Indian bowlers recovered brilliantly to bundle out Sri Lankan team to 373 runs in the first innings of the third Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi thus getting a healthy lead of 163 runs.
After a marathon partnership of 181 runs(which lasted 79.1 overs) between Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, where both the batsman scored centuries each, Indian bowlers came back roaring in the last session of the second day to reduce the visitors to 9 wickets before completing the formalities early on the 4th day. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma picked up 3 wickets each while Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja accounted for 2 each.
Dinesh Chandimal, who was the last wicket to fall in the innings, top scored for his team with 164 runs while Mathews added 111. Mathews’ was his first ton since September 2015 and the celebration showed what that meant to him.
In the second innings, the pollution level came to haunt the Sri Lankans again as Suranga Lakmal was seen vomiting on the ground itself and that too really early in the day.
Putting that aside, Lankan bowlers picked up 2 wickets by the time players went in for lunch. However, it was more about the batsmen getting themselves out than the bowlers. Murali Vijay looked in all sort of hurry and was playing an uncharacteristic knock before nicking one to Dickwela of the bowling of Suranga Lakmal after scoring just 9.
Ajinkya Rahane was promoted up the order probably to get some time in the middle ahead of the South African tour but that didn’t work out either. His struggle against spinners in recent times is not hidden from anyone and once again he fell to the slower bowler. He tried an attacking approach to get rid of the spinners but to no avail. He holed out to long on while attempting a slog of the bowling of Dilruwan Perera after scoring just 10 – his highest score in the series.
India were 51-2 in their second innings at lunch of 4th day with Cheteshwar Pujara, 17*, and birthday boy Shikhar Dhawan, 15*, set to resume their innings after break. The total lead was 214.