India have opted to bowl after winning the toss. With all teams stuck at one win and loss each, India and Sri Lanka are taking on each other in a crucial game of the Nidahas Trophy 2018, the fourth of the T20 tri-series. The Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team were stunned by the hosts in the opener for which they will be eyeing revenge at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo tonight. However, they fought back well to earn a comprehensive victory over Bangladesh last week. When it comes to Sri Lanka, following their victory over India, they suffered a five-wicket loss to Sri Lanka on Saturday and will be eager to get back into the winning momentum. Get live cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, Nidahas Trophy 2018, here. (India vs Sri Lanka scorecard) (Nepal vs Hong Kong ICC World Cup qualifier scores)
21:29 hrs IST: Yuzvendra Chahal is back into the attack as Jeevan Mendis comes to the crease
21:27 hrs IST: OUT! Thisara Perera departs for 15 as Shardul Thakur takes his second wicket
21:25 hrs IST: Kusal Mendis scores his 4th half-century in T20s!
21:21 hrs IST: Perera is out there with the full license to go for the maximum
21:20 hrs IST: Bang and then BANG! Two back to back sixes by new batsman Thisara Perera!
21:17 hrs IST: OUT! Vijay Shankar gives India the breakthrough and he clean bowls Tharanga for 22. The partnership, which lasted 62 runs, has been broken!
21:15 hrs IST: Tharanga was almost caught and bowled there by Shankar
21:13 hrs IST: Ten overs are up and Sri Lanka are 94/2
21:10 hrs IST: After nine overs, Sri Lanka are 86/2
21:07 hrs IST: Four! India need wickets now. Mendis and Tharanga are building this partnership well
21:04 hrs IST: Mendis plays a dilscoop off fast bowler Vijay Shankar for two runs. That was innovative. Immediately slower one by the bowler and he gets hit on the shoulder which bounces off to his helmet
21:01 hrs IST: After 8 overs, Sri Lanka are 75/2 as Kusal Mendis nears his half-century
20:57 hrs IST: Big six by Tharanga!
20:54 hrs IST: Vijay Shankar comes into the attack
20:53 hrs IST: Mendis is standing tall for Sri Lanka at 29 not out. He could be the key for the islanders
20:51 hrs IST: End of Powerplay and Sri Lanka are 53/2 after 6 overs
20:47 hrs IST: Beautiful sweep shot by Tharanga and Sri Lanka reach 50!
20:45 hrs IST: It is a free hit and Tharanga is caught. Only one run
20:43 hrs IST: Mendis pulls and it is four runs!
20:41 hrs IST: Yuzvendra Chahal has come on to bowl and the ball is spinning immediately
20:40 hrs IST: Upul Tharanga is the new batsman in. Dinesk Karthik is giving some instructions to Washington Sundar in Tamil
20:38 hrs IST: Kusal Perera has been removed by Washington Sundar
20:36 hrs IST: 10 runs and a wicket from the first over
20:33 hrs IST: Kusal Perera has come out to bat. Two Kusals at the wicket now
20:31 hrs IST: OUT! Shardul Thakur removes Gunathilaka thanks to a brilliant catch by Suresh Raina at mid-wicket. Gunathilaka goes for 17
20:30 hrs IST: Nine from the over, Sri Lanka are 24/0 from 2 overs. Get live cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka here
20:27 hrs IST: Bang! Washington Sundar to Gunathilaka and SIX! Down the ground! The bowler will lose confidence immediately with this kind of a shot. Sri Lanka are attacking from the word go
20:26 hrs IST: One over is up and Sri Lanka are 15/0
20:24 hrs IST: Run out chance early on! Have India taken a wicket? Oh no not out!
20:22 hrs IST: Bad start by India! First ball five runs and second ball huge six by Kusal Mendis. 11 off the first 2 balls
20:20 hrs IST: Jaydev Unadkat to bowl the first over
20:18 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma giving a pep talk to the team
20:17 hrs IST: And we are all set for the game to begin
20:15 hrs IST: Also Lokesh Rahul comes in for Rishab Pant. India playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (w), Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal
20:10 hrs IST: Suranga Lakmal comes in for Dinesh Chandimal. Playing XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (w), Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera (c), Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera
20:07 hrs IST: India have won the toss and opted to field in this 19 overs a side game!
20:03 hrs IST: 19 overs a side! 4 bowlers can bowl 4 overs, 1 bowler to bowl 3!
20:02 hrs IST: No message yet about overs lost. Maybe it will be revealed at toss time
19:59 hrs IST: India vs Sri Lanka toss at 8:05 PM, match to start at 8:20 PM
19:54 hrs IST: The roller is on the pitch Sri Lanka are doing the drills again
19:51 hrs IST: The rain has stopped in Colombo
19:50 hrs IST: All the covers are being rapidly removed. So the umpire inspection is coming near now
19:45 hrs IST: The ground staff is beginning to peel the covers off. That has drawn a loud roar from the fans at the Premadasa Stadium
19:43 hrs IST: We have started losing overs. The cut-off time is 9.35 PM
19:40 hrs IST: The whole ground is covered now. This is going to be a lengthy wait
19:37 hrs IST: Meanwhile read what the Sri Lanka Cricket president wants: Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala calls for more India-SL games
19:34 hrs IST: Now, they are beginning the process of covering the entire outfield. Overs will start reducing from 7:30 PM
19:32 hrs IST: Sixty percent of the ground is covered. Only the boundaries are visible
19:30 hrs IST: Loud roar as one of the covers starts to come off. No wait, one of the covers is going off and a larger cover is coming back on. Groan!!!
19:26 hrs IST: You can barely see the drizzle, there are no umbrellas but it is that kind of drizzle which is irritating yet persistent. Ground staff are taking no chances
19:21 hrs IST: More covers are coming on
19:17 hrs IST: Indian players have gone back in, Sri Lanka players still warming up
19:15 hrs IST: More covers coming on now!
19:12 hrs IST: And the wait continues as the drizzle continues
19:08 hrs IST: Meanwhile you can read the interview of Sri Lanka Cricket president: ‘Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene have big role in Sri Lanka Cricket’
19:04 hrs IST: Ground staff are stationed near the covers, but there is no activity as of now. It is a faint drizzle, but a persistent one
19:01 hrs IST: If play does not start before 7:30 PM, then we will start losing overs. For the moment, covers still in place
18:57 hrs IST: The rain is light but more covers are coming on
18:52 hrs IST: The drizzle has become heavier. The covers are coming back on. Stay tuned for live updates of India vs Sri Lanka live cricket score
18:46 hrs IST: The main square has been covered
18:44 hrs IST: More covers are coming on as the drizzle gets heavier
18:41 hrs IST: Oh no! The drizzle is back. Covers coming back on. Toss to be delayed further. The main pitch, straight boundary and square leg boundary being covered
18:36 hrs IST: So the news is that the toss is at 1845 hours and match will start at 1915 hours. No overs to be lost
18:35 hrs IST: Indian team players have come out to warm-up as the covers have been removed
18:33 hrs IST: Almost all covers have been removed. The umpires will inspect shortly.
18:31 hrs IST: India’s support staff have just made it out on to the field
18:30 hrs IST: Some covers are coming off but there is still a drizzle out there.
18:27 hrs IST: Thisara Perera will skipper Sri Lanka
18:23 hrs IST: Still quite overcast conditions in Colombo
18:20 hrs IST: It is still drizzling in Colombo
18:18 hrs IST: The start of the match and toss will be delayed due to rain and wet outfield
18:15 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the India vs Sri Lanka T20 match, the fourth one of the Nidahas Trophy
Today’s win would take India to the top in the points table past Sri Lanka, who are currently leading the standings on net run rate.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka would be hoping for an improved show after their loss to Bangladesh. With captain Dinesh Chandimal suspended for the two upcoming matches, following his team’s slow over-rate against Bangladesh, Thisara Perera has been appointed as the interim skipper.