2nd Test Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur 24 November 2017

India vs Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka vs India

Sri Lanka 4th Inn:245/10 (76.5)

Dilruwan Perera 21 (50);
Ravindra Jadeja 24.5-4-71-3; Ravichandran Ashwin 27-4-65-3;

Last bat: Lahiru Kumara

Result: India won by 304 runs.

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Sri Lanka 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne b Ashwin 97 208 9 0 46.63
Upul Tharanga b Shami 10 10 2 0 100
Danushka Gunathilaka c Pujara & b Umesh 2 8 0 0 25
Kusal Mendis c Saha & b Ravindra Jadeja 36 71 3 0 50.7
Angelo Mathews c Hardik Pandya & b Ravindra Jadeja 2 10 0 0 20
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) c Saha & b Ashwin 67 94 10 0 71.28
Dilruwan Perera not out 21 50 3 0 42
Nuwan Pradeep c Kohli & b Ashwin 0 2 0 0 0
Lahiru Kumara c Shami & b Ravindra Jadeja 0 8 0 0 0
Asela Gunaratne absent hurt 0 0 0 0 0.00
Rangana Herath(c) absent hurt 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 3, w - 7, nb - 0)10
Total(245 all out in 76.5 overs)245 (3.19 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/22 (Upul Tharanga, 2.5 ov.) 2/29 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 5.4 ov.) 3/108 (Kusal Mendis, 30.5 ov.)
4/116 (Angelo Mathews, 34.3 ov.) 5/217 (Niroshan Dickwella, 61.5 ov.) 6/240 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 73.2 ov.)
7/240 (Nuwan Pradeep, 73.4 ov.) 8/245 (Lahiru Kumara, 76.5 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mohammed Shami 9 0 43 1 4.78 (5w)
Umesh Yadav 9 0 42 1 4.67  
Ravindra Jadeja 24.5 4 71 3 2.86  
Ravichandran Ashwin 27 4 65 3 2.41  
Hardik Pandya 7 0 21 0 3 (2w)
               

India 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Shikhar Dhawan c Gunathilaka & b Dilruwan Perera 14 14 3 0 100
Abhinav Mukund lbw Gunathilaka 81 116 8 0 69.83
Cheteshwar Pujara c Kusal Mendis & b Lahiru Kumara 15 35 2 0 42.86
Virat Kohli(c) not out 103 136 5 1 75.74
Ajinkya Rahane not out 23 18 2 0 127.78
Hardik Pandya dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Wriddhiman Saha(wk) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Ravichandran Ashwin dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Ravindra Jadeja dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Umesh Yadav dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Mohammed Shami dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 2, nb - 1)4
Total(240 for 3 in 53 overs)240 (4.53 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/19 (Shikhar Dhawan, 3.6 ov.) 2/56 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 16.5 ov.) 3/189 (Abhinav Mukund, 46.3 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Nuwan Pradeep 12 2 63 0 5.25  
Dilruwan Perera 15 0 67 1 4.47  
Lahiru Kumara 12 1 59 1 4.92 (2w)
Rangana Herath (c) 9 0 34 0 3.78  
Danushka Gunathilaka 5 0 16 1 3.2  
               

Sri Lanka 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne lbw Umesh 2 9 0 0 22.22
Upul Tharanga runout (Saha) 64 93 10 0 68.82
Danushka Gunathilaka c Dhawan & b Shami 16 37 2 0 43.24
Kusal Mendis c Dhawan & b Shami 0 4 0 0 0
Angelo Mathews c Kohli & b Ravindra Jadeja 83 130 11 1 63.85
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) c Mukund & b Ashwin 8 15 1 0 53.33
Dilruwan Perera not out 92 132 10 4 69.7
Rangana Herath(c) c A Rahane & b Ravindra Jadeja 9 13 1 0 69.23
Nuwan Pradeep b Hardik Pandya 10 26 1 0 38.46
Lahiru Kumara b Ravindra Jadeja 2 12 0 0 16.67
Asela Gunaratne absent hurt 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 4, w - 1, nb - 0)5
Total(291 all out in 78.3 overs)291 (3.71 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/7 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 1.5 ov.) 2/68 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 14.2 ov.) 3/68 (Kusal Mendis, 14.6 ov.)
4/125 (Upul Tharanga, 34 ov.) 5/143 (Niroshan Dickwella, 39.2 ov.) 6/205 (Angelo Mathews, 58.5 ov.)
7/241 (Rangana Herath, 66.2 ov.) 8/280 (Nuwan Pradeep, 73.5 ov.) 9/291 (Lahiru Kumara, 78.3 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mohammed Shami 12 2 45 2 3.75 (1w)
Umesh Yadav 14 1 78 1 5.57  
Ravichandran Ashwin 27 5 84 1 3.11  
Ravindra Jadeja 22.3 3 67 3 2.98  
Hardik Pandya 3 0 13 1 4.33  
               

India 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Shikhar Dhawan c Mathews & b N Pradeep 190 168 31 0 113.1
Abhinav Mukund c Dickwella & b N Pradeep 12 26 2 0 46.15
Cheteshwar Pujara c Dickwella & b N Pradeep 153 265 13 0 57.74
Virat Kohli(c) c Dickwella & b N Pradeep 3 8 0 0 37.5
Ajinkya Rahane c Karunaratne & b Lahiru Kumara 57 130 3 0 43.85
Ravichandran Ashwin c Dickwella & b N Pradeep 47 60 7 0 78.33
Wriddhiman Saha(wk) c Dilruwan Perera & b Herath 16 32 3 0 50
Hardik Pandya c (sub)Dhananjaya de Silva & b Lahiru Kumara 50 49 5 3 102.04
Ravindra Jadeja b N Pradeep 15 24 2 0 62.5
Mohammed Shami c Tharanga & b Lahiru Kumara 30 30 0 3 100
Umesh Yadav not out 11 10 1 1 110
             
Extras(b - 2, lb - 5, w - 6, nb - 3)16
Total(600 all out in 133.1 overs)600 (4.51 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/27 (Abhinav Mukund, 7.3 ov.) 2/280 (Shikhar Dhawan, 54.1 ov.) 3/286 (Virat Kohli, 56.4 ov.)
4/423 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 97.4 ov.) 5/432 (Ajinkya Rahane, 101.1 ov.) 6/491 (Wriddhiman Saha, 114.1 ov.)
7/495 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 115.1 ov.) 8/517 (Ravindra Jadeja, 121.2 ov.) 9/579 (Mohammed Shami, 129.5 ov.)
10/600 (Hardik Pandya, 133.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Nuwan Pradeep 31 2 132 6 4.26 (1w)
Lahiru Kumara 25.1 3 131 3 5.2 (5w)
Dilruwan Perera 30 1 130 0 4.33  
Rangana Herath (c) 40 6 159 1 3.98  
Danushka Gunathilaka 7 0 41 0 5.86  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to Tharanga, FOUR, nicely punched off the back foot. Shortish delivery outside off stump, Tharanga stands tall and plays it through point, Umesh gives chase but comes second

4

Yadav to Karnaratne, FOR, another down the leg-side delivery as mesh tries to start the inswinger very straight, trns ot to be a freebie for the batsman, who waits and glances fine to fine leg

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, that's a lot of width outside off stump and Tharanga helps himself into the double digits. Short and wide, Tharanga waits and guides the ball late, plays it well to the right of deep backward point

