Mahela collects his first boundary with a fantastic sweep off Sharma. It was struck in the air, and off the middle of the bat, but it seems somehow wrong to call it a slog-sweep when Jayawardene is the man to play it. India, meanwhile, are just slipping in the field a little. After Karthik's fumble, Dhawan lets one through his legs to allow a single where there shouldn't have been one.
Oh dear, Sangakkara should've been stumped here! Jadeja speared one down the leg side, and the left-hander over-balanced as he tried to nudge the ball into the leg side. Wicketkeeper Karthik missed the stumps with his first swipe, and though he then dislodged them with the second, Sangakkara was safely in the crease. That could be a costly error.
This is an interesting change. Kohli has taken Ashwin off after his wicket, and replaced him with Rohit Sharma's rather more unheralded offspinners. Is he holding the newly-confident Ashwin back for a spell at the death? Rohit does a decent job of keeping these two vastly experienced batsmen quiet, with two tucked singles to midwicket the only scoring shots.
Kohli is attempting to strangle the scoring options, with spin from both ends after the wicket. Jadeja does just that, and the batsmen scramble for four singles in the over.
WICKET! It appears that Ashwin has reverted completely back to the high-armed, twirling action he had before it was remodeled prior to the Asia Cup. Which is a brave move, mid-match, and now also a successful one as he extracts turn and - more importantly - bounce to have Perera caught behind. With the set batsman removed, India have an in! He ends the over with a highly optimistic lbw shout against new batsman Jayawardene, and though he's struck well outside the line Ashwin has a spring in his step now.
Shami bustles in gamely for another over, and after working him around for a couple of singles Sangakkara slaps him for another four. Shami's stats to left-handers are startlingly worse than those to the right-handers: averaging 53/wicket to 21/wicket, respectively.
As he did in India's previous match, against Bangladesh, Kohli tosses the ball to Ambati Rayudu for a dash in the middle overs. But there's a reason why Rayudu, at the age of 28, only has 8 List A wickets to his name. Sangakkara swats his first ball straight back over his head for four, and Perera adds a boundary of his own with an uncultured - but effective - axe-blow to deep midwicket. An expensive experiment. I wonder if Rayudu will be given a second over?
Mohammad Shami returns to the attack, having suffered at the hands of the openers in his first spell. After a couple of overs of spin, Perera and Sangakkara take some time to adjust to the change in pace, and with the field spread singles are the order of the day. At least for now.
Kohli brings Jadeja on for some left-arm twirling, and with his fourth ball he believes he's dismissed Perera lbw. But the umpire disagrees, and the batsman brings up what's been a fine - though not flawless - fifty with a regulation drive to long-on.
Ashwin looks to have settled into a decent rhythm now, after some early hiccups. Both Perera and Sangakkara look busy, but they can only find three singles off the over.
Binny isn't proving quite as effective as I first thought he would - but that can happen to anyone when you run up against a cricketer who strikes the ball as fiercely as Perera does. He doesn't do anything by halves, and collects his second six with an almighty wallop over square leg.
WICKET! Ashwin snaps the opening stand. It wasn't the most terrific or threatening ball that got the breakthrough - Thirimanne just stepped back to work a straight one to leg and missed it. After a strong appeal, he's given out and the players take a mid-over drinks break.
Dropped! Of the two batsmen, Perera had been the one more willing to hit the ball in the air, and - emboldened by the medium-paced filth being dished out by Binny - he aims to slam a second six over the leg side. But the connection isn't great, and the balls seems to hang in the air even as Jadeja charges in from the midwicket boundary. He dives forward to get to it, but the ball bobbles out of his hands as he hits the ground. A chance goes begging!
Ashwin continues, and with the field spread there are plenty of singles on offer. Sri Lanka's left-handed openers seem to have settled into cruise control, after their early onslaught, and they collect three chanceless runs off the spinner.
More gentle stuff from Binny, who's generally keeping the ball wicket to wicket, but seems quite easy to nurdle away for singles. Thirmanne and Perera collect five of them.
I'm not exactly sure what's going on with Ashwin's bowling action here. He started off today with the revamped version, but has started to look more like the Ashwin of old in this over. Perhaps that's just due to the bowling of particular variations. Meanwhile, some fog (or smog) is drifting over the ground. It's nothing dramatic, but it's noticeable via the television coverage.
