5:38: India have their noses slightly ahead in this game after stumps on Day 4. The Indian bowlers bowled well initially but after Sangakkara's dismissal Karunaratne and Mathews have played sensibly. Sri Lanka finished Day 4 with 72/2. (Dimuth Karunaratne 25* Angelo Mathews 23*), 21 Overs. Sri Lanka still need 341 runs on the final day of the second Test match at Colombo.
Earlier, the world saw Kumar Sangakkara walking out off the field for one last time and it was an emotional moment for everybody on and off the field. The entire Indian team went up to the legend and congratulated him for his highly coveted career after he got out.
Ashwin has been the most productive amongst all the Indian bowlers in this 4th innings. The last session of Day 4 was quite an eventful one. It will be interesting to see whether Sri Lanka goes for the record run chase or they defend the day out on Day 5 at the P Sara Oval. India will be looking to pick up wickets early on the day tomorrow.
That is all from me (Rajarshi Majumdar) and IBTimes India today. Do tune in tomorrow for the live updates of Day 5.
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5:30: Sri Lanka are moving on nicely. These two batsmen can take the game away from India. Last over of day 4 coming up. Can Ishant Sharma pick up a wicket?
5:24: Karunaratne and Mathews are looking good so far. Third boundary off Ashwin's over. Frustrating for the Indian captain. India desperately in serach for a wicket. SL 68/2 (Mathews 20*, Karunaratne 24*) 19 overs.
5:14: Huge shout for LBW, butKarunaratne survives. Ashwin has been bowling splendidly well and it will be no surprise if Ashwin takes a wicket or so before Day 4 comes to an end. Another maiden over. Pressure...Pressure.. Something has got to give, it seems. SL 54/2 (Mathews 18*, Karunaratne 12*) 17 overs.
5:10pm: Virat Kohli is keen to take one more wicket as it will put the Sri Lankan team on the back foot, but Mathwews is standing tall and playing a good innings. Ashwin has been spot on with his bowling in the fourth innings as he bowls a terrific maiden over and Mishra follows with another maiden to pile pressure on Sri Lanka. SL 54/2 (Mathews 18*, Karunaratne 12*) 17 overs.
4:56: Ashwin has really pushed the Lankans on their backfoot. The Sri Lankan skipper is at the crease and he is trying to play out Ashwin. Sri Lanka 45/2 (Mathews 11*, Karunaratne 10*) 11 overs.
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4:45: Not quite a fairy tale ending! Sangakkara has been dismissed. The legend walks out off the field for one final time. Sri Lanka 33/2. Ashwin dismissed him for 18 runs. This is 4th time Ashwin got his man, a huge wicket for India. Sri Lanka are in trouble.
4:34: Sangakkara and Karunaratne are looking to settle down. Sri Lanka would not want to lose any more wickets on Day 4 and try and score as many runs as they can. Ishant Sharma and Ashwin are bowling well in tandem. Sri Lanka 22/1, (Sangakkara 13*, Karunaratne 3*), 6 overs.
4:23: Oh terrible mix up! Sangakkara could have been run out! but the fielder did not collect the ball cleanly.
4:21: Needless overthrow from Binny! gifted 4 runs to Sangakkara, Kohli unhappy!
4:20: It was a soft dismissal indeed. Silva could have hit that anywhere but it went straight to Binny. Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara comes out to bat for the last time in Test cricket. Standing ovation for the legend..!!! Sri Lanka 11/1, (Sangakkara 2*, Karunaratne 3*), 3 overs.
4:16: Kaushal Silva Out!!!!!!!!! Ashwin strikes for India in the 3rd over. Sri Lanka 8/1. Silva dismissed for 1.
4:14: A direct hit from Ishant Sharma. Umpires have referred it to the third umpire.
4:07: Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne have come out to bat. Ravichandran Ashwin has got the new ball in his hands. India will be looking to put Sri Lanka on backfoot today itself. Still 26 overs to be bowled after the first over. Ashwin starts off with a maiden over. Sri Lanka 0/0, (Karunaratne 0*, Silva 0*), 1 over.
3:55: Virat Kohli has declared. They have achieved a lead of 412 runs over the Lankans. India 325/8, (Yadav 4*, Saha 13*), 91 Overs. Sri Lanka will need 413 runs to win. Still 29 overs to be bowled on Day 4. It also looks like KL Rahul is going to keep wickets instead of Saha.
