Hello everyone and a very warm, overcast welcome to the CricketCountry’s coverage of the third 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 200-run stand to help India post 375? Sri Lanka were two down at stumps on second day will India continue the domination or will Sri Lanka comeback with Kumar Sangakkara batting for them? Catch live cricket score and ball-by-ball updates from India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Galle

The day belonged to Dinesh Chandimal, his 162 ensured that Sri Lanka stayed in the game and Sri Lanka got a lead of 175 runs. India will know the challenge that awaits them but they will back themselves to chase this down. Join us tomorrow for all the action.

Live cricket score India 23/1 | Overs 8 | Target 176 | Batting: Shikhar Dhawan 13(26), Ishant Sharma 5(8) | Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal are both bowling in tandem but the two Indian players, Ishant and Dhawan playing out the day for India. They need more 153 runs to win this game and will be backing themselves but it won’t be easy.

Live cricket score India 14/1 | Overs 5 | Target 176 | Batting: Shikhar Dhawan 8(15), Ishant Sharma 1(1)| Rangana Herath changes ends and traps KL Rahul in front of the stumps. A second failure for him and India send in Ishant Sharma to bat. OUT! KL Rahul lbw Herath 5(14)

Live cricket score India 9/0 | Overs 2 | Target 176 | Batting: Shikhar Dhawan 5(2), KL Rahul 4(10)| The two Indian openers are out to bat for India. Dhammika Prasad begins the innings for Sri Lanka and Rangana Herath bowls from the other end.

India will be relieved that the pain is over for them but credit to Dinesh Chandimal for fighting it out with a huge total on the board. Sri Lanka have a chance here.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 367 | Overs 82.2 | Lead by 175 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 162(169)| Chandimal keeps getting the boundaries but Ishant Sharma strikes with the new ball as he gets Kaushal caught behind. R Ashwin comes on and bowls Pradeep to end India’s misery. OUT! T Kaushal c Saha b Ishant 7(22) OUT! N Pradeep b Ashwin 3(4)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 352/8 | Overs 80 | Lead by 160 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 150(161), Tharindu Kaushal 7(20)| Chandimal keeps going and brings ups his 150 and the lead is past 150. Kaushal has played well so far and India will be now starting to worry about the lead. The second new ball is due.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 331/8 | Overs 75 | Lead by 139 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 136(142), Tharindu Kaushal 2(7)| Rangana Herath departed to another catch by Rahane, thereby Rahane becoming the man who has taken the most number of catches in a Test match. OUT! R Herath c Rahane b Mishra 1(15)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 303/7 | Overs 70 | Lead by 111 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 111(124), Rangana Herath 1(9)| And at last India strike with Harbhajan Singh! He gets Mubarak to edge one to Ajinkya Rahane who takes another catch. Rangana Herath is the new man in. OUT! J Mubarak c Rahane b Harbhajan 49(60)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 297/6 | Overs 68 | Lead by 106 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 110(123), Jehan Mubarak 45(58)| The lead is past 100 now and both the players are looking set and playing nicely. India are starting to get desperate for wicket as the game starts to slip away from the Indians.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 266/6 | Overs 59 | Lead by 74 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 100(100), Jehan Mubarak 24(27)| India are in a huddle and eager to come on the field. How the Indians bowl now will be key since they will not be wanting to chase a big score. Chandimal gets to his fourth Test ton, this has been a superb knock from him so far. Harbhajan Singh bowled the first over after  Tea. Amit Mishra will bowl from the other end.

TEA! Session – Sri Lanka! A superb session for Sri Lanka, 155 runs for the loss of just the one wicket in 28 overs of play. The hosts are back in the game courtesy of both Chandimal and Thirimanne riding their luck to stitch together a 100-run stand. They are into the lead and will wanting to increase it by as much possible in the last session as the Indians look for wickets. Chandimal is just two short of his century and has made the most of the umpiring errors. Join us in a while for the final session of play.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 263/6 | Overs 58 | Lead by 71 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 98(98), Jehan Mubarak 23(23)| Virat Kohli brings back Amit Mishra and Mubarak starts off with a maximum down the ground and then hits a four to get going. Sri Lanka are attacking well here. Chandimal alone has ensured that they stay in the game for now and a target of over 100 might be a tricky one for the visitors.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 243/6 | Overs 55 | Lead by 51 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 90(90), Jehan Mubarak 11(12)| Virat Kohli brings back Amit Mishra and Mubarak starts off with a maximum down the ground and then hits a four to get going. Sri Lanka are attacking well here.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 220/6 | Overs 51 | Lead by 28 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 78(77), Jehan Mubarak 0(2)| The two batsmen are riding the luck here. There have been a couple of close chances which have not gone India’s way. Both Ishant and Varun are bowling in tandem now with some reverse swing on offer. And again it is Ashwin who strikes thanks to a superb catch from Rahane again at first slip. OUT! Thirimanne c Rahane b Ashwin 44(76)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 202/5 | Overs 47 | Lead by 10 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 62(62), Lahiru Thirimanne 42(69)| Sri Lanka have been spirited in their counter-attacking effort here. They now have the lead and the Indians are looking for ways to get the batsmen out after having taken 15 wickets so easily.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 171/5 | Overs 40 | Trail by 21 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 50(48), Lahiru Thirimanne 25(39)| Dinesh Chandimal has raced away to his second fifty of the game. He has played fire with fire and has been lucky to get away with it. This is his 9th Test fifty and only the second time he has scored two fifties in the game.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 147/5 | Overs 37 | Trail by 45 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 39(41), Lahiru Thirimanne 12(28)| Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal are not wasting any time and are batting aggressively. India will want to break this stand. Chandimal in particular has been taking on the spinners and going freely after them.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 114/5 | Overs 31 | Trail by 78 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 15(20), Lahiru Thirimanne 5(13)| Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal are out to bat, there are fielders close-in waiting for the edges as R Ashwin comes on to bowl.Chandimal gets going with a sweep shot. India will want to get the wicket falling soon.