D

to Tharanga, no run, Virat Kohli drops a sitter at second slip. There you go, bowling round the wicket is going to be tough for left-handers when the ball moves away off the pitch. This back of a length delivery did just that, Tharanga was on the defence, but the movement away from him meant the ball took a thick edge, went straight and low to Kohli at second slip, got both hands to it but couldn't grab the ball. He's livid with himself and bangs the surface with his hand

W

to Tharanga, out Bowled!! He's dragged that back onto the sticks. So that dropped catch from Kohli costs nothing for India. He'll be relieved. This was another back of a length delivery from , the ball cut back into him on this occasion and cramped him for room. Tharanga tried to adjust late by moving back to meet the ball, but all he managed to do was disturb the leg stump courtesy an inside edge. Sri Lanka lose an early wicket in the chase. Tharanga b 10(10) [4s-2]

4

Yadav to Karnaratne, FOR, that's a lovely straight drive. mesh has been a little predictable looking only to bowl inswingers to the left-hander, so Karnaratne had the line covered and came forward to send this fll ball along the grond past the sticks at the other end

W

Yadav to Gnathilaka, ot Caght by Pjara!! That's been flicked straight to sqare leg. Gnathilaka doesn't want to leave. He's distraght. Bt India have their second. A fll inswinging delivery from Yadav, Gnathilaka picks it ppishly off his pads and pays the price. This is not how yo want to be getting ot while trying to save a Test match. In fact, both dismissals so far have been de to the batsman's errors, giving it away on a platter. Gnathilaka c Pjara b Yadav 2(8)

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, proper half-volley on the pads, no problems in putting that away. Twirls his wrists and flicks it through mid-wicket

4

Yadav to Ksal Mendis, FOR, that's a confident shot from Ksal Mendis. Real intent with the footwork as he plants his front foot to the pitch of the fll ball and drives with a florish throgh point

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, straightens from a back of length outside off, Karunaratne is drawn across to dangle his bat and pokes it off a thick edge through gully. He softened his hands though, ensured that it went along the ground

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, a reverse-sweep off 's first ball. Baffling. But he does manage to get four. Makes good contact and hits it past a diving backward point

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, that's on the shorter side, and Mendis has climbed all over it. Instantly picks up length, makes room and cuts through point for four

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, cracking shot, drops this one short and wide of off, Karunaratne backs away and cracks it square on the off-side, beats point and rolls away to the fence

OT

to Karunaratne, 2 runs, fifty for Karunaratne, he's battled hard in this innings, top shot to bring up the landmark, this one was given more air, the drift was taking it on Karunaratne's pads, he gets well forward, gets close to the ball and that allows him to play the on-drive past mid-on. Pandya gets across from long-on and keeps them down to a brace

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, lovely shot, the slog sweep from Mendis, tossed up wider of off, he went down low and mowed it over mid-wicket, played with the angle and was always a safe shot

OT

to Kusal Mendis, no run, appeal for a caught behind. Saha was very keen and he convinces his capatin to review. It's a fair delivery and Tucker says it's gone past the bat. Ultraedge shows no spike and the decision remains NOT OUT. There was a sound and the ball was nowhere near Mendis' pads, that made Saha very interested. Coming to the ball, this was tossed up and spun down the leg-side, Mendis was looking to flick and missed

W

to Kusal Mendis, out Caught by Saha!! Loud appeal for a caught behind and India will review. Mendis doesn't look too worried. It's a fair delivery, says Tucker. He wants the ultraedge and says that there's a spike as the ball went past the outside edge. 'I think there's conclusive evidence to say that it's OUT, there's a big spike and Bruce - please reverse your decision' - Tucker says. OUT - it is. Excellent review from India, Kohli thought for a long time, RJ was adamant and Saha was convinced, he went with them and is vindicated. Mendis shakes his head as he walks away, he didn't feel the feather perhaps, but UltraEdge clearly showed one. Lovely delivery from RJ, this was pushed through quicker and just outside off, Mendis wasn't fully forward nor back as he pushed at that, gets a tiny feather as the ball bounced at him, safely held by the keeper. Kusal Mendis c Saha b 36(71) [4s-3]

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, lovely shot, Karunaratne has been very positive in this knock, this was drifted across him, he went down low, played against the turn and sweeps it in front of square on the on-side, beats mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence

W

to Mathews, out Caught by Hardik Pandya!! Oh dear! That's a shot Mathews and the Sri Lankan camp will not want to watch the replays of, that's a giveaway from the former captain and India are jubilant. This was a nothing shot from Mathews, he gave away the hint early, ran towards the bowler, that allowed RJ to shorten his length and get it to drift across the batsman. Having been done in by the flight, Mathews refused to adjust, still went through with a wild slog. The ball skewed off the outside half of the bat and looped gently towards Hardik at backward point. He throws his head back in disgust, but he can mourn more about his shot in the dressing room. Mathews c Hardik Pandya b 2(10)

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, cracking shot, a rare loose ball from , dropped it short and wide of off, Karunaratne makes room and cuts it square on the off-side, beats point and rolls away to the fence

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, Dickwella will not keep defending, this was tossed up on the stumps, Dickwella comes down the track, gets close to the ball and lifts it high and over long-on. Went a mile high and drops in front of the ropes at long-on

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, Dickwella will keep sweeping, this was tossed up well outside off, Dickwella bends down low, gets on top of the bounce and sweeps it in front of square on the on-side for a boundary

4

Pandya to Dickwella, FOUR, good shot! With the third man region unmanned, Dickwella smartly uses Pandya's pace and width to steer the short of length delivery wide of the slip cordon. Races away into the fence

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, full ball drifting down leg, Dickwella sinks low and plays the sweep shot. Gets decent amount of wood on it and that is enough for the ball to reach the fine leg fence

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, powerfully hit! Slightly too full and Dickwella takes heavy toll of it. Gets down on one knee after a mini shuffle and brooms it away in front of square on the on-side

4

Pandya to Karunaratne, FOUR, edged and safe! Seam-up delivery slanting away from a fuller length and Karunaratne drives away from his body. He gets a thick outside edge and the ball flies past the lone slip fielder and into the third man fence. Brings up the 50-run stand between the duo

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, excellent use of the feet! Loopy ball from , Dickwella comes down the track, gets to the pitch and lofts it inside-out. Finds the gap and the ball reaches the cover fence in a hurry

D

Pandya to Dickwella, 1 run, dropped? Yes, catchable, but a very tough one. Once again, Pandya bowls full and extracts the outside edge as Dickwella goes hard on his drive away from the body. The fat outside edge goes to the left of Rahane at second slip who threw himself at it. The ball didn't stick and Dickwella goes to the other end

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, slightly fuller and Dickwella punishes him. The batsman gets close to the pitch by coming forward and smacks the slog sweep over mid-wicket. Powerful shot and Dickwella moves to 48

OT

Yadav to Dickwella, 2 rns, half centry #4 for Niroshan Dickwella. He gets there with an open face drive sqare on the off-side, looks mch relieved.