3:42: Mishra is caught at forward short leg off Prasad. He is gone for 10 runs. Saha and Mishra were looking to score as many runs as they can. They are trying to put Sri Lanka out of the game. It will indeed be difficult to chase down a total of 400+ here at P Sara Oval. Prasad has bowled well with the second new ball. Still 30 overs to be bowled today. India 318/8, lead by 405 runs, (Yadav 0*, Saha 10*) ,89 overs.
3:37: Wriddhiman Saha will resume his innings and he has started playing his shots. The lead has gone past 400 run now. India 316/7, lead by 403 runs, (Amit Mishra 10*, Saha 9*) ,88 overs.
3:30: Ashwin Dismissed! A bizarre dismissal where hardly anyone appealed. He is out for 19. India 311/7. Virat Kohli is yet to declare.
3:23: Ravichandran Ashwin has taken on the attack. The lead now is almost 400. Two boundaries in Chameera's over. This is a really good 4th innings lead for India. Still 34 overs to be bowled after this over in Day4. India 310/6, lead by 397 runs, (Amit Mishra 9*, Ashwin 19*) ,86 overs.
3:19: Amit Mishra guides one over the slip cordon and the ball races away to the third-man boundary. The lead now is inching closer to the 400 run mark just the way Virat Kohli wants I believe. Prasad is trying hard with the new ball to clear off the tail enders. India 299/6, lead by 386 runs, (Amit Mishra 7*, Ashwin 10*) ,85 overs.
3:12: Chameera is sharing the new ball with Prasad from the other end. The crowd today have come in numbers to witness the 4th Day of the final Test match of Kumar Sangakkara. Meanwhile, Mishra is trying to play few shots but is missing out on them. But Ashwin top edged one for a six behind the keeper. India 293/6, lead by 380 runs, (Amit Mishra 3*, Ashwin 10*) ,84 overs.
3:07: Prasad has bowled beautifully with the new ball after the tea. Once again proves his knack of picking up wickets with the cherry. Binny edged one to the second slip and was dismissed for 17 runs. India are 372 runs ahead at the moment. Seems like Virat Kohli is eyeing a lead of 400. India 285/6, lead by 372 runs, (Amit Mishra 2*, Ashwin 3*) ,83 overs.
3:02: Stuart Binny is caught in the slips from the first ball after tea.
3:02: Dhammika Prasad to begin the procedings!
2:55: The third session is about to begin. Let's see when Virat Kohli declares.
2:50: India should be happy with their performance in the second session of the Test match, which saw 26 overs being bowled with India scoring 104 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. However, the highlight of the second session was Rahane's fourth Test century, which has helped India accumulate a total of 283 runs for five wickets with an important lead of 370 runs.
India are in the driver's seat at present, but they are sure to have a crack at the Sri Lankan batsmen in the third session. So it all depends on when Virat Kohli will declare and ask the Sri Lankan team to bat.
India should at least pile up another 50 runs or so to be on the safer side and set up a target of 420 runs for the home team to chase during the fourth innings.
This is it from me (Ashim Sunam), as my colleague Rajarshi Majumdar will start the live blog coverage for the third session in the next few minutes or so.
2:40: Chameera, who has been given the new ball, is trying to bounce the Indian batsmen, hence the new ball is going waste. Chameera needs to make the batsmen play and bring the slips into play, which is not happening. The length is not right. India 283/5, lead by 370 runs, (Binny 17*, Ashwin 3*) ,82 overs.
2:33: New ball taken.
2:32: Stuart Binny reverse sweeps twice, which helps him fetch two boundaries. This is some ODI and T20 batting for you in a session, where nothing much has happened. Something like what we witness during the middle overs of an ODI game. Easy singles with a defensive field. India 280/5, lead by 367 runs, (Binny 16*, Ashwin 2*) ,81 overs.
2:27: Things not looking good for India as wicket-keeper batsman Shah walks off the field with the medial staff. Ashwin replaces Shah at the batting crease. Commentators talking as to who will keep wikcets for India in Saha's absence!! India 268/5, lead by 355 runs, (Binny 6*, Ashwin 0*) ,80 overs.
2:24:Meanwhile, Kaushal has been bowling a marathon spell.
2:22: Herath will be eager to run through the Indian line up now and with the pitch assisting the spinners, the slow left arm bowler can deliver the goods for Sri Lanka. However, with both Binny and Saha being good players of spin, an interesting 20 minutes before tea could be pivotal in the context of the Test match. India 266/5, lead by 353 runs, (Binny 5*, Saha 4*) 78 overs.
