Highlights India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 1st Test, Day 3, Cricket Score, Updates: Virat Kohli and Co end Day 3 with 498-run lead

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Highlights India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 1st Test, Day 3, Cricket Score, Updates: Virat Kohli and Co end Day 3 with 498-run lead
  • 18:28 (IST)

    STUMPS! India end the day with 189 runs on the board for the loss of 3 wickets. Abhinav Mukund did get to his best Test score but perished 19 short off a maiden century that was on the cards. He must be gutted to end his innings in the final few minutes of the day, who knows when will he get another chance. Tomorrow would have been a perfect day to get his 100 after today's grind. Kohli remains unbeaten on 76 with India's lead creeps towards a humongous 500. In case India declare overnight, unlikely but if they do Sri Lanka will have to score 499 to win the Test with probably only 9 batsman fit to bat. Kohli will restart tomorrow and he will be joined mostly by his deputy Ajinkya Rahane, against a hallowed Sri Lankan side. We will have to wait for an update on Hearth's injury.

    That's all we have for today, hope you enjoyed our coverage of Day 3. Join us for Day 4 that might well be the final day of the Test. Till then stay safe and see you tomorrow.  

  • Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, day 3:

    1st session - 33 overs (135/3)
    2nd session - 18.2 overs (58/4)
    3rd session - 29.4 overs (133/1) 

  • 18:26 (IST)

    India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli's batting is far from wilting under captaincy pressure, there's no cause for concern}

    Kohli showed today just how good he is when in form. Here's what we wrote after his cheap dismissal in the first innings.


  • 18:12 (IST)

    OUT! Classic example of how batsman mess it up, right at the very end. How many times do we see this,? In an attempt to see off the final few minutes of the day the batsmen get extra cautious and end up committing a false stroke. Mukund is trapped in front, it was the quicker one from Gunathilaka and Mukund's bat never came down. He asked for a referral and the replays confirm on-field umpire's call. With that the umpire removes the bails to mark the end of Day 3.

  • 18:00 (IST)

    After 46 overs,India 188/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 81 , Virat Kohli (C) 75)

    Quiet over. Only a couple of runs off the over. Indians too slow things as we move towards the end of the day. India lead by 497 runs.

  • 17:58 (IST)

    After 45 overs,India 186/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 80 , Virat Kohli (C) 74)

    Gunathilaka's over goes for four runs! Kohli uses his wrists to play through mid wicket and Mukund chops it to the left of the slip to take 2 more runs, Mukund retains the strike with a single on the off side.

  • 17:57 (IST)

    There are still no signs of Rangana Hearth. Last we heard was he is under observation. If he cannot be deemed fit, this will be abody blow for the Lankans.

  • 17:57 (IST)

    After 44 overs,India 182/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 77 , Virat Kohli (C) 73)

    Overthrows! This is a little sad to see now. The 12th man hurls a throw at non-striker's end as Mukund taps it on the off side and attempts to steal a run but the fresh pair of legs of the substitute almost accounted for Mukund as the direct hit would have caught him short. The ball misses the stumps, not by much though unfortunately there is no one backing up and the ball runs down to long on boundary. India's lead meanders towards the 500-run mark. 

  • 17:49 (IST)

    After 43 overs,India 176/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 72 , Virat Kohli (C) 72)

    Another over with a couple singles. Gunathilaka bowls his 3rd over of the innings, with only 5 more overs remaining, the batsmen slowly try to play them out. 

  • 17:48 (IST)

    After 42 overs,India 174/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 71 , Virat Kohli (C) 71)

    Dilruwan continues and after keeping the batsmen silent for four balls but leaks two singles off the final two.

  • 17:47 (IST)

    After 41 overs,India 172/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 70 , Virat Kohli (C) 70)

    The umpire has to outstretch his arms a couple of times as Kumara bowls back-to-back wide balls. With boundary and a couple of singles, nine runs come off the over.

  • 17:43 (IST)

    FOUR! Short ball and Mukund pirouettes to play the hook but wasn't in a good position to play it as the ball hurries on him and gets the top edge and the ball runs down the fine leg boundary.

  • 17:37 (IST)

    After 40 overs,India 163/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 65 , Virat Kohli (C) 69)

    Mukund must have had his heart up his mouth as he closes the face of the bat towards the onside a little early and gets a leading edge, which fortunately for him falls between the two converging fielders on the offside. Batsmen exchange the only single of the over. 

