2nd Test: How Mendis and Karunaratne defied India on third day

first_imgSri Lanka are showing some character and fight to get back into the game courtesy two outstanding knocks from Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne. The duo scored a giant 191-run stand, in which the former scored a ton and the latter is unbeaten on 92. They still have a long way to go and it would take something special from their batting line-up to get something out of this game. (Scorecard)Sri Lanka 2nd Innings:17.09 IST: Sri Lanka 183 & 209/2 at stumps, trail India (622/9d) by 230 runs following on. Mendis 110, Karunaratne 92*, Hardik 1/12 So, Sri Lanka are showing some character and fight to get back into the game courtesy of two outstanding knocks from Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne with the former scoring a ton and the latter unbeaten on 92. They still have a long way to go and it would take something special from their batting line-up for them to get something out of this game.India on the other hand, are still a long way ahead in the game. Hardik Pandya provided them with an important break through towards the end. They would want to come out tomorrow morning and take a few early wickets and set the game up for them. Join us for the 4th day of the Test tomorrow at 1000 local 0430 GMT. Till then take care and cheers!Good fight back from Sri Lanka and #TeamIndia applaud a good day of Test cricket #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/XyAqZyDvW8- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201717.08 IST: Jadeja to Pushpakumara, HOW DID THAT MISS THE STUMPS? Close shave to end the day! Jadeja darts an arm ball outside off, Pushpakumara prods ahead and once again lets it go by keeping the bat inside the line. He doesn’t pick the straighter one at all but is lucky that ball whizzes past the stumps. THAT’S STUMPS ON DAY 3!advertisementStumps on Day 3, Sri Lanka 209/2 trail by 230 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne (92*) at the crease with Nightwatchman M Pushpakumara (2*). #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/Rh48YpML8f- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 5, 201716.52 IST: Hardik to Mendis, OUT! Hardik Pandya with the vital breakthrough! Bowls it a touch ahead of a length around off, angling in. Mendis prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge and lobs behind. Saha there, dives full stretch to his left and takes the catch. The Indians are excited and start celebrating. The umpire asks his partner whether the catch has been taken cleanly but then go upstairs, soft signal being ‘out’. The replay shows that the catch is clean and Mendis’s stay in the middle comes to an end. SL 183 & 198/2 54.5: WICKET! K Mendis (110) is out, c Wriddhiman Saha b Hardik Pandya, 198/2- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201716.14 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, FOUR! That’s it! Kusal Mendis has scored a crucial century for his side. Take a bow, young lad! Kneels down and sweeps the fuller delivery hard through mid-wicket for a boundary. SL 183 & 176/1, trail by 263 runsKusal Mendis gets his 3rd Test century! 100* (120b) SL 183 & 176/1 (46.0 Ovs) Sri Lanka trail by 263 runs. https://t.co/U9icN1eKqE #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/CTlYhqRLCU- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 5, 201715.51 IST: Shami comes back for a spell and bowls a maiden first up. SL 183 & 158/1, trail by 281 15.37 IST: Sri Lanka 183 & 150/1 in 37 overs, trail by 289 runs following on.15.32 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, FOUR! Lovely shot! Full ball on off, Mendis drives it with the spin through covers for a boundary.2nd Test. 35.4: R Jadeja to K Mendis (79), 4 runs, 148/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201715.24 IST: Umesh to Karunaratne, FOUR! Easy peasy! Short and wide outside off, Karunaratne cuts it through backward point for a boundary.2nd Test. 33.1: U Yadav to D Karunaratne (64), 4 runs, 139/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201715.21 IST: Finally, Kohli has his wish fulfilled. The umpires feel that the ball has lost his shape after it failing the 8-shape gauge test. And, the ball has now been replaced.15.07 IST: FOUR! Poor line! Umesh bowls it on the pads, Karunaratne flicks it fine down the leg side for a boundary. A good start to the session for Sri Lanka.14.43 IST: Sri Lanka 183 & 118/1 at tea, trail India by 321 following on. Mendis 61*, Karunaratne 55*14.43 IST: Ashwin bowls a maiden to Karunaratne to bring the session to close.14.26 IST: Ashwin to Karunaratne, FOUR! Slower through the air on the pads. Dimuth tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary. He brings up his fifty. It is a fighting knock from him and he still has a long way to go. SL 183 & 108/1 in 25 overs, trail by 331 advertisement2nd Test. 24.5: R Ashwin to D Karunaratne (51), 4 runs, 108/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201714.20 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, FOUR! Fifty up for Mendis and 100 up for Sri Lanka! Kusal keeps going after Jadeja. Goes to sweep it against the spin, gets a top edge and the ball