India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 4 highlights: Rahul, Dhawan fifties put IND in charge
Openers KL Rahul (73*) and Shikhar Dhawan (94) scored brilliant half centuries after Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar restricted Sri Lanka to 294 on Day 4 of the first Test at Eden Gardens, as India took a lead of 49 runs after ending the day at 171/1. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 4, Kolkata, here.india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Nov 19, 2017 16:49 IST
KL Rahul scored his 10th Test fifty while Shikhar Dhawan reached his fourth Test half century as India started strong in their second innings against Sri Lanka in the first Test match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. While Dhawan departed at a score of 94, Rahul remained unbeaten on 73 at the end of the day’s play, with India 171/1 at stumps on Day 4 and a lead of 49 runs. Earlier, Rangana Herath slammed a well-deserved half century while Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four wickets each as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 294. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 4, Kolkata, here. (SCORECARD | LIVE STREAMING INFO)
16:32 hrs IST: That’s it for today. India end the day at 171/1, with a lead of 49 runs over Sri Lanka. KL Rahul remains unbeaten on 73, while Cheteshwar Pujara finishes the day at a score of 2 not out.
16:26 hrs IST: India are 168/1 after 39 overs and it’s not long before the sun sets in Kolkata. There are still 19 overs left in the day, but all of those are unlikely to be completed.
16:19 IST: OUT! Dhawan falls at 94! He nicks a Dasun Shanaka delivery to Dickwella and India lose their opening wicket.
16:14 hrs IST: Dhawan just one big hit away from his century. He is on 94, and India are 166/0.
16:11 hrs IST: Dhawan in no hurry for his century. India 159/0 and lead Sri Lanka by 37 runs.
16:02 hrs IST: Very solid stuff from Rahul and Dhawan so far. India are 157/0 in 34 overs.
15:53 hrs IST: India will be very happy with their performance today. A truly dominant batting show. IND 148/0
15:45 hrs IST: Effortless stuff by Shikhar Dhawan as he slog-sweeps it for a six. IND 139/0
15:37 hrs IST: SIX! Dhawan hits a huge six and India have taken the lead! IND 126/0
15:33 hrs IST: The lead for Sri Lanka is down to 4 runs. Great batting by both the Indian openers. IND 118/0
15:25 hrs IST: Fourth Test fifty for Shikhar Dhawan. IND 110/0
15:20 hrs IST: The stand between KL Rahul & Dhawan is the first 100+ partnership for India in their second innings since 137 between Gautam Gambhir & Virender Sehwag against South Africa in 2010.
15:13 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan has played the quieter role in the partnership and he is now 9 runs away from his half century. IND 99/0
15:06 hrs IST: Another review wasted by Sri Lanka. IND 95/0
15:01 hrs IST: The runs keep on coming as Shikhar Dhawan guides it to the third-man boundary. IND 94/0
14:57 hrs IST: 10th half century for KL Rahul. India are 85 for no loss.
14:53 hrs IST: Another boundary and KL Rahul is now playing on 49. IND 83/0
14:49 hrs IST: KL Rahul starts the session with an effortless boundary. IND 74/0
14:27 hrs IST: It’s tea on Day 4 of the Kolkata Test. India are 70/0 and they trail by 52 runs.
14:26 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan drives it through the covers and it’s another boundary for the left-hander. IND 70/0
14:22 hrs IST: The second session is almost over and India will be mighty happy with their start. IND 66/0
14:16 hrs IST: Batting is getting easier with time, it seems, on this wicket as India continue to build on their good start. IND 60/0
14:11 hrs IST: India are 57/0 at the end of 14 overs. Sri Lanka’s lead is down to 65 runs.
14:02 hrs IST: Dhawan slots one through the covers for a boundary. India 48/0.
14:00 hrs IST: Close! Lokesh Rahul drives a Lahiru Gamage delivery down the middle, but the Sri Lanka pacer fails to take a low catch.
