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  • 5:31 PM IST

    LIVE, IND 399/3: This has all been India’s day. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have added 113* runs for the fourth wicket. It all started with Shikhar Dhawan who knocked a blistering 190. For Sri Lanka it was only Nuwan Pradeep who stood out with the ball taking 3 wickets.

  • 5:04 PM IST

    LIVE, IND 367/3: This has been a dull hour of play with absolutely nothing happening in the middle. Both Pujara and Rahane have added misery to a hapless Sri Lankan attack. The scores may have died down but there hardly seems in glimmer of hope for Sri Lanka.

  • 4:25 PM IST

    LIVE, IND 340/3: Pujara after his hundred has slowed down. The pair have added 50 runs in 98 balls. India will need Pujara and Rahane to bat till end of play. With the amount of runs on board 600+ should be ideal.

  • 3:58 PM IST

    100! Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 12th Test ton. He has been unstoppable in this format since 2015. He got to his hundred i 173 balls. He along with Ajinkya Rahane have added 33 runs together.

  • 3:40 PM IST

    Lahiru Kumara too continues to bowl in tight lengths, not allowing Pujara and Rahane to play freely. However, not taking any wickets is making things difficult for him and Sri Lanka.

  • 3:33 PM IST

    Pradeep continues his brilliant dominance in the match with the ball, having claimed the three crucial wickets to have fallen so far. However, the Indians continue to bat strong. Will Pradeep be the lone bowling star from SL in this innings, or can the other bowlers add some magic?

  • 3:27 PM IST

    Herath has hardly been able to make any impact. Although he continues to bowl at a strong length, the Indian batsmen are just not allowing him to get the edge to claim a wicket. Meanwhile, both Pujara and Rahane are batting a sensible innings now.

  • 3:14 PM IST

    Kohli looks to pull and gets an edge to the keeper’s glove. Sri Lanka have reviewed this. Kohli walks back. He is out. A top edge from Kohli. A small spike on the ultra-edge. Kohli departs for 3. Pradeep gets his 3rd wicket. His dismal run in Test cricket continues.

  • 2:48 PM IST

    TEA: OUCH Shikhar Dhawan looked in a hurry to score his 200 before tea. Dhawan trying to loft Nuwan Pradeep gave his wicket away on 190. Cheteshwar Pujara is batting on 75, while he has been joined Virat Kohli is batting on 1*.

  • 2:09 PM IST

    150! This day has completely belonged to Shikhar Dhawan. This is his third 150+ score, highest being 187. The pair have also crossed 200 run stand. Can he get to 200?

  • 2:00 PM IST

    LIVE, IND 221/1 : Shikhar Dhawan continues to milk Sri Lankan bowlers. Dhawan has not shied away from pulling out the big runs. Cheteshwar Pujara on the other hand is taking his own time and looking good for a big score.

  • 1:32 PM IST

    FIFTY! Unstoppable Pujara continues his fine form. This is Cheteshwar Pujara’s 15th Test half-century (80 balls). The pair have added more than 150 runs now. Sri Lanka in the field have been uninspiring to say the least.

  • 1:17 PM IST

    LIVE, IND 162/1 : 100! Shikhar Dhawan notches up his fifth Test hundred in 110 balls. His last Test hundred was also against Sri Lanka at the very same ground. Meanwhile, Chesteshwar Pujara is looking good to 16th half-century. Asela Gunaratne has suffered a thumb fracture.

  • 12:03 PM IST

    LUNCH! India are quite comfortably placed at 115/1 with Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle. The pair have 88 runs for the second wicket. Sri Lanka have been sloppy in the field and with a few injury concerns it is now growing a daunting task.

  • 11:48 AM IST

    FIFTY! Shikhar Dhawan is making full use of the opportunity. He has brought up his fourth Test fifty in just 70 balls. he has been ably supported by Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle.

  • 11:12 AM IST

    LIVE, IND 60/1: Both Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara have managed to deny Sri Lanka any more inroads. Dhawan was lucky to be dropped at second slip off Lahiru Kumara. Asela Gunaratne is currently on the ground quivering in pain.

