India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1 Highlights: Ashwin, Jadeja make it IND’s day
India were 11/1 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 205 at the close on the opening day of the second Test in Nagpur. Lahiru Gamage bowled KL Rahul for seven. Murali Vijay (2*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (2*) were batting with India trailing by 194 runs. Earlier, brilliant spells from R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma restricted the visitors to 205. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1 here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO | ASHES SCORES)
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16:35 hrs IST: And that’s it. India end the day at 11/1. Another excellent show from Virat Kohli’s men.
16:30 hrs IST: Lahiru Gamage to bowl the final over.
16:20 hrs IST: And Vijay gets off the mark with a single (on the 16th delivery he faces). India are 8/1, three more overs to go.
16:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Unlucky! Good length delivery from Gamage, Rahul looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. Cheteshwar Pujara is in at No. 3.
16:08 hrs IST: Both openers should look to bide their time. And not to forget, India bat deep in this match.
16:03 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from Lakmal. India are 5/0 after the first over. Lahiru Gamage now.
15:59 hrs IST: FOUR! What a way to start the innings. Half-volley from Lakmal and Rahul drives it beautifully past the mid-off region.
15:57 hrs IST: Time for live action. KL Rahul to take strike. Suranga Lakmal to bowl the first over.
15:55 hrs IST: India will have to play eight overs before stumps.
15:48 hrs IST: WICKET! And that’s it. Sri Lanka have been all-out for 205. Fourth wicket for Ashwin. What a day it has been for India! While the pacers bowled tight lengths, the spinners picked up wickets at the right time to extend Sri Lanka’s misery. Join us in 10 minutes for India’s innings.
15:45 hrs IST: OUT! Ishant Sharma gets his third wicket. Perfect length from the Indian, Lakmal has no clue as he edges it to Saha, who takes a neat catch behind the stumps.
15:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Short ball from Ishant and Lakmal pulls it to deep mid-wicket boundary. Moves to 17
15:40 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma is back into the attack
15:35 hrs IST: SIX! Fullish delivery from Jadeja, Lakmal gets into position and hammers it over long-on boundary for a maximum. What a shot!
15:33 hrs IST: Fifteen overs left. Looks like India will bat today.
15:27 hrs IST: Time for drinks. Sri Lanka 190/8, Lakmal 5*, Herath 1*
15:23 hrs IST: This South Africa star, who last played international cricket in November 2016, could be back for the series against India.
15:18 hrs IST: WICKET! Chandimal has just thrown away his wicket. There was no need of that shot. The Sri Lankan captain looks to play the reverse sweep but misses and is caught in front. With Lakmal and Herath (to come), he could’ve added at least 50-odd runs. Third wicket for Ashwin.
15:11 hrs IST: OUT! And Jadeja has his man. Third wicket for the Indian. Dilruwan Perera goes. Sri Lanka 184/7
15:04 hrs IST: SIX! Tossed up from Jadeja, Perera dances down the track and slaps it over long-off for a maximum. Sri Lanka 174/6, Chandimal 54*, Perera 8*
14:59 hrs IST: If Sri Lanka can score another 100 runs then India could find themselves in a tricky situation. The visitors have two good spinners in their ranks.
14:52 hrs IST: WICKET! R Ashwin gets his second scalp. Dasun Shanaka departs for only two. Dilruwan Perera is the next batsman.
14:44 hrs IST: A close LBW shout, but the ball was missing the leg stump. Sri Lanka 162/5
14:41 hrs IST: Dinesh Chandimal reached his fifty but the joy was shortlived for Sri Lanka as Niroshan Dickwella departs!
14:37 hrs IST: It has been a good fightback by Sri Lanka after a really shaky start. Sri Lanka 159/4
14:35 hrs IST: A misfield from Ravindra Jadeja and Dickwella gets a boundary. Sri Lanka 156/4
14:33 hrs IST: We’re back for the final session of the day. Sri Lanka 152/4
14:12 hrs IST: And that’s tea. 101 runs and two wickets. Both teams share honours. We’ll back in 20 minutes time.
14:09 hrs IST: Two boundaries from Chandimal. Looks in top form! Moves to 47
14:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Umesh, outside off, Dickwella gets into position early and smacks it past the point region.
13:55 hrs IST: After a long time, Ishant Sharma hitting the right lengths. Ranji Trophy stint has got him going.
13:48 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are 127/4. India have bowled 26 overs so far in this session. Still 27 minutes before the tea is taken.
13:41 hrs IST: OUT! Ishant Sharma gets his second wicket of the day. Dimuth Karunaratne departs for a well-made 51. Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble now. Niroshan Dickwella is in at No. 6.
