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Highlights India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 2nd Test, Day 3: Hosts reach 209/2 at stumps

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Highlights India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 2nd Test, Day 3: Hosts reach 209/2 at stumps
  • 17:35 (IST)

    That's it from us on Day 3 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and India at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Saturday. After the one-sided competition that we have witnessed so far, it was refreshing to witness the Sri Lankans finally put up some fight in the series. Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne turned things around with resilience, adding nearly 200 for the second wicket to pull the hosts out of the muck that they had found themselves in after the early loss of Upul Tharanga. While the hosts have put up a terrific fight so far, the odds still are in favour of the Indians, who lead by 230 runs. A wicket or two still might trigger a Sri Lankan collapse tomorrow. If they are to think of drawing this one, they still have a long road ahead of them.

    We'll return tomorrow morning, at the start of the fourth day. Do follow our live blog of the fourth day's play. But for now, it is time for us to bid you all goodbye! 

  • The follow on would have some meaning only if India wrap up the match in 4 days. That would give the team an extra days rest. Pandya's breakthrough was timely. Now onus would be on ensuring a rout. Much work left for tomorrow. 

  • 17:09 (IST)

    After 60 overs,Sri Lanka 209/2 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 92 , Malinda Pushpakumara 2)

    Jadeja bowls the last over of Day 3, with nightwatchman Pushpakumara remaining defensive, and seeing it off. Second maiden for Jadeja, as the Sri Lankans finish the day at 209/2.

  • 17:08 (IST)

    After 59 overs,Sri Lanka 209/2 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 92 , Malinda Pushpakumara 2)

    Karunaratne cuts the first ball of the over towards the cover boundary, with those being the only runs that are scored in the over. With that, Karunaratne enters the nervous nineties. 

  • 17:06 (IST)

    FOUR! Ashwin fires the first ball of the 59th over short, which Karunaratne cuts towards the cover fence for his 12th boundary. SL 209/2

  • 17:04 (IST)

    After 58 overs,Sri Lanka 205/2 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 88 , Malinda Pushpakumara 2)

    Jadeja into the 58th over, with a couple of overs to go in the day's play. Karunaratne collects a single in first ball of the over. Pushpakumara is tested with some sharp spin in the remainder of the over.

  • Highest stands v Ind, while following-on:
    209 - Alistair Campbell/Andy Flower, Nagpur, 2000
    206 - Ken Berrington/Ted Dexter, Kanpur, 1961
    191 - Dimuth Karunaratne/Kusal Mendis, Colombo (SSC), 2017

  • 17:00 (IST)

    After 57 overs,Sri Lanka 204/2 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 87 , Malinda Pushpakumara 2)

    Nightwatchman Pushpakumara gets off the mark with a cut that gets him a couple of runs in the fifth ball of the over. Those are the only runs that are scored in this over. The dismissal of Mendis in the previous over boosted the energy levels among the Indian fielders substantially at the moment. Another wicket, and the control might shift back in India's favour. 

  • 16:59 (IST)

    After 56 overs,Sri Lanka 202/2 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 87 , Malinda Pushpakumara 0)

    The Sri Lankans send nightwatchman Pushpakumara out at the centre. Karunaratne guides the second ball of the 56th over towards fine-leg to collect his 11th boundary, and complete the team 200. The hosts trail by 237 now. Four overs to go after this. 

  • 16:57 (IST)

    FOUR! Karunaratne guides the second ball of the 56th over towards fine-leg, moving to 87 in the process. Brings up the 200 for Sri Lanka! SL 202/2

  • 16:54 (IST)

    After 55 overs,Sri Lanka 198/2 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 83 , Malinda Pushpakumara 0)

    Pandya concedes a bad delivery at the start of the 55th over, bowling a full-toss that is square-driven by Mendis for a four while also overstepping. Pandya though, finally proves his worth in the penultimate delivery of the over with an off-cutter, as Mendis gets an inside-edge that deflects off his back thigh, and results in a catch for keeper Saha. Finally, some respite for the Indians, and it takes place barely a few overs before stumps. 

  • 16:52 (IST)

    OUT! And it is Pandya — the underbowled Indian seamer — who finally gets the much-needed breakthrough for the Indians as he ends the marathon 191-run second-wicket stand between Mendis and Karunaratne, getting rid of the former. Mendis gets an inside-edge that deflects off his back thigh, and balloons over to Saha, though the keeper has to dive for the catch. End of a brilliant knock by Mendis! SL 198/2

    Mendis c Saha b Pandya 110(135)

  • 16:48 (IST)

    FOUR! Full-toss outside off dispatched towards the point boundary off a square-drive by Mendis. Turns out to be a no-ball as well. SL 198/1

  • 16:47 (IST)

    After 54 overs,Sri Lanka 193/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 83 , Kusal Mendis 106)

    Shami brought back into the attack in the 54th over. Karunaratne guides the third ball of the over through the gap between midwicket and mid-on, and collects a couple of runs for it. Yorker to finish the over, with three coming off it. 

