Indian bowlers worked hard to get three Sri Lankan wickets after posting 393 on board. Kumar Sangakkara looked good for his 32 but R Ashwin got him, Kaushal Silva notched up his ninth fifty. Catch all the highlights here (Scorecard | Schedule | Photos):
1735 hrs IST: STUMPS! That’s the end of play on Day 2 and Sri Lanka have reached 140 for three in 53 overs, still trailing India (393) by 253 runs. Lahiru Thirimanne (28*) and Angelo Mathews (19*) are at the crease. Kumar Sangakkara was out for 32 while Kaushal Silva scored 51. Umesh Yadav, R Ashwin and Amit Mishra picked up a wicket each.
1724 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav is bowling beautifully. He has beaten Mathews three times in 12 deliveries. The Sri Lankan skipper is lucky to be still out there in the middle.
1713 hrs IST: Ashes Update! Steve Smith scores his 11th Test century off 197 balls. Australia 351 for five. (Catch live updates of the match here)
1659 hrs IST: Ashes Update! Mitchell Marsh becomes Steven Finn’s 100th Test victim. Australia 343 for five. (Catch live updates of the match here)
1651 hrs IST: WICKET! Amit Mishra gets gritty Kaushal Silva for 51. Floated on middle, Silva goes for the sweep but top edges it towards fine leg. Ashwin was present at that position and took an easy catch. The stubborn opener finally departs after a gritty innings. Skipper Angelo Mathews joins Thirimanne. Sri Lanka 114/3 (43.4 overs), trail India by 279 runs
1646 hrs IST: DRINKS BREAK! Kaushal Silva and Lahiru Thirmanne have added 36 runs of 105 balls for the third wicket. Indian bowlers are keeping things tight and tidy.
1634 hrs IST: Ashes Update! Adam Voges misses out on a hundred. (Catch live updates of the match here)
1613 hrs IST: FIFTY! Kaushal Silva reaches his ninth half-century off 92 balls. He hit eight fours to achieve the feat. This is also his first fifty against India. Sri Lanka 104/2 (36 overs), trail India by 289 runs
1605 hrs IST: Ashes Update! Steve Smith and Adam Voges fifties have taken Australia past 300. (Catch live updates of the match here)
1558 hrs IST: DRINKS BREAK! India have taken the upper hand by removing a set Kumar Sangakkara after tea. Lahiru Thirimanne has not looked very comfortable against spin. Kaushal Silva is playing his patient knock and is nearing his half-century.
15:44: STAT! Aravinda de Silva’s 206 is the record for highest score by a Sri Lankan in final Test. He achieved the feat against Bangladesh at P. Sara Oval, Colombo in 2002. England’s Andy Sandham’s 325 vs West Indies at Kingston in 1930 is a record by a batsman playing his farewell match.
1522 hrs IST: WICKET! Kumar Sangakkara departs for 32! Ravichandran Ashwin gets the big fish! That was full and loopy on middle. Sangakkara went for a push but the ball kissed his outside edge and went behind to Ajinkya Rahane at slip. The ever reliant fielder dives to his left to take an outstanding catch to dismiss the legend. Sri Lanka 75/2 (25.5 overs), trail India by 318 runs
1502 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin starts proceedings after tea.
1442 hrs IST: TEA! That’s the end of second session and Sri Lanka have reached 65 for one in 21 overs, trail by 328 runs. Sri Lanka bounced back well after they lost their first wicket on one run. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara batted beautifully to put on 64 runs for the second wicket.
1424 hrs IST: FIFTY PARTNERSHIP! Kumar Sangakkara (24*) and Kaushal Silva (24*) have added 52 runs for the second wicket.
1413 hrs IST: DROPPED! In farewell match, Kumar Sangakkara gifted a life by Ajinkya Rahane on 24 off R Ashwin. It was a loopy ball outside off, Sangakkara goes for the cut but edges it this time. The ball goes to Rahane at first slip who shows good reflexes to get a hand to it. He parried it in the air and slightly away, dived for it to catch it in the second attempt. The ball was too far and Sangakkara gets a life. That was a good attempt by Rahane.
1408 hrs IST: Kumar Sangakkara got a rousing reception when he walked out to bat in what is his farewell Test match. While captain Virat Kohli led Indian players in giving a guard of honour to the Sri Lankan legend, passionate supporters cheered on from the stands. (Read full story here)
1403 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin comes in as second change. He replaces Umesh Yadav.
1348 hrs IST: Stuart Binny bowls a short of a length ball outside off, Kaushal Silva pokes at it and gets a thick outside edge to it. Saha takes the catch and the Indians celebrate. The umpire goes upstairs to check for a no ball and the replays show that he has overstepped clearly. That’s a NO BALL!
1345 hrs IST: India make their first bowling change. Stuart Binny comes into the attack, replacing pacer Ishant Sharma.
1340 hrs IST: Fans around the world may be sad to see Kumar Sangakkara bid farewell to the sport. Wife Yehali though isn’t complaining and feels she and her husband had been preparing for his retirement for a considerable period of time. (Read full story here)
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1312 hrs IST: Kumar Sangakkara walks out to bat. He gets a standing ovation and a guard of honour by the Indian team. Just what the man deserves. Truly a modern day great!
