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IND vs SL LIVE score, 1st test: India opt to bat against Sri Lanka Rohit Sharma has made a fascinating start to his captaincy career with the coin toss falling his way. He has opted to bat and set a big score for visitors. He will look to repeat the white-ball heroics in the red-ball matches and ensure India gives a fitting present to Virat Kohli in his landmark 100th Test. Both teams will square off on Friday in the opening match of the two-Test series which will be played at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Follow India vs Sri Lanka LIVE score updates on InsideSport.IN

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IND vs SL LIVE score, 1st Test: Rohit Sharma-led India won the toss and opted to bat against Sri Lanka- Follow LIVE updates

IND vs SL LIVE: Hanuma Vihari is Rohit Sharma’s choice ahead of Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj also misses out: Follow LIVE Updates

1st session- IND vs SL LIVE score

India 1st Innings 18/0 (4 ov)

Mayank Agarwal Not out 9 13 2 69.23
Rohit Sharma (C) Not out 9 11 2 81.82
Extra 0 (b 0, w 0, nb 0, lb 0)
Total 18/0 (4)
Yet To Bat GH VihariVirat KohliS IyerRishabh PantRA JadejaRavichandran AshwinJ YadavM ShamiJJ Bumrah
  • FOUR! Mayank Agarwal forced to play good length ball, takes the outside edge and beats Gully
  • FOUR! Rohit Sharma dominate Vishwa Fernando this time, another exquisite shot towards the offside.
  • CONSECUTIVE FOURS! Mayank Agarwal this time gets off the mark with timely shots towards the point and cover region
  • FOUR! First boundary off India innings towards the leg side feat. Rohit Sharma
  • Vishwa Fernando will bowl from the other end to join Suranga Lakmal.
  • Rohit Sharma & Mayank Agarwal kick start India batting. Suranga Lakmal begins proceedings with the ball. He starts off with a maiden.

Speaking at the toss, India skipper Rohit Sharma said, “We are going to bat first. Similar Indian conditions, so it’s important for us to put runs on the board and take it from there. It is a huge honour to be captaining India and be part of the list. It is something I never dreamt of. It has been quite buzzing. We know it is a special occasion. Not many people go on to play 100 Tests, and Virat has been looking forward to this game. We are playing three seamers and two spinners.”

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On the other hand, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said, “We wanted to bat first as well. We are playing three seamers, but it is a good wicket to bat on. We have played 300 Tests but we never won in India. We have a good team, with the senior and junior combinations and we are prepared. We are going in with three seamers and two spinners.”

  • Hanuma Vihari has got big thumbs in the Rohit Sharma-Rahul Dravid era. You can look at Hanuma Vihari, who has done well in South Africa and showed a lot of courage,” Gavaskar told India Today to try Vihari at No. 3

Hanuma Vihari had scored unbeaten 40 and 20 in SA Test on his comeback after the triple fifties for India A. He had recently featured in Ranji Trophy for Hyderabad against Chandigarh and slammed a century and fifty in the same match.

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav

8:57 AM:

8.35 AM: India can again GEAR UP to be WORLD NO. 1 TEST TEAM 

Team India are currently ranked second in ICC Test Rankings. They are only 1 point behind Australia. A whitewash can help India take the pole position subject to Australia’s performances against Pakistan in the upcoming 3-match Test series. If India will win 2-0 then they will add 10 points but Australia can play spoilsport.

8.10 AM: Rohit Sharma Debut as TEST CAPTAIN

After taking white-ball captaincy by storm with a back-to-back whitewash against West Indies & Sri Lanka, he will kick start his Test captaincy against SL at Mohali. He will look to win his first series as red-ball captain against minnows.

7.25 AM: End of Pujara, Rahane era – New Indian middle order

With Cheteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane, Team India is expected to enter a new era. The likes of Ishant Sharma & Wriddhiman Saha have been also ruled out of the tournament. Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill are expected to play the role of India’s new middle order.

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6.30 AM: Virat Kohli is all set to achieve these 3 big records in his 100th Test

  • Needs 38 more runs to complete 8,000 runs in Test cricket
  • Can equal Ricky Ponting’s record with his 71st international century
  • Set to join Sachin Tendulkar on elite list- 100 or more Tests

6 AM: We are just hours from Toss ahead of the opening Test. Toss coming your way at 9 AM.

IND vs SL 1st Test: Rohit Sharma sets sights World No 1 as new era in begins with Virat Kohli’s 100th Test in Mohali – Follow Live Updates

  • In this match, all eyes will be on Virat Kohli who will be playing his 100th Test. Kohli will be eager to get back in the runs on this special occasion.
  • The 33-year-old has amassed 7,962 runs in 99 Tests at an average of 50.39 with 27 tons to his name.
  • However, the batter has not been able to register a century in international cricket since 2019 and the entire nation is waiting for his 71st international ton.

IND vs SL LIVE score, 1st Test: Rohit Sharma-led India won the toss and opted to bat against Sri Lanka- Follow LIVE updates

  • Rohit Sharma will also share some spotlight with Kohli as the clash in Mohali will be his first match as an Indian Test captain.
  • India will be keen to bounce back after their series loss of 2-1 against South Africa away earlier this year. While, in Sri Lanka’s last Test series, they defeated West Indies, taking the series 2-0.
  • The series is a part of the ICC World Test Championship where Sri Lanka are placed first while India are placed fifth in the standings.

For hosts, youngsters like Shubman Gill and Hanuma Vihari are likely to be long term replacements of senior players like Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara along with Shreyas Iyer as backup middle-order batter. Both the senior players were omitted from the squad after the poor show with the bat.

Dangerous batter Rishabh Pant might be playing at No.5 replacing Ajinkya Rahane who was a primarily middle-order player. Right now India has a solid batting lineup with players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill and Hanuma Vihari. So, it will be difficult for the team management and skipper to drop any aforementioned player for the opening Test match.

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India Playing XI 1st Test: Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill likely to form new Indian middle-order, Vihari to be benched for 1st Test

After the devastating multi-series loss against South Africa, Indian pacers Mohammad Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will be eager to be in form for the series against the lions. Against Proteas, Indian pacers failed to make an impact in the last two Tests and now against their sub-continental neighbours, they would like to be at their best at home.

The guests who have suffered a clean sweep against the hosts in the T20Is will look to have their say in the longest format of the game. Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne would hope that his team’s batting and bowling lineup will do well so they don’t have to go through another whitewash.

The Lanka team is hanging on their spinners for success but the slow bowling might not work against the Indian batting attack.

India also possesses the top spinners. It will be hard for Sri Lanka’s batters to face Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Skipper Dasun Shanaka would hope that his team get their act together and be able to give a fight to hosts.

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Squads: India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Srikar Bharat, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Priyank Panchal, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-Keeper), Saurabh Kumar, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav and Jayant Yadav.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Dhananjaya De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (Wicket-keeper), Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay.

IND vs SL LIVE score, 1st Test: Rohit Sharma-led India won the toss and opted to bat against Sri Lanka- Follow LIVE updates

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