India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, day 3 highlights: Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar keep IND afloat
Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up two wickets each but Sri Lanka were boosted by fifties from Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews. Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara notched up his 16th fifty but India were bowled out for 172. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, Day 3 here.india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Nov 18, 2017 16:55 IST
Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the stars for India as they picked up two wickets. For Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews slammed his 28th fifty while Lahiru Thirimanne continued his good run with yet another fifty. At stumps on day 3, Sri Lanka are 165/4, trailing by seven runs. Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara notched up his 16th fifty but India were bundled out for 172 with Suranga Lakmal the pick of the bowlers with 4/26. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 3 here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO)
16:10 hrs IST: Bad light forces early stumps on day 3. Sri Lanka are trailing by seven runs but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav’s two wickets have kept India afloat. However, the team will be concerned with the fitness of Mohammed Shami.
15:59 hrs IST: The light meters are out now as the sun sets in Kolkata. Ravindra Jadeja has a shy at the bowler’s end but he misses. Four more overthrows is the result.
15:55 hrs IST: FOUR! Dickwella breaks the shackles with a lovely cover drive past extra cover. But uh oh, the bowler is clutching his right hamstring and seems to be in trouble. This is not good.
15:47 hrs IST: Dickwella has started off confidently while Chandimal is just hanging in there. The deficit is just 22.
15:42 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar and Umesh are beating the outside edges plenty of time. It is like a wicket is waiting to fall.
15:33 hrs IST: Appeal for a catch and it is given but Niroshan Dickwella has reviewed straightaway. Short ball and on the body
15:29 hrs IST: Brilliant bowling from Shami and Umesh. They are finding more bounce and movement on this deck, with Umesh in particular being in rhythm.
15:22 hrs IST: WICKET! Full ball outside off, Mathews drives it straight outside off but he finds the fielder at cover. Angelo Mathews c KL Rahul b Umesh Yadav 52 (94).
15:18 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews notches up his 28th fifty with a cracking pull shot over deep mid wicket. Great effort by the former skipper.
15:10 hrs IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav finally gets the breakthrough. Good catch by Kohli. Short and rising delivery outside off, Thirimanne pushes at it and the edge is taken low at second slip with the skipper diving to his left. Lahiru Thirimanne c Kohli b Umesh Yadav 51(94).
15:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Edged but safe! Short ball and it straightens outside off, Mathews stabs at it and the edge flies past the gap between Kohli and gully for a boundary to third man. The frustration mounts.
15:03 hrs IST: Wayward bowling from Umesh Yadav and Sri Lanka continue to inch towards taking a first innings lead. SL 129/2
14:59 hrs IST: Lahiru Thirimane and Angelo Matthews are looking extremely comfortable and Sri Lanka can be looking at a big first innings total if these two can bat some more. SL 124/2
14:56 hrs IST: Fifth half century for Lahiru THirimane! SL 124/2
14:53 hrs IST: Effortless stuff by Angelo Matthews as he caresses the ball to the boundary. SL 118/2
14:49 hrs IST: Nervy start for Angelo Mathews after the tea session as Mohammed Shami continue to get a lot of movement off the pitch. IND 113/2
14:46 hrs IST: We are back for the final session. SL 113/2
14:26 hrs IST: That is tea on the third day. Sri Lanka trail by 59 and are in a good position. Can India get some quick wickets in the final session?
14:17 hrs IST: The Sri Lankan duo have played with ease and are looking good to help Sri Lanka establish a lead. The spinners are not getting much purchase from the deck.
14:10 hrs IST: Another excellent ball from Bhuvneshwar as he gets a full ball angled in to jag back in further off the deck, cutting Thirimanne in half.
14:08 hrs IST: FOUR! Runs are coming easily for Sri Lanka as Thirimanne casually swats a flighted ball to deep mid wicket. Both batsmen have applied themselves well.
14:01 hrs IST: FOURS! Bhuvneshwar Kumar floats on the pads and Thirimanne flicks and glances it to deep mid wicket and fine leg respectively. The left-hander is nearing a fifty.
13:59 hrs IST: Not much purchase for Ashwin but he is getting some drift. Can India breakthrough before tea?
13:55 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin is into the attack now. Can he get some purchase from this deck?
13:48 hrs IST: FOUR! India are leaking runs. Full ball and Mathews carves the drive to the deep backward point fence.
13:43 hrs IST: FOURS! The partnership reaches 50 and Sri Lanka are making good progress. Full ball and swinging in on the pads, Mathews flicks to the deep square leg fence and next ball, he edges it past the slips to third man.
13:39 hrs IST: It has become overcast in Kolkata again. Groundsman are getting ready just in case. However, good to go.
13:34 hrs IST: Sri Lanka now trail by less than 100. They must build upon this partnership and establish a lead closer to 150-200 to have any chance of a result.
13:30 hrs IST: DROPPED! India are becoming slack on the field. Umesh bowls the leg-cutter outside off and Thirimanne stabs at it, Shikhar Dhawan drops it at first slip.
