Nagpur: India posted 11 for the loss of one wicket at stumps on Day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Friday, trailing the visitors by 194 runs.
The only wicket that the hosts lost was that of KL Rahul, as Lahiru Gamage dismissed the opener. Earlier, Sri Lanka had opted to bat after winning the toss.
But, nothing went right for them as they started losing wickets from the beginning. The only relief for the Lankan tigers was that of knocks by opener Dimuth Karunaratne (51) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (57).
The Indian bowlers had dominated the innings, with Ishant Sharma having taken three wickets, while Ravichandran Ashwin took four. Ravindra Jadeja also joined the party, having taken three wickets.
The hosts will hope to bounce back and take a good lead when they return to action on Day two of the current Test match.
India 7-1 from four overs
WICKET! KL Rahul has departed as Sri Lanka strike early.
Nagpur: India bowled out Sri Lanka for 205 in the first innings on Day one of the second Test here on Friday.
After electing to bat first, nothing went right for the visitors, who lost opener Sadeera Samawrawickrama early. During the course of the innings, it was Karunaratne (51) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (57) which gave the visitors some hope.
For India, Ishant Sharma picked up three wickets, whereas R Ashwin picked up four wickets.
Sri Lanka 1st innings
Sri Lanka 184-8 from 71.3 overs
WICKET! R Ashwin has finally got the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal, who departs for 57.
Sri Lanka 184-7 from 70.4 overs
WICKET! Dilruwan Perea departs as Sri Lanka lose another wicket
Sri Lanka 165-6 from 65.2 overs
WICKET! Wickets are tumbling for Sri Lanka as Dasun Shanaka becomes the latest to depart. He is clean bowled by Ashwin, who gets his second wicket.
Sri Lanka 160-5 from 61 overs
WICKET! Niroshan Dickwella departs as Jadeja gets his second wicket.
Sri Lanka first innings
Nagpur: After Sri Lanka opted to bat on Day 1 of the second Test in Nagpur, Ishant Sharma spearheaded the bowling attack for India with 2 crucial wickets, removing Sadeera Samarawickrama and Lahiru Thirimanne.
However, the visitors showed what they were capable of as Dimuth Karunaratne and skipper Dinesh Chandimal steered the innings, despite the loss of Angelo Matthews.
Ashwin spun his magic to get rid of dangerman Karunaratne as Sri Lanka scored 151-4 at the tea break. With one final session to go, the Indian bowlers will aim to finish the day with a few more wickets in the bag.
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 122-4 from 51 overs
WICKET! This is a huge breakthrough for India, as Ishant Sharma removes the in-form Dimuth Karunaratne. Huge blow for the visitors.
Sri Lanka 115-3 from 48 overs
Sri Lanka have recovered after Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne put up a fifty plus partnership. During the course, they also crossed the 100-run mark, while Karunaratne got to his fifty.
Sri Lanka 84-3 from 40 overs
Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne will haveto put up a good partnership, if Sri Lanka are to post a huge total.
Sri Lanka 60-3 from 30 overs
WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja has done a fantastic job to remove Angelo Mathews, who gets out via LBW. Nothing is going right for the visitors at the moment.
Sri Lanka 51-2 from 28 overs
Dimuth Karunaratane and Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka cross the 50-run mark.
Sri Lanka 1st inings summary
Nagpur: India restricted Sri Lanka to 47-2 at lunch break on Day 1 of the second Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium here on Friday.
After electing to bat first, the visitors lost Sadeera Samarawickrama early, as Ishant Sharma struck early.
From then on, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne progressed cautiously, by going in a slow run rate. However, the visitors suffered yet another blow as they lost Thirimanne, who departed for nine runs, with Ashwin scalping the wicket.
Sri Lanka will hope to post a respectable total, when they come onto bat in the post-lunch session.
Sri Lanka innings
Sri Lanka 44-2 from 25 overs
WICKET! Ashwin has removed Thirimanne, who departs for nine runs.
Sri Lanka 34-1 from 20 overs
The visitors have taken their time, and have scored just a couple of runs in the last eight overs. During this time, Ravichandran Ashwin was introduced to the attack.
Sri Lanka 32-1 from 12 overs
Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne have cautiously taken the visitors forward after losing Samarawickrama early.
Sri Lanka 20-1 from 4.5 overs
WICKET! Ishant Sharma has given India the breakthrough, by removing Sadeera Samarawickrama.
Sri Lanka 5-0 from 1 over
The openers Samarawickrama and Karunaratne have got the visitors off to a decent start.
Sri Lanka have won the toss, and will bat first.
Here are the playing XI for both the teams:
IND XI: L Rahul, M Vijay, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, RG Sharma, R Ashwin, W Saha, R Jadeja, U Yadav, I Sharma— BCCI (@BCCI) November 24, 2017
Nagpur: Virat Kohli will lead Team India once again when they meet Dinesh Chandimal’s Sri Lanka in the second Test starting on Friday at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium here.
Both the Asian heavyweights are coming on the back of a hard-fought draw in the first Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, after rain spoilt the game for two days.
India will be without Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has opted out due his marriage, and Shikhar Dhawan, who will miss the match due to personal reasons.
It will, however, be interesting if Tamil Nadu cricketer Vijay Shankar, who was named Bhuvneshwar’s replacement, makes his international debut for the hosts.
In the previous match, Bhuvneshwar grabbed the man of the match award, thanks to an eight-wicket haul in the entire match.
Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma could also be included in the playing XI. The Delhi pacer was released by the BCCI before the last match, and he was allowed to play Delh’s Ranji Trophy match against Maharashtra.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, could go with the same lineup. However, it will be interesting to see if Vishwa Fernando makes way for Lahiru Gamage.
Opener Sadeera Samarawickrama, on the other hand, will hope to put up a better performance for the visitors, after having scored just 23 runs in the first Test.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh, Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Viswa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilruwan Perera, Roshen Silva.
Where to watch:
Cricket fans can watch the game on Star Sports 1 and Sart Sports 1HD, whereas the match will be streamed online on Hotstar....