Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay struck ‘daddy’ hundreds as India reached 371/4 at stumps on Day 1 vs Sri Lanka. (Scorecard)India 1st Innings:16:36 IST: STUMPS ON DAY 1! Good comeback by Sri Lanka towards the close of the day’s play. One way traffic otherwise in the game. It all started with the Indian openers. Dhawan and Vijay gave India the quick start they needed. Scoring quickly from both ends. Dhawan feel to a sweep shot at deep square leg. Pujara will be disappointed with his lazy shot and well planed field placement of Sri Lanka. But then came the counter attack of Kohli and Vijay.3rd Test. 88.2: D de Silva to RG Sharma (5), 4 runs, 370/4 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201716:27 IST: WICKET! 87.3: L Sandakan to Rahane, OUT st Niroshan Dickwella b Lakshan Sandakan. India have lost their fourth wicket.16:20 IST: WICKET! 85.6: L Sandakan to Vijay. Brilliant piece of bowling and keeping from Sri Lanka. This is an earned wicket for them. Something to cheer for them after a hard fought day. Sandakan bowls this at a perfect driving length and invites Vijay for the drive. It’s a wrong one from Sandakan, Vijay drives and misses it, is beaten by turn and bounce. Dickwella does the rest. Quick hand movement and takes of the bails in a flash.150 runs off 178 balls for @imVkohli #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/DhNn9NcQ8y- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201716:14 IST: 150 for Kohli. 84.3: de Silva to Kohli, 3 runs. 8th 150-plus score for Kohli! The way he is playing it seems like he is having a net practice. Sighting the ball like a football. Shorter in length, Kohli rocks back and punches it towards sweeper cover. The fielder does well to stop the ball from crossing the fence. Three runs taken. Another double century in sight for the Indian skipper.advertisement150 runs for @mvj888 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/XxLMQuqcVJ- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 20173rd Test. 81.1: L Sandakan to V Kohli (144), 4 runs, 344/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201715.55 IST: 78.5:The 250-partnetrship comes up between Kohli and Vijay off 354 balls.3000 Test runs as captain for Virat KohliThird Indian after MS Dhoni (3454) and Gavaskar (3449)#IndvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 2, 201715.46 IST: 75.5: L Gamage to V Kohli. Kohli reaches 3000 runs as captain in 32 Tests. Length again from Gamage, Kohli drives it to mid-wicket for a single.15.44 IST: 75.3: Gamage to Vijay, FOUR. This is class from Vijay. Soft hands using the pace of the bowlers and runs it down to third man for a boundary. Length ball outside, opens the face of the bat and neatly plays it, the ball runs to the fence to add four runs to the total.3rd Test. 75.3: L Gamage to M Vijay (142), 4 runs, 314/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201715:32 IST: 72.2: de Silva to Vijay, Oohs and Aahs from the Sri Lankans! Quicker through the air on off, Vijay plays for the turn but it carries on with the arm. As a result, he is opened up in his stance and gets it off the outer half besides the pitch on the off side.15:27 IST: Drinks break.15:25 IST: 71.4: Sandakan to Vijay, A chirpy appeal for an LBW is turned down! Tossed up on middle and leg, spinning down. Vijay looks to keep it out but misses to wear it on the pads. Sandakan is confident but Dickwella is not quite sure.15:24 IST: 71.2: L Sandakan to Kohli, A miscued shot from Virat Kohli, perhaps the first one from the Indian skipper. Fullish on middle, Kohli clears his front leg and goes for an expansive shot towards long on but skews it off the inner half to deep mid-wicket. A run taken.3rd Test. 69.1: L Sandakan to V Kohli (114), 4 runs, 295/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201715:08 IST: 65.3: D Perera to Vijay, FOUR. Reverse sweep from Vijay and it gets him a boundary. Delicately done by him. The player from slip runs to stop the ball from going to the fence but fails.15:00 IST: 63.1: D Perera to Kohli, Not Out! A review goes down the drain! Tossed up delivery around middle and leg, spinning down. Kohli tries to flick it away but misses and gets rapped on the pads. Perera is really confident and so is Dickwella but the umpire stays unmoved. Chandimal has a look at his bowler and finally decides to challenge the decision. Time for the Snickometer. It doesn’t spot any deviation. The Hawk Eye rolls in. Oh ho! The ball has pitched outside leg and that puts the argument to bed. A review lost due to desperation.advertisementAP Photo14:58 IST: Review time! Finally some excitement among the Sri Lankan players. Kohli is the man in question and it is regarding an LBW decision. Seems to be spinning down the leg side but you never know.The run machine continues. Three consecutive 100s for @imVkohli #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/sevr4oLuid- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201714:49 IST: CENTURY! 