2nd Test, Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, 03 August 2017

Sri Lanka vs India

Sri Lanka 3rd Inn:386/10 (116.5)

Rangana Herath 17 (30);
Ravichandran Ashwin* 37.5-7-132-2; Hardik Pandya 15-2-31-2;

Last bat: Nuwan Pradeep

Result: India won by an innings and 53 runs.

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Sri Lanka 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne c A Rahane & b Ravindra Jadeja 141 307 16 0 45.93
Upul Tharanga b Umesh 2 9 0 0 22.22
Kusal Mendis c Saha & b Hardik Pandya 110 135 17 0 81.48
Malinda Pushpakumara b Ashwin 16 58 3 0 27.59
Dinesh Chandimal(c) c A Rahane & b Ravindra Jadeja 2 6 0 0 33.33
Angelo Mathews c Saha & b Ravindra Jadeja 36 66 3 1 54.55
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) c A Rahane & b Hardik Pandya 31 56 4 0 55.36
Dilruwan Perera st Saha & b Ravindra Jadeja 4 10 1 0 40
Dhananjaya de Silva c A Rahane & b Ravindra Jadeja 17 17 4 0 100
Rangana Herath not out 17 30 3 0 56.67
Nuwan Pradeep c Dhawan & b Ashwin 1 9 0 0 11.11
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 5, w - 2, nb - 2)9
Total(386 all out in 116.5 overs)386 (3.3 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/7 (Upul Tharanga, 2.6 ov.) 2/198 (Kusal Mendis, 54.5 ov.) 3/238 (Malinda Pushpakumara, 72.2 ov.)
4/241 (Dinesh Chandimal, 73.5 ov.) 5/310 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 95.4 ov.) 6/315 (Angelo Mathews, 97.3 ov.)
7/321 (Dilruwan Perera, 99.3 ov.) 8/343 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 105.4 ov.) 9/384 (Niroshan Dickwella, 115.1 ov.)
10/386 (Nuwan Pradeep, 116.5 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Umesh Yadav 13 2 39 1 3  
Ravichandran Ashwin 37.5 7 132 2 3.49  
Mohammed Shami 12 3 27 0 2.25  
Ravindra Jadeja 39 5 152 5 3.9  
Hardik Pandya 15 2 31 2 2.07 (2w)
               

Sri Lanka 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne c A Rahane & b Ashwin 25 45 2 0 55.56
Upul Tharanga c Rahul & b Ashwin 0 6 0 0 0
Kusal Mendis c Kohli & b Umesh 24 64 4 0 37.5
Dinesh Chandimal(c) c Hardik Pandya & b Ravindra Jadeja 10 34 0 1 29.41
Angelo Mathews c Pujara & b Ashwin 26 33 2 2 78.79
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) b Shami 51 48 7 1 106.25
Dhananjaya de Silva b Ravindra Jadeja 0 1 0 0 0
Dilruwan Perera b Ashwin 25 34 3 1 73.53
Rangana Herath b Shami 2 5 0 0 40
Malinda Pushpakumara not out 15 22 1 1 68.18
Nuwan Pradeep b Ashwin 0 6 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 1, w - 0, nb - 0)5
Total(183 all out in 49.4 overs)183 (3.68 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/0 (Upul Tharanga, 1.6 ov.) 2/33 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 13.4 ov.) 3/60 (Dinesh Chandimal, 24.1 ov.)
4/64 (Kusal Mendis, 25.4 ov.) 5/117 (Angelo Mathews, 33.6 ov.) 6/122 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 34.5 ov.)
7/150 (Niroshan Dickwella, 41.1 ov.) 8/152 (Rangana Herath, 41.6 ov.) 9/171 (Dilruwan Perera, 47.2 ov.)
10/183 (Nuwan Pradeep, 49.4 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mohammed Shami 6 1 13 2 2.17  
Ravichandran Ashwin 16.4 3 69 5 4.14  
Ravindra Jadeja 22 6 84 2 3.82  
Umesh Yadav 5 1 12 1 2.4  
               

India 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Shikhar Dhawan lbw Dilruwan Perera 35 37 5 1 94.59
Lokesh Rahul runout (Dickwella) 57 82 7 0 69.51
Cheteshwar Pujara lbw Karunaratne 133 232 11 1 57.33
Virat Kohli(c) c Mathews & b Herath 13 29 2 0 44.83
Ajinkya Rahane st Dickwella & b Pushpakumara 132 222 14 0 59.46
Ravichandran Ashwin b Herath 54 92 5 1 58.7
Wriddhiman Saha(wk) st Dickwella & b Herath 67 134 4 1 50
Hardik Pandya c Mathews & b Pushpakumara 20 20 3 0 100
Ravindra Jadeja not out 70 85 4 3 82.35
Mohammed Shami c Tharanga & b Herath 19 8 1 2 237.5
Umesh Yadav not out 8 9 1 0 88.89
             
Extras(b - 8, lb - 4, w - 0, nb - 2)14
Total(622 for 9 in 158 overs)622 (3.94 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/56 (Shikhar Dhawan, 10.1 ov.) 2/109 (Lokesh Rahul, 30.4 ov.) 3/133 (Virat Kohli, 38.5 ov.)
4/350 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 91.6 ov.) 5/413 (Ajinkya Rahane, 110.5 ov.) 6/451 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 121.5 ov.)
7/496 (Hardik Pandya, 132.4 ov.) 8/568 (Wriddhiman Saha, 152.1 ov.) 9/598 (Mohammed Shami, 154.5 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Nuwan Pradeep 17.4 2 63 0 3.57  
Rangana Herath 42 7 154 4 3.67  
Dimuth Karunaratne 8 0 31 1 3.88  
Dilruwan Perera 40 3 147 1 3.68  
Malinda Pushpakumara 38.2 2 156 2 4.07  
Dhananjaya de Silva 12 0 59 0 4.92  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
W

Yadav to Tharanga, ot Bowled!! The length ball bends in a little, enogh to send the sticks into disarray. Tharanga has an early exit again. Lanka are off to another disastros start. That landed on a length, the batsman never went anywhere and the jab of the hands was ndone by the movement of the deck to rattle the timbers. India are all over the Lankans like a rash and this epidemic doesn't have a cre it seems. Pace and it moved, perfect recipe to troble the batsman and the job was done. Tharanga b Yadav 2(9)

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, clipped away into the on-side after a couple of steps down the track. The ball dribbles over the ropes

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, reverse sweep, top-edge and goes tantalizingly over the man at first slip. It was off the gloves I feel or maybe the arm guard. But the batsman trying to be adventurous is not good news for Lanka

