Highlights India vs Sri lanka 2017, 1st Test, Day 1: Visitors perched on a comfortable 399 at stumps

Catch all the live scores and updates from the Day 1 of first Test between India and Sri Lanka to be played at Galle.

Date: Sunday,20 August 2017 10:29 IST Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle Match Status: Match Ended

India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs

600/10
Overs
133.1
R/R
4.51
Fours
67
Sixes
7
Extras
16
291/9
Overs
78.3
R/R
3.72
Fours
36
Sixes
5
Extras
5
240/3
Overs
53.0
R/R
4.53
Fours
20
Sixes
1
Extras
4
245/8
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76.5
R/R
3.2
Fours
27
Sixes
0
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10
  • After 100 overs,India 431/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 56, Ashwin 6)

    Rahane gets off strike on the first ball with a single behind square. Pradeep keeps it back of a length Ashwin blocks and then on a similar length delivery he punches through covers for a lovely boundary. Ashwin drives a full ball this time and it is half-stopped by the cover fielder, restricts it to two.

  • After 99 overs,India 424/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 55, Ashwin 0) 

    Herath continues for the 99th over. Another tidy over. Just one run.   

  • After 98 overs,India 423/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 54, Ashwin 0) 

    Pradeep continues. And a huge wicket in that over. Pujara nicks one to the wicket keeper. Ravi Ashwin is the new man in. Nervy start from him as he gets an edge. Two runs from that over. 

  • OUT! Huge wicket. Pujara nicks one to the keeper off Pradeep. The ball held its line and Pujara just hanged his bat and poked at it.  

    Pujara c Dickwella b Pradeep 153(265) 

  • After 97 overs,India 421/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 152 , Ajinkya Rahane 53) 


    Herath bowls the 97th over. Rahane gets a four away on the third ball. Comes down the track and hits one past the bowler and to the long on fence. With that Rahane brings up his fifty. Follows it up with two runs in the next ball.   

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Sri Lanka's dilemma is understandable. They are not sure whether to attack with the semi new ball or be defensive. They've opted for a bit of both and have paceman Pradeep from one end to a semi- attacking field and skipper Herath from the other end. So far they are not making much headway. One or 2 Herath deliveries have turned. Post lunch should offer better clues.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This is only the fourth time two Indian batsmen have scored 150-plus runs in an away Test innings. 
     
    India v Australia, Sydney, 2004
    India v Pakistan, Multan, 2004
    India v Bangladesh, Fatullah, 2015
    India v Sri Lanka, Galle, 2017 
     
    This is the sixth 150-plus score for Cheteshwar Pujara in his Test career - the joint most by any Indian player since his debut. Virat Kohli has also scored six such scores during the same period. 
     

  • After 96 overs,India 415/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 152 , Ajinkya Rahane 47) 


    Pradeep continues for the 96th over. The first ball is clipped by Pujara fine and he picks up a four and with it his 150. He just goes on and on. Plays the remainder of the over watchfully. Four runs is all that India will get in that over.

  • After 95 overs,India 411/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 148 , Ajinkya Rahane 48) 


    Herath continues. Only two runs from that over. Good running from the Indians on the fifth ball for a single. 

  • After 94 overs,India 409/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 147 , Ajinkya Rahane 46) 


    Pradeep continues. No run off the first three balls. The fourth ball is a bouncer and a very well diirected one at that. That almost hit Rahane on the head as he was trying to pull. Rahane hits back in the next ball with a fantastic drive on the up through the vacant cover region. A single off the last ball. Five runs from that over.

  • FOUR! Pradeep bowls a length delivery and Rahane plays on the up through cover and fetches a boundary. India 408/3 in the 94th over.

  • After 93 overs,India 404/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 147 , Ajinkya Rahane 41) 


    Herath continues. The first ball is a beauty. Sharp turn beats the outside edge of Pujara's bat. But the Lankans think the batsman had nicked it. They call for a review of the on-field decision, which is not out. Rod Tucker, the TV umpire looks at it closely, but there is clear daylight between the ball and bat. Easy decision for him. Not out. Pujara puts up a stout defence in the remainder of the over. Consecutive maidens. 