4

Yadav to Dickwella, FOR, that's a gift to celebrate yor milestone, Dickwella obliges. Pitched p otside off, his weight was leaning on the front foot and the next thing he sees is the ball blazing throgh extra cover. Sperbly driven

4

Yadav to Dickwella, FOR, poor delivery, fll and wide. With pitch doing no tricks, Dickwella chances his arm and spanks it throgh the covers

4

Yadav to Dickwella, FOR, looked like a wobble seam delivery, bt there's too mch room on offer otside off. Dickwella had all the time in the world to cream one throgh the covers. A well timed shot that. 100-rn partnership is p between these two.

W

to Dickwella, out Caught by Saha!! First wicket for Ash after 19.4 overs. Gee! **Rubs eyes in disbelief** You ask Dickwella what shot he would like playing against the spinners, and he'll say a sweep shot; even in his dreams. That's how much he likes that shot. But unfortunately, it doesn't come off today. second guessed him and shortened his length after flighting it well above Dickwella's eyes. Gets a faint top-edge and Saha knew it straightaway. Started celebrating while soaking in the formalities of appealing. You can't keep champion players out of the game, can you? Dickwella c Saha b 67(94) [4s-10]

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, nicely looped up, gorgeously driven through the covers. No feet, but he has got all of it. Perfectly timed

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, his eyes lit up on seeing the width, stays sideways on the back foot and flays it square on the off-side

OT

to Dilruwan Perera, no run, Kohli reviews doubtfully, for a lbw against Dilruwan Perera. Fair delivery thank you, says Rod Tucker. "Touched his foot there, looks outside off stump anyway. No bat involved. Ball tracking please. Impact outside off, wickets hitting. Can't be given out. Bruce stay with your decision which is not out," he adds. Coming back to the delivery: It was fired full and hit flush on the foot, was slightly outside off and hence the impact worked in his favour

W

to Karunaratne, out Bowled!! "Think the bowler got him as much as the 90s did" says Harsha Bhogle on air. Can't put it more aptly. TV umpire checking for the front foot. Ash is fine on that account. Nice flight and drift, it dips tantalizinlgly close to Karunaratne - who was on his knees looking to sweep. It didn't bounce as much as he expected and result? Brushes the inside edge and clatters the off and middle. Karunaratne b 97(208) [4s-9]

W

to Pradeep, out Caught by Kohli!! Can't last long. Good anticipation from the Indian skipper. At leg slip. A position that MS loved all throughout his Test career. Pradeep was caught in two minds. Not fully forward neither backward, just pokes at a ball that spun with some extra bounce. It grazes the glove and loops up round the corner. Kohli times his jump to perfection and snatches it inches above. Pradeep c Kohli b 0(2)

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, picks the ball from way outside off and then belts the sweep behind square

W

to Lahiru Kumara, out Caught by Shami!! That's it. India seal the game, win by 304 runs. Was beaten here at Galle in 2015 and what a way to erase those unpleasant memories. Kumara attempts a wild slog - can't blame him for his approach - and was caught at mid-off. Lahiru Kumara c Shami b 0(8)

4

to Dhawan, FOUR, lovely shot, width on offer from , it was short in length as well. Dhawan waits on it and cuts it late, beats the fielder in the ring and rolls away to the fence in a hurry

4

Perera to Mukund, FOUR, nice way to get going, tad too short from , the width was there as well, Mukund makes room and cracks it in the gap past point. The fielder gave chase, but he was always coming second best

4

to Dhawan, FOUR, cracking shot, full and wide from , Dhawan gets a big stride forward and drives it into the gap past cover-point. The man in the deep was fine and he has no chance

4

Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, short and wide from , not the line to be bowling. Dhawan makes room and cuts it square past point, beats the man getting across to his left from sweeper cover

W

Perera to Dhawan, out Caught by Gunathilaka!! Dhawan looks forlorn, but he has to go back to the hut. This is as soft as it gets, dropped one short and wide of off, it was asking to be hit. I reckon it stopped on the batsman a bit and gripped across him, as a result Dhawan had to reach out for the cut. The bottom-hand gave away and all he managed was to to spoon a dolly to backward point. Gunathilaka moves across to his right accepts the gift. A wicket against the run of play for . Dhawan c Gunathilaka b Perera 14(14) [4s-3]

4

to Mukund, FOUR, short, wide and four, Mukund gets on top of the bounce and cracks it behind square on the off-side. The man in the deep is very square and has no chance

4

to Pujara, FOUR, too straight from and the pressure has been released, length ball on Pujara's pads, he gets inside the line and clips it behind square on the on-side. Kumara has a long way to move from fine leg and can't get around in time

4

to Pujara, FOUR, very full and wide of off, turns out to be a half-volley, Pujara leans forward and drives it through cover, the timing is sublime and the ball rolls away to the fence in a hurry

4

Perera to Mukund, FOUR, lovely from Mukund, should give him plenty of confidence, shimmied down the track, gets close to the ball - as a result, he could whip it against the turn, beats mid-on to his left and rolls away to the fence

W

Kumara to Pujara, out Caught by Kusal Mendis!! Excellent catch! That is so unlike Cheteshwar Pujara. Loss of concentration? It was a fullish ball on the stumps, Pujara moves across and flicks it behind square on the on-side. There is a man under helmet at leg-gully - Mendis. He jumps to his right and holds onto it in his second attempt. Pujara c Kusal Mendis b Kumara 15(35) [4s-2]

4

Kumara to Kohli, FOUR, the Indian skipper receives a gift upfront and he takes full toll of it. Low full toss, with a stride forward Kohli drives superbly through extra cover and gets off the mark with a boundary

4

to Kohli, FOUR, shot! Kohli slighty moves leg-side and times his cover-drive superbly. Didn't try to hit too hard and found the gap. The man in the deep puts in a dive, in vain

4

Kumara to Mukund, FOUR, easily done! Full toss outside off, Mukund leans onto it and drives in the gap through the covers. There is no one to stop that

4

Kumara to Mukund, FOUR, head-high bouncer, Mukund hops and pulls it behind square on the on-side. He didn't overhit and found the gap between square leg and fine leg. He was in total control of the shot

4

to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli's feet are moving well and he is timing well. Not the the greatest news for SL fans. Full ball outside off, Kohli gets to the pitch by striding forward and meets it with a beautiful cover drive. Rolls all along the carpet into the fence

4

to Kohli, FOUR, nicely done! Back of a length delivery on the ribs, Kohli hops and tucks it behind square leg. Superb timing and the ball dribbles away into the fence. The man in the deep put in a dive and got a hand on it, but can't prevent the boundary

4

to Mukund, FOUR, good shot! Tossed up delivery outside off, Mukund gets close to the pitch by dancing down the track and lofts it in the direction of the spin. Finds the gap between long-on and deep mid-wicket

4

to Mukund, FOUR, fifty for Abhinav Mukund! He needed this knock. His team-mates applaud in the dressing room. Gets there with a cheeky shot. It was bowled down the leg-side, Mukund crouches low and helps it away fine into the fine leg fence with a lap sweep. Mukund gets a pat on the back from his skipper

OT

to Kohli, 2 runs, glances one off his hip and brings up his 1st fifty in 8 innings. Also 1000 runs as captain in Tests outside India. No celebrations. Dressing room rise as one to applaud

4

Kumara to Kohli, FOUR, nimble feet. That's a shot he works a lot on in the nets. Gives an impression as he if he's gonna square drive that wide delivery, but subtlely opens his bat face to run it fine of third man. Class

4

Kumara to Mukund, FOUR, short and at the body, Mukund swivelled but wasn't in control of the hook. Thick slice of top-edge runs away to the fine leg fence

