India vs Sri Lanka day 3 Tea Report: India holds Upperhand Despite Kusal Perera’s Fifty
India started day 3 very early as rain spoiled last hour’s play in day 2. India added just 20 runs to their overnight total with Herath cleaning the tail-enders Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. Pujara carried the bat throughout the first innings and with that he is the fourth Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid to do so.
Pujara scored an unbeaten 145 from 289 balls which consisted of 14 boundaries, an innings which such endurance and patience. The tail-enders Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav didn’t provide much of a support as they departed for just single digit scores.
Sri Lanka later in the first innings was off to a horrific start as they lost their openers pretty early. Upul Tharanga was the first one to depart for 4 runs with an excellent delivery from Ishant Sharma which pulled him forward and KL Rahul hung on to the catch after shelling the catch on previous occasion. Kaushal Silva followed Tharanga trying to leave a bouncing delivery from Umesh Yadav which caught him on two minds and further went on to hit the stumps. Silva departed for 3.
Chandimal who started to counter attack the Indian bowling after early blows looked very good at the crease hitting 5 cracking boundaries but was given LBW to an in-cutter delivery from Stuart Binny. Skipper Angelo Matthews stay at the crease was very short as he was done by the late movement edging the ball to the Wicket-keeper Ojha, with Ishant Sharma doing the damage once again.
Just at the stroke of lunch Karunaratne went for a booming drive outside off-stump which ended up giving Stuart Binny his second wicket.
Sri Lanka at tea are 175/8 with Rangana Herath and Dhammika Prasad at the crease. After a terrible collapse Kusal Perera and Rangana Herath rescued Sri Lanka by putting up a 50 plus stand. With team in trouble, Kusal Perera didn’t fell into a shell and continued to play his natural attacking game. Kusal Perera on his counter attack brought up a run a ball half century.
Herath provided a solid company to Perera by rotating the strike and started to attack once Perera departed. Perera got out for 55 trying to heave a good length delivery from Ishant Sharma. Followed by Perera, Kaushal got out for 16.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 1st innings: 175/8( Perera 55, I Sharma 4-39) vs India 312.