Lankans fold for 183, to follow-on v India

The fact that India declared on a massive total of 622 in the first innings means that the hosts might not need to bowl at all in the remainder of this match and thus might not be affected by Pradeep's absence any further.

The 30-year-old confessed India gave away plenty of runs in the second innings which they should have ideally stopped. Mendis got to his third Test century off 120 balls. Sri Lanka will resume their second innings after lunch.

Ashwin fell to Hearth bowled out after scoring 54 and Pandya made a quickfire 20 in as many balls with 3 boundaries as India went past the 500-run mark. But even this partnership didn't last long as Karunaratne became Ashwin's second scalp of the day.

The hosts were 118 for one at tea, still trailing India by 321 runs in their second innings. This is the day one and it's Test match cricket. There have been several misses for the Men in Blue this time around, as they have already lost two reviews. They trail by 230 runs, with 8 wickets in hand.

Things are not going well for the Sri Lankan cricket team. While bowling, off the twelfth ball India bowled, Upul Tharanga hit a well-struck flick straight at KL Rahul at short leg.

Jadeja managed to turn the ball at good pace and nearly got rid of Kusal Mendis, the overnight batsman, in the very first over of the third day when an edge flew past Cheteshwar Pujara at second slip.

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In the second over of the post lunch session, Ashwin reached his half century with a six and also brought 2000 Test runs but he was castled in the very next delivery from Rangana Herath (4-154). Cheteshwar Pujara caught Mathews at leg slip off Ashwin in the 34th over, a superb catch as he dove to his left, and broke the partnership.

The news is a substantial blow to Sri Lanka. There was absolutely no fight from the hometeam.

Angelo Mathews followed Dickwella's lead and smacked Jadeja for two sixes in the same over to force Kohli to make some changes to the field. Among the Indian bowlers, only Ashwin has achieved the distinction in fewer Tests (29). The left-hander was out lbw to Dilruwan Perera (1-11). The Indian offie has his 4th, Sri Lanka 9 down and injured Nuwan Pradeep walks in to bat.

Jadeja dismissed Dhananjaya de Silva for a golden duck and Mohammed Shami came up with a two-wicket over to leave the Sri Lankan innings in tatters.


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