  • 17:34 (IST)

    After 39 overs,India 162/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 64 , Virat Kohli (C) 69)

    Mukund gets off strike with a single to the off side. kohli lets the first go but chase the next ball outside off and finally we see a false stroke from the India captain. There was some away movement from Kumara and the keeper and 1st slip have their hands behind their heads. Kumara bowls a couple of more bowls at the similar line and length and Kohli has no problem in letting it go.

  • 17:29 (IST)

    After 38 overs,India 161/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 63 , Virat Kohli (C) 69)

    Kohli brings out the paddle sweep, we haven't seen there in a while, have we? He gets a couple runs with that sweep which was timed as he would have liked but still fine enough. Perera finishes the over giving away 3.

  • The longer Sri Lanka is made to field, the greater the chances of losing more fielders. Latest is stand-in skipper Herath, who hurt his spinning finger while trying to stop a Kohli drive at covers. India are so far ahead that if all remaining 10 overs are bowled today the target score might exceed 500 by stumps.

  • 17:27 (IST)

    After 37 overs,India 158/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 62 , Virat Kohli (C) 67)

    Easy 7 runs off the over. India are not even made to work for their runs, everything is dished in a platter for them. India lead by 457.

  • 17:24 (IST)

    FOUR! Kohli just runs it down the third man and the ball runs down the turf and into the fence, the fielder cannot get there in time. 100 partnership comes up for Kohli and Mukund. 

  • 17:21 (IST)

    After 36 overs,India 149/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 58 , Virat Kohli (C) 62)

    Round the wicket to start. Perera bowls full and wide off the off stump and Kohli drills it to of side. Rangana hearth at short cover gets his hand and takes the pace off the ball it rolls across the turf before long off comes to pick it up. What do we see here? Rangana Hearth has done some damage to his hand. HIS BOWLING HAND. Kohli had struck that with some ferocious power and the physio has been called on. It doesn't look good for the stand in captain, the only bowler, who is actually bowling, the only man on the field perhaps is now going off. This might be the doomsday in Sri Lankan cricket. Chandimal falls sick, they lose Gunaratane on Day 1 and is it Hearth's turn to bear the brunt. Tharanga will now lead, he is going to fill in for the stand in captain. Perera's over goes for 8 runs, with 3 twos and 2 singles.

  • 17:12 (IST)

    Another bowling change for the Lankans as Dilruwan Perera has been brought back.

  • 17:12 (IST)

    After 35 overs,India 141/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 57 , Virat Kohli (C) 55)

    Kohli places it left of the cover to take a single of the first ball. Mukund taps it on the off side for a dot ball and then opens the face of the bat to guide it to third man for a single. Kohli prods forward and pushes it to backward point for another single. Mukund misses out on a full toss as the bat swivels in his hands and the ball rolls to mid wicket, the two exchange a single. 5th single comes off the last ball of Kumara's over, Kohli squirts a full length ball outside off to deep point. India lead by 450

  • Fewest innings to score 1000 runs in Tests by Indian captains outside India:

    17 - Virat Kohli*
    19 - Sachin Tendulkar 
    23 - Mohammad Azharuddin 

  • 17:06 (IST)

    Lahiru Kumara will start the proceedings after the last drinks break of Day 3. 13 overs left in today's play.

  • Mukund's half century would free him to play aggressively. Kohli, more cautious than usual, is still batting a lot more freely. His 50, his first in eight innings, would do him and team a world of good. He was patient and unusually unhurried.  

  • 17:03 (IST)

    After 34 overs,India 136/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 55 , Virat Kohli (C) 52)

    Kohli and Mukund take 4 runs off Gunathilaka's over. Players take a drinks break.

  • 17:02 (IST)

    FIFTY! Kohli tucks it around the corner to short fine leg for a single to bring up his 1st half-century in 8 innings. Have a feeling Kohli is going to cut loose from here on. India take the lead 444.

  • 17:00 (IST)

    After 33 overs,India 132/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 54 , Virat Kohli (C) 49)

    Only a double of the over. Kohli's punch on the offside yields two more runs.

  • 16:55 (IST)

    After 32 overs,India 130/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 54 , Virat Kohli (C) 47)

    Nothing. Gunathilaka cannot do anything. He can't get a wicket, he can stem the flow of runs. These add four more to the total with 4 singles across the field. India take their lead to 439.

