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1st Test: Openers lead India's strong reply on Day 4

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November 19, 2017


16:34  Openers lead India's strong reply on Day 4:  

India 171-1 (39.3 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Lakmal comes back as Rahul takes one before Pujara also picks a single to get off the mark.

A single to Pujara off Shanaka on the leg side before Rahul gets two runs through the covers.

The umpires take out the light metre as it continues to get dark and they have no option but to declare stumps on Day 4.

At close of play, India reach 171 for one in 39.3 overs, having taken a lead of 49 runs.

Rahul remains unbeaten on 73, while Pujara made two as India put up a much better display with the bat in the second innings.

Dhawan provided the boost with a sparkling innings of 94 to lead India's strong reply as he put on 166 runs for the opening wicket with Rahul.
16:33  Openers lead India's strong reply on Day 4:  

India 171-1 (39.3 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Lakmal comes back as Rahul takes one before Pujara also picks a single to get off the mark.

A single to Pujara off Shanaka on the leg side before Rahul gets two runs through the covers.

The umpires take out the light metre as it continues to get dark and they have no option but to declare stumps on Day 4.

At close of play, India reach 171 for one in 39.3 overs, having taken a lead of 49 runs.

Rahul remains unbeaten on 73, while Pujara made two as India put up a much better display with the bat in the second innings.

Dhawan provided the boost with a sparkling innings of 94 to lead India's strong reply as he put on 166 runs for the opening wicket with Rahul.
16:28  Dhawan out for 94, India lose 1st wicket:  

India 166-1 (38 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Shanaka comes into the attack in place of Gamage, who bowled a poor last over. The openers collect a single each off the pacer before Perera bowls a maiden as Sri Lanka look to arrest India's scoring rate with some disciplined bowling.

Rahul seems to have lost his concentration and has been quite a few times. He tries to pull a short ball down the leg side from Shanaka but misses and is lucky not to have got a glove on that.

Dhawan now takes on Perera as he sweeps him behind square on the leg side for a four and then takes one to long-off to take his score into 90s and close in on another century against Sri Lanka.

Dhawan comes down the track to Shanaka but is beaten off the inside edge as Sri Lanka appeal for caught behind which the umpire gives out.

Dhawan immediately takes the review as he believes that there was no edge. But the Ultra Edge shows some spike as the ball passes the bat and Dhawan has to make his way back.

Dhawan is caught behind after a fine innings of 94, having hit 11 fours and two sixes in his 116-ball knock after he had put on a big opening stand of 166 runs for the opening wicket with Rahul.

Cheteshwar Pujara walks in at No. 3 as India opt against taking the nightwatchman despite stumps not that far in fading light.

Pujara manages to successfully defend the remaining five deliveries to concede a wicket maiden.
16:01  Dhawan's attack puts India on top:  

India 155-0 (33 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Rahul getting carried away or perhaps losing his focus. He tries the pull shot off pacer Gamage but misses and then tries the ramp and is again beaten.

Dhawan looking to disrupt Herath's rhythm as he paddle sweeps the left-arm spinner fine for two runs and then takes a single.

Dhawan continues his assault on Herath as he slog sweeps the spinner for a huge six over midwicket, clearing the fielder comfortably. He then tries another big hit down the ground but fails to make clear connection for a single to long-off.

Dhawan has changed gears. This time he steers Gamage to thirdman for two runs before he pulls the fifth ball through square leg for a four. Gamage doesn't learn from his mistake and bowls another bouncer which Dhawan pulls fine for another boundary to take India past the 150-run mark, in the 32nd over.

Herath, who has been carted for 25 runs in his three overs, makes way for Perera. The off-spinner bowls a steady over as he gives away just three runs.

With around 25 overs left to be bowled before stumps, India may look to continue in the same vein and score around 80 to 100 runs before stumps and put themselves in a good position heading into the final day.

Dhawan's assault has seen him race to 86 from 101 balls, hitting 10 fours and two sixes, while Rahul is content to play second fiddle on 68.

