Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day One the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at Colombo. I’m Shiamak Unwalla, and I’ll be your guide through the day’s play, bringing you live updates and tidbits of information throughout the day. India and their captain Virat Kohli have a lot to prove after a lot of talk about aggression and positivity. Team director Ravi Shastri shares Kohli’s vision for Team India, and it as an exciting one to be sure; but four Tests into his captaincy career, Kohli has no wins but two losses to show for his efforts. He would desperately want to get off the mark as leader and show the world what he and Team India are capable of. Meanwhile, this Test has deeply emotional undertones as well, as Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara calls time on his prolific international career at the end of the match. His teammates will want to give him a deserving farewell, winning the match and with it the series. Catch live cricket scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo

STUMPS: India 319 for 6, Wriddhiman Saha 19(43). Instead of India being well in control, Rohit Sharma’s dismissal off what proved to be the final ball of the day has evened the odds. Rohit batted well for his 79, but India would have loved for him to have continued tomorrow as well. India’s batsmen were guilty of not converting their starts all day. Virat Kohli scored a fine 78 and was done in by a terrific catch, but KL Rahul threw away his wicket after getting 108. Stuart Binny did the hard work and faced 40 balls but holed out while attempting to go big. Sri Lanka’s bowlers were patient but, barring Dhammika Prasad in the morning session, rarely looked threatening.

Live Cricket Score India: 319/6 | Overs 87.2 | BATSMEN: Wriddhiman Saha 19(43) | Sri Lanka have toiled away but the Indian batsmen have kept them at bay by and large. Angelo Mathews to bowl what will probably be the final over of the day. AND HE STRIKES! Oh dear, Rohit has thrown it away! Rohit hung on the back foot and missed a straight one! This will definitely dent the visitors’ chances. OUT! Rohit Sharma 79(132) LBW b Angelo Mathews

Live Cricket Score India: 317/5 | Overs 85 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 77(124), Wriddhiman Saha 19(37) | This has been another productive session for India, despite the wickets of KL Rahul and Stuart Binny. Rohit has batted beautifully and even Saha has looked good. We are nearly at the end of the day’s play too, so India will want to see off these last few overs.

Live Cricket Score India: 306/5 | Overs 82 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 67(108), Wriddhiman Saha 18(35) | Rohit and Saha stitching together another good partnership. This has been an encouraging aspect of India’s batting; they have not allowed wickets to fall in clumps. India may have lost six wickets, but they are still well in command.

Live Cricket Score India: 287/5 | Overs 77 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 50(93), Wriddhiman Saha 16(20) | And that’s a half-century for Rohit! What a relief for Virat Kohli! He has stuck with Mr Talent, and finally managed to extract a half-century out of him. Rohit owes it to the team to covert this to a big century. Rohit gets a standing ovation for that as well.

Live Cricket Score India: 269/5 | Overs 73 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 47(86), Wriddhiman Saha 1(2) | Rohit is closing in on a half-century now. Binny at the other end has not quite got going yet. OH GONE! Binny steps out to try and take on Herath but he is fooled in the flight! Binny holes out to Dushmantha Chameera for a slow 40-ball 10. Sri Lanka have their man, and Saha walks out. OUT! Stuart Binny 10(40) c Dushmantha Chameera b Rangana Herath!

Live Cricket Score India: 257/4 | Overs 69 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 38(71), Stuart Binny 8(24) | Rohit and Binny aren’t batting very aggressively at the moment, but they have ensured that unlike the previous Test India have not lost wickets in a heap. The current run rate has gone down, but India will not mind that very much since there is a lot of cricket still to be played in this match.

Live Cricket Score India: 239/4 | Overs 64 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 36(55), Stuart Binny 4(20) | Rohit has just eased off the accelerator since KL Rahul’s dismissal. Stuart Binny has looked good so far. Certainly a more confident-looking No. 6 than Wriddhiman Saha. Kohli continues being positive with his captaincy. He still hasn’t won a Test as captain though.

Live Cricket Score India: 232/4 | Overs 60 | BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma 32(50), Stuart Binny 1(1) | Rohit starting to attack now! He launches Tharindu Kaushal for a big six over long on.  Rohit is hogging the strike too, Rahul has faced just six balls in the time Rohit has faced 18! India are going along at a good rate though. OH DEAR! Rahul is out in similar fashion to how he was dismissed the last time he got a ton. Tried to pull a short ball that was going across him, and he can only manage a top edge! Surprise surprise, out comes Stuart Binny ahead of Wriddhiman Saha! And he’s off with a quick single first ball. OUT! KL Rahul 108(190) c Dinesh Chandimal b  Dushmantha Chameera!

Live Cricket Score India: 216/3 | Overs 55 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 105(182), Rohit Sharma 20(29) | And there it is! KL Rahul brings up his second Test century in his fourth match. Second over after tea. Tharindu Kaushal is the bowler, and Rahul ends the over by smacking him down the ground for another boundary. Rahul survived a chance when he was dropped on 11, but he has played almost flawlessly since.

