Cricket Score, India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test Day 3: The Indian cricket team is knocking on the doors of a historic whitewash at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium with the hosts struggling at 19/1, trailing by 333 runs.
India vs Sri Lanka Score: Making history, Virat Kohli-led India on Monday defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs inside three days in the third and final test to complete a 3-0 whitewash on Monday. The hosts were all bundled out for 181 in their second innings after being made to follow on. In the first innings, Lanka could only make for 135 on Sunday after India posted 487 in their first innings. India had won both in Galle and Colombo tests inside four days. In the first Test of this series, Virat Kohli was criticised for not enforcing the follow-on. Yesterday, he did it for the second time in a row, that too after Umesh Yadav had left the field limping.
Playing conditions: The pitch isn’t as bad as the Sri Lankan batsmen made it look like. However, 15 wickets fell on day 2, with 7 of them coming in the last session alone making it very clear that to survive, you need to apply yourself well. Sri Lanka would consider themselves lucky if the batsmen are able to take the match into the fourth day.
Here is Live Cricket Score, India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test Day 3:
11:35 AM: It has been a collective effort from Indian bowling unit. Mohammed Shami dished out a fiery bowling spell. Shami was ably assisted assisted by Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav who had taken wicket apiece leaving Sri Lanka in tatters.
11:30 AM: Sri Lanka still trail by 280 runs with 6 wickets remaining. This is just the third day and Indian bowlers have been putting relentless pressure on the beleaguered Sri Lankan batting unit. Remember it will be a historic away clean sweep for India if it manages to win the third and final test match.
11:25 AM: Skipper Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal are trying to steady the ship after loss of four wickets.
9:45 AM: Ravi Shastri talking to players before start of the day’s play
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9:40 AM: “Obviously my focus is to play my cricket and just become what I can become. Even if I can be 10 per cent of what Kapil Dev was, I will be pretty happy in my life,” Pandya said at the press conference at the end of second day’s play.
9:35 AM: : Overwhelmed to be compared with legendary Kapil Dev, all-rounder Hardik Pandya yesterday said if he could become even 10 per cent of what the former World Cup winning captain was, he would be happy.
9:30 AM: The chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has said that Hardik Pandya has the potential to match Kapil Dev, provided he stays grounded.
9:20 AM: Here is India Squad for ODIs against Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli(capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane.
9:10 AM: WATCH-India’s dominance over Sri Lanka
9:05 AM: Meanwhile, veteran left-hander Yuvraj Singh was dropped from the Indian squad for the limited overs series against Sri Lanka in what could possibly signal an end to his illustrious international career.
8:55 AM: A two-time World Cup winner and one of India’s finest limited overs exponent, the 35 year old Yuvraj’s place was always under the scanner.
8:50 AM: Kuldeep Yadav’s excellent figures of 4 for 40 are his best in Tests, eclipsing his 4 for 68 vs Australia at Dharamsala in March 2017.
8:45 AM: Pandya had scored 107(1* to 108*) before lunch on the second day in an extended session and became the first Indian batsman to make 100 runs or more before lunch on any day of a Test match.
8:40 AM: Pandya posted 26 runs (446660) off Malinda Pushpakumara – the most by an Indian batsman in an over in a Test innings, surpassing the 24 each hit by Sandeep Patil (at Manchester in 1982) and Kapil Dev (at Lord’s in 1990) – both against England.
8:35 AM: Thirty six sixes have been posted in the current rubber – a record in any Test series played in Sri Lanka, eclipsing the 29 between Australia and Sri Lanka in the three-Test series in 2003-04.
8:30 AM: Well done Kuldeep Yadav
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8:20 AM: Sri Lanka’s first innings score of 135 is the second lowest in Tests at Pallekele. Sri Lanka had scored 117 vs Australia last year. The aforesaid total is their second lowest score vs India in Tests in Sri Lanka behind the 134 at Colombo (PSS) in 2015.
8:15 AM: Sri Lanka faced 37.4 overs in the first innings of the Test. Just two times in the first innings of a home Test, they have faced even less overs – 28.2 when totalling 71 vs Pakistan at Kandy in 1994 and 34.2 when posting 117 vs Australia at Pallekele last year.
8:10 AM: India have taken first innings lead of 309 in the first Test, followed by 439 in the second and 352 in the third.
8:05 AM: Vishwa Fernando (2/87) has produced his best bowling performance in Tests, surpassing the 1 for 16 vs Australia at Galle last year.
8:00 AM: Hardik Pandya became the fifth Indian player to post a maiden first-class hundred in a Test match, joining Vijay Manjrekar, Kapil Dev, Ajay Ratra and Harbhajan Singh.
7:55 AM: Pandya’s previous highest Test score was 50 on Test debut vs Sri Lanka at Galle last month.
7:50 AM: Pandya has batted in three innings so far in Tests, maintaining strike rate of 100-plus everytime he came to the crease. His runs’ tally in three innings is 178 (ave.59.33) at a strike rate of 107.87.
7:50 AM: Lakshan Sandakan (5/132) has recorded his best bowling figures, outstripping the 4 for 58 on Test debut against Australia at Pallekele in July 2016
7:40 AM: Sandakan is the second Sri Lankan bowler after Rangana Herath (5/54 vs Australia last year) to produce a five-wicket haul in Tests at Pallekele
7:30 AM: Hardik Pandya during his maiden century (108 off 96 balls) hit seven sixes. He has equalled an Indian record for most sixes in a Test innings by a number 8 or lower order batsman.
7:20 AM: As number eight batsman, Harbhajan Singh, in the course of his brilliant unbeaten knock of 111 off 116 balls vs New Zealand at Hyderabad in 2010-11, had posted seven sixes..
Here are the playing XIs 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.