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.

    https://www.firstpost.com

  • 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.

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



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