4

Yadav to Karnaratne, FOR, short ball jst otside off and the ball never had any venom on it to rffle the batsman p. The batsman drops the wrists on the pll and sends it away to backward sqare leg for a for

D

to Kusal Mendis, no run, dropped! Dhawan at mid-on fails to clutch that. That was dragged away with the turn off the inside half of the bat and it was dipping on the fielder, who failed to take it inches off the ground. Took it a bit casually it seems

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, angling into the batsman and Karunaratne tucks the ball away off the sticks to force a dive from Ashwin who was at long leg and had to run towards the deep square area. The dive was clumsy and did not help

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, too tossed up and the batsman uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and on-drives it. The fielder at mid-on puts in a pool like dive but was beaten

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, charges out of his crease and slogs it away to the cow corner region. One bounce and into the fence. Reminiscent of the shots he played during the Champions Trophy league encounter between these two sides

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, flighted ball outside off and the batsman cheekily runs it down past the second slip fielder to get it away for a four. 13 runs of that over, including three fours

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, reverse sweep for the second time in this from Karunaratne. The top-edge lands well for the man at backward point for a four

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, a slog sweep and the ball goes much finer and straighter than the batsman throught it would. Sends it flying over mid-on as the ball was spilt just outside off on a length

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, flighted ball outside off and the batsman slog sweeps it away into the cow corner region for a four

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, rare bad delivery from . Dropped it short and allowed Mendis to pull him away, the batsman also used the crease well to place it behind square leg

OT

to Kusal Mendis, no run, the Indians were confident with their appeal. But Mendis knew there was no wood. Another beaut of a delivery from . Fired it on the stumps and the ball grips and spins, Mendis was half-forward to defend and is beaten comprehensively, the ball kissed the thigh on the way to Saha. There was no chance of an LBW as it hit him high on the back pad.

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, lovely transfer of weight on the back foot by Mendis. dragged one down and Mendis pounced on it, made a bit of room and cracked the punch in front of square on the off-side

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, another one that is dropped short by . Don't often see that from him. Tired? There was extra bounce but Mendis slashed the cut uppishly wide of the backward point fielder

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, third boundary of the over. Mendis is toying with now. The sweep shot to collect the four this time, tossed up on off, brooms it hard and well wide of deep mid-wicket

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, poor from . Sprays it down leg and that is easy pickings for any batsman. All Mendis had to do was get some wood on that, he did and the ball raced away to the fine leg fence

OT

to Karunaratne, 1 run, short and turning away, Karunaratne cuts to extra cover, who quite deep and Pandya fires the throw at the bowler's end. Hits timber and though Karunaratne was casual, he had glided the bat inside the crease

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, not off the middle nor it is where he intended, but final result is what matters. Flighted delivery outside off, Mendis sweeps and the toe-end scurries wide of mid-on, raced away to the fence and Mendis has a look at the bottom of his bat

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, fifty for Mendis. His 5th in Test cricket. Not an ideal way to bring it up, but he won't be complaining. Top edge flies right over Saha. Floated up outside off, Mendis kneels down to sweep and the edge goes straight over. is on his haunches

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, fifty for Karunaratne now. The 100-run stand also comes up. He really does love to bat in the second innings, scored 97 in the Galle Test. The team stand up and applaud. errs in line once more, on the pad and Karunaratne glances it fine, the ball has enough to reach the fence

4

Yadav to Ksal Mendis, FOR, fller and Mendis had the space to free his arms, otside off and he went for the drive, didn't bother to keep it down the grond and flashed it ppishly in front of sqare on the off-side

4

Yadav to Karnaratne, FOR, not as fll as the last ball and what it does is allow Karnaratne to stay in the crease and glance this throgh fine leg

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, that's the ploy. They want him playing against the turn perhaps. Left the point vacant and Kusal Mendis has reverse-swept it for a boundary through that area

4

Yadav to Karnaratne, FOR, not qite short and wide this, bt Karnaratne has jst laid into Yadav's angle from over the wicket to the left-hander. Plays late and steers the ct throgh backward point

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, beats Umesh in the deep. Nicely took his front leg out, drove with the width and lunged his hands to get the power right on this

OT

to Kusal Mendis, 2 runs, the audacity of that drive was in the puff of dust that ensued. Slaps it away through covers with his long reach and brings up the 150-run stand. Woah. Who saw this coming?

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, he will play it. Sweeps. Gets a fuller ball and he's able to squeeze it out with a swab through mid-wicket. Gets to 94. You know what'd be poetic? Getting to the hundred with a slog-sweep

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, oh Kusal Mendis, what a great Test hundred this is. And you know how he gets there? With a sweep through square leg, and off the bowler he's had a buffet on. Takes his helmet off and taps the badge on his chest. Once. Twice. And again. Such a brilliantly hopeful innings this has been in the face of diabolical doldrums. Take a bow

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, brute of a wicket now for the bowlers! That was slightly short and the batsman scoots back to cut it away, through the covers for a four

4

Pandya to Kusal Mendis, no ball, FOUR, Pandya oversteps and bowls a full toss just outside off. Kusal Mendis flays the drive through cover. No man in the deep to cut that off

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Pandya to Kusal Mendis, out Caught by Saha!! Pandya's reaction was something to behold. Was wildly celebrating after Saha took the catch. Was a cutter and Kusal Mendis went for the drive, inside edged on the back flap that looped up towards Saha's left. He ran forward and dived to take it well. India knew Saha had taken it clean and the decision to send it upstairs was just a formality. Kusal Mendis c Saha b Pandya 110(135) [4s-17]

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, moves across and clips past the man at leg-slip. Kohli there was moving to his right before the ball came. Was wrong footed in the end

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, bit short. Karunaratne shapes back and cuts between cover and point. Fetches a four

4

to Pushpakumara, FOUR, edged and four, went right through the gap between Rahane at slip and Kohli at gully, didn't carry to either of them. This was tossed up just outside off and spun across the right-hander, Pushpakumara was playing with an open face as he looked to defend

4

to Pushpakumara, FOUR, lovely shot, he's gaining in confidence, this one was given plenty of air and the line was around off, Pushpakumara gets well forward and clubs it over mid-on for back-to-back boundaries

D

to Karunaratne, no run, chance and Rahul has dropped it. Went with hard hands and shells it, RJ doesn't look too thrilled. This was tossed up just outside off, Karunaratne was looking to turn it towards the on-side, went off the face of the bat, straight in and out of KL's hands. Not a tough chance, should have been taken and KL knows it

