Hardik Pandya scored his maiden Test century to take India to a commanding total of 487 in the first innings. Catch live cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 2 at Pallekele here (LIVE SCORECARD | LIVE STREAMING INFO)
14:34 hrs IST: FOUR! The sweep shot is back, as Chandimal unleashes it and hits Kuldeep for a boundary.
14:31 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are 48/4 after 12 overs. And it is time for some spin, it would seem. Yes, Kuldeep into the attack.
14:22 hrs IST: FOUR! It’s all happening here. Dickwella pummels Pandya for a boundary.
14:19 hrs IST: ANOTHER WICKET! This time Hardik Pandya gets the dangerous Angelo Mathews LBW. Sri Lanka are struggling here at 38/4 in 9.3 overs.
14:15 hrs IST: Sri Lanka in deep trouble here! Mendis falls for 18 as he fails to reach his crease on time.
14:09 hrs IST: Five runs off Hardik Pandya’s first over. Sri Lanka 33/2; Mendis 17*, Chandimal 0*
14:04 hrs IST: Has been an excellent spell from Shami so far. Simply unplayable!
13:59 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are 28/2 after 6 overs; Mendis 12*, Chandimal 0*
13:49 hrs IST: WICKET! And it’s Shami again! Another beautiful ball just outside off, forcing the batsmen to play the shot. Karunaratne had a poke, and the resulting edge goes to Saha who did well to take a low catch. At least Sri Lanka didn’t review it this time. Sri Lanka are 23/2 after 4.3 overs.
13:44 hrs IST: BACK-TO-BACK FOURS! Mendis gets two balls on the pads and flicks them away to the boundary. Umesh Yadav needs to check his line. Sri Lanka are 23/1 after 4 overs.
13:27 hrs IST: WICKET! Shami with a beautiful delivery outside off, forcing Tharanga to drive at it. He gets an edge and Saha makes no mistake. No clue why Tharanga reviewed it though; thick edge, review wasted. Sri Lanka are 14/1 after 2.3 overs.
13:32 hrs IST: BACK-TO-BACK FOURS! Second one was a byes too. Not a good start for Umesh Yadav. Sri Lanka are 13/0 after 2 overs.
13:25 hrs IST: Sri Lanka’s turn to bat now. They have a task at hand for sure, especially when Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin get a chance to roll their arms.
13:13 hrs IST: And that’s that! Sandakan gets Pandya, who holes out in the deep. The Chinaman gets a 5-wicket haul, but India will be very happy with that score.
13:10 hrs IST: Welcome back to live coverage of the final Test between India and Sri Lanka. The second session is underway.
12:31 hrs IST: And that’s lunch. What. A. Session. India started the day at 326/6, and are now 487/9 at lunch. A lot of credit for that must go to Hardik Pandya, who played an absolute madcap innings to bring up his maiden Test hundred. India, who were tottering a bit yesterday, are now in control again. Join us again in around 40 minutes for the second session of Day 2!
12:26 hrs IST: Fun fact: this is the fastest century by an Indian batting at number 8.
12:21 hrs IST: FOUR! Pandya gets his maiden Test century with a four down the ground. What a knock it has been.
12:19 hrs IST: Here’s some fun observations from a colleague: In their 55-run partnership, Umesh Yadav has scored just 2 runs. Even better: In his knock of 99 runs, Pandya has only scored 3 singles so far!
12:15 hrs IST: SIX! Pandya now clears the deep mid-wicket boundary. On 97 now.
12:09 hrs IST: SIX! Pandya reaches 90 with yet another maximum.
12:08 hrs IST: Session has been extended. If India lose a wicket, lunch will be called immediately. Otherwise, lunch will be taken at 12:30.
12:00 hrs IST: THREE CONSECUTIVE SIXES NOW! My word, this is fun to watch from Hardik Pandya.
11:57 hrs IST: BACK-TO-BACK FOURS! Pandya throwing his bat at everything now.
11:55 hrs IST: SIX! Once again it’s Pandya, this time he slogs one over long off after giving the bowler the charge.
11:52 hrs IST: WICKET! Shami gets a flighted delivery which he duly smashes… straight back to Sandakan, who literally grabs his 4th wicket of the game. India are 421/9 after 114.2 overs.
11:48 hrs IST: Fifty for Pandya! This is his second half century in Test cricket. India are 421/8 after 114 overs.
11:46 hrs IST: SIX! Pandya now joins in and hits the game’s first six, over long on. Told you there’d be a fireworks display.
11:44 hrs IST: FOUR! Width on offer and Shami does not miss the chance, duly dispatching the ball to the boundary.
11:43 hrs IST: With Shami and Pandya at the crease and only two wickets in hand, we might be in for a bit of a fireworks display before lunch.
11:38 hrs IST: WICKET! One Chinaman gets the other as Kuldeep edges a Sandakan delivery to Dickwella. For some reason he decided to review that. Bad call. India are 401/8 after 111 overs.
11:30 hrs IST: India are 397/7 after 108 overs.
11:28 hrs IST: FOUR! Pandya heaves one over the long on boundary.
11:17 hrs IST: With 105 overs gone, India are 382/7.
11:14 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav might seem a bit uncomfortable out in the middle, but he has a first-class batting average of over 28 and a highest score of 117. He can certainly bat.
11:05 hrs IST: We get our first glimpse of spin after the drinks break as Lakshan Sandakan gets a chance to try his luck on what is a good wicket for spinners.
10:59 hrs IST: India’s lower order – which has been a difference-maker for India in this series – is chipping in with valuable runs again. India are 374/7 after 102 overs.
10:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Kuldeep gets his first boundary of the day with a nice shot on the off side.
10:48 hrs IST: FOUR! Pandya gets on top of a short ball that didn’t bounce too much and pulls it for a boundary.
10:46 hrs IST: Given how the pitch is playing, a score of 400 would be very good for India. They are 361/7 after 99 overs.
10:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Fernando bowls a good length ball outside off stump which Kuldeep edges. But it flies between the two slips and goes to the boundary.
10:31 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav, who is batting alongside Hardik Pandya, is not taking any undue risks. India are 354/7 after 96 overs.
10:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Kumara bowls it short and wide, Pandya duly frees his arms and sends the ball racing to the boundary.
10:21 hrs IST: 4 overs of the have been played and India are 348/7.
10:15 hrs IST: FOUR! Pandya plays a shot behind the wicket after beautifully anticipating a bouncer.
10:08 hrs IST: WICKET! Saha plays at a ball that is short, wide and there to be hit. But he only manages to send it straight to Dilruwan Perera at gully. India are 339/7 after 91.3 overs.
10:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Oh dear, that is a bad way to concede a boundary. Kumara’s ball swings a bit and Dickwella misreads it, giving India four byes. These are valuable extras being given away.
10:00 hrs IST: Lahiru Kumara will bowl the first over of the day. Play is now officially underway!
09:45 hrs IST: Sri Lanka’s bowling on Day 1 was impressive enough to gain some praise from bowling coach Chaminda Vaas. Can they continue to bowl well consistently? We’ll find out in 15 minutes.
09:25 hrs IST: Day 1 was certainly an eventful day, even if the match is a dead rubber fixture. You can check out the video highlights from Day 1 here.
09:10 hrs IST: We are now 50 minutes away from the beginning of Day 2. Whilst we wait, you can check out all the action from Day 1 in pictures.
08:47 hrs IST: Sri Lanka’s fightback in the second and third innings means for the first time in the series, a Test actually looks competitive. Sadly for Sri Lanka fans, it comes when the series has already been decided.
08:35 hrs IST: Good morning and welcome to live coverage of Day 2 of the final Test between India and Sri Lanka.
Rahul may have missed out on a century but his innings of 85 meant the right-handed opener joined an exclusive club of batsmen to score the most consecutive half-centuries in Test cricket history. Rahul scored his seventh half-century on Saturday, which came off 135 balls and included eight boundaries.
However, Sri Lanka fought back, taking three wickets each in the post lunch and post tea session.
Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara scalped three crucial Indian wickets while Chinaman Lakshan Sandakan took two.