2:17: Rahane gets out as the right-hander tries to play an expanisve shot over extra cover but edges the ball to the wicket-keeper. This is Kaushal's fourth wicket of the second innings. Saha and Binny at the batting crease. India 265/5, lead by 352 runs, (Binny 5*, Saha 3*) 77 overs.
2:14pm: Out!!! Ajinkya Rahane dismissed for 126 runs.
2:08: Stuart Binny walks onto bat after Rohit Sharma top edges his sweep shot in the boundary line. With Rohit gone, Rahane holds the key for India. Binny has to make his chance count after his failure with the bat in the first innings. India 256/4, lead by 343runs, (Rahane 125*,Binny 0*) 75overs.
2:06: Rohit Sharma Out!!!!
2:03pm: Rahane has opened up his arms in the last couple overs with boundaries against his name on both sides of the wicket. The Sri Lankan bowlers has failed to break this partnership, which is looking dangerous each and every over. India 255/3, lead by 342runs, (Rahane 124*, Rohit 34*) 74overs.
1:56: Rohit Sharma seems to be enjoying himself as he is scoring runs at will. Apart from the singles, he has been playing shots as well, which are encouraging signs from team India. Meanwhile,Rohit playsan aerial shot for a boundary. India lead by 328 runs, 72 overs.
1:50: Lovely straight drive by Rahane, which fetches him four runs.
1:48:With Herath back into the attack, can he run through the Indian batting line up or will Indian batsmen take him to the cleanest? However, India have played normal cricket so far, but don't be surprised if Indian batsmen change gears in next few overs. Rahane and Rohit are on top of their game as they are scoring runs freely without taking any risks. India 227/3, (Rahane 106*, Rohit 24*) 70overs.
1:43: Apart from Rahane reaching his fourth century in Test cricket, nothing much happened in the first hour of the second session as Sri Lanka have gone into defensive mode.
1:41: Players are taking drinks.
1:40: Both Rahane and Rohit have looked in great comfort against Kaushal, but they are yet to open their shoulders against the spinner. The duo have been milking the spinner and scoring runs at will as Sri Lanka have gone defensive. India 221/3, lead by 308. (Rahane 101*, Rohit 23*) 69overs.
1:34pm: With Rahane having completed his century, the right-hander could well start playing his shots with declaration in sight as well. Rahane deserves this hundred, which has been full of character as he had to take a number of singles including seven boundaries. Will Rahane's century bring a change in Rohit's approach? India 216/3, lead by 303. (Rahane 101*, Rohit 19*) 68overs.
1:25: 4th Test hundred for Rahane with a fine leg glance.
1:21: Field brought in to create pressure on Rahane, who just needs one run for his ton, but fails to pick a single. However Rohit Sharma on the other hand has looked very comfortable and cricket fans in India will be eager to see Rohit taking the attack to the Lankan bowlers in the second innings, which he is capable of. Is Rohit waiting for Rahane's century? India 206/3, lead by 293, 66 overs.
1:18: Prasad into the bowling attack for Sri Lanka.
1:16: Rahane is now one run short of his century.
1:14pm: Gradually, India are taking easy singles now in the third man region as Mathews has opted for an ODI field considering India will look to score briskly. Meanwhile, Rahane is just two runs away from his ton. India 203/3, lead by 290, 64overs.
1:07pm: Rahane inching closer to his century, 97 runs.
1:05pm: The way Rahane and Rohit have batted so far , it is clear they do not want to lose wickets early on in the second session, as they have played few attacking shots, hence Mathews also introduced more closing fielders around the bat with Kaushal bowling his finger spinners. Is this the right ploy by the Indians? Chameera, on the other hand has been bowling well and giving it his all to take Rahane's wicket. India 195/3, lead by 282, 62 overs.
12:56pm: Chameera bowling well to Rahane as he surprisingly gets good bounce to the keeper in the fourth day pitch, which assists the spinners more. Rahane missed two balls outside his off-stump. Good over by Chameera, who only conceded a single run in the 60th over as Rahane moves onto the nervous nineties. India 190/3, lead by 277, (Rahane 90* Rohit 5*),60 overs.
12: 51pm: India are being cautious and not being agressive at the moment, but expect the Indian batsmen to score runs at a quicker rate as the second session moves on. India 189/3, lead by 276, (Rahane 89* Rohit 5*)59 overs.
12:46pm: When will India declare is the million dollar question? Chameera to start from the other end.
