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The Indian pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami shared all the 17 Sri Lankan wickets which fell during the first Test.
But with Bhuvneshwar set to tie the knot, he was released from the squad for the remainder of the series. Pacer Ishant Sharma, a veteran of 77 Tests, looks set to join the pace battery for the series. The other change in the Indian XI will be at the top of the order with opener Murali Vijay joining Lokesh Rahul after Shikhar Dhawan asked for a break due to personal reasons.
11:37 IST: It’s LUNCH in Nagpur. Sri Lanka 47/2 in 27 overs (Karunaratne 21*; Ashwin 1/10, Ishant 1/19) at lunch on Day 1.
11:28 IST: Brilliant stumping from Wriddhiman Saha. It’s OUT. Wait! It’s a NO BALL. Jadeja has overstepped. Reprieve for Karunaratne.
11:23 IST: WICKET! First wicket for a spinner in the series. Ashwin dismisses Thirimanne for 9 runs. Sri Lanka 44/2 in 25 overs.
11:06 IST: DROPPED! Cheteshwar Pujara drops Karunaratne at mid-on. How costly it is going to be for India? The Sri Lankan gets reprieve on 17 runs.
10:57 IST: A direct hit and Virat Kohli is celebrating. Pujara was the man with the trow. But, Karunaratne has made it with ease.
10:38 IST: Ashwin starts with a maiden. Sri Lanka 32/1 in 13 overs.
10:34 IST: Virat Kohli brings Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack.
10:30 IST: Drinks! Sri Lanka 32/1 in 12 overs. Lahiru Thirimanne 3*, Dimuth Karunaratne 14*.
10:20 IST: Thirimanne sends Umesh Yadav towards sweeper cover. He will get a couple.
10:16 IST: FOUR! Karunaratne sends Ishant straight down the ground for a boundary. Sri Lanka 27/1 in 8.3 overs.
10:08 IST: Karunaratne gets an outside edge and the ball races past gully. 2 runs for the Sri Lankan.
09:56 IST: WICKET! Ishant Sharma strikes, Samarawickrama departs for 13 runs. The Sri Lankan tries to play away from the body, gets an outside edge. Brilliant catch by Pujara at first slip. Sri Lanka 20/1 in 4.5 overs vs India.
09:35 IST: FOUR! Karunaratne hits the ball towards mid on for a boundary. Excellent placement from him. Sri Lanka 10/0 in 1.3 overs.
09:34 IST: FOUR! Samarawickrama hits first boundary of the match. The Sri Lankan sends Ishant towards deep extra cover for a boundary. Sri Lanka 4/0 in 0.4 over.
09:30 IST: Ishant Sharma starts the proceedings. Samarawickrama is on the strike. Here we go….
09:27 IST: Umesh Yadav all set for his home Test.
India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma
Sri Lanka: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage
09:07 IST: Team India all set to take on Sri Lanka in 2nd Test.
09:02 IST: TOSS: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal wins toss, opts to bat against India in Nagpur.
09:00 IST: Let’s have a look at the pitch.
08:58 IST: Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri during the practice session.
08:50 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage from the opening day of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka in Nagpur.
Going into the second game, India will be brimming with confidence with the form of skipper Virat Kohli, whose fighting 50th international hundred in trying conditions at the Eden almost sealed the deal in the hosts’ favour. Besides Kohli, the middle order comprising Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha also looked in good shape during the first match. But it will be interesting to see if India persist with two spinners — especially Ravindra Jadeja, who made very little contribution with the ball and had a lukewarm match as a batsman.