Lakmal milked for 10 runs in his 12th over. The maximum in his bowling in this Test. The Indian batsmen seem to be gradually opening out.
Lakmal milked for 10 runs in his 12th over. The maximum in his bowling in this Test. The Indian batsmen seem to be gradually opening out.
A punch on the up after the 100-run stand by Pujara. Now he wants to change gears. The fans are getting behind him after each single. They are enjoying the Indian domination at the moment.
This is the 10th century stand between Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara in Tests which is the joint fourth most by any pair.
That's it from us at Firstpost in our coverage of the opening day of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka. While Sri Lanka were shaky throughout their innings after opting to bat, losing wickets in a cluster towards the end, they would have been upbeat at stumps after getting the wicket of Rahul with less than 10 runs against India's score. Another early wicket could make things interesting on the second day, and we certainly can't wait to see what's in store for us. For now, we bid you goodbye!
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Stumps! Vijay and Pujara see through the final few overs successfully. India take the honours on Day 1. 205 is not at all a par score on this track and a day of toil awaits Sri Lanka. As far as India are concerned, they can sleep peacefully today.
The final session determined that the day belonged to India. The onus now will be on India to extend their command on the match by scoring as many runs as possible tomorrow as the wicket generally plays well on the second day.
After 8 overs,India 11/1 ( Murali Vijay 2 , Cheteshwar Pujara 2)
Pujara and Vijay exchange singles off the third and fourth deliveries of the over. Just two off the over, as the hosts see off the remaining overs after Rahul's dismissal, reaching 11/1 after 8 overs at the close of play on Day 1, trailing by another 194 runs.
After 7 overs,India 9/1 ( Murali Vijay 1 , Cheteshwar Pujara 1)
Pujara gets off the mark with a single off the first delivery of the seventh over, guiding it towards midwicket. Short midwicket, three slips and a gully in place for Vijay, who chooses to stonewall away for the remainder of the over.
After 6 overs,India 8/1 ( Murali Vijay 1 , Cheteshwar Pujara 0)
Successive maidens for Gamage, as Vijay stays cautious for the entirety of the sixth over, batting on 1 off 22 deliveries at the end of the over. The purpose for both vijay and Pujara right now would be to see the remainder of the day off. Few minutes left for close of play.
After 5 overs,India 8/1 ( Murali Vijay 1 , Cheteshwar Pujara 0)
Vijay finally gets off the mark off the 16th delivery that he faces, guiding it towards the leg side for a single, also preventing Lakmal from collecting his second successive maiden.
Rahul did not look comfortable throughout that over by Gamage. The slow medium pace bowler beat him a couple of times outside the off stump before finally getting him to inner edge onto the stumps. Rahul played far away from his body and the slight in-tilt was enough to slam onto his stumps via the inner edge. Poor stroke .
KL Rahul was looking tentative since the innings started. He missed a slash, got beaten on the outside edge and almost got squared on one instance. An innocuous delivery outside off, Rahul had no business poking at it. But that’s what nervousness does sometimes. Rahul wanted to feel the ball but chopped it on the stumps instead. Pujrara walks out. Not night watchman for India... as of now.
After 4 overs,India 7/1 ( Murali Vijay 0 , Cheteshwar Pujara 0)
Gamage continues from the other end. The ball travels anxiously close to Rahul's outside edge off the second delivery of the over. Rahul's innings comes to an end in the fifth delivery, as he plays one onto his middle stump to depart for 7, bringing Cheteshwar to the crease.
BOWLED EM! Rahul's stay at the crease comes to an end earlier than expected! Rahul opens the face of his bat to a rising delivery, but gets a thick inside edge that hits his middle stump. India 7/1
Rahul b Gamage 7(13)
After 3 overs,India 7/0 ( Lokesh Rahul 7 , Murali Vijay 0)
Maiden over for Lakmal, as a cautious Vijay decides to take his time as far as settling at the crease is concerned, and is yet to get off the mark at the end of the over. Rahul, on the other hand, is showing attacking intent already.
After 2 overs,India 7/0 ( Lokesh Rahul 7 , Murali Vijay 0)
Lahiru Gamage bowls from the other end. Rahul stretches his arms out to a wide-pitched delivery, and misses. Guides the next ball through the covers, getting enough time to come back for a second. Two off the over.
After 1 overs,India 5/0 ( Lokesh Rahul 5 , Murali Vijay 0)
Lakmal starts the proceedings off for the visitors. Rahul smacks the ball through the off-side for a boundary, getting the first runs on the board off the very first delivery in style. Collects a single off the next delivery to bring Vijay on strike. Five off the first over.