12:45pm: Kaushal gets the ball to spin during the first over after the lunch break, which should encourage the Indian spinners. Rahane has looked in control as he takes a single, which is followed by Rohit Sharma's drive through the covers for a couple of runs. India 183/3, lead by 270 runs, 57overs.
12:40pm: The second session is going to hold the key as India will be eager to score runs at a brisk rate and add another 150 runs after which they can declare, which means Sri Lanka will be asked to chase 400 plus runs in the fourth innings.
But to be on the safer side, India could well bat after tea as well and go for the kill in the last hour of the day. So, let's see the second session unfurls.
India starts the second session with a healthy lead of 266 runs. India 179/3 (Rahane 82* Rohit 2*)
12.04 pm: India's session this, even if Kaushal pulled it back a little with the wickets of Vijay and Kohli. The return of the hamstring injury that kept Vijay out of the first Test was a blessing in disguise, as it meant the right-hander going into one-day mode, to great effect too. India scored 109 runs in 26.4 overs in this session, with Vijay and Rahane putting on 140 runs together. The lead for India is now 266 runs, and expect more quick runs in the second session.
That's it from me, Deepak Vikraman, for today. Ashim Sunam will take over for the second session in about half an hour.
12.01 pm: Over the wicket now is Herath, seeing the success Kaushal has had from around the wicket. First ball hits Rahane's pads, but the ball pitched outside leg, next ball, Rahane brings out the sweep shot, fine one too, and it gives him a boundary. India 179/3 in 56 overs, lead by 266 runs, Rahane 82, Rohit 2. Lunch.
11.57 am: Final over before Lunch coming up.
11.56 am: Turn and bounce aplenty for Kaushal and Rahane is extremely watchful. The momentum has been sapped out of India at the moment, thanks largely to some good bowling from Kaushal. India 173/3 in 55 overs, lead by 260 runs.
11.53 am: Herath will relish bowling to Rohit, who always looks tentative when he is defending. With under 10 minutes to go, that is what he will try and do. Rohit plays him decently in this over, though, using his feet a couple of times. India 172/2 in 54 overs, lead by 259 runs.
11.50 am: Rohit Sharma is the new batsman. Gets off the mark with a single to the onside. India 172/3 in 53 overs, lead by 259 runs.
11.47 am: Kaushal keeps bowling them nice and steady. Wicket, Kohli (10, 19b) gone! Another second innings failure for Kohli, who is caught on the back foot by a quicker one from Kaushal that doesn't turn. Looks good and the umpire thinks the same as well. India 171/3 in 52.5 overs.
11.43 am: The runs have dried up just a touch as we close in on lunch. A good over from Herath. India 170/2 in 52 overs, lead by 257 runs, Rahane 75, Kohli 10.
11.40 am: Kaushal bowls and continues to bowl well from around the wicket. Rahane defends and it is the first maiden of Day 4. India 166/2 in 51 overs, lead by 253 runs, Rahane 73, Kohli 8.
11.36 am: Just the one over for Prasad and Herath comes back. A couple of singles takes India's lead to 250. India 166/2 in 50 overs, lead by 253 runs, Rahane 73, Kohli 8.
11.32 am: Another big appeal for lbw from Kaushal as Kohli misses his push to the onside. The ball spun a lot more this time, though, and would have missed leg-stump, so another good decision from Oxenford. The around the wicket line is definitely working for him. India 161/2 in 49 overs, lead by 248 runs, Rahane 69, Kohli 7.
11.28 am: Prasad returns, but the runs don't stop coming. Rahane uses that wonderful hands of his and gets a boundary to the offside. Gets a couple more with a similar shot as Prasad stays well outside off. India 159/2 in 48 overs, lead by 246 runs, Rahane 68, Kohli 6.
11.22 am: Busy already in the middle is Kohli, who gets a couple with a flick to the onside, before giving deep fine-leg more work with a sweep shot. A little more to the fielder's right and that would have been his first boundary. India 153/2 in 47 overs, lead by 240 runs, Rahane 62, Kohli 6.
11.18 am: Herat bowls one more over. Kohli gets off the mark with a flick to the onside which the batsmen run for three. No Vijay now, so the running can be a lot more free. India 148/2 in 46 overs, lead by 235 runs, Rahane 60, Kohli 3.
11.16 am: Virat Kohli comes in and defends his first ball to the onside. India 143/2 in 45 overs, lead by 230 runs, Rahane 58, Kohli 0.
