India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mohali, Live Cricket Score: Hosts In Command As Rohit Sharma Slams Century, Shreyas Iyer Scores Maiden Fifty | Buzz It up

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mohali, Live Cricket Score: Hosts In Command As Rohit Sharma Slams Century, Shreyas Iyer Scores Maiden Fifty

Team India is, for a change, not in the limelight as far as cricket is concerned. Captain Virat Kohli and long-time girlfriend Anushka Sharma got married in Italy on Monday and the entire attention of cricket fans, the media and everyone else is by an large focused on that. That leaves the side in a relatively unfamiliar situation of preparing for a must-win match as they take on Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali today. The humiliating loss in the 1st ODI in Dharamsala was not just a danger signal for the series but also raises questions about the series in South Africa, where the conditions won’t be great for the batsmen. (LIVE SCORECARD)

Mohali won’t be as cold as Dharamsala but the pacers should come into play considering it is another 11:30 a.m. start to the day-night affair. In that case, it will be another test for the Indian batsmen if the home team happens to bat first in a must-win contest. Barring old war-horse MS Dhoni, the highly-rated batsmen seemed like sitting ducks every time Suranga Lakmal pitched the ball up in the off-stump corridor. After the experienced Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan fell early, it was an ideal opportunity for the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey to weather the initial storm and make a big score. However, they all came a cropper and if it was not for Dhoni’s fighting 65, India could well be out for their lowest ever total. If it was one person, who would be gutted looking at his teams’ performance, it would be Kohli, who opted out of the series to get married to Anushka in Italy.

Live Updates between India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI, straight from Mohali, Punjab

14:28 IST: Six! There is no stopping Rohit Sharma now. Sheer timing from the Indian captain and he dispatches Lakmal into the crowd for the fourth time in the same over. Imperious batting!

14:27 IST: SIX! Rohit Sharma is not providing any respite to Suranga Lakmal. Slower full toss around the knees to Rohit and he deposits that into the crowd.

14:26 IST: Six and a six!  Rohit Sharma is going berserk. Clobbers Lakmal for two humongous maximum consecutively. Immaculate batting from the captain.

14:22 IST: Trivia: Rohit (16) overtakes Virender Sehwag (15) to become India’s fourth highest ODI century-maker. He trails Sachin Tendulkar (49), Virat Kohli (32) and Sourav Ganguly (22).

14:17 IST: 150-run partnership comes up between Rohit and Iyer.

14:16 IST: Four! Iyer makes room for himself and slashes the power with great power to hit back-to-back boundaries. Scoring boundaries at will! Incredible batting.

14:15 IST: Four! Lakmal gets his yorker wrong and Shreyas Iyer slams the ball through mid-wicket for a boundary. Lankan bowlers are being punished by the Indians.

14:12 IST: Four! Couple of steps down the wicket for Rohit Sharma as he sweeps Pradeep past short fine leg.

14:08 IST: India 245/1 after 40 overs (Rohit 101*, Iyer 68*)

14:06 IST: Colossal! Iyer dances down the wicket and pummels Pathirana for a massive six, straight down the ground.

14:05 IST: Hundred! Rohit Sharma scores his 16th ODI century and first as Indian captain. Brilliant batting from the stand-in captain.

14:02 IST: Four! Shreyas Iyer shifting gears now. Low full toss from Perera, Iyer clobbers it over mid-wicket with intent. Iyer is looking in fine form and must be eyeing his maiden ton as well. How interesting will it be!

14:01 IST: SIX! Short and wide, Iyer makes room for himself and slashes the ball over third-man for a maximum.

13:59 IST: Fifty! Shreyas Iyer scores his maiden international half-century. India 224/1 in 37.5 overs.

13:56 IST: Drinks! India are in full command of the game as they scored their consecutive 100+ partnership Rohit has held one end up, while Dhawan and Iyer played aggressively which allowed the Indian run-rate to go up. Rohit is on the way to score his 16th ODI ton, Iyer is eyeing his maiden ODI fifty.

13:52 IST: Four! Shreyas Iyer is making amends for his poor show in Dharamsala ODI. Comes down the track and slaps the ball through mid-wicket to collect a boundary.

13:50 IST: Four! Yet another death touch from Iyer off Dhananjaya. India in complete command as Rohit approaches his ton and Iyer is eyeing maiden half-century.

13:46 IST: Fuller delivery from Lakmal close to off stump. Iyer squeezes the ball out to the fielder at backward point. While the Lankans appeal for a catch, Iyer is confident that the ball hit the ground first. On-field umpire go upstairs and rule out the Lankan appeal as the ball had hit the ground. Didn’t take much of the time for the TV umpire to ascertain his decision.

13:43 IST: Four! Attempted yorker gone wrong, Lakmal bowls a low toss and Rohit graciously accepts it and drives it through covers for a beautiful shot. India breach 200-run mark and Rohit enters the 90s.

13:40 IST: Four! Wide and short from Pathirana, Rohit cuts it hard to near his 16th ODI hundred.

13:38 IST: Four! Back of a length delivery from Lakmal, Iyer waited patiently and openedthe face of the bat at the last moment and guides the ball towards third man. Cheeky!

13:35 IST: Rohit and Iyer are looking in solid form as they are taking India towards a big total. Beautiful batting from them.

13:29 IST: Four! Gunaratne strays down the leg side, Rohit plays it very fine for a boundary. India re currently in command of the game and are eyeing big total.

13:27 IST: Asela Gunaratne introduced into the attack.

13:26 IST: India 170/1 after 30 overs (Shreyas Iyer 28*, Rohit 71*).

13:25 IST: India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wishes Washington Sundar on his international debut.

