India had an amazing or rather one-sided series against Sri Lanka as Virat Kohli & Co. create history by beating the hosts 3-0. Two inning defeats and one by a big margin, India played like a Champion side against a Sri Lankan side which is probably in the rebuilding phase and struggling to prove themselves on the international level. Indian won the third Test by an innings and 171 runs on Day 3 and registered a comprehensive win at Pallekele, Kandy.
Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan scored centuries in the first innings and took the score to 487. That was followed by a splendid effort from Indian bowlers, especially by Kuldeep Yadav who replaced banned Ravindra Jadeja in the side. Sri Lanka were bundled out for 135 and 181 in respective innings and did not pose any threat to the bowlers.
Man of the Series: Shikhar Dhawan
Man of the Match: Hardik Pandya
India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs
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14:47 IST WICKET! Lahiru Kumara b Ashwin 10(15) [4s-2]
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14:47 IST Ashwin continues, Fernando takes a single off the second ball of the over, playing it towards square leg. FOUR! Kumara comes down the track and hits the ball for a boundary. BOWLED! SL 181 all out in 74.3 overs
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14:44 IST The second session has been extended, Kuldeep Yadav replaces Umesh Yadav. Kumara plays the first three balls watchfully. FOUR! Kumara hits that one with the spin, gets a boundary hitting the ball towards wide off. A dot ball to continue. He goes down the ground, hits the ball in the air, gets a couple of runs as it lands in no man’s land. SL 176/9 in 74 overs
14:42 IST Shami continues and Fernando on strike. He defends the ball by awkwardly getting his bat on to it. A full pitched delivery to follow, Fernando defends again. A maiden over for Shami. SL 170/9 in 73 overs
14:37 IST Umesh continues, Kumara continues, he is bowling round the wicket to the No.11 batsman. Constantly banging it short and making him play. One ball hit him on the elbow. He manages to survive one over. SL 170/9 in 72 overs
14:34 IST Shami bowls a bouncer to Fernando, starts the over with a surprise. Shami is bowling short balls to the tailender. He pushes the ball down the ground, gets a couple of runs off the 5th ball of the over. Swing and a miss, goes past the edge. SL 170/9 in 71 overs
14:29 IST Lahiru Kumara comes to bat, he defends the first ball of the over. SL 168/9 in 70 overs
14:28 IST WICKET! Dickwella c Rahane b U Yadav 41(52)
14:28 IST Dickwella defends the first ball, he drives the next and takes a single. Umesh to Fernando, he manages to take a single. Dickwella tries to work the ball towards the third man, does not take a single. Edged and gone! Dickwella departs, edges the ball straight to Rahane. SL 168/9 in 69.5 overs
14:26 IST Vishwa Fernando comes to bat, he survives three balls from Shami. SL 166/8 in 69 overs
14:20 IST WICKET! Sandakan c Saha b Shami 8(24)
14:20 IST Shami continues, Sandakan bowls one down the leg side, a dot ball. FOUR! Sandakan goes on the back foot and guides the short delivery for a boundary. Edged and gone! Sandakan edges the ball to Saha, that was too ambitious a shot for him. SL 166/8 in 68.3 overs
14:17 IST Umesh Yadav comes back into the attack, Dickwella on strike, he takes a single off the second ball, flicks the ball towards square leg. That one came back in sharply, Dickwella manages to get bat on it and towards point, a dot ball. Dickwella pushes the ball towards covers, a dot ball. FOUR! He makes room for himself and slashes the short ball for a boundary. SL 162/7 in 68 overs
14:13 IST Shami comes round the wicket to Dickwella, he defends the short ball, got in an uncomfortable position. FOUR! He punches the ball off the back foot, gets a boundary towards covers, just went back into the crease and played it with the bottom hand. A shout for lbw but turned down by the Umpire, inside edge off the bat. He pushes the ball towards mid on, takes a single. Interesting field for Sandakan, a dot ball to end the over. SL 158/7 in 67 overs