13:26 hrs IST: FOUR! Superb ball from Shami. It straightens on middle stump and it squares Mathews up as the edge flies past slip and gully to third man.
13:21 hrs IST: FOURS! Umesh Yadav is leaking too many boundaries as he struggles with his line and length. This will not impress Kohli, especially when the target is small.
13:12 hrs IST: FOUR! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets an extended spell as he bowls a full ball outside off but Thirimanne crashes the cover drive off the front foot.
13:08 hrs IST: Short ball and on leg stump, Thirimanne fends at it and the ball goes past Saha to the fine leg fence. Umesh Yadav is slowly getting into rhythm now.
13:05 hrs IST: Great bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Two consecutive balls, he gets extra bounce and sharp seam movement to beat Mathews. He is using the angles of the crease well.
12:59 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav is struggling to control his line. He sprays it well down the leg side and wide outside off. This is more of the right-armed Mitchell Johnson when not on song, “Bowls to the left, bowls to the right”.
12:54 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami is not looking 100 percent and has walked off the field. India will be hoping it is nothing serious. Rohit Sharma is on the field as a substitute.
12:51 hrs IST: FOUR! Lovely shot from Thirimanne. Full ball and swerving in, the left-hander neatly punches the cover drive to the boundary.
12:46 hrs IST: REVIEW! India opt for a review against Angelo Mathews as Bhuvneshwar gets a delivery to nip back in sharply, Mathews plays down the wrong line and gets hit on the pad but it looked a bit too high, umpire’s call on hitting the stumps. Since original decision is not out, it stays that way but India do not lose the review.
12:41 hrs IST: Shami and Bhuvneshwar are now making the ball talk on this wicket. With Umesh Yadav yet to come, things are only going to get harder for Sri Lanka.
12:35 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar strikes again. Short of a length ball and darting away outside off, Samarawickrama edges it to the keeper. Sadeera Samarawickrama c Saha b Bhuvneshwar 23 (22).
12:26 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar gets a full ball to curl back in and Karunaratne suffers a fatal misjudgment as he offers no shot, he is given out LBW and reviews it again but the ball is hitting off stump. Dimuth Karunaratne LBW Bhuvneshwar 8 (15).
12:21 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor fielding from Ashwin. After conceding four overthrows, he misfields. Full ball from Shami and Samarawickrama caresses it past extra cover.
12:18 hrs IST: REVIEW! Big shout for an LBW and Karunaratne is given out. Full ball angled in and it raps the left-hander on the front pad, the umpire gives it out and Sri Lanka take the review. Replays who it was going over the stumps. Good call from the batsman
12:13 hrs IST: FOUR! Too full on the pads, Samarawickrama flicks it off the front foot to deep square leg for his second boundary.
12:11 hrs IST: Great bowling from Shami to end the over. He gets some extra bounce and nip off the deck. With his upright seam positioning, he will be a troublesome proposition for Sri Lanka.
12:08 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor start for Mohammed Shami as well. Short of a length ball on the pads, Karunaratne tucks it to square leg and the ball races across the outfield to deep square leg.
12:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Great start for Samarawickrama. Full ball and swinging in on the pads, the batsman flicks it past deep mid wicket for a boundary. Next ball, he follows it up with three runs to sweeper cover with a drive off a full ball.
12:00 hrs IST: Welcome back for the second session between India vs Sri Lanka. The pitch is still assisting the bowlers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will be relishing the prospects of bowling on this deck. Sri Lanka’s batting order is a bit inexperienced and it will require a great effort from them.
11:27 hrs IST: WICKET! Short ball from Gamage and Shami top-edges the pull to deep square leg where Shanaka takes the catch. Mohammed Shami c Shanaka b Gamage 24 (22).
11:21 hrs IST: Gamage bowls a full ball and Shami clears the front leg and blasts it past long off for a boundary. The partnership is frustrating Sri Lanka.
11:19 hrs IST: Review time! Sri Lanka appeal for a catch. However, there was no bat and glove so Umesh Yadav survives.
11:13 hrs IST: FOURS! Streaky but effective. Sri Lanka will be frustrated. Shami is throwing his bat at everything. Full ball outside off and the edge flies over the slips and a short ball is top-edged over the keeper for boundaries.
11:11 hrs IST: India have reached 150. The last time they were bowled out for under 150 in a Test in Eden Gardens was way back in 1996 against South Africa. Against Sri Lanka, they were bowled out for under 150 in Galle in 2015.
11:06 hrs IST: WICKET! Suranga Lakmal gets his fourth. Brilliant bowling this. Good length ball on middle and leg stump, it straightens and Bhuvneshwar edges it to the keeper. Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Dickwella b Lakmal 13 (17).
10:59 hrs IST: Rangana Herath is back into the attack. With the tail-enders going after him, this can be the ideal time for Sri Lanka to polish the tail off. But, India can also get some quick runs.
10:54 hrs IST: Edged but safe! Full ball that holds its line on off stump, Bhuvneshwar pokes at it and the edge flies past Chandimal at first slip.
