Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Adrian MannarinoatpATP Paris MastersCorentin Moutet First Published: October 31, 2019, 10:38 AM IST Paris: Novak Djokovic defied illness to survive a scare against French lucky loser Corentin Moutet and reach the third round of the Paris Masters while Rafael Nadal saw off a plucky challenge from Adrian Mannarino.Top seed Djokovic, locked in a battle with Nadal for the year-end world number one spot, had to save two set points in the first set before beating the 97th-ranked Moutet 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 on Wednesday. The 32-year-old will play Britain’s Kyle Edmund on Thursday in the last 16 as he continues his bid for a record-extending fifth Bercy title.”I don’t feel health-wise 100 percent in the last couple of days, but it is what it is,” said Djokovic, who was struggling with a sore throat.”It affects your energy, your vitality on the court. Obviously it’s not ideal, but in these kind of circumstances you just have to accept it and do everything that you can to recover.”Nadal, who is guaranteed to usurp Djokovic at the rankings summit next week ahead of the ATP Tour Finals in London, beat home wildcard Mannarino 7-5, 6-4 to set up a clash with three-time Grand Slam title-winner Stan Wawrinka.Djokovic, who was beaten by Karen Khachanov in last year’s final, found himself in a spot of bother when Moutet broke his serve in the seventh game before saving four break points to seize a 5-3 lead.But the home hope saw two set points come and go in the following game, withDjokovic quickly taking advantage to break back and level the set.The Serbian took control as the opener entered a tie-break and Moutet smashed a ball into the crowd in anger as his opportunity for an upset looked to have disappeared, with his opponent cruising through the breaker.Moutet delighted the crowd with an outrageous ‘hotdog’ lob over Djokovic early in the second set, but the 16-time Grand Slam champion belatedly found his form.Djokovic did let one break slip after leading 4-1, but closed out victory on his first match point with a forehand winner.NADAL DOES ENOUGHNadal was not at his imperious best against world number 43 Mannarino, but did enough to win with relative comfort.The 19-time Grand Slam champion, who has never won the tournament but does hold a record 35 Masters titles, will hope to improve in the third round against Wawrinka after the Swiss beat Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5).Nadal, playing his first event since getting married earlier this month, can secure the year-end top ranking for a fifth time by winning the trophy on Sunday.”(It’s) not easy to come back after a while without being on the tour,” he said.”Tomorrow is another day, another tough match against Stan. Every day on this tournament is so difficult.”Mannarino kept Nadal at arm’s length for almost an hour in the first set, but the Spaniard took his fourth set point in the 12th game to forge ahead.There was a similar pattern to the second set, but again the second seed went through the gears when necessary and a sloppy service game from Mannarino sealed his fate.Earlier in the day, fifth seed Dominic Thiem booked his spot in the last 16 by edging out Milos Raonic in a marathon encounter.Thiem, who has lost the last two French Open finals to Nadal across Paris at Roland Garros, had to dig deep to get past Raonic 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 6-4 as the Canadian powered down 30 aces in a thunderous serving display.”It was unbelievable today, his serve,” admitted the Austrian.Thiem will face Grigor Dimitrov in the last 16 after the Bulgarian’s 7-5, 6-3 win over 12th seed David Goffin.World number seven Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his return to form with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 victory over American Taylor Fritz.He will take on Alex de Minaur in round three after the Australian’s 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/1) victory over ninth seed Roberto Bautista Ag
India thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs to equal their biggest margin of victory. (Scorecard)Sri Lanka 2nd Innings:300th Test wicket for @ashwinravi99 and #TeamIndia take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. India seal the 2nd Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mq56alEczD- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201713:00 IST: INDIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 239 RUNS to equal their biggest margin of victory. India have dominated Sri Lanka completely to take a 1-0 lead in the series.46.5: WICKET! D Chandimal (61) is out, c Ravichandran Ashwin b Umesh Yadav, 165/9- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201712:42 IST: NOT OUT! 45.2: R Ashwin to Lakmal, No run. Nothing on the Ultra Edge! India waste a review! Ashwin slides one down leg, Lakmal leans across to clip it away but it goes towards Saha who takes it by stretching both his hands to his left. Ashwin appeals but Saha stays put. The bowler says he has heard something and that prompts Kohli to use the DRS. The front foot is fine. Ultra Edge then shows there’s no bat involved.12:41 IST: Review time! There is a caught behind appeal against Lakmal is referred upstairs by Kohli. Seems like Lakmal is safe. Let’s wait and watch.12:39 IST: Harsh Bhogle on-air has got something to say. While all the talks have been about the men who have made comebacks, Harsha says Ishant Sharma has impressed one and all. He agrees he has done the job for his side in the past but then after being in the top drawer, he doesn’t take time to drop back. Now that he has gotten into the groove, he needs to do that on a consistent basis to cement his place in the side.advertisement2nd Test. 43.4: R Ashwin to S Lakmal (27), 6 runs, 159/8 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201712:31 IST: 42.4: U Yadav to Chandimal, FOUR! Inside edge and through. This one comes back in again and stays a touch low too. Chandimal just puts bat on ball and gets an inside edge which evades the leg pole and races down to the fine leg fence for a boundary.12:22 IST: Welcome back for the session which might in all likelihood can give us the result. India are just 2 wickets away to go 1-0 up in the series. How long can the current pair of CHANDIMAL and LAKMAL delay the defeat?At Lunch on Day 4 Sri Lanka are (205 & 145/8), India need 2 more wickets to win the Nagpur Test #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/R7Z0clRR7e- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201711:46 IST: LUNCH! Sri Lanka on the cusp of getting bowled out but just hang on to enjoy a delicious meal. It has been a sorry session for them as they failed to negotiate even a session of play where the talk was about batting a couple of days. That’s what surprises most of the cricketing world. Perennially, Sri Lanka are known to be fighters in international cricket but seeing them go down in a whimper is appalling to save the words.11:45 IST: FIFTY! 40.5: I Sharma to Chandimal, FOUR. Dinesh Chandimal gets to his 15th Test fifty! On a length outside off, he guides it past backward point by opening the face of the bat to get to the mark. Twin fifties for him in this game but it’s a little too late.2nd Test. 40.3: I Sharma to S Lakmal (18), 4 runs, 140/8 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 20172nd Test. 39.6: R Ashwin to D Chandimal (49), 4 runs, 136/8 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201711:39 IST: 38.6: R Jadeja to Chandimal, FOUR! Loopy delivery on the stumps, Lakmal comes down the track and hits it over mid on. Ishant Sharma runs backward but has no chance of getting to it and stopping the boundary.11:29 IST: 36.3: R Jadeja to Lakmal, FOUR! That is one way to play Jadeja. Seeing this floated delivery around off, Lakmal frees his arms and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.11:25 IST: WICKET! 35.3: R Ashwin to R Herath. Oh dear! Sri Lankans are going on a bit too fast for anybody’s liking here. Ashwin lands it around middle and leg, Herath looks to clip it away to the leg side for a run.11:22 IST: 35.1: R Ashwin to Perera, OUT! Yes it is wicket no 500 in international cricket for Ravichandran Ashwin! He bowls it flatter and quicker around off and middle, it just spins in a touch. Perera misses the attempted flick shot. The Indians go up in unison in appealing for LBW, which the umpire upholds after thinking. Perera isn’t convinced and has a chat with Chandimal before opting for DRS. Replays show that the ball would go on to clip the leg stump. Hence the on-field call stays. The visitors don’t lose the review though. This is Ashwin’s 50th wicket in this calendar year.advertisement35.1: WICKET! MDK Perera (0) is out, lbw Ravichandran Ashwin, 107/7- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 20172nd Test. 33.5: R Ashwin to D Chandimal (33), 4 runs, 106/5 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201711:15 IST: WICKET! 33.3: R Ashwin to Shanaka! This was always coming with the way Dasun Shanaka was playing. You lie by the sword and die by it goes the saying and seldom is it proved wrong. Shanaka was hell-bent on attacking the spinner and pays the price for doing so on this occasion. Ashwin tosses it around off, Shanaka comes down to belt it out of Nagpur. But he ends up getting more height than distance on it. KL Rahul has his eyes on the ball as he runs back and manages to hold to that. Not easy are these skiers but he doesn’t fluff it. The tourists are crumbling in a hurry here. Ashwin adds one to his wickets column.2nd Test. 32.2: I Sharma to D Chandimal (27), 4 runs, 100/5 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201711:08 IST: 32.1: I Sharma to Chandimal, FOUR. Edgy but Sri Lanka won’t mind these. Length delivery just outside off, Chandimal gets squared up in defense. Gets an outside edge that lands short of the fielder at second slip and races away to the fence.11:08 IST: 31.6: R Ashwin to Shanaka, SIX. And another one! Same area, same result. A maximum. Floated around off, Shanaka goes big over deep mid-wicket. This time it comfortably clears the fielder stationed in that region. 16 runs off this one.2nd Test. 31.4: R Ashwin to D Shanaka (11), 6 runs, 86/5 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 20172nd Test. 31.2: R Ashwin to D Shanaka (5), 4 runs, 80/5 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201711:02 IST: WICKET! 30.5: I Sharma to N Dickwella. Kohli fumbles but doesn’t let the chance go down. Dickwella, before the start of play today, spoke of playing as per the situation. He did to a certain extent but the pitch and the delivery have got the better of him here. Ishant lands it on a length around off, the ball moves away just a bit after pitching. Dickwella had to play at that and hangs his bat out. There is some extra bounce there which means that the ball takes the edge and goes to Virat at second slip who fumbles but takes it on the second attempt. Sri Lanka are withering away too soon. India 5 wickets away from the win. Sri Lanka 205 and 75/5 vs India 610/6d10:38 IST: WICKET! 25.2: R Jadeja to Mathews! Irresponsible shot from a senior player, says Simon Doull on-air! Pretty much sums up the scenario. Mathews and Chandimal are the experienced players in the side and everyone would look up to them to help their side to safety. But here is the former doing something he could have avoided. Jadeja tosses this outside off, invites Angelo to drive. The Lankan batsman falls into the bait and plays it aerially straight to Rohit Sharma at mid off, who gleefully accepts the offering. Another one bites the dust, India 6 wickets away from a win. Sri Lanka 205 and 68/4 vs India 610/6dadvertisement10:34 IST: 24.6: U Yadav to Chandimal, FOUR! Umesh Yadav is bowling too straight. I understand he is searching for the reverse swing but at the same time you need to get your line right. It’s on the pads, Chandimal shuffles across and flicks it through backward square leg for a boundary to end the over.10:33 IST: 24.5: U Yadav to Mathews, Direct hit and Chandiaml would have been a goner! Really poor call from Mathews, this! He punches this length ball towards Rahul at cover-point and sets off. The Indian opener attacks the ball and has a shy the striker’s end but misses. Replays show Chandimal would have been well short had that it. Risky!2nd Test. 22.1: U Yadav to D Chandimal (8), 4 runs, 56/3 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 20172nd Test. 20.6: U Yadav to D Chandimal (4), 4 runs, 52/3 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201710:16 IST: WICKET! 20.4: U Yadav to Thirimanne. Straight to Jadeja! That’s a poor shot to be honest. Umesh Yadav picks up his first wicket of the Test match. He serves a full ball, sprayed wider outside off. Thirimanne could have left that alone but for some reason he tries to go after it. Looks to drive it away from the body but ends up slicing it straight to Jadeja at backward point who accepts a dolly. There’s a reason Lahiru Thirimanne has the WORST batting average amongst top 6 Lankan batsmen in Tests, minimum 1000 runs (22.63). Sri Lanka slip further. Sri Lanka 205 and 48/3 vs India 610/6d09:55 IST: WICKET! 15.2: R Jadeja to D Karunaratne. India have struck early this morning! The bowling change has done the trick for Kohli here but credit to Vijay for being alert here. Jadeja lands it around middle, it spins back in. Karunaratne isn’t to the pitch of the ball but still goes on with the clip. Gets it off the inner half and it goes straight to forward short leg who crouches and takes it. In fact, it hits him on the stomach but he manages to cling onto that one. These kind of catches are never easy. Murali Vijay is delighted as he lofts his arms and sprints in joy. A big wicket for India as Karunaratne is the one is in form of late. Sri Lanka trail by 371 runs! Sri Lanka 205 and 34/2 vs India 610/6d09:43 IST: The commentators on air analyze about Ashwin here. They have shown clips of the wickets that he has picked in the first innings. All the 4 batters, tried to play for the turn but ended up gifting their wickets on the straighter ones. Shows they played Ashwin in their minds rather than in reality.09:39 IST: 11.3: R Ashwin to Thirimanne, FOUR! Ahh… shot! Thirimanne doesn’t care how many times Ashwin has dismissed him. He sees the flight this time and decides to cash in on it. Shimmies down a touch, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over mid off. Nearly goes the distance. Well played!09:33 IST: 10.1: I Sharma to Karunaratne, FOUR! Not an ideal way to start the day! But Karunaratne won’t mind it at all! Sharma comes from over the wicket and drops it on a length on the pads. Dimuth moves inside the line and clips it fine down the leg side for a boundary. First boundary of the day for the visitors.09:24 IST: The umpires make their way out to the middle, followed by the Indians. The overnight batsmen DIMUTH KARUNARATNE and LAHIRU THIRIMANNE walk out to resume the battle.A bundle of energy, here’s wishing @ImRaina a happy and cheerful birthday. pic.twitter.com/wKZYEFD1N5- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201709:08 IST: Russel Arnoold interviews Niroshan Dickwella. The Lankan wicketkeeper says that they are ready for today. Reckons that although they’ve been in the field for a couple of days, they are prepared mentally to bat for two days. States that his side is planning to take it session by session. Insists there are plans for the team as well as for individuals. Goes on to say that the batsmen can’t play their normal game as they have to bat out time. About his style of play, he feels that sometimes he can go in the middle and play his natural game but mostly he adjusts according to the situations. With experienced guys like Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews in the side and also with Dimuth Karunaratne, their in-form batsman at the crease, his job is more to support them he feels. Ends opining that although there was a bit of spin towards the end of yesterday, it is still a good track for batting.09:07 IST: PITCH REPORT – Sunil Gavasakar starts by saying Sri Lanka need to play for the survival. Agrees that they will be low on confidence but they have to come out with a positive mindset. Opines the visitors should go for runs but at the same time need to be patient. Simon Doull adds they need not play rash shots unlike they did in the first innings. Reckons this pitch has flatten out completely and the way the Indians batted is the proof of that. All the Lankans need to do is to put up a fight as the pitch doesn’t have too much of demons on it.09:04 IST: India will be flying-high at the moment. They displayed a tremendous batting show, got a lead of a massive 405 runs just shows how impeccable this side has become over the last few years. They will be confident of taking a 1-0 lead but the question is will they be able to wrap things up today or will they get a taste of their own medicine? The wicket isn’t that difficult to bat on, it’s all about mental strength. The hosts would know that they need to consistently land the ball in the right areas to reap dividends. We welcome you for the penultimate day of this Test. Meanwhile, Simon Doull is alongside Sunil Gavaskar for the pitch report…09:02 IST: Greetings one and all! It’s the first day of the week and many regard this as the ‘Monday Blues.’ If this is anything to go by, Sri Lanka will be the one facing it today. Two full days to go and to bat out against a quality spin attack isn’t easy by any means. Just to remind they are already one wicket down and the pressure lies firmly on them. Agreed, they have a few experienced batsmen in their ranks but who will put up a hand and bail them out or at least stand there and show some resistance.Hello and welcome to Day 4 of the Nagpur Test #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/IkobLIqcJL- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017Two days to go and only one team can win from here, unless Sri Lanka pull off something miraculous. They were made to toil hard for over two days and now it’s up to their batsmen to save them from the blushes. They trail by a mammoth 384 and it would be interesting to see if they can put up a good fight.India have completely dominated the second Test right from the first day. After bowlers put up a solid performance by bowling out Sri Lanka for a paltry 205, captain Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma all toyed with the visitors’ bowling attack and smashed a century.Kohli notched up his fifth double hundred and has equalled the record for most double tons as captain with Brian Lara.Vijay, Rohit and Ishant Sharma have all made impressive comebacks while the spin twins R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are back with a bang after being left out of limited-overs side in the last few months.