If Day 3 was contrasting to the way Sri Lanka has been performing in ongoing entire Test series, the opening session of Day 4 was the reminder that India will continue to remain superior to the hosts regardless of the renewed attempts to make a comeback from Angelo Mathews and Karunaratne.
With the pitch showing hints of slowing down, Sri Lanka could have sailed through the session without trouble and maintained the optimistic approach of saving the Test but poor decision making became a problem and they lost two quick wickets – night watchman Malinda Pushpakumara and Dinesh Chandimal – to give India a relief.
Both the dismissals were presented to the Indians.
Meanwhile, check out how Sunil Gavaskar lost his cool while analysing Pushpakumara’s dismissal:
After surviving 13 overs on a fresh day with the well set Karunaratne, in the 73 over, Pushpakumara played a shot which no one anticipated and remains clouded in mystery. After starting well, Pushpakumara’s thinking suddenly went corrupt prompting him to play a strange reverse weep cum switch hit which saw him miss the full delivery from Ashwin and get clean bowled.
It was unexpected from the right hander to play such erratic shot when he was finding is slightly easy play out Jadeja’s quick left-arm delivery and Ashwin’s loopy off-breaks. His attempt to play like a frontline batsman failed horribly making him look like a joke.
Skipper Chandimal added to the trouble. If Malinda fell into the mindset of being a proper batsman, Chandimal seemed to be playing with a tail enders’ approach. An over later, Jadeja set him up wonderfully with a series of sharp turning deliveries, with each ball being bowled at a faster pace than the previous one, before eventually getting the edge of the overly defensive right hander. Chandimal returned after playing just 6 balls.
But, there were no further damage inflicted as Mathews brought a much-needed sensibility with him and fought hard for the rest of the session with Karunaratne, who earlier in the session completed a well-deserved century.
Resuming to bat on his overnight score of 92, the left hander, who missed out on a second innings hundred in Galle after getting dismissed for 97, went on to register his 7th Test century and remains unbeaten on 136. Mathews, on the other hand, is batting on 28 from 52 deliveries.
Together the duo has put up 61 runs for the 5th wicket and should continue to fend off the challenge in the next session if Sri Lanka wishes to save the match.
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