Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second day of the three-day tour game between India and Sri Lanka which began from August 6 at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Thursday. India lost the toss and were asked to bat first, the openers put up a superb stand of 108 runs but the middle order flopped big time with both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma failing to get to double figures. India then found their hero in Ajinkya Rahane who scored a brilliant ton to steer India to 314 for six at stumps on Day One. India will want to get as many runs possible on Day Two to give their bowlers something to attack with all the time. How will they go about it, let’s wait and watch. Catch all the live cricket scores and updates from the tour game here.

A terrific day for India! They first went for runs, got their total past 350. Ishant Sharma then ran through the hosts taking five for 23. India gained a lead of 230 runs. Though the form of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will worry them to an extent. They are leading by 342 runs now and will look for quick runs tomorrow and then try and bowl the hosts out soon.

Live cricket score India 112/3 | Overs 37 | Batting: KL Rahul 47(94) Cheteshwar Pujara 31(90) | The pair of Rahul and Pujara have played through the day to ensure India do not lose the plot that their bowlers have worked hard for them. India might look for some quick runs tomorrow and will wish to strike with timely wickets.

Live cricket score India 95/3 | Overs 37 | Batting: KL Rahul 43(80) Cheteshwar Pujara 23(86) | Kl Rahul is getting closer to his fifty which is good for India. It will increase the competition for the places and also get the players to score more.

Live cricket score India 73/3 | Overs 27 | Batting: KL Rahul 31(51) Cheteshwar Pujara 12(59) | India get the lead past 300, this is good from India. Rahul is playing a good knock here. Pujara is patient as ever and will want to get a good score in.

Live cricket score India 59/3 | Overs 22 | Batting: KL Rahul 25(39) Cheteshwar Pujara 5(37) | The lead is nearing 300 now, Rahul comes down the wicket and plays a superb shot to get a maximum.  India will want this pair to continue batting till stumps.

Live cricket score India 41/3 | Overs 16 | Batting: KL Rahul 12(21) Cheteshwar Pujara 1(19) | The pair of Rahul and Pujara are steadying the ship for India now, the runs are not quite flowing but India are building towards a target to give to their bowlers.

Live cricket score India 28/3 | Overs 11 | Batting: KL Rahul 0(4) Cheteshwar Pujara 0(6) | Wickets continue to fall on the day, India lose the big wicket of Virat Kohli for just the 18. KL Rahul comes out to bat. OUT! Virat Kohli b Rajitha 18(34)

 

Live cricket score India 27/2 | Overs 9 | Batting: Virat Kohli 17(30), Cheteshwar Pujara 0(0) | Two quick wickets for India, as Saha too gets out early. Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in for India.  OUT! Wriddhiman Saha lbw Vishwa Fernando 1(3)

Live cricket score India 23/1 | Overs 8 | Batting: Virat Kohli 15(28), Wriddhiman Saha 0(0) | India lose their first wicket as Rohit Sharma has been trapped in front of the stumps by Vishwa Fernando for a score of eight. Kohli might be backing him but Rohit needs to score big to make the call worth it. OUT! Rohit Sharma lbw Vishwa Fernando 8(20)

Live cricket score India 15/0 | Overs 5 | Batting: Virat Kohli 8(17), Rohit Sharma 7(13) | India have started steadily with both Kohli and Rohit trying to get in. There was a huge leg before shout against Kohli which was turned down. Both of these will want to play a long knock.

Live cricket score India 4/0 | Overs 1 | Batting: Virat Kohli 1(3), Rohit Sharma 3(3) | Aha! Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma come out to open the batting for India. A bold and a good move, it was these two who did not get going in the first innings. Good move from India, let’s see how they go about their job. Vishwa Fernando opens the bowling, Rohit Sharma gets a life as he is dropped at leg slip.

 

Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 121 | Overs 31 | Batting: Kasun Rajitha 0(0) | India bowl out Sri Lanka Board President XI for a score of 121, giving India a lead of 230 runs, India will be batting again. OUT! N Dickwella b Ashwin 41(53)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 117/9 | Overs 29 | Batting: Niroshan Dickwella 37(47) | The stand is finally over for Sri Lanka Board President XI, R Ashwin strikes dismissing Gunathilaka caught by Umesh Yadav. India are two wickets away. OUT! D Gunathilaka c Yadav b Ashwin 28(33) OUT! Nisala Gamage lbw Harbhajan Singh 2(5)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 106/7 | Overs 27 | Batting: Niroshan Dickwella 34(43), Danuskha Gunathilaka 22(24) | At last the Sri Lanka Board President XI are fighting back in the match with a good stand. Runs are flowing for them but that is also understandable. Often when you have big collapses you get one such partnership down the order.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 83/7 | Overs 21 | Batting: Niroshan Dickwella 23(19), Danuskha Gunathilaka 14(14) | The pair of Dickwella and Gunathilaka have done well so far. The Indians bowlers will be eager to finish this innings early and get batting. We might see a change in bowling soon.

