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  • 4:20 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 165/4, overs 45.5: The rest of the day has been called off. The Indian bowlers did a decent job today with Bhuvi and Yadav picking up two wickets each. Shami although didn’t get a wicket but caused trouble for the batsmen but was unfortunate to leave the field due to hamstring. Ashwin only bowled four overs giving nine runs. For Lanka Thirimanne and Mathews built a good partnership with both the batsmen scoring half centuries. Sri Lanka trail by seven runs in the end of day 3.

  • 4:13 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 165/4, over 45.5: The pacers were causing all sort of trouble for the batsmen especially Bhuvi. The umpires weren’t happy with the light and called the players off field.

  • 3:59 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 154/4 after 44.5 overs: Dickwella scoring at a strike rate of 107. Shami unable to complete his over due to hamstring, he has always had a problem with that. Kohli completes the over for Shami. Sri Lanka only behind by 14 runs now.

  • 3:43 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 143/4, overs 42: Bhuvi has been got back into the attack. Dickwella comes into the middle to accompany the skipper. Sri Lanka are 29 runs behind.

  • 3:28 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 138/4, 38.5 overs: Mathews has to walk down to pavilion after scoring fifty. Umesh picks his second dismissing both the set batsmen. Sri Lanka only trailing by 34 runs now.

  • 3:14 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 133/3, overs 36.2: Thirimanne the half centurion is dismissed by Umesh Yadav. Yadav gets his first. Thirimanne edges one to Kohli who was standing in the second slip.

  • 3:06 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 129/2, 35 overs: Umesh and Shami to start after tea. The batsmen near hundred run partnership. Both the batsmen look set with Matthews batting on 44 and Thirimanne completing his half century.

  • 2:32 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 113/2, 31 overs: Tea has been taken in Kolkata on day 3. the partnership between Thirimanne and Mathews is 79 now. Sri Lanka are now trailing by only 59 runs. The play resumes in fifteen minutes.

  • 2:23 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 112/2, 30 overs: Ashwin doesn’t seem to cause any trouble to the batsmen for now. Sri Lanka are 60 runs behind India’s total with eight wickets in hand. Umesh into the attack with two slips and an gully.

  • 2:09 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 106/2, 26 overs: The partnership growing between the batsmen, Bhuvi still continues from the other end. Thirimanne on 46 heading towards his half century.

  • 1:56 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 91/2, 23 overs: 57 runs partnership between Mathews and Thirimanne. Bhuvi continues to bowl from one end. Ashwin into the attack now. First sight of spin from the Indian side in this match.

  • 1:42 PM IST
    Sri Lanka 76/2, 20 overs: Sri Lanka are inching towards India’s total, and they have 8 wickets in hand. There is still some movement. Shami and Umesh have to bowl fuller, luring the Sri Lankans to drive.

    And well, Dhawan drops… That was a regulation catch. Thirimanne survives. Umesh shows his teeth.
  • 1:15 PM IST
    Sri Lanka 55/2 after 15 overs: Bhuvi continues. It is his 8th over on the trot. Ashish Nehra believes a bowler of Bhuvi’s fitness can bowl longer spells. After all he is the only wicket-taker for India thus for.

    And he continues troubling the batsmen. That missed Thirimanne’s bat by a whisker.
  • 12:56 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 40/2 after 10 overs, Bhuvi causing trouble for the batsmen with Shami hitting the 140 mark consistently. India continuing with pace attack with three slips and a gully.

  • 12:40 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 34/2 after 7 overs, Bhuvi making the ball talk here gets his second wicket. Samarawickrama edges one to Saha, Sri Lanka who were up to a good start lose both their openers. India on the top here

  • 12:30 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 30/1 after 5 overs, Bhuvi gets the wicket for India. Karunaratne reviews again but the umpire has got this one right. Karunaratne out LBW to Bhuvi.

  • 12:22 PM IST

    Sri Lanka 29/0 after 4 overs. Sri Lanka are off to a good start here. Lanka here review the umpires decision here and it goes in their favour, Karunaratne survives.

  • 11:30 AM IST

    India 172 after overs 59.3. India might think they are in a good position here with 172 on a green pitch. Pujara’s 50 and short contributions from Saha, Jadeja and Shami help India reach the total. Lunch has been taken and play resumes at 12.05 pm.

  • 11:15 AM IST

    India 160/9 after 57.4 overs, Bhuvi falls prey for Lakmal who gets his fourth wicket. India nine down. Shami and Yadav now swinging bat for almost everything now. India crosses the 150 mark as well.

  • 10:52 AM IST

    India 128/8 after 52, two wickets in an over for Sri Lanka. Both the set batsmen sent back to Pavilion by Parera. Just when things were looking good for India Parera spoils it. Bhuvi and Shami in the middle. We may see India bowl soon.

  • 10:48 AM IST

    India 127/7 after 51.1 overs, Sri Lanka review and gets it right. It was a pad bat situation and the ball was hitting the stumps. Lanka retain their review. Parera gets his first wicket of the match.

  • 10:38 AM IST

    India 122/6 after 50 overs, a stumping chance missed in Parera’s over. The ball missed everything from Saha’s bat to the stumps as well as the keeper’s glove. Shanaka into the attack Lakmal taken off the attack.

  • 10:28 AM IST

    India 121/6 after 48 overs, drinks are on the field. Lakmal bowling from one end with two slips and a gully but not causing any threats to the batsmen. Both the batsmen now look comfortable and are scoring at a good rate, these are good signs for India.

  • 10:19 AM IST

    The partnership has moved up to 42 off 52 balls with Jadeja scoring at 86.96 strike rate. Hits the first six of the match.

  • 10:14 AM IST

    India 114-6 after 45 overs, Saha looking good here. Dilruwan Parera into the attack Saha places a late cut running away to the boundary.

  • 10:05 AM IST

    India 102- 6 after 43 overs, Jadeja is playing his natural attacking game helping India to cross the hundred run mark. A partnership is what India needs at this time.

  • 9:55 AM IST

    India 91-6 after 40 overs, Saha hits two boundaries in the over as well as Lanka review for a LBW which was turned down, everything happening in the game. We saw that the wicket is not as green as it was on first day.

  • 9:44 AM IST

    India 81-6 after 39 overs, Jadeja has come in the middle to accompany Saha. The visitors still on the top of the game.

  • 9:36 AM IST

    India 79-6 after 37.2, Gamage gets Pujara bowled! The off stump has been uprooted by the Lankan pacer. This is the wicket Sri Lanka were looking for and Gamage has got it for them.

  • 9:33 AM IST

    India 79-5 after 37 overs, Herath has been take out of the attack while Lakmal and Gamage continue with their spell.

IND-vs-SL

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Day Three of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. I am Omkar Narvekar, and I will bring all the interesting posts from the social media universe as well as intriguing stats.

Rain is likely to ruin your weekend (in case you do not have outdoor plans). Day Three, too, is likely to be washed out. At the crease, showing off his temperament, is Cheteshwar Pujara. Against a rampant Sri Lankan bowling, Pujara played in the V, making sure he does not edge behind the wicket the way his fallen comrades did.

Suranga Lakmal ended Day Two with 3 for 5. Had there been more play, he was likely to inflict further damage. India are 75 for 5, and to steady the sinking ship, Pujara has Wriddhiman Saha at the other end. Although Saha struggled to find his feet against the moving ball, he managed to weather the storm and remain unbeaten before the day was called off.

Nic Pothas, after the day’s play, said his team is not going to take the No. 1 India lightly. Given Virat Kohli thrives when his team is in trouble, Sri Lanka would be wary of India’s counteraction.