KL Rahul's battle against Suranga Lakmal will be enthralling as Lakmal got him twice in the first Test. However, this pitch is different than Eden so it will be a challenge also for Lakmal.
Rahul takes his mark. Lakmal ready to steam in. Well, well the first ball goes for a boundary. Lakmal dismissed Rahul for a nought in the first innings at Kolkata. Rahul greets him with a boundary here.
Murali Vijay's recent form in Test cricket is middling. He has a point to prove and he cant not have a better occasion than this to play a big knock for himself.
FOUR! Rahul was dismissed off the very first ball that he faced in the Kolkata Test. This time he scores a boundary at Nagpur, driving it through the gap between extra-cover and mid-off! India 4/0
The players are out on the field at the start of the Indian innings. Rahul opens with Vijay on this occasion. Lakmal to bowl the first over.
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The duo of Rahane-Ashwin strikes. Herath perishes and off run Vijay and Rahul rushes towards the pavilion. India will bat again and will have to survive eight overs.
After 79.1 overs,Sri Lanka 205/10 ( Lahiru Gamage 0 , )
Lahiru Gamage is left stranded at the other end without facing a ball, as Herath edges the first ball of the 80th over to Rahane in the slips, with Ashwin collecting his fourth wicket. Sri Lanka are bowled out for 205, a total much lesser than what they would have imagined when they were doing reasonably well at 160/4. Let's see if the visitors can pressure Kohli and Co. with the ball now.
Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, both finished with three scalps while Ashwin took four wickets and Umesh Yadav did not take a wicket at his home venue. Sri Lanka have not posted enough runs on the board and that will eventually hurt them at the end of the match as the pitch is still looking decent for batsmen.
OUT! Herath edges to Rahane at slip off Ashwin, who finishes as the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/67, as the Sri Lankans fold up for 205 after opting to bat first.
Herath c Rahane b Ashwin 4(23)
After 79 overs,Sri Lanka 205/9 ( Rangana Herath 4 , )
Ishant's return to the attack makes for an interesting over. While Lakmal collects his fourth boundary with a well-timed slog towards the midwicket boundary off the fourth delivery, Ishant has the last laugh as he gets the pacer caught behind for 17 off the last ball of the over.
It was too difficult a delivery for a no 10. On a length, in the fourth stump line and Lakmal pokes at it and hands Saha an easy catch.
Sri Lanka extremely lucky to get anywhere near 200 mark. India dropped catches, missed run outs and had batsman reprieved on no ball. Else Lanka after winning toss and opting to bat would have not seen even 150. Skipper Chandinal was best bat. Rest are not in Test cricket mode.
OUT! Lakmal's cameo comes to an end as he nicks one to keeper Saha off Ishant off the last delivery of the 79th over, with Sri Lanka losing their ninth wicket in the process. Third wicket for Ishant. SL 205/9
Lakmal c Saha b Ishant 17(25)
FOUR! Another well-timed swing of the bat by Lakmal towards the midwicket boundary! The pacer surely is impressing everyone with his hitting skills. SL 205/8
Yes, they have. 200 on board for Sri Lanka. Herath and Lakmal won’t shy away from playing their shots. And India won’t mind that as it gives them a chance to skittle them out early. Ishant Sharma comes into the attack with the (option of) new ball a couple of overs away.
Ishant Sharma returns to the attack in the 79th over of the innings, giving Ravindra Jadeja some rest.
After 78 overs,Sri Lanka 201/8 ( Rangana Herath 4 , Suranga Lakmal 13)
Ashwin launches a carrom ball at Herath off the second delivery of the over, which the latter reacts to with a sweep towards fine-leg for a couple of runs, bringing up the 200 for the visitors.
That particular stand has been the noisiest today. It is closer to the pavilion and the fans are persistently calling out players' name. A couple of them responded, which got them going even more.
After 77 overs,Sri Lanka 199/8 ( Rangana Herath 2 , Suranga Lakmal 13)
Lakmal smashes the ball towards the wide long-on fence off the first delivery, continuing his offensive against the spinners. Jadeja appeals for a leg-before three balls later, but this one's going down leg. Four are all that are collected off this over.
FOUR! Another piece of clean-hitting by Lakmal, as he clears the circle between midwicket and mid-on to collect his third boundary. SL 199/8
After 76 overs,Sri Lanka 195/8 ( Rangana Herath 2 , Suranga Lakmal 9)
Maiden over for Ashwin, as he keeps Herath on his toes. The veteran Sri Lankan left-arm spinner scored a fifty at Kolkata. It remains to be seen if he can produce a fight in this game or not.
