At the end of day 3 India are 23/1 with Shikhar Dhawan and Nightwatchman Ishant Sharma at the crease. KL Rahul failed once again to make runs as he got to a turning ball from Rangana Herath. Ishant Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan saw through the rest of the day.
Day three began with Kumar Sangakkara and Dhammika Prasad at the crease. Varun Aaron struck with the very first ball of the day with a well-directed short delivery to the nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad. Sangakkara who looked good at the crease got out for 40 courtesy of Ajinkya Rahane’s excellent catch. Skipper Angelo Matthews didn’t add much of a contribution before getting out to a bouncing delivery from Amit Mishra.
Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal came to the rescue by putting on a huge partnership with Chandimal making a huge century. Thirimanne added a crucial 44 which was crucial under those circumstances. Mubarak missed out on a half century but Chandimal put on a another useful partnership with Mubarak which saw Sri Lanka go past 300. Chandimal remained not out on 162.
Indian bowlers found it tough to contain the middle order of the Sri Lankan batsman. Apart from Ashwin and Mishra none of the bowlers seems to trouble the Sri Lankan batsman. Ashwin was once again the highest wicket-taker in the second innings picking up 4 wickets. Mishra claimed 3 scalps. Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron and Harbhajan singh ended up picking one wicket each.
Sri Lanka were all out for 367 getting a lead of 175 runs.It should be tricky total to chase down for the Indians with one batsman less. India can chase down quite comortably if they avoid middle order collapse.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 367/10 ( Dinesh Chandimal 162*, Jehan Mubarak 49, R Ashwin 4-114) Vs India 23/1 (Shikhar Dhawan 13*, R Herath 1-13)
Controversial Decision by the Umpires Help Sri Lanka:
An unusual array of blunders occured in the third day of the first test of India’s tour to Sri Lanka as three clear dismissals were denied by the on and off field umpires.
The first stint was when Dinesh Chandimal was to face R Ashwin in the 27th over. A thick nick of Chandimal’s bat and the following catch at backward short leg made Indian side appeal hard but just to get dejected by the umpire Nigel Long.
The next misfortune happened to Amit Mishra as his delivery successfully made Lahiru Thirimanne to put a detectable inside edge before steering it to the silly point hands. But this time also, the Lankan side was favoured by the umpire.
India’s pain did not end here as the same thing happen once again. In the last over before lunch it was Chandimal who had attempted a drive but failed as it hit the silly point fielder’s boot and was caught. The on-field umpire’s referral to the third umpire also proved disappointing for the men in blue as he was declared not-out.
While cricket is said to be a game of uncertainities and just one mistaken decision holds the chance of changing an entire game, how will India overcome the situation is the next thing to see. Kohli and company seemed naturally unhappy as the batsmen in discussion, Thirimanne and Chandimal went on to build a partnership of 125 off 150 balls after a feeble looking Sri Lanka batting, while Chandimal alone scored 162.
Looking at these incidents, why BCCI is still ignorant about taking the facility of DRS is on question now.
At the end of day three, India is batting at 23-1, with Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma on the crease.
This is how Twitter reacted to the incident:
The DRS question will be again asked of the BCCI, but it shouldn’t absolve umpires of some poor decision-making in this Test. #INDvSL
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) August 14, 2015
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 14, 2015