W

to Mukund, out Lbw!! Mukund has been given out lbw onfield. TV ump, Rod Tucker's voice: "Front foot first, fair delivery okay. Checking if there's any bat involved. Okay there's no bat there. I'm happy with that. You can go to ball-tracking when it is available. All three reds, Bruce you can stay with your decision." OUT it will be and that's stumps. A bit lazy that from Mukund, wasn't using his feet much of late and that came back to haunt him. Well looped up and caught him on the stride, his bat was far from his pads. Slides in with the arm and hit him just below the knee roll, impact looked outside off to the naked eye. But wasn't to be. Mukund lbw b 81(116) [4s-8]

4

to Rahane, FOUR, Jinks is going for runs. The lead is already over 500 and they will collect as many runs as they can as Kohli inches closer to his hundred. This is a full ball outside off stump, Rahane lofts the drive cover for four

4

to Rahane, FOUR, that'll do! A healthy edge flies through the vacant slip cordon. Short of a length delivery outside off stump, Rahane slashes hard at it and gets a thick edge, third man can't cut it off as it runs fine

6

Perera to Kohli, SIX, he's close to a hundred, but doesn't mind taking risks. Knows that India have enough time to bowl Sri Lanka out is more important than him having that three-figure score. Steps out to this flighted delivery and then whips the slog over mid-wicket, a pure bottom-handed shot that sails over mid-wicket

OT

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, and that's the 17th Test century for captain Kohli. No real celebrations from him. Just takes the helmet off and shows the bat to the dressing room and the applauding crowd. This was a flatter delivery on the leg stump, Kohli nudged this into the on-side and got to the milestone. All eyes on Kohli, is the declaration coming? No, he puts the helmet on and India are going to continue batting

4

Yadav to Tharanga, FOR, chopped past glly for for! Positive start from Tharanga. There's hardly mch room otside off, bt he stands leg-side of it and chops down firmly

W

Yadav to Karnaratne, ot Lbw!! Oh what a ball! That's a ripping in-swinger, and Karnaratne has fallen over on the flick. Plmb. Oh wait, he's reviewed it. That looks like a shocking review. It's sch a bad review that even the third mpire can't stop himself from commenting on it. "Doesn't look like a great review, does it?" he qips. Fll and straight from Yadav, crls it in very late and smashes Karnaratne's front pad. That's hitting middle stmp. What was Karnaratne thinking? Karnaratne lbw b Yadav 2(9)

4

to Gunathilaka, FOUR, sublime punch off the back foot. That's beautifully done. Back of a length, angling away from off, and Gunathilaka strikes it firmly wide of mid-off. It's not an easy shot, especially with this angle

4

to Gunathilaka, FOUR, another back-foot punch, this time much squarer, but the result is same. Four more. He seems to like playing off the back foot, and hasn't really pitched many up

4

Yadav to Tharanga, FOR, p and over backward point. Again, no holding back. Loose delivery from Yadav as he strays short and wide, and Tharanga gets his feet off the grond to go aerial with the ct

4

Yadav to Tharanga, FOR, what timing on this! It's jst a steer, and the ball has raced away. Good length otside off, Tharanga leans across, opens the bat-face and gides it past point

4

Yadav to Tharanga, FOR, drives throgh extra-cover, and holds his pose! Glorios. Fll, slanted in from otside off, and Tharanga nfrls a classical drive. Three bondaries in the over

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, cuts under the ball, very deliberate. Short and wide from , Tharanga flays it over gully. He's got off to a flier

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, short, flat, Tharanga steers back and uses the pace of the bowler to guide it past short third man for a four. Cheeky!

4

Yadav to Tharanga, FOR, can place an iffy shot better? The slip was wide, was a second slip. The ball takes the edge on the ct and flies between keeper and slip for a for. Don't think the keeper cold have gone for it

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Yadav to Tharanga, FOR, drives the ball away into the covers. That is where he is strong. Yo pitch it p and yo pay the penalty. Kohli fetches it back

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to Tharanga, FOUR, chops the ball away, the pace on the ball takes it away into the fence past the slip fielder

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to Gunathilaka, out Caught by Dhawan!! Loose waft outside off and this time there is first slip, who buckets it. That was a length ball, harmlessly put outside off and the batsman went after it to pay the price. Lanka lose their second. The change in the bowling attack has come good for Kohli and Co. The runs had been coming thick and fast for them, maybe that tempted the batsman to play a shot like that. Gunathilaka c Dhawan b 16(37) [4s-2]

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to Kusal Mendis, out Caught by Dhawan!! The ball nibbled a wee bit, enough to take the edge and nestle into the hands of Dhawan again at first slip. There was some lift, the batsman could not get behind the line of the ball and only a soft edge for him to go back for a blob. Lanka in a spot of bother. Kusal Mendis c Dhawan b 0(4)

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to Tharanga, FOUR, 52 off 44! He is still in ODI mode. His fastest fifty in Tests. That was flattish outside off and Tharanga creamed the drive through the covers

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to Mathews, FOUR, banged in again and the batsman pulls it away, through mid-wicket and the ball speeds away into the fence. There was a man at mid-wicket but the batsman threaded the gap between him and mid-on

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to Mathews, FOUR, strides back and punches it to get a free four. The man at mid-off - Umesh lets it through his legs and ain't amused. Poor from the pacer

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Yadav to Mathews, FOR, short, wide enogh and Mathews gatecrashes the off-side with a ct. The bat swords the ball away for a for throgh the point region

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Yadav to Mathews, FOR, leans into the drive as he hit the ball on top of the bonce. The ball sped away into the gap between cover and mid-off for a for. The ton for the team is p!

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Yadav to Mathews, SIX, doesn't control the swivelled pll bt has enogh meat on the top-edge to get it over the bondary line at fine leg. The ball was banged in hard and the batsman despite not being in control of it, got it away

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to Mathews, no run, Kohli goes for the review. Mathews given not out for lbw. TV umpire's voice: "Fair delivery. I'm happy that clearly missed the bat. Two reds and wickets- umpire's call. Just clipping the top of off. Bruce, you can stay with your decision. Not out." Lovely loop and dip from Ash. Drew Mathews forward and got to rip past his inside edge like a snake. It struck him on the front leg and looked plumb to the naked eye. A throat-seething appeal but Bruce wasn't convinced. Saha was confident and he lured Kohli to take a review instantly

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to Mathews, FOUR, touch short and Mathews is quick onto his back foot, slashes his hands and cuts it square on the off-side

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to Tharanga, out Tharanga Run Out!! A chip down the pitch and a chip-drive to silly point who tries to effect a run out. A wide throw to the keeper, but guess what, Tharanga is out. A wicket against the run of play. Indians have surprised themselves with a moment of brilliance here. Luck in fact. Tharanga did dive back in time and would have been safe had the bat not bounced. In a bid to slide his bat quickly, he lost the balance off the feet, fell awkwardly. As a result the bat jammed the surface after crossing the crease and jumped up while the bails came off. Smart work from Mukund and Saha. Tharanga run out (Mukund/Saha) 64(93) [4s-10]

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to Dickwella, FOUR, sliding down, Dickwella knelt down and belted the sweep into the gap. Fine leg was a bit square and couldn't cut it off

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to Mathews, FOUR, his best shot of the innigs so far. Down the track, right to the pitch and nails a whip-loft into the acres of space on the leg-side

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to Mathews, FOUR, that's the best way to counter spin. Doesn't care about the line and length, just throws his hands on the reverse sweep. All power. And pierces the gap on the off-side

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to Dickwella, out Caught by Mukund!! Abhinav Mukund is throwing himself everywhere on the field. What an amazing catch that is. Sri Lanka are effectively 6 down now. - Gunaratne has been ruled out of the Test having fractured his left thumb while fielding at slip on Day 1. Dickwella was committed to the front foot, but was bluntly trying to block. Hard hands, pops up off the outside half and Mukund, at silly point, hung onto a grass-flirter with a dive to his right. Inches above the turf as they say. Dickwella c Mukund b 8(15) [4s-1]

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to Mathews, FOUR, stays back and slaps it square to bring up his fifty. No fiery celebrations

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Yadav to Dilrwan Perera, FOR, short and wide otside off, Perera cts throgh point for for. Nice, little loosener to get himself going early in the day

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to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, very interesting from Dilruwan Perera. It's just the second over of the day, and he's come skipping down the track against of all people. Gets a little too close to the ball, but is able to drill it over mid-on's head for four. It didn't clear the fielder by much

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to Dilruwan Perera, SIX, that's some intent from Perera. Chipped down the track and went through with the lofted drive as he got close to the pitch of the ball and sends it all the way over wide long-off. This guy can bat

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to Mathews, FOUR, is a little stiff to begin with, the muscles haven't been fully stretched for him to steam in. He will do that at least by the end of the over and with it get control with the ball. This is a freebie full ball outside off stump, Mathews cover-drives to wipe off four more runs from the deficit

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to Mathews, FOUR, that's way too short and very slow as well, Mathews had to really wait for the ball to come and as it came, thumped that ball with a pull shot through backward square leg

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to Mathews, FOUR, poor delivery but Mathews' shot selection was interesting. This was short and way outside off stump, Mathews stood tall and chose to pull the ball wide of mid-on rather than going through the off-side with a slap or a cut shot

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to Mathews, out Caught by Kohli!! That's a wicket purely bought by the pressure created in the last few balls. Mathews has hit this straight to Kohli at short cover in an attempt to put the bowler off his lines. The first two deliveries of the over were very good and tight from . The third was a ripper, which beat Dilruwan Perera and then the fourth ball took the outside edge. Mathews knows that the bowler is on top and wanted to unsettle him. So he went for an aggressive hit when all he needed to do was just play out, for this partnership was definitely frustrating the Indians. Instead he backs away slightly and tries to drive inside-out over the infield and ends up holing out. Kohli timed his jump to perfection as he took that above his head. Anyway, that was a fighting knock from Mathews. He had to deal with a very accurate Ashwin yesterday evening and batting wasn't easy. Mathews c Kohli b 83(130) [4s-11 6s-1]

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to Dilruwan Perera, SIX, meanwhile, Perera continues to play his shots. Flighted delivery on the stumps, Perera steps out and lofts the drive over the bowler's head

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to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, a good-looking-forward-lunging cover drive from Perera. Waited for the ball to come and placed it to perfection

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to Dilruwan Perera, no run, how on earth did Hawk-Eye show that the ball would have jumped over the sticks? Even umpire Richard Illingworth, the on-field umpire has a chuckle about it. Kohli can't believe his eyes, neither can I. No one thought about height being an issue, the only question was whether there was an inside edge before the ball hit the pad because it struck Perera very low on the pad. This was a full fast delivery on the stumps, Perera was on the front foot to defend, definitely hurried by the pace, hence he couldn't get bat on ball. In fact the bat got obstructed by the pad as he tried to defend. immediately went "Aaaaaahhhh," in his appeal and the finger went up straightaway. Perera too was spontaneous for his review. Everyone thought he was confident because he might have edged this, but suprisingly, the ball-tracker showed the ball to be bouncing too much. Technology saves Perera

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to Herath, FOUR, throws his head back in disappointment as soon as he delivered this ball down the leg-side. Herath glances fine to the fine leg boundary

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to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, the slog-sweep and he's connected pretty well. Flighted delivery on the stumps, Perera hits that over mid-wicket and there's no one in the deep

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to Dilruwan Perera, SIX, that's an aggressive hit. On 49 now. Skips down the pitch and slogs well, connects well, clears the deep mid-wicket boundary

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to Dilruwan Perera, 2 runs, massive grunt from Kohli as Perera outside edges his defence to the right of the man at slip and it allows Perera to get to fifty. Been a top effort

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to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, good use of the feet, got close to the pitch of this flighted delivery and lofts the drive back over the bowler's head for a boundary

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to Herath, out Caught by Rahane!! What a top decision that is from umpire Richard Illingworth. Real time it looked like it's just gone off the forearm, even the straight camera angle suggested so, but the side on showed that the ball just brushed the elastic that is used to strap the gloves. Herath went for the reverse sweep and once again failed to make proper contact like before. The ball lobbed in the air and slip ran back to collect an easy catch. Herath reviewed immediately, but technology showed that the umpire was right with his verdict. There was a spike on UltraEdge to suggest that ball touched the glove. Herath c Rahane b 9(13) [4s-1]

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Yadav to Dilrwan Perera, FOR, short and otside off stmp, Perera rocks back and cts ppishly, sends it throgh point and third man is very wide

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Yadav to Dilrwan Perera, FOR, oh that's a clever shot. Expected a short delivery from mesh and backed away, and then as it came, opened the fact of the bat at the last moment to gide it over the cordon for a one-bonce for

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Yadav to Dilrwan Perera, FOR, that's been swatted away wide of mid-on. It was almost like he anticipated the short ball. Starts backing away beforehand, gets the length he desires and thmps it to the fence

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to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, Ashwin under the scanner again. not happy at all. He has the double tea-pot on as he turns around to look at Kohli. A slog-sweep from Perera, and it goes over Ashwin's head into the boundary. Maybe the idea was for him to stay all the way back, rather than being three-fourths on the way

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to Dilruwan Perera, SIX, now that's a much cleaner hit. Ashwin can do nothing about this. Fired in around off, Perera gets down low and swipes it all the way over cow corner

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Pandya to Pradeep, FOUR, full toss around off, Pradeep pops it over short extra-cover's head for the boundary. Pandya looking for the yorker perhaps, and overdoing it

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Pandya to Pradeep, out Bowled!! Maiden Test wicket for Pandya. Pradeep has been beaten all ends up. Fraction fuller than a good length, holds its line around off and shatters the stumps. Pradeep stood leg-side of the delivery, and was squared up by the late movement. Pradeep b Pandya 10(26) [4s-1]

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to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, well bowled. He's enticed the drive by flighting it up outside off. Perera falls for it, throws his hands on the ball and gets a thick edge which runs wide of slip for four

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to Lahiru Kumara, out Bowled!! Dilruwan Perera has been stranded on 92 and the Indian openers are the first to rush towards the pavilion. That means India will not enforce the follow-on. Lovely length from RJ, too good for the number 11, this was tossed up just outside off and drifted back with the angle, Kumara was pushing forward, ended up playing inside the line, the ball curved past his outside edge and rattled into the off-stump. Gunaratne will not bat and Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 291. Lahiru Kumara b 2(12)