After 75 overs,Sri Lanka 195/8 ( Rangana Herath 2 , Suranga Lakmal 9)
Herath collects a single off the third delivery of the 75th over, handing the strike back to Lakmal, who whacks the ball wide of mid-on to collect his second boundary.
The match was evenly poised at the Tea, but at the drinks break – India are on top. This has really been the story of Sri Lanka so far as they have failed to seize the crucial moments of the game in the series.
FOUR! Wild swing of the bat from Lakmal, and he beats the fielder at mid-on to collect his second boundary! SL 195/8
From 151/4 to 190/8 this has been a dreadful collapse. Indian fans usually like to see their team bat and their wish might just come true today. Can Sri Lanka cross 200?
After 74 overs,Sri Lanka 190/8 ( Rangana Herath 1 , Suranga Lakmal 5)
Just one off the 74th over. But the anticipation of a wicket looms large among the Indians in each delivery, with Kohli and Co now going for the kill with just two wickets left in the Sri Lankan innings. The umpires call for drinks.
After 73 overs,Sri Lanka 189/8 ( Rangana Herath 0 , Suranga Lakmal 5)
Four runs leaked by Jadeja off his 19th over, with Lakmal getting a thick inside-edge that runs away to the fine-leg boundary. The lower-order collapse that we are witnessing right now means getting shot out for less than 200, which would be demoralising unless the likes of Herath can turn things around later in the game.
After a terrific vigil skipper Chandimal is out leg before while attempting a reverse sweep. The umpire declared him not out but the Indians were convinced and sought a review. Excellent 57 by the skipper. But he looked silly getting out in that manner after such a combative innings. Good bowling and good review call by Ashwin.
India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day 1: Pujara and Vijay exchange singles off the third and fourth deliveries of the over. Just two off the over, as the hosts see off the remaining overs after Rahul's dismissal, reaching 11/1 after 8 overs at the close of play, trailing by another 194 runs.
Preview: A green tinge across the wicket when the second Test between India and Sri Lanka starts in Nagpur on Friday indicates a fast-paced challenge, with India captain Virat Kohli looking ahead to overseas tours.
Bowling tracks in India traditionally help spinners but in the opening drawn Test in Kolkata fast bowlers took centre stage.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar led an inspired Indian pace attack that took all of the 17 Sri Lankan wickets that fell during the game.
The pitches in Nagpur and Delhi are also expected to help seamers as the world's top Test team prepares to tour South Africa starting in January.
"It is very clear that we are preparing for the next two years that we are going to travel abroad," Indian opener KL Rahul said.
"We will play lot of cricket overseas and find wickets like this and it is going to be challenging for all of us. So we wanted to prepare in that way," he added.
India prepared a spinner's paradise at Nagpur's Jamtha ground when the hosts packed off South Africa inside three days in 2015.
The pitch was rated "poor" by the International Cricket Council governing body because the ball turned dangerously at times.
However, reports say the grass on the Nagpur wicket pitch is expected to remain for the five-day game against Sri Lanka.
With Bhuvneshwar pulling out of the remaining two Tests because of his upcoming marriage, Ishant Sharma is expected to take up the role of the third seamer.
Sri Lanka also have a strong pace attack led by Suranga Lakmal, who returned impressive figures of 7-119 at the Eden Gardens.
Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka and Lahiru Gamage shared the spoils while bowling out India for 172 in the first innings of the opening Test.
Even though India turned the tables and gave the islanders a mighty scare on the final day, coach Nic Pothas was upbeat about Sri Lanka's chances in the series.
"I'm more excited about how we fought and came out the other end," Pothas said of his side that is ranked sixth on the ICC table.
"Actually, you're looking at one day or a couple of hours of cricket, I'm looking at four days of cricket where we played very good cricket," Pothas said.
Sri Lanka, who have never won a Test in India, have put up a much improved showing since their 0-9 whitewash against India across all three formats earlier this year.
They beat Pakistan in two Tests in the United Arab Emirates before coming to India.
"I think you always set a goal to improve," said Pothas.
"We had a series in Sri Lanka where we did not compete at all. We've come here, and we've actually been very competitive in the first Test match.
Pothas said the Sri Lankans can see they are getting "tougher."
"So we'll see if we can continue to ride that wave."
With inputs from AFP.
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