1310 hrs IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav draws first blood as he traps opener Dimuth Karunaratne for 1 on his first ball. That was a length ball angling in and Dimuth Karunaratne missed his flick. The ball struck the pads and Yadav appealed straightaway.
1303 hrs IST: Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva are out in the middle. Ishant Sharma takes the new ball.
1254 hrs IST: WICKET! Rangana Herath gets Ishant Sharma for two to finish with four for 81 and help Sri Lanka bowl out India for 393 in 114 overs. A good score on a good batting wicket. KL Rahul, Viart Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha all contributed with the bat. Rahul was the only one to score a century while the other three managed to get half-centuries. Herath was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets. Chameera, Mathews and Prasad picked up two wickets each. All eyes will be on Kumar Sangakkara.
1240 hrs IST: WICKET! Rangana Herath ends Wriddhiman Saha’s gritty knock straight after lunch. Good ball angling in and that strikes Saha on the pads. Plumb in front and the umpire raises his finger. What a way to start the session. Saha goes for a well made 56 off 117 balls (6x4s).
1202 hrs IST: LUNCH! That’s the end of first session on the second day. Wriddhiman Saha’s gritty fifty has taken India to 386 for eight in 111 overs. A good session for India considering that it is the tail-enders partnering Saha. India lost two wickets in the session while scoring 67 runs in 23.4 overs. Saha did the bulk of the scoring as he also got to his second Test fifty. Sri Lanka bowled tight. Chameera and Mathews managed to get the wickets in the session. India will hope to score some more runs before letting Sri Lanka come on to bat.
1153 hrs IST: FIFTY! Wriddhiman Saha scores his second fifty. He reached the landmark off 106 balls with the help of six fours. It has been a handy knock from the Indian keeper.
1140 hrs IST: WICKET! Amit Mishra’s crucial knock comes to an end. He scored 24 off 50 balls with the help of three fours. Dushmantha Chameera breaks the all important 46-run stand. It was a good length ball outside off and Mishra looks to push at it. The ball kisses his outside edge and the carries to Dinesh Chandimal. Easy catch for the keeper and he takes it well. Ishant Sharma joins Saha.
1124 hrs IST: Saha has been living dangerously. He has survived many times today with the latest one coming off Dushmantha Chameera bowling. Chameera bowls a widish delivery outside off, Saha looks to push it to the off side. That takes the outside edge but falls just short of the second slip.
1058 hrs IST: The current partnership between Saha and new-man Amit Mishra is 21 off 51 balls. Mishra has supported Saha well and has been rotating strike to keep pressure off the Indian keeper. He has also punished the odd balls for a couple of boundaries.
1019 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha survives! He goes down the track against Dhammika Prasad to slog it to the leg side but gets a faint inside edge to keeper Dinesh Chandimal. The keeper claims for catch but the on-field umpires go up to the third umpire to check if the ball carried to the keeper after taking an edge of Saha. Replays suggest Chandimal caught it just off the ground.
1012 hrs IST: WICKETS! Angelo Mathews gets his second wicket. R Ashwin plays a front foot lofted drive straight to Kaushal Silva at short extra cover. That was a length ball and Ashwin could have done better. India lose their seventh.
1001 hrs IST: Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin are out in the middle as Day 2 action begins. Angelo Mathews to complete his over.
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0947 hrs IST: It’s bright and sunny morning in Colombo today. There was a light shower early in the morning but weather looks fine now. Virat Kohli and Co. were also seen practising on the field.
It was a day of mixed fortunes for India in the first day of the second Test at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. After choosing to bat, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane perished cheaply but they were rescued by a magnificent second Test century from Lokesh Rahul and his 164-run stand with skipper Virat Kohli, who missed out on his 12th Test century. Rohit Sharma played a potentially career-defining knock but his dismissal towards the fag end of the day has tilted the scales in Sri Lanka’s favour.(Lokesh Rahul Wanted to Bat on After Ton)
However, the real test begins now for India. The onus will be on the Indian bowlers to stand up and make themselves count after an indifferent performance in the first Test.(Gavaskar Feels Current Indian Bowlers Can’t Take Five Wickets)
After the end of the first day of the second Test, Sunil Gavaskar said that barring a couple, India do not have bowlers who can pick up five wickets on a consistent basis.(‘Rahane Sacrificed at No.3‘)
“Maybe Ishant Sharma on a good day and R Ashwin, but no one else. The team has good bowlers like Umesh Yadav and Amit Mishra who can take a couple of wickets. The Indian team does not have an allrounder who can come to bat at number six and give them that extra option,” he said.(Rahul Leads India’s Charge With Century)
In the first Test, only R Ashwin looked the most threatening of the bowlers when he picked up 10 wickets in the match, including 6/46 in the first innings at Galle. The rest of the bowlers did not chip in regularly and they allowed the likes of Dinesh Chandimal to seize the initiative and take the game away.(Kohli Misses 12th Test Ton)
For Sri Lanka, they will be aiming to run through the Indian tail on the second day and hope that Sangakkara contributes a big score. The crowd at the P Sara Oval will be waiting with bated breath when Sangakkara strides out to the middle. The second day will be crucial for both teams as they look to dictate terms in this match.(Sangakkara Gets Guard of Honour)