Hello and welcome to the live cricket blog of the fourth day of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. This is Shiamak Unwalla and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and live cricket updates of the match. India ended the third day with a strong lead of 157 runs in the second innings, as they reached 70 for 1 at stumps. After posting a strong total of 393 in the first essay, India obtained a 87-run lead as they bowled out Sri Lanka for 306, with Amit Mishra taking four wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma taking two each. Catch live cricket scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo


STUMPS: Sri Lanka 72 for 2, trail by 341 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne 25 (62), Angelo Mathews 23 (38). It’s all down to Mathews now. If at all Sri Lanka can chase down the remaining 341 runs, he will have to be the back bone around whom the rest of the line-up bats. India are in firm control of the game, but as we saw in the last Test a single session can turn things around. We are due for a thrilling finale tomorrow! READ: India in firm control amidst Kumar Sangakkara’s emotional farewell in 2nd Test at Colombo


Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 72/2 | Overs 21 | BATSMEN: Dimuth Karunaratne 25 (62), Angelo Mathews 23 (38) | Right, this will probably be the final update of the day. Karunaratne hits Ravichandran Ashwin for three boundaries off the 19th over! That was a bolt from the blue. Amit Mishra gives three away in the penultimate over. Ishant Sharma to bowl the last over of the day. Just one off it, so another good session for India.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 56/2 | Overs 18 | BATSMEN: Dimuth Karunaratne 12 (49), Angelo Mathews 20 (33) | Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin continue to bowl, and Karunaratne and Mathews continue to bat in contrasting styles. Mathews has decided to play for stumps, which is a good call. India would love another wicket to end the day.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 54/2 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Dimuth Karunaratne 12 (43), Angelo Mathews 18 (21) | Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra continue to bowl well. Both men are creating a lot of pressure. Mathews batting well, but Karunaratne is not able to get away. He is looking far from secure.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 47/2 | Overs 12 | BATSMEN: Dimuth Karunaratne 11 (31), Angelo Mathews 12 (15) | Amit Mishra comes on now to join Ravichandran Ashwin. Mathews scored a wonderful ton in the first innings, and he will need to make another big contribution this time around.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 33/2 | Overs 9 | BATSMEN: Dimuth Karunaratne 9 (27), Angelo Mathews 0 (1) | Ravichandran Ashwin has bowled beautifully throughout the series so far. He has continued to cause problems today. Ishant Sharma dishes out a half-volley and Sanga unfurls his trademark cover drive! How many more of those will we see today? Ashwin again. GONE! Oh dear, that’s the end of Sanga’s career! Once again it is Ashwin, who now has him four times in four innings! Sanga edges to gully, Murali Vijay takes the catch, and the Indian team after the briefest of celebrations immediately surround him. OUT! Kumar Sangakkara 13 (15) c Murali Vijay b Ravichandran Ashwin!

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 22/1 | Overs 6 | BATSMEN: Dimuth Karunaratne 3 (13), Kumar Sangakkara 13 (15) | Ishant Sharma continues after a solitary over from Umesh Yadav. Ravichandran Ashwin continues from the other end. Sanga has looked good, but Karunaratne is hardly able to get the ball off the square. Good start for India.

Live Cricket Score Sri Lanka 11/1 | Overs 3 | BATSMEN: Dimuth Karunaratne 3 (7), Kumar Sangakkara 3 (2) | Here we go! Ravichandran Ashwin takes the new ball. Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne the batsmen. Maiden to start with. Umesh Yadav from the other end. He bowled really well in the first innings. Six runs off that one. Here’s Ashwin again. GONE! Silva hits a full toss to the fielder! First blood, and here comes Sanga! OUT! Kaushal Silva 1 (9) c Stuart Binny b Ravichandran Ashwin!


INNINGS BREAK: India 325 for 8 decl. Wriddhiman Saha 13 (21), Umesh Yadav 4 (7). India have set Sri Lanka 413 to win. Will Kumar Sangakkara have a memorable farewell by chasing these runs down? READ: India declare at 325/8; set Sri Lanka target of 413 runs to win 2nd Test at Colombo


Live Cricket Score India 325/8 decl. | Overs 91 | BATSMEN: Wriddhiman Saha 13 (21), Umesh Yadav 4 (7) | India will be pushing for a declaration any time now. Amit Mishra has been dismissed, and Umesh Yadav has come in. Wriddhiman Saha tries to play some big hits, but it seems like he is being hampered by his injury. Right, and India have finally declared at 325 for 8. If anyone will chase down these 413, it will be Kumar Sangakkara. But he will hope he does not need to bat today. OUT! Amit Mishra 10 (26) c Jehan Mubarak b Dhammika Prasad!

