India vs Sri Lanka, third Test, Day 1 highlights: Kohli, Vijay 150s put IND on top
Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli shared a 283-run stand but Vijay fell for 155 as India ended day one on 371/4 against Sri Lanka. Earlier, Kohli reached 5000 runs as the hosts continued their domination of Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, third Test, day 1 here.india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 03, 2017 15:14 IST
Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli slammed 150s as India punished Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla.Vijay was stumped for 155 as Lakshan Sandakan, with 2/110 broke the 283-run stand. Earlier, the Indian skipper became the fourth-fastest Indian to reach 5000 runs in Tests. Ahead of the long tour of South Africa, India’s top batsmen will test their skill and temperament against a Sri Lanka attack that has shown fire at times. Get highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, third Test, Day 1 here. (STREAMING INFO |SCORECARD | ASHES 2nd TEST SCORES)
16:36 hrs IST: That is stumps on day 1 of the third Test. Virat Kohli stands tall on 156* while Murali Vijay fell for 155. Their 283-run stand has put India on the path to dominance and the cusp of a historic achievement.
16:31 hrs IST: FOUR! Nicely done by Rohit as he rocks back to a short ball from de Silva and crashes it to the deep point fence.
16:29 hrs IST: Only two overs remain in the day. Can Sri Lanka strike again or will India end the day unscathed?
16:26 hrs IST: WICKET! Yet another stumping! Rahane’s poor form in India continues. Sandakan gets this delivery to break away outside off, Rahane lunges forward but gets beaten, Dickwella effects yet another stumping. Ajinkya Rahane st Dickwella b Sandakan 1 (5).
16:20 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, something to cheer for Sri Lanka. Sandakan comes round the wicket and beats Vijay’s outside edge, Niroshan Dickwella whips the bails off in a flash, replays show Vijay’s back foot was just out of the crease. Murali Vijay st Dickwella b Sandakan 155.
16:14 hrs IST: 150 for Virat Kohli as well. So effortless. Both batsmen have put on an exhibition in batting today.
16:11 hrs IST: Sri Lanka continue to wheel away without much success. Pujara and Dhawan will be kicking themselves for throwing their wickets away on this deck.
16:05 hrs IST: 150 for Murali Vijay. What a superlative effort. Ticking all the boxes before the South Africa tour.
16:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli also nears his 150 as he short-arm pulls Sandakan to the wide long on fence. Why have Sri Lanka not taken the new ball?
15:59 hrs IST: The second new ball is available but Sri Lanka have not taken it. Maybe after this over.
15:53 hrs IST: Elegance from Kohli. Flatter delivery and slightly wide outside off, the Indian skipper runs it down to third man. The 250-run stand is up between the two.
15:45 hrs IST: Adelaide Oval has erupted. Craig Overton gets his first wicket and it is Steve Smith. Australia are 161/4 and struggling under lights.
15:38 hrs IST: The current partnership between Kohli and Vijay is the best third wicket stand for India in Tests vs Sri Lanka.
15:35 hrs IST: Only six overs remain for the new ball. That could be Sri Lanka’s best chance to strike. But, both Kohli and Vijay are looking ominous.
15:27 hrs IST: India go past 300. With 18 overs left in the day, it won’t be surprising if India reach 400, looking at the rate.
15:22 hrs IST: While India vs Sri Lanka is turning out to be a low-sledge affair, over in Adelaide, things are hotting up between James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steve Smith. The chatter is now reaching serious levels.
15:17 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli is starting to open up after reaching his century. He plants his front foot down and whacks Sandakan to the deep mid wicket fence.
15:11 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are hoping that both batsmen make a mistake and gift their wickets away. Not happening, me feels. Over in Adelaide, England have their tail up against Australia after dismissing Usman Khawaja for 53.
15:06 hrs IST: The 200-run stand is up between Kohli and Vijay. Sri Lanka are looking totally deflated.
15:04 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Vijay looks to nudge it to the leg side but the bat turns in his hand and the ball lands safely just in front of a diving Dinesh Chandimal at short mid wicket.
14:59 hrs IST: Appeal for an LBW but not given. Kohli looked to work a tossed up delivery drifting in to the leg side but he misses and is hit on the pad. Sri Lanka take the review but replays show the ball just landed outside the line of leg stump.
14:51 hrs IST: CENTURY! What a moment. Virat Kohli slams his 20th century in front of his home fans at The Kotla. The crowd have gone mad. Third consecutive century in this series. What a player. What a machine!
14:44 hrs IST: FOURS! Vijay has started off aggressively after the Tea break. He is striking boundaries at will. More trouble for Sri Lanka?
14:41 hrs IST: Kohli is making serene progress towards his century. Sri Lanka are gifting the batsmen easy singles.
14:33 hrs IST: Welcome back for the final session. Kohli is on the cusp of century No.52 across international cricket. What a run-machine
14:15 hrs IST: Over in Adelaide, it is Dinner time. Usman Khawaja in on 52* while Steve Smith is looking good on 25*. Australia are 138/2.
14:12 hrs IST: Tea on day one and it has been yet another dominant session by India. Kohli is nearing his 20th century. Sri Lanka are looking clueless. Story of their contests in the recent months.
14:08 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli nears the century with a slap through cover point. Can he get to a century in the final over before tea?
14:06 hrs IST: CENTURY! Brilliant stuff from Murali Vijay. 11th century and back-to-back in the series. What a moment! Cracks the drive through cover.
13:57 hrs IST: Over in Adelaide, Usman Khawaja has reached a fifty after being dropped by Mark Stoneman. Australia are making good progress.
13:52 hrs IST: The partnership has gone past 150. India on course for a major assault towards the end of the day.
13:46 hrs IST: Vijay is into the 90s while Kohli is also closing in. Sri Lanka do not seem like getting the breakthrough.
13:37 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are trying several bowlers to break this stand but it is not proving to be effective. India continue to make great progress.
13:28 hrs IST: India are comfortably scoring at a rate over four per over. At this rate, Kohli’s side could go past 350 on the first day itself.
13:19 hrs IST: FOUR! India continue to motor along. Flat and short delivery from Dilruwan, Kohli whips it to the deep mid wicket fence.
13:11 hrs IST: While it is drinks at the Kotla, over in Adelaide, David Warner has failed to get to a fifty, but Australia have Steve Smith in the middle.
13:04 hrs IST: FOUR! Superb batting from Kohli. Slightly short from Sandakan and Kohli carves the drive to the deep extra cover fence. The partnership is also 100.
12:59 hrs IST: At the start of the session, Vijay was on 51 and Kohli on 17. Now, Vijay is on 63 and Kohli has motored his way to 58.
12:50 hrs IST: FOURS! Kohli, you beauty. Gets to his 15th fifty in sublime fashion by walloping a couple of fours. This is sublime batting of the highest order.
12:46 hrs IST: Kohli has dominated the run-scoring in the second session. He is on his way to yet another fifty. After the horror of the first innings duck in Kolkata, the Indian skipper has come back to form in style.
12:39 hrs IST: FOURS! Too full and wide outside off from Dilruwan, Kohli presses forward and creams the drive to the deep extra cover region. Two balls later, the skipper glides it past slip to third man.
12:35 hrs IST: Among all the current greats, Steve Smith has reached 5000 in just 97 innings while Kohli and Joe Root have taken the same amount of time. Kane Williamson is the slowest with 110 innings.
12:28 hrs IST: FOURS! Brilliant! Sublime. With a couple of fours, Virat Kohli has gotten to 5000 Test runs. What a champion. Fourth fastest Indian player.
12:26 hrs IST: Ohh this is a bit scary. Samarawickrama, who was hit flush on the helmet in the last over, is being taken off the field for a concussion check.
12:23 hrs IST: While Kohli is nearing 5000 runs, over in Adelaide, his most favourite venue, Australia have moved to 51/1 in the Pink Ball Test against England with David Warner batting well.
12:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Great use of the wrists. Full ball from Lakmal and Vijay whirls the wrists to deposit the ball to the deep mid wicket fence. Nice way to start the session.
11:34 hrs IST: That is lunch on day 1 of the Kotla Test. Vijay has scored a magnificent fifty as he continues his great form. Kohli has started off well and he is nearing 5000 Test runs.
11:31 hrs IST: FIFTY for Murali Vijay. He taps it to the off side and sets off for a quick single, the fielder has a shy at the bowler’s end but the ball ricochets off the stumps and to the boundary for overthrows.
11:25 hrs IST: Just five minutes to go until the lunch session. Will Sri Lanka strike or will both the batsmen get to their landmarks?
11:20 hrs IST: FOUR! The run-scoring tempo has gone up a notch. Kohli whips this flighted delivery to deep mid wicket. He is nearing 5000 runs.
11:16 hrs IST: FOUR! Vijay is nearing yet another fifty as he works this to deep mid wicket. Smooth and serene batting from the Tamil Nadu batsman.
11:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Vijay is simply a delight to watch on the cover drive. Gamage bowls it too full and the batsman caresses the cover drive to the fence.
11:11 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli gets off the mark in style as he flicks a short ball to deep mid wicket. The crowd at the Kotla roar.
11:05 hrs IST: WICKET! Fallen right into the trap. There was a fielder stationed at unconventional leg slip, Gamage bowls short and on the hips of Pujara, the batsman tucks it but finds the fielder. Cheteshwar Pujara c Samarawickrama b Gamage 23 (39).
11:04 hrs IST: At Wellington, it is stumps and New Zealand have ended on 447/9, a lead of 313 runs. Tom Blundell has hit fifty on debut while Colin de Grandhomme scored a blazing century.
11:01 hrs IST: Lakshan Sandakan, the Sri Lankan chinaman bowler, is into the attack. Can he get some purchase of this wicket and break this dangerous stand?
10:56 hrs IST: FOUR! Pujara is on song here. Overpitched from Gamage and the batsman drills it down the ground past the vacant mid-off region for a boundary.
10:53 hrs IST: FOURS! First boundary after six overs. Dilruwan bowls it short on the pads and Pujara whips it to the deep square leg fence. Next ball, Pujara once again finds the gap as he thwacks it to deep mid wicket.
10:49 hrs IST: Over in Adelaide, the rain persists and we could have an early tea. In Wellington, New Zealand’s lead has crossed 300.
10:46 hrs IST: There is not much bounce on the Kotla deck. The ball is also not coming on to the bat. Spin to have a major role. Perhaps, Dinesh Chandimal could be right. This is ideally not a good preparation for South Africa. But, could be wrong as well.
10:37 hrs IST: Play is all set to resume in Adelaide. Meanwhile, Pujara and Vijay have taken India past 50. This track is sluggish and only one hour is up on day one.
10:33 hrs IST: Over in Wellington, Tom Blundell scores a fifty on debut. New Zealand’s lead is 298.
10:30 hrs IST: Pujara and Vijay were the key in India seizing the initiative in the Nagpur Test. Can they do it again in Delhi?
10:21 hrs IST: Over in Wellington, Colin de Grandhomme slams the second fastest century by a New Zealand batsman in Tests as the lead nears 300. Great stuff. Meanwhile, Vijay and Pujara are all set to grind Sri Lanka.
10:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Lucky break for Sri Lanka. Dhawan slog sweeps Dilruwan to deep backward square leg where Lakmal misjudges it, somehow he holds on to the catch. Sheepish smile from the Sri Lankans. 100th wicket for the Sri Lankan offspinner. Shikhar Dhawan c Lakmal b Dilruwan 23 (35).
10:12 hrs IST: Once again rain halts play in Adelaide. This could be a lengthy break as the big covers come on. Over in Wellington, New Zealand’s lead is nearing 300 with de Grandhomme nearing a century.
10:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor ball from Dilruwan. Short ball and Dhawan waits on the back foot and punches it to the cover point boundary.
