Team India skittled out the Lankan batsmen cheaply in the first innings, gaining a huge lead of 439 runs. Having bowled under 50 overs, Virat Kohli decided to take the field again, asking the Lankan batsmen to follow on. The Sri Lankan batsmen came out to bat in the second innings seemed to be in a different touch, showing some solid resistance in the second innings.
At Stumps on Day 3, Sri Lanka were batting at 290/2, still trailing 230 runs.
Here is a look at the players who owned and got owned in the day’s play!
It’s difficult to keep R Ashwin away from wickets. Today was no different. Adding to his two overnight wickets, Ashwin completed a fifer in the first Lankan innings, his 26th in his test career. He finished with figures of 5/69. He was well aided by Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja with 2 scalps apiece.
Coming at no. 3 after the early fall of Upul Tharanga, Mendis and Karunaratne added 191 for the second wicket. Mendis scored this third test century and that too quite quickly as it came off just 120 balls and consisted of 16 boundaries. He was sent back by Hardik Pandya for a valiant 110.
Good fight back from Sri Lanka and #TeamIndia applaud a good day of Test cricket #SLvIND
Mendis was supported by opener Karunaratne. He was unbeaten on 92 at Stumps, marching towards a well-deserved test hundred.
A lot was expected from the limited overs host captain. But, he failed to live to those expectations, scoring a duck in the first innings and just 2 runs in the second.
Stumps on Day 3, Sri Lanka 209/2 trail by 230 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne (92*) at the crease with Nightwatchman M Pushpakumara (2*). #SLvIND
Making a comeback into the team, Dinesh Chandimal’s fans would have hoped for a turnaround like the hosts had seen in the Galle test in 2015. That wasn’t the case as Chandimal was cheaply dismissed for just 10 runs, falling prey to Kohli’s tactics of placing a square leg fielder to a spinner!
Coming in at no. 5, one would expect Angelo Matthews to build the innings, especially with the top 4 back in the hut. Disappointing everyone, Matthews departed for just 26, thanks to some tricky bowling by Ashwin and athleticism at leg gully by Cheteshwar Pujara.