TEA: India 206 for 3, KL Rahul 98(174), Rohit Sharma 17(25). Rahul is batting beautifully on 98, and has Rohit Sharma — who just hit Rangana Herath for a four and six in the penultimate over before tea — for company. This is India’s last frontline batting duo, though India has a fairly deep batting order this time around with Wriddhiman Saha, Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Amit Mishra to follow. India will be targetting a 400-plus total, but before that they will want to negotiate the final session. Nothing much has happened for the Sri Lankan spinners, with Herath’s lone wicket of Virat Kohli falling to a spectacular catch from Angelo Mathews rather than a forced error.

Live Cricket Score India: 206/3 | Overs 53 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 98(174), Rohit Sharma 17(25) | Rohit is now getting into a groove, he smashes Rangana Herath for a four and a six to get going. Dhammika Prasad to bowl probably the last over before lunch. Rahul nearly gets his 100 there, it was a short one from Dhammika that he pulled to midwicket. But the fielder managed to pull it in and Rahul only got two. He remains unbeaten on 98 at tea!

Live Cricket Score India: 193/3 | Overs 51 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 95(167), Rohit Sharma 7(20) | Rahul closing in on a well-deserved century here. Rohit needs to get a big score as well. His spot in the side is far from secure at the moment. With Rahul doing well here, India might consider having him at No. 3 once Shikhar Dhawan returns, which would mean dropping Rohit from the playing XI. Talent needs to meet performances, and soon.

Live Cricket Score India: 185/3 | Overs 48 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 89(157), Rohit Sharma 5(12) | Rohit and Rahul together in the middle. A very Bollywood duo. They had a productive stand at SCG when Rahul scored his maiden ton. Can they produce another good partnership this time? We will soon find out.

Live Cricket Score India: 176/3 | Overs 44 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 85(142), Rohit Sharma 0(3) | Rangana Herath has struck! But that wicket belonged to Angelo Mathews. What a stunning take! Herath bowls another innocuous ball outside off, Kohli goes to dab it to third man as he has done all afternoon, but Mathews judged that to perfection and took a tremendous reaction catch at slip. In walks Mr Talent Rohit Sharma. OUT! Virat Kohli 78(107) c Angelo Mathews b Rangana Herath!

Live Cricket Score India: 170/2 | Overs 42 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 80(137), Virat Kohli 77(103) | Kohli and Rahul have now added 150 for the third wicket. India won’t want to take things too easily yet though. They have been in a position on strength before, only to let it all go waste once a wicket falls. Tharindu Kaushal and Rangana Herath continue to toil away but without much reward. Both batsmen are looking quite secure.

Live Cricket Score India: 157/2 | Overs 39 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 74(132), Virat Kohli 70(90) | Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal facing the blunt of some lovely batting here. Kohli is showing just how to play spin. Rahul has looked quite comfortable as well. The spinners have not been particularly effective so far.

Live Cricket Score India: 134/2 | Overs 34 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 59(111), Virat Kohli 62(81) | Kohli and Rahul are just milking the bowling here. Dushmantha Chameera and Dhammika Prasad have started after lunch but without getting a lot to happen. Prasad managed to get the ball to do a bit in the morning but after lunch it has been all India.

Live Cricket Score India: 117/2 | Overs 31 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 56(103), Virat Kohli 50(70) | Kohli’s half-century is his 11th in Tests, and his first as captain (he has gone past 50 lots of times as captain, but has always gone past 100 as well). And now Rahul gets to his landmark as well! This is his maiden Test 50, but like I just mentioned with Kohli he has gone past 50 before and got to a 100. India would love both these men to get 100s again, just like they did at SCG together.

Live Cricket Score India: 110/2 | Overs 28 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 49(91), Virat Kohli 50(64) | Virat Kohli and KL Rahul continue after lunch, Tharindu Kaushal starts off with the ball. And Kohli gets his 50! Fine innings from the skipper, he has ensured India arrested their slide. Dushmantha Chameera continues from the other end. Short ball, and KL Rahul pulls it to fine leg for a boundary.

LUNCH: India 97 for 2, KL Rahul 39(83), Virat Kohli 48(60). Kohli and Rahul have steadied India after Dhammika Prasad’s double strike left the visitors at 12 for 2. The duo have now added 85 and barring a couple of dropped chances — Rahul was put down on 11, but Kohli’s was more of a half-chance — have batted quite well. India will look to build on this stand after lunch, but Sri Lanka will take heart in the fact that Pakistan were similarly placed in their last match at Colombo only to get bowled out in the second session.

Live Cricket Score India: 97/2 | Overs 26 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 39(83), Virat Kohli 48(60) | Tharindu Kaushal and Rangana Herath bowling in tandem before lunch. Kohli has gone past Rahul too. Herath to bowl the final over before lunch. Kohli has been positive, and has looked to keep the run rate ticking. Rahul has gone into a bit of a shell, but he is still out there. Rahul was dropped on 11 by Jehan Mubarak off Dushmantha Chameera. Had that chance been taken India would have been in deep trouble, but things have looked good for India since. Even Kohli got a semi-life when he smashed one back to Herath in the left-arm spinner’s first over, but Herath was unable to react to a really tough chance. It was one of those “if it sticks…” chances though, not really a dropped catch.

