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  • 4:39 PM IST

    STUMPS!

    Day one saw India rule in most parts, but Sri Lanka just heading stumps have managed to pull things back their way. Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli accumulated runs by the loot in their 283-run stand. While Vijay scored his 11th, Kohli knocked off his 20th Test ton.
  • 4:30 PM IST

    OUT! Another failure for Ajinkya Rahane. Sandakan once again fools the batsmen in flight and asks him to come forward. Rahane unable to connect bat with ball gets himself stumped. He too was a marginal scene. Rohit Sharma in the middle.

  • 4:22 PM IST

    OUT! Excellent keeping by Niroshan Dickwella, he was quick to get the bails off. Murali Vijay did not read the googly and was stumped by just a few inches. First wicket for Lakshan Sandakaran. This brings an end to the 283 run stand between Vijay and Kohli.

  • 4:03 PM IST

    This has India’a day. Sri Lanka have hardly had anything to smile about apart from the first session. Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli downed the opponents to submission. Both batsmen are nearing their 150 score.

  • 3:24 PM IST

    There’s no stopping the duo from stealing some quick singles, and finding the odd boundaries from time to time.

    India are 299 for 2 in 71 runs; scoring at 4.22.
  • 3:03 PM IST

    Kohli survives a DRS call. He had a smile later on, suggesting there was nothing to worry about regarding it. Sri Lanka continue to struggle.

  • 2:50 PM IST

    100! King Kohli has been on fire. His 100 took merely 110 balls that has included 14 boundaries. This is his 20th Test ton and 52nd overall. He is now level with the likes of David Warner and Mark Waugh.

  • 2:36 PM IST

    Welcome back for the final session on Day 1. Kolhi will be eager to reach his 100. This will his 20th Test and 52nd International ton for India. Murali Vijay now has the third most centuries as an Indian opener.

    If you missed out on any action from the second session, read our report here.

  • 2:18 PM IST

    TEA This once again has been India’s session. Murali Vijay scored his 11th Test ton in 163 balls, and is currently engaged in a 167 run stand with Virat Kohli. Kolhi who played swiftly in the middle is now 6 short of his 20th Test ton.

  • 2:07 PM IST

    100! Murali Vijay slams his 11th Test ton. His century took 163 balls inclusive of 9 fours. He wins the race to hundred against Kohli. Vijay does a impromptu dance jig in the middle of the pitch.

  • 1:53 PM IST

    Currently both batsmen are trying outdo each other in terms of reaching their 100 first. Vijay has now taken a 10 run lead over Kohli. They have brought up their 150 run as well in 193 balls. Sri Lanka are looking clueless in the middle with no intensity .

  • 1:30 PM IST

    200 up for India. India will definitely be aiming for 450 mark. Kokhi, meanwhile is 25 runs away from his 20th Test hundred. Vijay, who came before Kohli is 23 runs away from his 11th Test ton.

  • 1:10 PM IST

    Both Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay are now milking runs in the middle. No turn, no bounce in the wicket for Sri Lankan bowlers to exploit. 100-run stand between Vijay and Kohli comes up in 121 balls.

  • 12:52 PM IST

    FIFTY! Virat Kohli slams his 15th Test half-century. His fifty came in 52 balls that have included 10 fours already. He is looking good for his 20th Test ton. Kohli also became the fastest to 16,000 international runs.

  • 12:29 PM IST

    Virat Kohli reaches 5,000 Test runs. READ MORE HERE

  • 12:24 PM IST

    Welcome back for the second session of play. Virat Kohli will be eyeing his 5,000 Test run. He will be third-fastest Indian to reach his tally. Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar did in it 95 and 103 innings respectively.

  • 11:36 AM IST

    LUNCH. India are a comfortable position heading into tea with Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli batting on 51 and 17 respectively. Sri Lanka will be unhappy while having their lunch after nabbing Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara cheaply.

  • 11:29 AM IST

    FIFTY! Murali Vijay is looking in prime form heading into South Africa. He is batting on 50 that includes 8 fours. His 16th Test half-century. Virat Kohli on the other hand is accumulating runs as they were packs chocolates. The scoring rate in this session has been excellent.

  • 11:07 AM IST

    OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara departs for 23. He flicks the ball straight to the fielder at leg-gully. Lahiru Gamage picks his first wicket. As per Pujara’s standards this is a very soft dismissal. Virat Kohli out in the middle at his home ground.

  • 10:55 AM IST

    Amidst all the fog and smog, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay have kept the score board ticking. Pujara is whipping Perera for boundaries making good use of his wrists. Vijay on the other hand has kept things simple.

    Frankly this is not the ideal pitch for practice looking ahead to South Africa.
  • 10:19 AM IST

    OUT! Shikhar Dhawan falls for 23. It was a good catch by Suranga Lakmal under hazy conditions. He was slipping due to his shoes falling off. This was Dilrwan Perera’s 100th Test scalp; 6th Sri Lankan (fastest) and 181st overall.

    Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle. He is 30 runs away from becoming highest run getter in 2017.
  • 10:05 AM IST

    Murali Vijay is now only dealing in boundaries. Shikhar Dhawan too has come to the party. A flurry of boundaries see Sri Lanka remove the third slip to a gully position. Suranga Lakmal is one wicket away from 100 Test scalps.

  • 9:51 AM IST

    Read what MS Dhoni is doing in his off time. HERE

  • 9:43 AM IST

    Quite difficult to see what is happening in the middle with all the Smog/Fog in Delhi. Murali Vijay has already made his intent clear with 3 boundaries under his belt.Dhawan meanwhile has been off strike and will be eager to get bat on ball.

  • 9:35 AM IST

    India are out in the middle with both their openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay. Sri Lanka will look to extract early movement at Delhi. The pitch so far in the few balls has shown to have variable bounce. Couple of boundaries have helped calm nerves for the Indians.

  • 9:07 AM IST
    Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Gamage
  • 9:06 AM IST

    India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma

  • 9:06 AM IST

    Sri Lanka make 3 changes: Rangana, Lahiru Thirimane and Shanaka out. Sandakan, Dhananjaya and Roshen come in. Debut for Roshen Silva

  • 9:03 AM IST

    India make 2 changes: Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami come in for KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav.

  • 9:01 AM IST

    TOSS: India win toss, elect to bat

India lead series 1-0 © AFP
India lead series 1-0 © AFP

Hello and welcome to the live blog of Day One of the third and final Test between India at Sri Lanka. I am Vishal Mehra, and will bring all the live updates from Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

India took 1-0 lead after thrashing Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test. Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Rohit Sharma scored hundreds, while Virat Kohli went on to score his fifth double-century. Ravichandran Ashwin took 4 wickets in the match, taking his tally to 300 wickets. Sri Lanka continue being in trouble, as veteran Rangana Herath was ruled out due to back pain. Leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay was drafted as his replacement. Among the many records and achievements, Virat Kohli holds a unique fact: he has not played the same XI ever since he took over captaincy. Will he chop and change at Delhi? For that matter, Shikhar Dhawan will be back for the third Test. He had gone back home to attend his sister’s wedding, after scoring a resolute 94 at Kolkata. On the other hand, KL Rahul had 9 half-centuries in 9 matches before the Nagpur Test. Who would you drop if you were to pick playing XI for India?