22:50 IST Sri Lanka beat India by 7 wickets! 

22:49 IST Umesh Yadav comes back into the attack, Asela pulls the ball, takes a couple of runs towards square leg. He works the next ball towards the third man, takes a single. FOUR! What a shot from Mathews, he hits the ball down the ground. FIFTY for Mathews, scores level! Next ball, a single off the next ball and Mathews makes the winning run. Sri Lanka surprise India, beat them by 7 wickets with 8 balls to spare!

22:45 IST Bumrah continues, a single off the first ball from Asela. A dot ball to follow as it gets fielded at mid off. A single off the next ball towards long on. Asela works the ball towards long off, takes a single. Another single from Mathews towards square leg. One more single to end the over. SL 314/3 in 48 overs.

SL need 13 from 18 balls

22:40 IST Bhuvneshwar continues, Mathews on strike, FOUR! He works that one into the square of the wicket, gets a boundary off the first ball, that will keep things going. A dot ball to follow. He works the next ball into midwicket, takes a couple of runs. He works the ball towards covers for a single. Asela on strike, in the air but safe, did not know how to play that one. A single taken off that ball. A dot ball to finish off the over. SL 309/3 in 47 overs.

SL need 21 from 24 balls

22:36 IST Bumrah comes back into the attack, a single off the first ball from Mathews. SIX! Asela hits that one, almost swept it over fine leg boundary for a maximum, the game is seriously gotten out of the hand. A dot ball to follow, good slower ball from Bumrah. A slower yorker from Bumrah, a couple of runs taken by him. A similar shot of the next ball but exact same ball, a couple of runs taken off that one. 300 up for Sri Lanka! A yorker to finish off the over. SL 301/3 in 46 overs.

SL need 32 from 30 balls

22:31 IST Bhuvneshwar continues, a single off the first ball. Asela flicks the next ball towards on side, takes a couple of runs. FOUR! He pulls the short ball for a boundary towards deep square leg, picked the slower delivery quite easily. A yorker to follow from Bhuvneshwar, a dot ball from him. Another yorker from Bhuvneshwar and another dot ball. FOUR! A boundary from Asela as he finds the gap with precision. SL 290/3 in 45 overs.

SL need 43 from 36 balls

22:26 IST Umesh Yadav continues, Asela Gunaratne comes to bat, back-to-back dot deliveries to him. Three dot deliveries from Umesh, good bowling from him, putting pressure on the new batsman. SIX! Asela shows his true color, gets off the mark in style, a maximum off the first ball. He takes a single off the next ball towards point. Last ball of the over, Mathews on strike, he takes a single off the last ball. SL 279/3 in 44 overs.

SL need 51 from 42 balls!

23:21 IST Bhuvneshwar comes back into bowl, a single off the first ball from Perera. Mathews plays towards long on, takes a single. He comes round the wicket, WIDE! That one was way outside the offstump. Edged but safe, a single towards the third man. Knuckleball from Bhuvneshwar, a single off that one towards midwicket. Perera rocks back into his crease, takes a single towards long on. Last ball of the over, a dot ball to end the over. SL 271/3 in 43 overs.

SL need 57 from 48 balls! 

22:14 IST Umesh Yadav is back into the attack, a yorker from him, beats Mathews, a dot ball. FOUR! Mathews makes room for himself and hits it over deep cover for a boundary. A quick single off the next ball. Perera works the ball towards square leg, takes a single. FOUR! Another boundary for Mathews, he is playing the perfect captain’s knock, another boundary for him. A dot ball to end the over. SL 265/3 in 42 overs.

SL need 67 from 54 balls!

22:09 IST Bumrah continues, Perera takes a single off the first ball towards long on. Mathews takes a quick single, direct hit from Jadeja and Perera would have been trouble. Perera takes a single towards long on. Next ball, good bowling and good fielding from Bumrah, a dot ball. Once again, that one was in the air but just short of the fielder, a single off that one too. India need wickets now. FOUR! Bad fielding from Jadhav, gives away a boundary. SL 255/3 in 41 overs.

SL need 75 off 60 balls!

22:04 IST Yadav continues, Mathews on strike, direct hit and he would have been gone, Jadhav missed the stumps there. FOUR! He hits that one with power, gets it into the deep midwicket boundary. A single off the next ball. FOUR! Perera plays the glance off the hips, a boundary towards the deep square leg. A single off the next ball towards long on. Swing and a miss on the last ball. SL 247/3 in 41 overs.

22:00 IST Bumrah comes into bowl, a dot ball to start the over with. Next bal, Mathews edges it to the third man fielder, takes a single. Perera comes down the wicket, a single there as he edges the ball on to his body. Mathews on strike, he works the ball towards deep covers, takes a single. Perera tries to play the ball fine, a dot ball there as it gets fielded by the short fine leg. A couple of runs towards the third man, takes a couple of runs. SK 237/3 in 40 overs.

21:55 IST Umesh Yadav comes to bowl, Mathews drives it towards covers, takes a couple of runs towards covers. A dot ball to follow as Mathews plays it towards the point fielder. Mathews works the ball into gap, gets three runs, good running between the wickets. Two dot balls to follow. SL 232/3 in 39 overs.

21:50 IST Hardik continues, Mathews on strike, FOUR! He glances that one away for a boundary towards square leg, he would take that with open arms. A quick single off the next ball, Kohli picked the ball towards the midwicket, Mathews survives. Perera comes down the track but his shot finds the mid off, a dot ball. Perera plays the ball towards point, takes a single. One more single as Mathews plays it towards mid on. Last ball of the over, FOUR! Perera succeds in finding a boundary. SL 227/3 in 38 overs.