13:38 hrs IST: Good partnership building between Karunaratne and Chandimal. The duo should look to hang in till the end of day’s play.
13:32 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - Single and that’s 1000 Test runs for Karunaratne in 2017.
13:25 hrs IST: BREAKING - South Africa court sentences Oscar Pistorius to 13 years and 5 months jail.
13:20 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for Dimuth Karunaratne, 14th in Tests. Well-compiled innings from the Sri Lankan opener. Can he score a century here?
13:17 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma comes into the attack
13:11 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s 3000 Test runs for Dinesh Chandimal. Length ball from Umesh and the Lankan captain drives it through covers. SL are 105/3, time for drinks!
13:07 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Australia were fighting back at 165/4 in reply to England’s 302 at the close on the second day. Smith remained unbeaten on 64 with Shaun Marsh providing support on 44. Day 3 is going to be intriguing!
13:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Full and straight from Jadeja and Karunaratne hits it over mid-wicket. Sri Lanka 89/3 after 42 overs.
12:57 hrs IST: Only six runs in the last three overs. Sri Lanka 84/3, Karunaratne 35*, Chandimal 14*
12:51 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - R Ashwin has dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne 12 times in international cricket.
12:46 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Steve Smith’s patient fifty has revived Australia’s innings at the Gabba. Shaun Marsh has supported his captain well and is unbeaten on 43.
12:43 hrs IST: Twenty eight balls since the last boundary. Sri Lanka 77/3, Karunaratne 31*, Chandimal 11*
12:36 hrs IST: Chandimal using his feet against Ashwin seems a good ploy for now. Not much of turn, so will help the Sri Lankan.
12:30 hrs IST: The visitors finding Indian spin duo too hot to handle. Gut feeling -- another wicket isn’t far away. Sri Lanka 63/3
12:24 hrs IST: The Indian has had his share of close no-ball calls but he finally gets the danger man.
12:22 hrs IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja joins the party, removes Mathews. Sri Lanka in a spot of bother. Dinesh Chandimal comes to the crease. Need a counter-attacking innings from him!
12:17 hrs IST: BOUNDARY! This is brilliant from Mathews. Flighted delivery from Ashwin, the Sri Lankan comes down the track and creams it over mid-on for one bounce four. Good over for the visitors, nine runs off it. Sri Lanka 60/2
12:13 hrs IST: FOUR! Overpitched delivery from Jadeja and Karunaratne drives it through covers. Moves to 25. Sri Lanka 51/2. Ashwin now
12:10 hrs IST: Welcome back! Jadeja to continue. Karunaratne to take strike.
11:31 hrs IST: And that’s lunch. Wriddhiman Saha affected a brilliant stumping in the penultimate over before the break but it was a no ball from Ravindra Jadeja. Sri Lanka 47/2. Good session for India. We’ll back in a few minutes time.
11:24 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews is the next man in. The former Sri Lanka captain scored a fifty in the Kolkata game.
11:21 hrs IST: WICKET! First scalp for an Indian spinner in the series. Ashwin strikes, Thirimanne gone. Looks to sweep but misses and the ball hits the stumps.
11:14 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav replaces Ishant Sharma. Ravindra Jadeja still not warming up.
11:10 hrs IST: The hosts have conceded just eight runs in the last 12 overs. Incredible show!
11:04 hrs IST: DROPPED! Pujara misses one at short mid-on. Flighted delivery from Ashwin, Karunaratne looks to go for a biggie but gets a thick inside edge, the Indian didn’t time the jump to perfection and misses.
10:59 hrs IST: Yesterday, Virat Kohli expressed his unhappiness over the cramped schedule of the India team which leaves them no time to acclimatise before the tough tour of South Africa. The BCCI, in a bid to accommodate the Sri Lanka series, has left little time for the team to prepare for the long South Africa series.
10:54 hrs IST: Three maidens on the trot. India piling on the pressure. The visitors need to score singles and doubles, at least. Sri Lanka are 33/1.
10:49 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma comes back for another spell.
10:45 hrs IST: Only two runs in the last six overs. Splendid stuff from Ishant & Co.. Sri Lanka are 33/1, Karunaratne 14*, Thirimanne 4*
10:40 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is expected to go past this Sunil Gavaskar record in the ongoing three-Test series. The Indian captain has been the team’s driving force even before taking over the leadership role.
10:36 hrs IST: Maiden to start off from Ashwin. Seems both Jadeja and Ashwin will have to do the bulk of the bowling after the first session. Sri Lanka are 32/1
10:32 hrs IST: And here comes the first change in bowling - R Ashwin
10:26 hrs IST: In 77 Tests, Ishant has taken 218 wickets (excluding this game). His last Test was against Australia at Ranchi, in March. However, he has been in good form in the Ranji Trophy, claiming 20 wickets in four games.
