Highlights - India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1: Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane hit tons
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane slammed hundreds while KL Rahul scored a fighting half-century as Virat Kohli-led India reached 344/3 against Sri Lanka on Day 1 of their second Test match in Colombo. Catch highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1 hereUpdated: Aug 03, 2017, 17:28 IST
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored hundreds while KL Rahul contributed with a well-deserved fifty on return. Rahane and Pujara stitched together a brilliant unbeaten partnership as they steadied the innings after losing the wickets of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. The visitors won the toss and opted to bat. Virat Kohli’s side is boosted with the return of KL Rahul while Dinesh Chandimal is also back for Sri Lanka. After a 304-run win in the first Test, India look to seal the series against Sri Lanka in the second game which begins in Colombo. Catch highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1 here (LIVE STREAMING INFO) (LIVE SCORECARD)
17:05 hrs IST: That’s stumps on Day 1. It was a great batting show by India as they reach 344/3 in 90 overs.
17:00 hrs IST: 1 over left. India are 341 for the loss of 3 wickets.
16:56 hrs IST: It was a huge edge from Rahane and the DRS goes in favour of the batsman. IND 339/3
16:48 hrs IST: 9th Test hundred for Ajinkya Rahane! What an innings! IND 338/3
16:46 hrs IST: 200-run partnership comes up Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. IND 334/3
16:42 hrs IST: Another single for Ajinkya Rahane as he is just 2 runs away from his hundred. IND 332/3
16:38 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane opened his stance and slammed the ball through the mid-wicket area. IND 328/3
16:36 hrs IST: 82 overs gone in the day. India are 324 for the loss of 3 wickets.
16:32 hrs IST: Nuwan Pradeep seems to be in some discomfort while bowling. IND 321/3
16:26 hrs IST: 10 overs remaining in the day. India are 317 for the loss of 3 wickets.
16:22 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane has looked in very good form and he is just 12 runs away from his century. IND 318/3
16:18 hrs IST: The partnership is now worth 173(235) between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. IND 306/3
16:12 hrs IST: 300 comes up for India in the 77th over. IND 300/3
16:07 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane slams the 10th boundary of this game. IND 299/3
16:01 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have improved their over rate by quite a good margin. 16 overs left to be bowled in the final over. IND 292/3
15:56 hrs IST: This is now the highest stand ever between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. IND 288/3
15:51 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara’s century was his 3rd in a row. IND 282/3
15:47 hrs IST: A solid boundary for Ajinkya Rahane as India reach 277/3 after 70 overs.
15:42 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is known for playing long knocks. Can he do it again? IND 271/3
15:39 hrs IST: A brilliant hundred for Cheteshwar Pujara, his 13th Test century! IND 266/3
15:36 hrs IST: It has not been a good day for the Sri Lanka bowlers as almost all of them have struggled against the Indian batsmen. IND 264/3
15:25 hrs IST: Rahane continues to play his shots as he drives the ball to the boundary. IND 258/3
15:21 hrs IST: FIfty for Ajinkya Rahane! A well-deserved one! IND 254/3
15:16 hrs IST: Finally a boundary for Ajinkya Rahane as he is just one run away from his fifty. IND 248/3
15:14 hrs IST: It has been a quiet period of play with both batsmen not scoring many runs. IND 242/3
15:08 hrs IST: Rahane has been the aggressive one in the partnership and he is still looking for big shots. IND 241/3
15:02 hrs IST: Welcome to the final session of the day. India have dominated proceedings till now, but Sri Lanka can make amends in the remaining 32 overs.
14:46 hrs IST: It’s tea on Day 1. India are 238 for the loss of 3 wickets!
14:39 hrs IST: A solid appeal from Sri Lanka, but the DRS shows that the contact was outside the off-stump. IND 236/3
14:36 hrs IST: 100-run partnership off just 104 balls for Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. IND 235/3
14:28 hrs IST: Pujara has paced his innings after a very defensive first half and now he is looking for his 13th Test hundred. IND 231/3
14:21 hrs IST: The Pujara show continues as he cuts the ball perfectly for another boundary. IND 219/3
14:19 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is going strong as India reach 215/3 after 53 overs.
14:12 hrs IST: A deft touch from Rahane results in yet another boundary as he moves into the 30s. IND 206/3
14:08 hrs IST: 200 comes up for India in the 51st over (Pujara 67*, Rahane 26*). IND 200/3
13:58 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara has completed his 16th Test fifty with a single. IND 183/3 after 48 overs.
13:54 hrs IST: Four dot balls and then seven runs off the last two balls from Pushpakumara. Pujara is just a run away from his fifty. IND 177/3.
