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Hello and a very warm welcome to everyone to our live coverage of Day 2 of the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and India at Pallekele. Hosts will be relieved that they have at least managed to keep India under 500 but it is still a mammoth score on the board. The tourists on the back of a brilliant century from Pandya (108) managed to go past the 450-run mark with ease. He took his chances, put the opposition bowlers under the pump who eventually crumbled under the onslaught. Hardik got good support from the tail as well. Earlier, India got a great foundation courtesy a 188-run opening stand between Dhawan (119) and Rahul (85). After their departure, the middle order gifted their wickets away and the home side clawed back into the contest. However, the majority of their bowlers failed to shine today morning which helped India. Lakshan Sandakan was the pick of the bowlers as he took his maiden five-wicket haul while Pushpakumara ended with three wickets. The visitors will be aiming to take early wickets to inflict more trouble on the hosts. Stay with us as we bring you all the live action. (Live Scorecard)
Hardik Pandya to bowl from the other end.
15.04 IST: Just a single from Kuldeep Yadav's over. SL 62/4 in 15 overs
15.00 IST: We are back for the evening session. 41 overs are left today. Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella to continue their innings. Kuldeep Yadav to continue his spell. Here we go...
Day Two, Session Three
14.45 IST: India are on top and continue to dominate. After posting a huge total on the board, their bowlers were right on the money from the beginning. Especially Shami, who bowled a fiery spell and made life difficult for the opposition. He sent both the openers packing in quick time. After that, the combined brilliance of Ashwin and Kuldeep resulted in Mendis' downfall. Hardik Pandya continued to have a cracking day with the ball as well. Sri Lanka are caught in shallow waters and they will need the pair of Chandimal and Dickwella to stitch a substantial stand. Join us in a while for the evening session.
14.40 IST: Tossed up ball in line of the stumps, he again gets a run on the leg side off the inside half of his bat. THAT'S TEA, DAY 2! SL 61/4 in 14 overs, trail IND (487) by 426 runs.
14.37 IST: FOUR! The sweep gets Dickwella runs again. Tossed up ball around off and middle, Dickwella sweeps it powerfully in front of square on the leg side for a boundary. To attack Ashwin seems to be his plan. SL 58/4 in 13.2 overs
Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack.
14.34 IST: FOUR! This time Chandimal nails the sweep. Flighted ball around off, he gets down and sweeps through fine leg for a boundary. 50 up for Sri Lanka. SL 52/4
Kuldeep Yadav - the chinaman bowler is brought in to bowl.
14.31 IST: MAIDEN from Pandya! SL 48/4 in 12 overs
14.27 IST: Another good shot in this match doesn't get the runs that it deserves. Full ball outside off, Dickwella drives through covers. he batsmen run three as Ashwin chases it down from mid off. SL 48/4 in 11 overs
14.22 IST: FOUR! Crisp! Fullish delivery outside off, angling away. Dickwella leans into and strokes it through covers for a glorious boundary. He is off the mark in style. SL 42/4
14.19 IST: OUT! The wicket-to-wicket line has done the trick for Hardik Pandya! He has having a terrific day. Smart bowling brings in another dismissal. Length delivery on middle and leg, stays low. Angelo Mathews hangs back to keep it out but gets pinged low on the front pad. A confident appeal follows and up goes the umpire's finger. The former captain doesn't review it and keeps walking back to the dressing room. It looked quite plumb. Sri Lanka are in dire straits now. SL 38/4 in 9.3 overs
Angelo Mathews strides out to bat. Sri Lanka are in a real spot of bother.
14.14 IST: OUT! Sri Lanka are in disarray here at Pallekele! A run out it is that leads to Mendis' downfall. Fuller ball around off and middle, flicked towards wide of mid on. Mendis runs down in search of a run, but is sent back. Ashwin at mid on runs to his right, makes a diving stop, has a shy at the bowler's end and misses. It would have been curtains for Kusal if he had hit. But Kuldeep at covers, backs up that throw and immediately hits the stump at the bowler's end. The third umpire is called for, and on replays, he confirms that the batsman is short. SL 38/3
14.11 IST: FOUR! Shami is searching for the swing and hence bowls it full outside off. Chandimal gets to the pitch and drives it beautifully through mid off for a boundary to get going. SL 38/2
A man at short mid-wicket in place now.
14.07 IST: FOUR! Mendis on a four-hitting spree, his fourth. Length ball around off and middle, Kusal whips it through square leg for another boundary on the leg side. SL 32/2
Hardik Pandya will bowl now.
14.03 IST: Fuller ball outside off, draws the batsman into the shot. The ball takes the outside edge and lands agonizingly short of the diving third slip. SL 28/2
13.59 IST: FOUR! Mendis is too good to miss out on opportunities like that. That was full on middle and leg, clipped away over square leg for a boundary. SL 28/2 in 6 overs
13.55 IST: India have reviewed an LBW call against Chandimal. Looks not out to the naked eye. NOT OUT! It's all happening! Length ball outside off angling into Chandimal, he strides to defend and misses the ball to get hit on his pad. The Indians appeal, only to see a denial.
13.51 IST: OUT! Shami strikes again, the previous match centurion Dimuth Karunaratne (4) departs cheaply this time. A beaut of a length ball outside off, coming in to Karunaratne and leaves him ever so slightly as he plays at the original line. The ball takes the edge of the bat and goes low to Saha, who bends his left knee to pouch it smartly. Excellent bowling, event better catching. SL 23/2 in 4.3 overs
13.46 IST: FOUR! Boundary ball, dealt with. Length ball on middle and leg, clipped away through mid-wicket for another bowling. Umesh just letting the batsmen get off the pressure that Shami is creating. SL 23/1
13.45 IST: FOUR! Length ball angling into him, Kusal Mendis uses the pace of Umesh's delivery and guides through backward square leg for a boundary. SL 19/1
Kusal Mendis comes in at the fall of the early wicket.
13.38 IST: OUT! Sri Lanka waste a review! Fuller in length outside off, swings in a touch. Tharanga pushes at it with minimal foot movement but gets a faint nick. Saha dives to his right and takes a good low catch. The Indians go up in an appeal in unison and the umpire obliges. Upul walks across to Karunaratne and he tells him to go for the DRS. The replays confirm the nick. Tharanga is disappointed and has to walk back. SL 14/1 in 2.3 overs
13.37 IST: Upul Tharanga opts to take a review after Karunaratne suggests him to do so. It is against a caught behind decision. Seems like there was a clear nick.
13.33 IST: FIVE WIDES! Fuller length delivery outside off, stays low and swings away late. Saha dives to his left but fails to stop it from reaching the third man fence. Bonus runs for Sri Lanka. SL 13/0
13.32 IST: FOUR! Elegant! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Tharanga strokes it through extra cover and the ball whistles away to the fence. SL 8/0
Sri Lanka's highest opening stand against India in the last ten Tests is just 22. That's something that the hosts would look to improve on.
Umesh Yadav to share the new ball.
13.28 IST: Fuller ball staring from outside off, swung in a great deal as it passed the stumps. Saha had to dive to collect it. Just two runs from the first over. SL 2/0
Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga are at the crease. Karunaratne is on strike. Mohammed Shami will open the attack, Two slips and a gully in place.
SRI LANKA INNINGS
13.23 IST: Lakshan Sandakan was the pick of the bowlers as he took his maiden five-wicket haul while Pushpakumara ended with three wickets. The visitors will be aiming to take early wickets to inflict more trouble on the hosts. Join us shortly for Sri Lanka's reply with the bat.
13.19 IST: Sri Lanka will be relieved that they have at least managed to keep India under 500 but it is still a mammoth score on the board. The tourists on the back of a brilliant century from Pandya managed to go past the 450-run mark with ease. He took his chances, put the opposition bowlers under the pump who eventually crumbled under the onslaught. Hardik got good support from the tail as well.
13.14 IST: OUT! Hardik Pandya (108) holes out! Maiden five-wicket haul for Lakshan Sandakan. He has been smart with his variations and has rightly reaped the rewards. He has been smart with his variations and has rightly reaped the rewards. Tosses this one well outside off, encouraging Pandya to go for an expansive stroke. He looks to go downtown but his bottom hand comes off while playing that. He ends up slicing it over covers. Dilruwan Perera in the deep settles under it and takes it comfortably. INDIA GET BOWLED OUT FOR 487!