LUNCH! Session – India! What a turn around for India both Mathews and Sangakkara were flowing when once Sangakkara got out, Mathews followed suit and India are right back in the game and on top. The trail is still runs and India will be wanting to keep taking wickets. Sri Lanka will be tested. Join us in a while for the second session of play.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 108/5 | Overs 30 | Trail by 84 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 10(18), Lahiru Thirimanne 4(9)| India will rue two dismissals not going in their favour. Both Chandimal and Thirimanne had a reprieve which were not spotted by the umpire. They have comeback well in this session though. There was a lot of drama when Chandimal drove one hard and it seemed to have deflected to the bowler of the boot of Rohit Sharma. That looked out but the third umpire thinks it is not out. Kohli does  not look amused one bit.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 103/5 | Overs 27 | Trail by 89 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 9(9), Lahiru Thirimanne 0(0)| And just as they say one brings another, Kohli brings on Amit Mishra and he strikes as he has Mathews caught well by Rahul for 39. India are ecstatic, this is a good period of play for them. There is a caught appeal but is turned down. OUT! A Mathews c Rahane b Ashwin 39(63)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 92/4 | Overs 25 | Trail by 100 runs| Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 0(1), Angelo Mathews 38(58) | Just when things were starting to look worrisome for India, Ashwin has struck, Sangakkara was beaten off a delivery before and just a couple of balls later he edged a punch and Ajinkya Rahane took a blinder at first slip going to his right. OUT! K Sangakkara c Rahane b Ashwin 40(70)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 83/3 | Overs 22 | Trail by 109 runs| Batting: Kumar Sangakkara 39(60), Angelo Mathews 29(50) | The Indians are starting to feel the pinch as both Mathews and Sangakkara are now looking settled at the crease. Ashwin is getting turn of he wicket but has not been able to find the breakthrough.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 69/3 | Overs 17 | Trail by 123 runs| Batting: Kumar Sangakkara 31(45), Angelo Mathews 24(36) | The runs are flowing for Sri Lanka here. Mathews is looking to be positive as ever and also hit Ashwin for a six over long on. Sangakkara is building towards his innings here. There is an appeal for a catch at leg slip from Rohit Sharma when Mathew deflected a sharp turner. The on-field umpires feel it is not out and give that as a soft signal to the third umpire. The replays are not conclusive not enough and hence it remains not out.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 39/3 | Overs 13 | Trail by 153 runs| Batting: Kumar Sangakkara 14(32), Angelo Mathews 11(25) | Enough of pace as Virat Kohli brings on Ravichandran Ashwin to bowl. The ball has not quite played any tricks off the surface yet. Indians will have to be patient here.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 29/3 | Overs 8 | Trail by 163 runs| Batting: Kumar Sangakkara 8(14), Angelo Mathews 9(13) | India start with pace from both ends, Ishant Sharma bowls from the other end. Kumar Sangakkara has not quite looked at his best so far. Angelo Mathews was hit on his abdomen off the bowling of Ishant. Mathews though hits a couple of boundaries to get himself going.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 10/3 | Overs 5 | Trail by 182 runs| Batting: Kumar Sangakkara 1(3), Angelo Mathews 0(5) | Dhammik Prasad and Kumar Sangakkara come out to bat for Sri Lanka. India bowled only spinners but they start with Varun Aaron who strikes first ball. He gets one to bouncer high on Prasad and Rahane takes a good catch. Angelo Mathews comes out to bat. OUT! D Prasad c Rahane b Aaron 3(12)

 

0945 IST: The covers are off now and we will be starting on time. Jonty Rhodes doing the pitch report says that the cracks are getting wider and the ball will take more turn.

0940 IST: Not quite the best of news for you all, it is drizzling though the skies are clear for now. Let’s hope we start on time or do not have a long delay.

Teams:

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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