India had a ripper of a Day 2 as all odds favoured them. It was Hardik Pandya at first who smashed Sri Lankan bowlers all over the park for fours and sixes. His maiden Test ton broke records and took India to a more than the respectable total in the first innings. The score of 487 turned out to be too good for Sri Lankan batsmen as they crumbled against Indian bowlers. It seemed like they were in a hurry to lose wickets. Sri Lanka’s first innings got wrapped up in 37.4 overs as they could only score 135 runs.
Kuldeep Yadav took 4 wickets in the first innings destroying the Sri Lankan batting lineup. He was accompanied by Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin who picked 2 wickets each. Pandya too chipped in with a wicket. Kuldeep also got the crucial wicket of Kusal Mendis through a runout.
Sri Lanka are currently trailing by a whopping 333 runs. They were asked to follow on by Indian skipper and it turned out to be a good decision. Opener Upul Tharanga once again got out early leaving his team in danger. They are currently 15 for 1 as Night Watchman Malinda Pushpakumara survives.
Day 2, Stumps!
17:31 IST Last over of the day, Ashwin to bowl. He tries a few variations but Pushpakumara manages to survive all of them. SL 19/1 in 13 overs
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17:29 IST Kuldeep comes to bowl, Yadavs from both ends. Karunaratne on strike, he has done well so far but Kuldeep is on song. He almost knocks him over on the third ball. He is causing all sorts of problem for the batsman. FOUR! He cuts the ball and gets it past the point fielder for a boundary. Last ball of the over, a dot ball to finish off the over. SL 19/01 in 12 overs
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17:26 IST Umesh continues, Malinda Pushpakumara, the Night Watchman comes to bat, he survives the remaining two balls. SL 15/1 in 11 overs
17:23 IST WICKET! Tharanga b U Yadav 7(31) He dragged the ball into his stumps losing his wicket early on in the innings once again. SL 15/1 in 10.4 overs
17:20 IST Ashwin is just not letting them off the hook. He is constantly bowling the ball in the area which makes the batsman uncertain whether to defend or go for the shot. Just a single from the over for Tharanga. SL 13/0 in 10 overs
17:17 IST Umesh Yadav comes to bowl after incurring a minor injury. He bowls the ball into the wickets, Tharanga defends it. Two more dot balls as he looks to defend. He drives the next ball towards covers, a dot ball as it gets fielded inside the circle. He plays the ball towards backward point, takes a single. SL 12/0 in 9 overs
17:12 IST Ashwin continues, bowls his third maiden over, this time to Karunaratne. SL 11/0 in 8 overs
17:11 IST Karunaratne on strike, not even a single run has been scored from the previous 4 overs. He is either leaving the ball or playing it defensive towards the offside. Shami is happy to keep the scoreboard stagnant, he knows Karunaratne will take chances at some point in time. A single off the fifth ball of the over, after almost 5 overs. Another dot ball to end the over. SL 11/0 in 7 overs
17:07 IST Ashwin to Tharanga, the ball spins away from him and beats him, a dot ball. He pushes the next one back to the bowler, a dot ball. He plays the ball towards mid on, a dot ball. He goes back into the crease and plays the ball towards cover-point, a dot ball. That one did not spin much, another maiden over for Ashwin. SL 10/0 in 6 overs
17:05 IST Shami to continue, Karunaratne on strike, he is not willing to lose any more wickets in the last session of the game and showing signs of resilience. Kohli will be regretting his decision to make Sri Lanka follow on if the Sri Lankan openers get going. Another maiden over. SL 10/0 in 5 overs
17:01 IST Ashwin continues, Tharanga is just watching the ball closely and playing according to it’s trajectory. A maiden over for him. SL 10/0 in 4 overs
16:59 IST Karunaratne on strike, Shami continues, he plays that one towards covers, a dot ball. Next ball, nasty! That one hit him on his shoulder, he is on the ground struggling. He anticipated more bounce from the pitch and ended up getting hit on the shoulder and the helmet. He is playing again after being attended by the physio. He ducks the next ball too, this time the bounce stays true to it’s nature. He leaves the next ball, a dot one. Two dot balls to follow. A maiden over for Shami. SL 10/0 in 3 overs
16:53 IST Tharanga on strike, Ashwin comes to bowl, he plays the first ball towards mid on, a dot ball. He defends the next ball, a dot one. Another one defended by Tharanga, he stays in the crease and plays it. A similar shot off a delivery that was on middle-leg stump. FOUR! Off the mark with a boundary, good shot to end the over. SL 10/0 in 2 overs
16:51 IST Karunaratne on strike as Shami comes to bowl round the wicket. He plays it towards deep square leg, picks up a couple of runs straight away. FOUR! That one was angled in and a full-pitched delivery, a boundary towards deep midwicket boundary. A huge appeal off the next ball, turned down by the Umpire, a dot ball. He lets the next ball go, a dot ball. Late swing on that ball, misses the stumps. SL 6/0 in 1 over
16:44 IST Sri Lanka trail by 352 runs as the come out to follow on. Virat Kohli & Co are on the field and raring to have a second go at the Sri Lankan batsmen.
