New Delhi: What a day of entertaining cricket this has been! Though Sri Lanka have ended Day 1 of the 1st Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla with a couple of wickets, they have been floored by the Indian batsmen. 150s from Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay have put the hosts in a commanding position and the troubles continue for Dinesh Chandimal’s men. The bowling attack seemed toothless and it will take something special on Day 2 if they are to keep the opposition batsmen at bay. Can India skipper Kohli reach back to back double hundreds tomorrow? We shall see. Thanks for joining us, see you tomorrow!
India 371/4 after 90 overs:
Sri Lanka started the 3rd Test against India on a good note, by wrapping up a couple of wickets before lunch at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi, but the hosts have grown in confidence despite an early shock. Murali Vijay and Virat Kohi then boosted the innings with a 281-run partnership, notching their individual 150s, before Sandakan dismissed the opener with a stumping. Sandakan followed it up by dismissing Ajinkya Rahane.
Kohli and Rohit Sharma will now aim to take India to a respectable score before the end of day's play. The visitors have possessed no threat whatsoever and will aim to change the script post lunch.
WICKET! Another one gone and it's the Ajinkya Rahane who has to depart. Another stumping round the wicket and it's due to another beauty from Sandakan. The Sri Lankan tosses up the googly wide outside off and Rahane falls for it, before Dickwella whips off the bails in a flash. Rohit Sharma walks in.
WICKET! A stunning innings from Vijay comes to an end after he falls prey to a wrong one from round the wicket off the bowling of Sandakan. Vijay reaches out for the shot, but lazily drags his leg and fails to get any part of his foot behind it. Sign of a batsman who has been tired, but nonetheless, a top innings!
India 357/2 after 85 overs:
Double 150! Complete dominance from India as Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli reach their 150s. The Sri Lankan bowling have looked toothless and the have looked out of the game. Will need to pull up their socks and get a few wickets before stumps.
India 299-2 from 71 overs:
Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli continue to score runs at ease as Sri Lankan bowlers fail to get breakthrough.
India 273-2 from 63.1overs
Dilruwan Perera appeals for LBW against Virat Kohli and Sri Lanka captain DInesh Chandimal goes for review. The ball had pitched outside leg and there is no inside edge. The third umpire ask on field umpire to stay with decision and Sri Lanka lose their review
India 269-2 from 62 overs
Virat Kohli completes his 20th test century. A huge roar from the crowd present at Feroz Shah Kotla. The Team India skipper raises his bat to acknowledge the crowd and gets a hug from his partner Murali Vijay.
India 240-2 from 55.2 overs
Murali Vijay has got to his 11th Test ton, as India march on.
India 201-2 from 46 overs
The Indian domination continues, as the duo of Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay have taken them past 200. When will the Lankans find a breakthrough?
India 160-2 from 36.2 overs
FIFTY! It is fifty number 15 for Virat Kohli as he continues his successful run in 2017. Can he score another century?
India 134-2 from 30.3 overs
Yet another milestone for captain Kohli as he has surpassed 5000 Test runs.
New Delhi: India posted a total of 116-2 at lunch break on day one of the third Test against Sri Lanka here on Saturday. India won the toss and elected to bat first.
Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay started the innings on a confident note, but the former faltered as he was dismissed for 23.
Pujara, who scored a century in the second Test, had a short stay in the middle as he, too was dismissed for 23. Post this, Murali Vijay got to his 16th Test fifty, as he looked to build a strong partnership with Virat Kohli, batting on 17.
For Sri Lanka, Dilruwan Perera got his 100th Test wicket by dismissing Dhawan, while Lahiru Gamage got the wicket of Pujara.
India 1st innings
India 78-2 from 20.2 overs
WICKET! Lahiru Gamage has got the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, who departs for 23.
India 42-1 from 10 overs
WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan has departed for 23, as Dilruwan Perera gets his 100th Test wicket. A huge breakthrough for the visitors.
India have won the toss, and will bat first.
Here is the playing XI for both the teams:
IND XI: S Dhawan, M Vijay, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, RG Sharma, R Ashwin, W Saha, R Jadeja, M Shami, I Sharma— BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017
New Delhi: Virat Kohli-led India will hope to clinch a record-equalling series when they take on Dinesh Chandimal’s Sri Lanka in the third and final Test here at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.
After having drawn the rain-marred first Test in Kolkata, the hosts bounced back strongly to defeat the Islanders by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test.
A win or a draw in the third Test will see them equal Australia’s record of nine consecutive series wins, a record which was held between 2005 and 2008.
For the hosts, the top-order batting will be a puzzle, and it will be interesting as to who among Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay will make the cut.
Shikhar Dhawan opted out of the previous match in Nagpur citing personal reasons, and is back for the Test at his home ground.
Mohammed Shami could return back to the team, and if he does, he could replace Umesh Yadav, as Ishant Sharma would also keep his place in the playing XI.
Post this Test, captain Virat Kohli will get a much-needed break from cricket, as it will be Rohit Sharma who will lead in the upcoming ODI series against the same opponents.
For the visitors, Rangane Herath will miss out after suffering a back injury. However, it remains to be seen if his replacement Jeffrey Vandersay will make the cut to the playing XI. The main focus for the Lankans will be in the top order, especially Sadeera Samarawickrama, who has not had a successful tour so far.
If the batting fails, it will be upto Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal to take the visitors forward, as they have had a decent run.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami , Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella, Angelo Mathews, Dilruwan Perera, Jefferey Vandersay, Roshan Silva, Dashun Shanaka, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Dhananjaya de Silva.
The match is scheduled to start 0930 hrs (Indian Standard Time).
Where you can watch the match live:
The cricket fans can watch the live telecast of the match on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD. The live streaming of the match will be available on Hotstar.