61.1: D Perera to Kohli, 20th Test ton for Kohli, his 13th as captain. What a player! He has scored this one without breaking a sweat. Looks like a man in complete control of himself and he has pummeled the opposition into submission.3rd Test. 60.2: L Gamage to M Vijay (111), 4 runs, 259/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 20173rd Test. 59.6: MDK Perera to M Vijay (107), 4 runs, 254/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201714:32 IST: DAY 1, SESSION 3. We are back for the last session of the day. The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Vijay and Kohli are back to resume their innings. How long will Kohli take to get to his ton? Dilruwan Perera to bowl first up.14:13 IST: TEA! 129 runs from the session and it completely belonged to the Indian team. Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli are amidst a 167-run stand and are looking solid out there. After the loss of two wickets, Kohli started counter-attacking the Lankan bowlers. He got to his fifty in just 52 balls and has scored the majority of his runs through boundaries. Vijay on the other hand, has been in sublime form getting to his 11th Test century and his third back-to-back first-class ton.Two consecutive centuries for @mvj888. This is his 11th Test ?? #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/7igFLIW8ks- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 20173rd Test. 55.6: L Sandakan to V Kohli (94), 4 runs, 245/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201714.06 IST: CENTURY! 55.2: L Sandakan to Vijay, FOUR. 11th Test hundred for Murali Vijay! He has looked at ease from the moment he walked in. In the previous game, a loose shot brought his downfall when he looked set for a long stint at the crease. This time he seems focused to not let the chance go. Sandakan drops it short outside off, Vijay goes back and slaps it through covers for a boundary. He gets out a jig as he celebrates his milestone. India 240/2 vs Sri Lanka BCCI Photo13:48 IST: 51.3: L Sandakan to Kohli, Another appeal! Floated gently around middle and leg, Kohli lunges forward to keep it out but misses. The ball hits him on the front pad and that draws a huge shout from the Lankans. Because it is turned down, they ponder about the review before deciding against that. Ball Tracker shows it would have been umpire’s call on impact and the ball would have spun down leg.13:47 IST: 51.2: Sandakan to Vijay, In the air but just out of the bowler’s reach. Vijay charges down and wrists it over the bowler’s head. Sandakan leaps but fails to get a hand to it. A run results as the long on fielder does the fielding.advertisement13:36 IST: DHANANJAYA DE SILVA is given the bowl now. He has been on the bench for the first couple of games and should be largely unaffected by the on-field fatigue then. Can he provide the Lankans the breakthrough?13:28 IST: 45.3: L Sandakan to Vijay, HUGE APPEAL! No reaction from the umpire. Sandakan floats it around middle and leg, Vijay sees that it is on the shorter side and looks to go back and play the cut. The spin on that delivery makes him miss the ball and he gets rapped on the back pad. A huge appeal follows but to no avail. Hawk Eye shows that it wasn’t a bad shout as the ball is seen clipping the leg stump. Wouldn’t have been out on review as it is umpire’s call.13:25 IST: Virat Kohli’s key to success against the spinners has been the stride that he gets. He does so and converts the good length deliveries into fuller ones and collects runs. He is seen picking up lengths early and hence when the delivery is slightly short, he is quick to go back and play it. Good to see, helpful for a young player to watch and learn.13:23 IST: 43.6: L Sandakan to Vijay, No ball! It is a crime for a spinner to overstep and Perera has already done it twice. Vijay negotiates this by blocking it from the crease.3rd Test. 42.6: MDK Perera to V Kohli (72), 4 runs, 192/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201713:10 IST: Drinks are on the field. Vijay and Kohli are just carrying on from where they left in the previous game. Their 103-run stand off 124 deliveries has just been full of strokes. Looks as if there is a competition of sorts and that’s why both of them are matching each other stroke for stroke. Sri Lanka already seem to run out of ideas just half a day into this game. More than a refreshing drink, a fresh thought is what would help them.13:07 IST: PARTNERSHIP! 