16:34 IST WICKET! Lakshan Sandakan c Dhawan b Ashwin 10(24) SL 135 all out in 37.4 overs
16:33 IST Kuldeep will be looking for his first fifer. Lahiru Kumara defends the first ball. SL 135/9 in 37 overs
16:30 IST WICKET! Vishwa Fernando b Kuldeep Yadav 0(10) Kuldeep beats Fernando all hands up, he has taken his fourth wicket now. SL 135/9 in 36.5 overs
16:30 IST Just one single from Kuldeep’s over. FOUR! Sandakan takes on Ashwin, gets a boundary towards mid on. FOUR! One more boundary from the over, Ashwin is trying to lure the batsman and they are using it to their best effect. India are desperately looking to get rid of tailenders. SL 135/8 in 36 overs
16:22 IST Ashwin is making life tough for Sandakan on the pitch. Attacking field for him, he takes a single and gets off the mark on the fifth ball of the over. An half-hearted appeal from Ashwin on the last ball. SL 126/8 in 34 overs
16:20 IST Vishwa Fernando comes to bowl, he is struggling and mistiming the ball straight away. Another wicket-maiden for Kuldeep. SL 125/8 in 33 overs
16:16 IST WICKET! Pushpakumara b Kuldeep Yadav 10(27) They are not even putting up a fight. Sri Lankan might have to follow on if it stays like this. IND 125/8 in 32.2 overs
16:15 IST Ashwin continues his over, Laskhan Sandakan comes to bat, he defends the rest of the deliveries. SL 125/7 in 32 overs
16:09 IST WICKET! Dinesh Chandimal c KL Rahul b Ashwin 48(87) IND 125/7 in 31.3 overs
16:09 IST Kuldeep continues, Chandimal takes a single after facing a dot ball. FOUR! Pushpakumara sweeps and gets a boundary, 5 runs from the over. SL 125/6 in 31 overs
16:05 IST Kuldeep continues, just a single from his over. Spin bowling has made things tough for Sri Lankan batsmen. Ashwin too gives just a single from his over. SL 120/6 in 29 overs
16:00 IST Ashwin continues, Pushpakumara sweeps the ball, could not get the single. FOUR! He plays that very late, gets a boundary towards the third man. Just 4 runs from the over. SL 118/6 in 28 overs
15:57 IST Kuldeep continues, he defends the first ball. Chandimal inside edges the next ball, takes a single there. Pushpakumara outside edges it towards short third man, takes a single. Chandimal plays it towards midwicket, a dot ball. He attempts to sweep it but fails. SL 114/6 in 27 overs
15:53 IST Ashwin continues, Chandimal plays the first ball towards midwicket. He defends the next ball. He tries to sweep the ball but could not, Kohli asks for a review and the Third Umpire turns him down. DRS goes waste once again. Chandimal defends the next ball on the front foot. Pushpakumara wants a quick single off the next ball but Chandimal turns him down. A single off the last ball of the over. SL 112/6 in 26 overs
15:50 IST Kuldeep continues, Chandimal takes a single off the first ball. Interesting field setting for Pushpakumara, beats him on one occasion. Just one single from the over. SL 111/6 in 25 overs
15:46 IST Ashwin comes into the attack, Pushpakumara is defending the ball on the front foot. A few are causing problems falling short of the fine leg. A maiden over for Ashwin. SL 110/6 in 24 overs
15:43 IST Kuldeep continues, Malinda Pushapakumara on strike, he defends the first ball and takes a single off the next. A couple more runs from the over from Chandimal’s bat. SL 110/6 in 23 overs
15:40 IST WICKET! Dilruwan Perera c Hardik Pandya b Kuldeep Yadav 0(4) That shot was not needed at all. This is poor cricket from Sri Lankan batsmen. SL 107/6 in 22.1 overs
15:38 IST Umesh Yadav comes to bowl. Chandimal leaves the first ball alone, a dot ball. Next ball, Umesh pulls out of his action. He is feeling the pain after he put a dive trying to save a boundary. Umesh is off the field! Mohammed Shami will complete his over. Chandimal defends the ball on the back foot. He leaves the next one alone covering the line of the stumps. Another one left alone, Saha could not save that one, FOUR! That one signalled by the byes. A couple more runs off the over. SL 107/5 in 22 overs
15:30 IST Dilruwan Perera comes to bat, he defends the three balls, no runs scored. SL 101/5 in 21 overs
15:28 IST WICKET! Dickwella st Saha b Kuldeep Yadav 29(31)
15:28 IST Kuldeep continues, a dot ball to start with to Dickwella. He sweeps the ball fine, takes a couple of runs off that one. WICKET! Dickwella misreads the ball and comes down the wicket, he has to leave as Saha takes the bails off in a flash. SL 101/5 in 20.3 overs