goes over the keeper and to the fence behind. Some counter-attacking cricket this!2nd Test. 23.2: R Jadeja to K Mendis (53), 4 runs, 100/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201714.04 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, FOUR! Just a tickle! Sliding down leg, Mendis stays in the crease and nudges it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Fourth one of the over, what an over it is turning out to be!2nd Test. 19.5: R Jadeja to K Mendis (42), 4 runs, 84/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201714.04 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, FOUR! Third in the over! This time on the leg side. Mendis kneels down and sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary. He is taking the attack to Jadeja here!14.04 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, FOUR! Cut away! Short outside off, spinning away, Mendis goes back and spanks it through square on the off side for a boundary.14.04 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, FOUR! Punched away! Landed outside off, spinning away, Mendis goes back and cracks it through covers for a boundary.13.59 IST: NOT OUT! Superb review from Mendis! He was confident and made full use of it. Landed around off, spinning away a shade. Mendis stays on the back foot and looks to defend but the ball takes a deflection and goes into Saha’s gloves. The players appeal hard and loud and the umpire rules it out. Kusal takes the review straightaway. The Ultra Edge shows that the deflection came off the thigh pad. The third umpire also check for lbw but it’s going high as seen in Hawk Eye. SL 183 & 68/1 trail by 371 runs following on.13.48 IST: Drinks break! Sri Lanka 183 & 56/1 in 16 overs, trail by 383 following on. Karunaratne 33*, Mendis 21*13.45 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Jadeja tosses it up on off, Kusal sweeps it through mid-wicket for a boundary.2nd Test. 15.1: R Jadeja to K Mendis (21), 4 runs, 56/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201713.34 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, FOUR! Fires it on middle, Mendis goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it over mid on for a boundary.2nd Test. 11.6: R Jadeja to K Mendis (17), 4 runs, 52/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201713.33 IST: Jadeja to Karunaratne, FOUR! That is one way to counter the spin! Brings out the reverse sweep and hits it over the backward point fielder and the ball races to the fence.2nd Test. 11.2: R Jadeja to D Karunaratne (32), 4 runs, 47/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201713.26 IST: Expensive over from Ashwin, 13 runs came off it with three boundaries. He probably needs a change of ends. SL 183 & 39/1, trail by 400 following on 12.59 IST: Umesh to Tharanga, BOWLED! Cleaned up! Yadav gets his man. Tharanga’s dismal match ends. Umesh comes steaming in and bowls an inswinger around middle and off. Upul looks to drive, leaving a big gap between bat and pad. It’s enough for the cherry to sneak through and rattle the stumps. Yadav draws first blood. 9th wicket in the day already! SL 183 & 7/1 in 3 ovs advertisement2nd Test. 2.6: WICKET! WU Tharanga (2) is out, b Umesh Yadav, 7/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201712.55 IST: Ashwin starts off with a maiden. SL 183 & 4/0, trail by 435 runs following on12.52 IST: First over from Umesh goes for four runs. Ashwin will share the new ball. SL 183 & 4/0, trail by 435 runs following on12.49 IST: This is the third time Sri Lanka have had to follow-on at home. Australia did it in 1983 and West Indies made them do the same in 2010.12.46 IST: Players are out on the field once again, Umesh Yadav will bowl the first over with the new ball as Upul Tharanga takes strike for Sri Lanka once again.Sri Lanka 1st Innings:12.08 IST: Lunch has been taken as well.So Sri Lanka have been bundled out for 183. The Indian bowlers have made short work of the Sri Lankan batting line up. They trail by 439 and India have enforced the follow on.Most 5 wkt hauls after 51 Tests26 R Ashwin20 Waqar Younis19 Ian Botham#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017Most wickets after 51 Tests284* – R Ashwinnext best: 269 – Dennis Lillee* one more inns remain#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017They started the day by taking Chandimal and Mendis quickly. Dickwella and Angelo tried to counter attack but a brilliant catch to dismiss the latter and a false shot by the former got the better of them. For India Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers bagging a 5-fer and he was well supported by the rest. On a wicket which is providing a lot of assistance to the bowlers and we just might see the visitors clinching the series today. Join us for the second session in a while.Happy Bunch! Eight wickets fall in the morning session and #TeamIndia enforce the follow-on #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/tzg6qkBFNX- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201712.08 IST: Sri Lanka 183 all out in 49.4 overs, trail by 439 runs. Ashwin 5/69, Shami 2/13, Jadeja 2/84. India enforce follow-on First innings lead – 439 runs – third highest lead conceded by any opponent against India in Tests.