India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Highlights: R Ashwin takes 300th wicket, IND rout SL by an innings
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s splendid spells helped the Indian cricket team thrash Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. In process, Ashwin became the fastest bowler in Test history to take 300 wickets. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day 4, Nagpur, here.india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Nov 27, 2017 13:35 IST
The Indian cricket team thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs on the fourth day of the second Test on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The visitors, who started the day in Nagpur on 21/1 after conceding a 405-run first innings lead, crashed to 166 all out in the second session. Off-spinner R Ashwin claimed four wickets to return overall match figures of 8-130. In process, Ashwin became the fastest bowler in Test history to take 300 wickets. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day 4, Nagpur, here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO)
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Virat Kohli (Man of the Match): “The pitch was good to bat on. It was on the slower side, but there was nothing much happening from the pitch. I just wanted to bat the way I bat how I wanted to. Get into good position and rotate strike and score quickly so our bowlers have time to bowl the opposition out. We will need that overseas so I was looking at doing that. I always wanted to better myself at, in scoring daddy hundreds, for the simple reason that the team benefits. When you lose concentration after a hundred, maybe two wickets can fall quickly. A set batsman can play shots easier than a new batsman so I started thinking in that way and my fitness helps me bat for longer periods. Wonderfully well, Pujara we know, he’s been very consistent.
Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka captain): “It was a good toss to win. Unfortunately, we were outplayed from the first day of the game. Our batting unit let us down again. You have to score at least 350 plus against India to win or even stay in it for five days. Before we came here, we had a game plan. Then we said to the guys, if you get a start, you have to bat long. But they scored only 50-60 runs and got out. Its unfortunate but I’m sure they will learn. Angelo is the one who is the most senior guy in the line-up. And if he is not scoring, our team goes down. As senior players you need to stand up and perform so the youngsters can follow. I’m sure he will stand up and make it count again.”
13:00 hrs IST: With Gamage’s scalp, Ashwin becomes the fastest to 300 Test wickets.
12:58 hrs IST: OUT! And that’s it. Ashwin takes the final wicket. India crush Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
12:53 hrs IST: Umesh has been superb throughout the day. Can he take the final wicket?
12:46 hrs IST: WICKET! Second wicket for Umesh Yadav, gets rid of Dinesh Chandimal. India one wicket away from an impressive win!
12:40 hrs IST: MS Dhoni is not ‘Cool’, Chennai Super Kings’ teammate spills the beans. Interesting read!
12:33 hrs IST: SIX! Tossed up from Ashwin, Lakmal dances down the track and creams it straight over the bowler’s head for a maximum.
12:28 hrs IST: Good over from Ashwin, only two runs off it. Sri Lanka 147/8, trail by 258 runs.
12:24 hrs IST: Welcome back! Ashwin to bowl to Lakmal.
11:45 hrs IST: And that’s lunch. Another day and another dominant show from the Indian cricket team. Nothing more to say about Sri Lanka. No fight at all from the visitors. Join us in 40 minutes time!
11:37 hrs IST: Ashwin is one scalp away from being the fastest bowler to 300 in Tests.
11:30 hrs IST: The session has been extended to a further 15 minutes.
11:27 hrs IST: Ashwin now has 50 Test wickets in 2017.
11:25 hrs IST: OUT! Another one bites the dust. Bat, pad (Herath is the batsman) and Rahane takes a neat catch at slip.
11:21 hrs IST: WICKET! Seems all too easy now. Dilruwan Perera gets trapped in front. Second wicket for Ashwin. Sri Lanka 107/7.
11:14 hrs IST: WICKET! And Ashwin joins the party. This is poor quality cricket from Sri Lanka. Shanaka falls. The Kolkata draw seems more of an aberration now.
11:11 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Chandimal. But surely, it wouldn’t matter India a lot. Sri Lanka are 101/5, trail by 305
11:06 hrs IST: Costly over from Ashwin, 16 runs off it. Two sixes and a boundary from Shanaka. Sri Lanka are 92/5, trail by 313.
11:00 hrs IST: WICKET! This is an absolute peach from Ishant Sharma. Around the wicket to Dickwella, generates sharp bounce, the Sri Lankan has no answer to it as he edges one to Kohli at second slip.
10:53 hrs IST: Excellent over from Ishant, maiden it is. Sri Lanka are 72/4, trail by 333.
10:49 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma is back into the attack
10:44 hrs IST: There seems no fight from Sri Lanka. And what was the point of resting your best batsman (Kusal Mendis) for this all-important series? Another spineless show leaves players, board with mountain to climb.
10:38 hrs IST: OUT! Another soft dismissal. There’s no sense of responsibility. Mathews hits it straight to mid-off and finds Rohit Sharma. Niroshan Dickwella is in at No. 6.
10:35 hrs IST: Brilliant first hour for India. Matter of seven good balls now. Sri Lanka need a miracle here. Batting will not get any easier on this track.
10:31 hrs IST: Australia are yet to lose at the Gabba since 1988. Going by their current form, this trend go could on for years!
