Highlights India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 2 at Pallekele: Hosts reach 19/1 at stumps

  • That brings up to the end of our coverage of Day 2 of the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and India at the Pallekele International Stadium on Sunday. The Indians are on the cusp of pulling off a 3-0 series whitewash. How long before they lift the winner's trophy is something that we will find out on Monday, when we return with our coverage of the ongoing match. For now, it is time for us to bid you all goodbye! Thank you once again for following our coverage! 

  • Another day, another clinical performance by the Indian team in the ongoing Test series. With the Sri Lankans going into stumps on a score of 19/1, trailing by another 333 runs, it doesn't look as if the hosts will be able to survive beyond a couple of sessions on the third day of the final Test. While Hardik Pandya stood out with the bat earlier in the day, with his whirlwind century getting India within striking distance of the 500-run mark. The spinners, especially young Kuldeep Yadav, then stood out as they bundled the hosts out for a paltry 135. What's more, Tharanga failed to preserve the opening partnership till stumps, as he ended his horror run in the series with a 31-ball 7.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist

    India weren't in the best shape at end of day one, but they have roared back in style on day two. Sri Lanka could not cope with Hardik Pandya's aggression and their collapse was a resultant of that. Now, they stand on the cusp of a 3-0 loss. 

  • After 13 overs,Sri Lanka 19/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 12 , Malinda Pushpakumara 0)

    Ashwin bowls the last over of the second day. And he bowls maiden to end the day's proceedings, bowling an impressive leg-break delivery in the last ball of the over. End of what turned out to be a terrific day for the Indians, who dominated in all departments, and look set to wrap the match up on the third day. 

  • After 12 overs,Sri Lanka 19/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 12 , Malinda Pushpakumara 0)

    Kuldeep Yadav, India's most successful bowler in the previous innings, is brought into the attack in the 12th over with a slip, leg-slip and a forward short-leg in place. Karunaratne cuts the fifth ball of the over towards the deep point boundary, getting his second four in the process. Four off the over. 

  • FOUR! Karunaratne cuts the fifth delivery of the 12th over towards the point boundary, beating the fielder along the way. Sri Lanka 19/1

  • After 11 overs,Sri Lanka 15/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 8 , Malinda Pushpakumara 0)

    Umesh continues from the Hunnasgiriya End. Tharanga and Karunaratne collect a single each in the first two deliveries. Tharanga chops the fourth delivery of the over onto his off-stump to depart for a 31-ball 7, as nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara walks out to bat. Two runs and a wicket off the over. 

  • OUT! Tharanga plays a back-of-length delivery from Umesh onto his off-stump, as Sri Lanka lose their first wicket with just 15 on board! SL 15/1

    Tharanga b Umesh 7(31)

  • After 10 overs,Sri Lanka 13/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 7 , Upul Tharanga 6)

    Ashwin continues from the other end, with Indian skipper Kohli looking to deploy pace and spin in tandem to get the early breakthrough. Tharanga collects a single in the fourth ball of the over with a drive wide of cover. 

  • After 9 overs,Sri Lanka 12/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 7 , Upul Tharanga 5)

    Umesh finally is introduced into the attack in the ninth over, having seemingly recovered from the niggles that was bothering him in the previous innings. Tharanga pats the fifth delivery of the over towards backward point to collect a single. Just one off the over. 

  • After 8 overs,Sri Lanka 11/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 7 , Upul Tharanga 4)

    Ashwin bowls the eighth over. Appeal for caught-behind in the second ball of the over, albeit an unsuccessful one, and the Indians decide against going for the review on this occasion.

  • After 7 overs,Sri Lanka 11/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 7 , Upul Tharanga 4)

    Shami bowls from over the wicket to the to Karunaratne, who collects a single in the fifth delivery of the over to score the first run in 28 deliveries. Just one off the over. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist

    So India have enforced the follow-on. It was the sound thing to do, but you never know with this Indian team. Their definition of aggression also includes taking one result out of the equation for the opposition. Sri Lanka's collapse means that has already happened. Lankan openers trying to make amends here. This new ball isn't looking as penetrative, possibly on account of the pitch.

  • After 6 overs,Sri Lanka 10/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 6 , Upul Tharanga 4)

    Ashwin beats Tharanga's outside edge in the second delivery of the over. Another quick over by the off-spinner, with no runs coming off it, making it the fourth maiden on the trot. 

