Sri Lanka all out for 201, but India finished day’s play at 21 for 3
India’s outstanding third day suffered a blow in the afternoon. When India with 112 lead commenced their second innings Dhamika sends back first innings’s hero Cheteshwar Pujara first ball duck. KL Rahul once again got out in a similar fashion, this time Nuwan Pradeep castled him. Pradeep gave India another blow as he trapped no. 3 Ajinkya Rahane LBW.
India recovered from an early slump in the first innings, come back hard in the match, but once again trapped in trouble as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are struggling to pull India’s innings from 7 for 3, afternoon shower forced umpire called third day’s play off with India 132 runs ahead.
After Pujara’s unbeaten knock of 145 led India in 312. It was the Indian bowlers, especially Ishant Sharma produced a brilliant spell. Ishant took his seventh fifer of his career. He was supremely complimented by Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin.
India started the day’s play 292 for 8. India added 20 runs more to their total overall total 312. Bowlers once again outshine batsmen. India did not give Sri Lanka to feel comfortable as India were attacking from both ends.
Sri Lankan openers Upal Tharanga and Kaushal Silva gave them a nightmare start as Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav picked them in the 5th and 6th over subsequently.
After India’s two leading bowlers, Stuart Binny did not disappoint captain Virat Kohli, he picked up Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal immediately. Ishant Sharma also took two crucial wickets of Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne to take his tally to 5 for 54.
However, if Lokesh did not miss a catch of Kusal Perera India could pack Sri Lanka up before. Sri Lanka from 6 for 48 went on score 201 run as Perera scored a hard fought 55 before he played a slack shot off Ishant Sharma and caught by Kohli. After Perera’s’ departure, Rangana Herath scored a brilliant 49 that helped Sri Lanka to reach 201.
What will happen on the fourth day we have to keep an eye, because the pitch is deteriorating. So, the match is going to be more interesting as it move to the final days.
Sunil Gavaskar in a discussion at SSC, Colombo, said “even 200 will be a difficult target at this pitch.”
Scorecard: India 312 and 21 for 3 (Rohit 14*, Pradeep 2/6) vs Sri Lanka: 201.