10:05 hrs IST: Only eight overs have been bowled and already we are seeing signs of spin. Dilruwan Perera into the attack
10:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Edged but safe. Lakmal probes away in that corridor outside off and Vijay edges it, the ball flies safely past second slip and gully for a boundary.
09:57 hrs IST: FOUR! After a couple of quiet overs, Dhawan breaks the shackles again with a boundary through cover off Gamage.
09:52 hrs IST: The rain has stopped in Adelaide. The game will resume shortly. Over in Wellington, Colin de Grandhomme is nearing a century.
09:45 hrs IST: Rain has delayed proceedings in Adelaide. The last time I can remember rain interrupting play in Adelaide was during the Phil Hughes Test between India and Australia in 2014, the match where Virat Kohli scored hundreds in both innings.
09:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Now, Dhawan gets into the act. Width offered by Lakmal and the left-hander cracks it past deep cover for a boundary.
09:41 hrs IST: FOUR! Delightful drive by Vijay. Full ball from Lahiru Gamage and the batsman just pushes it down the ground past mid on. Delight to watch.
09:35 hrs IST: FOURS! Poor start for Sri Lanka. Vijay opens the bat face and guides a full swinging ball to the third man fence. Next ball, Lakmal floats it on the pads and the batsman glances it to the fine leg fence. India make a good start.
09:31 hrs IST: Suranga Lakmal will open the bowling. Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay will open for India. Vijay to take strike. Three slips and a gully in place.
09:28 hrs IST: Over in Wellington, New Zealand’s lead has gone past 200 and Colin de Grandhomme is nearing a quick fifty. These runs are hurting the West Indies.
09:27 hrs IST: Right, the anthems are done. The action will begin shortly.
09:20 hrs IST: With the changes in the Indian side, Virat Kohli has still never played the same side in two consecutive Tests. So, change is the constant for the current Indian skipper.
09:16 hrs IST: At the Basin Reserve, New Zealand have crossed 300 and their lead is nearing 200. But, if one has to look deep into the Basin trends, the pitch flattens out on day 3 and 4. So West Indies still have a chance.
09:12 hrs IST: Australia have made a cautious start at Adelaide. Overcast skies, Pink Ball, Green pitch, wind blowing. Bowlers might have a field day today.
09:06 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs for both sides. Lakshan Sandakan comes into the Sri Lankan side while Roshen Silva makes his debut.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Sri Lanka: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Gamage
09:01 hrs IST: India have won the toss and chosen to bat vs Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Couple of changes for India. Mohammed Shami replaces Umesh Yadav while Shikhar Dhawan replaces KL Rahul. So, the Delhi contingent is out in full force. Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in the team.
08:56 hrs IST: Roshen Silva has been handed his cap and will make his debut for Sri Lanka. Remember, Rangana Herath has been ruled out of the Test due to a back injury. He is primarily a batsman who bowls offspinners.
08:51 hrs IST: Today is Super Saturday in cricket. Besides the Delhi Test, the Ashes Pink Ball Test will start in a couple of minutes. England have chosen to field against Australia. Across the Tasman, at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, Miguel Cummins has sent back Mitchell Santner but New Zealand have taken a 147-run lead against West Indies.
08:48 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka from the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Virat Kohli’s side are aiming for their ninth straight series win while Sri Lanka are aiming to snap their winless streak against India.
India have some nice headaches and the choice for openers is one of them. Murali Vijay is confident that all three of India’s potential opening batsmen are ready to perform in the third Test against Sri Lanka as the trio vie to secure roles for the eagerly anticipated tour of South Africa.
KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan started the opening Test and both failed in the first innings, before making 79 and 94 respectively in their second knock. Dhawan sat out the next match and replacement Vijay capitalised with a fine 128 in a crushing victory.
Sri Lanka will be without spin king Rangana Herath but the left-armer has done precious little in this series. The look and feel of the Kotla wicket should once again inspire the quick bowlers who will be keen to bend their back and fire on all cylinder like they did at the Eden Gardens.
First Published: Dec 02, 2017 08:24 IST