  • After 5 overs,Sri Lanka 10/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 6 , Upul Tharanga 4)

    Shami bowls the fifth over, and collects his second successive maiden, with the hosts looking to see the remaining overs of the day's play off. 

  • After 4 overs,Sri Lanka 10/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 6 , Upul Tharanga 4)

    Ashwin bowls the fourth over of the innings, and collects his first maiden — which happens to be the second consecutive of the innings. 

  • After 3 overs,Sri Lanka 10/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 6 , Upul Tharanga 4)

    Karunaratne cops a blow on his shoulder while trying to duck a back-of-length delivery that measures about 140 clicks. Maiden over for Shami. Meanwhile, play will be extended for another 15 overs. Let's see if the two Lankan openers can hold fort till then. 

  • After 2 overs,Sri Lanka 10/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 6 , Upul Tharanga 4)

    Indian captain Kohli introduces spin from the other end straightaway, giving Ashwin the new cherry in the second over of the innings. Tharanga gets off the mark with a boundary off the last ball of the over. 

  • FOUR! Driven towards the covers by Tharanga in the last ball of the 2nd over, as the batsman gets off the mark in the sixth delivery that he faces. Sri Lanka 10/0

  • After 1 overs,Sri Lanka 6/0 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 6 , Upul Tharanga 0)

    Shami bowls the first over of Sri Lanka's second innings. Karunaratne gets the side off the mark with a double in the second delivery, before flicking the next delivery towards midwicket to collect the first boundary of the innings. Six off the over. 

  • FOUR! Flicked away towards the midwicket boundary by Karunaratne in the third delivery of Sri Lanka's second innings. Sri Lanka 6/0

  • The players walk out to the centre, with Karunaratne and Tharanga opening the innings for the second time in the day. Shami to begin the proceedings as usual. 

  • Appalling by Sri Lanka, they have certainly failed themselves

  • After 37.4 overs,Sri Lanka 135/10 ( Lahiru Kumara 0 , )

    Kohli has a bit of a discussion with his team after the fall of the last wicket, and he decides he's going to enforce the follow-on, with the Sri Lankans still behind by 352 runs. Has been a horror series for the hosts so far, and their luck hardly seems to be getting any better. Another 20 minutes left in the day's play, and a couple of early wickets would virtually seal the game in India's favour today. 

  • OUT! Sri Lanka are bowled out for a lowly 135, and they end up conceding a 352-run first innings lead to India! Sandakan is the last man dismissed, getting caught at leg slip after a deflection off his pad while attempting a pull. 

    Sandakan c Dhawan b Ashwin 10(24)

  • After 37 overs,Sri Lanka 135/9 ( Lakshan Sandakan 10 , Lahiru Kumara 0)

    Another wicket-maiden for Kuldeep, as he rattles Vishwa Fernando's middle-stump to send the tailender back to the pavilion for a 10-ball duck. 

  • BOWLED EM! Fernando departs for a 10-ball duck after getting an inside edge onto his pad, with the ball then deflecting onto the stumps! Fourth wicket for Kuldeep! Sri Lanka 135/9

    Fernando b Kuldeep 0(10)

  • After 36 overs,Sri Lanka 135/8 ( Lakshan Sandakan 10 , Vishwa Fernando 0)

    Sandakan shows some fight in the 36th over, getting two boundaries off Ashwin's bowling, hammering both down the ground to move to double figures. One last spark before the inevitable?

  • FOUR! Sandakan comes down the track, and lofts the first ball of the 35th over high over the mid-on fielder's outstretched hand, getting his first boundary in the process. Sri Lanka 131/8

  • FOUR! Sandakan lofts the fourth delivery of the over down the ground, going aerial once again, as this one rolls away to the long-off boundary rope. Sri Lanka 135/8

  • After 35 overs,Sri Lanka 127/8 ( Lakshan Sandakan 2 , Vishwa Fernando 0)

    Sandakan collects a single in the last ball of the 35th over — Kuldeep's 12th — with Fernando yet to get off the mark after facing five deliveries. 

  • After 34 overs,Sri Lanka 126/8 ( Lakshan Sandakan 1 , Vishwa Fernando 0)

    Sandakan collects a single in the fifth delivery of the 34th over — first run on the board in 19 deliveries — as he gets off the mark. Just one off the over. 