13:48 hrs IST: Six runs off Puhpakumara’s over, including a boundary by Rahane. IND 165/3.
13:41 hrs IST: 50th Test. 4000 runs. This has been a statistically significant Test for Cheteshwar Pujara. IND 156/3
13:36 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara moves into the 40s with a boundary! IND 152/3
13:33 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara completes 4000 runs in Test cricket. IND 145/3
13:31 hrs IST: Rahane shifts his weight to the back foot and a crafty shot gives him his first boundary. IND 139/3
13:27 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane is the new batsman for India. Can Pujara-Rahane steady the innings? IND 134/3
13:22 hrs IST: Brilliant catch by Angelo Matthews in the slips as Virat Kohli departs for 13. IND 133/3
13:19 hrs IST: Third boundary for Cheteshwar Pujara. IND 133/2
13:14 hrs IST: Deft touch from the Indian captain as Kohli gets his second boundary. IND 129/2
13:10 hrs IST: Virat Kohli connects beautifully and that ball rushes to the boundary! IND 124/2
13:07 hrs IST: Extremely cautious start by the Indian captain as Kohli is looking to get accustomed to the conditions. IND 119/2
13:01 hrs IST: Tremendous movement for Pradeep and the ball misses the off-stump by a whisker. IND 119/2
12:59 hrs IST: The ball was quite wide and Pujara slammed it for a boundary. IND 118/2
12:55 hrs IST: Virat Kohli will be quite confident after his century in the last game and this can be another chance for him to play a big innings. IND 110/2
12:51 hrs IST: OUT! Horrible mix-up and that’s the end of KL Rahul as he departs for 57. IND 109/2
12:48 hrs IST: Good running by both the batsmen as they turned a single into a two quite easily. IND 109/1
12:45 hrs IST: The 50-run partnership comes up for Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul. IND 106/1
12:43 hrs IST: Just one run from the first over after lunch. IND 102/1
12:39 hrs IST: The players are making their way back to the ground for the second session. IND 101/1
12:02 hrs IST: FUN FACT - This was KL Rahul’s 6th consecutive Test fifty! He is the third Indian after GR Vishwanth and Rahul Dravid to do so.
12:01 hrs IST: That’s the end of the first session. India are 101 for the loss of just one wicket.
11:56 hrs IST: KL Rahul does it in style as he brings up his 8th Test fifty with a four! IND 101/1
11:55 hrs IST: A strong stumping appeal from Sri Lanka, but KL Rahul was just safe. IND 97/1
11:51 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have gone with three spinners in this game, but they have not received a lot of help from the pitch till now. IND 97/1
11:44 hrs IST: This is the first Test match for KL Rahul since March and what a return it has been! IND 96/1
11:38 hrs IST: 24 overs gone. India are 95 for the loss of one wicket.
11:34 hrs IST: The run rate has gone down since the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan, but the visitors will be very happy with their performance till now. IND 94/1
11:29 hrs IST: Has been a brilliant show from India so far, especially from Rahul. Deserves a half-century.
11:26 hrs IST: KL Rahul has played a sensible innings till now and he is just 6 runs away from a much-deserved fifty. IND 91/1
11:22 hrs IST: Sixth boundary of the match for KL Rahul. IND 90/1
11:19 hrs IST: A short ball from the youngster and KL Rahul smashes it for a boundary. IND 84/1
11:15 hrs IST: Jadeja is sporting a brace on his left shoulder as he relaxes in the dressing room. IND 79/1
11:11 hrs IST: Another boundary for KL Rahul through the cover region. IND 74/1
11:09 hrs IST: Looks like the drinks break has refreshed KL Rahul as he hits Malinda Pushpakumara for a boundary. IND 70/1
11:03 hrs IST: Drinks break! Good start for India as they reach 63/1 after 14 overs.
11:01 hrs IST: Malinda Pushpakumara is given the ball on his debut. IND 63/1
10:58 hrs IST: KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara are rotating the strike quite well with quick singles. IND 61/1
10:55 hrs IST: There were forecasts of rain, but the sky is quite clear right now. IND 60/1
10:52 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is the new batsman and he will be looking to play a special knock on his 50th Test appearance. IND 57/1
10:49 hrs IST: It was a straighter one from the bowler and Shikhar Dhawan missed it completely. The umpire gave it not out, but the review went in favour of the hosts. IND 56/1
10:48 hrs IST: OUT! Finally a breakthrough for Sri Lanka as Dilruwan dismisses Shikhar Dhawan. IND 56/1
10:46 hrs IST: 10 overs gone. India are scoring at a brisk rate as they reach 56 for no loss.