Kohli now calls upon Stuart Binny, whose medium-paced dibbly-dobblers should be quite hard to get away on this track. That does indeed seem to be the case, with the bowler giving away nothing more than singles, but he's helped by a spread, defensive field.
Kohli is rotating his bowlers quite bowlers quite intensively, and Ashwin comes back into the attack. After a couple of sweeps and a leg-bye, Perera strong-arms a full ball back down the ground to collect his third four.
Kumar continues. He's been the best bowler on show today, and once again he denies the Sri Lankan batsmen's attacking instincts to keep them to three from the over.
Good grief, but Perera has struck Shami - who switched ends - high over square leg with rather frightening violence. Shami angled the delivery in towards Perera's hips, and the left-hander leaned back to throw absolutely all of his strength into the shot. The boundary, again, takes the pressure off the batsmen, and they collect risk-free innings through the rest of the over.
Kumar's accuracy pins Thirimanne to the crease for five deliveries, but the chance for a second maiden is spoiled by a guided four past point from the final ball.
Kohli swaps Shami for Ashwin, but the offspinner with the revamped action is thumped for an imperious six by Thirimanne to add to India's woes. Having done so, both Sri Lankan batsmen are happy to look for singles, and 9 runs come from the over.
Kumar's figures are further at odds with Shami's after another economical over. Perera is looking to leather just about everything now, but, apart from a bottom edge to fine leg, he can't pierce the field on either side of the wicket.
Sri Lanka take the advantage! Perera made the first move in this over, bowled by Shami, with a hack for three into the leg side, and India then let Thirimanne off the hook as Jadeja dropped a very tough chance at point. It's a little unfair even to call it a chance, the left-hander having absolutely lashed the ball in the air over Jadeja's head, but the fielder got his hands to it. Shami's supplies of gruntle are further shortened by a brace of boundaries off Thirimanne's bat, via a swiveling pull and a high-elbowed drive down the ground.
Thirimanne switches between resolute defense and speculative front-foot driving as Kumar continues with the new ball. Neither brings any profit, and the bowler is pleased to record his first maiden of an economical spell.
Oh dear. Dhawan and Rahane are both inches away from disaster as they both charge towards a skied Perera drive and collide in the outfield. If someone called for this, the call clearly wasn't heard over the din of the crowd. Fortunately for both fielders, their crash is merely a glancing one, and neither man is hurt. But the ball goes for four, and more importantly an early chance goes begging.
A watchful Thirimanne commits to only one shot in Kumar's second over, but it's a stroke of crisp authority. Part rapier, part shovel, and it runs away for four. Much of Sri Lanka's early scoring has come from boundaries.
Shami offers a little more pace than his opening partner, but that's to Perera's liking as he leans into a thunderous, full-blooded drive that is somehow stopped at mid-off. I might've just let that one through, but I suppose that's why I'm typing furiously away at a keyboard observing this game, and Kohli is out there on the field throwing himself in front of high-velocity projectiles. Perera throws himself into another shot before the over's up, and this time the ball flies off the inside edge. No runs for a startling shot, four for a mistake. Such is cricket.
Young Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the bowling for India, and he finds some appreciable wobble with the hard, new pill. Both Perera and Thirimanne are happy to shoulder arms outside off first up, but when Bhuvi then curves one in, Thirimanne finds himself in trouble. There's an emphatic lbw shout, but the umpire disagrees. Mighty close, that was.
Malinga aims right at the stumps in his final over, but Jadeja and Shami's jabbing bats bring them five singles to take India to a challenging score.
WICKET! Well, yes, a wicket, but Mendis has also been clobbered all over the place by India's no. 11 Mohammad Shami. First, Mendis has Bhuvi Kumar stumped down the leg side thanks to some sharp work from Sangakkara, but Shami barely needs a sighter before he launches into a 96m six over wide long on. He ends the over with a second monstrous mow, and suddenly India's total looks very handy indeed.
WICKET! Malinga has his first of the day with, probably, the best yorker he's bowled. Ashwin was having a dash at the death, and followed up an edged drive for four with an expansive loft down the ground that was only stopped by some very committed fielding from Mahela Jayawardene, that old veteran. But when Ashwin charged at another yorker, his luck ran out and his off stump took a beating.
Most of the scoring comes via extras in Mendis' ninth over. A leg-side wide helps India along, and then a delivery keeps very low outside off to beat the batsman, the stumps and the keeper and run away for four byes.