21:46 IST Jadeja continues, Perera continues, FOUR! That was a reverse sweep from Perera done right, gets a boundary on the first ball. He sweeps on the next ball, a couple of runs off the second ball. A single off the next ball towards midwicket. Mathews takes a single towards long off. Another single from Perera, this time towards point. A single off the last ball of the over. SL 216/3 in 37 overs. 

21:41 IST Hardik Pandya comes back into the attack, Perera takes a single off the first ball. Mathews takes a single off the next ball towards point. A dot ball to follow, good bowling from Pandya. A fuller delivery from Pandya, another dot ball. A single off the next ball. Another dot ball to end the over. SL 206/3 in 36 overs.

21:37 IST Ravindra Jadeja is back into the attack after an expensive first spell. Perera takes a single after playing a dot ball. Mathews on strike, he takes a single towards covers. FOUR! He plays that one into the gap, a boundary for him square of the wicket. A dot ball to follow. A single off the last ball. SL 203/3 in 35 overs.

21:34 IST Angelo Mathews comes to bat, a captain’s knock is needed now. Two dot deliveries from Bhuvneshwar. SL 196/3 in 34 overs.

21:31 IST WICKET! Kusal Mendis run out (Bhuvneshwar) 89(93)

21:31 IST Bhuvneshwar comes back into the attack, bowls a dot delivery to Perera. He takes a single off the next ball. Mendis pulls the ball for a single, he is picking the length of the ball quickly. He has moved to 89. Mendis-Perera wanted a quick single, DIRECT HIT! Is that out? WICKET! SL 196/3.

21:28 IST Kohli continues, Mendis mistimes the ball again, just short of the short covers fielder. A single off the first ball towards mid off. A dot ball to follow. A quick single taken by Perera on the next ball. Good over for Kohli so far. Mendis drives the ball towards covers, takes a single. Meanwhile, Dhoni says, “Last ball Chiku, finish well”. And Kohli responds to it, just a single off the last ball. SL 194/2 in 33 overs.

21:24 IST Jadhav continues, Mendis takes a single off the first ball. Perera sweeps the ball for a single towards midwicket. Mendis sweeps again but mistimes, just a single off that ball. WIDE! That was down the leg side but caused problem for him. Next ball, edged but goes past Dhoni’s gloves, a single taken anyway. Next ball, that one kept too low, a dot ball. A single taken on the last ball of the over. SL 190/2 in 32 overs.

21:21 IST Kohli continues, Mendis on strike, the ball takes a leading edge, far away from Kohli, a single off that ball. Meanwhile, Dhoni is calling Kohli Chiku  and guiding him, telling him what to bowl and what not to. 5 singles from the over, a dot ball to end the over. SL 184/2 in 31 overs.

21:19 IST Jadhav continues, Perera takes a single off the first ball. Mendis on strike, he faces a dot ball. FOUR! That was a loosener from Jadhav, slashed away for a boundary. Three more singles to follow. SL 179/2 in 30 overs.

21:17 IST Kusal Perera comes to bat, he takes a single towards backward square leg, retains strike. SL 171/2 in 28 overs.

21:13 IST WICKET! Gunathilaka run out (U Yadav/Dhoni) 76(72)

21:13 IST Virat Kohli comes to bowl, a short ball to Mendis. FOUR! That was pulled away by Mendis for a boundary towards square leg. Mendis tries to drive the ball towards covers, inside edge, Kohli almost got the wicket there. Danushka works the ball towards square leg, takes a couple of runs. He comes round the wicket to Danushka, meanwhile, Dhoni wants him to bowl full. Next ball, he works it towards square leg, they want a couple of runs, slight mix-up, Dhoni rattles the stumps in a jiffy. Will that be out? It is darn close! WICKET! SL 170/2. 

21:09 IST Kedar Jadhav comes in to bowl, a bowling change from Kohli. He bowls a dot ball to Danushak coming round the wicket to him. A single off the next ball towards long off. A single off the next ball by Mendis, they have not targeted Jadhav yet. Next ball, a fuller delivery from Jadhav, a dot one. A single taken off the next ball towards sweeper cover. Mendis sweeps the ball towards square leg, takes a single. SL 162/1 in 27 overs.

21:05 IST Hardik Pandya continues, a single taken by Danushka on the first ball, quick single. Mendis plays the ball towards the third man, takes a single. In the air and dropped! Rohit Sharma drops Danushka’s catch, that should have been taken. Good effort from Rohit but could not hold on to it. A single taken off that ball and a golden chance missed. FOUR! Mendis hits it over Hardik’s head, a boundary down the ground. FOUR! A short ball from Hardik and Mendis tries to pull it, a boundary for him as the ball takes a top edge and runs towards the boundary. FOUR! He is taking on Pandya, this time connects well. 15 runs from the over, SL 158/1 in 26 overs.

21:01 IST Bumrah continues, Mendis on strike, bowls two dot deliveries. Meanwhile, the crowd is getting India with chants and supporting them to get a breakthrough and make a comeback in the game. Mendis takes a single towards midwicket. Next ball, Danushka plays it towards short covers, a dot ball. A quick single off the next ball by Danushka, good running between the wickets. A dot ball to end the over. SL 143/1 in 25 overs.

20:57 IST Jadeja continues, a dot ball to start with to Mendis. SIX! He came down the wicket and hits the ball over the deep midwicket boundary for a maximum. 50 for Mendis! He will enjoy that one. A single taken off the next ball. A dot ball to follow. FOUR! Reverse sweep from Danushka, gets a boundary. A dot ball to follow. WIDE! An appeal for caught behind but the Umpire says no. FOUR! Another boundary to end the over, SL 141/1 in 24 overs.

