Colombo: India were resolutely in a driver’s chair as they reduced Sri Lanka to 47/5 during lunch after a visiting batsmen put on 312 in their initial innings on a third day of a third and final cricket Test here today.
Sri Lanka’s slide, after confronting a small 18 overs, happened after Pujara (145 not out) guided his side to 312 all out (100.1 overs) in a initial innings. Pujara became a 45th batsman in Test cricket to lift his bat by an innings.
The hosts were in difficulty really fast as they attempted to negotiate scarcely an hour’s play before lunch.
Ishant Sharma (2-12) and Umesh Yadav (1-20) exploited a still-fresh representation and put a new Kookaburra round to good effect.
The former could have had a wicket in a initial over itself, when he prompted an corner off Upul Tharanga on 0, though KL
Rahul dived in front of initial trip and forsaken a catch.
The dual pacers continued to play good and kick a batsmen on umpteen occasions, though that one possibility wasn’t coming.
It finally did in a fifth over, when Tharanga (4) edged once again and this time Rahul didn’t make any mistake. There was a slight doubt of a no round though a preference went in a bowler’s favour.
In a subsequent over, Yadav bowled Kaushal Silva (3), a opener boring a brief round onto his stumps. Dinesh Chandimal (23) came out to bat during series 4 afterwards and played some aggressive shots.
He wasn’t fazed by a Indian bowling and strike 5 discerning bounds off a 27 balls he faced. But only when it looked he was set to play a counter-attacking innings like in Galle, he was adjudged LBW to Stuart Binny (2-14) in a 12th over.
The round strike him high on a back-thigh and it was a bad preference from referee Rod Tucker as a smoothness looked to be carrying over stumps.
The wretchedness continued for Lanka afterward as skipper Angelo Mathews (1) was held behind off Ishant in a 17th over. Binny took his second wicket in a subsequent over, Dimuth Karunaratne (11) circumference to second trip as Rahul took a gentle catch.
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Earlier, Pujara became a fourth Indian batsman to lift his bat by after Sunil Gavaskar (in 1983 during Faisalabad vs
Pakistan), Virender Sehwag (in 2001 during Galle vs Sri Lanka) and Rahul Dravid (in 2011 during a Oval vs England).
India’s initial innings came to an finish in a seventh over of a day. Starting during their overnight measure of 292/8, a visitors were means to supplement 20 runs before they were bowled out. Ishant Sharma (6) was bowled by Rangana Herath (3-84) on a 9th dlivery of a morning, a tail-ender looking to go large though totally blank a line.
Four overs later, he also bowled Umesh Yadav (4) while India crossed their 300-mark in a 98th over. Dhammika Prasad (4-100) finished as Lanka’s best bowler on display, while Nuwan Pradeep (1-52), Angelo Mathews (1-24) and Tharindu Kaushal (1-45) also took a wicket each.