Sri Lanka vs India, 2nd Test, Day 1, Highlights: Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored unbeaten centuries to steady India’s innings after Sri Lanka jolted the visitors with two crucial strikes on the opening day of the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Thursday.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored unbeaten centuries to steady India’s innings after Sri Lanka jolted the visitors with two crucial strikes on the opening day of the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Thursday. India, who lead the three-match series 1-0, were well placed at 344 for three at stumps after winning the toss and opting to bat in Colombo. Pujara (128), playing his 50th Test, was batting alongside Ajinkya Rahane (103). The pair put on an unbroken 211-run stand for the fourth wicket after the hosts lost opener Lokesh Rahul for 57 and skipper Virat Kohli for 13 early in the second session. (SCORECARD)
Highlights of Sri Lanka vs India 2nd Test, Day 1, straight from Colombo
17:05 IST: STUMPS, Day 1: India 344/3 in 90 overs.
Cheteshwar Pujara 128*
Ajinkya Rahane 103*
16:57 IST: A huge LBW appeal from Rangana Herath. Umpire has given OUT. Wait. Rahane has asked for a review. Replay shows there’s an inside edge. It’s NOT OUT.
16:50 IST: CENTURY! Ajinkya Rahane brings up his 9th Test ton. India 338/3 in 85.2 overs.
16:43 IST:200-run partnership comes up between Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara.
16:38 IST: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane waits till the end and slaps the ball towards mid-wicket. Excellent shot from the right-hander. Rahane moves to 95 with this shot.
16:36 IST: Ajinkya Rahane moves to 91 with a single off Rangana Herath towards sweeper cover.
16:34 IST: Pushpakumara to bowl remaining deliveries of his over.
16:32 IST: Nuwan Pradeep walking backing to the pavilion. He seems to be in some sort of discomfort. He is the only pacer Sri Lanka playing in this Test.
16:24 IST: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane sends Rangana Herath towards extra cover for a boundary.
16:18 IST: DROPPED!! Debutant Pushpakumara drops a good chance. Rahane gets reprieve on 81. Costly miss for Sri Lanka.
16:12 IST: 300 comes up for India. Rahane 77*, Pujara 114*.
15:57 IST: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane comes down the track and lofts the ball towards long off. India 288/3 in 73 overs.
15:49 IST: 144* – Highest partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara.
15:48 IST: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane sends Pushpakumara towards sweeper cover for a boundary. India 277/3 in 70 overs.
15:38 IST: CENTURY! Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 13th Test ton. His third in a row against Sri Lanka. He also becomes the 7th Indian batsman to score a Test century in his 50th Test.
15:36 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara moves to 98 with a couple towards deep backward point.
15:25 IST: FOUR! Half volley from Nuwan Pradeep. Ajinkya Rahane leans forward and drives towards covers for a boundary. India 259/3 in 65 overs.
15:22 IST: FIFTY! Ajinkya Rahane brings up his 13th Test half-century. India 254/3 in 64 overs.
15:17 IST: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane goes on back-foot and plays a pull towards deep backward square leg. India 251/3 in 62.4 overs.
15:05 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara takes a single and moves to 90. He is 10 runs short of his 13th Test century.
15:03: Welcome back! Final session is underway.
14:43 IST: That’s TEA at Colombo. India 238/3 in 58 overs.
Cheteshwar Pujara 89*
Ajinkya Rahane 41*
14:39 IST: A loud LBW appeal from Nuwan Pradeep. Umpire is not interested. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal has asked for a review. The impact is outside off. So, the decision will remain same. Great decision from umpire.
14:35 IST: 100-run partnership comes up between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
14:24 IST: FOUR! Another beauty from Cheteshwar Pujara. He picks the ball nicely and sends it towards extra cover region. India 225/3 in 54 overs.
14:21 IST: FOUR! Excellent placement from Cheteshwar Pujara. He waits till the end and cuts the ball towards backward point. India 219/3 in 53.3 overs.
14:19 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara finds the gap and sends the ball towards deep mid wicket. India 215/3 in 53 overs.
14:06 IST: FOUR! Beauty from Pujara. The Saurashtra batsman comes a bit forward and sends Dilruwan Perera through covers. India 198/3 in 49.5 overs.
14:02 IST: SIX! What a shot from Pujara. The right-hander goes on back-foot and slaps the ball over deep mid wicket. India 191/3 in 48.5 overs.
13:58 IST: FIFTY! Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 16th half-century. India 178/3 in 47.1 overs
13:52 IST: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane comes forward and smashes the ball over mid wicket region. Excellent shot from Rahane. India 170/3 in 46 overs.
13:48 IST: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane hits the ball straight down the ground. Great use of the feet from the right-hander. India 163/3 in 44.4 overs.
13:38 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara uses the pace and cuts the ball behind square. India 152/3 in 42.2 overs.
13:33 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara comes a bit forward and drives the ball through covers. India 143/3 in 41.1 overs.
13:32 IST: FOUR! That’s a trademark Rahane shot. The right-hander goes on back-foot and whips the ball towards mid-wicket.
13:25 IST: Ajinkya Rahane is the new batsman at the crease.
13:22 IST: BIG WICKET! Rangana Herath dismisses Virat Kohli for 13 runs. Angelo Mathews plucks a blinder at first slip. Loud celebration in Sri Lankan camp. India 133/3 in 38.5 overs.
13:15 IST:FOUR! Just a mere push from Virat Kohli and the ball races towards extra cover.
13:10 IST: FOUR! Excellent shot from Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper sends Nuwan Pradeep towards long off. India 125/2 in 35.5 overs.