Live Cricket Score India: 86/2 | Overs 22 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 37(72), Virat Kohli 39(47) | Rangana Herath continues, he has been tight as usual. SIX! Kohli steps out and sends Herath high and long back over his head! Superb shot from Kohli, full of dominance. Tharindu Kaushal has come on as well, but these two Indian batsmen are milking them quite comfortably. Herath is bowling really well, but Rahul and Kohli have been watchful without getting bogged down. They are scoring at nearly four an over.

Live Cricket Score India: 66/2 | Overs 18 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 31(58), Virat Kohli 26(36) | Dushmantha Chameera continues, bangs one in short to Kohli, but it doesn’t get up too much and Kohli finds the boundary. And a couple more to end with. Rangana Herath comes into the attack. Rahul and Kohli bring up their 50-run stand as well. Dhammika Prasad isn’t getting much to happen now that the ball is a bit old.

Live Cricket Score India: 50/2 | Overs 13 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 23(43), Virat Kohli 18(21) | Angelo Mathews returns to try and put a lid on India’s scoring. But he ends up giving Rahul a freebie on his pads, and Rahul picks up another boundary. Dushmantha Chameera again. Oh dear, four to Kohli but not at all convincing! Kohli late in withdrawing the bat, and he is very lucky it wasn’t gobbled up by a vacant fielder. And Kohli brings up India’s 50.

Live Cricket Score India: 40/2 | Overs 10 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 19(34), Virat Kohli 12(12) | Kohli plays a lovely drive off Dhammika Prasad’s first ball, gets three. Rahul gets a gift on his pads, and accepts it happily, four to fine leg. Dhushmantha Chameera continues, bounces Kohli, who ducks. And now Kohli gets a boundary, attempted yorker but Kohli gets it to the square leg boundary. Jonty Rhodes on commentary is very disappointed with Dhammika’s fielding effort. And Kohli ends the boundary with a commanding off drive for four more.

Live Cricket Score India: 25/2 | Overs 8 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 15(29), Virat Kohli 1(5) | Angelo Mathews continues. Starts off with a short ball to Rahul, who plays it well. Another good one to follow up, and Rahul leaves it at the last moment. Rahul ends the over with a nice drive to cover for two. Kohli yet to get off the mark. And now he is, with a dab past gully, all along the ground. Dhammika Prasad again. And Rahul picks one off his pads for a boundary. Dushmantha Chameera comes on now. He seems to be a yard or two quicker than Nuwan Pradeep. DROPPED! Oh dear, Rahul slashed at one, went right to Jehan Mubarak at gully, and out it pops! And Rahul hits a lovely on drive to end the over with four.

Live Cricket Score India: 12/2 | Overs 5 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 4(12), Virat Kohli 0(3) | Here comes Dhammika Prasad again. Rahane on strike. GONE! Another one down, this was a poor shot from Rahane, it was a ball he could have left alone outside off, instead he tries to drive and gets an outside edge to the man at slip. Out walks Virat Kohli, far earlier than he would have wanted. | OUT! Ajinkya Rahane 4(11) c Dimuth Karunaratne b Dhammika Prasad!

Live Cricket Score India: 12/1 | Overs 4 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 4(12), Ajinkya Rahane 4(8) | Angelo Mathews comes on from the other end. The surprises continue early on Day One! Rahul gets off the mark with an outside edge. There seems to be a lot of swing on offer here. Kohli will feel good about it though, it means Binny will be an effective fifth bowler, assuming the conditions do not change too much. Rahane off the mark with a boundary to fine leg. Mathews and Dhammika Prasad continue.

Live Cricket Score India: 4/1 | Overs 1 | BATSMEN: KL Rahul 0(0), Ajinkya Rahane 0(2) | Dhammika Prasad comes on to bowl the first over of the innings! Vijay takes strike, and plays the first ball with soft hands. Boundary down the leg side, but it’s a leg bye. OH GONE! Dhammika gets one to tail in, and Vijay is struck plumb in front! Well well well, in walks Ajinkya Rahane at No. 3! This is very interesting. | OUT! Murali Vijay 0(4) LBW Dhammika Prasad!

9:40 IST: It was raining but the covers seem to be coming off now. We should start on time.

Toss: India win the toss and elect to bat first.


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

India XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

Virat Kohli has decided to go in with Stuart Binny rather than Cheteshwar Pujara. It seemed to be a toss-up between one of them. Harbhajan Singh misses out, though he really didn’t warrant a place given his performance. The other unforced change is that Umesh Yadav replaces Varun Aaron. Again, it makes perfect sense; Aaron was wayward in the first Test and Umesh has the ability to take wickets. The final change for India was one we knew was coming: Shikhar Dhawan out injured, and Murali Vijay back in the team. As for Sri Lanka, Dushmantha Chameera replaces the injured Nuwan Pradeep, and that is the only change. READ: Harbhajan Singh should be dropped for India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test at Colombo


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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