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  • 4:30 PM IST

    STUMPS

    Poor light sees players walk off the field as umpires call it a day. Dinesh Chandimal remains unbeaten on 147 with Sri Lanka on 356 for 9. Lakshan Sandakan is batting on 0. India’s lead has been cut down to 180.
  • 4:18 PM IST

    OUT! Ravindra Jadeja gets his second wicket. Lahiru Gamage does not get bat on ball and is given out LBW. He takes DRS but the video replays suggesting the ball to be clipping the stumps.

  • 3:59 PM IST

    OUT! Suranga Lakmal falls for 5. He edges a simple catch to Saha. This has been a sprited show by Indian bowlers after a mammoth stand between Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal earlier in the day.

  • 3:43 PM IST

    OUT! Ravichandran Ashwin is coming into his own. He gets his third. Niroshan playing away from his body misses the ball completely and gets his stumps rattled. It is baffling that Kohli has not bowled Ashwin that much in this match.

  • 3:30 PM IST

    OUT! Suddenly Sri Lanka are losing wickets in heaps. Debutant Roshen Silva plunges forwards and hands a simple bat-pad to Shikhar Dhawan. Ravichandran Ashwin gets his second. Niroshan Dickwella out in the middle.

  • 3:25 PM IST

    OUT! Wriddhiman Saha’s brilliance gets rid of Sadeera Samarawickrama. He looked well set in the middle. Ishant kept on bowling a tight line and finally got his rewards. Samarawickrama edged the ball and a leaping Saha pounces it in middle of his palms.

  • 3:11 PM IST

    Dinesh Chandimal has been rock solid in the middle. He will look to curtail India’s lead to as low as possible. Sadeera Samarawickrama too is looking unnerved in the middle after being hit on the helmet on day one.

    Virat Kohli has called Ishant Sharma in place of Ravindra Jadeja in order to pick a few wickets. The natural light are Delhi are getting dimmer as we speak.
  • 2:39 PM IST

    Back after the break and Samarawickrama who is come to the Sri Lanka set-up after check up with neurologist on being struck on the helmet by the ball, has scored back to back boundaries. Also, Chandimal gets to his fourth Test century away from home. This is also his second century against India.

  • 2:24 PM IST

    India might keep their hopes alive after grabbing the wicket of Mathews in the final 10 minutes before tea break. However, Sri Lanka cannot be rubbed out so soon after some gritty knocks. Mathews century and Chandimal, who is two runs away from a century as well, have added enough pressure on the Indian bowlers. The onus now falls on Chandimal who has to save Sri Lanka from ruins. Sri Lanka trail by 266 runs at tea break. Chandimal 98*, Samarawickrama 4*

  • 2:02 PM IST

    And there Ashwin gets the big fish. A new ball was taken and Ashwin got his hands on them first. Bowling round the wicket he removes Mathews for 111 and breaking the flourishing partnership between him and Chandimal. Meanwhile, the skipper is 8 runs away from a century.

  • 1:39 PM IST

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  • 1:25 PM IST

    Nathan Lyon’s catch is out Highlight of the day. WATCH IT HERE.

  • 1:23 PM IST

    India dropped another catch. Angelo Mathews survives yet again. Ravindra Jadeja is not a happy person. To add salt on his wound, the ball trickled past the boundary line. Vijay Shankar the guilty party,

  • 1:11 PM IST

    Read our detailed report on Mathews’ first Test hundred in India. HERE

  • 1:10 PM IST

    Indian have toiled hard on Day thee without any success. Sri Lanka batsmen have weathered poor air and some superb bowling to pull themselves up in this match. India dropping catches have not helped their cause as well.

  • 12:42 PM IST

    100 No. 8 for Angelo Mathews. His hundred came in 230 balls . India finally take the new ball and Angelo Mathews gets a reprieve. Rohit Sharma drops a sitter at third slip; Mathews in 2009 was run out for 99 at Mumbai against the same side.

    India did not take the new ball and banked on the pair of Jadeja and Ashwin.

  • 12:20 PM IST

    We are back for the post-lunch session. Angelo Mathews will be eager to get to his eighth Test century. His last Test hundred was in 2015 against India in Colombo. Dinesh Chandimal survived a close LBW call against Ravichandran Ashwin.

  • 11:32 AM IST

    LUNCH!

    This has been Sri Lanka’s session. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal have weathered away India’s pace attack with resolute. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin remain ineffective with the pitches showing no support for them.
  • 11:12 AM IST

    FIFTY! Dinesh Chandimal brings up his fifty in 145 balls. in This has been a frustrating session for India. No help from the pitch and hardly anything from their bowlers to offer as well. Angelo Mathews is playing a similar innings to that of Hashim Amla from 2015.

  • 10:50 AM IST

    breaking Sadeera Samarawickrama has been cleared by Sri Lankan teams neurologist. He will bat on Day 3.

  • 10:45 AM IST

    Nothing much has happened in this session so far. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal are showing exemplary nerves in the middle. Ishant Sharma is now seen struggling to bowl with thick sheet of pollution. No signs of Ravichandran Ashwin so far.

  • 10:08 AM IST

    Sri Lanka batsmen have played with composure and risk free cricket so far Both Mathews and Chandimal have been a face of calmness in the middle. Ravindra Jadeja is back in the attack and will look to break their stand that has so far yielded 73 runs for them.

  • 9:41 AM IST

    Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have started the day’s proceedings. Both have kept it simple and have been on the money. Indian slip fielding will need to improve after Kohli and Dhawan dropped dollies last evening.

  • 9:36 AM IST

    Players are out in the middle under foggy conditions at Kotla. Ravindra Jadeja to complete his over. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal will want to continue their fightback.

  • 9:18 AM IST

    Pitch Report: The sun is breaking through and the blue skies are out. It still played very well. There is nothing in the pitch. The grass might be a little more drier than the previous two days. Things can start to happen looking at the rough. The bowlers can exploit it.

  • 9:15 AM IST

    It is a sunny morning in Delhi, but that is not the problem. Air quality continues to be unhealthy in around 3 kms of the stadium.

  • 9:00 AM IST

    Worrying news coming in from the Sri Lanka dressing room about Sadeera Samarawickrama. HERE

  • 8:59 AM IST

    Read what Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas has to say about Delhi pollution. HERE

  • 8:54 AM IST

    Hello and good morning! Much has been said in regards to the Kolta Test in the last few hours. Sri Lankan team have been quite vocal about the quality of air in Delhi.

    While the Indians have been silent on the whole issue. It will be interesting to see how things pan out on Day 3.
India lead series 1-0 © AFP
India lead series 1-0 © AFP

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

It was another Virat Kohli special on Sunday. He scored his sixth double-century, the most by a captain. His 243-run brilliance is also his career-best score. Rohit Sharma, too, had his share of fun with the bat, accumulating 65 off 102. India, however, were forced to declare the innings. There was a lot more than cricket on Day Two. The Delhi smog forced the Sri Lankan players to wear a mask to safeguard themselves from what was termed as ‘bad air quality’. The game was interrupted as many as three times, as the Sri Lankan players refused to continue playing. Frustrated by this, Kohli once threw his bat. He seemed to be hell-bent on batting despite the conditions. Adding more drama to this episode, coach Ravi Shastri walked out in the middle to have a conversation with the umpires. Perhaps he wanted to clear the confusion in the air. Mohammed Shami took a wicket of the very first ball. Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, too, got a wicket each before stumps. Sri Lanka trail by 131 runs.