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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 2, Highlights: SL trail IND by 405 runs

Virat Kohli’s record 243 guided India to 536/7d against Sri Lanka on the second day of the third Test. But it was the Delhi pollution that made even bigger news. At stumps, Sri Lanka (131/3) trailed India by 405 runs. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, third Test, Day 2 here.

india-vs-sri-lanka-2017 Updated: Dec 03, 2017 17:13 IST
Abhishek Paul
Abhishek Paul
Hindustan Times
Ishant Sharma celebrates after dismissing a Sri Lankan batsman on Day 2 of the India vs Sri Lanka third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Sunday. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, third Test, Day 2 here
Ishant Sharma celebrates after dismissing a Sri Lankan batsman on Day 2 of the India vs Sri Lanka third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Sunday. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, third Test, Day 2 here(AFP)

Virat Kohli’s 243 was eclipsed by Delhi pollution as India declared on 536/7 against Sri Lanka on the second day of the third Test at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla. At stumps, Sri Lanka reached 131/3, still trailing India by 405 runs. However, it was pollution that remaimed the talking point of the second day. At one point, Sri Lanka were left with no substitute fielders as Kohli quite angrily declared. Earlier, Kohli surpassed Brian Lara in scoring most double tons (6) by a captain. He also surpassed the likes of Don Bradman in scoring three double centuries in two successive calendar years. India need a draw to equal West Indies and Australia’s world record of nine consecutive Test series wins. After Murali Vijay and Kohli plundered the Sri Lanka bowlers on Day 1 to take India to 371/4, the Indian batsmen’s success story did not change on the second day too. However, Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews frustrated Indians with a 50-plus stand. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, third Test, Day 2 here. (LIVE STREAMING INFO | SCORECARD | ASHES 2nd TEST SCORES)

5:05 PM IST: It was a day of superlative batting by Virat Kohli. But what came as an embarrasing note was when pollution apparently played a role. Sri Lankan players complained of uneasiness but the India captain was clearly not happy. And the following video sums it up all.

4:59 PM IST: AND IT’S STUMPS! Sri Lanka 131/3, trail India by 405 runs

4:50 PM IST: This fourth wicket stand has frustrated Indians so far. Chandimal-Mathews have resisted the Indian attack pretty fine till now.

4:44 PM IST: Minimum 10 overs remaining today. Light is good still.

4:39 PM IST: Chandimal and Mathews’ stand has crossed 50 now. Sri Lanka 125/3

4:32 PM IST: The umpires have brought out the light meter. He allows play to continue. Still there are 14 minium overs left.

4:24 PM IST: Mathews has reached 54, which is his highest so far in this tour of India. Sri Lanka 119/3 in 34 overs

4:20 PM IST: The Chandimal-Mathews stand has slowly rebuilt Sri Lanka’s innings. But the visitors still trail by ore than 400 runs.

4:11 PM IST: FOUR! Chandimal cuts off a widish delivery from Ashwin. Sri Lanka 114/3

4:05 PM IST: With those huge sixes, Angelo Mathews has scored his 29th half-century.

4:04 PM IST: SIXES! Ashwin comes into attack and gets hit two huge sixes. First one flies to long-on and the next one at deep mid-wicket.

3:58 Pm IST: Mathews has slowly reached the score of 30. 24 of those have come in boundaries. Very less running between the wickets for him.

3:52 PM IST: Sri Lanka are playing rather slowly. They are content defending as of now. Sri Lanka 83/3 , trail by 453 runs

3:46 PM IST: India have gone with only three bowlers so far. Ashwin has not yet been used so far.

3:35 PM IST: Sri Lanka still trail by more than 450 runs and they have lost three wickets.

3:28 PM IST: OUT! Dilruwan Perera (42) gone.

Perera comes down the track and is trapped in front of the wicket byt the left-arm spinner.

3:24 PM IST: FOURS! Mathews is slowly troubling the Indian bowler here. He gets after Ishant Sharma.

3:18 PM IST: FOUR! Dilruwan Perera hits Ravindra Jadeja over mid-on. The Lankans are getting there occassional boundaries. It has helped them maintain a steady run-rate of close to 4 per over.

