Written by Tharushan Fernando
14 Aug, 2015 | 8:38 pm
Sri Lanka started its second innings on an uphill struggle as they lost three wickets early on the third day of the first test in Galle
Veteran Sangakkara managed to give the home team some hope as he slowly edged towards a half century in his final test but fell short at 40 runs and lost his wicket to a brilliant ball by Ashwin that led to a stunning catch at slip by Rahane.
Lahiru Thirimanne also chipped in with 44 runs before he was dismissed by Ashwin when Rahane managed a sharp take at slip, coming in low at his right leg.
Dinesh Chandimal did not seem concerned at the attacking bowling of Ashwin or the rest of the Indian bowling line up as he played a anchoring role to help Sri Lanka, put up a notable score on the board and extended their lead. The wicket-keeper batsman showed class as he pounced on the Indian bowling and managed to score a thumping 162 runs that included 19 fours and 4 sixes.
The latter part of the Sri Lankan batting was helped by a steady knock by Jehan Mubarak who put up 49 runs on the board which included four fours and two sixes but was dismissed before he could get his maiden test half century to a tossed up delivery that knicked the edge and carried all the way to Rahane at slip.
Sri Lanka ended their innings with 367 runs on the board.
India came on to the crease for a small stint before the close of play and put up 23 runs for the loss of one wicket. The home team currently has a lead of 153 runs.
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