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  • 8:42 AM IST

    India dominated Day One ending with 11 for 1 after bowling out Sri Lanka for 205. Here’s the live updates from Day Two.

  • 4:18 PM IST

    Lose shot from Rahul. He is cleaned up by Gamage. He plays away from the body, gets an inside edge to the stumps.

    OUT! KL Rahul b Lahiru Gamage 7 (13)
  • 4:07 PM IST
    India have started well with KL Rahul and Murali Vijay. Sri Lanka have been folded for 205 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the chief wreckers. Ashwin took 4 wickets while Jadeja picked wickets.
  • 2:46 PM IST

    Jadeja gets his first. He sends the all-important Dickwella. Not a bad shot-selection. You anyway cannot expect defence from him.

  • 2:14 PM IST

    TEA BREAK

  • 2:09 PM IST

    Niroshan Dickwella is doing what he does best. Hardly any use of the feet, Dickwella is timing the ball to perfection. His is being the aggressor of the side. DInesh Chandimal on the other hand is holding one end up.

    SL 143 for 4

  • 2:02 PM IST

    OUT! just after scoring his fifty, Karunaratne was snapped up by India. Ishant doing the damage. Karunaratne looking to play across the line was trapped in front. His wicket brought an end to the 62 run stand for the third wicket with Dinesh Chandimal.

  • 1:35 PM IST

    Karunaratne becomes 2nd batsman after Dean Elgar to register 1,000 runs in Tests in 2017

  • 1:23 PM IST

    Karunaratne’s scores since India tour of Sri Lanka 2017: 2, 97, 25, 141, 4, 16, 93, 10, 196, 7, 8, 1, 50*

  • 1:21 PM IST

    Karunaratne uses Ishant’s pace and guides to the thirdman region for a boundary. This brings the 50-partnership. A single later, he brings up his 14th Test fifty. This has been a chancy knock but surely an important one. Pujara dropped him at mid-on and Jadeja had got him off a no-ball.

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Can Sri Lanka pull off an upset?

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at Nagpur. I am Suvajit Mustafi, and will be providing you live updates from this contest. Are we set to witness another go-green affair?

Nagpur in the past has stirred controversy for its ‘diabolical’ nature (remember South Africa 2015?), but the grass on the surface may even compel Indians to drop one of their spinners. Imagine India playing a Test at home without Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja? The duo bowled a total of 10 overs at Kolkata, and if the track tells a similar story, India may well go in with a predominant pace attack.

Fans are not complaining. Be it seam-friendly or a dust-bowl, Sri Lanka were not expected to contest well against the No.1 Test side. However, they carried forward the confidence they gained at the UAE when they beat Pakistan 2-0 last month.

Sri Lanka managed a 122-run lead in the first innings but just managed to sneak away with a draw in the rain-marred Eden Test, thanks to the fading light and of course the blatant time-wasting tactics, which Niroshan Dickwella terms a ‘battle won’ against Virat Kohli and co.

Anyway, India have set higher standards and have bigger battles to win — the biggest being their reputation of being the No.1 Test side. A win will be the least expectation when they step on to the greens at Nagpur.

India will be without the in-form Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. There is a possibility of Vijay Shankar getting his maiden international cap, whereas the think-tank may also hand Ishant Sharma another opportunity in place of a spinner. If India look to play six specialist batsmen, Rohit Sharma too could get the nod.

Sri Lanka will hope to nurse their second-inning-woes. Suranga Lakmal will spearhead the attack on the green surface, but if they have to pull off an upset, the onus will lie on Rangana Herath. With Herath-mauler Dhawan out of the contest, Sri Lanka will look to bowl Herath more number of overs as compared to Kolkata.

Squads:

India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar

Sri Lanka: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Roshen Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva