India, after struggling in the morning session, are fighting their way back in the afternoon session of the day’s play. Ishant Sharma’s double strike not only broke a steady Thirimanne-Mathews stand, but removed the Galle hero Dinesh Chandimal before he got going. Mathews too didn’t last long after bringing up his hundred and was scalped by Stuart Binny, who claimed his first Test wicket.
On Day Three of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval Colombo. Sri Lanka started the post lunch session in an positive manner but the Indians managed to hold them back. Sri Lanka are 298 for 7 at the tea interval, trailing India by 95 runs. After not taking any wicket in the first session on Day Three India took as many as four wickets . It was a superb comeback from India since Sri Lanka were looking set to run away with the game with their captain going great guns.
17:30: That will be stumps on day three and the match is evenly poised. Lokesh Rahul departed cheaply for the second time when he was dismissed by Herath but Dhawan and Ishant have ensured that India suffered no further hiccups. India have ended the day on 23/1, needing 153 more runs for victory.
17:25: Chaos everywhere and Dhawan survives! He pushes this flighted delivery to cover where Jehan Mubarak misfields, Dhawan hesitantly sets off for the single and Kaushal is unable to collect the throw. Had he collected it and broken the stumps, Dhawan would have been in trouble.
17:20: Rahul is a dead-duck and he falls cheaply in the match for the second time! KL Rahul LBW Herath 5(14).
Brilliant ball by Herath. It grips the surface and spins away sharply as Rahul plays down the wrong line, the ball hits the back pad and he is plumb LBW. Enter Ishant Sharma, the night-watchman and India are 14/1, needing 162 runs more for a win.
17:14: Sri Lanka have already started rotating the bowlers in an effort to unsettle the Indian openers. After Herath opened the bowling with Prasad, Tharindu Kaushal comes on at the other end. India are 9/0, chasing 176 for a victory.
16:55: Dinesh Chandimal was the star of the show with his knock of 162*, his highest score in Tests and he shared important partnerships with Lahiru Thirimanne and Jehan Mubarak. Although the tail hung in there, they did not contribute much. India need 176 for victory and it won’t be an easy task. No side has ever chased down over 100 in Galle in the fourth innings and India will be aiming to break down this barrier.
16:47: Fittingly, Ashwin wraps up the innings and he gets his third ten-wicket haul in Tests. Nuwan Pradeep b Ashwin 3 (4).
Ashwin bowls a full delivery that drifts in and straightens on off stump, Pradeep plays down the wrong line and the ball knocks back the off stump. Chandimal is stranded on 162 but it has been a mighty effort from him. Sri Lanka all out for 367 and the target for India is 176.
16:42: India get another one but Sri Lanka’s lead has swelled. Tharindu Kaushal c Saha b Ishant 7 (22).
Full and wide delivery outside off, Kaushal has a waft at it and the thin edge is taken by Saha. However, Chandimal is going strong and he is treating the Indian bowlers with utter contempt. Sri Lanka are 367/9, leading by 175 runs. Chandimal unbeaten on 162.
16:36: Over in Chennai, India A have registered a fabulous four-wicket victory over Australia A. Gurkeerat Singh the star with an unbeaten 87.
16:33: Chandimal registers his maiden score of 150 in Tests. It has been a fabulous exhibition of batting from him and Sri Lanka’s lead is now 160 runs. How much can he manage with the tail? Sri Lanka 352/8. The second new ball has been taken by India and Varun Aaron will start off.
16:12: Missed run-out! Poor running from Tharindu Kaushal. Chandimal works a full delivery tailing in on his pads to deep midwicket, he looks for the second but Kaushal is slow in getting off the blocks, the throw from Ashwin is slightly off target and Ishant fails to collect. Had he collected the throw, Kaushal would have been out. Chandimal is furious with his partner. The lead is closing in on 150.
15:59: Another wicket and India continue to chip away. Herath c Rahane b Mishra 1 (14).
Mishra comes round the wicket and gets this delivery to spin in, Herath pokes at it and the ball lobs off Saha’s thighs and Rahane at slip does the rest. This is now a world record number of catches for a non-wicketkeeper in Tests. Rahane is the first man in Test history to take eight catches in a Test.