20:52 IST Bumrah continues, short of the length delivery to Danushka, a quick single off the first ball. A dot ball to follow to Mendis. He plays the next one towards midwicket, takes a single. Danushka flicks the ball towards backward square leg, takes a single. A slower ball from Bumrah, Mendis defends it with a straight bat. Next ball, a dot one but NO BALL! The next ball will be FREE HIT! Mendis falls on the ground after Bumrah’s yorker, just a single off the last ball. SL 125/1 in 23 overs.

20:48 IST Jadeja continues, Danushka and Mendis are not taking any risks, just working the ball around for singles. Three singles off the first three balls. Mendis plays the next ball back at Jadeja, a dot ball. FOUR! Mendis slog sweeps that one, finds another boundary, he is dominating Jadeja which has been a rare sight in international cricket for a while. A dot ball to end the over. SL 120/1 in 22 overs.

20:45 IST Bumrah continues, India need a wicket soon to get back into the match and put Sri Lankan batsmen under pressure. Danushka takes a single off the first ball. Mendis guides the ball towards the third man. Danushka too plays it with ease, takes a single. Next ball hits Mendis’ pads, a single taken anyway. A dot ball to follow as Danushka plays it with the straight bat. He takes a quick single off the last ball of the over. SL 113/1 in 21 overs.

20:42 IST Jadeja continues, Mendis takes a single off the first ball. Danushka works the ball for a single as well. FOUR! That was a chip shot from Mendis, Yuvraj makes a mess of it. He could not stop it and the ball goes for a boundary. Two dot balls to follow. FOUR! That was short and Mendis put it away for a boundary. SL 108/1 in 20 overs.

20:39 IST Danushka on strike, Pandya continues, a dot ball to start the proceedings after the drin break. SIX! That one is into the crowd. With that maximum, Danushka gets to his 50. Two more singles from the over. SL 98/1 in 19 overs

DRINKS BREAK!

20:31 IST Jadeja comes into the attack, Danushka takes a single off the first ball. A dot one to Mendis, darted into the stumps. A slip in place for him, another dot ball, this one moved away from Mendis. He pushes the next ball towards long on, takes a single. Danushka works the ball for a single behind square. A dot ball to follow. SL 90/1 in 18 overs.

20:28 IST Pandya continues, Mendis plays the first ball square of the wicket, takes a single. FOUR! That was edged but goes past the wicketkeeper Dhoni for a boundary. That is frustrating for Pandya, he did nothing wrong there. He works the next ball towards midwicket, takes a couple of runs. He moves on to 43 there. A dot ball to follow as Jadeja fields it in point region. He takes a single off the next ball. WIDE! That was way too short and way above Mendis’ head. Another short ball, Mendis pulls it, a couple of runs off the last ball. SL 87/1 in 17 overs.

20:24 IST Bumrah to Danushka, bowled that one into his pads, a dot ball to start the over with. Next ball, edge goes past Jadeja, a single taken off that one. Another one angled into the stumps, Mendis defends it, a dot ball. Mendis works the ball towards mid on, takes a single. A huge lbw shout from Bumrah but the Umpire says no, maybe, height was a factor there. FOUR! That was dispatched with disdain, a boundary to end the over. SL 76/1 in 16 overs.

20:20 IST Hardik Pandya continues, Mendis on strike, starts off with a dot ball. Next ball, in the air and falls just short of Dhawan, Mendis survives. Next ball, Mendis tried to cut that one, finds the fielder, a dot ball. A bouncer from Hardik, Mendis lets it go, another dot ball. A straight drive from Mendis, Hardik drops the catch on follow through, a dot ball anyway. A maiden over for Pandya. SL 70/1 in 15 overs.

20:16 IST Bumrah continues, Danushka plays it into the gap, takes a couple of runs. Next ball, in the air, just short off Virat Kohli, a dot ball. A short ball from Bumrah, that one was dangerous, surprised Danushka, he does well to leave that one. A quick single off the next ball, that would have been close had Kohli picked the ball and threw that one on the non-striker end. Mendis works the next ball towards overs, takes a single. FOUR! That one was short and hits the thigh pads of Danushka, a boundary to end the over. SL 70/1 in 14 overs.

20:12 IST Hardik Pandya comes to bowl, Danushka takes a quick single off the first ball. Next ball, that was into Mendis’ pads, a dot ball. A short ball from Hardik, that one surprised Mendis. Another short ball, Mendis pulls the ball towards fine leg, Bumrah cuts it off, just a single taken. Danushka tries to cut it but finds the point fielder, a dot ball. He tries to slice that one, gets just a single. SL 62/1. in 13 overs.

20:08 IST Jasprit Bumrah comes to bowl, that one hurried onto Mendis, a dot ball, 141 kmph. Next ball, that was angled into him, a dot ball. FOUR! Mendis played that one on the up, chipped over the offside field, a boundary for him. Another one timed well but this time finds the fielder, a single off that ball. Danushka on strike, he works the ball towards the third man for a single. A dot ball to finish off the over. SL 59/1 in 12 overs.

20:04 IST Bhuvneshwar continues, into his 6th over, Mendis takes a single towards cover-point. Danushka takes a single towards square leg. Next ball, in the air, FOUR! That one runs towards the boundary, top edge off the bat. A dot ball to follow, another short one from Bhuvneshwar. He works the next ball towards deep midwicket, Pandya rushes towards the ball but a couple of runs taken. A single off the last ball of the over. SL 53/1 in 11 overs.

19:59 IST Umesh Yadav to Danushka, a dot ball to start with. He comes round the wicket to him, FOUR! That was an elegant shot, what timing, what power, splendid shot. A dot ball to follow. Danushka takes a single off the next ball towards mid on. Mendis plays the ball towards mid wicket, a dot ball. He takes a single off the last ball, retains strike. SL 44/1 in 10 overs.