  • After 92 overs,India 404/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 147 , Ajinkya Rahane 41) 


    Pradeep in for the second over of the day. Mostly short of a length from the bowler in that over. Not a lot of risk taken by the Indian batsmen. Maiden. 

  • After 91 overs,India 404/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 147 , Ajinkya Rahane 41) 

    And we are underway for the second day. Rahane takes strike to Dilruwan Perera. Bowling with a slip, forward short leg and silly point. Five runs taken from the first over of Day 2. Easily done by the Indians.

  • So a great day for India and they have the early advantage in the first Test of the series against Sri Lanka. They would want to continue the good work tomorrow and really press home the advantage. Do join us tomorrow as we bring you live scores and updates from day two of the Galle Test. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Highest totals for Asian teams at the end of the first day in an away Test:
     
    406/3 - Sri Lanka v Pakistan,Karachi,2008-09
    399/3 - India v Sri Lanka,Galle,2017*
    388/3 - Pakistan v England,Old Trafford,1992 

  • A look back at the track record    

    Here's how teams have fared in the third session of the first Test in India-Sri Lanka series played in the Island Nation. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most runs scored by India on the first day of a Test:
     
    417/2 v Sri Lanka, Kanpur, 2009-10
    399/3  v Sri Lanka, Galle, 2017
    385/6 v Sri Lanka, Ahmedabad, 2009-10 

  • Right then! A very strong day for India in the end. It was their highest score on Day 1 of an away Test. It was their second highest score overall on Day 1 of a Test, and the highest by a visiting team in Sri Lanka. Just goes to show the domination India have had so far.

    Shikhar Dhawan roared back into Test form and have made a tremendous effort to reclaim the Test opener's slot. Not surprising, given the rich vein of form he has been lately, with a great run in the Champions Trophy and some strong scores in the ODI series against West Indies too. And then, after he got out, the inimitable Cheteshwar Pujara took over. Virat Kohli was unlucky to have got the faintest of edges to the wicketkeeper, but Pujara and Ajinkya ensured that there was no cause for alarm.

    Pujara and Rahane are batsmen of the same mould, both calm, composed, unhurried and both batting technicians and they put the Sri Lankans through the grind. The hosts, however, could have been a bit more proactive with their line and length, bowling changes and field placement though. On many occasions, it looked like the game is drifting away from them, as the Indians were accumulating runs quite freely.

    What the Lankans would want desperately now would be wickets on Day 2. Early wickets and that too three-four at least. That's what they need. If they can't do that, there is still a lot left in India's tank to really punish the Lankans. It would be interesting who Hardik Pandya, who is a proven limited-overs dasher bats on his Test debut.   

  • After 90 overs,India 399/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 144 , Ajinkya Rahane 39)

    Herath to bowl the last over of the day. Some issue with the sight screen. Sorted quickly though. Herath comes and rolls his arm over. The Indians are playing watchfully. The Sri Lankans could have done with a few more fielders close in. There is every possibility of the batsman switching off and making a mistake. But no cause for alarm for India in the end as the ever-dependable Pujara negotiates the last over safely. India end a very successful day. They have now scored their second highest score on Day 1 of a Test ever. The Pujara-Rahane partnership is worth a handsome 113 now.

  • After 89 overs,India 397/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 143 , Ajinkya Rahane 38)

    Dilruwan bowls the 89th over. Three runs from the first three balls. India's previous highest score on Day 1 in an away Test was 375 against New Zealand way back in 2008-09. They are way past that. Four runs from that over. The players  are going through the motions pretty much now.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Cheteshwar Pujara has now been involved in 24 century stands - the most by any Indian player since his Test debut.  

  • After 88 overs,India 393/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 141 , Ajinkya Rahane 36)

    Herath bowls the 88th over. Another three-run over. Two overs left for the day and six minutes left, whichever is earlier!

