Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day Three of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at Colombo. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and I will bring you live updates of the match. Kumar Sangakkara had a brief but touching mini-farewell when India gave him a guard of honour on his way to the middle, but he was unable to play with the abandon we have seen all these years. Before that, however, Wriddhiman Saha got his second Test fifty in three innings to lay to rest calls of his inefficiency in the longest format. With a lot of cricket still to play and the match evenly poised, Day Three promises to see Test cricket at its best. Catch live cricket scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo


 

STUMPS: What a day for India to dominate, with both bat and ball. While Binny claimed his maiden Test wicket, Mishra crossed his 50 Test-mark. Though India lost KL Rahul in the very first over, Rahane and Vijay made sure the visitors end Day 3 comfortably–with both putting 67 runs on board.


 

Live Cricket Score India 70/1 | Overs 29.2 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 39 (89), Ajinkya Rahane 28 (84): Another reading from the light meter and the umpires call off for the day. India are comfortable on 157 for one with two days to go.

Live Cricket Score India 63/1 | Overs 26 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 36 (80), Ajinkya Rahane 24 (72): Still no wicket for the Lankans, Rahane and Vijay successfully take the lead to 150.

Live Cricket Score India 56/1 | Overs 21 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 31 (61), Ajinkya Rahane 22 (62): Another big appeal from Herath, first Vijay and now Rahane but umpire seems to be not interested.as it was going down. Rahane and Vijay have seemed to have settled down, 50 Up for India.

Live Cricket Score India 29/1 | Overs 13 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 15 (35), Ajinkya Rahane 11 (40): Drinks at Colombo. After the quick dismissal of KL Rahul, the Indians are being responsible with the selection of the shots.

Live Cricket Score India 7/1 | Overs 3 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 1 (8), Ajinkya Rahane 4 (7) | Dhammika Prasad has opens bowling for Sri Lanka. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay for India. GONE! Early strike, Dhammika takes out Rahul, and what a stunner that was! Sri Lanka draw early blood! OUT! KL Rahul 2 (3) b Dhammika Prasad!


INNINGS BREAK: Sri Lanka 306 all out. What an excellent performance it has been by India’s bowlers! From 241 for 3 Sri Lanka have been bundled out for just 306. Amit Mishra took 4 for 43, while Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin took two each.


 

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 306/10 | Overs 108 | BATSMEN: Dushmantha Chameera 0(5): Tharindu Kaushal was the last man to get dismissed, Amit Mishra finishes with four wickets. A brilliant turnaround from India after they went wciketless in the first session. The bowlers maintained discipline with good line an lengths, taking the last seven wickets for just 65 runs. OUT! Tharindu Kaushal 6(14) st Saha b Amit Mishra!

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 300/8 | Overs 103.4 | BATSMEN: Rangana Herath 1(9): Mishra goes outside off, as Mubarak thinks he has his legbreak covered the ball showed a beautiful drift and smacks the batsman’s off stump. OUT! Jehan Mubarak 22(46) b Amit Mishra!


It’s Tea at Colombo


Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 289/7 | Overs 99.3 | BATSMEN: Jehan Mubarak 12(27): Dhammika Prasad became Amit Mishra’s 50th Test scalp.Prasad edged an excellent leg break from Mishra which lands safely in the hands of Rahane. OUT! Dhammika Prasad 5(4) c Rahane b Amit Mishra!

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 284/6 | Overs 98.1 | BATSMEN: Jehan Mubarak 12(27): Stuart Binny bags his maiden Test wicket. Sri Lankan skipper falls just after a terrific ton. OUT! Angelo Mathews 102 (167) c Murali Vijay b Stuart Binny !

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 259/5 | Overs 91 | BATSMEN: Angelo Mathews 89 (148), Jehan Mubarak 0(2) | Ishant Sharma continues. GOT HIM! Ishant produces the edge, and Chandimal has to walk back! Murali Vijay dove at slip, the ball popped out, but he takes it on the rebound. Good save there. | OUT! Dinesh Chandimal 11 (23) c Murali Vijay b Ishant Sharma!