  • After 33 overs,Sri Lanka 125/8 ( Lakshan Sandakan 0 , Vishwa Fernando 0)

    Kuldeep collects his third wicket in the second delivery of his 11th over, rattling Pushpakumara's middle-stump with a googly. New batsman Vishwa Fernando sees the remainder of the over off. Back-to-back wicket-maidens for the Indians. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist

    8 down now for Lanka as two wickets fall in the space of 10 minutes. This is just hapless from Sri Lanka. And you will be forgiven for wondering if this can be classified under Test cricket at all? The question for India will be whether to enforce the follow on. 

  • BOWLED EM! Wicket number three for Kuldeep, as he rattles Pushpakumara's middle stump with a loopy wrong 'un that was almost a yorker, to send the batsman on the slow walk back to the pavilion! Sri Lanka 125/8

    Pushpakumara b Kuldeep 10(27)

  • After 32 overs,Sri Lanka 125/7 ( Malinda Pushpakumara 10 , Lakshan Sandakan 0)

    Ashwin finally gets his first wicket in the third ball of his sixth over, with Chandimal getting caught at leg slip off an inside-edge to fall two short of his half-century. Lakshan Sandakan walks out to bat after the dismissal. Wicket-maiden for Ashwin. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist

    Spinners working in tandem for India at the moment. Quite a bit of turn and bounce on offer. The ball seems to have gone a bit soft as well which might make it a tad tough for edges to carry. India have four close-in fielders just so they don't miss anything. Sri Lanka though are not in any position to take advantage of this. 

  • OUT! Ashwin finally gets his first wicket, and it is the big fish Chandimal that he nets in his sixth over! The Sri Lankan captain looks to guide the third ball of the 32nd over towards backward square-leg, but ends up getting caught at leg slip in the process. The umpire calls for drinks after that dismissal. Sri Lanka 125/7

    Chandimal c Rahul b Ashwin 48(87)

  • After 31 overs,Sri Lanka 125/6 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 48 , Malinda Pushpakumara 10)

    Chandimal flicks the third ball of the over towards midwicket to collect a single. Pushpakumara then goes for the sweep towards the vacant deep square-leg region, getting his second boundary in the process. Five off the over. 

  • FOUR! Full along middle and leg, Pushpakumara caves into the temptation to sweep it towards the square-leg boundary. Second boundary for him. Sri Lanka 125/6

  • After 30 overs, Sri Lanka 120/6 (Chandimal 47, Pushpakumara 6)


    Chandimal guides the last ball of the 30th over — another quick one by Ashwin  towards the leg side to collect a single, and move to 47. 

  • After 29 overs,Sri Lanka 119/6 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 46 , Malinda Pushpakumara 6)

    Another tight over by Kuldeep, giving away just one run in his ninth over. Chandimal gets a single in the third delivery of the over, getting a leading edge on the occasion. Chandimal, meanwhile, is a hit away from getting to his half-century. 

  • After 28 overs,Sri Lanka 118/6 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 45 , Malinda Pushpakumara 6)

    Pushpakumara goes for a late cut in the second ball of the 28th over — which happens to be Ashwin's fourth — with the ball running away to the third man boundary. Stifled appeal for lbw in the last ball of the over. 

  • FOUR! Pushpakumara opens the face of his bat, and goes for a late cut in the second delivery of the 28th over, guiding it towards the third man fence. Sri Lanka 118/6

  • After 27 overs,Sri Lanka 114/6 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 45 , Malinda Pushpakumara 2)

    Chandimal and Pushpakumara rotate the strike among themselves with singles in the second and third deliveries of the over, with the former moving to 45. 

  • After 26 overs,Sri Lanka 112/6 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 44 , Malinda Pushpakumara 1)

    Ashwin bowls the 26th over. The Indians end up wasting all their reviews after an unsuccessful appeal for caught-behind by Ashwin and the close-in fielders. Clear daylight between Chandimal's glove and the ball on that occasion. Just one off the over. 

  • After 25 overs,Sri Lanka 111/6 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 43 , Malinda Pushpakumara 1)

    Kuldeep bowls the 25th over. Two slips, a leg slip and a forward short-leg for the Indian chinaman. Just one run scored in the over — a single collected by Chandimal in the second delivery of the over. 

Ashwin bowls the last over of the second day. And he bowls maiden to end the day's proceedings, bowling an impressive leg-break delivery in the last ball of the over. End of what turned out to be a terrific day for the Indians, who dominated in all departments, and look set to wrap the match up on the third day.