  • After 87 overs,India 390/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 140 , Ajinkya Rahane 34)

    Kumara in to bowl the 87th over. A fine yorker first up. Rahane digs it out. We are on borrowed time in this Test on Day 1. Rahane picks up a single off fifth ball with a push to point to bring up the 100-run stand with Pujara off 184 balls. Pujara gets a boundary away off the last ball. The fielder in the deep could have given a bigger effort. That was lazy from him.

  • FOUR! Pujara cuts and the ball is running down to the sweeper cover fence. No effort by the fielder in the deep. Should have bent down. India 390/3 in the 87th over.   

  • After 86 overs,India 383/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 136 , Ajinkya Rahane 31)

    Herath continues for the 86th over. Two runs off that over. Another quiet over sent down by Herath. The interesting part came after that over though as the superhit Bollywood song 'Ya Ali' plays from the stands.

  • After 85 overs,India 381/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 135 , Ajinkya Rahane 30)

    Pradeep continues. The first ball sits up to be hit. Pujara cuts and collects a boundary. Follows it up with a single. The fifth ball runs down to the fence again, but this time not off the bat. Comes off Rahane's hip as he tried to glance. Four leg byes nevertheless. India now have got to their highest score on first day in an away Test. 

    Meanwhile, it is well past the closing time for the day's play, but Sri Lanka still have five overs left. Their over rate has been terrible.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This is now the most runs scored by India on the first day of an away Test. The previous record was 375/9, it came against New Zealand at Wellington in 2008-09.

     

  • FOUR! Short and wide from Pradeep and Pujara cuts past backward point for a boundary. India 376/3 in the 85th over.   

  • After 84 overs,India 372/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 130 , Ajinkya Rahane 30)

    Herath continues. Pujara gets to the pitch of the ball on the second delivery and pushes to mid on for a single. Rahane gets a single of his own on the next ball as he cuts. One run off the last ball. Three runs from that over.

  • After 83 overs,India 369/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 128 , Ajinkya Rahane 29)

    Pradeep continues. He has been the most successful bowler for the hosts in this innings so far. But he is bowling too much at the batsman's body one feels instead of testing him in the channel of uncertainty outside off. The fifth delivery is a gentle one outside off and Pujara cuts it to deep point for a single. The next ball is pitched up. Rahane pushes it to mid on. Five runs from that over.

  • After 82 overs,India 364/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 125 , Ajinkya Rahane 27)

    Herath back into the attack. Bowling with a forward short leg, slip and short mid wicket. Pujara gives the charge and drives to extra cover for a quick single. Pujara have been using his feet pretty well against the spinners in this innings. Only a single off that over - a very tidy one from the Lankan captain.  

  • After 81 overs,India 363/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 124 , Ajinkya Rahane 27)

    Sri Lanka take the second new ball immediately when it is due. And immediately Pradeep is thrust into the attack. The first ball is back of a length. Short-pitched stuff will surely be an option. Single off the next ball. Pujara shoulders arms on the next two deliveries and lets the ball pass safely to the keeper. Wrists come into play from Pujara on the fifth ball. Drops it down and takes a quick single in front of mid on. A copybook forward defence from Rahane brings an end to the over.

  • After 80 overs,India 361/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 123 , Ajinkya Rahane 26)

    Dilruwan in for the last over before the new ball is due. Two runs off the first five balls. Rahane pushes the last ball to long on and takes a single, which makes it another three-run over. And there you have the reserve umpire coming out with the new ball.

  • After 79 overs,India 358/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 122 , Ajinkya Rahane 24)

    Gunathilaka bowls the 79th over. The Indians are just milking the bowling and they take three runs from that over without any trouble whatsoever. Sri Lanka may be trying to get some overs away before the new ball gets due, but this is getting a bit easy for the Indians, who are collecting some easy runs.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This is now India's highest score on the first day of a Test in Sri Lanka. The previous record was 351/3 at Colombo (SSC) in 1998-99. 