13:57 hrs IST: Good over for India, with Dhawan hitting a boundary. The hosts are 43/0 in 7 overs.
13:52 hrs IST: Ten overs bowled in India’s second innings. The hosts are 36/0, with openers Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan on 21 and 15, respectively.
13:45 hrs IST: A strong shout from Gamage, but the impact was outside off stump. IND 34/0
13:38 hrs IST: Another boundary for KL Rahul. IND 33/0
13:32 hrs IST: The pitch still has a lot of bounce and the batsmen are finding it easier to play in comparison to the first two days. IND 25/0
13:26 hrs IST: It has been a good start for India with both batsmen looking quite comfortable. IND 24/0
13:20 hrs IST: Short from Lakmal and Shikhar Dhawan slams another boundary. IND 22/0
13:15 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan also joins the party as he drives the ball for a boundary. IND 17/0
13:11 hrs IST: Solid start for India as KL Rahul gets another boundary. IND 13/0
13:09 hrs IST: A solid touch from KL Rahul and the ball rushes to the boundary. IND 5/0
13:05 hrs IST: KL Rahul opens his account with a quick single. IND 1/0
13:01 hrs IST: KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle. IND 0/0
12:54 hrs IST: The lead is 122 runs for Sri Lanka!
12:52 hrs IST: OUT! Shami claims his fourth wicket as Sri Lanka are all out for 294.
12:46 hrs IST: OUT! Herath’s innings finally comes to an end as Bhuvneshwar Kumar claims his fourth wicket. SL 280/9
12:41 hrs IST: A top edge from Rangana Herath flies off to the boundary. SL 279/8
12:37 hrs IST: A bit of controversy during Day 4 of this game. Find out here
12:31 hrs IST: Another boundary for Rangana Herath. Keep in mind, India will have to bat on the last day and it will be an easy feat for the,. SL 273/8
12:26 hrs IST: Fifty for Rangana Herath! SL 272/8
12:22 hrs IST: Rangana Herath is inching towards his fifty. SL 266/8
12:18 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are 266/8. The lead seems fine. India in big trouble now.
12:14 hrs IST: Excellent over from Ashwin, just two runs off it. Sri Lanka 265/8, lead by 93 runs. Umesh Yadav now
12:11 hrs IST: Welcome back! Ashwin to start the proceedings.
11:32 hrs IST: It’s lunch on Day 4. Sri Lanka are 263/8, lead by 91 runs.
11:28 hrs IST: it’s not going India’s way at all and Herath edges the delivery, but it flies over the slip cauldron. SL 258/8
11:26 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin is bowling his first over of the day. SL 254/8
11:24 hrs IST: This time, he connects perfectly and it’s a boundary for Lakmal. SL 253/8
11:19 hrs IST: Lakmal takes it right on the grill as the ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar took a steep bounce. SL 249/8
11:15 hrs IST: The crowd is quite good at the Eden Gardens today and the support will surely help the visitors. SL 247/8
11:09 hrs IST: OUT! Mohammed Shami takes his third wicket as Dilruhan Perera is caught behind for 5. SL 244/8
11:07 hrs IST: Herath can be heading for a well-deserved half century. SL 244/7
11:03 hrs IST: India will need to strike before lunch or else they can be looking at a huge first innings lead. SL 241/7
10:58 hrs IST: Half an hour remaining for lunch on Day 4. Sri Lanka have taken a comfortable lead over India.