#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 201712.08 IIST: Ashwin to Pradeep, OUT! Dragged on! Ashwin tosses it up outside off, Pradeep plants his front foot across and after feeling that the ball won’t spin much tries to leave it. However, he is late in it and the ball takes the inside edge and rattles the stumps. That’s the end of the Sri Lankan innings. THEY ARE BUNDLED OUT ON 183!Most times 5 wkt hauls for India in Tests35 Anil Kumble (132 Tests)26 R Ashwin (51)25 Harbhajan Singh (103)23 Kapil Dev (131)#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 201712.04 IST: Pushpakumara to Jadeja, SIX!2nd Test. 48.1: R Jadeja to M Pushpakumara (9), 6 runs, 177/9 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201712.00 IST: Ashwin to Perera, OUT! Ashwin gets through Perera’s defence. Does him in with flight. Lands it around off, Dilruwan looks to push it on the off side but plays down the wrong line. The ball goes past the inside edge and shatters the woodwork. 4th of the innings for Ashwin. He is continuing his good run. SL 171/9, trail by 451 runs. Nuwan Pradeep will infact come out to bat 47.2: WICKET! MDK Perera (25) is out, b Ravichandran Ashwin, 171/9 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201711.53 IST: Sri Lanka 171/8 in 46 overs, trail by 451 runs (Perera 25*, Pushpakumara 3*). Meanwhile, here are some key stats from today’s game – Most wkts after 24 Tests by Indian pacemen98 Kapil Dev89 Irfan Pathan81* Mohd Shami79 S Sreenath75 V Prasad#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017Fastest to 150 Test wkts by spinners28 – C Grimmett29 – H Tayfield/S Ajmal/R Ashwin31 – S McGill/S Warne32 – Ravindra Jadeja#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017Fewest Tests to 150 wktsby Indian left arm spinners…32 Ravindra Jadeja40 Vinoo Mankad41 Bishan Bedi78 Ravi Shastri#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 201711.37 IST: Shami to Herath, BOWLED! Another one bites the dust! Timber! Shami on fire! The perfect delivery for a tailender. He comes steaming in and spears it very full on middle and off, tails in sharply too. Herath is yorked and sees his woodwork disturbed. India just a couple wickets away from bowling out the hosts, depending on whether Pradeep comes out to bat. SL 152/8 in 42 overs, trail by 470 runs2nd Test. 41.6: WICKET! R Herath (2) is out, b Mohammed Shami, 152/8 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201711.34 IST: Sri Lanka’s lone fast bowler in this match, Nuwan Pradeep, has been ruled out for the remainder of this match because of a hamstring tear. He will be out of action for atleast two weeks now. That means India need just two more wickets to bowl out the hosts in this innings.11.32 IST: Shami to Dickwella, BOWLED! Dickwella oversmarts himself! Shami strikes with his first ball today. Niroshan kneels down and looks to scoop the length ball, gets a faint inside edge and it deflects onto the stumps. Such an unnecessary shot to play. He did all the hard work against the spinners, dealt with them nicely and in the end overdid himself. SRI LANKA ARE STILL 472 RUNS BEHIND!41.1: WICKET! N Dickwella (51) is out, b Mohammed Shami, 150/7 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201711.26 IST: Fifty for Dickwella in 44 balls, his 5th in Test cricket and his fastest one! He once again kneels down and plays a controlled sweep in front of square on the legs side for a single. SL 147/6, trail by 47511.08 IST: Jadeja to Dhananjaya, BOWLED! 150th Test wicket for Jadeja! He is the second fastest Indian to do so. Quicker on middle, turning away. De Silva tries to defend it off the front foot but gets beaten by the turn and the ball takes the off pole. That was a beautiful delivery. Not a good return for Dhananjaya as he bags a golden duck. There was no foot movement by him. Sri Lankan batsmen are falling like a pack of cards. Jadeja gets his third.150 wickets for Ravindra Jadeja in Tests. Among ALL left-arm bowlers Jadeja is the quickest to reach this mark (in 32 Tests).#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 5, 201734.5: WICKET! D de Silva (0) is out, b Ravindra Jadeja, 122/6 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201711.04 IST: Drinks break! Sri Lanka have lost half their side but are still 505 runs behind. They will have to pull something magical and also will need a lot of fortune if they want to get anything from this match.11.00 IST: Ashwin to Mathews, OUT! Sensatinal from Pujara! Great reflex catch there. Mathews cam’t belevie it. Ashwin flaots it on off, Angelo plays it with the spin towards leg gully where Che dives low to his left and takes an excellent one handed catch. The umpires go upstairs to check whether it is a clean catch or not. Replays show that he has taken that cleanly and Mathews has to walk back. Sri Lanka have half their side back in the hut. This is a huge wicket for India and you can see by their celebration how happy they are.10.55 IST: Jadeja to Mathews, SIX! BOOM! Counter attack from the ex-skipper. Fires it on off, Mathews moves his front leg out of the way and smacks it straight over the fence for a huge maximum.2nd Test. 32.6: R Jadeja to A Mathews (26), 6 runs, 110/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.52 IST: Jadeja to Mathews, SIX! TOP SHOT! A lot fuller on leg stump, Mathews picks it up over mid onfor another maximum. Brings up 100 for Sri Lanka with a SIX over long on. SL 102/4, trail by 520 runs2nd Test. 32.2: R Jadeja to A Mathews (19), 6 runs, 102/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.51 IST: Ashwin to Dickwella, SIX!2nd Test. 31.6: R Ashwin to N Dickwella (23), 6 runs, 96/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.33 IST: Umesh to Dickwella, FOUR! Nicely done! Dickwella opens the face of the bat and nicely glides it through backward point for a boundary.2nd Test. 27.3: U Yadav to N Dickwella (8), 4 runs, 76/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.30 IST: Jadeja to Mathews, FOUR! Good intent from Mathews! Shuffles across and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. He picked his spot as there was no one out there. SL 72/4 in 27 ovs 2nd Test. 26.6: R Jadeja to A Mathews (8), 4 runs, 72/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.28 IST: Umesh to Dickwella, FOUR! Lovely timing! Full outside off, Dickwella leans into it and drives it through the covers for a boundary. He will play his shots.2nd Test. 25.6: U Yadav to N Dickwella (4), 4 runs, 68/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.24 IST: Umesh to Mendis, OUT! UMESH STRIKES! Kohli having dropped one makes no mistake this time. Umesh bowls it on leg stump, Mendis tries to flick but the ball stops on him and takes the outer half and lobs up tomid off, who pedals back and takes an easy catch. Sri Lanka are in dire straits here. SL 64/4 in 25/4 overs, trail by 558 runs25.4: WICKET! K Mendis (24) is out, c Virat Kohli b Umesh Yadav, 64/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.21 IST: Jadeja to Mathews, FOUR! INNOVATION! Darts it on the stumps, Mathews paddles it through short fine for a boundary.2nd Test. 24.6: R Jadeja to A Mathews (4), 4 runs, 64/3 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.20 IST: DROPPED! Jadeja is causing all sorts of problems here. Fires it in on middle, turning away. Takes the outside edge of Mathews and goes to the left of second slip. Kohli positioned there first moves to his right and then dives low to his left gets a hand to it but could not hang on. Mathews gets a reprieve on 0*.10.19 IST: This was Jadeja’s 100 Test wicket under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, Ashwin has taken 163 scalps.10.17 IST: OUT! Jadeja gets his man! Good field placement by Virat there. Full ball on leg stump, Chandimal shuffles across and sweeps it straight to Pandya at backward square leg who takes an easy catch. He had that man positioned for the sweep and Chandimal hits it straight to him. An early wicket for India and it is of the skipper who is walking back to the hut. The visitors are ecstatic. SL 60/3 in 24.1 ovs, trail by 562 runs24.1: WICKET! D Chandimal (10) is out, c Hardik Pandya b Ravindra Jadeja, 60/3- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.11 IST: Jadeja was trying to imitate former India left-arm spinner Murali Karthik this morning. SL 57/2 in 23 ovs, trail by 565 runsWhen @imjadeja did a @kartikmurali impersonation #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/MVRm2VbaOY- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.09 iST: Umesh starts off with a maiden, this was his first over in this match. SL 57/2 in 22 ovs 10.05 IST: Umesh Yadav will have a crack at the batsmen from the other end, his first over of the innings.10.04 IST: Seven runs came off Jadeja’s over, first of the morning. SL 57/2 in 21 ovs, trail by 565 runs 10.03 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, FOUR! EDGY FOUR! Fires it on off, gets it to turn away from the batsman. Mendis pokes at it and gets an outside edge and Pujara stationed at 2nd slip fails to react and it goes between the 1st and the 2nd slip for a boundary. Jadeja is not happy. That should have been taken. Che was standing too close.2nd Test. 20.5: R Jadeja to K Mendis (20), 4 runs, 55/2 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 201710.00 IST: Ravindra Jadeja will begin the proceedings for India first up with Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on strike.Day 2 Summary:India amassed 622 for nine before declaring their first innings and then returned to remove both the Sri Lankan openers to tighten their grip on the second test on Friday.For the second successive time in the three-match series, India won the toss, elected to bat and amassed 600 or more in their first innings before unleashing their bowlers on their hosts.Like in their comprehensive defeat in the series opener at Galle, Sri Lanka made a feeble reply to finish day two on 50 for two at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground.Skipper Dinesh Chandimal was batting on eight at stumps with the hosts needing a special knock from him, while Kusal Mendis was on 16 with Sri Lanka trailing by 572 runs.For India, Ravichandran Ashwin hit a half-century and returned to dismiss both the openers to cap a particularly satisfying day.last_img

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