15:38  Rahul, Dhawan hit 50s as India take the lead:  

India 126-0 (29 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Gamage comes back as Perera is taken off after bowling seven overs for 31 runs.

The openers take a single each off the pacers's seventh over before Dhawan continues to attack Herath.

The left-hander comes down the track and lofts the spinner wide of long-on for a six to give India the lead as they reach 126 for no loss in 29 overs.
15:36  Rahul, Dhawan hit 50s; India make strong reply:  

India 116-0 (27 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Perera drops short as Dhawan cuts it past point for a four and then takes a couple of singles to bring up his fifty, from 74 balls.

Sri Lanka make a change as they introduce their most experienced bowler Rangana Herath as they look for a wicket or two to check India's charge.

Dhawan had attacked Herath in their previous series last year and he continues the same tactics. He tries to hit one down the ground but fails to make proper connection for a single to long-on but later in the over he gets under one and lofts it over mid-off for a four.


15:18  Rahul hits fifty to lead India's strong reply:  

India 100-0 (24 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Dhawan is also progressing well and has quietly gone about his job, looking to just stay at the wicket and make most of the loose deliveries.

A wide delivery from Lakmal is hit square on the off-side for a four before he takes a single from the last ball.

Sri Lanka waste their second and final review as Perera appeals for leg before wicket against Dhawan after the left-hander misses the sweep. The off-spinner is quite confident and forces captain Chandimal to go for the review but Dhawan has got some gloves before the ball hits the pads.

India's openers are looking in no trouble at all on a pitch which has eased quite a lot since the opening two days.

The hosts cruise to 100 for no loss in 24 overs with Rahul on 57 and Dhawan on 42.
15:02  Rahul hits fifty to lead India's strong reply:  

India 90-0 (20 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Off-spinner Perera starts off proceedings with the ball for Sri Lanka after the tea interval.

The first ball is a half-volley right in the slot as Rahul despatches it through the covers for a four to start off the final session in confident fashion.

Three balls later he steps out and tries to drive it through the covers but fails to find the gap before he keeps strike with one from the last ball.

Rahul produces another cracking drive through the off-side as he hits Lakmal on the up as it goes uppishly but in the gap for another four.

He then hangs his bat to another wide one without moving his feet as he gets an inside edge which narrowly misses the leg stump and goes for a four to take his score to 49.

In the next over, Rahul turns Perera on the leg side for one to bring up his fifty from 64 balls.

He steps down the track and drives the last ball through the covers for another beautiful boundary as India reach 90 for no loss in 20 overs.
14:32  

India 70-0 (17 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Sri Lanka grabbed a 122-run lead before India's openers lead a good comeback with the bat in the second innings.

Rahul was unbeaten on 36, while Dhawan made 33 to take India to 70 for no loss at the tea break on Day 4.

Both the openers played positively as the hosts maintained a run rate of over four in their second innings as they looked to make up for their poor batting in the first innings.

Another good session for India could well end all hopes Sri Lanka have of pushing for victory.

Earlier, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 294 to claim a first innings lead of 122 runs.

No. 9 Rangana Herath top-scored with 67 after Lahiru Thirumanne (51) and Angelo Mathews (52) notched up fifties.

The Indian pacers claimed all 10 Sri Lankan wickets with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami grabbing four wickets apiece.
14:29  Rahul, Dhawan guide India to 70-0 at tea on Day 4:  

India 70-0 (17 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Perera has a huge shout for caught at short leg against Dhawan but the umpire is unmoved and Chandimal decides to take the DRS.

It turns out to be a poor review as the ball is well away from the bat and struck the pads on the way to the close-in fielder. The TV umpire also checks for the LBW but the ball is slipping down the leg side.

The Indian openers easily collect five singles off Perera's second over to keep the runs coming.

Pacer Lakmal is back into the attack after spending some time in the dressing room and then having to make up for that time on the field.

Rahul picks an easy single to get off the strike in the final over of the session before Dhawan crunches another cover drive for a four.

