At the end of Day 2, the 2nd test between India Vs Sri Lanka the game was evenly poised. After India were bundled out for 393 , Sri Lanka finished the day at 140 for 3 still trailing the by 253 runs. At the start of day 3, India were hoping to make early inroads and gain a sizable first innings lead. The hosts on the other hand were keen to build on the innings and bring down the deficit. Let’s look at some of the most crucial moments of Day 3 as the game unfolded.
India Vs Sri Lanka Day 3: Sri Lanka Dominate first session
Sri Lanka’s overnight batsmen Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne played with great amount of certainty and ensured that the Indian bowlers had no success throughout the session. With an open field setting, Sri Lanka were allowed to rotate the strike which kept the scoreboard moving. Indian bowlers failed to bowl a single maiden over in the first hour of the play and gave away 41 runs. Both the batsmen reached their half centuries and with an unbeaten partnership of 109 they brought the deficit down to 169 runs. Sri Lanka were slightly ahead in the game as they went in for lunch at 224 for 3.
Second new ball proved magical for India
Post lunch, India immediately opted for the second new ball and the move worked wonders for them. Ishant Sharma ended the stubborn partnership by dismissing Thirimanne and then everything fell in place for the Indians. Dinesh Chandimal, the centurion of the last test could do much and became Ishant’s second wicket of the session. Angelo Mathews brought up his 6th test ton but soon departed as he nicked one to second slip off Stuart Binny. India got their fourth wicket of the session as Mishra dismissed Dhammika Prasad cheaply. Sri Lanka were still 95 runs behind with just three wickets in hand as they went in for tea. India certainly came back strongly in the post lunch session and were in good chance to get the first innings lead. After tea, the Indian bowlers wrapped up the Sri Lankan innings at 306, gaining a crucial 87-run first innings lead. Amit Mishra was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed four wickets.
India steady after loosing Rahul early
Once again India failed to get a solid opening partnership as they lost KL Rahul in the very first over. The hero of India’s first innings was castled by a beautiful in-swinging delivery from Dhammika Prasad. Rahane joined Vijay and the duo controlled the Indian innings. They played sensible cricket , kept rotating the strike and in the process brought up a 50-run stand for second wicket. When bad light stopped play, India were 70/1 and had managed to get ahead by 157 runs with Rahane and Vijay looking comfortable in the middle.
Day 4 certainly promises to be interesting as India would look to extend the lead and give their bowlers enough sessions to bowl Sri Lanka out to level the series.