15:25 IST Pandya continues, Chandimal on strike, a couple of runs off that ball. 50-run partnership for the two, this might be the beginning of Sri Lanka’s revival in the first innings. He defends the next ball. A single towards the third man fielder. FOUR! Dickwella hits the good length ball for a boundary towards long on. He pushes the next one towards covers, a single off that one. Meanwhile, Dickwella and Pandya involved in a glaring session. The Umpire steps in. FOUR! Chandimal slashes the ball hard, gets a boundary towards sweeper cover. SL 99/4 in 20 overs
15:59 IST Kuldeep continues, FOUR! That was short from him and Chandimal pounces on it, gets a boundary off that one. FOUR! That was dispatched from the bat towards wide off for a boundary, he is taking Kuldeep on here. A dot ball to follow. FOUR! Here comes another one, goes down the wicket and hits it down the ground for a boundary. A single off the next ball towards mid on. Dickwella plays it towards point.SL 87/4 in 19 overs
15:15 IST Pandya continues, Dickwella plays the short ball towards midwicket, takes a single. Chandimal plays the ball towards square of the wicket, picks up a couple of runs. He leaves the ball alone, not willing to offer any shot. He plays the ball towards offside, another dot ball. He guides the ball towards the third man fielder, picks up a single. Dickwella plays the ball towards point, a dot ball. SL 74/4 in 18 overs
15:12 IST Kuldeep is trying to create chances against the Sri Lankan batsmen and not concerned about the boundaries. FOUR! Dickwella picks that up and dispatches it towards the boundary. Just one more single from the over. SL 70/4 in 17 overs
15:08 IST Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya come to bowl after the tea break. Just 4 runs off the two overs as Dickwella and Chandimal play them cautiously. SL 65/4 in 16 overs
14:59 IST Players are in the field for the last session of Day 2.
14:41 IST Tea break!
14:40 IST Ravichandran Ashwin has been introduced into the attack, Dickwella on strike. He comes down the wicket and plays the ball towards mid off, a dot ball. FOUR! Dickwella sweeps and gets a boundary off the second ball of the over. The next ball takes an inside edge off the bat, a single off that one. And here comes the ‘acha acha hai’ from Saha. He defends the next ball towards offside, takes a single. Dickwella defends the next ball going on the back foot. He shimmies down, the ball takes an inside edge, a single off the last one. SL 61/4 in 14 overs
14:35 IST Kuldeep Yadav comes to bowl for the first time in the series. Four fielders in catching position for him against Chandimal. The first ball came into him, Chandimal defends it towards offside, wanted a single but denied. Another man in catching position, a dot ball as he plays it towards forward short leg. An lbw appeal from him but the Umpire says no. FOUR! Chandimal gets a boundary as he sweeps the ball towards deep square leg. A quick single off the next ball as Chandimal pushes it towards mid on. Dickwella comes down the wicket, takes a single. SL 54/4 in 13 overs
14:31 IST Pandya continues, Dickwella lets the first ball go. A short ball fr0m him, Dickwella ducks on that occasion. A huge lbw shout from Pandya but turned down by the Umpire. He plays the next one towards point, a dot ball. That one drifted down the leg stump, a dot ball. Maiden over for Pandya. SL 48/4 in 12 overs
14:28 IST Shami continues, Chandimal opens the face of the bat and plays the ball towards backward point, picks up a couple of runs. He plays the next one towards offside but towards the fielder, a dot ball. Chandimal lets the next ball go to Saha, good carry there as it was clocked at 141 kmph. Nicely driven wide of mid on, a single there for him. Dickwella on strike, lovely shot from him, three runs as the outfield is slow. Chandimal plays the ball towards mid off, a dot ball. SL 48/4 in 11 overs
14:23 IST Niroshan Dickwella comes to bat, Sri Lanka are in serious trouble, they have already lost four wickets. A dot ball to start with. FOUR! Full-pitched delivery from Pandya put away by Dickwella for a boundary through covers. Next ball struck the pads but it was pitched outside leg. SL 42/4 in 10 overs
14:18 IST WICKET! Mathews lbw b Hardik Pandya 0(3)
Pandya continues, Mathews on strike, he defends the first ball. He plays the next one towards on side. Next ball, that one hit him on pads, no review taken, he is out. Pandya gets his first wicket. SL 38/4 in 9.3 overs