At the tea break on Day 4, India have made a good start to reach 70 for no loss in 17 overs, cutting Sri Lanka's lead to 52 runs.
14:18  

India 60-0 (15 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Dhawan drives Shanaka through the off-side for a couple before he comes down the track and slaps the pacer down the ground for a four.

In the next over, Rahul (22) gets a lifeline as he drives it straight uppishly but the pacer Gamage is unable to hold on.

Dhawan drives the last ball through the covers in commanding fashion to continue India's good start.

A single to each batsmen before Shanaka tries the bouncer but it goes high over Rahul and is called a wide. Rahul then gets an inside edge on the leg side for two runs before taking one on the off-side.

Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera introduced into the attack ahead of Rangana Herath. Rahul steers it to thirdman region for two runs before he takes a single off the last ball to retain strike.

Three singles from the next over bowled by Shanaka as India reach 60 for one in 15 overs, with Rahul on 32 and Dhawan on 27.

The two openrers have started off confidently to cut down Sri Lanka's lead to just 62 runs.
13:54  India off to a good star after SL take 122-run lead:  

India 36-0 (10 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

Dasun Shanaka comes into the attack in place of Lakmal, who bowled just two overs with the new ball and gone back into the dressing room.

Rahul gets a single off the second ball before Dhawan defends the rest of the over as he looks keen to see off the new ball.

Rahul slaps a wide full delivery from Gamage square on the off-side for a four as he continues his positive start.

He plays a rare loose shot as he looks to leave a wide delivery from Shanaka but is deceived by the incoming delivery which hits him on the pads but he has shuffled well outside the off-stump and leg before wicket appeal is turned down.

A couple of singles for the two openers as India reach 36 for no loss in 10 overs, with Rahul on 20 and Dhawan on 14. They still trail Sri Lanka by 86 runs.
13:28  India off to a good star after SL take 122-run lead:  

India 22-0 (4 ovs) & 172 vs SL 294 | Scorecard

KL Rahul, who fell first ball in the first innings, manages to block the first one this time around, from Suranga Lakmal. He then gets off the mark with a single from the fourth ball before hitting Lahiru Gamage for three fours in the next over.

Gamage overpitches as Rahul hits him for three boundaries straight down the ground, beating the fielder at mid-off on all three occasions to make a confident start.

Dhawan then plays a cracking drive off Lakmal but the fielder in the covers does well to stop the boundary. But he finds the gap a few deliveries later for a four to get off the mark in some style.

In the next over, Gamage drops short as Dhawan pulls it through midwicket for a four as India race to 22 for no loss in four overs.




12:58  SL bowled out for 294, grab 122-run lead:  


SL 294-all out (83.4 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


No. 9 batsman Rangana Herath top scored with 67, while Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne hit fifties each to help Sri Lanka post 294 in their first innings and grab a handy lead of 294 runs.

Herath, who came into the middle after Sri Lanka lost a few early wickets in the morning, played positively to build their lead.

He added 43 runs for the eighth wicket with Dilruwan Perera and then put on 46 with Suranga Lakmal.

He was bowled by Mohammed Shami, who picked up four for 100, while Bhuvneshwar claimed four for 88. Umesh Yadav picked up the other two wickets as India's spin twins, Ashwin and Jadeja, who didn't bowl much, went wicketless.

India, who were bowled out for 172 in their first innings, will need a much better effort in their second innings to keep themselves afloat.
12:54  SL bowled out for 294, grab 122-run lead:  

SL 294-all out (83.4 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


Lakmal has a go at the wide one from Shami but gets a thick outside edge for a boundary through thirdman. He has another huge swing but the ball goes on the bounce to mid-off.

Shami then finishes off Sri Lanka's innings with the wicket of Lakmal, who inside edges it back on to his stumps to be bowled for 16.