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 257/4 | Overs 90 | BATSMEN: Angelo Mathews 89 (148), Dinesh Chandimal 11 (23) | Mathews is closing in on a century here. Chandimal is looking a bit shaky though. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are bowling in tandem but the ball is coming on to the bat quite well. Nothing much in the pitch right now.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 243/4 | Overs 86 | BATSMEN: Angelo Mathews 84 (136), Dinesh Chandimal 1 (7) | Ishant Sharma continues. AND HE GETS HIS MAN! Finally India break through. Ishant pitches it up for once and Thiri gets a faint nick. He is not pleased with the decision though. Doesn’t matter, we don’t have DRS. Oh and he now pings Chanidmal on the helmet. Just one ball from Ravichandran Ashwin bowled in the next over before rain once again spoils the day. | Lahiru Thirimanne 62 (168) c Wriddhiman Saha b Ishant Sharma!

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 239/3 | Overs 84 | BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 60 (163), Angelo Mathews 84 (136) | Ravichandran Ashwin gets the first over after lunch, bowling the second over with this new ball. Thiri gets an inside edge, but survives. Good over from Ash. The drizzle has come down hard now and the players have left the field. They return after a very short break though. Ishant Sharma to Mathews. Short ball to begin with, Mathews ducks. Another short ball, and four. Another short ball, another four. And a third! Ishant bowling mindless stuff here to a rampaging Mathews! Ashwin bowls another good over to follow up.


LUNCH: Sri Lanka 224 for 3, Lahiru Thirimanne 57 (155), Angelo Mathews 72 (126). Completely Sri Lanka’s session, that. A couple of tough chances but full credit to Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli’s first trial by fire is upon him and he has not managed to inspire a lot of confidence as yet.


Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 224/3 | Overs 81 | BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 57 (155), Angelo Mathews 72 (126) | Umesh Yadav takes the new ball with one over to go for lunch. Mathews picks up a boundary off his pads to end the session, which is an appropriate metaphor for what happened in this session.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 212/3 | Overs 78 | BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 54 (151), Angelo Mathews 63 (112) | Amit Mishra comes back on now, as does Umesh Yadav. So Stuart Binny continues to have one-over spells. You have to feel bad for him, he’s like that bowler in the school team who only gets to bowl when the captain wants a change of ends.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 204/3 | Overs 75 | BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 47 (139), Angelo Mathews 62 (106) | Amit Mishra has been replaced by Stuart Binny with just five overs to go for the new ball. Meanwhile Ravichandran Ashwin is bowling steadily at the other end. Sri Lanka have dominated the session so far.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 190/3 | Overs 71 | BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 43 (131), Angelo Mathews 52 (90) | Angelo Mathews gets a fine half-century. He has really batted well. The innings was going nowhere before he came in, and he has got the ball rolling quite nicely. Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin continue to bowl well.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 184/3 | Overs 68 | BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 41 (123), Angelo Mathews 49 (80) | Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin are bowling really well, as they have been doing throughout this series, but Mathews has been in great nick as well. Thirimanne is content at defending away.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 176/3 | Overs 64 | BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 37 (114), Angelo Mathews 45 (65) | Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra have replaced the pacers. Ashwin nearly gets Mathews, but it would have been a sensational catch at short leg had the fielder managed to take that. Instead it went just past him. Mishra beats Mathews’ outside edge as well. Good bowling from India’s spinners.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 154/3 | Overs 60 | BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 31 (103), Angelo Mathews 41 (52) | Mathews is just smashing past Thirimanne at the moment. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma continue. Mathews is batting really well, but Thirimanne — just like Kaushal Silva yesterday — is plodding along without looking to score much. Ishant has troubled him all morning.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 154/3 | Overs 57 | BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 30 (93), Angelo Mathews 30 (44) | Surprise surprise, Stuart Binny opens the attack on Day Two. And Mathews greets him with a boundary. Four more, and Mathews has got going. Ishant Sharma again. Much tidier over, just one off it. And now it’s Umesh Yadav, so the Binny experiment did not last long. Two off the over.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 143/3 | Overs 54 | BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 30 (86), Angelo Mathews 20 (32) | Good probing first over by Ishant Sharma, just settling into his rhythm. The slip cordon is nicely spread out. Ishant got Thirimanne’s edge of a good length ball nipping in but played with soft hands, it fell short of the slip fielder.

Sri Lanka reached 140 for 3 at stumps on Day Two, with Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews well set. India desperately need to break the partnership. With Dinesh Chandimal and Jehan Mubarak still to come, India will be wary of what could follow. That being said, India’s bowlers did an excellent job on Day Two but without a lot of success. The bowlers stuck to their plans though, and rarely bowled poorly. If India can maintain their discipline on Day Three, Sri Lanka could be in trouble. READ: India vs Sri Lanka 2015, 2nd Test at Colombo evenly poised at stumps on Day 2

Teams:

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

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