40.3: D Perera to Vijay, 100-run stand between Vijay and Kohli is up! This journey has been only of 121 balls so far and is as chanceless as it looks. Vijay eases this through the cover region for a single.3rd Test. 39.5: L Sandakan to V Kohli (63), 4 runs, 177/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201713:01 IST: Matthew Hayden on air discusses about not going far ahead of the moment. He says that on days when you are striking the ball well or when things are going your way, you often tend to forget about the bigger picture. Adds further that in the sport it is about only that one delivery that can often consume the batsman. So the batsmen need to be careful more so when in full flow.3rd Test. 36.5: L Gamage to V Kohli (55), 4 runs, 164/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017Virat Kohli brings up his 50 off 52 balls #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/5yqklgYpZG- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201712:50 IST: FIFTY! 36.2: L Gamage to Kohli, FOUR. Over-correction from Gamage results in another boundary that brings up Kohli’s 15th Test fifty off just 52 balls. On the previous occasion there was width. Here the bowler angles it on a length on the pads. Easy for the Indian skipper who whips it through fine leg. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and dives but is unable to prevent the Indian no.4 from getting to his3rd Test. 36.1: L Gamage to V Kohli (47), 4 runs, 156/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201712:41 IST: 33.3: D Perera to Kohli, FOUR. Another one in the over! This one is dangerously cheeky though. Flatter outside off, Kohli goes back and looks to guide it past slip. Ends up getting it just past Mathews at slip who fails to get hand to it. The desired result is achieved by Kohli who moves to 41 off just 42 deliveries.12:39 IST: 33.1: D Perera to Kohli, FOUR! Kohli just feasts on spinners and here is another proof of that. Perera loops it around off, Kohli gets low and plays the inside out drive through covers. Once he times that well, there’s no stopping that.3rd Test. 31.4: MDK Perera to V Kohli (33), 4 runs, 139/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201712:31 IST: Roshan Silva is preparing to get to the short leg position. He is seen putting on his shin guard and a guard to protect his ribs as well. In spite of all of these, there might be a fear lingering in his mind after seeing his teammate take a few blows on his body.5000 and counting… #KingKohli @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/Mn2uRCzad7- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201712:28 IST: MILESTONE FOR KOHLI! 30.3: S Lakmal to Kohli, FOUR. 5000 Test runs for the Indian skipper, 4th fastest Indian to the mark.12:27 IST: The physio is on the field. Samarawickrama is seen holding his forehead and this doesn’t look good. After a bit of a mini conference, he is seen walking off the field. Hope this isn’t too serious.12:25 IST: 30.1: S Lakmal to Kohli, FOUR. 50-run stand between Vijay and Kohli! This has come in quick time. These two have combined well after India had lost a couple of wickets before even putting 100 on board.3rd Test. 28.1: S Lakmal to M Vijay (56), 4 runs, 121/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201712:10 IST: DAY 1, SESSION 2. Here we are after the Lunch break. India have begun well in spite of a couple of setbacks. As the saying goes, well begun is half done. The Vijay-Kohli combo has got going with a fluent 38-run stand off just 40 deliveries. Sri Lanka will have to break this stand before it gets out of hands.11:41 IST: Dhawan was in the mood to play attacking cricket and that resulted in his downfall. He fell attempting a sweep shot which has become his weak link and gifted his wicket to Perera who reached the landmark of 100 Test wickets. Perera and Sandakan have been short on majority times. That has allowed Vijay and Kohli to score freely. The duo will be aiming to play in the same manner and on the other hand, Sri Lanka, need to keep chipping away at the wickets. Join us for the second session in a while.At Lunch on Day 1 of the 3rd Test, India are 116/2 in 27 overs.Updates – https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/aZQhnz7b4I- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201711:35 IST: LUNCH! Session highlights – 27 overs, 116 runs, two wickets. It has been India’s morning and they continue to march on in this series. Chilly conditions and a tinge of green on the surface set up a good prospect for watching some exciting seam bowling on display but the the two Indian openers, Vijay and Pujara started off in a positive manner. They didn’t let Lakmal and Gamage to settle down, scoring at every possible opportunity and that prompted Chandimal to bring in Perera early into the attack.11:31 IST: FIFTY! 26.2: S Lakmal to Vijay, 5 runs. FOUR overthrows! 16th Test fifty for M.Vijay. What a way to get to the landmark! Length dilevery by Lakmal and Vijay opens the face of the bat and plays it towards the point region for a quick single. Debutant Roshen picks up the ball and has a shy at the stumps. Vijay reaches the other end, needless throw, the ball hits the stumps and races away for an overthrow for a boundary. He gets five runs to get to the fifty.3rd Test. 25.5: L Sandakan to V Kohli (15), 4 runs, 109/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201711:21 IST: 23.5: L Sandakan to Kohli, FOUR. Bowl to Kohli’s strengths and he will keep milking you all day long. Full length delivery on middle, angling in. The Indian skipper brings those wrists into play and clips it with a lot of command. Gets it past short mid-wicket and the ball reaches the fence in a jiffy.3rd Test. 22.5: L Gamage to M Vijay (43), 4 runs, 95/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201711:14 IST: 22.1: L Gamage to Vijay, FOUR.3rd Test. 20.5: L Gamage to V Kohli (4), 4 runs, 82/2 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201711:06 IST: WICKET! 20.2: L Gamage to Pujara. Pujara has fallen to a well-planned Sri Lankan move. Gamage bowls to his field. Length ball on the pads, Pujara tries to flick it away. He couldn’t keep the ball down and hits it staright to the fielder at leg gully. A sharp catch by Samarawickrama there, ends Pujara’s stay at the crease. India 78/2 vs Sri Lanka3rd Test. 18.5: L Gamage to C Pujara (17), 4 runs, 71/1 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201710:54 IST: 17.6: D Perera to Pujara, FOUR.10:53 IST: Defensive field setting from the Sri Lankans. Pujara is using his feet and that has prompted Chandimal to keep a long on in place. You don’t send the right message to your bowler when you do that. And that too, with Perera bowling, who is the go-to-man in the absence of Herath.3rd Test. 17.4: MDK Perera to C Pujara (9), 4 runs, 62/1 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201710:51 IST: There is a bowling comparison being made between Perera and Muralitharan. Perera does better in terms of strike rate and he has got 100 Test wicket in his 25th Test match while Murali had taken 95 wickets. He is also the fastest Sri Lankan to take 100 Test wickets.10:38 IST: 13.6: D Perera to Pujara, 3 runs. Good shot and good fielding as well! Shorter in length outside off, Pujara rocks back and cuts it through cover-point. Sandakan hares after it and makes a spirited save near the ropes. Saves a run for his side.10:32 IST: Time for Drinks. India will be happy with the way things are going so on far. Going at a lengthy run rate. They have lost the wicket of Dhawan but other than that they look solid. Vijay not wasting time to get his runs and is looking good for a big score. Sri Lanka on the other hand have not really been disciplined in their bowling. Lakmal not at his best.10:24 IST: 11.1: D Perera to Vijay, FOUR! What a shot! Tossed up delivery on off, Vijay strides forward and drills it past the diving mid on fielder and the ball races to the fence.Dilruwan Perera 100 wkts in 25 Tests, the quickest by a Sri Lankan Test bowler.Murali needed 27 Tests! #IndvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 2, 201710:17 IST: WICKET! 9.6: D Perera to Dhawan. 100th Test wicket for Perera! He becomes the third Sri Lankan spinner after Muralitharan and Herath to achieve this feat! Dhawan throws his wicket away after a promising start. That was a loose shot early in the innings and he pays the price for it. Coming back to the ball, it is slow through the air, drifting in towards the leg stump. Dhawan kneels and goes for the sweep but ends up top edging it. There is a lot of haze around as the ball skies towards Lakmal to deep square leg. The pacer almost loses it in the background, crouches forward and slips a bit. However, he keeps his cool and takes a fine catch to his right. His left shoe came out in the process but in spite of being off-balanced, he did really well to hold onto it. Smiles all around the visitors’ players. Can Sri Lanka capitalize on this? India 42/1 vs Sri Lanka3rd Test. 9.1: MDK Perera to S Dhawan (22), 4 runs, 40/0 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201710:13 IST: Matthew Hayden and Murali Karthik on air discuss about Dhawan’s improvement as a batsman. They feel that he plays with a lot of authority these days and has a knack of converting his starts into big ones.10:07 IST: 7.3: D Perera to Dhawan, FOUR! Easy pickings! Short delivery outside off, spinning away. Dhawan eyes light up. He rocks back and cracks it through cover-point to pick up another boundary. 