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, 6th Test hundred for Karunaratne, he gets a big round of applause as he removes his helmet and waves his bat towards the dressing room, a big hug from his partner and it's a well deserved one, his 4th hundred in a second inning sknock. Coming to the ball, this was full and just outside off, Karunaratne gets forward, closes the face of the bat and drives it wide of mid-on

4

to Pushpakumara, FOUR, lovely, too straight from RJ, ends up drifting onto Pushpakumara's pads, he gets down low, rolls his wrists and sweeps it behind square on the on-side for a boundary

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to Pushpakumara, out Bowled!! 'How do you explain that,' says an aghast Russel Arnold on air. All the hard work done by Pushpakumara has been thrown into the bin, this was tossed up around middle and went with the angle. A moment of brain-fade from Pushpakumara, he reversed his stance, not sure what he was trying to do, it wasn't a switch-hit, it wasn't a reverse sweep, more likely, it was a reverse hack, missed it completely and has his stumps shattered. He's done his job though, but India have an opening now. Pushpakumara b 16(58) [4s-3]

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to Chandimal, out Caught by Rahane!! Edged and caught! Another failure for the Sri Lankan captain, India had a lucky opening and are now opening it up further. This was a lovely drifter from RJ, pitched just outside off and spun across the right-hander, Chandimal was pushing at that, went with hard hands, the edge went low and to the right of Rahane at first slip. It was dying on him, but he gets his fingers underneath and completed the catch, even as he tumbled to his right. Sri Lanka were going so well, one brain fade, and another follows soon. India back on top now. Chandimal c Rahane b 2(6)

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, lovely shot, gives this one plenty of air, Karunaratne bends down low, takes it on the full and sweeps it in front of square on the on-side, no need to run for those

4

to Mathews, FOUR, not controlled, but Mathews will pick up a boundary. The fielder in the deep on the leg-side is at mid-wicket for Mathews, he top edges the sweep and it goes backward of square

4

to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews did this successfully in the first innings as well. Cleared his front leg to open up the field and once it is pitched up he went through the line, over the non-striker for a boundary

6

to Mathews, SIX, just a chip and the ball has carried the distance. slows it up and gets it to dip in front of Mathews, who still goes through with the loft with an extension of the arms, hit on the up and cleared long-off with ease

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, sliding on from round the wicket and the length was full, Karunaratne leans across and whips it wide of mid-on, the new ball races across the turf

4

to Karunaratne, leg byes, FOUR, poor delivery from . Sprays it down leg, Karunaratne can't meet with the glance, but the ball brushed the pad on the way to the fine leg fence

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, follows the short ball with a full one outside off, but since the ball is not swinging, Karunaratne can drive on the up, which he does and the ball beats a desperate dive from Ashwin at mid-off

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to Karunaratne, out Caught by Rahane!! Karunaratne is congratulated by the Indians and deserves all the accolades for showing the stomach to fight. What a ball. Only this could get him out (and of course a dolly at FSL that was not accepted earlier in the day.. KL Rahul winks). Bounced off the rough even as Karunaratne tried to nudge around, hit the gloves and popped over the keeper. Rahane, from the slip cordon, got around and accepted the offer. India have got Karunaratne early in this session. This changes everything. Karunaratne c Rahane b 141(307) [4s-16]

4

to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews takes on and slices the drive wide of the man at point. Lucky reprieve for Mathews this. Was not far from the fielder

W

to Mathews, out Caught by Saha!! The bounce has done the trick for . Not that short but Mathews once again tried to cut it. The bounce was just too tough to negotiate and he ended up thick-edging it to Saha, who once again did a remarkable job grabbing this one. Tremendous keeping skills from him. Followed the ball so late, a ball that had the vicious bounce. But managed to get his gloves around it. Mathews c Saha b 36(66) [4s-3 6s-1]

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, if there is one thing that has made the Indians look mediocre it is their slip fielding. Once again the two men in the cordon have been bisected to perfection. Flighted ball and Dilruwan Perera went for the drive. Thick edge and Kohli's left hand was nowhere as fast as his running is. Got finger tips

W

to Dilruwan Perera, out Stumped!! 'There will be times when that would look silly,' said Arnold in response to Mr Bhogle when he suggested should Perera live and die by the sword. A ball later Dilruwan Perera proves Arnold right. Nothing shot this one. Stepped down the track like a mad elephant on a rampage. Got beaten in flight and by the time he could turn back, Saha had done the job by collecting the ball that was turning away. Three wickets stand between India and an innings win. Dilruwan Perera st Saha b 4(10) [4s-1]

4

Pandya to Dickwella, FOUR, makes room in the crease and carves the drive over the infield. No one in the third man region to cut that off

4

to de Silva, FOUR, sweep is the way to wipe off the lead! Connects it well and sends it well in front of square on the on-side

4

to de Silva, FOUR, gets the front foot well across the line and sweeps it behind square on the on-side

4

to de Silva, FOUR, throws it fast and short. de Silva shapes back and cuts square on the off-side. In the gap and it races away

4

to de Silva, FOUR, surgical! Gets the front foot across and takes it on the full before helping the sweep to the fine leg fence. That region is unprotected

W

to de Silva, out Caught by Rahane!! Soft signal is out for a catch at slip. Turns a mile, this ball from , and brushes de Silva's glove as his hands are drawn across towards the turn. They're using zoomers to check if Rahane has taken this clean at first slip and it looks like he's taken it clean. "Looks like the fingers are underneath," is what the third umpire reckons. And yeah, he gives it out and hands his ninth five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Also his first ever against Sri Lanka. de Silva c Rahane b 17(17) [4s-4]

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, 5/146 are his figures so far and he's been reverse-swept away. Audacious. Pretty. Got on top of the ball and swabbed it away

4

to Herath, FOUR, drifts it down leg and is helped away with a Herath-special sweep. Coils up on his back knee and brooms it through long leg

4

to Herath, FOUR, this is a carrom ball from and guess what Herath does: fetches it from outside off, against the drift, and cracks the sweep away. Gee, told ya! This guy is a legend

4

to Herath, FOUR, and again. Fuller ball outside off and reverse-swept through backward point. He's sweeping his way to more fans. Three -- yes, three! -- boundaries for him in the over

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, wide of the crease to dart it full and Dickwella is way too close to the pitch of the ball with that shimmy. Drills it through mid-on

4

Pandya to Dickwella, FOUR, runnin' in first ball and gettin' whipped over the vacant mid-wicket region is no joy. Kohli smiles in disgust and shakes his head

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Pandya to Dickwella, out Caught by Rahane!! Umm.. not sure I've seen something like this. A wide yorker length delivery this from round the wicket, and Dickwella has jammed it out straight to Rahane at gully. Good, quick decision from umpire Bruce Oxenford too. 50th catch for Rahane this. As easy as they come. Dickwella c Rahane b Pandya 31(56) [4s-4]

OT

to Pradeep, no run, India review.. It's a carrom ball from that drifts across. Looks like it's pitched outside leg before pinging the pad, beating the inside edge. Snicko corroborates the fact that there's no bat there. Now to ball-tracking, and the ball has in fact pitched down leg

W

to Pradeep, out Caught by Dhawan!! Series win for India, their eighth in a row. flights this one, Pradeep sweeps.. only to top-edge this to mid-on. Pradeep c Dhawan b 1(9)

W

to Tharanga, out Caught by Rahul!! Now, now, this was shot straight into KL Rahul's belly at forward short-leg and he's managed to hold it, crouching and closing his thighs desperately. has been getting the ball to turn away and skid on in his first over, but this was not a set-up. Not at all. Wanted to bowl the arm-ball, did bowl one too, but veered it down leg. And Tharanga there was just trying to earn a single round the corner. Instead, he's stabbed one straight to the fielder. What a start for India.. Tharanga c Rahul b 0(6)

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, pushed down the ground. Too full from and Karunaratne has played it with a straight bat and a highish top elbow. First boundary of the innings!

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, not off the middle. Kneed down and swatted across, dragging it off the inside half through square leg

OT

to Kusal Mendis, no run, India review one here. Oh, this looks like one down the drain. Loud appeal for lbw but the impact looks outside off. Straightens on off-stump and the slight spin means that the impact is iffy. Clearly outside off here, and missing the stumps, obviously, so India lose the review. Wonder what Saha spotted there and convinced Kohli into it. Parallax error..

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, overpitched by from over the wicket to the left hander. Punched down the ground. Easy

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to Karunaratne, out Caught by Rahane!! The outside edge can only take so much; Karunaratne edges one here. Loopy delivery that drifts in, dips and turns, and Karunaratne helps an edge away with a jabby forward defence. Carries at a good height to the slip fielder, where Rahane is such a beaut. Takes it easily. And people who doubted the pace in the pitch here have been silenced for now. Indians have bowled it quicker and with purpose. Karunaratne c Rahane b 25(45) [4s-2]

6

to Chandimal, SIX, he's done it before too. At Galle, 2015. Attacks. Sees the ball dip and turn, and goes with it to scoop-slog it over deep mid-wicket

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, doesn't middle the slog-sweep but he's dragged it away, playing with the turn, through square leg. Most fielders are in, so safe once you clear them. That is if you're able to

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, heaves it away. Sits low and takes this full ball for a boundary through deep mid-wicket. Chandimal's aggression has certainly rubbed over

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, edged and four, streaky start from Mendis, this was a chance and Pujara didn't react. Slower and a hint of turn from outside off for RJ, Mendis was looking to leave, dangles his bat at the last moment and gets a thick edge, right through the tiny gap - between Rahane at slip and Pujara - at gully. It was Pujara's chance but the ball flew even before he could react

W

to Chandimal, out Caught by Hardik Pandya!! Catching practice at square leg, this is as soft as it gets. Early wicket for RJ and India, fair to say that India have deserved this. Nicely tossed up outside off, Chandimal went down on the sweep, didn't bother to roll his wrists around it, as a result, the ball popped in the air and straight to backward square leg - Pandya goes reverse cupped and Sri Lanka have lost their third wicket. Couldn't have picked the fielder any better, Chandimal, a yard or two on either side and it could have been runs for the Sri Lankan captain. Chandimal c Hardik Pandya b 10(34) [6s-1]

D

to Mathews, no run, chance and Kohli has grassed it, some luck for Mathews. Lovely delivery from RJ, he shortened his length and got it to drift across the right-hander, the angle made Mathews push at that, gets a thick edge, to the left of gully. The ball was travelling and Kohli went one-handed to his left, hit his wrists and popped out

4

to Mathews, FOUR, good way to get going, Mathews is off and running with a fine sweep, gets outside the line, reads the length wall and laps it very fine, beats Umesh at short fine and rolls away to the fence

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Yadav to Ksal Mendis, ot Caght by Kohli!! Oh dear! It's already a bnsen brner of a track to bat on and Sri Lanka are making matters worse with some awfl shots themselves. This was a good length delivery on the stmps, Mendis was way too eager on the flick, as a reslt - he closed the bat-face early, gets a fat leading edge, high and over mid-on. Kohli was the fielder ot there, he rns back, keeps his eyes on the ball and holds on even as the ball lobbed over his sholder. He dropped one in the last over, bt he wasn't dropping this. Sri Lanka find themselves in frther troble. Ksal Mendis c Kohli b Yadav 24(64) [4s-4]

4

Yadav to Dickwella, FOR, cracking shot, Dickwella will not stop playing his shots, width on offer from mesh and he leans into it, driven on the p and throgh the gap at extra-cover, off the mark with a bondary

4

to Mathews, FOUR, cracking shot, can't defend all day on this track - so reckons Mathews as he brings out the big slog sweep. The length was perfect for the shot, there was no risk either as he played with the turn and over mid-wicket, a couple of bounces and over the ropes

4

Yadav to Dickwella, FOR, nicely played by Dickwella, he's looking to lanch the conter-pnch, fll and wide of off from mesh, Dickwella waits on it, plays with an open face and slices it behind sqare on the off-side for a bondary

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, risky and four, Dickwella shuffled across a long way, exposed his middle and leg-stump in the process, bent down low and sweeps it very fine - in the air and to the left of Kohli at backward square leg

6

to Dickwella, SIX, cracking shot, Sri Lanka need more of those to reduce the deficit, this was tossed up slower and just outside off, Dickwella came down the track, made room as he did so and lifts it high and over mid-off for a maximum. The key was playing with the turn, did so effectively

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to Mathews, SIX, lovely from Mathews, they will not stop wondering, this was very full and on the stumps, Mathews gets forward and drop-kicks it over mid-on, went well over the ropes for another maximum

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to Mathews, SIX, cracking shot, this is excellent cricket from Sri Lanka, Mathews joins in the act now. Too full from RJ, that allows Mathews to get underneath the ball and lift it over mid-off, went a long way over the ropes for yet another maximum

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to Dickwella, FOUR, cracking shot, dropped his length short and just outside off, Dickwella makes room and cuts it square on the off-side, beats point and rolls away to the fence, brings up the 50-run stand as well

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to Mathews, out Caught by Pujara!! That's a stunner from Pujara and Mathews looks stunned. The umpires want to have a look, but the soft signal is OUT. It's a fair delivery, is it a fair catch? Can't make a lot from the back angle, it isn't conclusive from the front angle either, but Arnold and Harsha on air reckon it's a clean catch and Pujara has his fingers underneath. OUT is the call. This wicket is as much for Pujara as it is for , he dropped a chance early on, but he's more than made up for it. This was dropped short and on the stumps, turn and bounce for as he spun it across the right-hander, Mathews went back on the tuck, the extra bounce meant he couldn't keep it down. The ball was travelling and it went to the left of Pujara at leg slip. It was to his wrong hand, but the Indian number three casually gets his left hand across on the slide and holds on, even as the ball was dying on him. A blinder of a one-handed catch and India are cock-a-hoop, Sri Lanka have now lost half their side as the umpires call for drinks. Mathews c Pujara b 26(33) [4s-2 6s-2]

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to Dickwella, byes, FOUR, audacious from Dickwella, goes for the reverse sweep but does not get bat to that. Saha cannot get around and it runs away for byes

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to de Silva, out Bowled!! 150 wickets for . What a ball to get that. This will be etched in memories. Pushed it quicker on middle and off and the ball turned just enough to ping the off-stump, before leaving de Silva opened up in the process. de Silva b 0(1)

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to Dickwella, FOUR, goes down the wicket and with the turn, lofts over the man at mid-on. One bounce and over the ropes. Dickwella is clear in his approach. He is not going to wait and let the pitch decide his fate

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to Dickwella, FOUR, gets across and sweeps courageously, puts in the air but away from the fielder. Raced away behind square on the on-side

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to Dickwella, FOUR, audacious! Against the turn and angle from , he sweeps and hits well in front of square on the on-side, threading a region which looks crowded

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to Dilruwan Perera, SIX, there is no running away from this. For Dilruwan Perera the turn is into him and he can afford to swing across the line. Still he manages to keep his bat straight and lifts over the long-on fence

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to Dickwella, 1 run, in the face of adversity he has notched up a fifty: quickest of his Test career. Gets across and sweeps through square leg to get there

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to Dickwella, out Bowled!! Courage and foolishness are separated by a thin line that, for years to come, will be defined by what Dickwella did here. His approach was working well for now but he could have seen a couple of deliveries from before trying to scoop him over the keeper's head. Did not get in the line at all and missed the ball that came in a bit and lacerated the off-stump. Replays tell me he did not miss it completely. Just deflected it onto the stumps. Does it make him look any smart? Dickwella b 51(48) [4s-7 6s-1]

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to Herath, out Bowled!! Full ball and Herath's middle stump receives the beating. Herath tried to flick it, instead of trying to jam it back. The ball was too quick for him to play the shot. The bat came down pretty late, so late that was celebrating by then. Herath b 2(5)

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to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, takes the front foot across the line and sweeps behind square on the on-side. There is no one in that region and Dilruwan Perera fetches a four

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to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, short ball. Dilruwan Perera has the room and he cuts past Ashwin at cover

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to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, slogs it across the line from the off-stump and sends it racing through mid-wicket. These little joys on Saturday

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to Dilruwan Perera, out Bowled!! What a ball. Looped up ball around off and turns in to beat the drive from Dilruwan Perera to shatter the stumps. Dilruwan Perera b 25(34) [4s-3 6s-1]

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to Pushpakumara, SIX, clears the front leg and slogs over the mid-on fielder. Goes all the way

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to Pushpakumara, FOUR, miscues the big hit again. Umesh Yadav runs behind at long-on, gets hands to it but the ball pops out before trickling down to the fence. Will go down as a drop catch as he got to that

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to Pradeep, out Bowled!! Fifer for . Sri Lanka are bowled out for 183. Well flighted delivery just outside off. Pradeep was trying to leave that but the ball took the inside edge and hit the stumps. Pradeep b 0(6)

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to Dhawan, FOUR, just wide of third slip. There's a small win for Sri Lanka. They have managed to, for once, exploit Dhawan's tentative front foot stride. Or none at all. Dhawan pokes from the crease, the ball holds its line but the bat face has nicely opened up there, steering the outside edge just wide of the fielder. Reaches across to his left but it's a boundary to Dhawan. Talk about justice

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to Dhawan, SIX, lays into with this. Bury the demons on that outside edge two balls before. He's charged out of the crease this time and harrowed into the long-on stands. Clean swing of the bat, tapping into the flight and the genuine bounce off the deck on this delivery

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to Dhawan, FOUR, beaten on the cut last ball, what does Dhawan get next ball? A short and wide invitation to cut it. Gee, not even a redemption. Unfurls a cut shot behind point here, nicely steering it away

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to Dhawan, FOUR, the short balls traveling to Dhawan here on a Calcutta tram. Sits up, Dhawan has time to swivel on his back toe and rides the pull round the corner

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to Rahul, FOUR, cuts it square. Not at all short, this ball. doesn't bowl them. But yes, a touch wide and it's been cock-wristed away with a slap

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to Rahul, FOUR, uses his feet and stuns mid-off into a misfield. Karunarathne is the fielder. And takes it on the full too. Good intent from India here. Don't rule out a never-ending opening stand here, sigh

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to Dhawan, FOUR, that's a kingly shot through covers, trust you me. No feet whatsoever. Lays into this length ball through covers, driving on the up and all. And just has the optimal space outside off to throw his arms across in disdain

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to Dhawan, FOUR, what it also risks is dishing out room like this. "More like a throwdown here," reckons Arnold. Frees arms and cracks the drive through covers. Two edges discounted, Dhawan has looked as bullish as his Instagram stories

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to Rahul, FOUR, a deliberate thick inside edge to fine leg. Soft hands and exploiting this ball on the pads with a cool head. India have a fifty on the board

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to Rahul, no run, KL Rahul reviews: Now, now, look who's gotten a breakthrough, for now. Told ya that the slip cordon will be redundant for him, so he gets the ball to skid in, nip in and raps the front pad above the knee-roll. It has to be going over to be reversed. Looks linear, so the line shouldn't be an issue. Oh, you just haven't read that. Rahul's been hit in line with leg-stump and the ball is going down and going over! What a good review. What a moment in the game..