Pace as both ends, Malinga returning to the fray. He's been strangely off-colour today - though to be fair that seemed to be the case against Pakistan on Tuesday, and he still ended up with a five-for. But you could count the yorkers he's landed on target today on the fingers of one hand. This over includes a leg-side wide and a knee-high full toss but also - happily, for Sri Lanka - no boundaries.
With this pitch playing slower and lower with every passing over, pace on the ball actually makes life a lot easier for the batsmen. Thisara Perera comes back into the attack, with de Silva and Senanayake both having completed their 10-over spells, but when he offers Ashwin a short, wide ball outside off, all the batsman as to do is angle his bat to late cut four runs to third man.
WICKET! India are losing their way in the closing stages of this chase. Binny thrusts his front pad down the wicket at offspinner Senanayake, but can't lay bat to ball and the Umpire upholds a strong lbw shout. It'll be up to Jadeja to guide them to a decent total.
WICKET! Jadeja signals a change in approach by charging out to smite Mendis over long-on for six - a brave shot - but when Rayudud adopts the same tactic it doesn't quite come off for him. He chips Mendis straight to Perera at long-off, and Mendis has his third wicket.
Mendis' wicket to wicket line makes it hard for batsmen to get him away, especially when he's operating with an old ball. Jadeja and Rayudu continue their safety-conscious approach with a trio of singles off the spinner.
Jadeja is off the mark with a careful flick into the leg side off left-arm spinner de Silva, while Rayudu - who's ticking along at a-run-a-ball - is also happy to keep rotating the strike.
WICKETS! Mendis rocks India with a double strike in his over. He's relying a lot on the carom ball today, and it's brought him two big wickets here. The first to go is Dhawan, who spots what he thinks is a short ball and steps back in his crease, only for the ball to scuttle in to him quite low and rattle the timber. New batsman Dinesh Karthik is off the mark with a cut past point, but then he also falls attempting the pull, top-edging another carom ball to be easily caught at mid-off by de Silva.
With the field spread once more, Dhawan nudges closer and closer to his hundred by working the ball around the field off de Silva, and Rayudu follows suit.
Senanayake completes the Powerplay with a very competent over of limited-overs offspin bowling. He doesn't give the ball much air at all, and adjusts his length well when the batsmen use their feet to get out at him, keeping them to nothing more than singles in the over.
Malinga fires in delivery after delivery at the batsman's toes or the base of leg stump. When the ball lands on the right spot, Rayudu does very well just to keep it out, but when it doesn't he's setting himself to hit the boundary, which he does - off a full toss.
WICKET! Rahane departs. He was looking to take the attack to Senanayake, skipping out at him and aiming a loft over cover. Instead, as the ball held its line, he scooped an easy chance to Thirimanne at backward point. Dhawan, who is closing in on a ton, looks to work the singles for the rest of the over, as does new batsman Ambati Rayudu.
A change of ends for Malinga, who begins with a yorker aimed right at Rahane's toes. The batsman manages to dig it out, and they steal a tight single even as Senanayake swoops in from point and fires a direct hit at the stumps. But the batsman is safe, and as Malinga continues to aim for the base of the stumps Dhawan does well to lift a low full toss up and over midwicket for four.
Ah, India actually attempt to upset Sri Lanka's gameplan by taking the Powerplay one over early. Malinga is also, somewhat surprisingly, swapped for the offspinner Senanayake, and a ring of fielders on either side of the wicket do well to keep the batsmen to four singles in the over.
De Silva's rhythm is wavering as his spell continues, and again he offers up a friendly long-hop. Rahane may be relatively new to the crease, but he has plenty of time to rock back and slam the pull out to deep midwicket. It's almost Powerplay time. Malinga will surely continue his spell.
Malinga continues, and now he is starting to target the batsmen's stumps. But he's not quite on the mark, and a pair of full tosses allow the batsmen to rotate the strike before a Rahane glance is stopped by a diving Senanayake at the long leg boundary.
Dhawan has quickly settled back into cruise control, and Rahane is also adopting a safe - but proactive - tactic by looking to rotate the strike and accumulate singles. Together, they milk five runs from de Silva's left-arm spin, Dhawan bringing up India's 150 with a glance to midwicket.
