Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first day of the three-day tour game between India and Sri Lanka from August 6 at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Thursday. India are coming off a draw in whites against Bangladesh and will be eager to start well in the island nation. They will want to make the most of the three-day game to get acclimatised to the conditions and pitches here in Sri Lanka. Will Lahiru Thirimanne-led Sri Lanka Board President XI allow India to do that or will India ensure they get the much needed practice? Catch all the updates from the tour game here.

A decent day for India! They lost the toss, were asked to bat first, the openers gave them a good start with a 108-run stand but they lost four wickets for 25 runs post lunch to be 133 for four at one point of time. Then Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara shared a 134-run stand to steady India. India lost a couple of wickets later in the day but finished the day in a good position. They wil wish their bowlers back up the good work from their batsmen. The pair of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were the only ones from the top order who did not get a start and will hope to get a second chance soon. Join us tomorrow for the all the action.

Live cricket score India 314/6 | Overs 80 | Batting:Ajinkya Rahane 109(125), R Ashwin 10(39)| A decent day for India at the end, Ajinkya Rahane has saved it for them with a fine century. India will look to add few quick runs and then give their bowlers a good run. Let’s see how India play tomorrow.

Live cricket score India 302/6 | Overs 78 | Batting:Ajinkya Rahane 100(115), R Ashwin 9(35)| Ajinkya Rahane scores his ton, it has been a fine knock from him and has come at a good pace for India and him. India will want him to bat through.

Live cricket score India 279/6 | Overs 71 | Batting:Ajinkya Rahane 88(99), R Ashwin 2(8)| Wriddhiman Saha does not last long, which is not good for India, they would want their keeper batsman replacing MS Dhoni, R Ashwin comes out to bat. OUT! Wriddhiman Saha c Tharanga b Vandersay 3(8)

Live cricket score India 272/5 | Overs 68 | Batting:Ajinkya Rahane 85(90), Wriddhiman Saha 3(7)| Another start thrown, this time it is Pujara, who is caught of the bowling of the bowling of the leg spinner for 42. Wriddhiman Saha is the new man in. OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara c Silva b Vandersay 42(90)

Live cricket score India 233/4 | Overs 59 | Batting:Ajinkya Rahane 57(61), Cheteshwar Pujara 36(70)| A good, well paced fifty for Ajinkya Rahane as India near the score of 250 in their first innings. Pujara is nearing his fifty and will want to keep up the scoring rate.

Live cricket score India 208/4 | Overs 55 | Batting:Ajinkya Rahane 37(49), Cheteshwar Pujara 31(58)| India are slowly building towards a total of some respect. Both batsmen have scored at a fair clip and looked good so far. India will want them to bat long as possible and get India a big total on board.

Live cricket score India 186/4 | Overs 50 | Batting:Ajinkya Rahane 26(32), Cheteshwar Pujara 24(45)| The pair of Pujara and Rahane are out to bat to continue their work of saving the day for India. This innings is more crucial for Pujara, given his place is at stake.

Live cricket score India 174/4 | Overs 48 | Batting:Ajinkya Rahane 25(30), Cheteshwar Pujara 10(31)| The pair of Pujara and Rahane have to do the rescue work for India. They need to get in a huge stand and which is also good since it will test their temperament.

Live cricket score India 138/4 | Overs 40 | Batting:Ajinkya Rahane 3(8), Cheteshwar Pujara 4(8)| India have having a tough time post lunch. Virat Kohli was bowled as well but it was a no ball. And he departs chasing a ball outside off. Not the best of starts for India post lunch. Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in. OUT! Shikhar Dhawan c K Perera b Rajitha 63(106)

Live cricket score India 133/3 | Overs 38 | Batting:Ajinkya Rahane 2(5), Shikhar Dhawan 63(105)| India have having a tough time post lunch. Virat Kohli was bowled as well but it was a no ball. And he departs chasing a ball outside off. It is not something new for Kohli to get dismissed in this fashion, this it was Milinda Siriwardana who took the catch at third slip. Not the best of starts for India post lunch. Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in. OUT! Virat Kohli c Siriwardana b Rajitha 8(9)

Live cricket score India 124/2 | Overs 35 | Batting:Virat Kohli 3(2), Shikhar Dhawan 61(102)| Rohit Sharma had just settled down after the quick start. There is a lot of competition for the number three spot. Who do you think should be playing at number three for India? Rohit Sharma departs though, bowled by a yorker. You can vote here – Poll: India vs Sri Lanka 2015; who should bat at No. 3 for India? OUT! Rohit Sharma b Rajitha 7(14)

Live cricket score India 111/1 | Overs 31 | Batting: Rohit Sharma 3(1), Shikhar Dhawan 58(90)| There was some drama as the players appeal for a caught behind but the umpire says no. Rahul shakes his head and the umpire agrees with him. Rahul though falls as he miscues his pull shot. India lose their first wicket. OUT! KL Rahul c Thirimanne b Shehan Jayasuriya 44(92)

Live cricket score India 88/0 | Overs 28 | Batting: KL Rahul 33(84), Shikhar Dhawan 52(80)| Shikhar Dhawan gets to his fifty while Rahul seems to be slowly building his innings well. One cannot rule out the possibility of Dhawan retiring once he gets to fifty.

Live cricket score India 78/0 | Overs 25 | Batting: KL Rahul 28(80), Shikhar Dhawan 47(70)| Shikhar Dhawan has looked good and is nearing his fifty here. This has been a good start for India as the players head for the lunch break. Join us in a while for the second session of play.

Live cricket score India 50/0 | Overs 20 | Batting: KL Rahul 14(66), Shikhar Dhawan 34(54)| The 50-run stand is up between the two openers. A good start for India, they will look to build on from here.

Live cricket score India 45/0 | Overs 16 | Batting: KL Rahul 12(49), Shikhar Dhawan 32(47)| Runs are starting to come for India at a better rate now. Dhawan has hit a couple of boundaries as Rahul too seems to be finally getting a move on.

Live cricket score India 18/0 | Overs 10 | Batting: KL Rahul 6(30) Shikhar Dhawan 12(30)| Dhawan hits another boundary in his stay at the crease. Rahul at the other end is content to see through the new ball spell.

Live cricket score India 8/0 | Overs 6 | Batting: KL Rahul 1(16), Shikhar Dhawan 7(20)| Finally, runs at last, Shikhar Dhawan gets off the mark with a couple of runs. Rahul gets off the mark with a single too. Dhawan then hits the first boundary of the game. This is a cautious start from the Indians.

Live cricket score India 0/0 | Overs 2 | Batting: KL Rahul 0(6), Shikhar Dhawan 0(6)| A quiet start for India as both the openers play off the first two overs bowled to them. No runs scored so far. Vishwa Fernando and Shehan Jayasuriya opened the bowling for Sri Lanka Board President XI.

Toss: Sri Lanka Board President XI has won the toss and elected to field first.

 

It is bright and sunny at the stadium which is good news for all of us, the players are warming up at the ground!

The skipper Virat Kohli had a pep talk with his team just before they started their drills.

 

The Indians will hope that the rain stays away and they get a good practice in. Their arrival in the island nation too was marred by rain. They will be eager to get in action soon. Lahiru Thirimanne will lead a bunch of players who will also be eager to make their mark in the tour game. There will be some attention on how Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga and co. play the tour game. Read my preview of the tour game which will be an early indicator of things to come on the tour of Sri Lanka. Read: India vs Sri Lanka 2015: India s tour game an early indicator of things to come

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.