India vs Sri Lanka Day 1 Stumps: That’s it for the day. The bails are off and the players are back in the pavilion. Who won the day? Noone knows. The obvious happened. At one stage India was looking set for another massive total but the hosts made a comeback and a spirited one as well. They bowled well, were sharp in the field and made sure that Virat Kohli’s men do not run away with the game. Kuldeep Yadav replaced the suspended Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI. There were no other surprises. The Indian openers started from where they left in the last match. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan dominated the play from the very starting, hardly giving any chances to the opposition. It has been a one sided series so far with Virat Kohli’s men dominating the game from the very first ball. Sri Lanka has been outplayed and out brained in this series. They were beaten by 304 runs in the first Test and surrendered to an innings defeat in the second one. However, a win in Pallekele would be enough to save the pride.
Match Update: The pitch has been slightly on the slower side but that hasn’t stopped the Indian batsmen from scoring runs. Shikhar Dhawan started of fluently and got good support from KL Rahul from the other end. The score is 329/6 at stumps.
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Here are India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test Day 1 highlights:
4:58 PM: Both the batsmen have been living dangerously. There have been some close calls in last few years but no tragedy.
4:35 PM: OUT! Another one down. This time it’s the big one as well. Virat Kohli has to go for 42. He is not happy.
4:07 PM: India – 279/3
R Ashwin – 8 (29)
Virat Kohli – 33 (70)
3:45 PM: OUT! Another big blow to India. Ajinkya Rahane departs for 17. This brings Ravichandran Ashwin to the crease.
3:34 PM: India – 260/3
Ajinkya Rahane – 17 (41)
Virat Kohli – 21 (51)
2:45 PM: The scoring rate has come down in last few overs. Only 22 runs have been scored in last 60 balls and India lost two wickets as well.
2:35 PM: Ajinkya Rahane has joined Virat Kohli at the crease. Suddenly, the run rate has gone down.
2:21 PM: OUT! Another one. Cheteshwar Pujara departs for 8. Probably not his day. Can Sri Lanka make a comeback?
2:15 PM: OUT! Second wicket for Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan departs for 119. Virat Kohli is the batsman.
1:57 PM: FOUR! Short and pulled away by Dhawan. He had all the time in this world to put it away anywhere he wanted to.
1:50 PM: CENTURY! There you go, the helmet comes off. Another Test hundred of Shikhar Dhawan, 6th to be
1:40 PM: OUT! Big wicket for Sri Lanka. KL Rahul departs for 85, 15 short of his century. The new man in is Cheteshwar Pujara.
1:17 PM: Runs are coming thick and fast for the Indian team right now. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan have added 55 runs in last 10 overs.
1:15 PM: The partnership is now of 170 runs from 212 balls.
1:10 PM: India – 165/0
Shikhar Dhawan 82 (83)
KL Rahul 79 (119)
1:05 PM: It has been a similar kind of start for India post the lunch break. Sri Lanka need something special and it has to happen fast.
12:10 PM: LUNCH, India – 134/0
Shikhar Dhawan – 64 (66)
KL Rahul – 67 (97)
11:35 AM: 100 is up for the Indian team and in real quick time. Both the batsmen have completed their half-centuries as well.
11:00 AM: 50 is up for the Indian team and both the batsmen are looking in good touch now. Dhawan has been the more attacking partner so far but Rahul is not far away either.
10:45 AM: India – 49/0
Lokesh Rahul – 21(33)
Shikhar Dhawan – 26 (19)
10:35 AM: Both the batsmen have picked up. They are in an attacking mood now. The score is 42/0.
10:05 AM: It has been a watchful start for India so far. Both the batsmen are taking their time and that’s the right approach as well. The score is 6/0.
9: 45 am: There has been just one change, Kuldeep Yadav will play in the place of Ravindra Jadeja.
9: 34 am: Team India won the toss and chose to bat first.
9: 31 am: Sri Lanka have a chinaman bowler of their own in Lakshan Sandakan, who replaces the injured Rangana Herath.
9: 23 am: As of now there is no change expected to the line-up, but with the series done and dusted, don’t be surprised if Kohli and Co. give the bench-warmers a chance.
9: 06 am: India’s batting looks in great form, having amassed 600 runs in both Tests, while their bowlers have followed up and delivered the victories.
8: 48 am: The last time Sri Lanka played a home series (2+ Tests) without any bowler taking 10 wickets in the series was against South Africa in 2004.
8: 23 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 game, with the greenish tinge slowly giving way to more brown.
8: 02 am: Having won the series 2-0, Captain Virat Kohli stresses on the need to avoid complacency in the third and final Test. The captain said to ensure consistency, it is important to have continuity and don’t want to make too many changes.
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: 26 am: There was rain two days before the game, and it resulted in both teams cancelling their pre-game practice sessions on Friday.
7: 14 am: India aims to complete a whitewash against Sri Lanka in the final test having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series with victories inside four days in Galle and Colombo.
6: 55 am: The third test of India vs Sri Lanka is going to 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 playing XI for India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test:
Sri Lanka – Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara.
India – (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.