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Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 51/7 | Overs 18 | Batting: Niroshan Dickwella 7(7) | Varun Aaron strikes again, as he has Siriwardana caught behind for a score of 32. India have the hosts seven down now. OUT! Milinda Siriwardana c Saha b Aaron 32(48)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 41/6 | Overs 16 | Batting: Milinda Siriwardana 26(42), Niroshan Dickwella 3(1) | Varun Aaron comes on from the other end and strikes right away, he has Shehan Jayasuriya caught behind, they are six down for the score of 38. OUT! Shehan Jayasuriya c Saha b Aaron 7(21)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 35/5 | Overs 15 | Batting: Milinda Siriwardana 23(38), Shehan Jayasuriya 7(20) | India have tried both R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh before lunch and they start the second session with Umesh Yadav. The rest of the bowlers will also want to chip in with few wickets.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 35/5 | Overs 14 | Batting: Milinda Siriwardana 23(38), Shehan Jayasuriya 7(14) | Phew! What a session for India, they got bowled out for score of 351 but then Ishant Sharma wrecked havoc to leave Sri Lanka Board President XI in tatters at 10 for five. The pair of Shehan and Milinda have done well to ensure they do not lose any more wickets but India will be happy with their work till now.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 10/5 | Overs 8 | Batting: Milinda Siriwardana 5(13), Shehan Jayasuriya 0(3) | And Ishant Sharma takes his fourth wicket, he has Siriwarana caught by Rahul for a score of just 4! This is superb bowling from the leader of the Indian attack. And he completes his five-wicket haul by dismissing Kusal Perera for a duck. OUT! Lahiru Thirimanne c Rahul b Ishant 5(20) OUT! Kusal Perera b Ishant 0(1)

 

Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 1/3 | Overs 4 | Batting: Lahiru Thirimanne 1(8), Milind Siriwardana 0(5) |Ishant Sharma is breathing fire and takes his third wicket as Upul Tharanga is trapped in front of the stumps, Sri Lanka Board President XI are in all kinds of trouble at the moment. OUT! Upul Tharanga lbw Ishant 0(1)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka Board President XI 1/2 | Overs 2 | Batting: Lahiru Thirimanne 1(2) |Ishant Sharma starts the innings for India in perfect fashion, he traps Kaushal Silva in the first over in front of the stumps. Ishant then also takes out de Silva for a duck, this is a brilliant start to the game for India. Ishant has taken two in his first over itself. OUT! Kaushal Silva lbw Ishant 0(1) OUT! Dhananjaya de Silva b Ishant 0(9)

Live cricket score India 351 | Overs 88.1 | Batting: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9(9) | India are all out for a score of 351, that is still a good effort after being 133 for four at one point of time. Harbhajan Singh was the last man out for a score of 15. Let’s see how India bowls now. OUT! Harbhajan Singh b Gamage 15(25)

Live cricket score India 340/9 | Overs 87 | Batting: Harbhajan Singh 8(20), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5(7) | India are going for the runs here and Kasun Rajitha makes the full use of it by taking his fourth wicket. R Ashwin is out caught by Tharanga.He then also gets the new man, Amit Mishra for a duck.  OUT! R Ashwin c Tharanga b Rajitha 23(58) OUT! Amit Mishra c Thirimanne b Rajitha 0(1)

Live cricket score India 324/7 | Overs 81 | Batting: Harbhajan Singh 9(9), R Ashwin 11(47) | India start the day with the one of overnight batsmen continuing batting, R Ashwin who is joined by Harbhajan Singh. Rahane retired on his overnight score of 109, interesting to see how the tail bats for India now. Ajinkya Rahane retired 109 (125)

India will be happy with their work on this greenish deck. Most of their batsmen got starts and India will hope their bowlers make good use of the conditions and ensure India bat again soon. Sri Lanka Board President XI though boasts of some international players and getting past them won’t be an easy job.

Squads:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Vijay.

Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI: Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne(c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Milinda Siriwardana, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kaushal Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Gamage, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kasun Rajitha, Nisala Tharaka, Vishwa Fernando, Sachith Pathirana.