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Perera to Dhawan, out Lbw!! Sri Lanka review, now: First ball from Perera and Dhawan has missed a sweep to a ball very full. Wicketkeeper signalling a "T" to the captain straightaway. Is the ball straightening enough from round the wicket? Certainly pitched in line, and the umpire is "happy that there's no bat or glove involved." Impact is in line with middle, and hey, what do I see, that's hitting leg-stump! Sri Lanka get the monkey off the back. Denied by the DRS only a few minutes ago, they take down the other batsman, the in-form Dhawan. Dhawan lbw b Perera 35(37) [4s-5 6s-1]

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Perera to Pujara, 1 run, stuttering single to point. Rahul hurries back in and is safe

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Perera to Pujara, FOUR, lovely shot, this was tossed up on the stumps, Pujara comes down the track, gets close to the ball and plays the on-drive to perfection, to the left of Rahul and the fielder at mid-on, first boundary for Pujara

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to Rahul, FOUR, cracking shot, Rahul shimmies down the track, made room as he did so and goes inside out over extra-cover, well over the fielder in the ring and there's no need to run for those

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to Rahul, FOUR, lovely from Rahul, marginally short and on the stumps, Rahul is quick to rock back and pulls it over mid-wicket, a few bounces and over the ropes

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to Rahul, FOUR, risky but effective, this was full and on the off-stump line, Rahul went down low and sweeps it with the angle, massive gap in front of the wicket in the on-side and it's another boundary to Rahul - wide of mid-wicket

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to Rahul, FOUR, fifty for Rahul, his 6th consecutive Test fifty. Nice way to bring up the landmark, just bounced in front of the ropes. He didn't let the last ball affect his concentration, comes down the track, makes room as he did so and goes over mid-off. Just the third Indian after GR Vishwanth and Rahul Dravid to do so (6 consecutive fifties) - guess what, all played for the same domestic team

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to Rahul, out Rahul Run Out!! Rahul is livid. Pujara threw him under the bus there. Rahul even gestures it was his call and Pujara had to respond, respond he did but said no after taking a few yards down the pitch. Tossed up delivery around off, Rahul taps it with soft hands wide of cover, there was a single and Rahul was right in calling for it. Pujara took a start and then aborted, by that time Chandimal had pounced on the ball and lobbed the throw to Dickwella. Rahul was nowhere close to the crease. The gloves are removed angrily, the bat is thudded into the pad as Rahul steams off. Perfect start for Sri Lanka after the break. Gives them a chance to dictate terms going forward in the session. Rahul run out (Chandimal/Dickwella) 57(82) [4s-7]

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to Pujara, FOUR, Pujara sweeps and he sweeps well. The field is in to stop the singles, Pujara manages to get right on top of the ball and broom it through backward square, no one manning the fence in the deep there

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to Kohli, FOUR, not very convincing and even Kohli knows it as he practices the shot. Pitched up delivery, lured Kohli into the drive and the skipper checked his shot, placed expertly though - wide of mid-off

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to Kohli, FOUR, just a mere push and the ball races away. Nothing too fancy about this drive, Kohli stayed leg-side of the ball and eased it wide of extra cover. The timing was such that it kept going away from the fielder

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to Pujara, FOUR, another over where a boundary is hit off the final ball. Not where he intended but Pujara will take it. Full ball close to off, straightens a touch, Pujara was aiming for the drive down the ground, the ball takes the outside portion and races away behind point. had his hands on his head

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to Kohli, out Caught by Mathews!! Stunner! Mathews has made up for all the lapse in the field by the Sri Lankans today. Plucks a blinder to send the Indian captain back. Another failure for Kohli in the first innings of the game. Not all that short to play the cut shot, but Kohli thought otherwise, it was also too close to him, Kohli still went for it and the thickish outside edge flew quickly to the right of Mathews at slip, he reacts quickly and goes with two hands. The ball clings on and Sri Lanka are jubiliant. Two wickets already in the session. Another one and they will be into the India allrounders. Kohli was not happy himself, shakes his head and punches his hands as he walks off. Coming to the catch, Mathews had very less time to react and the ball was chest high, so it makes it all the more difficult to judge how to proceed. But he does exceptionally well to go with his hands sideways and take it. Kohli c Mathews b 13(29) [4s-2]

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to Rahane, FOUR, that's a trademark Rahane shot. Goes deep in the crease to convert it into a shortish delivery, then his wrists take over to whip it past mid-wicket. The ball races away and Rahane opens his account with that boundary

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Perera to Pujara, FOUR, "it was the feet that did it," points out Harsha Bhogle on air. And he's right. Never easy driving an offspinner. Pujara uses his feet and gets to the pitch of the ball, drives it through the vacant cover region

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to Pujara, FOUR, short and just outside off, Pujara back cuts it behind square. He does not even bother to run. Knew he had connected nicely and there was no one in the deep to stop that as well

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to Rahane, FOUR, steps down and hits it flat, to the right of the bowler who could not get his hand to that. To the long-on fence in no time

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Perera to Rahane, FOUR, good hit this; does not go all the way but Rahane made use of his feet nicely there. Stepped down and clubbed with the turn over mid-on. One bounce and over the ropes

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to Rahane, FOUR, drops it short and Rahane sees it early; camps back and whips the pull through a deserted mid-wicket region

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Perera to Pujara, 1 run, fifty for Che. Goes back to tuck with the turn to the on-side to get to the landmark in his 50th Test. Has to continue from here and compensate for KL Rahul's runs as well

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to Pujara, SIX, that's too short and on a pitch where run making is going to become only difficult, Pujara is not going to let this go. Shapes back and pulls over deep mid-wicket, goes all the way

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Perera to Pujara, FOUR, he has punched it against the turn. Not much room there, the length too was not a dolly but Pujara manufactured the shot for himself. Went back immediately and placed it through extra cover

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Perera to Rahane, FOUR, such a sweet timer of the cricket ball this man is. Melody! Gets closer to the ball and just pushes it past Herath. The ball develops feet of light and scurries to the fence

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Silva to Pujara, FOUR, continues to thread the gap between mid-on and mid-wicket. So efficiently uses the feet before wristing it through the region, races along the turf

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to Pujara, FOUR, ah! Pujara has placed it well. Point is open and bowls it flat outside off. Pujara just guides the cut, does not go full throttle at it; finds the gap and picks up an easy four

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to Pujara, FOUR, this has been the hallmark. The way he has picked 's lengths today. Marginally short and Pujara rocks back on the punch, beats extra cover and races to the fence. Sweeper was in the frame but not in hunt

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to Pujara, 1 run, 100-run partnership off just 104 balls. Pujara creates the shot for himself. Goes back to a flat ball and punches to sweeper cover