10:53 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back in action! SL 237/7
10:49 hrs IST: Another boundary as Rangana Herath moves to 30. SL 237/7
10:47 hrs IST: Short from Mohammed Shami and Rangana Herath slams it for another boundary. SL 233/7
10:42 hrs IST: This partnership has taken Sri Lanka’s lead beyond 50. SL 224/7
10:38 hrs IST: India are really going for the broke! Virat Kohli is the new bowler. SL 219/7
10:36 hrs IST: The ball was up in the air, but lands in front of the fielder .SL 219/7
10:34 hrs IST: A slight controversy in the game as some people are suggesting that Dilruhan asked the dressing room before taking a review. Another ‘brain fade’ moment? SL 218/7
10:31 hrs IST: Time for spin. Ravindra Jadeja is introduced into the attack. SL 217/7
10:27 hrs IST: Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath have stopped India’s momentum for now after losing three quick wickets. SL 217/7
10:22 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has left the ground for some reason. Umesh Yadav introduced into the attack. SL 210/7
10:17 hrs IST: Sri Lanka lead by 37 runs. SL 209/8
10:12 hrs IST: A loud shout from India, but the review showed that the impact was outside off stump. SL 208/8
10:07 hrs IST: It has not been a good match of spinners as only Dilruhan has taken two wickets till now. SL 207/7
10:04 hrs IST: India need to restrict Sri Lanka under 250 in order to stay in the game and the pacers will be the key once again. S: 202/7
09:59 hrs IST: OUT! Dinesh Chandimal departs! Mohammed Shami dismisses him for 28, SL 201/7
09:52 hrs IST: OUT! Dasun Shanaka is caught LBW by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and India are back in the game! SL 201/5
09:48 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami strikes for India! That’s the end of Niroshan Dickwella as he departs for 35. SL 200/5
09:46 hrs IST: 35 off 36 balls. Dickwella is having a ball at the Eden Gardens. SL 200/4
09:42 hrs IST: Dinesh Chandimal also gets a boundary as his partnership with Niroshan Dickwella crosses the 50-run mark. SL 192/4
09:40 hrs IST: Third boundary for Niroshan Dickwella! SL 187/4
09:35 hrs IST: The forecast says that there can be some rain later in the day, but the sky looks quite clear right now. SL 179/4
09:31 hrs IST: Sri Lanka lead by 3 runs right now. SL 175/4
09:29 hrs IST: The Indian bowlers have really struggled to get wickets and that has been the case till now. SL 173/4
09:26 hrs IST: Effortlessly played by Niroshan Dickwella and that’s the first boundary of the day. SL 172/4
09:21 hrs IST: Superb movement off the pitch for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. SL 168/4
09:18 hrs IST: The bounce has been the highlight of this game as there are very less cracks on the pitch. SL 165/4
09:16 hrs IST: Good news for India. Mohammed Shami is back in action! SL 165/4
09:11 hrs IST: The teams are out in the middle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the first over. SL 165/4
09:03 hrs IST: The Eden Gardens pitch has improved drastically since Day 1 and it seems that batsmen are having a better time out in the middle.
08:54 hrs IST: With the first two days getting spoilt by rain, it was a welcome sight for the fans as yesterday’s action took place without any interruption.
08:51 hrs IST: The onus will once again be on the Indian pacers as Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar need to add to their tally on Sunday.
08:46 hrs IST: It was all Sri Lanka on Day 3 as Lahiru Thirimane and Angelo Mathews slammed half centuries to guide them to a decent total.
08:18 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the Day 4 of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka.
At stumps on Day 3, Niroshan Dickwella was batting on 14 when bad light stopped play and skipper Dinesh Chandimal was on 13 with the tourists seven runs behind.
Earlier, after India resumed on a precarious 74/5, the bottom half of their order contributed 98 runs in the morning session to lend respectability to their total on a green Eden Gardens track.
Cheteshwar Pujara brought up his 16th Test fifty but was clean bowled by Lahiru Gamage for 52, a patient knock in trying conditions that included 10 boundaries.
In reply, Sadeera Samarawickrama’s 23 off 22 balls gave Sri Lanka a fast start but Bhuvneshwar exploited the conditions well to peg back the tourists. The paceman dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne lbw for eight and had Samarawickrama caught behind in his next over.
Despite their occasional discomfort against the moving ball, Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews thwarted the hosts with a match-high 99-run stand. Both were out after scoring fifties.
First Published: Nov 19, 2017 08:15 IST