14:08 IST Ashwin continues, Dickwella on strike, he tries to sweep the ball but could not get bat on it, a dot ball. He plays the ball towards backward square leg, takes a single. Sandakan is watching the ball closely, playing it defensively. Just a single from the over. SL 153/7 in 66 overs
14:05 IST Shami comes back into the attack, he may try to reverse swing the ball. Dickwella on strike, he plays the first ball towards covers. Next one played in the same direction but not convincingly, a dot ball. Dickwella forced to drive, a dot ball as it misses the outside edge of the bat. Dickwella gets a fresh bat after that delivery. This time he gets the drive to point, takes a single. SL 152/7 in 65 overs
13:59 IST Dickwella defends the ball on the back foot, Ashwin continues. FOUR! Dickwella sweeps and gets another boundary, he is using the shot well. A dot ball to follow as Dickwella could not get the sweep past square leg fielder. He picks up a single towards midwicket. SL 151/7 in 64 overs
13:56 IST Kuldeep continues, Dickwella gets off the strike on the second ball of the over. Sandakan defends the remaining deliveries but the last ball, FOUR! He picks the short ball early and hits it towards square leg for a boundary. SL 146/7 in 63 overs
13:54 IST Just a single from Ashwin’s over. Dickwella is still batting well whereas the new batsmen is struggling. SL 141/7 in 62 overs
13:51 IST Kuldeep continues, Dickwella takes a single off the second ball. Sandakan on strike now, Chinaman to Chinaman. He beats him on the first ball, flipper from him. No runs scored from the rest of the deliveries. SL 140/7 in 61 overs
13:49 IST Lakshan Sandakan comes to bat, he defends the last three deliveries. SL 139/7 in 60 overs
13:45 IST WICKET! Dilruwan Perera c Hardik Pandya b Ashwin 8(23)
13:45 IST Ashwin continues, Dickwella takes a single, he has looked positive. Perera comes forward and defends it, a dot ball. He goes for the slog, CAUGHT! Perera gone, Ashwin takes his fourth. SL 138/7 in 59.3 overs
13:40 IST Kuldeep continues, Dickwella on strike, he takes a single through a sweep towards square of the wicket. Perera takes a single after playing a dot ball. Dickwella sweeps again, works the ball towards fine leg, takes a single. Two dot balls to end the over. SL 137/6 in 59 overs
13:36 IST Ashwin continues, Dickwella takes a single off the first ball towards onside. Perera on strike, he is happy to defend for a change. FOUR! Stumping chance missed by Saha as Perera comes down the wicket and tries to hit the ball for a boundary over long on. A boundary by leg byes. Two dot balls to follow. SL 134/6 in 58 overs
13:32 IST Kuldeep continues, Perera takes a single off the first ball. FOUR! It seems like Dickwella was waiting for that delivery, gets a boundary towards deep cover. He plays the next ball towards deep extra cover, takes a couple of runs off that delivery. He cuts the ball towards deep backward point, takes a single. Just 8 runs from the over. SL 129/6 in 57 overs
13:29 IST Ashwin continues, Dilruwan Perera struggles, he was given out initially as the Umpire and the fielders felt there was an edge. But the review showed that the ball had not hit the bat. Just one single from the over. SL 121/6 in 56 overs
13:24 IST Just two singles from the over, Dickwella played one attacking shot but it was fielded on the boundary. SL 120/6 in 55 overs
13:20 IST WICKET! Mathews lbw b Ashwin 35(96) IND 118/6 in 54 overs
13:19 IST Ashwin continues, Mathews on strike, he plays the first one coming down the wicket, a dot ball. He plays the next one towards midwicket, a dot ball. He tries to play it past the fielder in catching position, but could not. He defends another, just opening the face of the bat towards midwicket, a dot ball. Next ball, edged and gone. Review taken by Mathews! The review shows the ball has not hit the bat. Umpire’s call saves Ashwin, not Mathews, sixth wicket down. SL 118/6 in 54 overs