14:15 IST Angelo Mathews comes to bat but he is off strike, Chandimal has been squared up by Shami, misses the edge by a whisker. SL 38/3 in 9 overs
14:13 IST WICKET! Kusal Mendis run out (Ashwin/Kuldeep) 18(19)
14:13 IST Shami continues, Mendis takes a single off the first ball, he has been playing well. Chandimal defends the ball, no trouble whatsoever. FOUR! He hits a boundary to get off the mark, a boundary towards long off. He defends the ball towards offside, a dot ball. A huge mix-up between Chandimal and Mendis. Direct hit and Mendis is walking back, he is out! That was not a good throw from Ashwin who put in a dive to stop the single. But Kuldeep got caught hold of the ball and removed the middle stump. Sri Lanka in deep trouble. SL 38/3 in 8.5 overs
14:09 IST Pandya comes to bowl, Mendis on strike, he defends the ball with a straight bat. FOUR! Mendis flicks the ball away for a boundary towards square leg. He leaves the next ball alone, not threatening at all. He goes back into the crease and pushes the ball towards cover-point and takes a single. A dot ball to end the over. SL 33/2 in 8 overs
14:04 IST Shami continues, Chandimal lets the first ball go to Saha. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya is warming up. He might be bowling the next over. Edged but safe! The ball bounces short of Kohli at the third slip position. He leaves the next ball alone. The next one came into Chandimal, he defends it towards mid off. Another dot ball to follow as Pandya fields the ball at short covers. Another dot ball, a maiden over for Shami. SL 28/2 in 7 overs
13:59 IST Mendis is under pressure, Umesh is hitting the right lengths, just in that area of uncertainty. He bowls a bouncer to Mendis and makes him duck it. FOUR! That was a pickup shot from Mendis, played it towards vacant square leg region. IND 28/2 in 6 overs
13:56 IST Shami to skipper Dinesh Chandimal, he wakes him up with a sharp inswinger, a dot ball. No run off the next ball. A huge lbw shout as the ball came into the batsman. He has decided to take a review on that one. That was pretty late but height might be an issue here. Whoa! Umpires call, India’s review goes waste, DRS is funny that way. IND 24/2 in 5 overs
13:49 IST WICKET! Karunaratne c Saha b Shami 4(15)
13:49 IST Shami continues, still continuing from round the wicket. He gets an edge off the third ball of the over. Here’s another wicket for Shami, he is ecstatic. SL 23/2 in 4.3 overs
13:46 IST Umesh continues, Karunaratne wants a single, Mendis was struggling to make his ground but was safe in the end as there was no direct hit. The ball hits his pads, a single off that one. FOUR! That was a misdirected short ball and put away by Mendis for a boundary. A dot ball to follow. FOUR! Too full and on the pads of Mendis, another boundary for him in the over. A dot ball to end the over. IND 23/1 in 4 overs
13:42 IST Kusal Mendis comes to bat, a bouncer to welcome him. Tharanga once again failed to make an impact getting out early. Another dot ball, Mendis is facing a few ferocious deliveries from Shami. Another dot ball to end the over as Mendis defends. SL 14/1 in 3 overs
13:37 IST WICKET! Tharanga c Saha b Shami 5(5)
13:37 IST Shami to Karunaratne, he offers no shot, a dot ball. A single off the next ball as Kuldeep misfields. Edged and taken! Shami takes a wicket, Tharanga departs. The batsman has reviewed it, though we don’t know why. Did the batsman’s brain fade? SL 14.1 in 2.3 overs
13:33 IST Umesh Yadav comes to bowl, Upul Tharanga lets the ball go to the wicketkeeper. He pushes the ball off the back foot, takes a single. Next ball, too wide to make Karunaratne play, a dot ball. He pushes the ball towards mid off, takes a single. FOUR! Tharanga drives the ball with ease, gets a boundary, first one for Sri Lanka in the first innings. FIVE WIDES! Umesh bowls a wide which goes past Saha’s reach, these are freebies for Sri Lanka. He defends the next ball. SL 13/0 in 2 overs
13:28 IST Mohammed Shami comes round the wicket to Karunaratne, a dot ball as it was too short for him to play. Saha puts in a dive to save it. He defends the next ball towards offside, a dot ball. Meanwhile, Shami is adjusting his pants. The next ball takes an inside edge off the bat, a dot ball. He lets the next ball go to Saha, a dot ball. Karunaratne plays the next ball towards square leg, takes a couple of runs. Another dot ball to end the over. SL 2/0 in 1 over
13:24 IST Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne come to bat.