13.11 IST: We are back for the afternoon session. The Sri Lankan team is in a huddle. They will be aiming to take the final wicket quickly. Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav to continue their innings. Lakshan Sandakan to start off the proceedings in this session for Sri Lanka.
Day Two, Session Two
12.40 IST: Sri Lanka now seem deflated by Pandya, like a nail's effect on a tyre. They were brimming with confidence after they snaffled up Saha early in the session. The passage of play thenceforth was inspiring as Fernando was bowling probing lines to Kuldeep. But after drinks, the session swung in India's favour in quick time. Post lunch, the visitors would look to score more, while it would be interesting to see the hosts' approach. Join us in a while.
12.35 IST: 32 overs 158 runs 3 wickets - These figures show towards which side this session has tilted. Hardik Pandya is a name that the Sri Lankans may dread in future, like the Aussies dreaded Laxman in the past decade. This innings from the all-rounder stands as a testimony to his hitting prowess. Mature and exhilarating are the two adjectives that could describe his innings so far. Kuldeep Yadav gave him able support before he departed.
12.32 IST: Fuller in length outside off, Pandya takes a couple of steps forward and eases it to mid off for a single to retain strike. Smart cricket from him, he is aware of the game situation. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 2! IND 487/9 in 122 overs
12.30 IST: Another stat for the number lovers - Pandya is the 5th Indian to get a Test ton as his maiden first-class hundred.
Vishwa Fernando comes back into the attack.
Pandya becomes the first Indian in Tests to score hundred in a session before lunch. Meanwhile, Sandakan will continue.
12.22 IST: FOUR! Cheeky! He is toying with the Sri Lankan bowling! Shortish delivery on off, Pandya ramps it over the keeper's head for a boundary. IND 485/9
12.20 IST: HUNDRED! Pandya deserves this, he brings up his first Test hundred with a boundary. Take a bow, Pandya! What a knock it has been from the all-rounder, the fastest from a No. 8 in Test cricket. Fullish delivery on middle, Pandya drives it past mid on and the ball rolls to the fence. He raises his arms up and the Indian dressing room erupts with joy! IND 481/9
12.16 IST: Shortish outside off, eased through covers. Good running between the wickets allows the batsmen to come back for the second, Pandya is on 99 now. IND 475/9
12.15 IST: SIX! High and mighty! Fullish on middle and leg, Pandya gets underneath it and tonks it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Such power in that shot. This brings up the fifty-partnership between Pandya and Umesh. IND 473/9
12.12 IST: Umesh Yadav gets a change of bat now as a consequence of the broken bat.
12.09 IST: SIX! Pandya didn't hit this one cleanly but such is the power of the man that the ball lands into the stands! Short delivery around off, Pandya shuffles across and goes for the pull but gets a top edge. The ball flies over deep backward square leg for a maximum. He is on 90 now. IND 465/9 in 117.5 overs
Change of bat for Pandya. Wonder if he can hit even bigger sixes with this one! Lahiru Kumara is back in the attack.
Over count - 26 - the most runs by an Indian in an over in a Test match ever.
12.01 IST: SIX! Pushpakumara comes around the wicket and gives it air. Pandya gets his dancing shoes again and hammers it over long on for the third maximum in a row. 26 from the over. IND 456/9
11.59 IST: SIX! Pandya is on a carnage! Floated delivery, Hardik uses his feet and bludgeons it over the bowler's head for a maximum. 450 up for India. IND 450/9
11.59 IST: SIX! The bowler is under the pump now. Tosses this one up on off, Pandya dances down the track and goes downtown. Has hit that straight as an arrow and the ball lands over the sightscreen. IND 444/9
11.58 IST: FOUR! Pandya is turning it on! He is such a clean striker of the cricket ball, a sheer delight to watch! Uses his feet and hammers it past the left side of the bowler to find the long off fence. IND 438/9
11.57 IST: FOUR! Hit with disdain! In the zone for Pandya. He kneels and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a rocketing boundary. IND 434/9
11.55 IST: SIX! Boom! Pandya uses his feet and Sandakan bowls it wider outside off. The all-rounder does well to reach out and lifts it over wide long off. The fielder in the deep has no chance of catching it. IND 428/9
11.52 IST: OUT! Shami departs for India, Sandakan picks up his fourth scalp. Shami gets lured into a false stroke and pays the price for it! Slow through the air around off, Shami takes a couple of steps down the track and drills it back towards Sandakan. He is alert, positions himself well and takes it reverse cup near his chest. Sandakan gets his third wicket, he has bowled well. IND 421/9
11.48 IST: FIFTY for PANDYA! This is his second half-century in his third Test for India. Very controlled innings from Hardik Pandya, he showed great character. IND 420/8
11.46 IST: SIX! Great hit! He goes against the spin and connects well. Floated around off, Pandya comes down the track and hammers it towards wide long on. Perera in the deep runs to his left and leaps but can only watch it sail over him for a maximum. IND 416/8
11.45 IST: FOUR! The tailender is capable with the bat and here is an example of that. Shorter in length and it is the wrong one. Shami stays back, reads it well and cuts it through covers for a boundary. IND 409/8
Mohammed Shami is the new man in.
