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  • 8:42 AM IST

    India dominated Day One ending with 11 for 1 after bowling out Sri Lanka for 205. Here’s the live updates from Day Two.

  • 4:18 PM IST

    Lose shot from Rahul. He is cleaned up by Gamage. He plays away from the body, gets an inside edge to the stumps.

    OUT! KL Rahul b Lahiru Gamage 7 (13)
  • 4:07 PM IST
    India have started well with KL Rahul and Murali Vijay. Sri Lanka have been folded for 205 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the chief wreckers. Ashwin took 4 wickets while Jadeja picked wickets.
  • 2:46 PM IST

    Jadeja gets his first. He sends the all-important Dickwella. Not a bad shot-selection. You anyway cannot expect defence from him.

  • 2:14 PM IST

    TEA BREAK

  • 2:09 PM IST

    Niroshan Dickwella is doing what he does best. Hardly any use of the feet, Dickwella is timing the ball to perfection. His is being the aggressor of the side. DInesh Chandimal on the other hand is holding one end up.

    SL 143 for 4

  • 2:02 PM IST

    OUT! just after scoring his fifty, Karunaratne was snapped up by India. Ishant doing the damage. Karunaratne looking to play across the line was trapped in front. His wicket brought an end to the 62 run stand for the third wicket with Dinesh Chandimal.

  • 1:35 PM IST

    Karunaratne becomes 2nd batsman after Dean Elgar to register 1,000 runs in Tests in 2017

  • 1:23 PM IST

    Karunaratne’s scores since India tour of Sri Lanka 2017: 2, 97, 25, 141, 4, 16, 93, 10, 196, 7, 8, 1, 50*

  • 1:21 PM IST

    Karunaratne uses Ishant’s pace and guides to the thirdman region for a boundary. This brings the 50-partnership. A single later, he brings up his 14th Test fifty. This has been a chancy knock but surely an important one. Pujara dropped him at mid-on and Jadeja had got him off a no-ball.

  • 1:14 PM IST

    It’s drinks. Sri Lanka have recovered well post Mathews’ wicket. Chandimal and Karunaratne have added 45 from 15 overs. Chandimal has played a gorgeous cover drive to bring up 3,000 runs in Tests.

  • 1:03 PM IST

    Sri Lanka have recovered slightly with a little partnership. Karunaratne and Chandimal have now added 29 from 12 overs. In the previous over from Jadeja, Karunaratne smacked a boundary through deep midwicket region. India have brought pace from the other end. Local boy Umesh has been tight so far.

  • 12:32 PM IST

    Sri Lankan batsmen are surely at bay against the Indian spin twin. Karunaratne survives a stumping, and then a loud LBW appeal off Ashwin. India review and the umpire’s call saves the southpaw. Sri Lankans surviving dangerously as the ball keeps striking the pads or lobbing in the catching positions.

  • 12:29 PM IST
    Jadeja strikes. Another wicket falls to a spinner. Mathews was just beginning to open up. That was a straighter one from Jadeja that darted to his pads. The ball lobs to Rahane, he takes a catch just in case there is a bat. Up goes the finger. Sri Lanka reviewed. It’s umpire’s call and Mathews has to go. Big blow for Sri Lanka.

    OUT! Angelo Mathew lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 10 (20)
  • 12:18 PM IST

    Sri Lanka showing some intent to break the hackles. Mathews looking to cut Ashwin gets an inside edge as the ball flies past Rahane at slip for a boundary. Next ball, Mathews steps out and it’s deposited over mid-on for another boundary. Nine from the Ashwin over.

  • 12:14 PM IST

    Runs. Finally. Karunaratne executes a straight drive off Jadeja. Vijay misfields. It’s a four.

  • 11:36 AM IST

    LUNCH: Sri Lanka have scored at 1.74 per over. Ashwin has been the best bowler in the first session, giving away 10 runs from eight overs and claiming the wicket of in-form Thirimanne. Sri Lanka would have been in further trouble if not for the missed chances. They survived a close run-out, Pujara dropped a difficult chance of Karunarate at mid-on. Jadeja later deceived the southpaw to get his stumped but only off a no-ball. The session belonged to India.

  • 11:31 AM IST

    All happening out there. Jadeja strikes in his first over. No, he doesn’t. What a shame! It’s a no-ball. He gets past Karunaratne’s edge and Saha pulls off a brilliant stumping. He was a goner, no doubt! But Jadeja has over-stepped.

  • 11:26 AM IST
    OUT! Ashwin strikes. He is finally rewarded for his disciplined bowling. This is also the first wicket to an Indian spinner in this series. Ashwin is elated. The ball was drifting in, it straightened after pitching before beating Thirimanne’s attempted sweep as the ball crashed on to the stumps. A wicket was always around the corner. A much deserving one.