  • After 78 overs,India 355/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 121 , Ajinkya Rahane 22)

    Dilruwan bowls the 78th over. The spinners are keeping the runs in check and exerting some degree of control, but again, the Indians look very unhurried. Wickets are what Sri Lanka need. Rahanbe cuts the third ball through point for two. The new ball is due in two overs. Sri Lanka will hope it can change their luck and will look to puick up a couple of wickets before stumps.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Appalling slow over rate by Sri Lanka. Guess none of the bowlers are enthusiastic to bowl in a hurry with batsmen whacking the ball around.  Rahane is very circumspect compared to other batsmen. So need to push overseas now. Rahane 18 off 50 balls. Slowest today
     
     

  • After 77 overs,India 351/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 120 , Ajinkya Rahane 19)

    Gunathilaka continues. The first ball is dropped short and Pujara pulls it to deep mid wicket for a single. The musicians are really getting into the act now. Always a feature of matches in Sri Lanka, and indeed the Caribbean. And the crowd is enjoying it, by the looks of it! Three runs from that over. 350 up for India.  

  • After 76 overs,India 348/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 118 , Ajinkya Rahane 18)

    Dilruwan continues. The Indian batsmen looking unhurried. A silly mid on employed. Not a lot of threat from the pitch or the bowling at the moment.

  • After 75 overs,India 347/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 117 , Ajinkya Rahane 18)

    Gunathilaka comes into the attack now. Only a run off the first four balls. Pujara comes down the track and looks to attack the fifth ball, but hits it straight to the fielder at square leg. A single off the last ball.

  • After 74 overs,India 345/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 116 , Ajinkya Rahane 17)

    Dilruwan continues. Two runs off the first four balls. The fifth ball is driven past short mid wicket by Rahane and a single is taken. Dhananjaya de Silva, the substitute fielder, dived to save the run, but he seems to have hurt himself in the bargain. Is it a dislocated shoulder? The physio has run out to the middle. This is taking some time. Karunaratne seems to have recovered finally, though he is favouring his left shoulder. The last ball is padded away by Pujara. An appeal by the Sri Lankans, but very optimistic one that. The ball was not turning back enough. Three runs from that over.   

  • After 73 overs,India 342/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 115 , Ajinkya Rahane 15)

    Right then, we are back after drinks! Some peppy songs played from the stands keeps the sparse crowd engrossed during the break. Kumara continues. Keeps up with the short-pitched strategy. Bowling round the over. He was quite expensive early on, but has brought the economy rate down. The fourth ball is banged in short again and sails way over Pujara's head. Wide called. The next ball is pitched up. Short ball followed by one pitched up to lure the batsman into a false shot. But Pujara is up to the challenge. Hammers it tio the cover fence. Nobody moved. Two runs off the next ball. Seven runs off that over.

  • FOUR! Kumara bowls half volley to Pujara. Plenty of width too and the batsman takes full toll. Crunches it through cover. India 340/3 in the 73rd over.   

  • After 72 overs,India 335/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 109 , Ajinkya Rahane 15)

    Dilruwan bowls the 72nd over. Pujara takes a single off the fourth ball and gives the strike to Rahane, who takes full toll on the next ball. Gives the charge and hits the bowler straight over the top and through the line. Fetches a boundary. Jinks cuts the last delivery and collects two. Seven runs from that over. And that is drinks.

  • FOUR! Dilruwan to Rahane and Jinks comes down the track and lofts the bowler over mid on for a handsome boundary. India 333/3 in the 72nd over.

  • After 71 overs,India 328/3 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 108 , Ajinkya Rahane 9)

    Kumara to Pujara for the 71st over. Tests the batsman with a short ball but Pujara gets out of harm's way. A wristy flick off the fourth ball gets him a single. Kumara tests Rahane with short stuff too. A half pull by Rahane on the fifth ball. A last ball is short again. Rahane tries to attack, but can't play the pull to perfection. One run from that over.             