10:05 IST: Spin has been introduced early. Dilruwan Perera to roll his arm over now. He is just one shy of 100 Test wickets. Let’s see what kind of purchase he gets from this surface. A slip and a short leg in place. The crowd is making a lot of buzz at the moment.#TeamIndia sport the Armed Forces Flag badges to commemorate the Armed Forces Week #ArmedForcesFlagDay pic.twitter.com/EjJfHjagNY- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 20173rd Test. 5.3: L Gamage to S Dhawan (10), 4 runs, 22/0 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201709:43 IST: 2.1: S Lakmal to Dhawan, FOUR! Fuller in length again, around off and Dhawan drives it towards cover region for his first boundary. Glorious looking shot by Dhawan, he held his pose and the ball raced to the fence.09:40 IST: 1.3: L Gamage to Vijay, FOUR! Elegance at its best! That is a shot of a man who believes in his abilities and is oozing confidence. Full length ball on middle, not much nibble in the air. Vijay strides forward and just strokes it past his partner for a delightful boundary down the ground. The elegant right-hander held his pose after playing that.09:40 IST: 1.3: L Gamage to Vijay, FOUR. Elegance at its best! That is a shot of a man who believes in his abilities and is oozing confidence. Full length ball on middle, not much nibble in the air. Vijay strides forward and just strokes it past his partner for a delightful boundary.3rd Test. 0.4: S Lakmal to M Vijay (8), 4 runs, 8/0 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 20173rd Test. 0.3: S Lakmal to M Vijay (4), 4 runs, 4/0 https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201709:29 IST: So… The anthems are done and dusted. Play is set to get underway. Out walk the Indian opening batsmen MURALI VIJAY and SHIKHAR DHAWAN. The former is coming off a wonderful hundred while the latter is back in the side after being out for personal reasons.09:25 IST: India haven’t lost a Test at this venue in the last 30 years. This would keep the hosts in good stead. Are the numbers pointing against the away side even here? Maybe, but a game of cricket isn’t won on statistics alone. Meanwhile, the players and the umpires line up for the national anthems. It will be Sri Lanka’s first followed by India’s.09:13 IST: PITCH REPORT – Russel Arnold says that it’s a bit cold and nippy right now but should warm up later. Observes that the track is a bit different than at Kolkata and Nagpur. Sunil Gavaskar agrees and states that the fair covering of grass on the pitch should help seamers initially. The cooler conditions should help the bowlers bowl longer spells, he opines. He goes on to add that the cracks might open up as the match progresses and should help spinners from Days 2 and 3. On being asked by Arnold about the similarities with the Protea conditions, he opines that this is a far cry from the South African conditions as even the quality of the opposition is different. Advises the batters to counter the initial movement and then bat comfortably. Arnold reckons that a score of about 300-350 should make it competitive. Ends saying do the hard work early and reap rewards later.All set! #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/iHbqNTU07o- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201709:08 IST: TEAMS!Sri Lanka: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru GamageIndia: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant SharmaCaptain @imVkohli wins the toss and elects to bat first in the 3rd and final Test against Sri Lanka #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/OvQh9fTPxO- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 201709:02 IST: TOSS! India elect to bat against Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan and Mohammed Shami replace KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav.After taking an unassailable 1-0 lead, India will aim to clinch the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka at a typical five-day pitch of the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium today.India will also eye on equalling a record of most consecutive Test series wins. Currently they are on a eight-series winning streak and a win or a draw in Kotla will pull them level to the record which is jointly shared by Australia and England.The ongoing Test series initiated with India, Sri Lanka registering a draw in the rain-marred first match. Later, in the second game, the hosts thumped visitors to clinch victory by a mammoth innings and 239 runs.With a 1-0 series lead #TeamIndia is here in Delhi for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mmK5PtaIPD- BCCI (@BCCI) December 1, 2017The Dinesh Chandimal-led visitors will however look to re-work on their strategies to level series.In batting, Sri Lanka will rely on experienced campaigners in