13:15 IST Kuldeep continues, Mathews on strike, FOUR! That was a loose delivery from Kuldeep, put away by Mathews towards fine leg for a boundary. He pushes the ball towards long on, takes a single. Stock delivery from Kuldeep, Diclwella is happy to let it go. He defends the flipper. FOUR! Dickwella takes the aerial route, goes for a sweep shot in front of square. He plays the next one fine, gets a couple of runs. SL 118/5 in 53 overs
13:12 IST Mathews is struggling with his partner back to the pavilion. He manages to take just one single from the fifth ball of the over. Dickwella on strike, fielding changes for him. He sweeps the ball fine, gets a couple of runs. SL 107/5 in 52 overs
13:09 IST Niroshan Dickwella on strike, he has been beaten twice from the three deliveries he faced. A wicket-maiden for Kuldeep. SL 104/5 in 51 overs
13:06 IST WICKET! Chandimal c Pujara b Kuldeep Yadav 36(89) SL 104/5 in 50.3 overs
13:06 IST Kuldeep continues, Chandimal defends the first ball. Edged and gone! Chandimal departs, Kuldeep strikes yet again, first one of this innings. SL 104/5 in 50.3 overs
13:04 IST Mathews on strike, Ashwin continues, an lbw appeal but the impact was outside the line of the stumps. Two dot balls to follow. He plays the ball towards square leg, takes a couple of runs off that one. Chandimal gets to the pitch of the ball, takes a single towards mid on. SL 104/4 in 50 overs
13:01 IST Kuldeep Yadav continues, Mathews defends the first three deliveries. Though he was reluctant to do it. SIX! He goes down the track and makes the ball a full toss, a maximum over the straight boundary, he is shifting gears now. One more single from the over. SL 102/4 in 49 overs
12:58 IST Ashwin continues, Chandimal comes down the track, an lbw appeal but turned down. The replay shows it was missing the leg stump. Three dot balls to follow. FOUR! Chandimal comes down the track and hits the ball over long off for a boundary. He comes down the track again, this time could not time it. SL 95/4 in 48 overs
12:55 IST Kuldeep continues, just a single from the over. Kohli should be making changes now, the duo is gaining confidence by the minute. SL 91/4 in 47 overs
12:52 IST Ashwin continues, Mathews on strike, still not giving up. This partnership is by far the most impressive in the third Test from Sri Lanka. Mathews is not playing in the hands of spinners. Though he is making a few mistakes. A single taken off the fourth ball, 50 run partnership for Mathews-Chandimal. Edged and safe, Chandimal survives as the ball goes wide off Pujara. Mathews defends the last ball. SL 90/4 in 46 overs
12:50 IST Kuldeep continues, Chandimal continues, he comes over the wicket. Not a single run off the first five deliveries. A maiden over from Kuldeep. SL 88/4 in 45 overs
12:48 IST Ashwin continues, Mathews defends the first one. He comes down the wicket and plays the ball but ends up miscuing it, a single off that one. Next ball, another one defended. The ball hits the pads and carries to the fielder in catching position. Mathews edges the ball but it lands safe, just a couple of runs off that one. Defends the last ball with a straight bat. SL 88/4 in 44 overs
12:44 IST Kuldeep Yadav continues, Chandimal on strike, he defends the first ball, a stock delivery from him. A couple of runs off the next ball towards fine leg. Another dot ball to continue. Kuldeep comes over the wicket, he defends the two balls on the front foot. He defends the last ball on the back foot. SL 84/4 in 43 overs
12:39 IST The players are on the field for the second session of play.
The first session once again belonged to India as they picked up three wickets. Though Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal survived the first session it is highly unlikely that they survive the whole day until and unless they stitch a miracle partnership. Stay tuned for more updates.