11.39 IST: OUT! The on-field call stays! Floated on off, turns away after pitching. Yadav prods forward to counter it but only manages to get a faint outside edge. Dickwella behind the stumps collects it nicely and appeals. Goes up the umpire's finger. IND 401/8 in 111 overs
11.38 IST: Kuldeep Yadav has opted to take a review against a caught behind decision.
Russel observes that Pandya camps on the back foot, which makes it easier for him to punish the short balls that the Lankans feed him with. The wagon wheel is also a proof of the fact that the pull shot has been productive for the all-rounder. So Arnold believes that the hosts need to change their bowling plans against Hardik.
This is the first time India has managed to score 400 in the first innings in each Test of a series in Sri Lanka.
11.34 IST: Tossed up delivery, Pandya uses his feet and milks it to long on for a single. 400 up for India! This is the second time a visiting side has scored 400 in all the three Tests in Sri Lanka.
11.32 IST: MAIDEN from Sandakan! IND 397/7
11.28 IST: FOUR! Shot! Slow through the air on middle, Pandya comes down the track and lifts it over mid on to find the fence. That almost went for a maximum. IND 395/7
Malinda Pushpakumara to bowl for the first time today. The umpire had a chat with Chandimal about the over rate. Sri Lanka for sometime now have had an issue about slowing the game too much.
11.25 IST: Fifty-partnership between Pandya (29*) and Kuldeep (24*). Tossed up outside off from Sandakan, Yadav goes for a drive but gets it off the outer half through the vacant slip region. Three runs taken. IND 390/7 in 107 overs
11.17 IST: Tossed up delivery from Sandakan, spinning down. Yadav looks to sweep hard but misses. Dickwella takes the bails off and appeals. The square leg umpire has a wry smile on his face. The replays show that Kuldeep's foot was in the air for a moment but got it back in time. IND 381/7
Lahiru Kumara is back on.
11.09 IST: A loud appeal for an LBW denied! Tossed up outside off, it is the wrong one. Yadav prods forward to counter it but misses to get struck on the pads. However, the umpire is not interested in the appeal. The impact was in question. In fact, the replays show there was an inside edge. 3 runs from Sandakan's over. IND 377/7
11.06 IST: The Sri Lankan side is in a huddle. A pep talk from the skipper Chandimal. Let's see if it works for his side. Change in bowling. Lakshan Sandakan comes into the attack. A slip and short leg in place.
It's drinks time after an hour of play! After picking up an early wicket, Sri Lanka are bowling probing lengths, but are still left searching for wickets. Pandya has looked solid so far and has played his shots too. Kuldeep has had a few plays and misses but is still battling on. The hosts would like to have a wicket-taking potion with the drinks!
11.00 IST: MAIDEN! Fernando is bowling a tight line at the moment to both the Indian batsmen, he's hard to get away. IND 374/7 in 102 overs
10.53 IST: FOUR! Kuldeep gets into the act now. Full and wide of off, Kuldeep Yadav opens the face of his bat and guides it to the backward point fence for a boundary. That was smart, considering there was a man in front of square on the off side. IND 373/7
10.51 IST: 7 runs from the over, a good one for the visitors. IND 368/7 in 100 overs
10.48 IST: FOUR! Smashed smartly! Short ball around off, Pandya pulls it off the front foot through midwicket for a boundary. IND 365/7
10.47 IST: Just a single from Karunaratne's over. IND 361/7
Dimuth Karunaratne to have a bowl.