13:23 IST Players are on the field for the second innings and also the second part of the second session of play.
13:20 IST Sri Lankan bowlers did well to limit India to a first innings total of 487 despite Hardik Pandya’s rampant 108. Over to Sri Lankan batsmen now to prove their mettle against Indian bowlers. Sri Lankan innings to start soon.
13:14 IST WICKET! Hardik Pandya c Dilruwan Perera b Sandakan 108(96) Pandya goes for the big shot once again but this time finds the fielder in deep covers. Sandakan becomes the first Chinaman bowler after Paul Adams to take a 5-wicket haul! IND 487 all out in 112.3 overs
13:09 IST Hardik Pandya is coming out to bat again, stay tuned for more updates.
Good session for India despite three wickets going down. 158 runs scored in the first session, thanks to Hardik Pandya as he took the game away from Sri Lanka with his blistering knock. It was Pandya’s maiden century in Tests and First-Class cricket. Pandya also created a record for the fastest Test century for a No.8 batsman. Pandya struck 8 fours and 7 sixes in his innings. He ended up scoring 74 runs in boundaries. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be disappointed after taking three wickets in the first session. Pandya celebrated his century in style as well.
12:31 IST Last over before the lunch break! Pandya is not looking to attack this time. WIDE! He starts off with a wide delivery. Pandya refrains from going over the top before the end of the first session. Just a single off the last ball of the over. IND 487/9 in 122 overs
12:27 IST A maiden over from Sandakan to Umesh Yadav. He is happy to defend with Hardik Pandya playing at the other end. IND 485/9 in 121 overs
12:21 IST Umesh Yadav on strike, Kumara continues, the fielders are in the 30-yard circle. He just needs to take a single, he plays the ball towards mid off, a dot ball, Umesh wanted a single but turned down by Pandya. Next ball, a yorker from Kumara, a dot ball. A short ball from Kumara, Umesh lets it go to the wicketkeeper. A quick single off the next ball, Pandya is on strike now. Kohli looks relieved in the dressing room. He is on 99, two balls to go in the over. FOUR! Pandya gets a boundary and he scores his maiden century. He celebrates it in his style! FOUR! Uppercut for Pandya, gets another boundary. IND 485/9 in 120 overs
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12:16 IST Sandakan continues, Pandya lets the first ball go to Dickwella. WIDE! He would have to do more than that to make Pandya play. He plays the next ball towards deep cover, a dot ball as he refuses to take a single. He wildly flashes his bat on the next ball, a dot one. SIX! That has gone over the ropes for a maximum, over long on, he has moved to 97. That’s his 7th six of the innings. A couple of runs off the next ball, he moves to 99. Chandimal is bringing his players into the 30-yard circle. Last ball of the over, Pandya needs one run for his maiden Test century. WIDE! That one was too wide for him to play. A dot ball to end the over, Pandya is on 99. IND 476/9 in 119 overs
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12:12 IST Kumara comes into the attack, Pandya on strike. Short ball from Kumara, hurried on to Pandya, he defends it. SIX! Short ball and put away for a maximum, he is into his 90s now. Pandya is on a roll! He is not afraid of taking the aerial route, this will frustrate Sri Lankan bowlers. Kumara comes round the wicket, an inside edge off the bat, a dot ball. He pushes the ball towards long on, a dot ball. He works the ball towards fine leg, takes a single, moves to 91. Umesh defends the full toss from Kumara, the bat has been broken, new bat please! IND 466/9 in 118 overs
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12:06 IST Umesh on strike, he tries to hit the ball through covers, finds the fielder, a dot ball. Pushpakumara bowls and it beats the batsman and the wicketkeeper, one run as byes. Pandya on strike, he comes down the wicket and was beaten by the bowler, was safe in the end. He tries to go for a slog sweep but could not hit the ball well. Another one thrown wide to Pandya, a dot ball. He takes a single off the last ball. IND 459/9 in 117 overs
12:01 IST Pushpakumara continues, Pandya on strike, FOUR! He goes for the big shot, gets a boundary towards deep midwicket. FOUR! Pandya goes down the ground, no chance for the long on fielder to cut that off, he has moved to 65 from 66 deliveries. SIX! That’s a ginormous hit, he is believing in his skill and decimating the left-armer. SIX! Another one for him, middle of the bat and goes over the straight boundary. He has moved to 77. SIX! That’s even bigger, Kohli is elated with that one, he is impressed with the young land. Three sixes in a row. A dot ball to end the over. IND 456/9 in 116 overs