Live Cricket Score India 311/7 | Overs 87 | BATSMEN: Amit Mishra 10 (19), Wriddhiman Saha 5 (11) | Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra are playing their shots here. Dushmantha Chameera and Dhammika Prasad have managed to beat the bat a few times, but a lot of edges have resulted in a boundary as well. OH GONE! Dhammika takes out Ashwin! It was a short ball, Ashwin tried to ramp it but looked like he missed. But Ashwin walks! The wicketkeeper did not even appeal. OUT! Ravichandran Ashwin 19 (21) c Dinesh Chandimal b Dhammika Prasad!

Live Cricket Score India 285/6 | Overs 83 | BATSMEN: Ravichandran Ashwin 3 (11), Amit Mishra 2 (5) | Dhammika Prasad has started off after tea. GONE! First ball! Binny plays that to slip. In walks Amit Mishra, so still no Wriddhiman Saha after he walked off earlier. Good first over from Dhammika. OUT! Stuart Binny 17 (19) c Lahiru Thirimanne b Dhammika Prasad!


TEA: India 283 for 5, lead by 370. Stuart Binny 17 (18), Ravichandran Ashwin 3 (11). India’s session once again. Rahane scored a lovely century, but was out soon after. Rohit too missed out on a fifty, and Wriddhiman Saha had to walk off with an injury but India will feel they have enough that they can make a quick declaration after tea. READ: Ajinkya Rahane’s ton gives India pole position at tea against Sri Lanka in 2nd Test at Colombo


Live Cricket Score India 283/5 | Overs 82 | BATSMEN: Stuart Binny 17 (18), Ravichandran Ashwin 3 (11) | Stuart Binny has batted well so far, he has hit three boundaries all ready. Wriddhiman Saha has a hamstring strain so he had to walk off retired hurt, but news is that he will keep wickets for India, so KL Rahul will not be needed. India lead by 370 at tea.

Live Cricket Score India 268/5 | Overs 80 | BATSMEN: Stuart Binny 6 (12), Ravichandran Ashwin 0 (5) | Oh dear, Wriddhiman Saha is walking off the field. He looked uncomfortable to begin with. Ravichandran Ashwin has come in now. RETIRED HURT! Wriddhiman Saha 5 (10)!

Live Cricket Score India 265/5 | Overs 77 | BATSMEN: Stuart Binny 5 (7), Wriddhiman Saha 3 (2) | Rangana Herath continues, and new man Stuart Binny steps out and smacks him for a boundary off the final ball. That was how he was dismissed in the first innings, but this time it was well controlled. Tharindu Kaushal to Rahane. AND GONE! Rahane’s wonderful knock comes to an end, he tried to step out and drive, but got a faint nick that was taken by the ‘keeper. OUT! Ajinkya Rahane 126 (243) c Dinesh Chandimal b Tharindu Kaushal!

Live Cricket Score India 256/4 | Overs 75 | BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 125 (240), Stuart Binny 0 (0) | Tharindu Kaushal has bowled well today, but the batsmen have been able to keep him at bay too. OH GONE! Rohit looks to clear the ropes against Kaushal but he has found Jehan Mubarak in the deep! In walks StuBy at No. 6! OUT! Rohit Sharma 34 (55) c Jehan Mubarak b Tharindu Kaushal!

Live Cricket Score India 241/3 | Overs 72 | BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 113 (229), Rohit Sharma 31 (48) | India are going really well at the moment. Both men are taking it slightly easy though, they could consider going for their shots now. India have Wriddhiman Saha, Stuart Binny, and Ravichandran Ashwin to follow after all.

Live Cricket Score India 213/3 | Overs 67 | BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 100 (213), Rohit Sharma 17 (34) | THERE IT IS! Fourth Test century for Rahane! It’s taken a while, he had gone into a bit of a shell, but he has finally got to the landmark. Superb innings from India’s new No. 3!

Live Cricket Score India 199/3 | Overs 63 | BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 97 (200), Rohit Sharma 6 (23) | Dushmantha Chameera comes into the attack, with Tharindu Kaushal bowling from the other end. Rahane is closing in on his fourth Test century. Rohit taking his time to get in.

Live Cricket Score India 189/3 | Overs 59 | BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 89 (181), Rohit Sharma 5 (18) | Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal continue after lunch as well. Rahane and Rohit are looking good. They have taken their time in the first three overs after lunch. India will be looking to score quickly now.