10:43 hrs IST: In other news, Cricket Australia and ACA agree terms to finally end player pay dispute. That means that the Ashes series is back on track!
10:41 hrs IST: A strong appeal from the Sri Lankan players and the umpire has given it out. But, KL Rahul reviews correctly and the decision is reversed! IND 52/0
10:38 hrs IST: 50 comes up for India in the 9th over. IND 52/0
10:35 hrs IST: A perfect cover drive by Shikhar Dhawan as he moves into the 30s with a boundary. IND 47/0
10:33 hrs IST: 8 overs gone. India are 42 for no loss.
10:30 hrs IST: Dimuth Karunaratne is introduced into the attack. IND 38/0
10:27 hrs IST: It has been a good innings (27 off 27 balls) for Shikhar Dhawan. Can he get another fifty? IND 38/0
10:24 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan is taking no prisoners today! A wide ball and yet another four for the Indian opener. IND 36/0
10:23 hrs IST: It’s KL Rahul’s turn to attack now as he gets his second boundary in two balls. IND 32/0
10:22 hrs IST: The bounce has been quite low on this pitch today and it can get worse as the match goes on. But, that is no problem for KL Rahul as he slashes the ball for a boundary. IND 28/0
10:19 hrs IST: A loose ball from Pradeep and Dhawan guides it for his third boundary. IND 23/0
10:16 hrs IST: It has been a calm and composed start by both the batsmen as India are 18/0 after 4 overs.
10:11 hrs IST: Nuwan Pradeep is consistently bowling it wide to Dhawan in order to induce an edge. But a tremendous cut shot gives him another four. IND 18/0
10:08 hrs IST: SIX! Shikhar Dhawan dances down the ground and heaves the ball over the long-on boundary for a massive six. IND 13/0
10:06 hrs IST: Another edge and again it fell short of the slip fielder. Good fortune for Shikhar Dhawan early on. IND 7/0
10:05 hrs IST: The hosts are opting for spin early on as Rangana Herath will bowl the second over. IND 6/0
10:03 hrs IST: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan edges the ball but it was just wide of the second slip. IND 4/0
10:00 hrs IST: Nuwan Pradeep is bowling the first over for the hosts. IND 0/0
09:58 hrs IST: KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle. We are minutes away from the start of the match!
09:53 hrs IST: According to the pitch report, the turf is quite dry and a lot of runs can be expected on the first two days of the Test match.
09:48 hrs IST: Three changes for Sri Lanka - Malinda Pushpakumara will make his debut today while Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal are added to the team.
09:45 hrs IST: Sri Lanka (Playing XI) - Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep
09:43 hrs IST: This will be the 50th Test appearance for Cheteshwar Pujara.
09:39 hrs IST: India (Playing XI) - Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav
09:36 hrs IST: KL Rahul is making a comeback and he will replace Abhinav Mukund. Dinesh Chandimal is also back for Sri Lanka.
09:33 hrs IST: Virat Kohli has won the toss and India will be batting first.
09:26 hrs IST: the SSC plays to its nature, it can be hard work for the bowlers. It is a surface where batsmen love to bat --- Mahela Jayawardene has 11 Test hundreds on his home ground and Sachin Tendulkar averaged 99.71 with four hundreds in five Tests.
09:20 hrs IST: In the pre-match press conference, Dinesh Chandimal hinted at handing a debut to left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara to support Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera..
09:16 hrs IST: Dinesh Chandimal will be back at the helm of the Sri Lanka team, but he will be missing the services of Asela Gunaratne.
09:11 hrs IST: India were at their dominant best in the first Test match thanks to brilliant performances from Shikhar Dhawan and their bowlers. Will they repeat that dominance once again?
09:05 hrs IST: KL Rahul will be making his comeback into the team after missing the first Test due to illness. Either Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund will lose their spot to make way for him.
DO YOU KNOW - Sri Lanka have tasted defeat only once in their last 16 Test matches at this venue in Colombo (W8 D7); the sole loss in that time did come against India however (2015).
DO YOU KNOW - Virat Kohli is set to record his 100th Test innings during this match; he’s scored 4,603 runs across his 99 knocks to date at an average of 50 and comes into this game having posted an unbeaten 103 last time out.
08:15 hrs IST: Good Morning and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the Colombo Test between India vs Sri Lanka.
The Indian batting unit is in form with Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara striking brilliant centuries in Galle. The bowling unit also came good with the spinning duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin being among wickets.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be looking to make a comeback, captain Dinesh Chandimal said on Wednesday. Chandimal had missed the first match because of pneumonia.