3:08 PM IST: Ishant Sharma comes barging in from the other end.  A maiden for the hosts. They would be happy to get two more wickets today.

3:03 Pm IST: Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack and gives away four runs

2:59 PM IST: FOURS! Mathews makes full use of the life that he got. First he flicks Ishant for a four and then directs one towards mid-off. Sri Lanka 49/2

2:53 Pm IST: FOUR! Beautiful drive by Dilruwan Perera thruough cover-point. SL will need more of those.

2:52 PM IST: Two dropped catches at slips is a rarity in this Indian team. But it has happenned today.

2:49 PM IST: DROPPED! Kohli this time off Ishant as Mathews gets a life! The India captain is clearly upset here.

2:48 PM IST: However, the Sri Lankan batsmen have shown a tendency to go for balls going outside off.

2:44 PM IST: Indian bowlers have shown the right intent, one that Kohli wanted from his bowlers. Mathews is the senior-most Sri Lankan batsman in thsi squad and a lot depends on him if the vistors are to put up a fight. Sri Lanka 33/2

2:36 PM IST: DROPPED! Shikhar Dhawan gives Dilruwan Perera a life at second slip off Mohammed Shami. Sri Lanka 27/2

2:32 PM IST: Welcome Back! The SL batsmen are at the ground!

2:17 PM IST: The second session was all about dramatic moments. Some were pleasant, some unpleasant. Virat Kohli reached his highest-ever score (243) but that was eclipsed by the Delhi Pollution. Sri Lankan players claimed that the conditions were not suitable to play. Two of their players even left the field complaingin with chest pain. It was a bizarre situation that has nor precedence in Indian cricket. But the way Kohli declared, made it pretty apparent that he was unhappy with the claims of Sri Lankan plyers. Today’s post match press conference will be interesting.

2:12 PM IST:Sri Lanka 18/2 at Tea, trail India by 518 runs

2:08 PM IST: OUT! de Silva lbw b Ishant 1(14)

Ishant gets his first as the good length ball nipped back a litle bit a hits his pads.

2:02 PM IST: From the other end Shami is also troubling SL batsmen. Dhananjaya and Dilruwan are having trouble here.

1:59 PM IST: Ishant is troubling the Sri Lankan batsmen with his line. The new ball is also doing it’s magic.

1:54 PM IST: After that costly over by Ishant, Shami does the damage control with a maiden.

1:46 PM IST: FOURS! Dilruwan Perera directs the fast bowler towards fine leg off the third delivery and in the fourth delivery hits him towards sweeper cover. Sri Lanka 10/1

1:43 PM IST: Ishant Sharma comes from the other end.

1:39 PM: OUT!Dimuth Karunaratne (0) gone. Shami strikes off the first ball.

The Indian pacer questioned Karunaratne with a short ball, who edges to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.

1:37 PM: The SL openers are here. Mahammed Shami will bowl the first over!

1:33 PM: Virat Kohli was clearly angry on the behavious of the Sri Lankans. His expressions showed that he was declaring to show that India wil bowl in these conditions.

1:28 PM:India declare on 536/7 after Sri Lanka ran out of substitute fielders. There is high drama going on here

1:23 PM: Another Sri Lankan official is in the ground. They are clearly troubled by the pollution. India want to continue as they know they are in a better position.

1:18 PM: Play has resumed! But Lakmal has retired hurt. SL have lost two players till now. They are short on bowlers now. Dilruwan Perera completes his over. India 530/7 in 127 overs

1:11 PM: Play has again stopped! Ravi Shastri is at the ground! He has a chat with the umpires and is back in the pavilion. This is getting confusing here. India want to play but Sri Lanka thinks the conditions are suitable for a game of cricket. ICC any rule regarding this?

1:08 PM: OUT!! Virat Kohli (243) gone!

Did that halt in play cause a lapse in concentration? He is trapped in front of the wicket by Lakshan Sandakan. The India captain went for DRS but it the umpire’s decision is proved right.

1:04 PM: According to an air pollution report, AQI number is 200 at ITO.- which is ’Unhealthy’. In some other places in Delhi it is ‘hazardous’.

1:02 PM: Suranga Lakmal completes the over.

