India added 189 runs to their first innings lead of 309 on day three before rain forced umpires to call off day’s play. India in the last ball of the day India lost the wicket of Abhinav Mukund for 81. With Mukund’s dismissal the 134 runs third wicket partnership was broken. Kohli will resume his innings on 76 on day four. Indian skipper also completed 1000 runs as a Test skipper.
Earlier, surprisingly, skipper Virat Kohli didn’t ask Sri Lanka to follow on, he instead decided to pile up more runs on their first innings lead 309 to set an imposing target for the hosts.
India in their second innings lost opener Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara early, but opener Abhinav Mukund and skipper Virat Kohli got there going. While Mukund, who wasted an opportunity to score, was found in good touch.
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On the other hand, Kohli, who scored three in the first innings, will eye for his 17th Test hundred. With two days left India have to set a big total for that big partnerships are required.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Dilruwan dismissed Dhawan for 14 Pujara was bamboozled by Lahiru Kumara. Also read: India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test 2017: IND on Top Despite Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga’s Fifties on Day 2
Ravindra Jadeja early in the morning of day three at Galle spun the ball really well to claim the rock of Sri Lankan middle order Angelo Mathes for 83. But, that didn’t spark a collapse as Dilurwan Perera played a gutsy 92 runs innings. He hit 10 boundaries and four sixes to build his innings.
However, Perera missed his maiden Test hundred as Sri Lankan tail-enders were cleaned by Jadeja and Hardik Pandya, who claimed one wicket on his bowling debut.
Earlier in the morning, Jadeja claimed three wickets and Shami two while Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin has taken one each to give India 309 runs first innings lead. Also read: SC Seeks BCCI’s Reply on E-Auction of IPL Media Rights
Earlier on day two, after India scored daunting 600 in the first innings, thanks to Shikhar Dhawan’s 190 and Pujara’s 153, Sri Lanka lost five wickets for 125. Indian pacers Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, who were bowling with searing pace and swing, had shared three wickets between them. At the same time, unlucky Ashwin, who was pitching the ball at the right area, has taken one wicket. On the same day, ultra positive Upul Tharnga was run out for 64, curtsy to short in fielder Mukund’s outstanding reflex and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha’s superb execution.