Shami and Bhuvneshwar finish with four wickets each as Sri Lanka are bowled out for 294 in 83.4 overs to take a handy lead of 122 runs.
12:50  Herath falls for 67, SL 9 down:  

SL 290-9 (83 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes into the attack as India take the second new ball. Herath continues to bat freely as he flicks a full delivery over midwicket for two runs and keeps strike with one from the last ball.

Shami comes back from the other end. The first ball is short as Herath pulls it on the bounce to Jadeja who is halfway down to deep midwicket as he has a shy at the non-striker's end and misses but Ashwin's lacklustre backing up gives away four overhthrows.

Shami bowls another short ball as Herath looks to pull and then duck but the ball hits the bottom of the bat and goes over the wicketkeeper for a four. He keeps strike with a single from the last ball as the lead continues to swell.

Bhuvneshwar finally makes the breakthrough with the key wicket of Herath, who slashes it straight to the fielder at the thirdman fence. The veteran left-hander walks back after a superb knock of 67 from 105 balls, which has put Sri Lanka in a really strong position courtesy of the big lead.
12:34  Herath hits fifty, SL's lead crosses 100:  

SL 273-8 (80 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


Ashwin to kick off proceedings after the lunch interval. He is bowling without a deep midwicket inviting the slog sweep from Herath and the left-hander obliges but fails to make proper connection for two runs to deep square leg.

Lakmal does well to pick a single off Umesh and bring Herath on strike. The left-hander tries to swing Umesh over midwicket but is beaten and struck on the body before he defends the rest of the over.

A single each for Herath and Lakmal off Ashwin as the scoreboard continues to tick.

In the next over, Herath drives Umesh through the covers for a four to bring up his fifty from 84 balls and also take Sri Lanka's lead past the 100-run mark.

Ashwin bowling it a lot slower and mixing things up as Lakmal decides to take the bait and has a wild swing but can't connect properly.

Herath has been quite consistent with the pull shot. Once again a short ball from Umesh is pulled through midwicket for a four by the left-hander before he takes.

Sri Lanka are 278 for eight in 80 overs, for a lead of 102 runs as India decide to straightaway take the second new ball.
11:38  Herath stands firm, SL 263-8 at lunch:  

SL 263-8 (74 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


Veteran Herath has played a vital knock with the bat, hitting 42 from 67 balls, laced with six fours to stretch Sri Lanka's lead and give them the upperhand after a few early wickets in the morning.

At lunch on Day 4, Sri Lanka are 263 for eight in 74 overs for a lead of 91 runs.

Shami kept India interested with three wickets in the session, that of Dickwella, Chandimal and Perera. Bhuvneshwar dismissed Shanaka to pick up his third wicket of the session.

But Herath's positive batting ensured the scoreboard kept moving as the visitors scored 98 runs in the session for the loss of four wickets.

Sri Lanka lost three wickets in the space of 10 balls before Herath and Perera steadied the ship.

The talking point of the session was Perera's controversial DRS review when appears to have got some assistance from the dressing room as initially after making his way to the dressing room he turned back and asked for the review.
11:33  Shami picks 3rd wicket, SL 8 down:  

SL 263-8 (74 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


It takes a Shami special to end Perera's vigil in the middle. The right-hander gets one which pitches just outside the off-side and moves away enough to take the edge as he is forced to have a poke.

Perera, who had a controversial reprieve early on through the DRS, is dismissed for five as Sri Lanka lose their eighth wicket.

Shami has been vital to India's superb comeback on Day 4, picking up three wickets in the morning session.

Herath pulls a short ball from Bhuvneshwar as Jadeja puts in a superb effort at deep midwicket to keep the ball inside the ropes and nearly effects a run out.

In the next over, Shami gets a short ball to take off quite a lot and move away as Dhawan stops it at first slip.

Herath is almost waiting for the short ball as he pulls Shami to deep square leg for one and Suranga Lakmal takes a single to get off the mark.

Bhuvneshwar rocks Lakmal with a quick bouncer which strikes him on the helmet as he attempts the pull. The next ball is again short and he again goes for the pull but misses.

