India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Cricket Score Updates: There you go, Virat Kohli has won the toss and he has decided to bat first. This is a massive advantage given the slow nature of the pitch. Sri Lanka, in fact, had gone into the game with just one specialist fast bowler, so they are already on the back foot. Unfortunate, that Abhinav Mukund is missing out despite an impressive outing in the last match but that’s how cricket works at times. The men in blue had near perfect outing in Galle where all the batsmen scored runs and bowlers were among wickets as the Virat Kohli-led team crushed a clueless Sri Lankan side by 304 runs. Hardik Pandya was a big positive from the previous match and you would like to keep up the good work. So far, its been a good start by the Indian openers. Shikhar Dhawan is looking in fine touch and is playing the aggressor.
MATCH UPDATE: Skipper Virat Kohli has won the toss. India will bat first as KL Rahul has made a comeback into the team. Sri Lanka gets Dinesh Chandimal booster. The hosts have made three changes in total with Malinda Pushpakumara making his international debut. The score is 238/3.
Live Cricket Score, India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 1:
1:30 PM: BIG WICKET! for Sri Lanka. Rangana Herath strikes again and the Indian captain has to go. Virat Kohli departs for 13.
10:50 AM: Wicket! First breakthrough for Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan departs for 35. Dilruwan Perera strikes on his first ball.
10:20 AM: India – 23/0
KL Rahul – 3 (8)
Shikhar Dhawan – 20 (21)
10:05 AM: Edged! And Four! First runs come from Shikhar Dhawan’s bat. India is off the mark and so is Dhawan.
10:00 AM: The openers are out in the middle. It’s KL Rahul with Shikhar Dhawan. Nuwan Pradeep, Sri Lanka’s only fast bowler in this match will start the proceedings.
9:55 AM: We are just minutes away from the start. It is going to be another interesting encounter.
9:30 AM: Skipper Virat Kohli has won the toss. India will bat first as KL Rahul has made a comeback into the team. Sri Lanka gets Dinesh Chandimal booster.
9:15 AM: The hosts boast a mixed record against India at this particular ground, with eight Tests between the two countries yielding four draws. Both teams have won two matches each, with India winning the last encounter here in 2015 by 117 runs.
9:00 AM: K L Rahul’s imminent return leaves skipper Virat Kohli with an unenviable task of dropping opener Abhinav Mukund as India aim to clinch the three-match series against Sri Lanka with another resounding victory in the second Test.
Watch- Indian players leaving for ground
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8:45 AM: The selection conundrum is a testimony to the superb bench strength of the team. Rahul’s absence hardly affected the performance with India thrashing the hosts by 304 runs, starting the series with a bang.
8:30 AM: Ironically, Mukund, who will be warming the bench, scored 81 in the second innings but just that his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan outshone him with a 168-ball-190, that set up the match and got him the best player award.
Watch- Team India’s practice session
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Here are the playing XIs for India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test:
Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep.
India – Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.