Hello everyone and a very warm, overcast welcome to the CricketCountry’s coverage of the fourth 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 as India based on two tons from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli helped India post 351. Sri Lanka were 95/5 but Dinesh Chandimal took them to 367 thanks to his unbeaten 162. India need 153 more runs to win, will they create history or will the host secure one of the most memorable wins? Catch live cricket score and ball-by-ball updates from India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Galle

What a win for Sri Lanka! Kumar Sangakkara is carried on the shoulders of the young players. How well have they comeback in this Test. Dinesh Chandimal stepped up with a brilliant counter attack and India never really came back after it. Rangana Herath then took 7 for 48 to hit the nail in the coffin for India. Chandimal was named the Man of the Match.

Live cricket scores India 112 | Overs 49.5 | Target 176 | Batting: Varun Aaron 1(4) | All over as Kaushal takes the last wicket and Amit Mishra is caught at silly point. The third umpire has  a long look at it but that was always out. What a turn around for Sri Lanka! OUT! Amit Mishra c Karunaratne b Kaushal 15(36)

Live cricket scores India 102/9 | Overs 47 | Target 176 | Batting: Amit Mishra 6(20), Varun Aaron 0(3) | Ajinkya Rahane departs as he edges a good one outside off to Angelo Mathews at first slip. Rangana after taking zero wickets in first innings has taken seven wickets. OUT! Ajinkya Rahane c Mathews b Herath 36(76)

Live cricket scores India 96/8 | Overs 44 | Target 176 | Batting: Amit Mishra 1(12), Ajinkya Rahane 35(69) | Ajinkya Rahane has started to play a few of his shots now. He also played a reverse sweep with success. Amit Mishra has survived so far.

Live cricket scores India 80/8 | Overs 39 | Target 176 | Batting: Amit Mishra 0(0), Ajinkya Rahane 21(51) | Rangana Herath is spinning a superb web around India, R Ashwin comes down to find the gap at mid-wicket, he ends up chipping it towards Dhammika Prasad at mid-wicket. India are eight down. OUT! R Ashwin c Prasad b Herath 3(20)

Live cricket scores India 80/7 | Overs 38 | Target 176 | Batting: Ravichandran Ashwin 3(16), Ajinkya Rahane 20(49) | Ajinkya Rahane and R Ashwin come out to bat. Rangana Herath starts with a tight over. How India approach this will be key. Tharindu Kaushal bowls from the other end.

LUNCH! Session – Sri Lanka! The hosts are sitting right on top of India who lost their way chasing a score of 176. No team has ever scored over 100 in the fourth innings and India are on course to keep that record intact. Sri Lanka will hope to take the rest of the wickets and complete a memorable win for them. The next session could be the last one of the game.

Live cricket scores India 78/7 | Overs 36 | Target 176 | Batting: Ravichandran Ashwin 3(10), Ajinkya Rahane 18(43) | India have somehow managed to survive till Lunch. Ajinkya Rahane has looked solid but has not got any support from the other end. The target is still some way away from India.

Live cricket scores India 69/7 | Overs 33 | Target 176 | Batting: Ravichandran Ashwin 2(3), Ajinkya Rahane 11(32) | Rangana Herath did not take any wicket in the first innings but now has taken five wickets in this innings already! R Ashwin has come out to bat. OUT! Harbhajan Singh c Silva b Herath 1(7)

Live cricket scores India 65/6 | Overs 31 | Target 176 | Batting: Harbhajan Singh 0(3), Ajinkya Rahane 10(27) | The Sri Lankan bowlers are right on top here bowling good lines and lengths and not giving away free runs. The pressure again gets the better of Saha who is beaten all ends up by one that turns and spins past his bat for Chandimal to stump him. Harbhajan Singh has come out to bat. OUT! W Saha st Chandimal b Herath 2(11)

Live cricket scores India 61/5 | Overs 28 | Target 176 | Batting: Wriddhiman Saha 1(1), Ajinkya Rahane 7(22) | Both Rahane and Dhawan were looking for runs now to try and get India out of the rut they have found themselves in. India’s first target will be to get the required runs below 100 runs and break into smaller parts. And Shikhar departs as he tries to work one through the on side, Kaushal takes a good catch going to his left. OUT! Shikhar Dhawan c & b Kaushal 28(83)

Live cricket scores India 50/4 | Overs 23 | Target 176 | Batting: Shikhar Dhawan 22(72), Ajinkya Rahane 4(4) | India’s trouble pile on as Tharindu Kaushal comes on and he gets Virat Kohli caught by Silva at short leg. India were looking to play out but that has not quite worked out Ajinkya Rahane has come out to bat and he gets off the mark with a boundary. OUT! Virat Kohli c Silva b Kaushal 3(10)

Live cricket scores India 34/3 | Overs 19 | Target 176 | Batting: Shikhar Dhawan 13(61), Virat Kohli 0(1) | Herath is putting a lot of effort into his bowling here. Rohit Sharma gets off the mark with a nice lunging boundary. Nuwan Pradeep has already been warned for following through in the danger area on the pitch. Herath bowls Rohit with a beauty and the game is on here. Dhawan is yet to score a run today. OUT! Rohit Sharma b Herath 4(16)

Live cricket scores India 30/2 | Overs 15 | Target 176 | Batting: Shikhar Dhawan 13(49), Rohit Sharma 0(5) | Angelo Mathews brings himself on to bowl. Ishant has found the gaps here but Dhawan not so much yet. Rangana Herath comes on and strikes first ball as he traps Ishant in front of the stumps. OUT! Ishant Sharma lbw Herath 10(23)

Live cricket scores India 24/1 | Overs 10 | Target 176 | Batting: Shikhar Dhawan 13(36), Ishant Sharma 6(10) | Dhammika Prasad starts the day for Sri Lanka with Dhawan on strike. India will want to see off the new ball. India get a reprieve right away as Ishant is dropped at second slip by Lahiru Thirimanne of the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep.

Wishing all the Indians across the globe a very Happy Independence Day! India on this historic day are chasing history as no team has chased down a score of over 100 in fourth innings at Galle. Watch: Virat Kohli wishes India Happy Independence Day


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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