1:01 PM: ESPNCricinfo saying cricinfo says ICC match referee David Boon took advice from a doctor on the pollution

1:00 PM: Play stopped again, Gamage again feeling unwell, doubling over in some discomfort. India 523/6 (124.3 Ovs)

12:56 PM: Saha is the new batsman at the crease while Kohli is in his 240s.

12:50 PM: OUT! Ashwin (4) gone!

Gamage strikes after the pollution delay! He falls to a short ball as he is caught by Perera.

12:47 PM: Play has resumed though Gamage is still rubbing his chest.

12:40 PM:Umpires are having a serious discussion here. Sri Lanka pacer Lahiru Gamage had a chest pain while bowling. The Sri Lanka players have all huddled up. They seem intent on not playing but the umpires are trying to make them do otherwise.This is unique.

12:37 PM:The players are having discussion here. The bone of contetion being the Delhi pollution. Chandimal seems to make Kohli understand to urgency to take a break. This is embarrasing for the National Capital.

12:28 PM: India’s run-rate has climbe up to 4.25 now. If they can go past 600, there is every chance that the hosts will nto have to bat again. The Sri Lankan batsmen are facing a humonigous challenge here. India 518/5

12:25 PM: Kohli is on a record breaking spree today. When he reached 236* it was the highest individual score at Feroz Shah Kotla. He now also has the highest-ever Test by an Indian captain.

12:24 PM: FOUR! Kohli drives gamage through mid-off. And with that the India captain has now gone past his previous highest Test score of 235.

12:17 PM: Kohli has moved to 231 now. He is four short of crossing his highest ever Test score of 235.

12:13 PM: Meanwhile, several Sri Lanka fielders are wearing face masks because of the smog there. This seriously turning out to be a menace for people in Delhi.

12:10 PM: Welcome back! The second session has all the potential to witness Virat Kohli’s triple century.

11:35 AM: The session, however, belonged to Vira Kohli who is batting on 225. Another 11 runs and he will surpass his highest individual score. With the India captain in sublime touch, he can very well target a triple century here. He must surely be thinking about that now.

11:30 AM: OUT! Rohit (65) gone. And it’s lunch too as India reach 500/5!

Rohit looked good to reach the triple figures but edges to Sandakan. He was caught behind. The Indian batsman takes a review but snicko shows there was an edge. So, India are five down.

11:25 AM:FOURS! While Kohli is breaking his world records, Rohit is writing his own story. He targets Sandakan this time.

11:20 AM: Virat Kohli is also the first to score three double centuries in successive years. He scored three in 2016 and three in 2017. India 481/4

11:14 AM: Rohit Sharma has also completed his eighth half-century. He and Kohli’s stand has also crosses 100.

11:10 AM: Kohli has broken/equalled a host of other records it seems! He has joined the likes of Wally Hammond, Don Bradman, Vinod Kambli, Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke in scoring doubles centuries in successive innings’, India 471/4

11:04 AM: If Kohli goes past 235 – which he slammed against England at the Wankhede stadium late last year -- it’ll will be his highest Test score. India 462/4 in 112 overs

10:59 AM: Lakmal seems to be in pain. He is on his knees. It’s a bad sign for Sri Lankans. He gets up and completes the over. India 458/4

10:54 AM:VIRAT STATS! All the six double centuries of Kohli have come in the past 17 months. He has also equalled Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in scoring the most number of double centuries by an Indian. India 457/4


The India captain has now surpassed Brian Lara (5) in scoring most double centuries by a captain. Sir Don Bradman, Graeme Smith and Michale Clarke have four each.

10:45 AM: Virat Kohli has moved to 199. If he reaches the feat, it will be his sixth double ton.

10:42 AM: Dilruwan Perera appeals for a LBW against Kohli. umpire gives not out. But Sri Lanka goes for DRS and it shows that the ball touched the bat first. Sri Lose their second review too. India 447/4

10:35 AM: Finally a maiden for Sri Lanka on Day 2. Gamage does the job. Chandimal would be happy about it!