11:56 IST Umesh Yadav comes to bat, he cuts the ball towards point, takes a single. Pandya paddles sweep the ball towards fine leg, does not take a single. SIX! Pandya goes big, hits the ball over long off for a maximum. WIDE! That was way too wide on the offstump. He takes a single off the next ball towards deep midwicket. IND 430/9 in 115 overs
11:51 IST WICKET! Mohammed Shami c & b Lakshan Sandakan 8(13) IND 421/9 in 114.2 overs
11:50 IST Pushpakumara continues, Shami takes a single off the second ball. Pandya on strike, he is on 49. He takes a single off the next ball, 50 for Pandya! His second one in Test cricket. A huge appeal off the 5th ball but turned down by the Umpire. He takes a single off the last ball. IND 421/8 in 114 overs
11:47 IST Sandakan continues, Pandya on strike, he plays the ball towards long off, takes a single. Shami on strike, FOUR! He rocks back on the back foot and hits it towards sweeper cover for a boundary. He cuts the next delivery and finds the fielder, takes a single. SIX! Pandya comes down the track and hits the ball over long on for a maximum, first one of the Test. He plays the next one towards square of the wicket, takes a couple of runs, good running between the wickets. A dot ball to end the over. IND 418/8 in 113 overs
11:43 IST Pandya on strike, Pushpakumara continues, he takes a single off the first ball sweeping it towards on side. Mohammed Shami comes to bat, the first ball hits pads, it was going down the leg side. He plays the next one towards point, no run. He takes a single, gets off the mark. Pandya retains strike, takes a single off the last ball of the over. IND 404/8 in 112 overs
11:39 IST WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav c Dickwella b Sandakan 26 (73)
11:39 IST Sandakan continues, spin bowlers have slowed down the run rate like they did on Day 1. Just one single from the over. Kuldeep struggles, he has been given out off the last ball that spun away from him. Kuldeep reviews that one straightaway. The third Umpire gives that one out. IND 401/8 in 111 overs
11:36 IST Pushpakumara continues, an attacking field from him. A couple of runs off the first ball. He takes his time, three dot balls. Pandya comes down the wicket and plays the ball towards on side, takes a single. IND 400/7 in 110 overs
11:33 IST Sandakan continues, Kuldeep is doing nothing but defending. He is leaving the ball alone watching it closely or coming on the front foot and defending it. He goes on the back foot as well to defend it. A maiden over from Sandakan as the slog sweep goes wrong. IND 397/7 in 109 overs
11:30 IST Malinda Pushpakumara comes to bowl first over of Day 2. Kuldeep takes a single off the first ball towards square of the wicket. FOUR! Pandya comes down the ground and hits it for a boundary down the ground. A dot ball to follow, he takes a single off the next ball. Kuldeep goes for a reverse sweep, misses the line completely. This time he plays the conventional sweep, takes a single as he mistimes. IND 397/7 in 108 overs
11:27 IST Sandakan continues, Pandya tries to hit that one but could not time it, a dot ball. He takes a single towards midwicket off the next ball. Kuldeep watches the ball closely and leaves it alone. He tries to push the ball towards offside, another dot ball. Kuldeep takes a couple of runs. Next ball he drives it down the ground, wet outfield robs him of a boundary, 3 runs off that one. IND 390/7 in 107 overs
11:22 IST Kumara continues, Kuldeep on strike, starts off with a short ball, no run off that delivery. An unorthodox field setting for Kuldeep, he plays the next ball on the on side, a dot ball. Another short ball, this time from over the wicket, no runs off that delivery either. A back of the length delivery, Kuldeep defends it well. He plays the next one towards square leg, takes a single. Pandya pulls the short ball, gets a single. IND 384/7 in 106 overs
11:17 IST Sandakan continues, Panday takes a single off the first ball. Kuldeep on strike, Chinaman to Chinaman. The ball moved away from him, a dot ball. He tries to sweep the next ball but could not get bat on it. He comes down the wicket but could not get it past covers. He goes for the sweep again but falls, smiles all around as the forward short leg picks him up. He takes a single off the last ball of the over. IND 382/7 in 105 overs
