India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from the first Test between Sri Lanka and India in Galle.ScorecardIndia (1st innings):34 overs (Stumps): That will be all for today with India clearly dominating first day’s proceedings. First it was Ashwin with the ball by finishing with six wickets and then coming out to bat – Kohli and Dhawan powered India with an unbeaten 100-run partnership. India finished the day on 128 for 2. 30.2 overs: Dhawan brings up his half-century off 92 balls, his third one in Tests. The left-hander looked solid right from the start of his innings and now has a great chance to convert it to three-figure score. 19 overs: Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan have steadied things for India after early wickets but with spinners bowling in tandem the hosts sniff a chance of getting the breakthrough. India 71 for 2.2.6 overs: Out. Dhammika Prasad strikes early for the hosts by snaring out opener KL Rahul trapped lbw for 7. The ball pitching on good length nips back and Rahul fails to bring the bat down on time. Sri Lanka (1st innings):49.4 overs: Ashwin finishes up the job for India by dismissing Rangana Herath to wrap up Sri Lanka’s innings for 183. For Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews top-scored with 64 runs. 49 overs: Amit Mishra gets into the act by claiming two quick wickets off successive balls. First to go was Dinesh Chandimal  for 59 and then Kaushal for a duck. SL 181 for 9.48 overs: Rangana Herath not wasting time here and getting some quick runs for his team. Sri Lanka at one point of time didn’t look like going beyond 100 after a poor start to their innings. advertisement43.3 overs: Out. R Ashwin claims his 11th Test five-wicket haul and his fifth victim being Dhammika Prasad trapped lbw for 0. SL 155 for 7. 42.5 overs: Fifty for Chandimal. The wicketkeeper batsman is not playing the waiting game here. He has punished Varun Aaron by smashing four boundaries in this over.  SL 155 for 6.41.3 overs: Out. Ashwin strikes. Mathews departs after a well-made fifty. The Sri Lanka skipper came down the track and tried to play the ball on the leg side. But the ball took an inside edge before Rohit Sharma, at short-leg juggled and dived before taking the catch. SL 139 for 6. 37.1 overs: Six. Mathews comes down the track to Harbhajan and clears the long-on fence with ease. With that six he brings up his half-century and also the fifty run partnership. 33 overs: Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal are now putting up a recovery stand as runs coming in at a brisk pace after lunch. Sri Lanka in the while have brought up their 100.Lunch: The first session completely belonged to the tourists with the hosts reeling at 65 for 5. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal are at the crease and now need to bat out of their skin to consolidate Sri Lanka’s innings. Indian bowlers bowled with lot of intent, especially Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron then came in Ashwin to return with three key wickets.     21.3 overs: Out. Ashwin on a roll now as he gets his third wicket by getting out Jehan Mubarak for a duck caught at short leg. SL 65 for 5. 19.4 overs: Out. Ashwin gets his second scalp by getting Thirimanne caught in the slips by Rahane. Ashwin tossed the ball up and Thirimanne came forward to defend but gets an outside edge. 17 overs: Nine runs conceded by Aaron which included two fours and a gorgeous one from Thirimanne through the covers. Ashwin has been the only spinner in operation so far and there is turn for him. SL 49 for 3. 11.3 overs: Out. Ashwin strikes in his first over and that to the big wicket of Kumar Sangakkara. KL Rahul does a brilliant job at silly point by staying low to grab on to the catch. SL 27 for 3. 7.1 overs: Out. Varun Aaron too strikes by sending back the other opener Kashal Silva caught by Dhawan in the slips. Silva’s dismissal brings Kumar Sangakkara to the crease. 6.5 overs: Out. Ishant Sharma draws first blood by dismissing Dimuth Karunaratne for 9 caught by Rahane in gully. Karunaratne was taken by surprise by the short ball.6 overs: Sri Lanka would have been one wicket down had Shikhar Dhawan not dropped Kashal Silva in the slips off Aaron’s bowling. The bowlers are getting good carry off the wicket. SL 15 for 0.1 overs: Good start from Ishant Sharma and some bounce off the wicket too. Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne opening for Sri Lanka, just one run off the over. Teams:Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal(w), Jehan Mubarak, Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, T KaushaladvertisementIndia: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and have opted to bat. Preview: India will have an eye on the third spot in the rankings when they take on Sri Lanka in the first match of the three-Test series at the Galle. India, who currently occupy the fifth spot, will climb to the third position if they whitewash seventh-placed Sri Lanka 3-0 and Australia defeat England in the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval cricket ground. A 2-1 victory would see the visitors gain three points.India will be without in-form opener Murali Vijay, who sustained a hamstring injury during the recent Zimbabwe tour. Vijay will be replaced by Lokesh Rahul, who produced two 40-plus scores in the Indian team’s tour opener in Colombo against the Sri Lankan Board President’s XI. In Vijay’s absence, Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul will now open for India.Skipper Virat Kohli, who has not been among the runs lately, will be eager to regain his touch. Kohli’s scores of 8 and 18 in the practice match left a lot to be desired. But in-form batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a century in the first innings of the warm-up match is expected to boost the middle-order while the talented Rohit Sharma will also be eager to get back among the runs.From the bowling perspective, Ishant with his five-wicket haul has shown he has a lot to offer in these pitches. Varun Aaron will look to give the experienced Ishant good support from the other end. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and the veteran Harbhajan Singh will be eying to use the pitches as much as possible to get prodigious turn.The hosts, on the other hand, will once again depend on their veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who will end his illustrious career after the series. Skipper and allrounder Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanna, Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga are a few of the other talented players India need to watch out for.The Lankans have included uncapped 23-year-old pacer Vishwa Fernando in their 16-member squad. Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera has also been selected, subject to a full recovery from a side strain he suffered during the series against Pakistan last month.last_img