  • This really has been a terrific partnership for Lanka. From a hopeless position these two have resurrected the innings and given the fans great hope for other matches. India need to get their mojo back. If not by this evening at least by early morning tomorrow. 

  • 16:42 (IST)

    After 53 overs,Sri Lanka 190/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 81 , Kusal Mendis 105)

    Pandya bowls the 53rd over. Concedes a front-foot no-ball in the second ball of the over, which is the only run for the Sri Lankans off this over. 

  • 16:38 (IST)

    After 52 overs,Sri Lanka 189/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 81 , Kusal Mendis 105)

    Ashwin bowls the 52nd over of the innings. Two singles picked up in the over, both hit down the ground. Still no success for the wily off-spinner so far in the innings. 

  • 16:35 (IST)

    After 51 overs,Sri Lanka 187/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 80 , Kusal Mendis 104)

    Mendis tucks the second delivery of the 51st over towards the leg side, and collects a single for it. Just one off the over. 

  • 16:32 (IST)

    After 50 overs,Sri Lanka 186/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 80 , Kusal Mendis 103)

    Ashwin into his 21st over, and concedes just a single off it. Just 10 overs left in the day's play after this over. Wonder if Karunaratne, who has been relatively steady in his approach, get to his century before stumps. 

  • 16:27 (IST)

    After 49 overs,Sri Lanka 185/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 80 , Kusal Mendis 102)

    Pandya starts his second over with a steep bouncer, one that is signalled a wide by the umpire. Karunaratne moves to 80 with a single in the third ball of the over. Pandya ends the over with a delivery that is in stark contrast to the first one, going for a yorker on this occasion. Four off the over. 

  • Mendis will remember this  knock for long. Getting a hundred in such circumstances is always praiseworthy. It reflects very well on his temperament and determination. Lanka were well served today by Mendis  and Karunaratne. They have ensured that Lanka are no pushovers.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    After 48 overs,Sri Lanka 182/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 79 , Kusal Mendis 100)

    Ashwin returns to the attack in the 48th over, change of ends for him. Karunaratne cuts the last ball of the over towards the sweeper cover fence, moving to 79 with that shot. Four off the over.

  • 16:22 (IST)

    FOUR! Karunaratne cuts the last ball of the 48th over towards the sweeper cover fence, getting his 10th boundary! SL 181/1

  • 16:18 (IST)

    After 47 overs,Sri Lanka 177/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 75 , Kusal Mendis 100)

    Change of bowling, with Pandya being tossed the ball for the first time in this match. Karunaratne plays a late cut in the fifth ball of the over towards backward point to collect a single, which is the only run scored in the over. 

  • Kusal Mendis becomes the youngest Sri Lankan batsman (22y 184d) to score a century while following on in Tests. The previous youngest was Sanjeeva Ranatunga (25y 178d) against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 1994. 

  • 16:18 (IST)

    After 46 overs,Sri Lanka 176/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 74 , Kusal Mendis 100)

    Jadeja begins the 46th over, he has gone for 63 runs off his 12 overs so far without any success to his name.
    Mendis takes a single of the first ball, no price for guessing how he has got the run, as it is the sweep to mid wicket. Loud shout for caught behind down the leg side, Bruce Oxenford nods in denial but Kohli takes the review. Nothing on the ultra edge and Karunratane will continue batting.
    If Mendis sweeps, Karunaratne reverse sweeps (on the 4th ball), for a couple on the offside. Mendis sweeps it to deep mid wicket to bring up his 3rd Test century.

  • Sri Lankan No.3 batsmen to score a century while following on in Tests:
    Sanjeeva Ranatunga v Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, 1994
    Asanka Gurusinha v Australia, Melbourne, 1995 
    Kusal Mendis v India, Colombo (SSC), 2017

  • 16:14 (IST)

    FOUR! Kusal Mendis gets to his third Test century in style, and he couldn't have picked a better shot to get to the milestone — THE SWEEP. Takes 120 deliveries to get to the milestone. SL 176/1

  • The current stand of 150-plus runs between Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis is the highest for them Sri Lanka following on in Tests. The previous highest was 142 between Angelo Mathews and Thilan Samaraweera against South Africa at Cape Town in 2012 for the fifth wicket. 

  • 16:05 (IST)

    After 45 overs,Sri Lanka 168/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 71 , Kusal Mendis 95)

    Shami into his fifth over. Karunaratne collects a single off the second ball of the over, guiding it towards the leg side. Two off the over, and the umpire calls for drinks at the end of this over. 

  • 16:04 (IST)

    After 44 overs,Sri Lanka 166/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 70 , Kusal Mendis 94)

    Five off the over, including a sweep by Mendis towards the midwicket boundary to collect his 15th boundary. The right-hander moves to 94 with that shot.

  • 16:02 (IST)

    FOUR! Swept away yet again by Mendis, finding the midwicket fence on this occasion. SL 166/1

  • 15:59 (IST)

    After 43 overs,Sri Lanka 161/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 69 , Kusal Mendis 90)

    Shami bowls the 43rd over. Mendis pats the third ball of the over down the ground, though it is cut off by mid-on. Appeal for lbw in the last ball of the over, though it struck Mendis quite high on his front pad. Back-to-back maidens for the pacer. 

  • 15:55 (IST)

    After 42 overs,Sri Lanka 161/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 69 , Kusal Mendis 90)

    Jadeja continues from the other end. Outside edge off Mendis' bat carries wide of Rahane in the slips, allowing the batsman a couple of runs, following which Kohli positions himself next to Rahane, with a silly point in place. Three off the over. 

  • 15:50 (IST)

    After 41 overs,Sri Lanka 158/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 69 , Kusal Mendis 87)

    Change of bowling, with Shami being handed the ball as Kohli grows desperate for a breakthrough right now. Maiden for the pacer. 

  • 15:49 (IST)

    After 40 overs,Sri Lanka 158/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 69 , Kusal Mendis 87)

    Jadeja into his 10th over, and boy has he been expensive so far in this innings. Karunaratne and Mendis exchange a couple of singles. Mendis collects a double in the last ball of the over, bringing up the 150-stand for the second wicket! 

  • 15:49 (IST)

    Two runs off the last ball of the 40th over, and Mendis brings up the 150-run stand with Karunaratne for the second wicket! SL 158/1

  • 15:44 (IST)

    After 39 overs,Sri Lanka 154/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 68 , Kusal Mendis 84)

    Just one run scored in the 39th over of the innings. Sri Lanka continue to progress at a steady rate at the moment. 

  • 15:40 (IST)

    After 38 overs,Sri Lanka 153/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 68 , Kusal Mendis 83)

    Jadeja bowls the 38th over. Mendis goes for his favourite shot — the sweep — in the second delivery of the over, getting a couple of runs off it. He repeats the shot a couple of deliveries later, this time getting a single after guiding it towards midwicket. Three off the over.

  • 15:38 (IST)

    After 37 overs,Sri Lanka 150/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 68 , Kusal Mendis 80)

    Two singles scored in the 37th over, the second of which brings up the 150 for the Sri Lankans for the loss of just one wicket. This now is Sri Lanka's highest partnership for any wicket after the enforcement of follow-on. Mendis batting on 80 at the moment. 

  • 15:36 (IST)

    After 36 overs,Sri Lanka 148/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 67 , Kusal Mendis 79)

    Jadeja brought back into the attack, with Kohli desperately looking for answers right now. Couple of singles exchanged between Karunaratne and Mendis, with the latter driving the fourth ball of the over towards the extra-cover fence. Six off the over. 

  • 15:35 (IST)

    FOUR! Driven through extra cover, playing with the spin on this occasion! Mendis gets his 14th boundary as a result! SL 148/1

  • 15:31 (IST)

    After 35 overs,Sri Lanka 142/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 66 , Kusal Mendis 74)

    Two singles are all that are scored in the 35th over of the innings — Ashwin's 17th. As always, the off-spinner is taking his time getting his first breakthrough. Things are known to change drastically though once he gets his first wicket. 

  • India are not able to get the intensity of last evening or even early this morning into play in the 2nd innings. Lanka are also not obliging. Mendis and Karunaratne have shown a lot of heart to keep them afloat. Their stroke play too has been positive without being reckless.

  • 15:27 (IST)

    After 34 overs,Sri Lanka 140/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 65 , Kusal Mendis 73)

    Karunaratne opens the face of his bat, and guides the first ball of the 34th over towards deep backward point to collect his ninth boundary. The southpaw collects a single in the fifth delivery, moving to 65. Five off the over. 

  • 15:24 (IST)

    FOUR! Karunaratne goes for a late cut towards backward point off Umesh's bowling at the start of the 34th over! SL 139/1

  • 15:22 (IST)

    After 33 overs,Sri Lanka 135/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 60 , Kusal Mendis 73)

    Change of ball at the start of the 33rd over, with the umpire expressing discontent over the shape of the old one. Mendis reverse-sweeps the fourth delivery of the over towards sweeper point for a four, forcing Kohli to shift a fielder there and shuffle the close-in fielders as well. Seven off the over.

  • 15:21 (IST)

    FOUR! Reverse-swept by Mendis towards the backward point boundary off Ashwin's bowling! SL 133/1

  • 15:20 (IST)

    After 32 overs,Sri Lanka 128/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 59 , Kusal Mendis 67)

    Umesh continues in the 32nd over, and collects his second maiden of the innings so far. Mendis and Karunaratne stretch their partnership to 121 at the end of this over. 

