Hello everyone and a very warm, overcast welcome to the CricketCountry’s coverage of the second day of the three-Test series between India and Sri Lanka from the Galle International Stadium, Colombo. This is Nikhil Popat and I will be bringing to you all the updates from the game. IF rain permits we hope to get a good Test series in, with both teams in their rebuilding phase. India were asked to bowl first and they responded brilliantly bowling out the Sri Lankans for 183.  R Ashwin with  his 6 for 46 was the chief destroyer. India were in trouble when they were reduced to 28 for two but the pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have shared a 100-run stand to steady India, they still trail by 55 runs and will want to make it count and convert this into a big lead Will they do it or will the hosts comeback to keep India down? Catch live cricket score and ball-by-ball updates from India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Galle

STUMPS! Day – India! India continue to be on top in the Test. They put on a big score on board thanks to the tons from Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. With a lead of 192 runs to back them, R Ashwin and A Mishra dismissed the two Sri Lankan openers cheaply to finish the day on top. India will want to take wickets at regular intervals as Kumar Sangakkara is still out there batting for Sri Lanka. Join us tomorrow, take care!

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 5/2 | Overs 4 | Trail by 187 runs| Batting: Kumar Sangakkara 1(3), Dhammika Prasad 3(11) | Phew! What a start for India. They already have taken care of the two openers from Sri Lanka. Harbhajan Singh comes on to bowl the final over of the day. He does not take any wickets but India are in firm control of the game.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 1/2 | Overs 2 | Trail by 191 runs| Batting: Kumar Sangakkara 0(1), Dhammika Prasad 0(1) |Amit Mishra bowls from the other end and he too strikes in his very first over as he beats Silva with a googly and castles him all ends up Kumar Sangakkara has come out to bat. OUT! Kaushal Silva b Mishra 0(6)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 0/1 | Overs 1 | Trail by 192 runs| Batting: Kaushal Silva 0(0), Dhammika Prasad 0(1) India star the session with R Ashwin. He strikes in the first over after beating Karunaratne with two off-spinners, he gets one to come in and he is bowled. OUT! Dimuth Karunaratne b Ashwin 0(5)

A decent comeback from Sri Lanka, India though have a 192-run lead and will have a few overs at Sri Lanka tonight. T Kaushal’s second five-wicket haul helped the hosts comeback in the game.

Live cricket score India 375 | Overs 117.4 | Lead by 192 runs| Batting: Ishant Sharma 3(39) | Kaushal takes his fifth wicket getting Varun Aaron caught behind, his 2nd five-wicket haul. OUT! Varun Aaron c Mathews b Kaushal 4(9)

Live cricket score India 371/9 | Overs 116 | Lead by 188 runs| Batting: Varun Aaron 4(4), Ishant Sharma 1(32) | India are batting despite losing the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha who was given out caught behind. The ball though seemed to have brushed his helmet on the way. Varun Aaron gets off the mark with a lovely boundary. OUT! Wriddhiman Saha c Chandimal b Pradeep 60(120)

Live cricket score India 363/8 | Overs 111 | Lead by 180 runs| Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 57(105), Ishant Sharma 1(21) | Wriddhiman Saha brings up his maiden Test fifty with an emphatic pull shot over mid-wicket. The lead is closing towards 200 and India are looking intent on batting through the day.

Live cricket score India 345/8 | Overs 105 | Lead by 162 runs| Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 41(83), Ishant Sharma 0(7) | Kaushal takes the fourth wicket as Mishra is bowled coming down the wicket. Saha in the meanwhile has brought up his highest Test score. Ishant was also dropped by Kumar Sangakkara at first slip. OUT! Amit Mishra b Kaushal 10(17)

Live cricket score India 331/7| Overs 100 | Lead by 148 runs| Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 36(74), Amit Mishra 1(3) | Kaushal strikes to take his third wicket as he get Harbhajan bowled trying to sweep one from outside off. India might look to attack now and get the lead as close to 200 as possible. OUT! Harbhajan Singh b Kaushal 14(37)

Live cricket score India 328/6| Overs 98 | Lead by 145 runs| Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 34(67), Harbhajan Singh 14(29) | Harbhajan is starting to get into his groove and getting the mid-wicket slogs in. The lead is nearing 150. India will want these two bat through the day.

Live cricket score India 310/6| Overs 91 | Lead by 127 runs| Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 26(52), Harbhajan Singh 5(7) |India have the two batsmen, Wriddhiman Saha and Harbhajan Singh out to bat for them, Nuwan Pradeep runs in for Sri Lanka. Saha takes a single on the third ball and Harbhajan gets off the mark with a glorious drive to cover fence.

TEA – Session Sri Lanka! First session for Sri Lanka as they take four wickets for just 77 runs to get back in the game. The Indians will rue the way they batted and will now hope that the lower order can get them a lead of close to 200. Join us in a while for the last session of play.