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to Rahane, no run, Rahane was pushing forward a bit and the ball jagged back in sharply. Rahane had done enough to get his front foot outside the line of off and that is what saved him there. There was a huge appeal from the bowler and the captain did not waste time in having a look at it, only to lose a review minutes later

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Perera to Rahane, FOUR, he is predictable from round the wicket and what does not help is a short length. Rahane camps back and pulls to scare the FSL fielder before fetching a four to the deep backward square fence

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to Rahane, 1 run, fifty for Jinks. Rahane drives down to long-off to get there

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to Rahane, FOUR, half-volley, accepted with elan. Leans a bit and drives off the middle of the bat. Sends it rolling along the carpet to the fence

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to Pujara, 2 runs, hundred for Pujara, his 3rd in a row against Sri Lanka. He also becomes the 7th Indian batsman to score a Test hundred in his 50th Test, 36th overall. Coming to the ball, it was dropped short and on his pads, worked away in front of square on the on-side, comes back for the second run, lifts his helmet and soaks in the applause from the dressing room. He's definitely made up for running Rahul out

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to Pujara, FOUR, lovely shot, too short from , on Pujara's pads we well, he swivels across and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, beats the two men in the deep to a nicety

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to Rahane, FOUR, this is poor bowling from , he has got a second slip and he drags his length back, Rahane rocks back and punches with a straight bat - in front of square on the off-side and it's another boundary for Rahane

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to Pujara, 1 run, Pujara comes down the track to a well flighted delivery and drives it down to long-off, raises the 150-run stand

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Silva to Rahane, FOUR, this is excellent batting from Rahane, skips down the track, gets close to the ball and clears mid-off with the lofted drive

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to Rahane, FOUR, Herath hardly tried to hunt that ball down. Short and outside off, Rahane cuts it square on the off-side, Herath at sweeper cover had given up the chase long back

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to Rahane, 1 run, dropped! That should be taken, at the international level. Floated up and got it to dip in front of Rahane, who was committed to playing the drive, spoons it to the left of . He dives and goes with one hand, the ball does not stick and rolls away to long-off. Costly miss for Sri Lanka. With the new ball round the corner, it would have been the ideal time to take a wicket

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to Rahane, FOUR, neat! Flighted delivery outside off, Rahane's back leg goes across to give him the room to play the inside out drive, placed it past extra cover and beat sweeper comfortably

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to Rahane, leg byes, 1 run, The customary 80th over review. It is for an LBW against Rahane. The impact seemed outside off. But since Sri Lanka will get back their reviews after this over, Chandimal has taken a chance. No bat involved. The ball strikes him on the back thigh. Clearly hitting him outside the line of off. Not Out! Tossed up delivery, Rahane kneels down and misses the sweep, the ball goes on to strike him on the back thigh. Oxenford had got it spot on

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to Pujara, 1 run, a last second roll of the wrists and a single worked to square leg

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to Rahane, FOUR, not as short but look at Rahane rock back and pull it through mid-wicket. Completely mocked the fact that the ball stayed low..

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Perera to Rahane, 1 run, the partnership between Rahane and Pujara is now 200! Makes a little bit of room to this off-break and cuts it through cover-point

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to Rahane, 1 run, 9th Test hundred for Rahane! More importantly, his sixth outside India. Dabs this to cover-point and Pujara, this time, runs across in participation and charitable risk. Off goes the helmet and he raises his bat, like his game everytime he sniffs an iota of self-doubt. A breezy Test innings is how I'll put it

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to Rahane, no run, Rahane refers it. Looked like a clear inside edge. Let's see. Arm-ball from that skids on. Rahane is defending off the back foot and there's a clear inside edge. Oh umpire Bruce Oxenford! He'll have to reverse the decision

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to Pujara, FOUR, lovely shot, floaty half-volley on Pujara's pads, he shuffles across and clips it in front of square on the on-side, beats mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence

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to Pujara, out Lbw!! Loud shout for LBW and Sri Lanka want a review. Pujara has been struck on his back thigh. 'Maybe, maybe height again', says Richard Illingworth. Impact is in line and the ball is hitting the top of leg-stump. Three REDS and Pujara is OUT. Pujara has been dismissed early on the second morning once again, 1st Test wicket for , so the move to give him the second new ball has worked wonders for Chandimal. Lovely delivery to start with, on a good length and a hint of nip back into the right-hander, Pujara was prodding forward on the drive, gets beaten on the inside edge as the ball shaped back, struck on the back-thigh - adjacent to off and middle. Pujara wasn't forward either and Hawk-Eye suggested that it was crashing into leg-stump. Umpire Oxenford has to change his decision. Pujara lbw b 133(232) [4s-11 6s-1]

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to Ashwin, FOUR, nicely bowled by , but Ashwin gets away with a streaky boundary. This was tossed up slower and just outside off, Ashwin was arching back on the cut, the weight wasn't fully back and he cracked it in the air - just wide and left to Dhananjaya de Silva at backward point

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to Ashwin, FOUR, lovely from Ashwin, his timing has been impeccable on these drives, on a good length and well outside off, he leans into the ball and merely pushes it past extra-cover, beats the inner ring and rolls away to the fence

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to Rahane, FOUR, that has been smashed, Rahane charges down the track, doesn't get close to the ball, that allows him to free his arms and lifts it back over the umpire's head. Didin't get hold of the shot, but has enough to beat the chasing pack

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to Ashwin, FOUR, too straight from and it's easy pickings for Ashwin, length ball on his pads, no fine leg and the inside edge goes fine. No need to run for those

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Perera to Rahane, FOUR, cracking shot, gentle start from , drops it short and wide of off, Rahane is quick to go back and cuts it in front of square on the off-side, beats cover and rolls away to the fence

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to Ashwin, FOUR, cracking shot, tad too short and wide from , Ashwin stays back, waits on it and cuts it square on the off-side, the man from cover-point gives chase, but it's in vain

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to Ashwin, FOUR, the plan almost worked. They want him to drive uppishly and he obliged. Floated up outside off, Ashwin slices the drive and it was in the air for a while, but fortunately in the gap - between short cover-point and backward point

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to Rahane, out Stumped!! The first class legend has his maiden Test wicket. Look at him. He's pumped. Had his hands up as soon as Rahane was beaten and once the stumping was complete the fist pump comes out. has looked a much better bowler today. Maybe the nerves got the better of him yesterday. This was a superb delivery. Flighted it on off-stump, Rahane saw the air on this and charged down the wicket, he looked to go over mid-on, the ball spun across his bat and Dickwella did the rest behind the stumps. Both centurions sent back now. Rahane st Dickwella b 132(222) [4s-14]