19:56 IST Bhuvneshwar continues, good bowling from him. Mendis managed to get a boundary from the over. SL 38/1 in 9 overs.

19:52 IST Umesh Yadav continues, Danushka on strike, SIX! That;s way into the stands, first maximum of the innings, he has started to show his true colors. He plays the next ball into the gap, gets a couple of runs. Next ball, FOUR! He gets into the position quickly and pierces the offside field for a boundary towards covers. A dot ball to follow. Two more dot balls to follow, SL 34/1 in 8 overs.

19:48 IST Bhuvneshwar continues, a single taken on the first ball of the over by Danushka. Mendis pulls the next ball towards square leg, takes a single. Danushka cuts the next ball towards the third man, takes a single, he has started to settle now. A dot to follow as Mendis defends the ball on the back foot. Mendis works the next ball for a couple of runs. SL 22/1 in 7 overs.

19:43 IST Umesh Yadav continues, Mendis on strike, two slips in place for him. He is finding it tough against the pacer, beaten and mistiming the ball. He takes a single off the fourth ball edged towards the third man. Danushka takes a single towards midwicket. Last ball of the over, Mendis defends it inside the crease. SL 17/1. in 6 overs.

19:38 IST Mendis comes to bat but Danushka is on strike, he plays a dot ball. FOUR! He finds the first boundary, that will release pressure off him. SL 15/1 in 5 overs.

19:36 IST WICKET! Dickwella c  Jadeja b Bhuvneshwar 7(18)

19:36 IST Bhuvneshwar bowls a slower ball to start with to Dickwella, a dot ball as he could not pick that one up. Next ball, that was fast and furious, excellent bowling from Bhuvneshwar. Another dot ball as Dickwella defends the short of the length delivery on the back foot. Edged and gone, Dickwella departs. SL 11/1.

19:33 IST Yadav continues, Dickwella on strike, good bowling from the Indian pacer, bowls a dot ball to start the over with. WIDE! That was way too short, he followed the batsman but ended up banging it too short. Next ball, that was a loosener from Umesh, a single taken by Dickwella. Next ball, Danushka keeps the scoreboard moving, takes another single. Umesh follows Dickwella again, unsettles him, a dot ball. He pulls the ball for a single towards fine leg. A dot ball to finish off the over. SL 11/0 in 4 overs.

19:29 IST Dickwella on strike, Bhuvneshwar continues, he flicks the ball towards fine leg for a single. An lbw shout off the next ball but the Umpire says no. Danushka lets the next ball go towards the wicketkeeper, a dot ball. He plays the next one towards mid off, takes a quick single. Dickwella takes the aerial route, that’s in the air and safe! Just a single for him towards long on. A dot ball to finish off the over. SL 7/0 in 3 overs

19:25 IST Umesh Yadav to open the bowling from the other end, a dot ball to Danushka to start with. He takes a single off the next ball towards midwicket. A fuller delivery from Yadav to Dickwella, a dot ball.  He takes a single off the next. Umesh is bwoling a tight line, two more dot deliveries from the over. SL 4/0 in 2 overs.

19:21 IST Niroshan Dickwella comes to bat, he defends the first ball from Bhuvneshwar, he will try to play himself in. Another dot to follow, Bhuvneshwar is hitting the right line and length. Next ball, that was on the pads, Dickwella works it away towards the midwicket for a couple of runs as Umesh Yadav cuts it off.The third Umpire is looking into it, will that be a boundary? No, just a couple of runs. Next ball, chance for a direct hit, misses the stumps, Danushka almost runs himself out! A dot ball to end the over. SL 2/0 in 1 over.

19:18 IST Sri Lankan openers have come out to bat, will they be able to chase down the gigantic total? Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be opening the bowling attack.

19:11 IST The rain has not affected the match yet. Will it play spoilsport in the second innings, stay tuned to find out!

18:51 IST Sri Lanka need 322 to beat India and stay alive in the tournament.

18:48 IST Jadhav on strike, SIX! He sends that into the crowd, a much-needed maximum. That’s a meaty blow from Jadhav. A dot to follow. FOUR! That was pulled towards the square leg for a boundary, that was swept but Jadhav, he is playing a little cameo here. FOUR! Another boundary, that will take the score to 321, that’s a mammoth score for Sri Lanka to chase. IND 321/6 in 50 overs.

18:44 IST WICKET! Dhoni c Chandimal b Thisara Perera 63(52)

18:44 IST Perera to bowl the last over, Jadhav takes a single off the last ball and gets off strike. Dhoni on strike, in the air but caught! Dhoni has to depart. IND 307/6.

18:43 IST Jadhav on strike, he takes a single off the first ball, gets Dhoni on strike. Dhoni pushes the ball towards deep midwicket, good bowling from Malinga. A dot ball to follow, Malinga is putting pressure on Dhoni. A single taken off the next ball towards mid off. Jadhav on strike. He flicks the ball towards midwicket, takes a single. Last ball of the over, FOUR! A boundary to end the over. IND 306/5 in 49 overs.

18:39 IST Perera continues his over, Jadhav on strike, a dot ball to follow. He takes a single off the next ball towards point. SIX! Dhoni hits that one into the crowd, that was a World Cup flashback. IND 297/5 in 48 overs.

18:36 IST Dhoni reaches 50 off 46 balls after playing two dot balls off Perera’s over. IND 290/5.

18:34 IST Jadhav on strike, Pradeep comes to bowl, he takes a single off the first ball. Dhoni on strike, he is on 48 now. He takes a single after playing a dot ball. India need boundaries now to get the score to 320-330. Next ball, WIDE! Another wide from Lakmal, this time down the leg side. Jadhav comes down the track, takes a couple of runs, good running between the wickets. Jadhav tries to pierce the offside field but finds the fielder, a dot ball there. FOUR! That was down the leg side, goes towards the boundary. IND 289/5 in 47 overs.