10:49 hrs IST: WICKET! India are tottering now. Dilruwan gets a bit of extra bounce as Saha attempts the sweep, the ball gets a top edge and the catch is taken. India take the review and UltraEdge spots a spike. Wriddhiman Saha c Mathews b Dilruwan 29 (83).
10:43 hrs IST: WICKET! Sri Lanka get the vital wicket. Flatter delivery from Dilruwan and the ball hits the pad first, Sri Lanka appeal but the umpire does not give it out. They review and replays show it is pad first. After a bit of a delay for ball-tracking, it shows to be hitting leg stump. Ravindra Jadeja LBW Dilruwan Perera 22 (37).
10:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Shanaka floats a full ball outside off and Saha creams the drive to the sweeper cover fence.
10:34 hrs IST: MISSED STUMPING! Crucial moment in the match. Saha dances down the track to loft it down the ground but misses, however, Niroshan Dickwella the keeper could not effect the stumping.
10:32 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have to find a way to break this partnership as a total in excess of 250 or 300 on this deck could be challenging, considering India’s variety.
10:25 hrs IST: The partnership between Jadeja and Saha is going at a rate of over five and has gotten India almost back on track. Still, a long way to go if they have to get to a good score.
10:17 hrs IST: SIX! Brilliant batting from Jadeja. Flighted delivery on off stump, the left-hander skips down the track and wallops it over long on for the first six of the game.
10:12 hrs IST: FOUR! For the first time in this match, Lakmal’s economy rate has gone over one. Full ball outside off, Saha plays it with soft hands and the ball goes to the third man fence.
10:08 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor line and length from Dilruwan. Short and wide ball, gives Saha ample time to rock back and crash the cut through backward point.
10:06 hr IST: Dilruwan Perera into the attack for the first time. Can he break this dangerous stand?
9:59 hrs IST: The team 100 is up for India. Jadeja and Saha have looked to take the attack to the bowlers. The third umpire has a look whether the fielder touched the ropes which he did while trying to stop.
9:53 hrs IST: Jadeja and Saha have to counter-attack. So far, both batsmen have looked in good touch.
9:48 hrs IST: Review time for Sri Lanka. They appeal for an LBW against Wriddhiman Saha. Going over the stumps so they lose a review. It was a full ball which cut back in off the seam again but the extra bounce took it over.
9:46 hrs IST: FOURS! Superb batting from Saha. Full ball from Gamage and the wicketkeeper batsman creams the drive to deep cover. Couple of balls later, he wrists a straight drive to long on.
9:40 hrs IST: Sri Lanka would be looking to restrict India to under 100 and drive home the advantage. However, the hosts bat deep till No.9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar recently hit a fifty and has had a Test half-century in England.
9:34 hrs IST: WICKET! Peach of a delivery from Gamage. Full ball and it nips back in sharply off the deck, Pujara goes for the drive and the ball sneaks past the gap to flatten off stump. Cheteshwar Pujara b Lahiru Gamage 52 (117).
9:33 hrs IST: Lakmal continues to bowl a fine spell as he troubles Pujara and Saha. His figures read 13-11-5-3
9:27 hrs IST: There is still some movement off the pitch and there is a bit of lateral movement. For the first time in two days, Kolkata awakes to sunshine. It is clearing up and there is plenty of blue sky. This will be great for cricket fans.
9:19 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara notches up his 16th fifty in Tests with a sweep off Rangana Herath. What a batting exhibition on a tough pitch. Well played, Pujara.
9:10 hrs IST: Pujara has good company in Wriddhiman Saha, who slammed two fifties on a difficult Kolkata pitch last year and was named the Man of the Match. He will once again be the key.
8:55 hrs IST: There is still some assistance for the bowlers on a wicket that has plenty of moisture.
8:47 hrs IST: The outfield is in great shape. There are no covers, but it is overcast. Another day for the bowlers to prosper.
8:38 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is nearing a 16th fifty in Tests. In demanding conditions, he has proven to be head and shoulders above the rest. That is what a County Cricket experience does to you, bat in most conditions.
8:14 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the third day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka from the Eden Gardens. We have had two days ruined by rain and the forecast today is not too promising. It is currently overcast but it is not raining. However, rain is predicted later in the day.
Steady showers had allowed just 11.5 overs on the first day of the three-match series and the heavens opened once more on Friday to initially force an early lunch and then wash out the final two sessions with India reeling on 74 for five.
When play was called off, Pujara, a model of concentration, stood three runs short of a 16th Test fifty, a knock he would be proud of considering the conditions at Eden Gardens.
The visitors continued to plunder wickets between the showers in search of a first Test win against their hosts in India.
Sri Lanka’s first change bowler Dasun Shanaka dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin, both for four, to compound India’s woes after the hosts had resumed on 17-3 under an overcast sky on Day 2.
With more rain predicted on Day 3, it remains to be seen how much game is possible. But Indian batsmen would hope to hold fort and that the team towards a decent total.
First Published: Nov 18, 2017 08:02 IST