11.13 am: Kaushal around the wicket now and there is an appeal for a bat/pad after Kaushal Silva takes a catch at short leg, diving to his right. No bat, though, and the appeal is turned down. Runs come easily enough after that, with Vijay also playing the reverse-sweep. Wicket, Vijay (82, 133b, 4x4, 2x6) gone! Didn't look out to me at first look. Kaushal makes a big appeal after Vijay misses his sweep shot, and after taking an eternity, Bruce Oxenford give it out. Replays show the decision was a pretty good one. A really good innings from Vijay comes to an end. India 143/2 in 44.5 overs.
11.13 am: Kaushal around the wicket now and there is an appeal for a bat/pad after Kaushal Silva takes a catch at short leg, diving to his right. No bat, though, and the appeal is turned down. Runs come easily enough after that, with Vijay also playing the reverse-sweep. Wicket, Vijay gone! India 141/1 in 45 overs, lead by 228 runs, Vijay 80, Rahane 58.
11.10 am: Herath again and Vijay looks to use his feet and loft it for another six. Doesn't get it well enough and it goes straight to deep mid-on. India 140/1 in 44 overs, lead by 227 runs, Vijay 80, Rahane 57.
11.03 am: The singles are coming a lot more easily now for Rahane – the spread out field has helped in that -- and Vijay keeps looking for the big shots. The latest one comes via the paddle sweep, fine for a boundary. India 138/1 in 43 overs, lead by 225 runs, Vijay 79, Rahane 56. Drinks time.
10.59 am: Herath returns, as much to break the runflow as to break this partnership. Vijay might be going hell for leather here because of his hamstring problem, as he is feeling that area, especially when he is stretching. India 132/1 in 42 overs, lead by 219 runs, Vijay 74, Rahane 55.
10.54 am: Kaushal still and Vijay goes down the track first ball and hoicks it over Jehan Mubarak at wide long-on for another six. Just three fielders in the infield now, all the others are on the boundary. Mathews has a midwicket, long-on and a fielder at cow corner for that shot that Vijay so loves to hit. Rahane is playing much more orthodox cricket, even if the runflow has not been affected. India 126/1 in 41 overs, lead by 213 runs, Vijay 70, Rahane 53.
10.50 am: Dushmantha Chameera now with the ball as Herath gets a break. Vijay is not holding back now, he is in T20 mode against the pace bowler. First one is flayed through the offside for a couple and the next is lashed, after giving himself some room, to mid-on, with the ball just falling short of the fielder. They run a single, though, with Rahane dropping to the onside and running next ball. Chameera drops the ball short to Vijay and bang goes a pull shot for maximum, after the umpires check to see if it is a six. The ball bounced on the bottom of those ropes at cow corner with the six taking India's lead past 200. India 117/1 in 40 overs, lead by 204 runs, Vijay 63, Rahane 51.
10.42 am: Kaushal again, and Vijay uses his feet again, but yorks himself one more time and cannot get a single. There is a bit of confusion next ball as Vijay says yes and then no to a single to the offside. Rahane gets back safely as the bowler himself runs across to stop the ball. The intent is definitely clear now as Vijay dances down the track and drags one to deep midwicket, only a single, but he was going for more there. Rahane is a bit more successful with his attacking shot, as a reverse-sweep brings him to his half-century and also the 100-run partnership. Rahane taking advantage of the open spaces on the offside. India 106/1 in 39 overs, lead by 193 runs, Vijay 53, Rahane 50.
10.37 am: Ah finally Herath keeps Vijay on strike after the first ball as the right-hander yorks himself coming down the pitch. Plenty of shots played in the over from Vijay, without too many runs, as the fielders are found. Takes a single off the fourth ball and then Rahane brings out the inside out drive over extra cover, who cannot get his hands on the ball, to take India's score past 100. India 101/1 in 38 overs, lead by 188 runs, Vijay 52, Rahane 46.
10.34 am: Tharindu Kaushal gets a bowl and Rahane plays a late cut to third man for a couple first ball. He then takes a single to mid-off to bring Vijay on strike and take this partnership to 90. Vijay brings out the sweep first up and gets a single to fine-leg. Kaushal struggling to for line and length early, and Rahane should have really put away the fourth ball for a boundary – short and on leg-stump, but the batsman finds the fielder at square-leg. Next one is outside off and short, and Rahane cuts it to deep point for a couple. Runs again flowing easily off Kaushal. India 96/1 in 37 overs, lead by 183 runs. Vijay 51, Rahane 42.
