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  • 5:11 PM IST

    Read our match report, HERE.

  • 4:39 PM IST

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  • 4:29 PM IST

    THATS ITS! IND WIN BY 304 runs. Sri Lanka are two players short, Asela Gunaratne is ruled out while Rangana Herath decides not to come out and bat. Ravindra Jadeja picks his third wicket as Lahiru Kumara goes for the wild heave. He fell for a 8-ball 0.

  • 4:26 PM IST

  • 4:14 PM IST

    OUT! Nuwan Pradeep goes without scoring. Pradeep was caught in two minds whether to play on the back or front foot. He gave a simple catch to Kohli at leg slip.

    OUT! Dimuth’s staunch resistance comes to an end. He was becoming too defensive in the middle and that became his downfall. Ashwin tossed the ball much with the drift making Dimuth play a wrong shot. Dimuth made 97 off 208 balls.

  • 4:05 PM IST

  • 3:52 PM IST

  • 3:50 PM IST

    Dilruwan Perera is giving it back to the Indians in the middle. He has been in his striking best, not leaving any chance for bowlers to breathe a sigh of relief. Dimuth Karunaratne continues to be defensive and take singles to reach his milestone.

  • 3:36 PM IST

    OUT! Ravichandran Ashwin makes his presence felt in the middle. Niroshan’s fav shot sweep shot becomes his undoing. The ball the outside edge and found the ever steady Saha behind the keeper. Dilruwan Perera is out in the middle.

  • 3:24 PM IST

    200 up for Sri Lanka. They only need 350 more runs to win this game. Niroshan Dickwella has scored his fourth half-century in Tests in 82 balls. Dimuth Karunaratne is taking his merry time to get to his milestone of 100 runs.

  • 3:21 PM IST

  • 3:17 PM IST

    Final session of the play commences. Ravindra Jadeja to start the proceedings in the post-tea session. Niroshan Dickwella is 1 away from his 4th half-century. 31 overs remaining in the day.

  • 3:15 PM IST

    Read our tea report, HERE.

  • 2:56 PM IST

    TEA: This session has yielded 107 runs for Sri Lanka while losing 2 wickets in the process. Mostly a good session for Sri Lanka, they have ended up losing Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews. Dimuth Karunaratne is nearing his fifth Test ton, while Niroshan Dickwella looks good for a fifty.

  • 2:46 PM IST

    Dimuth Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella have managed to deny India any more inroads after suffering a mini collapse. Dimuth has batted with composure, while Dickwella has taken charge and given it back to the Indian bowling. Both have added 70 runs for the fifth wicket till now.

  • 2:14 PM IST

    Hardik Pandya has been called upon to bowl. He so far been a bit uneconomical with plenty of wide balls. Dimuth Karunaratne continues to play the lone hand in the middle nearing his fifth Test ton. The pitch is fairly good to bat on, with just a bit of the spinners and bounce on offer.

  • 1:51 PM IST

    DRINKS: Sri Lanka have somehow managed to resist the collapse. Dimuth Karunaratne continues to hold fort at one end, while other offers no defiance. Niroshan Dickwella too is living dangerously in the middle.

  • 1:24 PM IST

    OUT! Angelo Mathews is out for 2. Ravindra Jadeja invites Angleo Mathews on the front foot and induces a simple catch at backward point. Mathews go took a few step out of the crease was beaten for spin and could only lob the ball off a leading edge.

  • 1:11 PM IST

    OUT! Finally a review that goes India’s say. Wriddhiman Saha gets it right. Kusal Mendia trying nudge the ball on the off side ends up giving a faint edge to the keeper, Saha. Sadly, for Kusal the ball bounced just that much to get an edge. Angelo Mathews is the new man.

  • 12:52 PM IST

    FIFTY! This has been a patient knock by Dimuth. He brings up fifty in 81 balls’; 12th overall. Sri Lanka’s score has slowly moved beyond the 100-run mark as well. Kusal Mendis too is now looking quite settled in the middle, striking the ball quite beautifully.

  • 12:47 PM IST

    Sri Lanka will depend on Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis to help them near India’s target of 550 runs. The pair have already added 57 runs for the third wicket. Dimuth is nearing his 12th fifty. India have opened the bowling with Ashwin and Jadeja.

  • 11:56 AM IST

    LUNCH! This has been a good session of play for India. For Sri Lanka, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis have added over 50 runs in 90+ balls. They have given a glimmer of hope to Sri Lanka who are still 471 runs away from win.

  • 11:29 AM IST

    Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis have showcased a calm demeaning in the middle after poor start from Sri Lanka. After 12 overs, India have introduced Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. Kohli will hope his spinners snatch in a couple of wickets before lunch.

  • 11:13 AM IST

    After the fall of Danuskha Gunathilaka’s wicket both Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis have played out quite a probing spell by Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. It is now time that Virat Kohli calls upon Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to nab a few more wickets before lunch break.

  • 11:12 AM IST

    Read India’s 2nd innings report, HERE.

  • 10:54 AM IST

    OUT! Danuskha Gunathilaka hardly disturbs the scorers falls for 2. He tried to cut lose with runs drying out in the middle. Gunathilaka flicked the ball straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara standing at square leg of Umesh Yadav. Kusal Mendis is the new man in.

  • 10:41 AM IST

    OUT! Mohammed Shami ensures he gets Upul Tharanga’s wicket after he was dropped by Virat Kohli at slip. Hardly anyroom for the batsmen to cut, Tharanga manages to guide the ball onto his stumps for a 10-ball 10. Danuskha Gunathilaka is out in the middle

  • 10:36 AM IST

    Sri Lanka face a tough ask ahead if they need to win this Test. Most number of overs played in Asia in a fourth innings is 143.1, while Sri Lanka need to play out 180 overs. Both Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga will be bat out of their skin to prevent India from taking a head start.

  • 10:17 AM IST

    INDIA declare on 240 for 3. Starting the day 4 on 189 for 3, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were quick to add runs in middle. Kohli brought up his 17th Test century; 10 as Test skipper. The pair added 51 runs in just 6.3 overs. Sri Lanka will need to bat out of their skin if they have to get 550 runs to win the first Test and take a 1-0 lead.

Privew-Recovered

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the first Test between India Men and Sri Lanka Men at Galle. I am Vishal Mehra and like the preceding days, I will bring you the live updates and interesting tweets throughout the fourth day. The Test has heavily swayed India’s way and skipper Virat Kohli, who had an off series against Australia is back to his scoring best. He is 24 short of his 17th Test hundred. He has earlier said that milestones mean nothing and it’s about team winning that matters. So will we see an overnight declaration? FULL SCORECARD: Day Four of the 1st Test between India Men and Sri Lanka Men 

Having said so, there is plenty of time in the game but the uncertain bit is weather. India had dominated the Galle Test in 2015 until Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath scripted a remarkable turnaround and turned the tides against visitor. This time that’s unlikely. Sri Lanka stare down the barrel. India have extended the lead to 498. Opener Abhinav Mukund too contributed with a brisk 81.

Earlier, India having put on 600 bowled Sri Lanka out for 291. It was Angelo Mathews’ 83 and Dilruwan Perera’s 92 not out that guided the hosts to respectability. Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with a 3-for.

Day Four promises a lot more action. A Kohli hundred? Ashwin-Jadeja combining to dismantle Sri Lanka? Or a remarkable turnaround from the host camp like 2015? We will have to wait and watch.

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, enjoys weekly dose of anime, monthly viewing of sitcoms apart from being a full-time cricket aficionado.)