Day 2 report: India opener Shikhar Dhawan struck a whirlwind ton and Lokesh Rahul scored a half-century, but hosts Sri Lanka hit back towards the end of the first day of the third Test as India posted 329/6 at stumps at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Saturday.

The Lankan spinners picked up five wickets with wicket-keepr Wriddhiman Saha (13 batting) and all-rounder Hardik Pandya (1 batting) surviving the final two overs of the day after Ravichandran Ashwin (31), skipper Virat Kohli (42) and Ajinkya Rahane (17) fell to left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando (1/68), chinaman Lakshan Sandakan (2/84) and Malinda Pushpakumara (3/40) respectively.

Resuming the final session at 235/3, left-arm spinner Pushpakumara scalped the wicket of Rahane before Sandakan sent Kohli back into the hut just when the skipper was looking good with three fours.

Dinesh Chandimal and Virat Kohli, the two captains. AP

Dinesh Chandimal and Virat Kohli, the two captains. AP

Ashwin also had to make the long walk towards the pavilion courtesy a superb catch by Niroshan Dickwella at second slip off Fernando's bowling.

In the same session, Kohli finally paid the price for trying to play outside the off-stump with Sandakan getting his outside edge for a regulation catch by Dimuth Karunaratne at slips.

Rahane was castled by Pushpakumara, the right-hander being too circumspect and offering a poor shot to a straight delivery without much deception.

For the hosts, Pushpakumara (3/40) and Sandakan (2/84) were the pick of the bowlers.

Earlier, Dhawan and Rahul stitched together a 188-run opening wicket stand and Rahul brought up his seventh successive 50-plus score. Dhawan raced to his second century of the tour. The Delhi southpaw's innings was laced with 17 boundaries.

But after the stand was broken, there were no fifty-run associations as the tourists managed only 141 runs losing six wickets in the remaining 50.4 overs.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India were off to a flying start, rushing to their 50 in just 55 balls as Dhawan completed his fourth half century of the series in just 45 balls.

Eyeing their maiden whitewash of the hosts, the Indian openers looked unperturbed facing a fresh Lankan bowling attack with chinaman Lakshan Sandakan and seamers Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando in the team, which looked pedestrian throughout the opening session.

The Lankans had themselves to blame for letting a couple of opportunities slip when an edge from Dhawan went through second and third slip and then Lahiru Kumara misjudged a skier from Rahul.

Leading the spin attack in Rangana Herath's absence, off-spinner Dilruwan Perera failed to impress as Dhawan danced down the track in only his second over to loft him over mid-off and then fetched another boundary with a pull.

The hosts did not use Malinda Pushpakumara's left-arm orthodox before lunch, but tried Lakshan Sandakan's left-arm wristspin for a couple of overs. He found a bit of drift early on, but also sent down a full-toss that Dhawan swept to the square-leg boundary.

With India also picking chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in place of the suspended Ravindra Jadeja, this was the first Test match since January 2004 -- when West Indies' Dave Mohammed and South Africa's Paul Adams featured in Cape Town -- to include two specialist chinaman bowlers.

Resuming at 134/0, Dhawan and Rahul kept punishing the bowlers to swell their stand to 188 before Pushpakumara's tossed up delivery cut short Rahul's stay before home skipper Dinesh Chandimal's brilliant diving catch ended Dhawan's 123-ball knock, which was laced with 17 hits to the fence.

Rahul was in excellent form and seemed to be well on his way to what would have been a well deserved century when he was let down by a poor piece of shot selection.

Having stepped out to a delivery from Pushpakumara, Rahul misjudged the flight and could only manage to find Dimuth Karunaratne at mid-on. Rahul scored 85 runs off 135 balls which included eight boundaries.

Dhawan was going great guns at the other end, finding the gaps at regular intervals. But a mistimed sweep brought his innings to an end as Chandimal dived full length to his left at square leg to latch on to the ball in mid air.

Dhawan, who departed on 119, scored his second century of the series and his third overall against Sri Lanka. This was the sixth century of his Test career.

Pujara followed him back to the pavilion just three overs later after being caught by Angelo Mathews in the slips off Sandakan's bowling.

Kohli and Rahane ensured that the visitors did not suffer any more setbacks before tea as the Lankans went into the break well satisfied with the outcome of the post lunch session.

With inputs from IANS



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5 New Zealand 3114 97
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