India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 4: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Day 4 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India in Galle.ScorecardIndia (2nd innings):49.5 overs: All over in Galle with Sri Lanka scripting a great win coming from behind. All credit to the whole Lankan team but Chandimal and Herath’s efforts stand out. Despite India dominating the Test at the start couldn’t continue the momentum and lost by 63 runs. 46.5 overs: Out. Rahane gone caught in the slip and seven wickets for Herath. Sri Lanka now one wicket away from win. 38.6 overs: Out. Ashwin has thrown away his wicket leaving Sri Lanka just two wickets away from victory. Trying to flick Herath, Ashwin plays the shot in the air and Dhammika Prasad fielding wide at mid-on takes a good catch. India are 8 down. 35.6 overs (Lunch): India survive the first session to go into lunch at 78 for 7 and needing 98 more runs to win. Rahane and Ashwin were at the crease with Sri Lanka on top after Rabgana Herath’s five-for.32.3 overs: Out. Harbhajan Singh comes and goes as Herath claims his fifth wicket. Sri Lanka now are on the brink with India struggling at 69 for 7. 30.3 overs: Out. Wriddhiman Saha to cover the spin steps out but Herath foxes him and the Indian wicketkeeper fails to make his ground back. Sri Lanka now sniff victory from this position until the India batsmen bat out of their skin. India 6 down. 27.3 overs: Out. Second wicket for Kaushal as he sends back Dhawan for 28 caught by the bowler moving to his left. India are struggling at 61 for 5. advertisement25.6 overs: Herath and Kaushal bowling in tandem but the good sign is both batsmen are now using their feet playing the spinners. The scoreboard needs to keep ticking for the tourists. India 57 for 4. 21.6 overs: Out. Kaushal strikes and gets the big wicket of Virat Kohli caught at short leg. Kaushal Silva at close in position takes a sharp catch. India are in a tricky position with 45 for 4. 18.5 overs: Out. Third wicket for Rangana Herath with a cracker of a delivery by castling Rohit Sharma for 4. India can’t afford to go on the defensive and someone needs to play positively. 14.1 overs: Out. Rangana Herath strikes first ball of his first over of the day by trapping nightwatchman Ishant Sharma lbw. India 30 for 2. 13 overs: Shikhar Dhawan and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma start day four needing 153 more runs to win. Sri Lanka had their chance but Thirimanne at second slip grassed Ishant Sharma. India 30 for 1. Day 3 round-up: India were set a tricky target of 176 runs to win the first Test against Sri Lanka after Dinesh Chandimal produced a counter-attacking unbeaten 162 to lead a spirited fightback for the hosts.Tottering at a precarious 95 for 5 at one stage after conceding a 192-run first innings lead, Chandimal staged a remarkable recovery as he notched up a career-best knock to help Sri Lanka score 367 in the second innings. Chandimal’s effort not only helped the Lankans avoid an innings defeat but gave them enough lead to throw open the match on a track, providing some turn for the slow bowlers.India were 23 for 1 at stumps on third day, requiring another 153 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The visitors lost opener Lokesh Rahul (5), who was trapped LBW by Rangana Herath. Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Ishant Sharma (5) were at the crease at the end of day’s play.The 25-year-old wicketkeeper batsman found able allies in Lahiru Thirimanne (44) and Jehan Mubarak (49) as they put on valuable partnerships to frustrate the Indians. The Indians had themselves to blame to allow the hosts wriggle out of a tight position while some dubious umpiring decisions also went against them on Friday.It was a commendable fightback from the Sri Lankans, who counter-attacked the Indian spinners and completely destroyed their rhythm. At lunch time, it looked that India will run away with an easy victory with Sri Lanka reeling at 108 for 5 but Chandimal changed the complexion of the game as he clobbered the bowlers to record his fourth Test century.Chandimal hit 23 boundaries, including four sixes, in his fighting knock and raised a 125-run stand for the Thirimanne for the sixth wicket. With Mubarak he was involved in a 82-run partnership for the seventh wicket. Offspinner R Ashwin, who took 6 for 46 in the first innings, was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 4 for 114, completing his third 10-wicket haul in a Test. Legspinner Amit Mishra took 3 for 61 while Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron and Harbhajan Singh accounted for one batsman each.last_img read more