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Kohli must get back to old ways when he got out of harm's way to bouncers. Bowlers will bait him to ensure he loses equilibrium. Today's ploy by Pradeep was one such. Better to bide his time and then go after the bowling after he's well set. Else there will be more heartburns. Lankan pacers and pitches are OK. The real challenge with short pitched balls will come later this year in South Africa. 
     
     

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Stumps, Day 1: Right then! A very strong day for India in the end. It was their highest score on Day 1 of an away Test. It was their second highest score overall on Day 1 of a Test, and the highest by a visiting team in Sri Lanka. Just goes to show the domination India have had so far.

Shikhar Dhawan roared back into Test form and have made a tremendous effort to reclaim the Test opener's slot. Not surprising, given the rich vein of form he has been lately, with a great run in the Champions Trophy and some strong scores in the ODI series against West Indies too. And then, after he got out, the inimitable Cheteshwar Pujara took over. Virat Kohli was unlucky to have got the faintest of edges to the wicketkeeper, but Pujara and Ajinkya ensured that there was no cause for alarm.

Pujara and Rahane are batsmen of the same mould, both calm, composed, unhurried and both batting technicians and they put the Sri Lankans through the grind. The hosts, however, could have been a bit more proactive with their line and length, bowling changes and field placement though. On many occasions, it looked like the game is drifting away from them, as the Indians were accumulating runs quite freely.

What the Lankans would want desperately now would be wickets on Day 2. Early wickets and that too three-four at least. That's what they need. If they can't do that, there is still a lot left in India's tank to really punish the Lankans. It would be interesting who Hardik Pandya, who is a proven limited-overs dasher bats on his Test debut.

Preview: Going into the first Test of the series on Wednesday, the Virat Kohli-led side will have in their mind their previous tour to the island nation in 2015, when they bounced back from a 0-1 deficit to a 2-1 win and gradually ascend to the top of the ICC Test rankings.

The Galle International Stadium hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Indians, having managed a single win, way back in 2008 and thereafter losing three on the trot.

Indian captain Virat Kohli (L) and his Sri Lankan counterpart Rangana Herath.

Indian captain Virat Kohli (L) and his Sri Lankan counterpart Rangana Herath.

In 2015, India succumbed to a 63-run loss on the penultimate day, thanks to a magical seven-wicket haul by veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who will be leading the side in the first Test in the absence of newly-appointed skipper Dinesh Chandimal, down with pneumonia.

But the young Indian side bounced back well to win the next two matches in Colombo, and claim the series 2-1.

The only factor common between the series then and now is the presence of former India all-rounder Shastri. He was then Team Director then and now is the newly-appointed coach with his own set of support staff, that includes Bharat Arun's return as the bowling coach.

Combining the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, India have lost only one out of 23 Tests (against Australia at Pune) since that defeat in Galle.

Heading in to the game, India's only headache is the loss of opener Lokesh Rahul, who was down with viral fever and ruled out of the first Test.

In such a case, Abhinav Mukund and Shikhar Dhawan are most likely to open the innings unless Kohli and the team management promote Cheteshwar Pujara as the opener.

The middle order looks more or less a settled unit with Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and stumper Wriddhiman Saha, while Rohit Sharma looks set to be back to the playing XI.

The bowling department will have the world class spin twins of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, who will be playing his 50th Test. Besides that, if Kohli decides to go with five bowlers, there is no doubt he will go in with an extra spinner in chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.

Kohli has enough options from his pace bowling department, which includes the likes of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with Hardik Pandya providing him the extra all-round option.

On the other hand, the hosts are in a transitional phase after the retirements of stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

There has also been a change to their support staff after Graham Ford stepped down and was replaced by fielding coach Nic Pothas on an interim basis.

For the Tests against India, the Sri Lankans have former cricketers Chaminda Vaas and Hashan Tillakaratne as bowling and batting coaches respectively.

With Chandimal ruled out of the first game, the onus will be on the young guns to take up the challenge against a formidable Indian team.

Squads:
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.

Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep.

With inputs from IANS



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2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115