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India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 26, 2017, 6:12 PM IST

1st Test, Galle International Stadium, Galle 26 - 30 July, 2019

Toss won by India (decided to bat)

India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs

Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan



India on 399/3 at stumps on Day 1 of 1st Test against Sri Lanka Dhawan: 190, Pujara: 144*, Pradeep: 3/64


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: A much better final session from Sri Lanka, but 399 for 3 in 90 overs still represents a mountain for them to climb. And with Pujara on 144 and seemingly intent on a daddy hundred, it could get far worse on day two.


399/3 is India's second highest score on the opening day of a Test. The highest (417/2) also came against Sri Lanka at Kanpur. The reason why India were able to score so many runs were because Dhawan - 190 off 168 ball - scored at a brisk pace.


Stumps: That's it then folks, India end day one at 399/3 with Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara slamming centuries. Nuwan Pradeep was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka as he picked up three wickets.


Just few balls left to go in the day and India will be really happy with how the day has gone today. Two centuries in a day and also just three wickets.


Sri Lanka had big hopes from Rangana Herath, who is their premier spinner with vast experince. But the Indian batsmen have left him effectless and he has given runs at an econ of almost four and he hasn't picked up a single wicket.


100: Since the wicket of Kohli, Pujara and Rahane haven't given any chances to the hosts bowlers. The duo have also brought up their 100-run partnership in stunning style. India in commanding position in the match.


The partnership between these two is worth 97 now with Pujara batting at 136 and Rahane batting at 31. Just three overs to go in the day and India will want to keep keep their wickets intact. 


Four: Short and wide from Nuwan Pradeep and Cheteshwar Pujara rocks onto the backfoot and cuts the ball hard towards the point region for a boundary. 11th four of the innings for Pujara. Another four of the over, as four byes is given by the umpire. Poor bowling from Pradeep.


Pujara and Rahane are negating the new ball quiet well and defensively both the looking very solid. The duo are seemingly trying to end the way without losing any more wickets and that is frustrating the Lanka bowlers. Pujara is standing tall after scoring a brilliant century and Rahane is also batting well.


New Ball: Rangana Herath has opted for the new ball and straightaway he has handed it to pacer Nuwan Pradeep. The right arm pacer has been the pick of the bowlers as he has picked up three crucial wickets for the hosts. Lanka need him to break the partnership.


The second new ball will be available in two overs from now and the hosts will look to break this partnership from with the help of it. Lanka need wickets and they need atleast one before the end of the innings today.


350: India cross the 350 runs mark in the 77th over with Pujara and Rahane at the crease. The duo are now playing defensively and the scoring rate has also come down a bit. It seems that both Pujara and Rahane want to end the day without losing their respective wickets. 


15 overs are left in the day now and India's score reads 347/3. At this rate, the visitors can easily score 400 runs on the opening day of the Test. Sensational batting from India. 


Injury Break: This could be another huge setback for the hosts as Dhananjaya Silva is down on the ground holding in shoulder. He was trying to stop a ball and went for a dive. But his shoulder hit the ground hard and the physio is out there on the pitch tending to him. Asela Gunaratne is already out of the match for the hosts after sustaining an injury. de Silva is now back up and is looking fine but he is still holding his shoulder in pain.


50: The partnership between Rahane and Pujara has now crossed the 50-run mark. The duo are batting beautifully out there and keeping the scoreboard ticking as India edge closer to the 350 run mark in the first day of the Test.


Drinks break and the Lankan fielders are once again having a serious chat in a huddle. They really need some magic from their bowlers to turn this match in their favour as the visitors are simply running away with this match at the moment. 


Four: Rahane gets into the act now as he hits a boundary straight down the ground for his first boundary of the innings. The right hander comes dancing down the ground and hits the ball straight over the bowler's head for a four. The runs keep coming for the visitors as Lankan bowling have been very mediocre throughout the day.


Defensively, Pujara is looking as solid as ever. The reason why he is so successful in the longest format of the game is that he is always prepared to stay in the middle for long period of time. The right hander is simply frustrating the bowlers by defending all the good deliveries and dispatching any wayward delivery by the hosts.


Rahane is providing good support to Pujara out there in the middle. He is playing risk-free cricket and trying to give the strike back to Pujara as much as possible. The two have now added 39 runs for the fourth wicket to help India recover from two quick blows (Dhawan and Kohli).


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: That is a quite sublime century from Pujara, who won India the series in 2015 with his 145 at the P Sara. He's been so in control today, and it's just taken him 173 balls. As many as 49 of those runs have come in the arc between long-on and wide midwicket. It's not that Sri Lanka haven't tried to cut off his release shot, but he's threaded the gaps quite beautifully.


TON: Cheteshwar Pujara flicks the ball off his pads and straight away called for two and gets it comfortably. Pujara raises his bat in delight as he slams his 12th Test century. The right hander then hits the ball through the covers for a boundary to state that his job is not done yet in this innings.


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: India playing Herath as they did in the second and third Tests of 2015. Shimmying out of the crease and attacking him. He's gone for more than four an over.


Four and Four: Couple of glorious shots from Cheteswar Pujara off the bowling off Rangana Herath as he moves into the 90s. Pujara first hit the perfect cover drive and then shows his strength straight down the ground by hitting a stunning straight drive. Great batting by the Indian middle order maestro.


Lahiru Kumara has given runs at an econ rate of more than 6. That is just poor by any standards in Test cricket. The problem for Lanka is that one of their premier pacers has proved to be very expensive and he hasn't bowled at a good line and length throughout the innings. Moreover, there hasn't been many wicket-taking deliveries as well from him.


Pujara's scores in the last 5 Tests: 83, 54* vs Bangladesh. 6, 31 vs Australia First Test. 17,92 vs Australia Second Test. 202  vs Australia Third Test. 57, 0 vs Australia Fourth Test. The right hander has been in sensational form in the longest format of the game in the past year and once again he is edging closer to a century in this match. 


300 up for India with Pujara batting on 87 and Rahane on 3. The run-rate might have slowed down just a bit, but India still hold the edge here as Dhawan put a solid foundation for the batsmen to follow. Kumara needs to take from where Pradeep has left and needs to build the pressure on the Indian batsmen. Rahane is still batting on 3 and this is the time to send him back because once he settles down on this placid wicket, life will be difficult for the Lankans.


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: Slightly grey overhead now, and cooler as a result. Much better conditions for fast bowling. India will strive to get through this Pradeep spell without any addition to the wickets column. Still nearly 30 overs left in the day. 


Pujara and Rahane looking to make it count after the loss of skipper Virat Kohli. This is the right time for the Lankans to make a comeback into the match as Rahane is known to be a shaky starter. India's score reads 294/3 after 59 overs. Pujara batting on 84 and Rahane yet to open his account. Herath will be looking at himself and Pradeep to pick a couple more wickets quickly.


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: Good decision to review from Herath. And a big wicket for Sri Lanka and Pradeep, by far the most impressive of the bowlers used. 


India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights: As It Happened

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PREVIEW IND vs SL: After a dominating end to the home Test season that included series wins against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, India are all set to start afresh under new coach Ravi Shastri. Going into the first Test of the series on Wednesday, the Virat Kohli-led side will have in their mind their previous tour to the island nation in 2015, when they bounced back from a 0-1 deficit to a 2-1 win and gradually ascend to the top of the ICC Test rankings. The Galle International Stadium hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Indians, having managed a single win, way back in 2008 and thereafter losing three on the trot. In 2015, India succumbed to a 63-run loss on the penultimate day, thanks to a magical seven-wicket haul by veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who will be leading the side in the first Test in the absence of newly-appointed skipper Dinesh Chandimal, down with pneumonia. The only factor common between the series then and now is the presence of former India all-rounder Shastri. He was then team director and now the chief coach.

Squads: India Team: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.
Sri Lanka Team: Rangana Herath (c), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep.

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