13:04 IST: Dinesh Chandimal brings in short mid-wicket and leg gully for Cheteshwar Pujara.
13:00 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara plays a sweep towards deep square leg. India 118/2 in 32.5 overs.
12:54 IST: Captain Virat Kohli is the new man at the crease.
12:52 IST: WICKET! KL Rahul (57) run out (Chandimal/Dickwella). India 109/2 in 30.4 overs.
12:46 IST: Pujara sends Perera towards deep mid wicket. He will get three runs. India 107/1 in 29.1 overs.
12:40 IST: Welcome back! KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara are making their way to the middle. Rangana Herath to kick-start the second session.
12:01 IST: That’s LUNCH in Colombo. India 101/1 in 28 overs.
KL Rahul 52*
Cheteshwar Pujara 14*
11:57 IST: FIFTY! KL Rahul brings up his 8th Test half-century. This is his sixth consecutive Test half-century. He becomes third Indian after Gundappa Vishwanath and Rahul Dravid to achieve the feat (6 consecutive fifties).
11:54 IST: A huge stumping appeal from wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella. He is confident and celebrating with his team. Umpire has asked for a reply. NOT OUT is the call.
11:44 IST: India 95/1 in 24 overs. Pujara 14*, Rahul 46*
11:42 IST: Deep point comes inside the ring for Pujara.
11:37 IST: KL Rahul defends with a straight bat towards mid-on to end Pradeep’s over. India 94/1 in 22 overs.
11:33 IST: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal brings Nuwan Pradeep back into the attack. A slip, gully, leg gully and a short mid-wicket in place.
11:28 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara slaps this powerfully but the ball hits Kusal Menis’ helmet at forward short leg. Pujara checks whether the player is fine.
11:23 IST: FOUR! KL Rahul sends Rangana Herath towards deep mid wicket for a boundary. India 90/1 in 19 overs.
11:19 IST: FOUR! KL Rahul goes on back-foot and slaps the ball towards deep mid wicket. Powerful shot from the right-hander. India 84/1 in 18 overs.
11:12 IST: FOUR! Excellent shot from KL Rahul. The right-hander comes down the track and sends the ball towards deep extra cover for a boundary. India 74/1 in 15.2 overs.
11:10 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara comes down the track and smashes the ball towards long on for a boundary. India 70/1 in 14.5 overs.
11:08 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara plays this towards square of the wicket. He will get 2 runs.
10:51 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is the new batman at the crease. This is his 50th Test match.
10:48 IST:WICKET! A loud LBW appeal from Dilruwan Perera. Umpire is not interested. Sri Lanka have asked for a review. It is pitching in line, And, it’s OUT. Shikhar Dhawan departs for 35 runs. India lose their first wicket. India 56/1 in 10.1 overs.
10:40 IST: A loud LBW appeal from Dimuth Karunaratne. Umpire has given OUT. Wait! Rahul has asked for a review. And, it’s NOT OUT. Umpire has to reverse his decision. India 52/0 in 9.1 overs.
10:37 IST: FOUR! KL Rahul uses the pace and sends the ball towards fine leg. Nuwan Pradeep isn’t happy with this shot. India 52/0 in 8.4 overs.
10:36 IST: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan drives Nuwan Pradeep towards deep extra cover. India 47/0 in 8.3 overs.
10:26 IST: FOUR! India are dealing in boundaries now. Shikhar Dhawan takes long stride and drives the ball through covers. Beautiful shot from the left-hander. India 36/0 in 6.3 overs.
10:25 IST: FOUR! KL Rahul stuns mid-wicket firleder and manages to get another boundary. Great use of fit from the right-hander. India 32/ in 6 overs.
10:24 IST: FOUR! First boundary for KL Rahul. The right-hander cuts the ball towards mid wicket.
10:19 IST: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan waits till the end and plays a pull shot towards backward square leg. Third boundary for him. India 22/0 in 4.4 overs.
10:11 IST: FOUR! Short and outside the off-stump from Nuwan Pradeep. Shikhar Dhawan goes on back-foot and smashes Pradeep towards backward point. India 18/0 in 3 overs.
10:09 IST: SIX! Shikhar Dhawan comes forward and smashes the ball towards long on region. Excellent shot from the opener. First six of India innings. India 14/0 in 2 overs.
10:07 IST: Dhawan gets an edge and the first slip misses the chance. Sri Lanka missed out on second chance to dismiss Dhawan.
10:06 IST: Rangana Herath starts the proceedings from the other end.
10:04 IST: FOUR! Dhawan gets an outside edge and the ball races towards third man.
10:00 IST: KL Rahul’s last 7 Test innings:
64 (97), 10 (9), 90 (205), 51 (85), 67 (102), 60 (124), 51 (76)*
09:57 IST: Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are making their way to the middle. Sri Lanka team are in a huddle.
09:36 IST: PLAYING XIs:
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep
09:32 IST: INDIA CAPTAIN VIRAT KOHLI WINS TOSS, OPTS TO BAT AGAINST SRI LANKA AT COLOMBO
09:31 IST: Both the captains are in the middle for the toss.
09:26 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara will be playing his 50th Test today. Big moment for the right-hander.
09:20 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage from the opening day of 2nd Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would look to be more competitive and with Dinesh Chandimal back in the team, it will only go on to strengthen their batting. The hosts boast a mixed record against India at this particular ground, with eight Tests between the two countries yielding four draws. Both teams have won two matches each, with India winning the last encounter here in 2015 by 117 runs.
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