However, he connects on the third attempt as Lakmal pulls it over midwicket for a four to bring up Sri Lanka's 250.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack in the 73rd over to bowl only his fifth over. He bowls a tidy over as Lakmal watchfully defends him with lunch close.

Umesh comes back as Herath continues to play positively. He flashes hard at a wide one from Umesh only to get an edge which flies over the slips for a four to take his score into the 40s.

He glances the next ball off his pads to fine leg for one before Lakmal nearly lobs one back to the bowler.

Umesh bowls a short ball which doesn't rise as much and Lakmal pulls it comfortably over midwicket for a four as Sri Lanka go into lunch with a handy of 91 runs.
11:02  Herath builds Sri Lanka's lead:  

SL 238-7 (67 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack for the first time in the innings, after a long wait of 60 overs.

Herath tries to reverse sweep the first ball but misses before he defends the rest of the over and keeps strike with one from the last ball.

Herath keeps the scoreboard moving with another single from the next over by Umesh.

Interesting bowling chance as Kohli brings himself into the attack after just one over from Jadeja.

Easy runs for Sri Lanka as Herath flicks a full toss through square leg for a four before keeping strike with one from the last ball.

Sri Lanka are getting the scoreboard moving to slowly build their lead. Umesh helps their cause as he bowls a short ball down the leg side, which beats the wicketkeeper for four byes and he pulls the next ball for one.

The Kohli experiment ends after just one poor over as Shami is called back. Herath feeling quite confident now as he pulls a short ball from Shami through midwicket for a four and two balls drives one through the covers for another boundary.

Bhuvneshwar from the other end as India bring back both their best seamers to make a breakthrough.

Herath is scoring some useful with 31 from 51 balls, as Sri Lanka reach 238 for seven in 67 overs for a lead of 66 runs.
10:29  

SL 217-7 (60 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


Herath moves away and has an ugly swipe against Bhuvneshwar through midwicket to get a boundary.

The next ball is outside the off-stump as Herath is beaten all ends up and again off the next ball as he tries another swipe but ends up missing it.

He then takes a single before Perera is beaten off the last ball.

Shami continues to beat the bat at a regular rate as Sri Lanka look to score some runs and build their lead.

Herath picks another single on the off-side before Perera plays away from his body but is beaten.

Shami sets up Perera nicely as he bowls a few inswingers before getting one to come in sharply.

Perera plays from the crease and is struck on the backpad as umpire rules out it leg before wicket and as expected Sri Lanka take the DRS.

It turns out to be a good review as the impact is just outside the off-stump and Perera gets a lifeline.

Interestingly, as Perera walked away after being given out leg before wicket before he suddenly turned around and asked for the DRS. Replays on television show that Perera might have got some signal from the support staff sitting outside the dressing room to take the review, though it it not clear yet.

If we remember that huge controversy during the Australia series when Virat Kohli accused the Australian players of taking help from the dressing room over DRS reviews.

This could also potentially snowball into a huge issue if Perera goes on to play a crucial innings with the bat.

The commentators are not happy with how Perera went about his DRS review, initially making his way to the dressing room before turning back and asking for the review.

Bhuvneshwar and Shami continue to toil as they keep on beating the bat before Umesh Yadav comes into the attack in place of Bhuvneshwar.

He bowls one short and wide as Herath smashes it through the off-side for a four before pulling the next to deep square leg for one.

Perera gets an inside edge for two runs on the leg side before Umesh bowls one wide to end a disappointing over.

The first hour was full of drama as India struck with a few quick wickets before Perera's DRS controversy.

Sri Lanka have managed to build their lead to 45 runs as they reach 217 for seven in 60 overs, with Herath on 14 and Perera on two.
10:05  Shami and Bhuvneshwar strike, SL 7 down:  

SL 202-7 (55 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


Shami in the midst of an excellent spell as Chandimal is beaten a few times outside the off-stump before he finally edges one.

A gentle outswinger as Chandimal comes forward and tentatively pokes only to get the edge which is easily taken by wicketkeeper Saha.

Chandimal walks back for 28 as Sri Lanka are reduced to 201 for seven, having lost three wickets for 10 runs for one run.

Shami is literally making the ball talk as left-hander Rangana Herath is beaten by a full delivery moving away. The next ball is short as Herath goes for the pull but misses and then gets a big leading edge off the last ball which falls safely on the off-side.

The ball is doing things at the moment and India's pacers have done well to bring their team back into the contest.
09:58  Shami and Bhuvneshwar strike, SL 6 down:  

SL 201-6 (54 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


Bhuvneshwar strikes in the next over as Dasun Shanaka is trapped leg before wicket for a duck. The right-hander offers no shot only to see the ball come back in sharply and hit him on the pads.

He is given out leg before wicket before Sri Lanka decide to take the DRS but the ball is clipping the top of the stumps which means the decision stays.

New batsman Dilruwan Perera gets another cracking inswinger which strikes him on the pads but this time the umpire turns it down.

The two quick wickets will boost India as Sri Lanka are reduced to 201 for six in 54 overs, with a lead of 29 runs.
09:51  Dickwella out for 35, SL lose 5th wicket:  

SL 200-5 (53 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


Dickwella drives a wide delivery from Bhuvi through the off-side for a couple and then plays the next ball through the same region for the same result.

Dickwella again gets the ball through the gap on the off-side for two more runs as Umesh Yadav has to do a lot of running to take the score to 179 for four in 50 overs.

Shami overpitches as Chandimal plays a nice flick through midwicket for a four.

Dickwella is looking to play freely as he lots a full delivery from Bhuvneshwar over mid-on for another boundary to race to 30 from 32 balls.

A single for the left-hander brings up the 50-run stand for the fifth wicket from 75 balls.

Bhuvneshwar then bowls a wide half-volley as Chandimal plays a nice cover drive for the second four of the over.

Shami beats Dickwella with a full delivery outside the off-stump but the next ball is short and is crashed through point for a four to bring up Sri Lanka's 200, in the 53rd over.

Good comeback by Shami as he switches to over the wicket and produces a beauty, extra bounce and movement to beat Dickwella.

He finally finds the edge with the next ball and Kohli completes an easy catch at second slip as Dickwella walks back after a breezy innings of 35 from 38 balls.

Shami bowled it around the off-stump, forcing Dickwella to play at it as he got the edge which was nicely held by the Indian captain for an important breakthrough for the hosts.

09:30  Chandimal, Dickwella give SL the lead:  

SL 173-4 (49 ovs) vs India 172 | Scorecard


Bhuvneshwar completes his unfinished over from Day 3 as Niroshan Dickwella defends the last two balls of the over comfortably.

Mohammed Shami, who had some injury concerns on Day 3, comes into the attack. Chandimal takes a single from the fourth ball on the leg side before Dickwella gets one to fine leg and his partner takes a single from the last ball to keep strike.

Bhuvneshwar draws Chandimal forward as he tries to drive a full delivery but is beaten by the away movement. He does the same off the next ball before the Sri Lanka captain manages to see off the over.

Dickwella shuffles across and clips Shami square on the leg side for a four to level scores. He then goes after a wide full delivery but is beaten and then tries the upper cut but again misses.

Dickwella then tries the pull shot but can't time it properly for a single on the leg side as Sri Lanka take the lead.



09:18  India eye early wickets on Day 4:  Welcome to the coverage of Day 4 of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata on Sunday.

Fifties from Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews kept Sri Lanka firmly on course for a handy first-innings lead against India on day three of the rain-hit first Test on Saturday.

The islanders, bidding for their first Test victory in India, dismissed the hosts for 172 and closed on 165-4.

Niroshan Dickwella was batting on 14 when bad light stopped play and skipper Dinesh Chandimal was on 13 with the tourists seven runs behind.

After bowling out the hosts, Sri Lanka looked to make up for lost time by scoring at nearly four runs an over to consolidate their position as the rain finally stayed away after allowing only 32.5 overs in the first two days.