12:01 IST Last over before the lunch break, Umesh continues. Chandimal manages to take a single off the third ball. Mathews defends the ball towards short midwicket. A dot ball to follow. Another dot to end the first session. SL 82/4 in 42 overs
11:58 IST Kuldeep continues, Mathews takes a single off the third ball of the over. Chandimal awkwardly pulls out of the next ball. He takes a quick single towards square leg. Kuldeep comes round the wicket to Mathews, two dot balls to end the over. SL 81/4 in 41 overs
11:54 IST Umesh is trying new variations on Chandimal. He threw one down the leg side which Saha did well to hold on to. A leg cutter followed by a short ball. FOUR! There was no fielder as Chandimal pulled the short ball for a boundary. SL 79/4 in 40 overs
11:50 IST Kuldeep continues, he is unsettling Mathews by mixing it up with variations. Third maiden over in a row. SL 75/4 in 39 overs
11:47 IST Yadav comes back into the attack after one over from Pandya. Another maiden over from Umesh. SL 75/4 in 38 overs
11:43 IST Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack, Mathews defends the ball going back into the crease. He plays the next one towards short leg, a dot ball. A maiden over for Kuldeep. SL 75/4 in 37 overs
11:40 IST Hardik Pandya continues, the first ball did not carry to Saha, a dot ball as Chandimal lets it go. He drives the ball towards mid off, a dot ball. Just two singles from the over. SL 75/4 in 36 overs
11:35 IST Mathews on strike, a slight delay because he wanted a new helmet. After facing four dot balls, the fifth one hits the bat as Kohli suspects as he takes the review. A late review as he smiles and takes the DRS. The third Umpire is looking at it very closely as there is a sound when it goes past. Review unsuccessful. He leaves the last ball alone, a maiden over. SL 73/4 in 35 overs
11:27 IST Ashwin continues, Mathews on strike, a single off the fourth ball. Two more singles to follow. Meanwhile, Mathews has taken off his helmet. SL 73/4 in 34 overs
11:23 IST Umesh Yadav continues, Chandimal defends and defends. No run scored off the first five balls. FOUR! That was nicely driven through covers for a boundary. SL 70/4 in 33 overs
11:19 IST Chandimal takes a single off the first ball. Mathews defends the ball with a dead bat. He sweeps the next ball for a single. Another quick single for Chandimal.Mathews goes back into the crease and plays the ball towards backward square leg. Chandimal flicks the ball away for a single. SL 66/4 in 32 overs
11:15 IST Umesh continues, Mathews is keen on defending. He is trying to drive the ball but not able to get past the 30-yard circle. A maiden over from Mathews. SL 61/4 in 31 overs
11:12 IST Ashwin continues, Chandimal struggles on the third ball, almost gets himself runout in doing so. An appeal for catch on the next ball, that was on his pads. Two singles from the over. SL 61/4 in 30 overs
11:09 IST Umesh continues, Mathews pushes the first ball towards covers, a dot ball. He tries to play the next ball down the ground, no run. Next ball defended towards silly mid on, a dot ball. He defends another towards back foot, a dot ball. Mathews is just looking to defend now. A maiden over from Umesh. SL 59/4 in 29 overs
11:02 IST Ashwin continues, Chandimal defends the first two balls. FOUR! He goes back into the crease and punches the ball off the back foot, a boundary for him. Three dot balls to follow, just a boundary from the over. SL 59/4 in 28 overs
10:59 IST Umesh Yadav comes to bowl, Chandimal just pushes it past the bowler, gets a couple of runs towards long off. Next ball, Chandimal leaves the outswinger for the wicketkeeper to collect, a dot ball. He pushes the next ball towards silly mid off, a dot ball. Another one played towards covers, a dot ball. He drives the ball towards mid on, Kuldeep puts in a dive to save it. He leaves the last ball of the over. SL 55/4 in 27 overs
