Kolkata: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka from the Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata.
17: 00 IST: STUMPS! Thtat’s that for the day. The 1st Test between India and Sri Lanka will continues on Day 2 tomorrow, with hopefully less/no rain.
15: 41 IST: Light meters out again and the players head back to the pavilion. Bad light halts play at Eden Gardens.
15: 27 IST: WICKET! First ball of the 11th over and the Indian skipper Virat Kohli has to depart. A duck for Kohli who couldn’t open his account in 11 balls. Lakmal strikes again. IND 17/3 after 10.1 overs.
15: 19 IST: PLay restarts at Eden Gardens. Suranga Lakamal comes out hoping to continue his splendid spell so far. Virat Kohli on crease.
14: 42 IST: Plenty of covers around the ground. It seems that this rain break will take time.
14: 26 IST: Not rain but bad light stops play in Kolkata. IND 17/2 after 8.2 overs. It has started to rain once again. Covers are coming on!
14: 15 IST: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan directs a delivery from Suranga Lakmal onto his stumps. IND 13/2 after 6.2 overs.
14: 087 IST: Swin and bounce continue as Indian batsmen prefer to leave the deliveries going outside off. 5 overs gone, India 8/1.
13: 55 IST: Sri Lankan players getting good bounce and swing from the wicket. Indians not finding it difficult to middle the ball early in the innings. IND 1/1 after 2 overs.
13: 44 IST: WICKET! Game resumes but Murali Vijay departs on the very first ball of the innings. Suranga Lakmal puts the visitors on front foot right at the begining.
13: 30 IST: Not even a single ball bowled at Eden Gardens, and the players head back to the dressing room. It has started to rain once again.
13: 17 IST: Here’s Sri Lanka’s playing XI for today’s match:
Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage
13: 09 IST: No Murali Vijay for India. Here’s the complete playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
13: 01 IST: Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal wins toss, elects to bowl first. “We have 5 batsmen, Saha, two all-rounders in Ashwin and Jadeja, Umesh, Bhuvi and Shami,” tells Virat Kohli.
12: 56 IST: Toss at 01:00 PM! Players from both teams have started warming up, the match will start at 01: 30 PM IST.
12: 29 IST: BCCI have tweeted that the next inspection is at 12.45 pm.
12: 17 IST: Umpires having a look at practice wickets near the boundary, where the ground staff has been poking holes in order to drain the moisture. No issues in rest of the ground it seems!
11: 34 IST: The groundstaff are making small holes with nails to remove the moisture from certain parts of outfield. As expected, early lunch has been taken and the umpires will have another inspection at 12:10 to confirm when can the match start.
11: 19 IST: Super Soppers are sopping away as some part of the ground is still covered. LUNCH could also be taken here to save time. TOSS unlikely anytime soon.
10: 58 IST: Rain seems to have stopped and the covers coming off!
10: 28 IST: Fans sitting in stands have their umbrellas out, which means that the rain is getting heavier. Have to play the waiting game for now!
10: 08 IST: The drizzle has reportedly stopped but the covers are still on.
09: 53 IST: It has started to drizzle once again and the covers are back in place. The entire morning session is expected to continue in this manner only, but in afternoon, we can actually have some good gametime.
09: 39 IST: Not drizzling anymore at Eden Gardens. The day seems to be getting a little brighter as well. Ground staff have started the process of taking the covers off and we can soon have the toss if the weather stays as it is right now.
09: 25 IST: The covers still on as drizzle continues. Meanwhile, here’s a statistical look at Virat Kohli’s Test performance as compared to Sir Don Bradman in terms of converting fifties into hundreds.
08: 59 IST: It has started to drizzle in Kolkata and the groundstaff are running in to protect the square. TOSS has been delayed!
08: 50 IST: Murali Vijay, Shihar Dhawan and KL Rahul – three openers for two positions, but who will Virat Kohli give nod to?
08: 35 IST: Highly overcast conditions at the Eden Gardens stadium. There’s covers all around except a square in the middle. Groundsmen trying hard to get the game started but the overcast conditions suggest rain could happen anytime.
08: 20 IST: Match start likely to be delayed because of the present conditions at Eden Gardens.
08: 09 IST: Good news is that rain has stopped at Eden Gardens and the weather is improving in Kolkata.
07: 48 IST: The weather update is hinting at some showers early in the morning today but as the day progresses, the sky will open up.
17: 30 IST: Good morning and welcome to the live coverage of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka. Here’s a little statistical update to begin the day, which is likely to be affected by rain breaks.
# Sri Lanka have never won a Test in India and eight of their losses have been innings defeats.
India would look to continue their ruthless streak while Sri Lanka would want to forget the annihilation suffered at home and chase what has been an improbable dream of winning a Test when the two teams clash in first of the three-Test series, starting Thursday.
There is a possibility of rain threat after home team’s morning practice session was called off after a spell of a shower. The Met office has predicted rain till November 18 under the influence of a well-marked low-pressure area that is making its way up the Bay of Bengal along the Indian coast and the series-opener may be a curtailed affair.
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India had inflicted on Sri Lanka, a humiliating 9-0 whitewash across three formats even as they bounced back to secure a surprise 2-0 win against Pakistan in the UAE.
There will be no let up from Team India, who are taking this series as a preparation for the gruelling two-month long South Africa tour where they play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is beginning with Cape Town Test on January 5.
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Here’s all you need to know about the match:
What is the venue for the India vs Sri Lanka first Test?
India vs Sri Lanka first Test match will be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
What time does the India vs Sri Lanka first Test?
The match is scheduled to begin at 09:30 AM IST, which means it will be a 09:30 AM local time start. Toss will take place half an hour prior to the first ball – 09:00 AM IST.
Which TV channel will telecast India vs Sri Lanka first Test live in India?
India vs Sri Lanka first Test match will be aired on Star Sports 1/HD.
How to watch the live streaming of the India vs Sri Lanka first Test online?
India vs Sri Lanka first Test match will be live streamed Hotstar app and website. For all the scores updates, session updates and news, you can browse timesnownews.com.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvenshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Dasun Shanaka and Roshen Silva.