11:14 IST Lahiru Kumara comes to bowl, Pandya pulls the short ball and takes a single, he is not happy with himself, wanted a boundary off that one. The ball came into Kuldeep, he is struggling against the fast bowlers, picks up a single. Pandya comfortable plays the ball towards covers, takes a single. A short ball from Kumara, Kuldeep ducks it. He defends the last ball of the over. IND 380/7 in 104 overs
11:08 IST The drinks break is over, bowling change from Sri Lanka. Lakshan Sandakan comes to bowl, Pandya takes a single off the first ball, Chandimal is being too defensive against the all-rounder. Kuldeep drives the ball through covers, takes a single. Pandya plays the ball back to the bowler and defends the next. He digs the ball out and takes a single towards long off. An appeal from Sandakan but the Umpire says no. IND 377/7 in 103 overs
11:00 IST Fernando continues, Kuldeep leaves the first ball alone. He plays the next one towards point, a dot ball. He defends the next ball on the front foot, opening the face of the bat towards off side. He drives the next one but towards mid off, a dot ball. A short ball from Fernando, Kuldeep ducks that away. Swing and a miss. IND 374/7 in 102 overs
10:55 IST Karunaratne continues, Pandya plays the first one towards extra cover, no run. He takes a single towards long off. Kuldeep on strike, FOUR! He opens the face of the bat, gets a boundary playing the ball square of the wicket. He takes a single off the next ball pushing the ball towards extra cover. A dot ball to follow to Pandya. IND 374/7 in 101 overs
10:51 IST Fernando continues, this may be the last over of his first spell. FOUR! Pandya pulls the short ball off the front foot, gets a boundary towards midwicket. He wants a quick single but Kuldeep sends him back in time, a dot ball. Fernando comes round the wicket now, Pandya plays the ball towards midwicket, gets a couple of runs. He punches the next ball towards mid off, a dot ball. He plays the next one towards on side, takes a single. Kuldeep tries to play the short ball but gets beaten by Fernando. IND 368/7 in 100 overs
10:46 IST Dimuth Karunaratne has been introduced into the attack. Pandya straight away goes for a big shot but could not read the bounce on that ball. He drives the next ball towards extra cover, a dot ball. He comes forward and defends the next ball. He pushes the ball towards mid on, takes a single. Kuldeep leaves the next two ball alone. IND 361/7 in 99 overs
10:42 IST Fernando continues, that was a waste of delivery, the ball was too wide to make Kuldeep play, a dot ball. Edged and FOUR! Kuldeep edges the ball and it goes between the slips for a boundary. He defends the next ball towards offside, a dot ball. Beaten again by Fernando, he is constantly asking questions from the batsman. The ball came back in hitting his pads, a huge appeal but turned down. He draws Kuldeep forward, misses again. IND 360/7 in 98 overs
10:37 IST Kumara continues, Kuldeep on strike, WIDE! That was beyond his reach. Kuldeep is being defensive, ducks the short ball and leaves the outswinger alone. When Kumara brings the ball back into Kuldeep he defends it without a doubt. He drives the next ball towards sweeper cover, takes a single. A dot ball to end the over. IND 356/7 in 97 overs
10:31 IST Fernando is getting some lateral movement, Kuldeep lets the ball go. It rained a little last night, the outfield is still wet. Kuldeep lets another one go, no shot offered. He plays the next ball towards point, a dot ball. A deft edge off the next ball as it goes towards gully, a dot ball. That one swung away from Kuldeep, he lets it go. A single for Kuldeep on the last ball of the over. IND 354/7 in 96 overs
10:26 IST Kumara continues, Kuldeep pushes the first ball towards offside. He flicks the next ball towards square leg, takes a single. FOUR! Pandya flashes his blade on the short delivery on the offside, gets a boundary, 350 up for India. That one nipped back into the batsman, a dot ball as he could not time it. The ball kept low, Pandya defends it. Another dot ball to end the over. IND 353/7 in 95 overs
10:22 IST Fernando continues, Kuldeep lets the first ball go, a dot one. He leaves another one, not looking to take on the in-form bowler. He is beaten by Fernando on the next ball. He works the next ball towards point, takes a single. Pandya plays the next one towards short cover, a dot ball. A huge appeal off the next ball as Pandya was beaten on the last ball. IND 348/7 in 94 overs