18:30 IST Kedar Jadhav comes to bat but he is offstrike. Dhoni takes a couple of runs followed by a dot ball. IND 280/5 in 46 overs.

18:28 IST WICKET! Hardik Pandya c Kusal Perera b Lakmal 9(5)

18:28 IST Lakmal continues, Dhoni slaps the ball towards deep cover, takes a single off the first ball of the over, gets Pandya on strike. WIDE! Pandya lets it go, that one went outside the offstump. A slower one from Lakmal, Pandya could not get bat on that one, a dot ball. SIX! That was just flicked the ball towards square leg, that’s what he is supposed to do. Next ball, in the air and gone! Hardik departs. IND 278/5.

18:24 IST Hardik Pandya comes to bat but he is offstrike. Dhoni on strike, Malinga continues his over, FOUR! He guides the ball fine towards fine leg, gets a boundary. He takes a single and brings Hardik Pandya on strike. Will he repeat the heroics of Edgbaston against Pakistan? He pulls the ball towards midwicket, gets a couple of runs, good running between the wickets. Pandya takes a single off the next ball towards square leg. Last ball of the over, Dhoni on strike, a single off the last ball. IND 270/4 in 45 overs.

18:19 IST WICKET! Dhawan c Mendis b Malinga 125 (128) IND 261/4.

18:18 IST Lakmal continues, he bowls a wide delivery to Dhoni. He hits Dhawan with that ball, manages just a single off that one. Dhawan on strike, Lakmal comes round the wicket, a single taken towards fine leg. WIDE! That is way outside the offstump line, Lakmal is clearly under pressure from Dhoni, he has two wides in this over. FOUR! That was struck with brute force, hits the full toss for a boundary, he has moved to 38 now. Chants of Dhoni-Dhoni in the crowd. He takes a single off the next ball down the ground. Dhawan tries the scoop shot again, could not get it right, a dot ball. He pulls the ball towards square leg, takes a single, retains strike. IND 261/3 in 44 overs.

18:12 IST Malinga continues, bowls a slower delivery to Dhawan, the ball takes a top edge, good effort at the boundary but it goes one bounce over the rope. A single off the next ball, he has moved on to 121 now, going exactly at run-a-ball. Slower bouncer from Malinga, Dhoni works it towards square leg for a single. Dhawan comes down the ground, mistimed it down the ground, a couple of runs taken, good running between the wickets. 250 up for India! Dhawan cuts the ball but straight to the fielder, a dot ball. Another dot ball as Dhawan plays it straight to the point fielder. IND 251/3 in 43 overs. 

18:06 IST Nuwan Pradeep continues, Dhoni takes a single off the first ball. SIX! Dhawan played that one over fine leg boundary for a maximum, that one was 81 meters into the crowd. FOUR! Dhoni makes the full use of the full toss and he swings the bat towards deep midwicket boundary. FOUR! Another yorker gone wrong, Dhoni converts it into a full toss, another boundary, this time towards covers. Last ball of the over, a dot one to end the over. IND 243/3 in 42 overs.

18:00 IST Lakmal continues, Dhoni on strike, he takes a single off the first ball and gets Dhawan on strike. Dhawan plays the full delivery from Lakmal towards long on, takes a single, wait! overthrow, a single more taken by Dhawan. He is back on strike. FOUR! That was muscled down the ground, another boundary for him, the fielder at long off had no chance despite being straighter. He tried for the scoop shot but did not get right, just a single towards square leg. Dhoni takes a quick single as the ball hits his pads. Last ball of the over, Dhawan on strike, that was full and wide, missed. IND 227/3 in 41 overs.

17:55 IST Pradeep continues, Dhoni on strike, FOUR! A boundary off the first ball, he has started to shift gears now. Dhoni takes a single off the next ball. Dhawan on strike, FOUR! A boundary from Dhawan, he reaches his 10th century in ODIs. He is delighted to get that one. Dhawan played the pick up shot to deep midwicket, takes a single. Dhoni too takes a single and retains strike. IND 218/3 in 40 overs.

17:50 IST Lakmal is back into the attack, Dhoni on strike, he plays it towards covers on the back foot, a dot ball. Dhoni drives the ball towards covers, takes a single. Dhawan on strike, Lakmal is not giving him much room,  another dot ball. A couple of runs off the next ball. FOUR! Dhawan pulls the ball for a boundary towards square leg. Dhawan plays the last ball towards point, a dot ball, he has moved to 97. IND 207/3 in 39 overs.

17:45 IST Dhoni on strike, Asela continues, a dot ball to start the over. Dhoni tries the paddle sweep, a dot ball as it hits the pads from around the stumps. A dot ball to follow. Dhawan plays the ball towards covers, takes a single. Dhoni goes on the back foot and takes a single towards covers. 200 up for India. IND 200/3 in 38 overs.

17:41 IST Danushka back into the attack, a single taken by Dhawan on the first ball. Dhoni on strike, he plays the ball towards short covers in awkward fashion. He plays the next one in that region only, another dot ball. FOUR! He works the ball between the square leg and short fine leg fielder, a boundary for Dhoni. He takes a single off the next ball in the same region. A dot ball to end the over. IND 197/3 in 37 overs.

17:38 IST Asela continues, Dhawan takes a single off the first ball towards long on. Dhoni works the next ball for a quick single towards mid off. Dhawan on strike, he tries to work the ball past square leg fielder, a dot ball. Dhawan pushes the ball towards long on, takes a single. A dot ball to follow to Dhoni. Leading edge but safe. IND 191/3 in 36 overs.