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to Dhawan, FOUR, lovely shot, nothing wrong with the ball, was searching for swing as he pitched this one up. Dhawan gets forward, presents the full face of the bat and drives it past the non-striker

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Kumara to Mukund, FOUR, this is a poor start from Kumara, bowls one on Mukund's pads, he gets inside the line and clips it past the square leg umpire. Plenty of open spaces out there and the ball rolls away to the fence

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Kumara to Mukund, FOUR, cracking shot, this should give Mukund plenty of confidence, short and wide of off, Mukund backs away slightly and punches it in front of square on the off-side, gets it into the gap past cover-point and rolls away to the fence

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Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, lovely shot, nice way to welcome the off-spinner, this was drifter from , but the length was too full, allowed Dhawan to get underneath the length and whip it in front of square on the on-side, beats mid-on to his left and rolls away to the fence

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to Mukund, out Caught by Dickwella!! Edged and caught! Another failure for Mukund in his comeback Test. He looked fidgety in his technique and ends his misery in the middle. Lovely length first-up, tad fuller and in that channel outside off, the length made Mukund poke at it, the ball nipped away slightly at the last moment, caught the outside edge and Dickwella held on safely - despite the ball dipping late at him. India once again fail to get a decent opening start on a tour. Mukund c Dickwella b 12(26) [4s-2]

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to Pujara, FOUR, edged and four, nervous start from Pujara, but he played with soft hands and the ball died well in front and wide of the slip cordon. This was a back of a length delivery outside off, in that channel outside off and Pujara poked at it

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Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, lovely shot, Dhawan doesn't want to settle, comes down the track, makes room as he did so and drives it sweetly through extra-cover, no need to run for those

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to Pujara, FOUR, lovely shot, the previous mishap was still fresh in 's mind and he lost his radar completely here, full and on Pujara's pads, he gleefully puts it away past mid-wicket for a boundary

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Kumara to Dhawan, FOUR, that would have been a good nut for a right-hander, but it turns out to be a poor ball for the left-handed Dhawan. Short and not rising much, but did jump sharply, Dhawan though control the pull well, didn't hit hard, almost just helped it on its way to the fine leg boundary

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Kumara to Dhawan, FOUR, and another poor effort on the field, this time by Pradeep in the deep. He rolled over his ankle while bowling just before the drinks break. This was a freebie length ball down the leg-side and Dhawan flicks well behind square on the on-side, Pradeep couldn't get there quick enough from fine leg

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Kumara to Dhawan, 1 run, dropped! Gee, this over has been quite entertaining. Gunaratne has put down a simple chance at second slip and he's down on the field. In serious pain, is surrounded by team-mates as the physio tends to him. Coming back to the ball, this was a full ball outside off stump - an over such as this is tough for a batsman to concentrate. The bowler was all over the place bowling freebies, balls down the leg-side and high full tosses. Suddenly a full ball inviting the drive is dished out to Dhawan and he can't control himself from going for the cover drive, played away from the body and got a thick edge

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Perera to Pujara, FOUR, that's a rank long hop and Pujara takes full toll of it. Short and spinning down the leg-side, quick feet from Pujara as he rocks back, gets into great position to pull the ball and smashes it through square leg, ensuring that fine leg can't cut it off

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Kumara to Dhawan, FOUR, Kumara is trying hard to trouble Dhawan with the short ball, but the lines haven't been great. Got to be at least middle and off for the batsman to stay honest. Dhawan brings out the pull, rolls his wrists over the shot to keep the ball along the ground as he hits through backward square leg

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Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, fifty for Dhawan - it's been a fine effort. This is in fact is first Test fifty since July 2016. Came in as the back-up opener, gets an opportunity and makes full use of it. He drove this flighted delivery to long-off and got to fifty. The captain applauds from the dressing room

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to Dhawan, FOUR, that's a very small gap between the bowler and the silly mid-on fielder and Dhawan has split them to perfection. Could have been stopped by the bowler, but the fact that Dhawan hit that on-drive hard meant wasn't willing to risk his bowling hand and made no effort

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to Dhawan, FOUR, that's back-to-back fours. Flighted delivery down the leg-side, Dhawan sweeps hard, there is deep square leg but he can't get there

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to Dhawan, FOUR, chips down the pitch to convert this loopy delivery into a full one, and then...smacks the red of the cricket ball. Through extra-cover for a blazing boundary

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to Dhawan, FOUR, bludgeoned back down the pitch, flat and straight, Dhawan hammers it past the non-striker

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to Dhawan, 1 run, clipped away backwards of square

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to Dhawan, FOUR, short ball, angling into middle, Dhawan treks back and nails the pull through square leg. His weight was on the back foot and rolled his wrists over the shot

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Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, that's precision at its very best. There were two men, one at short extra cover and other at short silly mid-off. Dhawan danced down the pitch and drove Perera between those two, with sublime timing of course

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Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, the butcher does what he does best. Murders the bowling with a agricultural sweep. On one knee and fetched from outside off with great control and authority

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Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, sliding away with very little spin, Dhawan goes deep inside the crease and late-cuts it past the lone slip. Perera's pace takes care of the rest

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to Dhawan, FOUR, stands way outside his off-stump and those power-packed wrists does the business for him. Only 5 away now. Firecely cut away square on the off-side. Save your legs SD!

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Perera to Dhawan, FOUR. The Gabbar is back and so are his century celebrations. His last Test century came at this very own venue and he repeats the dose with another scintillating 100. Kohli is happy. A beaming smile. Lots of exuberant faces in the dressing room, he gets there with a superb sweep behind square

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Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, talk about latest of late cuts, this has to be one on the list. No drift, just pushing it through is Perera, SD says thank you and executes the stroke to perfection

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Kumara to Pujara, FOUR, a low full toss outside off, Pujara uses all the pace on it to compile a class Test match fifty. His 16th in the format. Just a raise of the bat

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Kumara to Pujara, FOUR, that's not a bad ball by any means, but such is Pujara's timing. Got slightly across and unveiled his wrists on a whippy flick through mid-wicket. Right out of the screws

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Kumara to Dhawan, FOUR, that ball was begging to be hit. Short, wide, right where most left-handers like it. Dhawan had all the time in the world to send it packing through square. Take four

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Kumara to Dhawan, FOUR, a full toss on leg-stump. Oh Kumara, please retire. *No offence intented* His bowling figures continue to take a heavy toll. Mathews calms him down, good to see. Okay do I really need to say what Dhawan had done? Just one word: Smashed.