10.41 IST: Kuldeep caught by surprise with that nippy delivery. Started well outside off and came back sharply, the ball missed Kuldeep's bat and struck him high on the front pad and rolled to the keeper. The Lankans put up an LBW appeal only to see it turned down. IND 360/7 in 98 overs
10.39 IST: FOUR! STREAKY YET EFFECTIVE! Back of a length ball outside off, Kuldeep pokes his bat at that. The ball takes the outside edge and falls short of the slips and races away through the gap between second and third slip for a boundary. IND 360/7 in 97.2 overs
Pandya is having a little chat with Kuldeep. The talk will be to keep going and build up a handy partnership.
10.32 IST: Length ball around off, played towards point for a run. Just a single from Fernando's over. IND 354/7
10.25 IST: FOUR! Crunched crisply! Short ball outside off, Pandya stands tall and punches it through covers. The ball rushes away to the fence beating the sweeper cover. That brings up 350 for the visitors. 350 comes up for India. IND 353/7
10.22 IST: Good ball, that makes Pandya a tad uncomfortable!Back of a length ball on off and middle, nipping into him, the batsman gets beaten on the inside. The ball hits the back thigh and goes to the keeper, who along with the bowler appeals. The umpire turns it down. IND 348/7 in 94 overs
10.14 IST: FOUR! The upper cut from Pandya fetches him a boundary. That is another short ball on off and middle, Hardik sways back and just helps it over the keeper's head for a boundary. IND 345/7
10.12 IST: A peach from Fernando to end the over. He shortened his length and got it to straighten from an angle. 4 runs and a wicket from the over. IND 341/7 in 92 overs
10.11 IST: Wonderful ball first up. Fuller ball around off, Yadav looks to push defensively with an angled bat. The bat hits his pad and the ball goes through to the keeper and the Lankans put up an appeal for a caught behind. The umpire stays put. IND 339/7
Kuldeep Yadav walks in to bat.
10.09 IST: OUT! Early success for Sri Lanka and Fernando. Back of a length ball outside off, Saha saw an opportunity to collect runs. He cuts that and does so straight to Perera at gully. Probably the bounced more than he expected, but he could have done better there. This will pump the hosts up. IND 339/7
Vishwa Fernando to bowl from the other end.
10.06 IST: 8 runs from the first over of the day, a good one for India. IND 337/6 in 91 overs
10.01 IST: FOUR BYES! Length ball outside off, swings in after it passes the batsman. It dips as it reaches Dickwella, who gets an awkward bounce just before him, and races away to the fence. IND 335/6 in 90.2 overs
09.59 IST: We are set to get underway. Wriddhiman Saha and Hardik Pandya to continue their innings. Lahiru Kumara to open the bowling this morning. Two slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
09.51 IST: Can India once again touch the magical 500-run mark in the series?
09.32 IST: Pitch Report - Simon Doull and Russel Arnold are out there. Russel feels that it's crucial to make early inroads. About the pitch he says that it is still pretty good and there is some sweat due to the overnight rain. He feels that it could be lively and helpful to the bowlers at the start.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan continued his golden run but a rare flop show from the famed middle-order saw Sri Lanka restrict India to 329/6 on the first day of the third and final Test in Pallekele. Courtesy Dhawan's (119) sixth Test hundred and a record 188-run opening stand with KL Rahul (85), India looked good for a score to close to 400 after opting to bat.
However, some fine bowling in the final two sessions by left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara (3/40 in 18 overs) and chinaman Lakshan Sandakan (2/84 in 25 overs) helped Sri Lanka gain some foothold when stumps were drawn on the opening day.
The in-form Cheteshwar Pujara (8), last Test's centurion Ajinkya Rahane (17) were dismissed cheaply while skipper Virat Kohli (42) was dismissed after getting set.
However, Kohli had been reaching out to play the spinners from his crease and ended up edging the ball to first slip off Sandakan in the 79th over.
Ravichandran Ashwin (31) looked compact but became left- arm seamer Vishwa Fernando's scalp at the fag end of the day. (Full Day 1 Report)
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