India vs Sri Lanka: It wasn’t the kind of start India was hoping for on day 2. Wriddhiman Saha was caught early leaving the team in a tricky situation before Hardik Pandya combined with Kuldeep Yadav to provide some solidity. Shikhar Drawn and KL proved Virat Kohli’s decision of winning the toss and batting first right by adding 188 runs for the first wicket. At one stage, it looked like that the Indian cricket team might once again run away with the game but the hosts had a different idea. After losing the first session, the Sri Lankan team made a spirited comeback with the slower blowers leading the charge. With six men back in the hut, Wriddhiman Saha and Hardik Pandya are India’s last hope to take the side to a strong total. Yes, they have done it in the past but it will be interesting to see if they can do it again.
Playing Conditions: After losing Saha early, Hardik Pandya took the responsibility and built a good partnership with Kuldeep Yadav in the lower order. Sri Lanka would not be very disappointed either. It has managed to bowl out India under 600 for the first time in the series. India was all out for 487. Sri Lanka was bowled out for 135 in the first innings. Their second innings score is 19/1 at stumps.
Here is Cricket Score, India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test Day 2:
5:25 PM: OUT! There are you are. First wicket for India and it’s Umesh Yadav who struck. Upul Tharanga departs for 7.
4:40 PM: Brilliant work by the Indian bowlers. Sri Lanka has been bowled out for 135 runs. Virat Kohli has enforced the follow on.
3:15 PM: Sri Lanka – 74/4
Niroshan Dickwella – 22 (24)
Dinesh Chandimal – 18 (41)
3:07 PM: The players are back on the field after the tea break. Captain Dinesh Chandimal is still at the wicket and will be Sri Lanka’s biggest hope.
2:30 PM: Some bizarre stroke play from Sri Lanka has put India in a really strong position.
1:50 PM: OUT! Shami strikes again. Karunaratne has to go as well. He departs for just 4. Sri Lanka is in deep trouble now.
1:43 PM: OUT! Dream start for India. A bit of movement in the air and that was enough for Shami to get an edge. Upul Tharanga departs for 5.
1:30 PM: The Sri Lankan openers are in the middle. Upul Tharanga is at the crease with Karunaratane.
1:17 PM: OUT! That’s the end of Indian innings. Hardik Pandya is gone for 108 but not before ensuring that India reaches a strong total.
12:28 PM: The partnership for the last wicket is of 64 runs and just 3 runs have come from Umesh Yadav’s blade so far.
12:25 PM: CENTURY! Brilliant from Hardik Pandya. His first in Test cricket and that too in just his third match.
12:01 PM: Brilliant batting by Hardik Pandya. He is clearing the ropes with ease. 26 runs came from that last over.
11:12 AM: India – 379/7
Kuldeep Yadav – 17 (41)
Hardik Pandya – 25 (39)
10:38 AM: It is good to see Pandya batting more sensibly and taking responsibility. He is currently batting at 13.
10:15 AM: Not the kind of start India wanted. Saha left early and now it’s up to Hardik Pandya to add as many as he could.
9:30 am: Indian players are warming up for today’s match against Sri Lanka.
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9:00 am: India has washed its hand of major batsman like, Virat Kohli, Ajikya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan. What team strategy does Indian skipper Kohli has up his sleeve will be something to watchout for in today’s match.
8:30 am: India has to buckle up to amass a decent total, having scored 600 in both the tests. The bowling line up can be a strong point since it has followed up and delivered victories in many occasions.
8:12 am: There could be more rain on the cards over the Test match. The pitch, which had been under covers overnight, underwent another drastic change a day before the first day of the third test match.
7:45 am: If India manages to win the third Test, it will be the first instance of them winning three Tests in a series away from home since 1968.
7:40 am: Team India after early blows yesterday finished at 329/6. The players today will try their best to save their wickets and score as much as possible for a decent total.
6:57 am: The third test of India vs Sri Lanka is going to be played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, in Pallekele, Sri Lanka. The match will begin at 10:00 am while the toss will be done at 9:30 am.
Here are the squads for India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test:
India – Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav
Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumaranushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara