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IND vs SL, 1st Test, Day 3: Twitter Reacts As Visitors Strengthen Grip On Match 

IND vs SL, 1st Test, Day 3: Twitter Reacts As Visitors Strengthen Grip On Match

Riding on dodgy fifties from Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka have taken the driver’s seat in the first Test as they finished the third day’s proceedings at the Eden Gardens on 165 for 4, trailing India’s first-innings total by just seven runs.

After the bowlers did their work by making light work of India’s formidable batting lineup, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne came out all guns blazing, adding 29 runs off just 28 balls before Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed the former for 22-ball 23. Five runs later, Bhuvneshwar struck again to remove the in-form Karunaratne.

However, the hosts could not make the most of two breakthroughs as Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne defied the Indian attack throughout the second session as the duo shared an unbeaten partnership of 79 runs in testing conditions to help the Islanders reach Tea at 113 for 2.

The duo began the proceedings after the team in fine fashion too, adding 20 runs before Umesh Yadav dismissed both of them in quick succession to help the hosts claw their way back into the game. Thirimanne was the first to go after edging a rising delivery to the slips for 51 before Mathews’ (52) uppish drive was caught at covers by KL Rahul.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella then took the innings forward and could add only 27 runs before the game was interrupted by bad light and the day’s action was called off.

Earlier, India’s hopes of putting up a big score took a big blow very soon after Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha resumed the third day’s proceedings on 74 for 5. The duo could add only five runs to the overnight score before  Lahiru Gamage castled Pujara for 52. A 48-run stand between Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja helped the hosts to cross the 100-run mark before an entertaining knock from Mohammed Shami (24 off 22) saw them finishing their innings on 172.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the day’s play:



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