13:20 IST: Four! Short delivery from Pradeep and Rohit pulls on the front foot. Pradeep is not learning for his mistakes. Same deliveries, same result.

13:15 IST: SIX! Short delivery from Pradeep, Rohit miscues the pull but had enough power to send the ball over the rope with ease. First six of the Indian innings.

13:12 IST: Four! Short and wide from Pathirana and Iyer cuts the ball square of the wicket with a lot of power.

13:08 IST: Four! Iyer, shimmies down the wicket, lofts Pathirana over mid-on.

13:05 IST: Rohit Sharma scores his 35th ODI fifty, India 127/1 in 23.5 overs.

12:59 IST: Shreyas Iyer is the new man in, joins Rohit Sharma in the middle.

12:58 IST: OUT! Pathirana strikes for Sri Lanka, dismisses danger man Shikhar Dhawan for 68. Pathirana bowls full on leg-stump, Dhawan goes through with his whip and hits it towards short mid-wicket where Thirimanne dives to his right to take a good catch.

12:53 IST: Four! Short delivery and Rohit rocks back and cuts it ferociously. 100 comes up for India in the 20th over, hosts look solid. This is the 12th 100-run opening stand for India in ODIs.

12:48 IST: Four! Rohit notices the flighted delivery, skips down the tracl and lifts Dhananjaya inside out over extra cover.

12:46 IST: Good first over from Pathirana, concedes just two runs.

12:43 IST: Sachith Pathirana introduced in the bowling.

12:40 IST: Drinks! India 89/0 after 17 overs (Dhawan 59*, Rohit 29*). Solid start from India after being put in to bat. Initially the pitch provided with some movement but as the game progressed there isn’t much pace off the pitch either.

12:35 IST: Four! Perera bowls a short delivery, Dhawan stands tall and pulls it handsomely over mid-wicket. Sheer power from the batsman.

12:31 IST: Fifty! Dhawan scores his 23rd ODI fifty. Commendable comeback from the left-handed star. India 74/0 in 14.3 overs.

12:30 IST: Akila Dhananjaya introduced in the attack. Lankan captain Perera is looking for wickets. A big partnership between Rohit and Dhawan will hurt the visitors.

12:28 IST: Four! Short and wide, Dhawan guides the ball through point and beats the third man for a boundary.

12:27 IST: Four! Short delivery from Pradeep, Dhawan pulls with authority to collect the second boundary of the over. The left-handed batsman is looking to score his 23rd ODI half-century.

12:26 IST: Four! Lucky, very lucky for Dhawan. Comes down the track to hit the ball through covers but edges it past the wicket-keeper to collect a boundary.

12:22 IST: 50 comes up for India in the 13th over. Rohit and Dhawan treading slowly at the moment.

12:20 IST: India 49/0 after 12 overs have only managed to score six boundaries till now.

12:16 IST: Back-to-back boundaries. Short delivery from Perera, Dhawan pulls it for a boundary to the fine leg fence.

12:15 IST: Four! Full delivery from Perera and Dhawan, shimmies down the wicket, launches the ball over mid-on for a boundary.

12:13 IST: India 33/0 after 10 overs. Brilliant start from Pradeep, concedes just only one runs.

12:10 IST: Double bowling change for Sri Lanka, Nuwan Pradeep, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack.

12:08 IST: Massive LBW appeal from Perera but the ball was pitching outside leg. Dhawan was on the charge to flick it but got rapped on the pads. Close call for the Indian.

12:06 IST: Thisara Perera, right-arm medium, comes into the attack.

11:56 IST: India 26/0 after 6 overs (Rohit 11*, Dhawan 15*)

11:52 IST: Four! Short and wide from Lakmal, Dhawan stretches his hands and smashes the ball through the covers.

11:47 IST: Four! Rohit takes a couple of steps down the wicket and crashes Lakmal on the up for his first boundary of the innings.

11:45 IST: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are looking solid out in the middle. Good defensive technique and very good running between the wickets.

11:40 IST: India 6/0 after 2 overs. (Rohit 0*, Dhawan 6*)

11:36 IST: Four! Full length delivery from Lakmal, Dhawan drives it beautifully through covers. Dhawan is in a mood to make amends.

11:35 IST: Maiden over for Mathews to start with. India will be careful before they change gears.

11:32 IST: First ball, good length delivery from Mathews, a little hint of movement, Rohit throws his bat at the ball but gets beaten for pace.

11:31 IST: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opening the batting for India. Angelo Mathews starting the proceedings for Sri Lanka.

11:30 IST: Alright, then! Game time.

11:25 IST: Both teams are on the ground for their respective national anthems. It is a huge game for India as they will look to bounce back from the shock loss they suffered in the first match. Rohit Sharma and team will look to make amends when they come out to bat.

11:23 IST: Washington Sundar is the seventh youngest India debutante.

11:20 IST: Here is how MS Dhoni comfortably beat young Hardik Pandya in a 100 metre dash.

11:14 IST: Team India playing XI:

11:12 IST: While Sri Lanka is playing with an unchanged side, Washington Sundar makes his debut for India.

11:00 IST: Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera wins toss, elects to field against India at Mohali.

10:55 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between India and Sri Lanka straight from Punjab.

Rohit, leading the side in Kohli’s absence, was not amused either in his first ODI as captain. Though, he promised that the team will learn from Dharamsala debacle and bounce back in the remaining two games. “It is important to thrive in these conditions and come out good. It is an eye-opener for all of us,” Rohit had said after the seven-wicket loss. He is unlikely to tinker with the playing eleven but there is a possibility that Ajinkya Rahane is picked to shore up the inexperienced batting, especially the middle-order.

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