  • 16:54 (IST)

    Danushka Gunathilaka has come to roll his arm. Let's see what he can do.

  • Abhinav Mukund has made a statement by scoring a fifty today while Virat Kohli has forestalled Sri Lanka's progress in the match after the rain interruption. You can see the weariness in Sri Lankan players. It looks like Sri Lanka have come up with an rudimentary idea, not a complete plan.

  • 16:53 (IST)

    After 31 overs,India 126/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 52 , Virat Kohli (C) 45)

    Another six runs over! These two are now keeping the scoreboard ticking, runs to mid on, a tuck to square leg and a push through the covers. The spread out field was never going to stop these two from running singles and doubles. Kohli inches closer to another Test half century.

  • 16:47 (IST)

    After 30 overs,India 120/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 51 , Virat Kohli (C) 40)

    Mukund has decided to play his shots against Hearth, maybe this is shift in tactics by India, they would like to finish the day being as close as to 500-run mark.

  • 16:47 (IST)

    FIFTY! Hearth is forced to go round the wicket after Mukund was using the angle in his favour. But the change in angle really doesn't bother him as he unfurls a sweep and he places it fine to get to his half century.

  • 16:45 (IST)

    FOUR! Mukund makes good use off his feet and plays it with the turn, his bat turns a little in his hand but luckily for him it bisects the gap between deep mid wicket and long on.

  • 16:42 (IST)

    After 29 overs,India 111/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 43 , Virat Kohli (C) 39)

    Good thing is Pradeep has found his right channel to bowl at Kohli, better thing is it is not troubling him as such but you cannot really call it bad bowling. Kohli doesn't take the bait and lets the ball go to the keeper, but he loves batting so he gets forward and punches to deep extra cover for a single of the final ball to retain strike. Lead reaches 420

  • 16:38 (IST)

    After 28 overs,India 110/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 43 , Virat Kohli (C) 38)

    Hearth continues over the wicket to Mukund and round the wicket to the right-hander. Mukund dabs it to short third man region and picks up a single, but there was slight hesistation in the run as the slip fielder chased it but the ball kept going away from him and the two batsmen did come to conjecture of taking a single. Kohli forward defends the fifth ball and takes a single to long off of the final ball. 2 off it.

  • 16:36 (IST)

    After 27 overs,India 108/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 42 , Virat Kohli (C) 37)

    That is one way of stopping the run flow. Pradeep keeps it way outside off stump. Kohli is happy to let the ball alone, he tries to drive one which had a tinge of inward movement and it finds the inner half of the blade. Maiden over.

  • 16:31 (IST)

    After 26 overs,India 108/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 42 , Virat Kohli (C) 37)

    Hearth is the only bowler who is been spanked across the park, others have struggled and probably you expect it too. Mukund and Kohli bring up the 50-run partnership. 3 runs off the over. 

  • 16:27 (IST)

    After 25 overs,India 105/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 41 , Virat Kohli (C) 35)

    End of an expensive over from Pradeep. Hearth has come down to talk his bowlers a few times now, but it doesn't seem to be helping him a lot. The Indian batsmen are running away here.

  • 16:25 (IST)

    FOUR! Pradeep pulls the length a little behind and this one is bowled on the middle stump and Kohli shuffles across to play it on the onside, again just a push but he is timing the ball beautifully, the Indian captain has raced to 35. 

  • 16:23 (IST)

    FOUR! Length ball and Kohli strides forward and a mere well timed push ensures the ball races away to cover boundary. That four brings the 100 up for the Men in Blue.

  • 16:23 (IST)

    Nuwan Pradeep has been brought into the attack.

  • 16:22 (IST)

    After 24 overs,India 94/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 41 , Virat Kohli (C) 24)

    Hearth finishes a quiet over. Only 2 runs off it. A couple of singles and Mukund goes for a sweep on the last ball, which was pitched way outside off and he attempted to take it from wide of off but doesn't get in the line to play it properly.

  • 16:20 (IST)

    After 23 overs,India 92/2 ( Abhinav Mukund 40 , Virat Kohli (C) 23)

    Kumara bangs it in to Mukund, who leaps and pulls it behind square for a boundary. Kumara looks to use the short ball strategy against Kohli too but the Indian skipper has decided he isn't going fall for that. Pitches one up and drives it through covers a couple of times, on the fifth ball he gets 2 and the next one is hit towards the fielder for no runs. India's lead now goes over 400.