10:25 hrs IST: Good over for Sri Lanka, seven runs off it. They are 59/3, trail by 346.
10:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Fullish delivery from Umesh and Chandimal flicks it past the square leg region for his first boundary of the day. Sri Lanka are 52/3, trail by 353.
10:16 hrs IST: WICKET! Rash from Thirimanne, there was no need of it. Too wide from Umesh, the Sri Lankan looks to play it over backward point but finds Jadeja. Dinesh Chandimal is the next man in.
10:12 hrs IST: SIX! Stand and deliver from Mathews! Pitched up from Jadeja and the former Sri Lanka skipper slaps it over long-on boundary for a maximum. Sri Lanka are 48/2, trail by 357.
10:09 hrs IST: Hint of reverse swing for Umesh Yadav. Sri Lanka are 39/2, trail by 366. Thirimanne 20*, Mathews 0*
10:04 hrs IST: Why Virat Kohli’s men are beasts of BCCI’s burden -- a good read from our correspondent Somshuvra Laha.
10:00 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma & Co have given away only 14 runs in the eight overs so far on Day 4. Sri Lanka need to score as defending wouldn’t help the case.
09:55 hrs IST: WICKET! And Jadeja gives India the first breakthrough of the day. Karunaratne gets a thick inside edge and Murali Vijay completes a sharp catch at forward short leg. Amazing!
09:53 hrs IST: Only three runs in the last three overs. Sri Lanka 34/1, Karunaratne 18*, Thirimanne 15*. Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack.
09:49 hrs IST: Lionel Messi’s new four-year contract, reportedly worth a net £500,000 per week, means the Barcelona star will be better paid than his great Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo. But how does the Argentine’s lucrative deal compare to the eye-watering remuneration on offer elsewhere? Find out here
09:44 hrs IST: Meanwhile, this was Australia’s seventh 10-wicket win against Australia in the Ashes. Incredible!
09:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Ashwin, Thirimanne comes down the track and lifts it over mid off. Is this the way to go against India’s best spinner currently? Sri Lanka 31/1, trail by 374
09:36 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish from Ishant. Good over despite the boundary. Keeping it tight holds the key for India here. Wickets would come, easily. Sri Lanka 27/1, trail by 378
09:33 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor delivery from Ishant, on Thirimanne’s pads, and the Sri Lankan tucks it away to fine leg boundary.
09:31 hrs IST: Maiden over to start off from Ashwin. No margin of error from the Indian offie. Sri Lanka 21/1, trail by 384. Ishant Sharma comes in from the other end.
09:29 hrs IST: It’s time for live action. The players are out in the middle. Lahiru Thirimanne to take strike. R Ashwin to start the proceedings for the hosts.
09:18 hrs IST: “Sri Lanka need to apply themselves because mentally they don’t seem to be confident they can survive on this surface. There are a few cracks opening, but the pitch hasn’t behaved badly. It is still flat and India proved that yesterday,” Simon Doull and Sunil Gavaskar.
09:01 hrs IST: This is what Cameron Bancroft and Jonny Bairstow had to say about the alleged ‘Headbutt Incident’. Hilarious stuff from the Australian!
08:50 hrs IST: Virat Kohli has smashed five double centuries since July 2016. Against the West Indies, he registered his first 200 at North Sound Antigua. At Indore, he scored 211 vs New Zealand while against England, he notched up his highest score of 235 at the Wankhede stadium. The Indian captain continued his great run when he blasted 204 against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.
08:39 hrs IST: With Kohli voicing the need for a break, there are chances that the national selection committee, that today picks the teams for the remaining matches against Sri Lanka and the South Africa Tests, may consider his demand seriously.
08:31 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Australia have crushed England by 10 wickets -- thanks to fifties from Cameron Bancroft and David Warner -- to maintain their magnificent record at the Gabba.
08:24 hrs IST: Another stupendous performance from Virat Kohli’s men so far. Two wickets in the first hour and we could be in for an early finish.
08:10 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of Day 4 of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Nagpur.
At close of play on Day 3, Dimuth Karunaratne, on 11, and Lahiru Thirimanne, on 9, were at the crease after pacer Ishant Sharma bowled Sadeera Samarawickrama for 0 with the second ball of the innings. The visitors were in early trouble on 21/1 at stumps, still trailing India by 384 runs.
The third day belonged to Kohli, who hit a majestic 213 before falling to off-spinner Dilruwan Perera. It was the star batsman’s fifth 200-plus score in his 62nd Test. He has also achieved double centuries against the West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.
Kohli and Rohit put on 173 for the fifth wicket to pulverise a deflated Sri Lanka attack that sent down 176.1 overs in about six sessions of play.
Kohli, who started the day on 54, smashed 17 fours and two sixes during his 267-ball knock.
He received able support from Sharma, who reached his 50 before tea and then stepped up a gear to amass runs all around the ground and register his third Test hundred.
Kohli’s 183-run third-wicket stand with his overnight partner Cheteshwar Pujara had taken the steam out of Sri Lankan attack.
First Published: Nov 27, 2017 08:13 IST