne and Malinda Pushpakumara to continue their innings. Kuldeep Yadav to start off with the ball today. A slip and short leg in place. Here we go...
  • Pitch Report - Simon Doull, doing the pitch report reckons that there are a few visible cracks, but nothing alarming. There are rough patches around 2.5 m away from where the batsmen stand, he observes. He adds that he doesn't see much trouble for the batsmen.
  • Sri Lanka would aim to delay the inevitable. They have players who can show resilience and can bat out time. But capability counts for nothing if it doesn't translate into runs and performance. Stay with us as we get you all the action here.
  • Hello and welcome to our coverage of Day 3 of the third and final Test of the series between Sri Lanka and India in Kandy. The already high furling Indian flag would aim to furl higher as the team would look to finish the last rites today. This could be the first ever series whitewash away from home for the visitors.
  • ... Day Three, Session One ...
  • Virat Kohli decided to enforce the follow-on and India continued to stamp their authority. The Sri Lankan openers adopted a circumspect approach but Umesh Yadav outfoxed Tharanga. The track is taking turn and is gripping as well and it will be a stern test for the hosts tomorrow. Join us to catch all the action from Day 3 at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Till then, cheers!
  • The Indian bowlers came out and piled the misery on the hosts. The Sri Lankan batsman tried hard but were found wanting against the testing lines and lengths. Only Chandimal was the one who showed some fight. Kuldeep Yadav was the star of the show as he picked up a 4-fer. He was supported well by Shami and Ashwin.
  • It has been a terrific day for India and they are all over the home side. Sri Lanka still trail by 333 runs and it will require a herculean effort on their part to bail themselves out of trouble. In the morning, India dominated the proceedings. It was Hardik Pandya who took the attack to the opposition and scored a terrific century.
  • 12.6 Leg spinning delivery around leg and spinning away, Malinda defends off the back foot. THAT'S STUMPS, DAY 2! 19/1
  • 12.5 This ball is given a lot of air and is played off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 12.4 Floated delivery around off, defended showing the full face of the ground.
  • 12.3 Flatter carrom ball around leg, strikes his pad as he misses the flick.
  • 12.2 This loopy delivery is bunted on to the ground.
  • 12.1 Tossed up ball outside off, Malinda blocks it firmly.
  • Change of ends for Ashwin. This will be the last over of the day.
  • 11.6 Loopy ball outside off, driven to covers. 19/1
  • 11.5 FOUR! That's dismissed from his presence. Shorter ball outside off, Karunaratne gets deep in his crease and cuts it to the left of the diving point fielder. The ball meets the fence rather quickly.
  • 11.4 Loopy ball around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 11.3 Shorter ball around off, Karunaratne shapes to cut but the ball strikes his pad first before making a contact with the bat and rolls away towards point. The Indians appeal but the umpire stays unmoved.
  • 11.2 This flighted ball outside off is smashed on to silly point's pad. The ball rolls towards covers.
  • 11.1 Loopy full toss on his pads, flicked straight to mid-wicket.
  • Kuldeep Yadav is introduced into the attack. Can he sneak in another wicket today?
  • 10.6 Peach of a delivery outside off, Pushpakumara gets squared up and is beaten. 15/1
  • 10.5 Length ball on off, played from the crease.
  • Nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara walks out to bat.
  • 10.4 OUT! Timber shattered! Umesh Yadav strikes as Tharanga departs for the second time today. The field placement from Kohli does the trick. There was a deep point in place for the batsman to take a single and get off strike and this greed has consumed the opener. Length ball just outside off, he tried to play in that region, instead gets an inside edge on to the off stump. Excellent thought process from India.
  • 10.3 Length ball down the leg side, Upul misses the flick as the ball goes to the keeper.
  • 10.2 A tad fuller around middle and off, pushed through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 10.1 Length ball around off, played towards point for a run.
  • 9.6 Dimuth solidly defends this loopy ball from the crease. 13/0
  • 9.5 This flighted ball is driven straight to mid off.
  • 9.4 Some more air to this ball, as Tharanga drives it through covers for a run.
  • 9.3 Comes round the wicket and flights it around off, played off the outer half to backward point.
  • 9.2 Loopy ball around off, front foot defense in display.
  • 9.1 Tosses up from over the wicket, Tharanga gets back and defends.
  • 8.6 He bowls it on a length on middle and leg, tucked away to square leg. 12/0
  • 8.5 Length ball outside off, played to deep point for a run.
  • 8.4 A tad fuller outside off, driven to covers.