form of Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella, who have failed to play match winning knocks in the ongoing series to give their side a much required dominating start.The visiting batsmen are lacking in concentration and patience which are of prime importance in Test cricket. They lack the experience of playing long innings. Without taking the credit away from the Indian bowlers, it is also the case of the Sri Lankan batsmen gifting their wickets away.Sri Lanka off-spinner Dilruwan Perera who has looked to cause trouble to the Indian batsmen will be the key in the bowling department. Their side will also hope bowlers Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Gamage to scalp vital blows.Squad:India: Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Shikhar Dhawan.Sri Lanka: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(captain), Niroshan Dickwella (wicket-keeper), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Roshen Silva.
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Roma 1: Fred stunner seals first-leg comeback Matthew Scott 05:41 2/22/18 Twitter (@ChampionsLeague) Facundo Ferreyra and Fred cancelled out Cengiz Under’s latest Roma goal to fire Shakhtar Donetsk to a Champions League win. Shakhtar Donetsk fought back to beat Roma 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.The Ukrainian side won all three of their group games in Kharkiv and maintained that fine record to win just a third Champions League knockout game in their history – remarkably all have come against the Giallorossi.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side were surprise winners of a group including Chelsea and Atletico Madrid and they impressed in the first half, with Shakhtar perhaps slow to start in just their second game back from a long mid-season break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Having polished the likes of Mohamed Salah and Miralem Pjanic in recent years, Roma look to have unearthed another gem in Cengiz Under and the 20-year-old Turk put the Giallorossi ahead with his fifth goal in four games shortly before the break.Shakhtar’s first-half attacking efforts had amounted to little, but Facundo Ferreyra dragged them level soon after the break with a fine individual goal and Fred turned the game around with a picture-perfect free-kick.Roma were similarly impressive at the Stadio Olimpico earlier in the competition, keeping clean sheets in each of their group games, and they will hope that helps them turn the tie around on March 13.The moment Fred beat international team-mate Alisson Becker #UCL pic.twitter.com/V4N0w6YVsk— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 21, 2018Fred scuffed a back-post chance for Shakhtar and Edin Dzeko saw a bundled effort saved as both teams began at breakneck tempo, though Roma soon began to exert a greater threat on the break.Kostas Manolas ought to have done better than heading wide when unmarked from a corner and Dzeko too faltered when played in by Diego Perotti, failing to aim a weak sidefoot finish out of Andriy Pyatov’s reach.Shakhtar based the bulk of their attacks out wide and, though they regularly found room behind Alessandro Florenzi and Aleksandar Kolarov, the final ball was often lacking and Fred summed up their frustrated efforts just after the half-hour with a wild 25-yard effort after the Serie A side had clogged up the route to goal.Roma slowed the pace to exert more control and took a deserved lead five minutes before the break as Dzeko neatly turned into space and played a piercing ball behind Ismaily, which Under raced onto and finished beyond Pyatov to continue his fine run in front of goal.2 – Cengiz Ünder (20yy, 222dd) is the 2nd youngest goalscorer for @OfficialASRoma in UCL history after Antonio Cassano (20yy, 82dd). Wonder.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) February 21, 2018Shakhtar hit back less than six minutes into the second half, Ferreyra had been previously starved of service, so took it upon himself to latch onto Yaroslav Rakitskiy’s hopeful punt, nutmeg Manolas and finish calmly beyond Alisson.As Shakhtar surged forwards, the Brazilian goalkeeper had to be on his toes to deny Marlos from close-range before he pulled off a spectacular flying stop when Taison sent a wicked shot arrowing for the top-right corner.But there was absolutely nothing Alisson could do to stop Roma falling behind in the 71st minute as Fred sent a 25-yard set-piece fizzing over the wall and into the net via a pleasing kiss off the crossbar.Shakhtar came within inches of scoring the game’s fourth goal in stoppage time, but Bruno Peres somehow deflected Ferreyra’s effort over the bar while sat on the line – an intervention that could prove to be crucial. read more