Yadav dismisses Tharanga; Sri Lanka 118/1 after 29 overs

Sachin Tendulkar Cheteshwar Pujara India vs Sri Lanka India vs Sri Lanka test series Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan Harmanpreet Kaur Arjuna award

Sachin Tendulkar Cheteshwar Pujara India vs Sri Lanka India vs Sri Lanka test series Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan Harmanpreet Kaur Arjuna award

India will look to capitalise on the breakthrough tomorrow as an innings victory still seems a likely possibility, while Sri Lanka would hope that the Mendis-Karunaratne stand would pump up their batters enough to erase the lead by India and put on a fighting total for India to chase.

Bowled out for 183 in the first innings after losing as many as as eight wickets in a single session, Mendis (110 off 135 balls) and opener Karunaratne (92 batting) added 191 runs.

Nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara threw away his wicket, attempting a weird reverse slog against Jadeja who dismissed Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal for two in his next over.

For the second successive time in the three-match series, India won the toss, elected to bat and amassed 600 or more in their first innings before unleashing their bowlers on their hosts.

A day of fluctuating fortunes saw Sri Lanka fight back from a position where every cricket pundit wrote them off - Ashwin's spin bowling saw the hosts bundle out for 183 in the first session resuming at an overnight score of 50/2.

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the 3rd Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday evening.

Sri Lanka will begin Day-4 completely on the backfoot trying to avoid another humiliation as Ashwin & Co eye another Test victory on Lankan soil under captain Virat Kohli.

Rahane was stumped by Niroshan Dickwella for spinner Malinda Pushpakumara's maiden global wicket. They lead the series 2-0 with one match to go.

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The left-arm spinner picked up two Indian wickets on his debut but was costly as the batsmen did not allow him to settle.

Ravinra Jadeja (70 not out) Wriddhiman Saha (67), Lokesh Rahul (57) and Ashwin (54) all contributed half-centuries.

Ravichandran Ashwin finally separated the batsmen when nightwatchman Pushpakumara went for a freaky reverse slog, only to have his stump pegged back.

The right-handed duo of Ashwin and Rahane continued to frustrate the Sri Lankans, stealing the odd boundaries and rotating the strike at a good rate to raise their 50-run stand in no time. He faced 232 deliveries and hit 11 boundaries and a six. This was also the first instance of two Sri Lankan batsmen scoring century while following-on.

At the end of the third day's play, Sri Lanka still trailed the visitors by 230 runs.

"I don't think we did too much wrong, we tried all, reverse swing, we bowled cutters".

Mathews clobbered a couple of sixes and often took a long stride forward to meet the pitch of the ball to negate the Indian spinners, especially Jadeja. Dimuth Karunaratne and Dilruwan Perera also chipped in with a wicket each.

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