Ah, now this is a canny move. Sri Lanka bring back Malinga after the wicket. He can be very tricky to face, particularly to a batsman fresh to the crease. But Malinga is also just warming up, and there isn't a single yorker as the batsmen push and nudge their way to four runs in the over.
Busy stuff from the batsmen. They're obviously not willing to take any overt risks, but Mendis slight inaccuracies and the spread field mean that there are plenty of gaps to be picked. Dhawan sweeps a brace of twos down to fine leg, and with singles coming from every other delivery India will be pleased to take eight from the over.
There's an understandably defensive change in India's approach after the dismissal, with Dhawan driving a single out to deep cover as Rahane takes the measure of the pitch with some solid defense.
WICKET! Kohli departs. Well, this came against the run of play. He's simply played down the wrong line at Mendis, pushing his defensive bat inside one which rushed straight on with the arm. So, Sri Lanka have their breakthrough, but Dhawan remains and his innings will be vital to anchoring India's total from here on in.
Now Dhawan goes on the charge! Perera, looking to deny him scoring options on the off side, instead makes the mistake of giving offering Dhawan short balls on which to practice his pull shot. The left-hander obliges, whipping a four to fine leg before standing tall to bludgeon a six over wide long on. Sri Lanka desperately need a breakthrough before these two really get going.
Kohli is motoring now. De Silva had managed to keep him tied down for much of his spell, but Kohli isn't going to let long-hops slide in consecutive overs and as de Silva spears one down short once again, he rocks back to lift a towering six beyond wide long on. Kohli's on the hunt here.
Sri Lanka bring pace back onto the ball with the re-introduction of Thisara Perera, but Kohli's eye is in now and, after milking him for a few more singles, the Indian captain glances an almost effortless boundary to fine leg to move through the 30s.
Fifty for Dhawan! It's come from a sustained effort in slightly unhelpful conditions. Apart from his Test runs against New Zealand, he's had a quiet time at the top of the Indian order in recent months.
There's a risk, at times like this, of one over blending into the next and each team allowing the other the freedom to drift along in the game with neither side wanting to make a decisive move or take an undue risk. Mendis trundles through another over and both Kohli and Dhawan keep their strokes safe and unexpansive. Five off the over.
Well, de Silva has somehow gotten away with a couple of full-tosses in this over, as well as a long hop. He's saved, possibly, by the lack of life in the wicket, which hasn't made shot-making easy.
Much better from Mendis. Kohli nudges his first ball through the covers for a single to bring up the fifty partnership, but Mendis doesn't offer much that is loose at all during the over.
De Silva, meanwhile, is giving the Indian batsmen rather more of a challenge. His round-the-wicket approach and probing line keeps Kohli quiet for a full five deliveries, and the Indian captain can only manage a single to deep cover in the over.
Now it's Dhawan's turn to collect runs off Mendis via the sweep. The Sri Lankan is struggling with his lines, perhaps due to the left-hand/right-hand combination at the crease, and he also slips down a wide in the course of an over which leaks 8 runs. Your commentator today, by the way, is Liam Brickhill. I also tweet about cricket, among other things, through @gomorezvidinha.
Yet another spinner, left-armer Chaturanga de Silva, comes on, and he soon causes a moment of alarm for India. His second delivery, from around the wicket, dips and turns past the face of Kohli's bat. Sangakkara whips the bails off in a flash, and Sri Lanka believe they've got the breakthrough ... but replays show Kohli's foot is back over the line *just* in time, and after a mid-over drinks break Dhawan and Kohli continue as if nothing had happened.
Sri Lanka have plenty of options in the spin department today, and Ajantha Mendis comes on with his full back of tricks: offies, knuckle-balls, leg-cutters, top-spinners and arm-balls. He's got a bit of everything, but that doesn't matter if you offer Virat Kohli a half-volley outside leg stump - which he does, and it's easily lapped to the fine leg boundary.
Dogged stuff from Perera, who still hasn't given away anything more than a single off any delivery he's bowled. After a couple of singles, Dhawan charges the bowler in an attempt to change that, but can't find the requisite timing or placement.
Though he's been the one to take a wicket today, Senanayake's lines haven't been as disciplined as those of the seamers. He feeds Dhawan outside off stump, and is slap-cut behind point for his troubles, after which Kohli worsens the damage by skipping out of his crease to meet the ball on the half-volley and send it bouncing away to the deep cover boundary. And India's run rate rises above four for the first time today.
Dhawan and Kohli continue to milk the bowling, with gaps in the infield and sweepers covering the boundaries meaning that it's hard to get more reward than a single for any stroke. But they do manage five of those off Perera's fast-medium seamers, and look busy doing so.
Well, we're not even into the traditionally accumulative "middle overs" yet, but already India seem to be batting in cruise control. Sri Lanka, for the moment, are happy to give them that option, and with long on out on the boundary for Senanayake that's where most of the shots are aimed.
Perera continues, and does well to stick to Sri Lanka's gameplan of bowling straight on this slow track. He is, though, just a little too short, and both batsmen pick him off for singles on either side of the wicket.
WICKET! Well, Sharma is dumbfounded by his dismissal, standing open-mouthed and doe-eyed at the crease after Umpire Nigel Llong's finger is raised, but this looks like a legitimate call. Senanayake has continued round the wicket, and just got one to fizz back in to beat Sharma's defensive forward push. He's struck in line, under the knee roll, and though he was fairly far forward there no real chance that the ball might've gone over the top on this track. Kohli, of course, is batting on a different pitch to everyone else, and he's off the mark with ease - flicking a four to fine leg.
Oh dear, it appears Angelo Mathews has done himself a mischief here. I'm not sure what the problem is, but there's a short discussion between Mathews, Jayawardene and Malinga, and Mathews trudges off after bowling two deliveries in the over. Thisara Perera completes the over in competent fashion, but Sri Lanka's bowling attack will be dented by Mathews' absence, particularly on this pitch.
Dhawan doesn't have quite the same grace in his batting against spin, as he does against the quick men. He finds two runs to midwicket with a shoveled whip off Senanayake, and after a couple of watchful drives taps a single in the same direction to keep the strike.
Mathews continues, plugging away on a middle and off line. When he does shoot one down outside off, the low bounce foils Dhawan's stroke and the only run in the over is a single pinched to extra cover.
First change in the attack, as offspinner Sachithra Senanayake is brought on. He comes round the wicket to Sharma, with a leg gully and short midwicket in place, but offers up a horrid long-hop outside off which is duly crunched to the point boundary. Not a lot in the way of turn and bounce first up, but that may change as the ball ages.
Malinga hasn't made the same mistake Mathews did in the last over, but he's been punished even more harshly by Dhawan, who now seems to have the measure of this track. Dhawan's stance at the crease sets him to hit the ball through the off side, and he collects consecutive boundaries in that direction. The first is taken off middle stump, while the second is slapped from *just* outside off, but both rely more on Dhawan's eye and hand than anything else. How straight does Malinga have to bowl to stop Dhawan's drives?
Mathews had been disciplined with his wicket-to-wicket line first up, but as he errs outside off Dhawan's eyes light up and he flashes his wrists over the ball to send it bouncing away to the boundary beyond cover point. Mathews offers more width to end the over, but fortunately for him Dhawan's thunder-crack of a drive is intercepted at extra cover. That's probably stung the fielder's hands a little.
With the new ball nipping around a touch, but also keeping low, there are bound to be a few inside edges early on today, and that's been the case. Malinga's keeping pretty much everything up to the bat, but when he's slightly off line there's room to nudge the ball around for singles.
Angelo Mathews shares the early new-ball duties for Sri Lanka, and though he lacks Malinga's pace his shuffling, high-armed action means he finds a little more bounce. That is, until the fifth delivery, which scuttles through at shin height.
Good grief, I know Lasith Malinga's low-slung action means he's probably not going to be the bowler to extract bounce from this Fatullah pitch, but his first delivery trickles through ridiculously low. Rohit Sharma jabs down on it in time, and later in the over Shikhar Dhawan is forced to do the same. And Sri Lanka chose to bat second on this track?
Sri Lanka: D Chandimal, C de Silva, M Jayawardene, L Malinga, A Mathews, A Mendis, K Perera, T Perera, K Sangakkara, S Senanayake, L Thirimanne
India: R Ashwin, S Binny, S Dhawan, R Jadeja, D Karthik, V Kohli, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, A Rahane, A Rayudu, R Sharma
Hello and welcome to the Asia Cup match between India and Sri Lanka in Fatullah. The Sri Lankans won the toss and elected to bowl first, and have included three spinners, bringing Ajantha Mendis in for Suranga Lakmal.