17:35 IST Lakmal comes back into the attack, Dhawan takes a single off the first ball. Dhoni on strike, he plays a dot ball, he is taking his customary time to get accustomed to situations. He leaves the next ball, no shot offered. SIX! What a way to get off the mark, cut that one away for a maximum over backward point. Typical Dhoni shot. He works the next ball towards midwicket, takes a single. Dhawan defends the ball and gets a quick single. IND 188/3 in 35 overs.

17:30 IST MS Dhoni comes to bat, he will take strike for the first time in ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Dhoni plays the ball back to Asela, a dot ball. Next ball, a huge lbw appeal from him. Mathews had a talk and opted for DRS. But, the ball is pitched well outside leg stump. Dhoni survives. Next ball, he plays it towards square leg. IND 179/3 in 34 overs.

17:25 IST WICKET! Yuvraj b Gunaratne 7(18)

17:25 IST Asela Gunaratne comes into bowl, Dhawan takes a single off the second ball of the over. Next ball, bowled! that one went right through, coming round the wicket Asela bowled a full delivery. Yuvraj was struggling against the spin bowling, soft dismissal for his standards. WICKET! IND 179/3.

17:20 IST Danushka continues, he is not letting Dhawan or Yuvraj attack now. The run rate has slowed down and the boundaries have been hard to come by. Just 4 singles from the over. IND 178/2 in 33 overs.

17:17 IST Perera continues, starts off with a dot ball to Dhawan. He glances the next ball towards square leg for a single. Yuvraj plays the short ball towards mid on, just a single off that one. In the air and safe, that one was edged towards point, a single taken anyway. Yuvraj pulls the next ball towards square leg, takes a couple of runs. Dhawan plays the next ball towards short cover, a dot ball. IND 174/2 in 32 overs.

17:13 IST Danushka continues, Dhawan takes a single off the second ball. He is causing problems for Yuvraj, back-to-back dot balls to him. Just a single from the over. IND 170/2 in 31 overs.

17:11 IST Perera continues, Dhawan on strike, he defends the ball on the back foot, a dot ball. Dhawan could not time that one, meanwhile he is dancing on the field, that’s hilarious to witness. He takes a single off the next ball. Yuvraj works the next ball towards backward square leg, takes a single. Next ball, the short ball hits Dhawan on the body, a dot ball there. He works the next ball towards fine leg for a single. IND 169/2 in 30 overs.

17:07 IST Danushka back into the attack, a single taken on the first ball for Yuvraj. FOUR! Dhawan hammers the ball, this time towards wide off, he is not sparing anyone. He takes a single off the next ball, moves to 77 from 84 balls. Yuvraj defends the next ball, a dot one. Whoa! Yuvraj swings his bat but could not get bat on it, a dot ball. One more dot ball to end the over. IND 166/2 in 29 overs.

17:03 IST Pradeep continues, that one was on Dhawan’s pads, a couple of runs taken on that one. Dhawan takes a single towards the square of the wicket. Yuvraj on strike, he defends the ball on the front foot and sneaks a quick single. Dhawan cuts the next ball hard, a dot ball as Danushka puts in a dive to save the boundary. FOUR! Dhawan pulls the ball towards square leg, gets another boundary, he is hitting the ball well, might score a hundred today. FOUR! That one was timed with precision, another boundary, this time towards point. IND 160/2 in 28 overs.

16:59 IST Malinga continues, he comes round the wicket to Dhawan, bowls a full delivery, well defended inside the crease. FOUR! That was short and asking to be hit, Dhawan hits that one towards midwicket boundary, that will take the pressure off. A fuller delivery from Malinga, Dhawan misses it, a dot ball. Another dot ball from Malinga, good comeback after getting hit for a boundary. FOUR! That was pure class from Dhawan, marvelous cover drive for him. He drives again, but this time towards point, gets a single. IND 148/2 in 27 overs.

16:55 IST Yuvraj Singh comes to bat, he defends the first ball he faces with a straight bat. IND 139/2 in 26 overs.

16:53 IST WICKET! Kohli c Dickwella b Pradeep 0(5)

16:53 IST Pradeep continues, Dhawan on strike, he flicks the ball for a single off the first ball. Kohli gets on strike, he pushes the ball towards the covers, a dot ball. Kohli lets the next ball go, it was almost a wide inviting Kohli to hammer it past covers, A dot ball to follow as Kohli pushes the ball towards covers, no run off that one. Edged and gone, WICKET! Kohli departs. IND 139/2.

16:49 IST Virat Kohli comes to bat, he defends the first ball from Malinga. IND 138/1 in 25 overs.

16:49 IST WICKET! Rohit c Thisara Perera b Malinga 78(79) 

16:47 IST A dot ball from Malinga to follow to Dhawan. He takes a single off the next ball. SIX! Rohit hits the ball towards fine leg, another maximum for him, the top edge traveled for a maximum. In the air and gone, WICKET! 

16:44 IST Dhawan gets to his 50 from 69 balls.

16:43 IST Perera continues, a dot ball to start the over with. Dhawan comes down the wicket, that one did not get timed that well, a dot ball. The next ball hits his pads, just a single off that one. Rohit takes a single towards point. Dhawan defends the ball on the back foot, a dot ball. Meanwhile, rain plays spoilsport, the rain is coming down at Kennington Oval. Dhawan takes a single off the next ball. IND 127/0 in 24 overs.

16:39 IST Malinga comes back into the attack, WIDE! he starts off with a wide ball to Dhawan. A dot ball to follow. Dhawan comes down the track trying to work the ball past covers, a single taken as the ball gets past the fielder’s grasp. Rohit on strike, that one nipped back in, a dot ball. FOUR! That one was flashed towards the covers, another boundary for Rohit. He pulls the ball towards square leg, takes a single. Last ball of the over, Dhawan pulls the ball towards deep square leg, takes a single. IND 124/0 in 23 overs. 