Live cricket score India 304/6| Overs 90 | Lead by 121 runs| Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 25(49), Harbhajan Singh 0(4) |India lose another wicket as R Ashwin is bowled trying to drive one on the up. India need to ensure they get a lead of over 150 runs at least. OUT!  R Ashwin b Pradeep 7(4)

Live cricket score India 294/5| Overs 89 | Lead by 111 runs| Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 24(45), R Ashwin 0(0) |India are just about losing their grip on the game to an extent. Dhawan chops one back onto his stumps. He is out  for 134. India still have a handy lead but now will want their all-rounders to chip in with good knocks. OUT! Shikhar Dhawan b Pradeep 134(271)

Live cricket score India 291/4 | Overs 87 | Lead by 108 runs| Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 23(36), Shikhar Dhawan 132(268) | Shikhar Dhawan has looked good despite not runs not quite flowing for India. Sri Lanka have taken the second new ball and Saha will be hoping to see through the spell and get going to take India to a strong position.

Live cricket score India 275/4 | Overs 82 | Lead by 92 runs| Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 13(20), Shikhar Dhawan 126(254) | The Lankan spinners are suddenly starting to get the ball to turn and get more out of the wicket as India are looking to build after losing a few quick wickets. Dhawan is crucial for India. Saha may have look fidegty but he has to keep being positive.

Live cricket score India 257/4 | Overs 76 | Lead by 74 runs| Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 0(4), Shikhar Dhawan 119(231) | Like how it normally happens with India, one wicket has lead to another one as Ajinkya Rahane is caught plumb in front of the stumps for a duck, India will want a stand and now have Wriddhiman Saha batting for them. OUT! Ajinkya Rahane lbw Kaushal 0(5)

Live cricket score India 255/3 | Overs 74 | Lead by 72 runs| Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 0(0), Shikhar Dhawan 119(231) | Sri Lanka have resorted to bowling round the wicket and bowling on the body, Virat Kohli though seems to be batting on a different plane and has brought up his 11th Test ton. What a knock it has been from the Indian captain!Dhawan had a scary moment when he took the eyes off the short one from Nuwan Pradeep and was hit on the back of his helmet. Kohli brings up his ton and then gets out soon trying to sweep one. OUT! Virat Kohli lbw Kaushal 103(191)

Live cricket score India 231/2 | Overs 66 | Lead by 48 runs| Batting: Virat Kohli 89(167), Shikhar Dhawan 111(204) | The 200-run stand is up between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Kohli will be eager to get to his ton and make into a real big one.

LUNCH! Session – India! India continue their domination at Galle. They played out the first hour carefully but then as the innings have progressed both of them have got the runs flowing, Kohli brought up his 11th Test fifty while Dhawan notched up his 4th Test ton. The lead is 44 runs for now and India will be eager to make this into a big one. Join us in a while for the second session.

Live cricket score India 227/2 | Overs 63 | Lead by 44 runs| Batting: Virat Kohli 86(156), Shikhar Dhawan 110(198) | The pair of Dhawan and Kohli have played out the entire session. The hosts have failed to put any pressure on the Indians and hence are some way behind in the game. Angelo Mathews has still not come out to field today. Problems galore for Sri Lanka.

Live cricket score India 205/2 | Overs 57 | Lead by 22 runs| Batting: Virat Kohli 72(140), Shikhar Dhawan 102(178) | Shikhar Dhawan has notched up his 4th hundred in Tests, it is second in a row following the 173 that he hit against Bangladesh. He also becomes only the second opener to score a ton at Galle for India in Tests.

Live cricket score India 193/2 | Overs 54 | Lead by 10 runs| Batting: Virat Kohli 68(136), Shikhar Dhawan 94(164) | India are into the lead courtesy of a brilliant cover drive from skipper Kohli. Dhawan is nearing his ton and both the batsmen are now settled at the crease.

Live cricket score India 159/2 | Overs 47 | Trail by 24 runs| Batting: Virat Kohli 55(116), Shikhar Dhawan 74(142) | The ball is starting to play a few tricks off the pitch. There is turn and bounce from Herath who will be hoping to make an impact. Nuwan Pradeep is bowling from the other end. Dhawan scores the first boundary of the day with a nice drive through covers.

Live cricket score India 146/2 | Overs 42 | Trail by 37 runs| Batting: Virat Kohli 51(100), Shikhar Dhawan 65(128) | Angelo Mathews has not taken field today, Lahiru Thirimanne is leading the Lankans. Both Dhawan and Kohli have not hurried into the big shots yet and are playing carefully.

Live cricket score India 140/2 | Overs 37 | Trail by 43 runs| Batting: Virat Kohli 50(90), Shikhar Dhawan 60(114) | Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli come out to bat. India will want to wipe out the lead first and also keep a close eye on how the deck behaves. Dhammika Prasad starts the day for Sri Lanka. Kohli brings up his 11th Test fifty, a good start to the day for India.

India are in a decent position right now, with the trail of just 55 runs, they will wish to get going with the run scoring and ensure they first get past the Sri Lankan total and then build a huge lead. How India approach the first session will be key since the pitch will play a few tricks.

Sri Lanka will be hoping to be having a better day at the office than they did yesterday. Their spinners in Tharindu Kaushal and Rangana Herath will be expected to cause more damage than what they have done so far.


Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Jehan Mubarak, Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, T Kaushal.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma.

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