10.29 am: Single off the first ball off every Herath over for Vijay, and the latest one gives him his half-century. An assured one it has been to. Rahane is getting a little stuck here, needs to find those singles more often, something he struggles to do in ODI cricket as well. Rahane's way of scoring has been the boundaries, and another one comes to the midwicket boundary, this time off a nice sweep shot. Finishes the over off with a single to third man to keep the strike. India 90/1 in 36 overs, lead by 177 runs, Vijay 50, Rahane 33.
10.25 am: Outside off, outside off keeps it Prasad, and Vijay's patience goes with a flash with his willow. He gets a thick outside edge, but the ball goes between the slips, to the right of Kumar Sangakkara, for a boundary. Vijay moves to 49, with a short arm pull to fine-leg. He's not been able to get that one to come in yet, has Prasad. India 84/1 in 35 overs, lead by 171 runs.
10.19 am: Again, a first ball single from Vijay and Rahane is left to defend. Not able to rotate the strike too well so far has been Rahane. India 79/1 in 34 overs, lead by 166 runs.
10.17 am: Tight over from Prasad, keeps it outside off again and Rahane defends after Vijay takes another single, this time off the second ball. India 78/1 in 33 overs, lead by 165 runs.
10.12 am: Vijay struggled against Herath on Day 3, but it looks like he might have a better plan here. Steps out first ball and drives it to mid-off for a single. Rahane tries to do the same, but finds the fielder, which means he is kept waiting to get off the mark today. Fifth ball, though, is a little shorter and Rahane rocks back and whips it wonderfully to find the midwicket boundary. India 77/1 in 32 overs, lead by 164 runs.
10.09 am: Dhammika Prasad it is from the other end. He has been really good for Sri Lanka in this Test match, indeed this series, and Angelo Mathews will hope he can provide that early wicket Sri Lanka so require. Outside off stays Prasad and off the fourth ball, Vijay square-drives one to deep backward point for a single. India 72/1 in 31 overs, lead by 159 runs.
10.04 am: First ball of Day 4 morning is a low full toss on offstump, and Vijay drives it nicely to deep mid-off (you know the kind of mid-off you have in Don Bradman Cricket) for a single. Herath is nice and straight to begin with as always, and Rahane defends. India 71/1 in 30 overs, lead by 158 runs.
10.01 am: India on 70/1, with Vijay and Rahane batting on 39 and 28 respectively. The overall lead is 157 runs. Rangana Herath will begin for Sri Lanka.
9.59 am: The umpires are out and so are the Sri Lanka players, who go into a huddle, with the India batsmen –Vijay and Rahane – walking out as well.
9.37 am: Jonty Rhodes with the pitch report. The wicket is still really good, not broken up at all, even if it is a little dry. The cracks are appearing a little, and could come into play.
9.36 am: Sanjay Bangar, India batting coach: Key to coaching at this level, is basically give options to the player, you don't really tinker around with their technique in the course of the series. So, shot selection, opposition strength and nature of the wicket is what we help with. Shot selection is crucial, when you come to the longer format of the game. Be aware of the plans that the opposition have in place, and how you minimise risks and how you optimise your runscoring areas. Batting in Sri Lanka has been tough, and after the first Test loss we looked at how we could have batted first. We saw the improvement on the first day of this Test match. Today, we need to counter any seam movement, and with the spinners driving could become difficult with the slowness of the wicket. All in all, two sessions of batting and we could be in a good position.
9.35 am: Sunny and nice in Colombo. So, things looking good for Day 4.
The Test match is perfectly poised at the moment, with India holding most of the aces, thanks to a 157-run lead. Hello and welcome people of all ages to this live blog of Day 4 of the second Test match. Stick right here and let yours truly and IBTimes India take you along on what should be one wonderful Test match ride.
They still have nine wickets in the hut as well, after Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane saw the day off following the early wicket of KL Rahul.
We all thought the first session on Day 3 would dictate the way the game went, but, surprisingly, it was the second session that brought about the turnaround of fortunes. After a stellar partnership between Angelo how-good-is-he Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne was broken, India scythed through the rest of the batting lineup to end up with a substantial lead, a lead which has been further increased with those 70 second innings runs.
Vijay and Rahane's job will be to see out the first half an hour on Day 4, before slowly getting that run rate heading north, while Sri Lanka will look to put the pressure back on India with a few early wickets.
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