10:21 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Australia are struggling at 76/3 in reply to England’s 302 on the second day of the first Ashes Test. The tourists claimed the crucial wicket of David Warner for 26 in the low-scoring Test. At tea, Steve Smith was unbeaten on 19 with Peter Handscomb on 14.
10:17 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - R Ashwin has taken 15 wickets at 17.53 in two Tests, the most at this venue.
10:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Soothing sight. Fuller delivery from Ishant and Karunaratne times it well straight down the ground. Moves to 14 with two boundaries.
10:11 hrs IST: There are some cracks in the pitch. Expect spinners to come into play later on. Sri Lanka are 23/1, Karunaratne 10*, Thirimanne 0*. Ishant to continue.
10:06 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma has got the opportunity at the right time. South Africa is next and India would want to have four fast bowlers in good form. And of course, Hardik Pandya is a bonus!
10:01 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - 5004 runs have been scored for the loss of 157 wickets at 31.87 in Nagpur (excluding this match). Ten centuries have been scored, of them five by Indian batsmen.
09:56 hrs IST: Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka’s new no. 3, comes to the crease. Can he get a big one today?
09:53 hrs IST: OUT! Ishant Sharma strikes in his third over. Samarawickrama looks to play the drive but gets an outside edge and the first slip fielder Cheteshwar Pujara takes a good low catch.
09:48 hrs IST: So far so good for Sri Lanka. Their openers have played Indian seamers well. The visitors need to be careful in the next hour if they’ve to win the day.
09:44 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - India have tasted defeat just once at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. In total, they’ve won three of their five matches at the venue so far.
09:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Inswinger from Umesh, Dimuth Karunaratne adjusts well and flicks it through mid-wicket for his first boundary of the day. Sri Lanka 10/0.
09:35 hrs IST: Good over from Ishant despite the boundary. The third ball was overpitched and Samarawickrama leaned into the drive past the fielder at extra cover. Sri Lanka 5/0. Umesh Yadav comes into the attack.
09:30 hrs IST: Sun is out. Conditions are excellent for full day’s play. Ishant Sharma to start the proceedings. Sadeera Samarawickrama to take face the first ball.
09:26 hrs IST: Four bowlers for India. Still a strong lineup despite some big names missing. The new ball will be crucial.
09:17 hrs IST: So Rohit Sharma gets a break after last playing against New Zealand in the home series in 2016, where he had got half-centuries in all three Tests.
09:15 hrs IST: Meanwhile, England lost six wickets to collapse to 302 all out as Australia roared back in the first Ashes Test on Day 2 at the Gabba today. Can the Aussies get a big first innings score?
09:07 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams -
India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma
Sri Lanka: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage
09:04 hrs IST: Dinesh Chandimal has opted to go with the same team. On the other hand, the hosts have made three changes. Vijay replaces Dhawan, Rohit comes in for Bhuvi while Ishant is in for Shami -- who has a niggle.
09:01 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to bat.
08:57 hrs IST: Early assistance for seamers for sure! Win the toss and bowl.
08:50 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - Dilruwan Perera is just four wickets away from reaching 100 Test scalps. With this, he’ll become only the third spinner to reach the milestone for Sri Lanka.
08:44 hrs IST: Vijay Shankar, who has been a solid performer in Ranji Trophy, could make his Test debut today. Kohli feels he could be India’s back-up all-rounder when they go overseas.
08:41 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan will not be a part of the team for this Test as they were granted leave by the team management for personal reasons. Bhuvi got married yesterday.
08:37 hrs IST: India came really close to winning the first Test in Kolkata, but bad light played spoilsport on Day 5.
08:20 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the Day 1 of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka in Nagpur.
India will be forced to make two changes after Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulled out due to personal reasons. Murali Vijay, who last played a Test against Australia earlier this year, is the front-runner to replace Dhawan.
It is fair to say that India missed a technically sound batsman like Vijay during the first two days of the Kolkata Test. Dhawan, who struggles in seaming conditions, failed to get past the double-figure mark in the first innings. The Delhi left-hander scored 94 in the second innings but it was when batting had become easier.
Vijay’s ability and clarity on where his off-stump is makes him a valuable asset in the longest format. On the other hand, Ishant Sharma could replace Bhuvneshwar if India opt to play three pacers.
Skipper Chandimal and Rangana Herath will hold the key for the visitors. Suranga Lakmal, who took seven wickets in the first game, will look to continue his good form. Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka’s senior-most batsman, will look to score a big one.
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