16:34 IST Perera continues, Rohit takes a single off the first ball. Dhawan plays a dot ball followed by a single off the next. Rohit is not looking to attack Perera upfront. Two more dot balls to follow. IND 116/0 in 22 overs.

16:32 IST Danushka continues, Rohit takes a couple of runs off that ball. A dot ball to follow. FOUR! Another boundary for Rohit, he is on song now. Two dot balls to follow, good comeback from Danushka. A single off the last ball of the over. IND 114/0 in 21 overs.

16:27 IST Perera continues, Rohit defends the ball on the back foot, a dot one. SIX! Rohit pulls the ball, a fielder is there at the boundary. DROPPED! Rohit gets to his FIFTY! Second fity on the trot for Rohit in this tournament. A dot ball to follow. SIX! That one was flat, Rohit is trying to break-free now, a splendid shot from him. He plays the next ball with a straight bat, fuller delivery from Perera. A single taken off the last ball. IND 107/0 in 20 overs.

16:23 IST Danushka continues, Rohit takes a single towards covers. Dhawan works the ball towards midwicket, takes a single. Another single taken, Rohit is keeping the scorecard moving. Next ball, Dhawan plays towards short mid on, a dot ball. Dhawan goes down the track but mistimes the ball, second dot ball of the over. He drives the ball through covers, takes a couple of runs. IND 94/0 in 19 overs.

16:20 IST Perera continues, Rohit on strike, he takes a single off the first ball towards the third man. Next ball, Dhawan tries to take a quick single but denied, a dot ball. Dhawan plays the next ball towards backward square leg, takes a single. Rohit defends the next ball, a dot one. A huge lbw shout on the next ball but the Umpire denies him, DRS not taken. Rohit takes as ingle off the last ball of the over. IND 89/0 in 18 overs.

16:14 IST Danushka continues, Rohit takes a single, meanwhile, he also reached 1,000 ODI runs against Sri Lanka. Dhawan on strike, he sweeps the ball but it hits his pads, a single taken anyway. FOUR! Rohit sweeps and succeeds, hits the ball towards fine leg, Malinga puts in a dive but could not save the boundary. Rohit mistimes the next ball, just a single taken towards covers. A dot ball to follow, Dhawan plays it towards mid off. Another dot ball to end the over. IND 86/0 in 17 overs.

16:09 IST Pradeep continues, Rohit takes a single off the first ball. Dhawan on strike, that one square him up, whizzes past the outside edge. Dhawan takes a single off the first ball. Rohit works the ball for another single. In the air but safe, Dhawan gets a single towards square leg. One more single to end the over. IND 79/0 in 16 overs.

16:06 IST Danushka comes to bowl, FOUR! Dhawan sweeps the ball for a boundary, welcomes the spinner with a boundary. He takes a single off the third ball. One more single off the over, Danushka makes a good comeback in his first over. IND 74/0 in 15 overs.

16:03 IST Pradeep continues, Dhawan takes a single off the first ball, gets Rohit on strike. Rohit could not get the ball past the 30-yard circle, two dot balls. Rohit works the ball towards midwicket, takes a couple of runs, good running between the wickets. Rohit plays the ball towards the square of the wicket, takes a single. Dhawan takes a single towards midwicket. IND 68/0 in 14 overs.

15:59 IST Thisara Perera comes into bowl, starts off with a dot ball to Rohit. He takes a single off the next towards sweeper cover. Dhawan works the next ball towards midwicket, takes a single. Rohit pushes the next ball towards covers, another dot ball as it gets fielded inside the circle. A yorker to follow, Rohit defends the ball on the back foot, a dot ball. Rohit pulls the next ball towards square leg, takes a couple of runs. IND 63/0 in 13 overs.

15:54 IST Pradeep continues, Rohit defends the first ball of the over. He drives the next ball through covers, a couple of runs taken off that one. Rohit pulls the next ball towards square leg, takes a single. FIVE WIDES! That was a short ball gone wrong, misses the wicketkeeper and runs towards the boundary, that is just a gift to the India side. Dhawan defends the next ball, no run. Another dot ball as Dhawan plays the ball towards covers fielder. One more dot ball, IND 59/0 in 12 overs.

15:50 IST Rohit on strike, he takes a single off the first ball off Lakmal’s over. Next ball, it hits Dhawan, just a single off that one. 50 up for India! Rohit defends the ball on the back foot, no run. Rohit tries to work the next ball towards covers, ends up defending it, another dot ball. Rohit flicks the ball towards midwicket, takes an easy single. A dot ball to finish off the over. IND 51/0 in 11 overs.

End of powerplay overs

15:46 IST Pradeep continues, Dhawan defends the ball on the back foot, a dot ball. He plays the next ball towards the third man, takes a single. Rohit defends the next ball, awkwardly saves it from going towards the stumps, a dot ball. Rohit tries to paddle the next ball, survives, just a single taken off that one. Dhawan pushes the ball towards covers, a dot ball. IND 48/0 in 10 overs.

15:47 IST Lakmal comes back into the attack, Rohit defends the first ball, a dot one. FOUR! Rohit pulls that one and pulls it hard, no need to run for that one. He takes a single off the next one, a quick one. Dhawan guides the ball towards the third man, takes a single. Rohit lets the next ball go to the wicketkeeper’s hands. FOUR! He muscles that one through the covers, another boundary. IND 46/0 in 9 overs.