  • 15:12 (IST)

    After 31 overs,Sri Lanka 128/1 ( Dimuth Karunaratne 59 , Kusal Mendis 67)

    Ashwin from the other end. Mendis starts the over off with a double, gloving it towards short fine-leg. Mendis commits himself to a reverse sweep next ball, but pulls out in the last second to fend it as the ball strays down the leg side. Three off the over.

Jadeja bowls the last over of Day 3, with nightwatchman Pushpakumara remaining defensive, and seeing it off. Second maiden for Jadeja, as the Sri Lankans finish the day at 209/2.

Day 2 report: India rode on a strong batting performance and some superb bowling by star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to consolidate their advantage on the second day of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Friday.

India captain Virat Kohli decided on declaration during the last session of the day after the visitors had piled on a mammoth total of 622/9 in their first innings.

Ashwin made good use of the considerable turn being offered by the pitch to remove Lankan openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga as the hosts posted 50/2 in their first innings at stumps. India now have a lead of 572 runs.

Dinesh Chandimal and Virat Kohli, captain of Sri Lanka and India respectively. AP

Dinesh Chandimal and Virat Kohli, captain of Sri Lanka and India respectively. AP

Kusal Mendis (16 batting) and Dinesh Chandimal (8 batting) were at the crease when the umpires decided to call it a day at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

Ashwin registered figures of 2/38. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and fast bowler Mohammed Shami also bowled well, although both did not manage a wicket.

Earlier, the Indians rode on half-centuries from Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha and Ashwin to post a big total.

Jadeja remained unbeaten on a quick 70 runs off 85 balls, which included four boundaries and three sixes. Saha and Ashwin made 67 and 54 respectively.

Off-spinner Rangana Herath was the most successful among the Sri Lankan bowlers with figures of 4/154. Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara returned with 2/156 while Karunaratne and Dilruwan Perera bagged a wicket each.

Resuming the day at 344/3, India lost Cheteshwar Pujara (133) in the second over of the day, trapped in front by part-timer Dimuth Karunaratne before Ajinkya Rahane (132) and Ashwin consolidated the innings with a 63-run fifth-wicket stand.

Pujara looked good during his brief stay on the second morning, fetching a boundary off Karunaratne, but the next delivery ended his 232-ball vigil.

The Saurashtra right-hander who had by now added 217 runs with Rahane, was hit on his thighs by a back of a length delivery from Karunaratne, resulting in loud appeals from the hosts.

The on-field umpire, however, did not budge and the home side immediately asked for a referral which got them the prized wicket.

The fall of Pujara, brought in the dependable Ashwin, who started briskly, striking two boundaries off Rangana Herath and Karunaratne before slowing down a bit.

The right-handed duo of Ashwin and Rahane continued to frustrate the Sri Lankans, stealing the odd boundaries and rotating the strike at a good rate to raise their 50-run stand in no time.

In his attempt to accelerate the scoring rate after India crossed the psychologically important 400-run mark, Rahane perished to debutant left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, smartly stumped by Niroshan Dickwella after facing 222 balls and sending the ball 14 times to the fence.

Rahane's dismissal brought a sigh of relief to the Sri Lankan camp, as wicketkeeper-batsman Saha and Ashwin safely guided India to 442/5 at the lunch break.

The Sri Lankans started the post-lunch session on a promising note when Ashwin was bowled by Herath shortly after completing his half-century.

Ashwin, who notched up the 11th half-century of his Test career, faced 92 balls, hitting five boundaries and a six.

Hardik Pandya then scored 20 runs off as many deliveries before he mistimed his shot while trying to smash a Pushpakumara delivery out of the park only to see Angelo Mathews latch onto the skier at long-off.

Jadeja joined Saha in the middle and the duo added 72 runs between them to pile more pressure on the hosts.

Saha was batting comfortably but was stumped when he stepped out to a flighted delivery from Herath. His patient innings of 134 balls included four boundaries and a six.

Saha's departure prompted Jadeja to up the ante and the Gujarat all-rounder brought up his half-century in style, flicking a Herath delivery off his pads for a boundary.

Shami played a brief, power-packed knock at the other end, smashing 19 runs off eight deliveries. He hit Herath into the stands off two consecutive deliveries before offering a skier to Tharanga at deep mid-wicket while going for a hat-trick of sixes.

Jadeja continued with his aggressive batting, stepping out to smash Herath for another six with Umesh Yadav also joining the party with a boundary off Dilruwan Perera.

With inputs from IANS

Published Date: Aug 05, 2017 09:58 AM | Updated Date: Aug 05, 2017 17:35 PM

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