  • 8.3 Again a ball is met with the full face of the bat to block it.
  • 8.2 Length ball around off, defended showing the full face of the bat.
  • 8.1 Starts off with a back of a length ball around off. It strikes Tharanga on his thigh pad.
  • Umesh Yadav comes in for a burst.
  • 7.6 Slower through the air, blocked off the front foot. 11/0
  • 7.5 Tossed up ball, Karunaratne gets an inside edge onto his pads as he tries to defend.
  • 7.4 This flighted ball is driven back to the bowler.
  • 7.3 Loopy ball, driven straight to mid off.
  • 7.2 Fired in on his pads, Karunaratne misses the flick as the ball goes to the keeper. The Indians appeal but to no avail.
  • 7.1 Loopy ball, driven back to the bowler.
  • 6.6 Fuller length ball outside off, left alone. 11/0
  • 6.5 Length ball around middle, knocked away through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 6.4 Too wide for Karunaratne to make any contact at that, he doesn't bother.
  • 6.3 Back round the wicket, he bowls a length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 6.2 That's a length ball that is punched to covers. Kohli there puts in a dive to prevent any run.
  • 6.1 Bowls it on a length from over the wicket, Dimuth defends off the back foot.
  • 5.6 Arm ball this time around off, Tharanga gets squared up and gets an outside edge as the ball rolls to point. 10/0
  • 5.5 This ball's given some more air, Tharanga blocks it off the front foot.
  • 5.4 Quicker ball around middle and leg, played to mid-wicket.
  • 5.3 Loopy ball presented with the full face of the bat by Upul.
  • 5.2 Loopy ball outside off, spins away as Tharanga half-prods at that and gets beaten.
  • 5.1 Loopy ball on middle, he gets it off the inner half to the leg side.
  • 4.6 Shortish ball outside off, punched off the back foot to the right of cover fielder who gets there and gives away no runs. Another maiden. 10/0
  • 4.5 Fuller ball on middle and leg, flicked straight to mid-wicket.
  • 4.4 Short ball outside off, DK sways away from that.
  • 4.3 Fuller ball around off, defended on to the ground.
  • 4.2 Karunaratne points his bat skywards to the length ball outside off.
  • 4.1 Length ball around middle and leg, knocked to mid-wicket.
  • 3.6 Some more air on that ball, Tharanga bunts it down. A maiden for Ash. 10/0
  • 3.5 This ball's given more air, blocked off the front foot.
  • 3.4 Floated delivery outside off, played to covers.
  • 3.3 Fired in on his pads, played straight to square leg.
  • 3.2 Tossed up around middle, blocked off the back foot.
  • 3.1 Loopy ball around middle and leg, driven to mid on.
  • 2.6 Length ball around off, defended from the crease. 10/0
  • 2.5 Fuller ball outside off angling in to the batsman, he decides to leave it alone.
  • 2.4 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 2.3 Another bouncer immediately. This time the opener ducks under it comfortably.
  • Karunaratne has taken a blow near his shoulder and is in a lot of pain. The physio comes in to attend him. Hope he is alright.
  • 2.2 Nasty! A bouncer around off and middle, Karunaratne ducks under that. The ball hits him on his shoulder and goes to the keeper. He looks to be in some pain.
  • 2.1 Length ball outside off, Dimuth looks to drive through the off side, but gets it off the inside part of his bat, back towards the bowler.
  • 1.6 FOUR! Flighted ball outside off, Tharanga drives it powerfully through covers for a boundary. 10/0
  • 1.5 Another floated ball, blocked onto the ground.
  • 1.4 Some more air given on middle, defended off the front foot. Ashwin thought it to be pad first and put in an appeal. But the ball had hit the bat. The umpire stayed unmoved.
  • 1.3 Flighted ball, blocked from the crease.
  • 1.2 Floated delivery in line of the stumps, blocked by Tharanga.
  • 1.1 Tossed up around off and middle, defended on to the ground.
  • R Ashwin will bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 A tad fuller outside off, left unharmed. 6/0
  • 0.5 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 0.4 Length ball around off and middle, the opener get an inside edge on to his pads. But the Indians appeal to no avail.
  • 0.3 FOUR! Timed perfectly. Length ball on middle and leg, Karunaratne flicks it wide of mid on and the ball races away to the fence.
  • 0.2 Length ball on his pads, tucked away to the right of fine leg for a brace.
  • 0.1 Starts from round the wicket and bowls it full outside off. Karunaratne drives it to the right of mid off for no run.


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115