    Lahiru Thirimanne b Ravichandran Ashwin 9 (58)
  • 11:21 AM IST

    I am serious about Nagaland. Here’s the report. Is it a wise move to include independent states from Northeast as team?

  • 11:07 AM IST

    Well, the Sri Lanka almost caved in to pressure. Karunaratne in attempt to break the shackles charges down the track and Pujara at mid-on almost nabbed a screamer. He jumps full streched and gets his palm. A tough chance but definitely a chance…

  • 11:05 AM IST

    This is some serious tight bowling. India have given away just a run in the last seven overs. Ashwin hasn’t got enough purchase from the surface but he is bowling a right stump-to-stump line.

  • 10:49 AM IST

    For all the hype around the green surface, batsmen haven’t really been in discomfort on this surface. Chandimal was right to bat first. It surely looks like a run-filled wicket. Indian bowlers have been disciplined and though they managed to bag a wicket, they have surely missed the Shami-Bhuvi factor.

  • 10:37 AM IST

    So spin after drinks. Ashwin is into the attack. There’s not enough turn yet. He starts with a maiden.

  • 10:29 AM IST
    Ishant and Umesh continue to bowl difficult lengths. After starting with fuller deliveries, Thirimanne is being peppered with short balls. Meanwhile, guess what! Nagaland Under-19 side has been bowled out for 2. No it’s not a typo. TWO I spell it out. And they batted 17 overs for it! Kerala won with 49.5 overs to spare. A wide and a boundary.

    1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — Nagaland’s scoreboard. More bizarre, 50 per cent of the side’s run came in extras. There was one wide.
  • 10:00 AM IST

    OUT! Ishant strikes. Samarawickrama is drawn forward for a cover drive. He gets a thick edge and Pujara at first slip takes a very good catch, plunging front and on his right. It is key to draw batters on the front foot on this surface as that’s where the green tinge is there. Good bowling from Ishant. Samarawickrama perishes for playing away from the body. Pujara, usually a short-leg fielder, has enhanced his reputation as a slip fielder.


    OUT! Sadeera Samarawickrama c Cheteshwar Pujara b Ishant Sharma 13 (15)
  • 9:35 AM IST

    Ishant Sharma to start the proceedings. He comes back to the national side with enhanced reputation as Delhi’s captain in Ranji Trophy. There’s good bounce off the surface. He clocks pace in excess of 140 kph. Third ball of the match and Samarawickrama plays a gorgeous drive through the line for a boundary. Five from the first over.

  • 9:25 AM IST

    The two best Indian bowlers from the Kolkata Test — Shami and Bhuvi — are missing out of this contest. The leader of the pack has to be the local boy Umesh Yadav. And once the cracks open up, Ashwin should take it on from there. Remember, Jadeja does not need conditions to support him a lot.

  • 9:08 AM IST

    Sri Lanka XI: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage

  • 9:07 AM IST

    India XI: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

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Can Sri Lanka pull off an upset?

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at Nagpur. I am Suvajit Mustafi, and will be providing you live updates from this contest. Are we set to witness another go-green affair?

Nagpur in the past has stirred controversy for its ‘diabolical’ nature (remember South Africa 2015?), but the grass on the surface may even compel Indians to drop one of their spinners. Imagine India playing a Test at home without Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja? The duo bowled a total of 10 overs at Kolkata, and if the track tells a similar story, India may well go in with a predominant pace attack.

Fans are not complaining. Be it seam-friendly or a dust-bowl, Sri Lanka were not expected to contest well against the No.1 Test side. However, they carried forward the confidence they gained at the UAE when they beat Pakistan 2-0 last month.

Sri Lanka managed a 122-run lead in the first innings but just managed to sneak away with a draw in the rain-marred Eden Test, thanks to the fading light and of course the blatant time-wasting tactics, which Niroshan Dickwella terms a ‘battle won’ against Virat Kohli and co.

Anyway, India have set higher standards and have bigger battles to win — the biggest being their reputation of being the No.1 Test side. A win will be the least expectation when they step on to the greens at Nagpur.

India will be without the in-form Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. There is a possibility of Vijay Shankar getting his maiden international cap, whereas the think-tank may also hand Ishant Sharma another opportunity in place of a spinner. If India look to play six specialist batsmen, Rohit Sharma too could get the nod.

Sri Lanka will hope to nurse their second-inning-woes. Suranga Lakmal will spearhead the attack on the green surface, but if they have to pull off an upset, the onus will lie on Rangana Herath. With Herath-mauler Dhawan out of the contest, Sri Lanka will look to bowl Herath more number of overs as compared to Kolkata.

Squads:

India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar

Sri Lanka: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Roshen Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva