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IND vs SL Live: 1st Test, Day 3 – After Bhuvi strikes, Lankans steal the initiative

India’s home season enters its last series against Sri Lanka. After two rain-marred days, India will look to play as many overs as possible in the hope to pose a fightback against the Lankans at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Saturday. Thanks for joining us back for all the live score updates from Day 3, as well as other happenings that make headlines through the day.

Day 3, Session 1 – Sri Lanka opt to bowl

Sri Lanka Innings; India 172 All Out

18 November 2017, 14:29 PM

Over 31 || Score 113/2 (Lahiru Thirimanne 48; Angelo Mathews 31)


A 79-run stand between Lahiru Thirimanne (48) and Angelo Mathews (31) effectively demoralises Indian players at Eden Gardens. The Lankans are 59 runs behind.

For India, Virat Kohli utilises four bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/38 from 12 overs), Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin – with the last three without success.

38 overs’ play left in the day.

18 November 2017, 14:01 PM

Over 24 || Score 93/2 (Lahiru Thirimanne 36; Angelo Mathews 24)

Spin. Virat Kohli introduces Ravichandran Ashwin. The offspinner leaks two singles, off the third and sixth deliveries.

Sri Lanka are scoring at a rate just under four. And they now trail India by 79 runs only.

18 November 2017, 13:47 PM

Over 21 || Score 84/2 (Lahiru Thirimanne 33; Angelo Mathews 18)

Sri Lanka reduces the lead under 90 runs. Brilliant play from Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews. Their partnership is now worth 51 off 87 balls.

India had their chances though. Dhawan dropped a sitter at first slip, giving Thirimanne a life in the 18th over. Umesh Yadav, however, applauded the effort even as Virat Kohli stood motionless, devoid of any reaction. Very untypical from the skipper. He looked angry, exasperated.

18 November 2017, 13:19 PM

Over 15 || Score 56/2 (Lahiru Thirimanne 18; Angelo Mathews 5)


Lanka, despite losing both the openers, will be happy with the current state of play.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been brilliant so far, and has taken both the wickets.

18 November 2017, 13:07 PM

Over 13 || Score 46/2 (Lahiru Thirimanne 8; Angelo Mathews 5)

Virat Kohli introduces Umesh Yadav in the 12th over, and the pacer leaks a single. On the other end, Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues, testing the Lankan batsmen.

Sri Lanka still trail by 126 runs with a minimum of 56 overs left in the day.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami is back. He looks fine.

18 November 2017, 12:55 PM

Mohammed Shami is leaving the ground. He was struggling. A while ago, he was seen getting the help of physio. In his place, Rohit Sharma is doing fielding duties.

18 November 2017, 12:45 PM

Over 8 || Score 34/2 (Lahiru Thirimanne 2; Angelo Mathews 0)

Bhuvi strikes again to give India a glimpse of hope, for a fightback. Sadeera Samarawickrama fails to read the line and ends up getting a fine nick.

Wicket: Sadeera Samarawickrama c Wriddhiman Saha b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 23 (22)

It happened off the fourth ball of the seventh over. And Bhuvi is moving the ball at will.

Angelo Mathews is the new man for the visitors.

18 November 2017, 12:31 PM

Over 5 || Score 30/1 (Sadeera Samarawickrama 20; Lahiru Thirimanne 1)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes for India, removing Dimuth Karunaratne, trapped in front for LBW. Original decision out, but the Lankan opener goes for the review. Umpires talk about shot not being offered, and the ball got the off stump.

Wicket: Dimuth Karunaratne lbw b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8(15)

It happened off the fifth ball of the fifth over. Earlier, off the third ball of the fourth over, Karunaratne reviewed successfully a LBW decision against Mohammed Shami. Ball kept rising.

Another left-handed batsman for Lanka, in Lahiru Thirimanne.

18 November 2017, 12:16 PM

Over 2 || Score 13/0 (Dimuth Karunaratne 5; Sadeera Samarawickrama 7)

India’s innings started with a wicket on a rainy Day 1, then two days later, Sri Lanka begin their chase with a boundary under the bright, sunny Kolkata sky.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar started the proceedings, and Sadeera Samarawickrama smacked the first ball for a four through mid-on. It was followed by three runs. Eight runs from the first over.

Mohammed Shami shared the new ball with Bhuvi, and leaked five runs, including a four off the first ball, flicked by Dimuth Karunaratne.

18 November 2017, 11:58 AM

Match will resume in a while, after the Lunch break.

18 November 2017, 11:34 AM

Cheteshwar Pujara top scored for India with a well constructed 52. He got fleeting supports Wriddhiman Saha (29), who partnered with Ravindra Jadeja (22) to thwart the Lankan attack for some time. Indian tail did well, considering how the top order had failed.

For Lanka, Suranga Lakmal took four, of those three came during that magical Day 1 spell.  Lahiru Gamage, Dasun Shanaka and  Dilruwan Perera took a brace of wickets each.

18 November 2017, 11:31 AM

Over 59.3 || Score 172 All Out (Umesh Yadav 6)

After a thrilling cameo from Mohammed Shami, Indian innings folded for 172 runs. Shami hit 24 runs from 22 balls with the help of three fours.

Wicket: Mohammed Shami c Dasun Shanaka b Lahiru Gamage 24(22)

18 November 2017, 11:13 AM

Over 57 || Score 149/9 (Mohammed Shami 6; Umesh Yadav 1)

India lose another wicket, in the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar with Suranga Lakmal getting his fourth scalp in the innings. Unplayable. Edged and caught, similar to the one that undone Lokesh Rahul on Day 1.

Wicket: Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Niroshan Dickwella b Suranga Lakmal 13(17)

Umesh Yadav is the last man for India.

18 November 2017, 10:54 AM

Over 52 || Score 128/8 (Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1; Mohammed Shami 0)

India in deep trouble. A double-wicket over. First, Ravindra Jadeja. LBW. The initial decision was not out, probably considering the height of the bounce. But the Lankans took the review, and it’s hitting middle.

Wicket: Ravindra Jadeja lbw b Dilruwan Perera 22(37)

That happened off the second ball of the 52nd over.

Then, two balls later, Wriddhiman Saha got out in a strange manner. He played a paddle sweep, and ended up offering a catch at first slip. Huge shout, for whatever. Lankans took another review, going for LBW. But during the review, the replay showed a spike and with a clean catch, Saha’s gone.

Wicket: Wriddhiman Saha c Angelo Mathews b Dilruwan Perera 29(83)

India are in deep trouble, indeed.

18 November 2017, 10:30 AM

Over 48 || Score 121/6 (Wriddhiman Saha 25; Ravindra Jadeja 20)

A fledgling partnership of 42 runs between Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja helps India add crucial runs before TEA.

18 November 2017, 10:24 AM

Meanwhile, here’s one update on umpire Richard Kettleborough. He’s down with a throat infection, and pulled out of day three’s play. He has been replaced by West Indies’ Joel Wilson, who accompanied Nigel Long.

18 November 2017, 10:13 AM

Here’s how Team India saluted Pujara on his 16th Test fifty. Incredible sight.

18 November 2017, 10:13 AM

Over 44 || Score 106/6 (Wriddhiman Saha 20; Ravindra Jadeja 12)

There’s some urgency in the scoring rate for India with the arrival of Ravindra Jadeja. He’s making sweet connections. Meanwhile, India crossed the 100-run mark with a four off the first ball of the 43rd over, hit by Jadeja off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal.

18 November 2017, 09:43 AM

Over 38 || Score 79/6 (Wriddhiman Saha 6; Ravindra Jadeja 0)

Shocker for India! Cheteshwar Pujara departs minutes after completing his 16th Test fifty. Bowled by Lahiru Gamage. Ball breached through the bat and pad gap.

Wicket: Pujara b Gamage 52(117)

That happened off the second ball of the 38th over, and Ravindra Jadeja is the new man for India. He recently scored a double hundred in Ranji Trophy, so to say.

18 November 2017, 09:24 AM

Over 33 || Score 79/5 (Cheteshwar Pujara 52; Wriddhiman Saha 6)

Cheteshwar Pujara starts with a single off the very first delivery as Lahiru Gamage completes his 12th over. Gamage was stranded yesterday with a delivery still left in his 12th over.

Then, Pujara completes his fifty with a four off the fifth ball of the next over. A brilliantly timed glance shot. That’s his 16th Test fifty.

18 November 2017, 09:13 AM

Ashish Nehra gets the bell ringing. Umpires and players are out in the centre. Let’s hope for a good day of cricket.

18 November 2017, 09:10 AM

The Eden Gardens top still has plenty to grass. And luckily there’s no rain today.

18 November 2017, 08:54 AM

We have the first glimpse of Pujara warming up. It will be a huge day for him, and India. Play will start at 9:15 AM IST, yes, if rain gods permit.

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