10:55 IST Ashwin continues, Chandimal on strike, the first ball hits his pads as he tries to sweep it. Next ball, a huge appeal for lbw but turned down by the Umpire, Kohli opts not to take the review. He sweeps the next ball towards backward square leg, takes a single. A quick single to follow to Chandimal. Another lbw appeal but probably the impact was outside the line of the stumps. He comes down the track and plays it towards mid on, takes a single. SL 52/4 in 26 overs
10:51 IST Shami continues, Mathews ducks the first delivery. Sri Lanka are still trailing by 311 runs. Mathews defends the ball staying in his crease, that kept low. Edged and FOUR! That one took an outside edge off the bat and goes past the third slip for a boundary. He lets the next ball go to Saha. He flicks the next ball off his pads, gets a couple of runs towards backward square leg. He works the next ball towards square leg, gets another couple of runs. SL 49/4 in 25 overs
10:47 IST Ashwin continues, Chandimal defends the first two on the front foot. He takes a quick single just defensively pushing the ball towards covers. Mathews defends the next ball, just comes half forward on that occasion. He goes back into the crease and takes a single, gets off the mark. That one hit his pads, not threatening though. SL 41/4 in 24 overs
10:44 IST Angelo Mathews comes in and he is in problem straight away, beaten by Shami. SL 39/4 in 23 overs
10:41 IST WICKET! Kusal Mendis lbw b Shami 12(21) IND 39/4 in 22.5 overs
10:41 IST Shami continues, he plays the first one towards midwicket. Next ball, that one kept low, Mendis does well to get bat on it. He drives the ball towards extra covers, a dot ball. FOUR! He cuts the ball away for a boundary, gets it past point, just using his wrists to play it. Next ball, comes into Mendis, stuck in front and Shami picks up his second of the day. SL 39/4 in 22.5 overs
10:37 IST Ashwin continues, Mendis is just trying to smother the spin or get behind the ball and defend it. On the fourth ball he checks his shot and takes a single towards square leg. Two more dot balls to Chandimal, he is yet to get off the mark. SL 35/3 in 22 overs
10:34 IST Dinesh Chandimal comes to bat, the skipper survives the first four ball he faces. SL 34/3 in 21 overs
10:30 IST WICKET! Pushpakumara c Saha b Shami 1(32) SL 32/3 in 20.2 overs
10:30 IST Shami continues, Pushpakumara on strike, he defends the short ball on the back foot. Edged and gone! Pushpakumara edges the ball to Saha, he departs early as well. Shami gets his first of the day. SL 34/3 in 20.2 overs
10:27 IST Ashwin continues, Mendis takes a single off the first ball. Pushpakumara on strike, the second ball hits his pads and carries to forward square leg fielder. He plays the ball towards third man fielder, takes a single. Mendis plays it back to Ashwin, a dot ball. SL 34/2 in 20 overs
10:25 IST Shami continues, Pushpakumara on strike, it will be apt to say that he is surviving on the edge of the knife. Short mid on and short mid off in place for him. Pushpakumara is defending the ball well, he is showing more resilience than Karunaratne did. Just getting behind the ball and defending it with a straight bat. A cover drive to end the over, another maiden for Shami. SL 32/2 in 19 overs
10:20 IST Ashwin continues, Mendis defends the first ball. FOUR! Mendis plays an advanced sweep shot, gets a boundary towards deep square leg. Next one is defended on the front foot. He goes deep into the crease and plays it towards the leg slip fielder. Another one played off the back foot, no run. He miscues the drive, gets a couple of runs. SL 32/2 in 18 overs
10:18 IST Shami continues, Pushpakumara tries to defend, he is either defending or leaving the ball for the wicketkeeper Saha. Though he has escaped the outside edge for a couple of times. A maiden over for Shami. SL 26/2 in 17 overs
10:14 IST Kusal Mendis comes to bat, he barely defends the first ball he faces on the back foot. Next ball, a mild appeal for a catch at short leg but it was off the pads. The last ball is defended on the front foot. SL 26/2 in 16 overs
10:10 IST WICKET! Karunaratne c Rahane b Ashwin 16(48) The second innings specialist is gone, this is not what Sri Lanka wanted early on in the first session. IND 26/2 in 15.3 overs