  • 10:42 AM IST

    OUT! Abhinav Mukund pokes outside his off stump and suffers. mukund was looking unsure during his stay in the middle. Nuwan Pradeep provides Sri Lanka with a good early wicket. Cheteshwar Pujara is out at No.3

  • 10:34 AM IST

    LIVE, IND 23/0: After a few overs by seamer’s, Sri Lanka have called on Dilruwan Perera to bowl. Will we see Rangana Herath into the attack soon? Important that Shikhar and Abhinav make good use of the new ball at play.

  • 10:24 AM IST

    didyouknow Amar Singh was the first Indian cricketer to be given a Test cap, in 1932.

    Ever since 288 players have played Test cricket for India.

  • 10:07 AM IST

    Hardik Pandya becomes 289th player to represent India in Test.

  • 10:05 AM IST

    LIVE, IND 4/0 : Abhinav Mukund and Shikhar Dhawan are in the middle for India. Mukund is replacing the injured Murali Vijay while Dhawan is coming in for KL Rahul. Onus will be on Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara to make early inroads.

  • 9:56 AM IST

    Danushka Gunathilaka is all set to make his Test debut for Sri Lanka.

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  • 9:38 AM IST

    SL XI: Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath(c), Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep

  • 9:36 AM IST

    IND XI: Jadeja, Ashwin, Pandya, Shami, Umesh, Shikhar, Mukund, Pujara, Virat (c), Rahane and Saha (wk)

  • 9:35 AM IST

    Herath : I would have batted first. It’s a good track and I want to restrict them to a low score and take it on from there.

  • 9:34 AM IST

    Virat Kohli : “Looks a pretty hard surface, should hold up. Putting runs on the board is always a nice thing. KL Rahul is down with flu, so Dhawan steps in place. Otherwise the squad is similar, Pandya makes his debut, Shami and Umesh are the fast bowlers and Ashwin and Jadeja for spin. We thought we were a batsman short so we put in an allrounder. We trust our four strike-bowlers to do the job and Pandya’s stepping in as well, he’s a wicket-taker. We didn’t start well last time, although we did play pretty good cricket. So now we’re looking to rectify that”

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live updates from the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the scenic venue of Galle. I am Vishal Mehra and I will be your host for the day. Isn’t it at the Emerald Island where all the goods started for Team India in 2015? Virat Kohli’s men came back from a defeat in the first Test to clinch the series 2-1. It also meant that India had won a Test series in Sri Lanka after 22 years. Sri Lanka may not have a dismal record at home but they are not quite the force they once were. The rebuilding Sri Lankan side are not perhaps a unit that can upset India but their inspiring win over Zimbabwe will give them some confidence as they step out on the field against the No.1 Test side. Full cricket scorecard: India Men vs Sri Lanka Men, 1st Test match

Post the coach-captain drama, the CAC-BCCI controversy, the hype around women’s cricket, it is finally time for Kohli’s men to get into action and get things done on field. They have a new head coach at helm in Ravi Shastri. Sri Lanka had won the Galle Test in 2015 but the absence of that game’s hero — Dinesh Chandimal, is a huge blow for the hosts. They now rely on the stand-in skipper Rangana Herath. The left-arm spinner will have to stand tall if Sri Lanka have to come close in repeating what they did against Australia (3-0) last year.

All is not well in the Indian camp as well, India will step out without their regular openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. This presents Shikhar Dhawan an opportunity to re-establish himself in the longer format. He can draw some confidence from the fact that his last Test hundred came at this very venue. He will be partnered by southpaw Abhinav Mukund. All eyes will also be on Ravichandran Ashwin, who will be playing his 50th Test here. The pitch is expected to be good for batting and there are some showers expected as well.

Squads:

India Men: Virat Kohli (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KL Rahul (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Shikhar Dhawan

Sri Lanka Men: Rangana Herath (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis (wk), Upul Tharanga (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne (wk), Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara