Hosts Sri Lanka is fighting to save the second Test of the three-match Test series against India at Colombo (SSC).

Sri Lanka began the day 3 on their overnight score 50/2 and was bundled out for just 183 runs in the 1st session of the day. India took 439 runs lead at the end of the first innings fight and forced the hosts for follow-on.

Unlike their first innings, Sri Lanka was looking much better in their second innings. At the stumps of the day, Sri Lanka was 209/2 as they were still trailing by 230 runs.

Brief Scores: India – 622/9 dec. (Cheteshwar Pujara 133, Ajinkya Rahane 132, Rangana Herath 4/154)

Sri Lanka – 183 (Niroshan Dickwella 51, Angelo Mathews 26, Ravichandran Ashwin 5/69) & 209/2 (Kusal Mendis 110, Dimuth Karunaratne 92*, Hardik Pandya 1/12)

Here are some statistical highlights of Day 3 of the 2nd Test:

  1. Playing 32nd Test match, Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja completed his 150 Test wickets. Here are some important stats of his achievement:

i) He is the fastest (according to the no.of Test matches) to achieve 150 Test wickets by a left-arm bowler. Former Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson was the previous record holder who had completed his 150 Test wickets in his 34th Test match.

ii) He is the second fastest (according to the no.of Test matches) to achieve 150 Test wickets by an Indian bowler. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is top of this list who had achieved this feat during his 29th Test match.

 

  1. Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 183 runs in their first innings. It is the third lowest completed first innings total for Sri Lanka at the Colombo (SSC) Test. The top two in this list are 168 against South Africa in 1993 and 174 against New Zealand in 1984

 

  1. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin once again bowled superbly as his bowling figure at the end of Sri Lanka’s first innings was 16.4-3-69-5. Here are some important stats of his bowling:

i) It is the second best bowling figure in a Test innings by an Indian bowler at Colombo (SSC). The best in this list is 15-2-54-5 by Ishant Sharma in 2015.

ii) It was Ashwin’s 26th 5-wicket haul in his Test career which is the second most 5-wicket haul in Test career by an Indian bowler. In this match, Ashwin surpassed Harbhajan Singh (25 times 5-wicket haul in Test career) and only Anil Kumble (35 times 5-wicket haul in Test career) is ahead of Ashwin.

 

Player Matches Innings Wickets taken 5-wicket haul 10-wicket haul
Anil Kumble 132 236 619 35 8
Ravichandran Ashwin 51 95 284 26 7
Harbhajan Singh 103 190 417 25 5

(NOTE: Stats updated up to the end of the 2nd innings of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at Colombo, SSC)

 

  1. India took a huge 439-run lead at the end of the first innings clash. It is India’s third highest first innings lead in their Test cricket history. The top two in this list are 492 runs lead against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2007 and 478 runs lead against West Indies at Kolkata in 2011.

On the other hand, it (439-run lead) is the highest first innings lead for any team against Sri Lanka in Test cricket history. The previous record was 419 runs lead was taken by Pakistan against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2000.

 

  1. During their second innings, Sri Lankan batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis put a fighting 191 runs partnership for the second wicket. Here are some important stats of this incredible partnership:

i) It is the highest runs partnership for Sri Lanka during their following-on innings in their Test cricket history. The previous record was 142 runs partnership between Angelo Mathews and Thilan Samaraweera for the fifth wicket against South Africa at Cape Town in 2012.

ii) It is Sri Lanka’s second highest runs Test partnership for the 2nd wicket against India. The record 2nd wicket Test partnership is 576 runs between Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama at Colombo (RPS) in 1997.

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