10:17 IST Kumara bowls a short ball and Pandya tries to pull the delivery, a dot ball there. FOUR! Uppercut from Pandya gets a boundary. He is not afraid to play his shots. He takes a single off the next ball towards deep square leg. Kuldeep defends the next ball back to Kumara. He takes a single off the next ball towards midwicket. Pandya defends the last ball of the over. IND 347/6 in 93 overs
10:13 IST Kuldeep Yadav comes to bat, an appeal off the first ball, turned down by the Umpire. He plays the ball towards onside this time, takes a couple of runs. The next ball beats Kuldeep, a dot ball. IND 341/7 in 92 overs
10:10 IST Saha c Dilruwan Perera b Vishwa Fernando 16(43)
10:09 IST Vishwa Fernando comes to bowl the second over of the day. Saha defends the first ball. He pushes the next ball towards sweeper cover, takes a couple of runs. Edged and gone! Saha edges the ball towards gully and is caught, Fernando gets a wicket in the first over of Day 2. IND 339/7 in 91.3 overs
10:05 IST A full-pitched delivery from Kumara, Pandya drives the ball for a couple of runs, first runs of the day. Next ball, FOUR BYES! Pandya leaves it at last moment, late inswing on the ball as Dickwella struggled to stop that one. Pandya defends the ball targetted into him with a straight bat. He plays the next one towards square leg, takes a single. Saha tries to drive that ball but inside edges it, a dot ball. Saha plays the back of the length delivery fine, takes a single. IND 337/6 in 91 overs
10:00 IST Pandya on strike, Lahiru Kumara to bowl the first over on Day 2.
09:58 IST The players are in the field for the first session of play.
09:56 IST Meanwhile KL Rahul feels the 7 consecutive fifties record is not the one he would like to hold.
09:49 IST A few minutes to go before the Day 2’s play starts. Stay tuned.
09:43 IST The focus will be on Hardik Pandya as he faces his first real challenge in Test cricket.
09:38 IST Chaminda Vaas backs Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando to take the four wickets in the first session itself.
09:34 IST The pitch is expected to assist the seamers early on in the first session according to the pitch report.
09:30 IST Pushpakumara and Sandakan did well to take 5 of the 6 wickets on Day 1, will they repeat their performance on Day 2? Stay tuned to find out!
09:26 IST The weather is cloudy, the sun has not come out yet. Fingers crossed!
09:24 IST No thunderstorms at Pallekele. Expect the play to start on time.
09:20 IST Shikhar Dhawan feels that the pitch is not easy to bat and the Sri Lankan batsmen will find it difficult to survive.
09:11 IST Pandya is batting on 1 and Saha has scored 13 runs. They will be coming out on Day 2 in an attempt to take the first innings score past 500.
Welcome to inUth’s live digital coverage of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 2 at Pallekele. Sri Lanka have done well to make a comeback in the third Test after being hammered for runs by openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul. A middle order batting collapse ensured that Sri Lanka finally have their way in the first innings of a Test in this Test series. Malinda Pushpakumara started the collapse taking the breakthrough and Lakshan Sandakan joined in, the spinner who replaced Rangana Herath in the side. India are currently 329 for 6 at the start of Day 2 with wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and all-rounder Hardik Pandya batting.
The pitch is still a batting paradise. The bowlers will have to work hard to get wickets. The spinners will get help from the pitch but not threatening to an extent that this pitch should be termed as deteriorating from Day 2. Although the outfield will not be as slow as the Day 1 which means that the batsmen will get value for their shots.
It is expected to be cloudy all day long. The weather forecast for Day 1 did not prove to be correct as there were no thunderstorms. Though they are expected to be on Day 2 before the first session. The weather is supposed to be cloudy till the starting of the third session and then change. If the weather forecast is to be believed it might play spoilsport on Day 2. If it stays like Day 2, expect a full day’s game.
India’s bowling attack:
If Indian batsmen fail to score a big total it will be upon Indian bowlers to bring the visitors back in the game. Kuldeep Yadav will be under the radar as he replaces Ravindra Jadeja in the side.
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) August 12, 2017
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav