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India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 27, 2017, 6:00 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



Stumps: SL 154/5 (Mathews: 54*, Dilruwan: 6*), trail India (600 all-out) by 446 runs


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: An outstanding afternoon's work from India. On what's still a terrific pitch for batting, two or three wickets would have been par in 44 overs. They've dipped well under it by taking five. Some fine fast bowling initially, and then two brilliant bits of fielding, after inexorable pressure exerted by the spinners. With three days still left to play, India hold all the aces, and some kings and queens as well.


Jadeja is now bowling the last over of the day and it completely belongs to the Indian team who are in commanding position in the match.


With only two overs to go, Virat Kohli has introduced pacer Mohammed Shami into the attack as he looks to end the innings of Angelo Mathews who has looked solid so far in the innings. Mathews takes a double as Sri Lanka cross the 150-run mark.


50: Angelo Mathews continues to wage a lone battle out there as he notches up his half-century. As wickets keep falling on the other end, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the hosts to remain alive in the match.


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: Mukund takes a catch that the late, great Eknath Solkar would have been proud to claim. Much deserved wicket for Ashwin, who has wheeled away all afternoon without reward, all the while creating more than a few half chances.


OUT: Ashwin produces an edge off the bat of Dickwella and Abhinav Mukund — who was fielding at silly point — picks a brilliant diving catch towards his right to remove the batsman. Lanka lose their fifth wicket as Ashwin picks his first.


Four and Four: Angelo Mathews is slowly and stedily running out of partners on the other end it seems that he wants to add as many runs as possible on the board before that happens. The right hander hits back to back boundaries to make his intentions clear off the bowling of Ashwin.


Both Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have bowled beautifully so far in this innings without getting rewarded. They have been crucial in building up the pressure on the hosts from both the ends but unfortunately they haven't been able to pick single wicket so far.


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: That was just sensational from Abhinav Mukund, to end what was becoming a serious partnership. Tharanga can count himself a little unlucky, with the bat bouncing up, but it was a very clever bit of glove-work from Saha as well.


OUT: Great effort from Abhinav Mukund at silly point as he affects a brilliant run-out to get rid of half-centurion Upul Tharanga. Mukund dives to stop the ball and gives it to Saha who took off the bails in a flash. Replays showed that Tharanga's bat was in the air. India get their fourth wicket.


Four and 50: Jadeja bowls an uncharacteristic wide delivery to Mathews and the right hander hits the ball towards the point region for a boundary. With that, 50 partnership also comes up between Mathews and Tharanga. 


Jadeja is continuously troubling Tharanga as the southpaw is not being able to play him properly. In this particular over, Jadeja first crashes the ball straight into Tharanga's pads, but luckily for the hosts, the southpaw was trying to play the ball by coming onto the frontfoot. While on the next ball, extra bounce and spin forced Tharanga to close the face of the bat and that resulted in the ball going just past the leg slip fielder. 


Ashwin is keeping Mathews quiet and is not going down well with the right hander. Mathews goes for the extravagant reverse sweep shot but the ball takes an edge off his bat and hits his helmet. Close shave for Sri Lanka.


DRS: India have opted for a review as they feel that the ball — which crashed into the pads of Mathews — was going to hit the stumps. On field umpire felt that the ball was going over the wicket and that is why he didn't give it out. Replays show that the ball was hitting the stumps but the ball was pitching outside the off stump, hence we will stick with the umpire's call. Unfortunately for Ashwin and India, Mathews survives!


Jadeja is straightaway starting to make something happen as couple of balls have taken edges of the bat of Mathews. The idea behind bringing Jadeja was to bowl him with tandem with Ashwin and straightaway it seems to be a masterstroke.


Ravindra Jadeja is now being introduced into the attack as Virat Kohli is getting desperate to break this partnership between Tharanga and Mathews. The duo are batting really well at the moment and are making to look the strong bowling Indian bowling attack look average.


Four and SIX: Angelo Mathews is making a mockery of Umesh Yadav's bowling as he is hitting boundaries for fun at the moment against him. On the penultimate ball of the over, Mathews leant into the drive and the ball went past the cover fielder for a boundary. Yadav then opted for a short delivery, and this time, Mathews went for the pull shot and the ball took a top edge and went over the square leg fielder. The hosts have also crossed the 100-run mark in this over.


Ashwin has been unlucky so far in his spell as he has bowled very well without being rewarded for his exploits. Few ball have missed the outside edge of the bat while few have hit the pads but they were going over the wicket. In this particular over, he once again bowled the perfect off spinner which almost took an edge off the bat of Tharanga.  


Four: Short and wide from Umesh Yadav and that gives Angelo Mathews a chance to rock onto the backfoot and cut the ball past the point fielder for a boundary. The right hander seems to be a man on a mission and he is trying to put the pressure back on the visitors and he has already hit three boundaries.


Chance: Ashwin continues to bamboozle the batsmen as this time he beats Mathews with extra bounce and the ball crashes into the bak foot. The umpire says not out as the ball seemed to be going over the wicket. On the next ball, Mathews hit the ball straight towards mid-off, where Umesh Yadav was fielding. However, the pacer let the ball go in between his legs for a boundary. Ashwin is not happy!


Four: The Indian bowlers were creating pressure on the hosts and weren't letting them score runs and there were no boundaries for the last 18 deliveries. However, Angelo Mathews has changed all that by pulling the ball towards the mid wicket region for a four. Shami's short ball tactic failed miserably there.


Shami bowls another good over here as Sri Lanka manage to score 4 runs from the over. Sri Lanka will need to play this session out without losing another wicket. The Indians though will look to make more inroads and get a grip on this game. Sri Lanka's score reads 78/3 after 19 overs with Tharanga batting on 55 and Mathews on 2.


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: Given what a belter of a pitch this is, India would have been thrilled to get four wickets before stumps today. They already have three, and 27 overs remain in the day. This partnership, featuring the two most experienced players, could well decide Sri Lanka's fate. 


Tharanga has reached his 50 off 44 balls and interestingly, even as the team score reads 72, he has scored 52 of them. Sri Lanka must ensure that Tharanga gets the support required. He can't fight a lone battle chasing India's first innings total of 600. 


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: Shami summons up a peach that squares up Kusal Mendis and takes the edge. Sri Lanka's most promising young bat gone for a four-ball duck. It was the perfect line, in the corridor, and Mendis was drawn to it like an iron filing to a magnet. Big, big wicket.


WICKET! That was a peach of a delivery from Shami as it held the line after pitching and kissed the edge of Kusal Mendis and landed straight into the hands of Dhawan. That is two wickets for Shami in the over and both times it is Dhawan who picks the catch. Sri Lanka's score reads 68/3 after 15 overs


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: Gift of a wicket there. Danushka Gunathilaka, on debut, slashes at one, and it goes straight to destiny's child, Shikhar Dhawan. Reward for Shami. 


WICKET! Shami has his man. Shikhar Dhawan takes an easy catch as Gunathilaka played that wide off his body and the slash took the edge and flew to Dhawan at first slip. Gunathilaka goes for 16 as Sri Lanka's score reads 68/2. India need to take advantage and pick a few more wickets here to put the pressure right back on the Lankans.


CricketNext's Dileep Premachandran from Galle: Tharanga enjoying some luck here. Just to put things into perspective, he was an international cricketer long before anyone had heard of Kohli or Ashwin. Made his Test debut in the same series as Dhoni (2005) but is playing just his 29th Test. Along with Farveez Maharoof, Ajantha Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera and Thisara Perera, he's part of something of a Lost Generation. 


India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: As It Happened

File image of Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami. (AP Image)

LATEST UPDATE: Abhinav Mukund takes a brilliant catch at silly point to remove Niroshan Dickwella. R Ashwin picks his first wicket of the day.

PREVIEW DAY 2, IND vs SL: Centuries from opener Shikhar Dhawan (190) and one-down Cheteshwar Pujara (144 not out) helped India reach 399/3 at stumps on the opening day of the first of the three-Test cricket series against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday. Electing to bat at the Galle International Stadium, India rode on a 253-run second wicket effort between a blazing Dhawan and a steady Pujara to surpass the highest ever first day's total of 351 runs in Sri Lanka. Later, Pujara, who notched his 12th Test century, and Ajinkya Rahane (39 not out) put on an unbeaten 113-run fourth-wicket stand to take the visitors to their second ever highest opening day's total — the highest being 417/2 in the 2009-10 home series against Sri Lanka. Dhawan smashed the rather ordinary Sri Lankan bowling all around the ground, racing to 190 runs off 168 deliveries with 31 boundaries studding his hurricane innings. The 31-year-old Dhawan, who got into the 16-member squad as Murali Vijay was injured, registered his fifth century in Test cricket — a perfect way to send a message to the selectors. It was also his highest score in the five-day format.

SQUADS: India Team: Shikhar Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
Sri Lanka Team: Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath(c), Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep

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