10:10 IST Dimuth Karunaratne on strike, Ravichandran Ashwin replaces Kuldeep Yadav, the first ball is defended by the opener. Next ball, edged and taken at the first slip by Rahane. SL 26/2 in 15.3 overs
10:06 IST Mohammed Shami comes to bowl, pretty much-expected move from skipper Virat Kohli. Malinda Pushpakumara on strike, the first ball goes towards the batsman, a mild appeal turned down by the Umpire. The next ball drifts past the batsman, Saha could not stop it, a couple of runs as byes for Sri Lanka. A back of the length delivery from Shami, Pushpakumara defends it on the back foot. The next ball goes past the outside edge, misses the edge by a whisker. He pushes the next ball towards short cover, a dot ball. A fuller delivery to follow, NO BALL! That was a harsh call. Another one goes past the outside edge. SL 26/1 in 15 overs
10:02 IST Karunaratne on strike, Kuldeep continues, he starts off well, gets two balls spinning away from the left-handers. FOUR! Karunaratne shimmies down the wicket and gets to the pitch of the ball, first boundary of the day. He drives the ball towards extra cover, a dot ball. He leaves the next ball. The last ball hits his pad but going down the leg. SL 23/1 in 14 overs
09:59 IST The players are on the field for the first session of Day 3.
09:51 IST It rained earlier today which means that there will be moisture in the pitch. This will ensure that the fast bowlers get to seam the ball early on in the first session.
09:48 IST The match will begin in a few minutes, stay tuned. Sri Lanka still trail by 33 runs.
09:38 IST The pitch has nothing in it to trouble the batsmen. It is still a good pitch for batting. All Sri Lankan batsmen need is better application against Indian bowlers.
09:33 IST Former Sri Lankan batsman Russel Arnold feels fighters like Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis and skipper Dinesh Chandimal need to step up and save the day.
09:23 IST India have not whitewashed Sri Lanka in a Test series till date, it will be another feather in skipper Virat Kohli’s cap if India manages to do so (which looks most likely).
09:12 IST Kuldeep Yadav took a four-fer in the first innings, he will be looking to reciprocate the effort in the second innings as well.
09:04 IST Malinda Pushpakumara will try to survive as long as he can on Day 3, delay the inevitable.
Welcome to inUth’s live digital coverage of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 3 at Pallekele, Kandy. The Day 2 of the game surely belonged to India with Hardik Pandya’s massacre innings followed by Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav’s dominant spell. Indian bowlers have been spot on and managed to bundle out the Sri Lankan innings in a jiffy. The starting of the second innings was not promising at all as well. Upul Tharanga once again got out early leaving his side in danger. At the start of Day 3, Sri Lanka trail by 333 runs. Night Watchman Malinda Pushpakumara and Dimuth Karunaratne are batting, hosts are 19 for 1 in 13 overs.
Indian bowlers have dominated the Sri Lankan batsmen so far. Kuldeep Yadav made the most of the opportunity as he replaced Ravindra Jadeja in the team. Sri Lankan batsmen had no answer to his spin bowling.
The Pallekele pitch does not have any demons in it but Sri Lankan players succumbed to the pressure and threw their wickets away. It is expected to wear and tear in the third session of the day. The pitch is dry and the outfield is slow, seems like a bad day for Sri Lankan batsmen in the middle.
The weather forecast remains similar to the last few days. There are chances of thunderstorms but there have not been any in the past two days. If rain does not play spoilsport on Day 3, the Test series is expected to end today itself as Sri Lankan batsmen have almost bent their knees against the Indian bowlers.
It’s lovely to be able to be next to the nature. Good day everyone pic.twitter.com/Hgv7DqPnPC
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 14, 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