LUNCH: India 179/3, Ajinkya Rahane 82 (170), Rohit Sharma 2 (11). Rahane has batted beautifully, as did Murali Vijay, but two late wickets have provided Sri Lanka with some much-needed relief. Virat Kohli’s dismissal for 10 would have hampered India’s charge for runs, but Rohit is more than capable of bringing out the big hits. India currently lead by 266, but they would be hoping for around 400 before making the declaration. READ: India in command against Sri Lanka at lunch on Day 4 of 2nd Test at Colombo


Live Cricket Score India 179/3 | Overs 56 | BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 82 (170), Rohit Sharma 2 (11) | Tharindu Kaushal and Rangana Herath continue to bowl quite well. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane take India to lunch without losing any more wickets. Good session of cricket, India dominated for much of it but Sri Lanka managed to come back right toward the end.

Live Cricket Score India 172/3 | Overs 52 | BATSMEN: Ajinkya Rahane 76 (162), Rohit Sharma 1 (1) | Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal are bowling in tandem, but the Indians are playing them well. Rahane is looking especially good. Kohli meanwhile has just come in and is looking positive. Tharindu to Kohli. OH GONE! Kohli has been struck plumb in front! Tried to play that one on the back foot, and he misses the ball completely. OUT! Virat Kohli 10 (19) LBW Tharindu Kaushal!

Live Cricket Score India 159/2 | Overs 48 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 6 (9), Ajinkya Rahane 68 (143) | Things have marginally slowed down for India after Vijay’s dismissal, but not a major concern. Ajinkya Rahane is looking fluent and Kohli is taking time to set his eye in.India has a lot of time on hands and there’s no need for them to take unreasonable risks. Tharindu Kaushal hasn’t managed to get the accuracy he would have liked.

Live Cricket Score India 143/2 | Overs 45 | BATSMEN: Virat Kohli 0 (1), Ajinkya Rahane 58 (133) | A very good knock by Murali Vijay has come to an end. Tharindu Kaushal picks the first wicket for the day and it was about time for Sri Lanka. Vijay went to play the sweep shot but was didn’t judge it accurately and was struck on the pads. Umpire thought it was out after a long pause, good call. Sri Lanka can use that wicket to make inroads. OUT! Murali Vijay 82 (133) LBW Tharindu Kaushal!

Live Cricket Score India 138/1 | Overs 43 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 79 (127), Ajinkya Rahane 56 (128) | India cruising at the moment. A monumental lead is on cards for them. Lead has swelled to 225 runs with nine wickets still in hand. Sri Lanka will need something special to pull this back. Murali Vijay has started to free his arms and he’s looking comfortable at it.

Live Cricket Score India 109/1 | Overs 40 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 63 (118), Ajinkya Rahane 51 (121) | Ajinkya Rahane is looking very comfortable at the crease and is increasing his scoring with each passing over. His reached his half century with a reverse sweep off Herath. Vijay is also looking very solid at the other end. Sri Lanka desperately need a wicket. Vijay pulled a shortish ball by Chameera for SIX to midwicket, shows the intent India are playing with.

Live Cricket Score India 90/1 | Overs 36 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 50 (104), Ajinkya Rahane 37 (109) | That’s fifty for Murali Vijay, had a slightly lucky escape when he got a slight edge opening the face of the bat to a ball pitched outside off on a back of good length, but it eluded the slip fielder and went for four. Rahane scored a boundary the next over off Herath. Runs starting to come for India.

Live Cricket Score India 79/1 | Overs 34 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 44 (98), Ajinkya Rahane 32 (103) | The Sri Lankan bowlers are content with keeping it tight and increasing the pressure on batsmen. If they continue this way, it may frustrate the batsmen and the possibility of a wicket will arise. Herath hasn’t got generous turn from the pitch so far. He’ll be looking for more. Batsmen appearing patient for now.

Live Cricket Score India 72/1 | Overs 31 | BATSMEN: Murali Vijay 41 (94), Ajinkya Rahane 28 (89): The Indian batsmen have begun the day on a solid note. Rangana Herath first completed his over, bowling the remaining four deliveries left from yesterday. Dhammika Prasad bowled the next over, kept a tight line but not very threatening.


India were jolted early when KL Rahul was dismissed by Dhammika Prasad in their second innings, but Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane dug in to take their side to a position of command. India would be aiming at least 200 more runs in order to set a challenging target for Sri Lanka. READ: Indian Bowlers’ Day Out against Sri Lanka in 2nd Test

The hosts were resilient in the morning session when they resumed their first innings, with Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews keeping the Indian bowlers at bay. Mathews continued his excellent run with the bat as he smashed a century, which was the highlight of the Sri Lankan innings. Mathews cracked 12 boundaries and faced 167 balls, whereas Thirimanne faced 168 balls and scored 62 with the help of five fours. After their dismissal, Sri Lanka did not offer much resistance and ended up giving India an advantage in this Test. READ: Angelo Mathews — Sri Lanka’s lone ranger

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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