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3rd Test: India in command after SL fightback

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    “””” Advantage India as Ashwin snares Mathews at tea on Day 3 Advantage India as Ashwin snares Mathews at tea on Day 3

    BRAND-NEW DELHI: The spark that was missing out on in the entire series from Sri Lanka came forward in the second session of day 3 of the 3rd Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, led by their 2 most skilled and gifted batsmen in Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, who stone-walled the Indian attack with sufficient fortitude that made them bat out 477 deliveries-the most for any set against India -after Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling’s 738-ball effort in Wellington way back in 2014. The duo placed on 181 runs for the fourth wicket. Ravichandran Ashwin broke through minutes prior to tea, scalping Mathews for 111. When tea was taken, Sri Lanka had actually reached 270 for 4, trailing India by 266 runs. With all the contamination saga that controlled the procedures on day two behind, the Sri Lanka duo

    did their finest to revive an entertaining passage of Test match cricket. Not quite a battle attrition, as Indian lost their intensity, something that was doing not have from the other day afternoon when they grassed numerous chances at slips. Mathews registered his 8th Test century, but he ought to consider this one, among his lucky innings. He was beaten umpteen times by both Ishant and Shami, none of them inducing an edge, and even when he edged it, Rohit Sharma put down another regulation catch at the 2nd slip. Mathews was on 98. For their part, Indian pacers adhered to their morning session plan of banging in the ball short, but the well-set Chandimal was up for

    the task. Ravichandran Ashwin was penetrating so was Ravindra Jadeja. Third over in to the second session, Ashwin got a quicker one to beat Chandimal’s forward prod and occurring appeal resulted in an evaluation by India. Initially look, India would not have taken the review; however possibly from desperation or frustration they took it, and lost the review. Two overs later on, Jadeja fired one in that spun from middle to off and Mathews almost handled to get his bat down. The ball struck the bat low,

    but zoomed between wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha’s legs. Chandimal was a lot more positive and free-flowing than his senior partner, taking two limits of one Shami over after the new ball was taken. Possibilities continued to come India’s way, when Mathews, tricked by Jadeja’s flighted shipment, flat-batted one to mid-off, where a jumping alternative fielder Vijay Shankar failed to time his jump as the ball went in between his hands. And in the middle of this Sri Lanka fight back, visuals of Indian fielder Murali Vijay signalling that he has trouble breathing did raise a few eyebrows, however there was absolutely nothing more to indicate that the air quality concern might sneak back. As the session went on, India bowlers looked worn out and Sri Lanka passed by the 250-run mark, however when it looked the Sri Lankan duo will enter to tea with yet another wicketless session, Ashwin got
    one to skid off a length and Mathews, aiming to play the ball to midwicket, got a faint edge that was well taken by Saha behind the stumps. Sadeera Samarawickrama went out to the middle and played out 4 overs before tea was taken, Chandimal stayed unbeaten on 98. Short Scores: Sri Lanka 270/4(Mathews 111, Chandimal 98 *; Jadeja 1/63 )trail India 536/7 dec. (Kohli 243, Vijay 155; Sandakan 4/167) by 266 runs From around the web More from The Times of India trending videos/ Cricket

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