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Kumara to Dhawan, FOUR, well wide of off stump, Dhawan's treating him like a club bowler, standing and spanking boundaries. On the back foot and into the gap on the off-side

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Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, it's a free-hit down the leg-side, that's what it is. Perera, bowling from over the wicket, tosses it well outside leg-stump, and is swatted to the long leg boundary

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Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, gosh, this must be so tough to watch for a Sri Lankan fan. Dhawan is toying with the bowling, and some of the ploys aren't making much sense. Floated down leg again, and it's almost an action replay of the first ball. Powerfully swept through backward square

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to Dhawan, FOUR, oh dear. What a delivery to bowl first up. A rank half-tracker from round the wicket, and Dhawan dispatches it brutally over mid-wicket

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to Dhawan, FOUR, there's no stopping the bleeding, if you're not Herath. drops it short yet again, and Dhawan plays a lovely back-cut behind backward point for four. Waited on the ball so nicely

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to Dhawan, 1 run, gets down the track and drills it to long-on to raise his 150. Sri Lanka are completely at his mercy at the moment

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to Dhawan, FOUR, is he having a net or what? Bends across, fetches a flighted ball from outside off and paddles it fine for four

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to Dhawan, FOUR, dances down and hammers it straight back for four. Got right to the pitch of it, before unleashing a powerful drive

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to Dhawan, FOUR, taking all kinds of liberties, even with . Backs away, exposes his stumps, and slaps the ball through extra-cover

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to Dhawan, FOUR, ah, Dhawan wasn't in control of that. But it's all going his way. managed to beat him in flight after he came down, but the southpaw still didn't back down and dragged it in the air through mid-wicket. Falls well wide of the fielder in the deep

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to Dhawan, FOUR, runs, runs, runs. drifts down leg, and Dhawan paddle-swats him very fine, almost with a straight bat

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to Dhawan, FOUR, Dhawan vaults into the 180s. He might well get the double-hundred by tea time. Short ball outside off, an easy put away. He camps back and scythes it through backward point. Diving effort in the deep in vain

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to Dhawan, FOUR, even is wilting in front of Dhawan. Loses his line, bowls it down leg and is swatted away fine. He's played that shot more than a couple of times with brilliant execution

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to Dhawan, out Caught by Mathews!! Dhawan misses out on a double-hundred. Many would feel that he's thrown it away, but then that's how he had been playing up until this point. Nevertheless, what a wonderful knock it's been on his Test return. The entire Indian dressing room is on its feet as he walks off. He jumped down the track, and should be credited for bowling this wider of off. Dhawan still tried to launch him over mid-off, but got it close to the bottom of the bat and skewed it for a simple catch to Mathews. Dhawan c Mathews b 190(168) [4s-31]

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to Kohli, out Caught by Dickwella!! A massive shout. was even ready to unleash his celebrations. They had to review..would risk looking foolish if they do not. Bumps it in, bending his back big time in getting the ball to kick up as it climbs in on Kohli's shoulder. Taken on with a fierce pull, swivelling in it too. The eyes looking the other way. Nothing conclusive in the slo-mos..all for UltraEdge to come in. Looks like a portion of the wood flies out as the ball passes it. UltraEdge is a real wave all through..in simple words useless. So the umpire goes back to the replays in confirming the wood chipping out off the top edge. Kohli, after the appeal, for all those who care, had the expression of an innocent child, looking away as well to indicate it brushed nothing. Ah, all the advertisement contracts have made him a top actor. Things you do to continue batting. Certainly on a track like this one. Science does him in. Kohli c Dickwella b 3(8)

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to Pujara, FOUR, the skippy-whips. Runs down, and business resumes. Takes it at the source and goes across the line, against the turn in getting the gap wide of mid-wicket. And the outfield takes over

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to Pujara, FOUR, through extra cover for a boundary. He's been itching to go down and smash one. The best part about this shot was he got right to the pitch and nailed it in the gap with supreme nonchalance

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to Pujara, FOUR, through 's fingers. Saunters out of his crease and hammers the drive to the bowler's right, a better effort was needed from the skipper. But it's through. Past the non-striker and past the fielder at mid-on

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Kumara to Pujara, 2 runs, flicked away off the pads and that's 12th century from India's current best batsman in Test cricket. Helmet's off and so are those hardworking arms, a smile that breaks halfway down. That's Pujara basically. A non-fussy character. His ever-hungry appetite for runs continue

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Kumara to Pujara, FOUR, pitched up and Pujara dismisses it with another cracking drive over a leaping short extra cover

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Perera to Rahane, FOUR, got underneath it and smote the life out of that delivery. Was quick to shimmy down the pitch and hit it straight through the line

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Kumara to Pujara, FOUR, the camera froze for a couple of seconds. Maybe the camerman didn't estimate how good Pujara has timed that. Make no mistake. Full and wide, punished throgh covers

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Perera to Rahane, 1 run, rolls his wrists nicely on the drive to long-on

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to Pujara, FOUR, width. Off a rank drag down. Sitting up, and Pujara latches onto it with a lash. An angry cut spanking it square, and only one way

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to Rahane, leg byes, FOUR, off the pads. Deliberate? Nope. A stray in line this, well down leg. Rahane half glances, half evades. A bit of both in running it down fine. Off the hip. Nothing a despairing dive from the man running across from fine leg could do with it either

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Kumara to Rahane, 1 run, keeps it short. 135kph. Not the snake up of the earlier one as Rahane opens the gap through point. The 100 between these two now

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Kumara to Pujara, FOUR, a rocking cut. Neither short, nor full. Pujara presses forward and has all the time to transfer the weight backwards in freeing his arms as he slaps it, cross batted. In front of point now. Sweeper is too tired to bend down, after mopping across at the fence

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to Pujara, no run, that's a beauty, turn for and it was some sharp turn. They reckon that there's an edge and want it reviewed. Fair ball, says umpire Rod Tucker, upon seeing the first replay, he reckons that there's no bat on that. Ther UltraEdge is up and there's no spike, the NOT OUT call will remain. Lovely delivery from , shortened his length, pitched on off and spun across the right-hander, Pujara was lunging forward in defence and is beaten. Dickwella wasn't certain but somehow forces his captain to go for the review, a wasted one in the end

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to Rahane, FOUR, cracking shot, on a good length and just outside off, Rahane leans forward, drives it on the up and gets it into the gap front of square on the off-side. The man in the deep gets across but can't stop the ball from hitting the ropes

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to Pujara, FOUR, 150 for Pujara, too full and too straight from , easy pickings for a batsman who's on 148, he gets inside the line and clips it very fine, rolls away for another boundary

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to Rahane, FOUR, fifty for Rahane, good use of the feet, comes down the track, plays with a closed face and drags it back past the non-striker, beats mid-on to to his left and rolls away to the fence

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to Pujara, out Caught by Dickwella!! has deserved this, terrific delivery and it gets rid of the well-set Pujara. Fourth wicket for Sri Lanka and has all of it. Coming to the ball, it was a lovely length outside off, fraction short of a good length and held its line, Pujara was lured into pushing in front of his body, gets an audible nick through to the keeper. Easy call for umpire Illingworth and Pujara walks off, ends a fine knock and a fine partnership. Pujara c Dickwella b 153(265) [4s-13]

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to Ashwin, FOUR, lovely shot, full and wide of off, Ashwin didn't move towards the line, just leans into the drive, plays it on the up and gets it into the gap past cover, no need to run for those

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Kumara to Rahane, out Caught by Karunaratne!! Kumara is pumped up as he sends back Rahane, just the start he needed after the horror show yesterday. This was full and just outside off, nipped away slightly, Rahane was drawn into the drive, played with hard hands and away from his body. The edge was flying and to the right of Karunaratne at first slip, he dives across, goes with both hands and holds on. Should be a massive confidence booster for the young bowler, Sri Lanka's good morning gets better. Rahane c Karunaratne b Kumara 57(130) [4s-3]

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to Ashwin, FOUR, lovely shot, the key was the use of the feet from Ashwin, got very close to the ball and that allowed him to whip across the line - gets it wide of mid-on and rolls away to the fence