  • Kohli already looking busy and scoring at better than a run a ball.  Some aggressive batsmanship is required from Mukund too. He is well settled by now and needs to accelerate. Kohli, the longer he stays will become more attacking. The trick for him is to see through the first 30 mins.

  • Virat Kohli has amassed only 87 runs from his last seven Test innings at an average of 12.43 but he has been known to come out of tough times in style. His approach in the rest of the day will decide that how long India will bat tomorrow. 

  • 15:57 (IST)

    FOUR! Virat Kohli starts his innings with a boundary. India resume their innings at 60/2  after rain interrupted play.

  • 15:44 (IST)

  • 14:41 (IST)

    Ominous signs these!

  • The paucity of runs made Mukund meticulous in this innings and he is still at the crease when the play stopped because of rain. Cheteshwar Pujara looked phlegmatic as ever but Sri Lanka's plan worked against him and he was caught by Kusal Mendis at shortish fine leg. India lead by 365 runs and they would like to add another 120 runs for sure at least. 

Stumps, Day 3: Classic example of how batsman mess it right at the end. How many times do we see this? In an attempt to see off the final few minutes of the day, the batsmen get extra cautious and end up committing a false stroke. Mukund is trapped in front, it was a quicker one from Gunathilaka and Mukund's bat never came down. He asked for a referral and the replays confirm the on-field umpire's call. With that, the umpire removes the bails to mark the end of Day 3. India go into Day 4 with a hefty 498-run lead with seven wickets still in hand.


Day 2 review: Pacer Mohammed Shami's twin strikes in a single over put India in the driver's seat in the opening cricket Test as Sri Lanka lost five quick wickets to totter at 154/5 at stumps on the second day at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday.

The home side lost three wickets in quick succession to find themselves trailing by 446 runs in their first innings, with former skipper Angelo Mathews (54) and Dilruwan Perera (6) unbeaten at stumps.

Shami dealt crucial blows to register figures of 2/30 while fellow pacer Umesh Yadav and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a wicket each. India opener Abhinav Mukund made things worse for the hosts by effecting the run-out of in-form Upul Tharanga.

Reduced to 10 men after the loss of all-rounder Asela Gunaratne, who was ruled out with a broken thumb on Wednesday, the hosts were off to a shaky start, losing opener Dimuth Karunaratne (2), debutant Danushka Gunathilaka (16) and Kusal Mendis (0) in the first 15 overs.

Karunaratne was trapped leg before by Umesh while Gunathilaka and Mendis were sent back in the same over by Shami.

Tharanga (64) and Mathews then steadied the ship with a 57-run stand for the fourth-wicket before Mukund's brilliant throw sent back the newly-appointed Sri Lanka One-Day International (ODI) skipper.

Mukund's throw from silly point to stumper Wriddhiman Saha resulted in Tharanga's run-out, who reached the crease but his bat bounced while making the ground.

Incoming batsman Niroshan Dickwella (8) was caught brilliantly by Mukund at silly point after he failed to block the ball and managed only to get the outside edge off a delivery by tweaker Ashwin.

Earlier, a 62-run ninth-wicket stand between debutant Hardik Pandya (50) and Shami (30) helped India post 600 in their first essay.

Pandya's half-century was laced with five boundaries and three sixes while Shami slammed three sixes in his cameo with a strike rate of 100.

Resuming the day at 399/3, the overnight duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane batted cautiously with the Saurashtra right-hander crossing the 150-run mark while Rahane too got to his half-century.

But the tide was destined to turn soon. Pujara was the first to go when pacer Nuwan Pradeep produced an excellent delivery which moved slightly away after pitching at a perfect length on the off-stump.

Pujara was totally outfoxed as the ball took the outer edge on its way into the gloves of Lankan wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella.

Rahane was the next to go. The Mumbai batsman mistimed an attempted drive off Lahiru Kumara only to see the ball take the outer edge and Dimuth Karunaratne pull of a superb diving effort at first slip.

The visitors plunged into further trouble when Wriddhiman Saha (16) and Ashwin (47) also went back in successive overs.

For the hosts, Pradeep (6/132) emerged the pick of the bowlers while fellow pacer Lahiru Kumara took 3/131 and skipper Herath bagged a wicket.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Jul 28, 2017 18:29:13 IST