10:29 AM: India have consistently maintained a run-rate of over 4 in this match so far. And it is not surprising that India are nearing a score of 500 in less than four session of play. India 442/4 (105.0 Ovs)

10:24 AM: Meanwhile, some news sites are reporting that Sadeera Samarawickrama will not take part in the proceedings at all today due to mild concussion.

10:19 AM: After their pacers failed to make an impact with the second new ball. Sri Lanka have resorted to spin yet again. Dilriwan Perera is back into the attack! India 434/4

10:15 AM: FOURS! First Virat Kohli takes full advantage of a full-toss from Gamage and then Rohit pulls the fast bowler towards mid-on. This is easy batting for the two Indian batsmen here. India 430/4

10:09 AM:FOUR! Kohli is riding his luck, this time against Lakmal. It was a short delivery as Kohli went hard against it. The ball flew in the gap between slip and gully. India 421/4

10:05 AM: Gamage has been bowling good line here this morning! Till the shine of the ball remains, he would want to make more of an impact! India 412/4 after 100 overs

10:01 AM: FOUR! That was edged! Kohli again goes for the offish delivery from Lakmal with a drive. He got a thick edge. The ball races towards deep point. India 411/4

9:56 AM: Lahiru Gamage comes in to bowl from the other end! He is fast but has been in effective. Indian batsmen plays safe against him! India 406/4

9:53 AM: Not much of an impact by Lakmal in the first over though! After that fiery spell in Kolkata, he seems to have fizzled out. Indian batsmen are reading him quite easily as Kohli whips him to on-side for a boundary. India 405/4

9:50 AM: Sri Lanka have taken the second new ball! Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack!

9:45 AM:FOUR! Rohit is in an angry mood it seems! After that huge six off Sandakan, he now goes after Perera. He finds the ball just outside off and directs to the fence. India 392/4

9:40 AM:SIX! That was a nonchalant way to begin the proceedings and it’s that man - Rohit Sharma! He heaves Sandakan over mid-off. India 386/4

9:38 AM: After Rangana Herath pulled out of the third Test due to injury, the Sri Lankan bowling line-up looks quite mundane. Dilruwan Perera, who comes in to bowl his second over of the day, is another senior bowler but is far from impressive. India 377/4

9:35 AM: Lakshan Sandakan bowls the second over. He took two wickets late on Day 1 to give Sri Lanka something to cheer about. India 376/4

9:31 AM: Virat Kohli takes the first run of the day with a single. That’s the only run in the over. India 372/4

9:30 AM: Action starts!

9:29 AM: The batsmen are here. It’s a chilly morning in New Delhi. Dilruwan Perera will bowl the first over.

9:20 AM: We are just 10 minutes away from Day 2 action, here at the Feroz Shah Kotla. With the pitch helping batsmen on the first day, India would not mind to pile more pressure

9:15 AM: News coming in that Sri Lanka camp has confirmed that opener Sadeera, who was hit on head while fielding, was cleared after a few scans

9:10 AM: With India looking a score a formidable total in the first innings, this Test has all the elements to not go till the fifth day - which says a lot about the competition that Sri Lanka is giving.

9:05 AM: The other star of the Day 1 was Murali Vijay. His 156 stood out with Kohli’s unbeaten knock. They shared a 283-run stand - the highest third wicket partnership by any Indian batsmen against Sri Lanka. Along with Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, Indian team is now spoilt for choices in the opening slot.

9:00 AM: Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 156 at stumps on Day 1! And a sixth double century is quite a possibility for the Indian captain.

8:56 AM: Welcome All to the live coverage of Day 2 action!

The pace at which India scored on Saturday, it proved to be a good toss to win. Virat Kohli reached his half century in just 52 balls, a pace he managed to maintain, much to the delight of his adoring Kotla public.

India have not lost a Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi since 1987 (vs West Indies); winning 10 times and drawing just once there across the 11 games they’ve been involved in since that loss. Until and unless Sri Lanka produce a miracle with the ball early on Sunday, the script is unlikely to change for India.

Two in-form batsmen will start the day for the home team. Virat Kohli’s hunger for big runs will only propel him to score another double hundred while Rohit Sharma will hope to boost his batting confidence ahead of the limited overs matches against the Lankans.

First Published: Dec 03, 2017 08:17 IST