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Perera to Saha, FOUR, that is one way to send the close-in fielders back. He dances down the wicket and gets close to the flighted delivery and lofts it over mid-on, who had been brought in for the new batsman

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to Saha, FOUR, Saha does like the sweep shot, but does not get it where he intended. Very full delivery and not one to play a sweep to, but Saha does and gets an under edge. The ball trickles to the fine leg fence

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to Ashwin, SIX, fifty for Ashwin, he now has 2004 Test runs as well. Lovely way to get to the landmark, comes down the track, makes room as he did so and goes over mid-off, sails a long way into the stands

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to Ashwin, out Bowled!! Fifty and OUT for Ashwin, the classic 's arm-ball has done him in. This was pushed through flatter and quicker, went straight on after pitching around off, Ashwin backed away on the cut and missed. Turns back and watches in dismay as the ball clips the off-stump, enough for one bail to fall down. Another handy knock from India's premium Test all-rounder, Sri Lanka have once again struck early after a break. Ashwin b 54(92) [4s-5 6s-1]

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to Saha, FOUR, India are looking to bat positively after lunch, good use of the feet from Saha, makes room as he did so and gets enough to clear mid-off, one bounce and over the ropes

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to Saha, no run, appeal for LBW and Sri Lanka want a review. It's a fair delivery and there's no bat involved. But this one didn't straighten and the angle would be taking it down the leg-side. Hawk-Eye in: Pitching in-line, impact umpire's call and missing the stumps, NOT OUT is the call. This was the slider from , Saha was prodding forward in defence, beaten on the inside edge and the ball would be sliding down with the angle. Easy call for umpire Oxenford and Sri Lanka lose a review

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to Hardik Pandya, no run, Hardik Pandya pushed at this tossed up ball and was rapped on the back leg having missed the turn. On first view, it appeared to have pitched outside the leg stump. Sri Lanka did not think so and reviewed it. They were right for most part of it. But Hardik Pandya is a tall lad and the height turned out to be an issue there

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to Saha, byes, FOUR, where is Jadeja? Have a look at this one, sir! Dips in and turns sharply to beat Saha's push at it. Bisects the keeper and the man at slip before racing to the third man fence

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to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, that one nearly took down the umpire. Rod Tucker showed great reflexes to save himself there. Might have brushed his towel there. Hardik Pandya stepped down and cracked it straight past the bowler. Fetched a four in the end

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to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, short ball and Hardik Pandya goes back in a flash. Pulls off the inside half of the bat but manages to put enough on it to send to the deep mid-wicket fence

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to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, this one made a sound that would give migraine to an irritated bowler. Leant on the front foot and swept hard to the deep mid-wicket fence

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to Hardik Pandya, out Caught by Mathews!! Cameo is done. Mistimed the loft to long-off. Second wicket for who was audacious to bowl it at 69kph when the batsman is trying to beat the leather of the ball. Hardik Pandya was clearly beaten in flight and sliced the swing high for Mathews to settle under it. Hardik Pandya c Mathews b 20(20) [4s-3]

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to Saha, FOUR, drops it short and with mid-wicket left open that is asking for trouble. Saha goes back and pulls with ease

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to Saha, 1 run, fifty for Saha. Pushes down towards long-off after a mini-trek to get there

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to Jadeja, SIX, Jadeja steps down to the flighted delivery and goes with the turn. Hits well over the man at long-on. Big hit

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Perera to Jadeja, SIX, so those slips were bluffs. Perera bowled it well short and Jadeja punched the pull. Short-arm jab this one, goes well over the deep mid-wicket fence

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Silva to Jaja, FOUR, this was cracked. So hard that Silva's both hands were not big enough to net that. And neither were they strong enough to take the pace off it. Long-on could not reach it in time and Jaja has a four. Once again Rod Tucker had to duck against it

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Silva to Saha, SIX, intentions clear from Saha. First ball he faces after tea and he posits it into the stands. Runs the track and gets close to the ball, smacks it with the turn over the backpedaling ep mid-wicket fielr

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to Saha, out Stumped!! "He was almost run out," says an elated Roshan Abeysinghe on air. Beaten all ends up was Saha. strikes with the first ball off a new spell. Throws it up with lots of revs, Saha wanted to push a single down to long-off, he was beaten in the air and past the outside edge. And since he had overbalanced and stepped out of the crease, Dickwella whipped the bails off. Saha was a long way down even if he was just trying to work a single. Saha st Dickwella b 67(134) [4s-4 6s-1]

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to Jadeja, FOUR, trifle short and Jadeja is all over it. He has been trying that cut shot against the offie without much success, but against he times and places it well, beating sweeper cover with ease

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to Jadeja, FOUR, fifty for Jadeja. The sword celebration is out. The team are on their feet to applaud. He does that little jig of his with so much ease. slips one onto the legs, Jadeja tickles it fine and the fast outfield does the rest. 8th in Test cricket for Jadeja

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Perera to Shami, FOUR, Shami will have fun and provide us with some entertainment. Sees the flighted delivery and is quick to race down the wicket, slams it straight back over the bowler's head, one bounce four

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to Shami, SIX, Shami loves 's bowling. That is his third six against the wily old spinner in this series. Charges out of the crease and is nowhere close to the ball, still goes through with the loft and just about manages to clear long-on

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to Shami, SIX, make it four. This is better and bigger. That is because he was to the pitch of the ball, danced down and got close, then the long levers took over to send it soaring over the long-off fence

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to Shami, out Caught by Tharanga!! A handy cameo that from Shami. Wanted to make it a hat-trick of sixes and to be honest, the ball was there to be put into the stands. A rank long hop on leg-stump, Shami goes on the back foot and pulls, not off the middle and hence the ball got more height than distance. Tharanga steadied himself at deep mid-wicket to gobble that. Shami c Tharanga b 19(8) [4s-1 6s-2]

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Perera to Jadeja, FOUR, 600 up for India. They are making a habit of scoring big in the first innings. The quicker delivery from as he saw Jadeja leave the crease, the allrounder adjusts and cuts it late past the slip fielder

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to Jadeja, SIX, oh Ravi Jadeja. Shimmies down and hammers flat over long-off

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Perera to U Yadav, FOUR, slogs across and trust you me, this was nowhere off the middle. Sri Lanka are on the poppy seed. They're just whiling away time.. umm.. with close-in fielders. So this dragged inside-edge runs away through deep square