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Kumara to Saha, FOUR, lovely from Saha, too full from Kumara as he searched for swing, ends up offering a half-volley, Saha leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and drives it to the left of mid-on, off the mark with a boundary

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to Ashwin, FOUR, cracking shot, tad overpitched and just outside off, Ashwin gets a big stride forward and caresses it past extra-cover, beats the fielder in the ring and rolls away to the fence

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to Ashwin, FOUR, lovely, Ashwin has been simply majestic in this over, slower and wider from , Ashwin gets well forward, plays with an open face and finds the gap past cover-point, long chase for the fielder, but it's a futile one

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Kumara to Ashwin, FOUR, nicely done by Ashwin, he's playing a lovely cameo here, full and wide of off, he uses his reach, gets close to the ball, plays with an open face and drives it in front of square on the off-side, a teasing chase for the fielder but the ball beats him to the ropes

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Perera to Ashwin, FOUR, the slider from , quicker and flatter of off, Ashwin makes room, uses the pace on the ball and cracks it behind square on the off-side, no need to run for those and Ashwin continues on his merry ways

4

Perera to Ashwin, FOUR, cracking shot, but this is buffet bowling from , too full and wide of off - can't bowl those with just one man at deep point. Ashwin makes most of his reach and drives it square through cover, beats the man getting across from the deep

4

Kumara to Saha, FOUR, shortish delivery outside off stump, Saha tries to hop and fend, the ball takes the glove and jumps high, the man at slip was in business for a while, he jumped high but the ball evaded him

4

Perera to Saha, FOUR, and he's bludgeoned that. The bat made a sweet sound as Saha made contact with the ball. Got down on one knee and thumped the sweep shot with power for it to race across the outfield through square leg

W

to Saha, out Caught by Dilruwan Perera!! Oh what was that from Saha? A gentle shake of the head as he walks back. He's unhappy with himself. So the change of bowling has worked for the Lankans. It was a gentle flighted delivery ball from , Saha stepped down the pitch, got too close to the pitch of the ball, wanted to loft the ball back over the bowler's head, but ended up chipping it to mid-on. Saha c Dilruwan Perera b 16(32) [4s-3]

4

to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, and guess how he gets off the mark in Test cricket? It's an aggressive hit. He's known for his big-hitting with great timing. Rushes down the pitch, offers no respect to the bowler and literally thrashes the ball over the umpire's head and opens his account. The situation India are in allows Pandya to play freely

W

to Ashwin, out Caught by Dickwella!! And he's got a wicket straightaway with this ploy. It's a fifer for - his first in Tests. So no fifty yet for Ashwin in his 50th Test match. Looked very confident and was all set to get there. As expected, with the round the wicket angle and a leg gully in place, banged the ball short, Ashwin tries to take the bowler on and plays the pull shot. It wasn't directed at the body so it could have been left alone, but Ash thought he had a boundary there behind square. He was cramped for room a bit there on the shot and he only managed to glove to the keeper. Ashwin c Dickwella b 47(60) [4s-7]

4

to Jadeja, FOUR, short and outside off stump, Jadeja goes back and punches hard off the back foot through cover-point to raise India's 500

4

to Jadeja, FOUR, positive start from RJ after lunch, just a gentle back of a length delivery outside off, he stands tall and punches it in front of square on the off-side, beats cover and rolls away to the fence

D

to Hardik Pandya, no run, dropped. Luck for Pandya. It was a regulation take for the man at first slip, Karunaratne the fielder, but he was a little late to react, hit the wrists and popped out. Shortish delivery outside off stump, turned a little more than Pandya expected, he was playing for the arm ball, got a thick edge and got away with it

4

to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, more luck for Pandya. He tried to pull this short ball and got a thick top edge that flew past the keeper and bounced just inside the rope. Could so easily have gone to hand

W

to Jadeja, out Bowled!! Wow! Look at that mess at the stumps. The middle pole is out of the ground. Six-fer for . The umpire checks for the no-ball, but the heel was just behind the line. What a follow up this is to that stunning bouncer previous ball. This is a fast yorker and Jadeja was hanging back expecting another bumper. He missed the ball completely and the sticks were shattered. These (6 for 98) are now best bowling figures for in first-class cricket. Jadeja b 15(24) [4s-2]

4

to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, that's more like it. He's a confident stroke-maker and he's pulled this short ball with authority through mid-wicket

6

to Shami, SIX, Shami is in the mood too. is taken for a journey over the long-on fence. Full and inviting the big hit from the bowler, too full for 's liking and the bat swing is clean and fine from Shami

6

to Hardik Pandya, SIX, is that going to hand? No, it's gone all the way. Another top edge and the edge on that bat is big enough to send it over the ropes. Short delivery on the stumps, Pandya swings hard at the pull shot and gets lucky

6

to Hardik Pandya, SIX, it's a short ball, it's a pull shot and he's managed to hit this flat and hard wide of the man at deep backward square leg. India are stealing the runs. can't believe his eyes. Pandya plays a fierce pull shot that clears the boundary and this was almost a top edge too

6

to Shami, SIX, this is like one of those Carlos Brathwaite sixes in the 2016 T20 WC final against England. Shami wanted to hit over long-on, but the ball hit the outside half of the bat and sailed all the way over long-off. is tempting the batsman to go for the big shot, at the moment Shami is winning the battle

6

to Hardik Pandya, SIX, oh my word! What a shot from Pandya! Full ball angled in and down the leg-side, Pandya flicks fiercely and connects very well, the ball disappears over the square leg boundary

6

to Shami, SIX, it's a mistimed hit, long-on and long-off are interested, but it clears them. One of the fielders in the deep shrugged his shoulder with a smile on his face. It was an expression which looked like - "What do we do?" Flighted delivery on the stumps, Shami stepped down and swung through the line to hit it over the sightscreen

W

Kumara to Shami, out Caught by Tharanga!! The short ball has paid off at last. Shami fails to control the pull shot and hits it straight to deep square leg. It wasn't really a high bouncer, but Kumara had put in enough effort behind it to cause the miscue. Simple catch for Tharanga. But Shami has done more than his job, with some very quick runs. Shami c Tharanga b Kumara 30(30) [6s-3]

4

to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, the field comes up for the final ball, and Pandya just whacks it over them. Stand and deliver. Flat ball outside off, there's enough room on offer already, and Pandya flat-bats it over extra cover

4

Kumara to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, thwacked past mid-off. What a blow. Short of length, Pandya plays a forehand-smash straight down the ground

6

Kumara to U Yadav, SIX, the Indian dressing room absolutely loved this one. They are all smiles. Pitched right up at the stumps, Yadav backs away and pumps it back over the bowler's head. Good fun

OT

to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, drifting in on middle, Pandya nudges a single through the on-side to bring up a half-century on debut. Such a utility player. You can see why Kohli likes having him in the team

4

to U Yadav, FOUR, drilled back over the bowler's head as India's 600 comes up. Yadav isn't messing about. tries to invite him with the flight, and that invitation is gobbled up with thanks

W

Kumara to Hardik Pandya, out Caught by (sub)de Silva!! That's a good catch eventually by the substitute fielder. He suggests that he had lost it in the sun, but recovered well in that case. After clubbing some short balls for sixes earlier on, Pandya fails to get hold of this one and skies it off a thick top-edge. So India's innings comes to an end. Hardik Pandya c (sub)de Silva b Kumara 50(49) [4s-5 6s-3]