15:37 IST Nuwan Pradeep comes to bowl, Dhawan just defends the ball on the back foot and takes singleck singe, good running between the wickets. Rohit on strike, he defends the first ball on the front foot, tries to take a single, WHOA! direct hit and Rohit would have been a goner. A dot ball to follow after that. Dhawan guides the ball towards the third man for a single. A dot ball to follow, Rohit takes a single off the last ball. IND 36/0 in 8 overs.

15:32 IST Malinga continues, Dhawan defends the first ball of the over. He drives the next one, a bit slower from Dhawan, fielded inside the circle, no run. Dhawan cuts again, but could not clear the point fielder, another dot ball. Dhawan drives again but this time with more power, the fielder deflects it but could not stop a couple of runs. Short ball from Malinga, Rohit pulls it towards the fine leg for a single. A quick single off the next ball. IND 32/0 in 7 overs.

15:28 IST Lakmal continues, Rohit on strike, he works the ball towards backward point, takes a single. Dhawan on strike, he defends that one, a dot ball. FOUR! Dhawan comes down the ground and drives the ball through covers and finds the gap, another boundary for him. FOUR! Dhawan pulls the short delivery, could not time it but gets a top edge, back-to-back boundaries for Dhawan, he is trying to break-free. Dhawan plays the ball towards point, takes a quick single, good running between the wickets. Rohit defends the last ball of the over. IND 27/0. in 6 overs.

15:23 IST Malinga continues, Rohit on strike, width offered on that occasion and Rohit capitalises it. A single taken as third man fielder cuts it off. Dhawan on strike, a fuller delivery from Malinga, missed, a dot ball. Another yorker from Malinga, this time Dhawan digs it out to covers, another dot ball. Malinga is not letting Dhawan break free, one more dot to follow. Dhawan tries to drive the fuller delivery from Malinga, could not get it beyond the 30-yard circle, a dot ball. Last ball, FOUR! Dhawan dispatched that one with disdain, drives it through the covers. IND 17/0 in 5 overs.

15:18 IST Lakmal continues, Dhawan on strike, he defends the first ball staying in his crease. Next ball, Dhawan cuts the ball towards point, a dot ball as the point fielder puts in a dive, a round of applause for that effort from the audience. Another dot to follow, good bowling from Lakmal. Next ball, takes an inside edge off Dhawan’s bat and on to his pads, another dot ball. Next ball, Dhawan defends again, not a single run scored in 5 balls of 4th over. Last ball of the over, a dot to end the over, a maiden for Lakmal. IND 12/0.

15:14 IST Malinga continues, Rohit defends the first ball of the over. Rohit cuts the next ball for a single towards the third man, Dhawan on strike. He takes a quick single inside the circle. A dot to follow, Malinga makes a comeback as he is hitting the right lengths. Next ball, Rohit defends it on the front foot, no runs scored. Rohit pushes the next ball towards mid off, a dot ball to finish off the over. IND 12/0 in 3 overs.

15:10 IST Suranga Lakmal to open the bowling from the other end. Dhawan on strike, he defends the first ball on the back foot, not willing to attack that one. FOUR! Dhawan cuts the ball in his typical fashion, finds a boundary, gets off the mark. Next ball, he lets that one go to the wicketkeeper, shoulders arms. Next ball, Dhawan cuts again, this time the ball brushes the hands of the point fielder, a couple of runs taken by Dhawan towards the square of the wicket. He defends the last ball of the over. IND 10/0 in 2 overs.

16:05 IST Lasith Malinga opens the bowling for Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma on strike, FOUR! That was a loosener from Malinga, Rohit plays that one for a boundary. That’s a good start for India. Good comeback from the next three balls as Maling finds his line and length. Next ball, Rohit drives but straight to the fielder, no run. He lets the last ball go into wicketkeeper’s hands, just 4 runs from the over. IND 4/0 in 1 over.

14:56 IST Players walk out for their respective national anthems!

Sri Lanka Playing XI: Niroshan Dickwella(w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

14:40 IST: Sri Lanka win toss, opt to bowl. Three changes, Tharanga, Kapugedara and Seekkuge out. Angelo Matthews, Thisara Perera and Danushka come in.

14: 10 IST: As both the teams have arrived at the stadium, the toss will be held at 14: 30 IST.  The London weather might dampen the match with forecasts of 40 per cent chance of heavy rainfall.

Welcome to inUth’s lcoverage of India vs Sri Lanka clash from Kennington Oval, London. The race for the semi-finals gets intense in the Match 8 of Group B as this game will be a knockout game for Sri Lanka. On the other hand, winning this game will mean that India get through to the semis and become the second team to do so in the tournament. Their net run rate is on the roof (+3.02) after beating Pakistan by a big margin. They would be looking to continue their winning run against Sri Lanka as well and become the first team with the biggest winning streak in Champions Trophy tournaments.

Pitch Conditions:
Overall the pitch seems to be helping the batsmen but swing bowlers might play a role as well. With India’s batting lineup in fine form expect a big score at Oval if they bat first. But, it is not a pitch where you just walk out in the middle and start playing you shots unless you are Yuvraj Singh who changed the previous game as well.

Rain Threat:
The rain threat is pretty evident at Kennington Oval. We might witness a rain-curtailed match if rain plays spoilsport which has a decent possibility as well. It seems like players, commentators and every person around the world covering the match might have to do overtime once again.

DLS method:
The DLS method went India’s way the previous time as they did not lose many wickets in the first innings. But as MS Dhoni said even ICC don’t know how DLS works. It might play a major role in this match and the captains will have an eye on the DLS  par score sheet.

The importance of toss:
The team winning the toss will surely look to bowl first as the team batting second usually benefit in a rain-curtailed match like Pakistan did against South Africa. Toss will be crucial in India vs Sri Lanka match.

Squads: 

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane