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Sri Lanka vs India Ball by Ball Commentary - IND in SL 3 Test 2017

So that's it from us for this game. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. There wasn't much of a contest most of the times but that is how international cricket is at this moment. There are many lopsided contests happening. Hopefully the ODIs will be more competitive. The first of which will be played on the 20th August in Dambulla. Action begins 1430 local time (0900 GMT). We look forward to your company. Until then, it's goodbye and take care!

India skipper, Virat Kohli calls it a good win for them. Says that it is nice to get convincing victories. On the positives, Kohli replies that Pandya's confidence with the bat and ball is the biggest positive as it gives them a lot of balance. Credits Rahane, Pujara, Mukund, Rahul for their knocks. Is more than happy with the efforts of the bowlers. Opines that they look forward to play every Test with the same excitement. Says that they want to be prepared, be proactive and need to carry this forward to be a ruthless side. On Sri Lankan players, he responds that they didn't have momentum on their side and they need to believe and not lose motivation to work hard.

Man of the Series, Shikhar Dhawan jokes that he was in Hong Kong enjoying his holidays, when asked about his place in the side before the series. Admits that he got a chance since an opener was injured. Adds that he is happy that things went well and he got this award. Affirms the backing he had of the team management. He states that he tries to play the attacking game which is his natural game. Ends by saying that he needs to keep working hard as there is competition for spots in the team and so nothing is a given.

Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal feels that one can't control the toss. Calls it a tough series as a team. Credits India for playing really well. Says that bad fielding is a part of the game but feels that they did not bat and bowl well. On the call to play the extra bowler, he replies that they wanted to restrict India under 450. Rues the batting and bowling lapses, does not think they concentrated well enough. Hopes that the talented players come good in the Pakistan tour.

Man of the Match, Hardik Pandya expresses gratitude and says that he's pretty glad that he has got his hundred here. Adds that situation was good and he had the confidence to play his shots. He states that they as a team always had a target in mind and were looking to get somewhere around 550. He reckons that he has been bowling well and it isn't easy to get a five-fer in the longest format of the game. Adds further that he doesn't think too much about where he should bat and is happy to bat wherever the team wants. Ends by lauding the team and support staff.

Mohammed Shami led the attack well with the new ball. Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav showed their class and took wickets at regular intervals. They were always in control with the Sri Lankan batsmen not providing a fight. Virat Kohli will be pleased with the way his side has played in the series. Stay with us as we bring you the presentation in a while.

Once the Indian lower order wagged yet again, Sri Lankan shoulders drooped along with their confidence and energy levels. Hardik Pandya's onslaught ripped the spirits out of them. From there, mentally, the hosts were shut out of the match. Only Dinesh Chandimal fought hard in the first innings and in the second it was only his and Mathews' stand that had something to be spoken about. Rest was all about the Indian bowlers going about their work professionally.

It should be noted that Kohli wasn't keen on the follow-on, but his teammates egged him to do so and the visitors ended up inflicting another innings defeat on the home side. It seemed that Sri Lanka never turned up to play this series. The last time they were in this Test was when they finished day one restricting the tourists to 329/6. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul had set it up for the visiting side with a 188-run stand.

Another series win under Virat Kohli and this has been a comprehensive one. It proved to be a meek surrender from the Lankans as they batted over 80 overs only once in the entire series - just sums up their lack of application and temperament. This also is the first ever 3-0 whitewash away from home in Tests for India, seventh time a home team has been blanked 3-0.

74.3OUT! 3-0 to India! Ashwin bowls the carrom ball outside off, Kumara comes forward to defend but is beaten on the outside edge. The ball crashes into the stumps and that is it. INDIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 171 RUNS!

74.2FOUR! Smacked! Tossed around leg, Kumara comes down and clobbers it wide of mid on for a boundary.

74.1Flatter on middle, pulled towards mid-wicket from the crease. A quick single taken.

Ravichandran Ashwin brought on for the last rites.

73.6In the air but safe! Kumara aims to go over long on but fails to connect well. Umesh runs back from mid on but cannot get to it. Two runs taken. 176/9

73.5Punches one towards the fielder who just came in at covers.

Extra fielder now on the off side.

73.4FOUR! Hit away! Tossed outside off, Kumara gets under it and drives it in the air over wide mid off for a boundary.

73.3Wrong 'un outside off, Kumara shoulders his arms to it.

73.2Biffs one towards mid on from the batsman.

73.1This one spins away from Kumara, left alone.

Kuldeep Yadav comes back on. Session has been extended since Sri Lanka are nine down.

72.6Length ball outside off, the batsman looks to push it through the covers but is beaten. 170/9

72.5Good length outside off, punched through covers only in the mind, nothing in reality.

72.4Dropped! Shami bowls from wide of the crease, angles it on a length around off, Fernando pushes it back down the wicket. Shami looks to jump and take it but fails to grab it as it hits him on the hand. He expected it to come quicker to him.

72.3Shorter in length just outside off, Fernando sways out of the way.

72.2Goes for the yorker, just outside off, Fernando digs it out.

72.1Length ball outside off, Fernando defends it.

71.6Good length on middle and leg, Kumara defends it. 170/9

71.5Shorter outside off, Kumara places it towards covers.

71.4OUCH! That has hit him hard! Umesh follows Kumara with a short ball. Lahiru takes his eyes off and looks to duck. The ball hits him on the elbow, just near the guard. Don't think it was well placed.

71.3Shorter in length on middle and leg, Kumara ducks under it.

71.2Angles it on a length on middle and leg, Kumara punches it towards covers.

71.1Good length outside off, left alone.

70.6Outside off, Fernando looks to put bat to ball but misses. 170/9

70.5Fuller outside off, punched-driven through mid off for a couple of runs.

70.4Shorter but down the leg side, left alone by Vishwa.

70.3Bowls it on middle and leg, Vishwa looks to work it away but is hit on his thigh pad.

70.2Slower one around off, Fernando reads it and defends it from his crease.

70.1Shorter in length outside off, bounces more, Fernando keeps his bat out of the way.

69.6Fuller around middle and leg, Kumara keeps it out from his crease. 168/9

Lahiru Kumara is the last man in.

69.5OUT! What a smart catch by Rahane! Dickwella was backing away to slap one. Umesh bowls it in the area he has to, length on middle and leg, following the batsman. Dickwella dabs it but hits it straight to Rahane at gully who takes a sharp reflex catch diving to his left. That was really well taken and the end is nigh!

69.4Slower one, off the back of the hand, Dickwella guides it to deep point. No run taken.

69.3Shorter one around off and middle, Fernando fends it towards the vacant short leg region for a single. He gets off the pair.

69.2Shorter around off, Dickwella plays it with an angled bat towards Pandya at deepish point. This time Niroshan takes a run, he wanted the second but it was not there.

69.1Angles it on a length following Dickwella who is backing away, he can only nudge it on the leg side.

68.6Fuller and outside off, driven wide of point. Once again, Dickwella refuses the run. 166/8

68.5Angles it on a length around off, punched through mid on. Dickwella does not want the run.

68.4Fuller in length on middle and leg, turned towards short leg by Fernando.

Vishwa Fernando is the penultimate man in.

68.3OUT! Edged and taken! Good length outside off, bounces a tad more, Sandakan looks to force it through the off side again but this time he gets an edge. Saha goes to his right and takes a good catch in front of first slip. That is the third wicket for Shami! Sri Lanka still trail by 186.

68.2FOUR! Good shot! Short and outside off, Sandakan punches it in front of square on the off side for a boundary. That was really well played by Sandakan.

68.1Bowls a shorter length ball around middle and leg, Sandakan cannot tuck it away.

67.6FOUR! One bounce into the ropes! Short and outside off, Dickwella loves it there and he spanks it over the point region for a boundary. He is enjoying his time out in the middle now. 162/7

67.5Slants one down the leg side, Niroshan cannot clip it away.

67.4Gives himself room, coming down and looks to go through covers but finds the fielder.

67.3Goes round the wicket, angles it on a good length on off, too close to cut but Dickwella still aims to force it through. Chops it towards gully.

67.2This time he connects it and gets it to deep square leg. He refuses the single.

67.1Starts with a length ball down the leg side, Dickwella looks to clip but misses.

Umesh Yadav brought back on. So pace from both ends now.

66.6Low full toss outside off, Sandakan manages to dig it out well. 158/7

Silly mid on in place, short leg and a short mid-wicket as well.

66.5Turns one towards mid-wicket for a single.

66.4Goes wide of the crease and fires it very full and on the stumps, Dickwella looks to clip it through but is hit on his pads. The players appeal but it was always going down leg. Smart bowling, there.

66.3Bowls it wide outside off, Niroshan shapes to put it away but misses. He is moving around in his crease now.

66.2FOUR! Punched! On a good length outside off, punched past the diving cover fielder for a boundary. He has continued to look good.

66.1Back of a length outside off, bounces more on Dickwella, he does well to place it towards the covers.

65.6Flighted ball around middle, is flicked towards mid-wicket. 153/7

65.5Full ball around off, Sandakan keeps it out from within the crease.

65.4Flighted ball around off, Sandakan strides forward to block it.

65.3This is given some more air, blocked off the back foot.

65.2Loopy ball outside leg, this time swept through square leg for a run.

65.1Comes over the wicket to the lefty, bowls it outside leg stump. Dickwella tries to sweep but misses.

64.6Low full toss outside off, Sandakan looks to drive but gets an outside edge that goes on the bounce to the third slip. 152/7

64.5Back of a length ball around off, looks to defend off the back foot but gets an inside edge on to his pad.

64.4Full ball outside off, played towards point for a run.

Change of bat for Dickwella.

64.3Full ball outside off, Niroshan looks to drive but gets beaten.

64.2This length ball is blocked off the back foot.

64.1Length ball from round the wicket, Dickwella defends by getting behind the line of the ball.

Mohammed Shami into the attack.

63.6Seeing the flight, Lakshan charges down, but gets too close to the ball, hence defends. 151/7

63.5Sandakan works this ball to the leg side.

63.4Another loopy ball, swept away for a run.

63.3This one's a bit flatter, swept to backward square leg.

63.2FOUR! Slammed! Tossed up delivery around off, Dickwella gets down on one knee and nails the slog sweep aerially through backward square leg for a boundary.

63.1Turning ball around off, defended by showing the full face of the bat.

62.6FOUR! Too short and dealt with. That's a half-tracker around leg, Sandakan pulls it powerfully over square leg for a boundary. 146/7

62.5Comes round the wicket and gives more flight outside off. Sandakan allows the ball to turn and defends it off the front foot.

62.4Around middle and leg, defended off the back foot.

62.3Tossed up around off, Sandakan looks to defend. But he gets an inside edge towards leg gully.

62.2This one's played through mid-wicket for a run.

62.1Googly around off, it stayed a tad low as Dickwella blocked it off the back foot.

61.6Another ball given some air outside off, Sandakan gets an inside edge as he prods forward in defense. The ball falls in front of short leg. 141/7

61.5Tossed up around off, defended off the front foot.

61.4This flighted ball is swept away for a run.

61.3Tossed up outside off, played to point.

61.2This is too wide of off for the batsman to be interested.

61.1Fuller carrom ball outside off, driven to covers.

60.6Loopy ball around leg, Sandakan gets forward to defend, but gets hit on his pads. 140/7

60.5Bowled around leg, he misses the ball and gets hit on the pads.

60.4This time a bit flatter in line of the stumps, Lakshan blocks.

60.3A flatter wrong 'un around middle, going away from Sandakan. He gets squared up and beaten as he pokes his bat out.

60.2Googly in line of off, clipped away through mid-wicket for a single.

60.1Full flighted ball outside off, punched to covers.

59.6Flighted ball on off, blocked from within the crease. 139/7

59.5Loopy ball around middle and leg, flicked away towards square leg.

59.4Full ball around off, swept away through square leg for a run.

Lakshan Sandakan is the next man in.

59.3OUT! Perera, what have you done? A tossed up delivery outside off, Perera is enticed to go for the big shot. He doesn't hold back, goes for the slog sweep and skies it towards deep mid-wicket. Pandya runs to his right, settles under the ball and pouches it safely. A needless shot really.

59.2Flighted ball on middle and leg, blocked of the front foot.

59.1Tossed up ball well outside off, Dickwella guides it towards third man for a run.

It's time for drinks! In this hour, India were successful in picking up Chandimal and Mathews. These are body blows as far as the Lankans are concerned. It would be interesting to see whether the rest attack or defend their way further in the session.

58.6Loopy ball around off, sharply spinning into Perera, he gets rapped on the pads as he fails to get bat on that. 137/6

58.5Some more air on that ball, Perera defends it.

58.4Flighted ball in line of the stumps, Perera keeps it away.

58.3Another paddle sweep by Dickwella for this loopy ball outside off. The ball rolls to fine leg for a run.

58.2This loopy ball is driven through mid on for a single.

58.1Flighted ball outside off, ND paddles it away for a run.

57.6A flatter ball on off, is played from within the crease. 134/6

57.5This ball in line of the stumps is bunted on to the ground.

57.4FOUR! Aaah, lucky! Flighted ball outside off, dipping on the batsman as he charged down. Perera looks to go over mid-wicket but gets an inside edge over the stumps, past the keeper for a boundary. The fielder at mid-wicket was removed and that forced the shot.

57.3Tossed up around off, blocked from the crease.

57.2Flatter around leg, hits him on his pads.

57.1Tossed up from round the wicket, Dickwella sweeps it through backward square leg for a run.

Lot of field changes for Dickwella on strike. Straight long off in place.

56.6Another flighted ball is blocked from the crease. 129/6

56.5This loopy ball is blocked from the crease.

56.4A tad short outside off, cut away through point for a run.

56.3Another loopy ball, punched away to the off side for a brace.

56.2FOUR! Clobbered! That's short and asked to be cut, Dickwella does so powerfully. The ball races through covers for a boundary.

56.1Short ball around middle, pulled away through square leg for a run.

55.6This ball is flicked away towards fine leg for a run. 121/6

55.5NOT OUT! Tossed up ball around off, Perera looks to defend off the front foot but the ball slides in through the defense, hits his pad and goes to first slip. On an appeal by the Indians, it is ruled out. Perera reviews it immediately. Snicko showed that the ball missed the bat clearly. Hawk Eye was summoned for LBW, which showed the ball to be missing the stumps. Perera survives, the first successful review in this match.

A review has been taken by Sri Lanka. This time it's Perera who has been ruled out caught in slips. Seems close.

55.4This floated ball is played from within the crease.

55.3This flatter ball is flicked away to the leg side.

55.2Loopy ball around off, he gets struck on the pads as he looks to defend.

55.1Ashwin loops it around off, Perera blocks off the back foot.

54.6Loopy ball around off, Perera goes for an expansive drive, but gets an inside edge towards fine leg for a run. 120/6

54.5Another front foot defense by Perera.

54.4This one's blocked from the crease by Perera.

54.3Loopy ball around off, swept away towards deep square leg for a single. It was racing away to the boundary, but the fielder there puts in a slide and saves three.

54.2Flatter ball around off, played to point.

54.1This one's looped in line of the stumps, blocked off the front foot.

Dilruwan Perera is the next man in.

53.6OUT! Sri Lanka lose Mathews as well as a review. And it's the missed sweep that brings about his downfall. Tossed up ball around off and middle, Mathews got down to sweep, but it was too full and he couldn't make any contact. The ball struck his pad, the Indians appealed, which the umpire upheld. Mathews went up for the review. The replays were rolled over numerous times, more so the Snicko. The Ball Tracker showed that the ball was clipping the leg stump. Mathews has to go. 118/6

Mathews has reviewed an LBW decision against him. Looked plumb to the naked eye, as he missed a straight and full ball.

53.5Shorter ball around middle and going down, Angelo looks to pull but misses.

53.4This one's tossed a bit more, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket.

53.3Some more loop on that, Mathews gets back and defends.

53.2Some more air to that delivery, the batsman flicks it to the leg side.

53.1Flatter ball around middle and leg, Mathews takes a step down and pads it away.

52.6This tossed up ball is paddle swept towards fine leg for a brace. 118/5

52.5FOUR! Couldn't see any more authority than this since morning. Tossed up ball outside off, Niroshan slog sweeps it aerially through mid-wicket for a boundary.

52.4Googly around off, Niroshan gets forward and blocks.

52.3This one's given a bit more air outside off, it spins away as Dickwella lets it go.

52.2Loopy ball outside off, punched away for a run.

52.1FOUR! Short and punished! Shorter ball around leg, that's pulled away through fine leg for a boundary.

51.6This is quicker around middle, tucked away towards fine leg for a brace. 107/5

51.5Tossed up ball around off, Mathews sweeps it for a run.

51.4This one's flighted around middle, he gets an inside edge towards square leg as he looked to block.

51.3Another tossed up ball outside off, blocked towards covers.

51.2This loopy ball is blocked off the front foot.

51.1Loopy ball around middle and off, he misses the flick and it lobs to short leg off his pads.

50.6Dickwella rocks back and punches it off his crease. 104/5

50.5He played three shots there! Fuller and outside off, Dickwella looks to drive, then poke, then cut. Fails to connect with any of them.

50.4Loops it outside off, Dickwella looks to sweep but gets it off his body to first slip.

Niroshan Dickwella comes out to bat.

50.3OUT! There comes the breakthrough! Kuldeep bowls it on middle and leg, Chandimal looks to nudge it through mid-wicket. Gets it onto his pads and it goes straight to Pujara at short leg. That is a wicket gifted by the Sri Lankan captain. Second time he has played one straight into the hands of the fielder. Kuldeep helps India break the stand. Sri Lanka still trail by 248 runs.

50.2Chandimal turns it towards the leg side from his crease.

50.1Bowls it down the leg side, Chandimal cannot clip it.

49.6Another loopy ball around off, Chandimal charges down and plays it to long on for a single. 104/4

49.5Seeing the loop, Dinesh charges down and blocks.

49.4This ball is played through mid-wicket for a run.

49.3This flighted ball is blocked off from the crease.

49.2Loopy ball driven back towards the bowlers.

49.1Loopy ball around off, Mathews gets down to sweep but misses and gets hit on his pads. The players appeal for LBW, but is turned down.

48.6This one's flicked off his pads. 102/4

48.5This flatter ball is flicked away towards square leg for a quick single. The fielder at point has a shy at the bowler's end and misses.

48.4SIX! Glorious! More air on that ball around off, Mathews charges down to the pitch of the ball and clobbers it straight over the sightscreen for a maximum. 100 up for Sri Lanka.

48.3This shorter ball is blocked from within the crease.

48.2Flatter ball outside off, Mathews fails to hit that.

48.1This loopy ball is defended after getting down the track.

47.6Chandimal blocks this one off the front foot. 95/4

47.5FOUR! That's a good looking shot. Seeing a bit more flight, Chandimal charges down and smashes it right over the bowlers end for a boundary.

47.4Tossed up ball around off, Dinesh charges down and blocks.

47.3Back foot defense for this loopy ball.

47.2This is defended off the front foot by Dinesh.

47.1Tossed up ball around off, Chandimal charges down and fails to get bat on that and gets hit on his pads. The ball lobs towards the slip. The players appeal but it is turned down.

46.6Low full toss on middle, pushed to mid on. 91/4

46.5Quicker ball around off, strikes him on the pads as he misses the ball.

46.4Full face of the bat shown in blocking that.

46.3Loopy ball driven strongly to covers. A misfield there allows him a run.

46.2Seeing some air the batsman charges down and drives to covers.

46.1Chandimal plays this loopy ball on the leg side.

45.6This one's played off the back foot and onto the ground. 90/4

45.5Loopy ball around middle and off, Chandimal looks to defend off the front foot but gets an inside edge that goes just past Pujara at short leg. They take a run.

50-run partnership between Chandimal and Mathews.

45.4This floated ball is clipped away to the leg side for a run.

45.3Full toss around off, pushed to mid on.

45.2This carrom ball is carefully watched and defended by Mathews.

45.1Some air on that delivery that is swept to mid-wicket.

44.6This loopy ball is played to mid on. A maiden for Kuldeep. 88/4

44.5Another flighted ball that Chandimal shows good defensive skills to.

44.4Yadav bowls it a tad quicker, Chandimal blocks.

44.3Tossed up ball in line of the stumps, bunted down.

44.2This loopy ball is driven to mid on.

44.1A loopy wrong 'un around middle and leg stays a tad low. Chandimal goes back and defends.

43.6Flatter ball around off, Mathews looks to block but gets an inside edge on to his pads. 88/4

43.5Floated outside off, Mathews pushes at it with soft hands. The ball goes wide of slip towards third man as the batters run two.

43.4This flatter ball strikes him low on the pads, as he misses the ball.

43.3Plays that with the turn to long on for a single.

43.2Loopy ball around off, Mathews charges down and drags it towards deep mid-wicket. Lucky that it didn't go to any fielder as he didn't play it well. They take a run.

43.1Tossed up around off and middle, defended off the inner half to short leg.

R Ashwin will have a bowl from the other end.

42.6Solid back foot defense for this flatter delivery in line of the stumps. 84/4

42.5Flighted ball in line of the stumps, blocked.

42.4This loopy ball is met with the full face of the bat.

42.3Similar to the previous ball, tucked straight to backward square leg.

42.2A tad shorter and spinning in to him, worked away towards fine leg for a brace.

42.1Begins with a tossed up delivery around off, driven to mid off.

The men who matter stride out in the middle. Chandimal and Mathews will resume their grind with the bat, while Kuldeep Yadav will start the probe with the ball.

... Day 3, Session 2 ...

29 overs, 63 runs, 3 wickets - These are the numbers that matter for this session. India started on the right note by sending back the overnight batsmen back to the hut early. Shami bowled a probing spell and the hosts were left searching for answers. They would find solace from the fact that they didn't end up losing a cluster of wickets to him in that spell. Chandimal and Mathews have done well to guard their wickets since drinks. Join us in a while for the resumption of the Lankan vigil as they stand 270 runs behind India at this moment.

41.6Fullish and straight on this occasion, Mathews clips it to mid-wicket. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 3! 82/4

41.5Similar length delivery in the off stump channel, Angelo hops and taps it to the off side.

41.4Good length delivery around off, Mathews shuffles across and blocks it.

41.3On a length and angling in from outside off. Chandimal gets squared up as he looks to work it to the leg side. Ends up getting a leading edge to covers for a single.

41.2Well outside off this time, Dinesh points his bat skywards to allow it through.

41.1Back of a length delivery around off, Chandimal shuffles and taps it to cover-point.

40.6It is again full but outside off this time, jammed out by the former skipper. 81/4

40.5Full in line of the stump, dug out towards the bowler.

40.4Comes forward and turns it to the leg side for a run.

40.3Low full toss on middle and leg, Angelo toe-ends his sweep to deep square leg for a run.

40.2Short delivery, spinning down. Mathews pulls it hard but finds the man at backward square leg.

40.1Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

39.6FOUR! Short delivery on middle, Chandimal gets into a bit of an uncomfortable position but manages it to pull through the vacant fine leg region for a boundary. 79/4

39.5Back of the hand slower delivery well outside off, the skipper doesn't fiddle with it.

39.4Brilliant take, Saha! Umesh tries something different and ends up bowling a full toss down the leg side. Saha moves to his left, dives full length like a goal keeper and saves a certain boundary.

39.3Swinging in sharply to Dinesh. He hops back and blocks it towards mid-wicket.

39.2Length delivery around off, pushed off the back foot to covers.

39.1Fullish and swinging down the leg side. Chandimal goes for the flick but misses it.

38.6Comes forward and plays it with soft hands to covers. 75/4

38.5Spinning down leg, Mathews lets it go.

38.4Sharp inward spin on this one. Angelo looks to block it but is hit on the thigh pad.

38.3Stays back to the shortish delivery and blocks it.

38.2A loud appeal for an LBW denied! Tossed up on off, spinning in. Mathews lunges to defend but seems to have got an inside edge onto his pads. The umpire is not interested in the shout. The replays confirm that there was an inside edge.

38.1Tossed up delivery on middle and leg, Mathews looks to clip it away but gets a safe leading edge to covers.

37.6Fullish delivery on off, eased to mid off. 75/4

37.5Very full outside off, Chandimal jams it out.

37.4Angling into Dinesh. He shuffles a bit and keeps it out.

37.3Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

37.2Fullish delivery, Chandimal clips it towards Pujara at mid-wicket who is quick to attack to the ball to deny the single.

37.1Length delivery outside off, pushed off the front foot to the off side.

Change of ends for Umesh Yadav.

36.6Pushed to mid on this time. 75/4

36.5The batsman works it down the leg side.

36.4Spinning into Mathews. He stays deep in the crease and works it to square leg.

36.3Quicker this time, defended off the front foot.

36.2Defends this one with the spin to short leg.

36.1A bit short this time, Mathews hangs back and defends it.

Kuldeep Yadav comes back into the attack.

35.6Stays back and pushes it towards mid on for a run. 75/4

35.5The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.

35.4Fullish delivery outside off, knocked to mid off.

35.3Chandimal shuffles across to the fullish delivery and clips it to mid-wicket.

35.2Fullish delivery outside off, Chandimal taps it to covers.

35.1In the zone outside off, Chandimal lets it go.

Hardik Pandya is brought in to bowl now.

34.6Wide outside off, left alone. 73/4

34.5Not Out! There hasn't been a single successful review in this Test so far! Good length delivery outside off, Mathews hangs back and is unsure what to do. However, he ends up poking at it. There is a sound as the ball goes past the outside edge of the bat. Saha moves to his right and takes it. Virat Kohli consults his teammates and opts to go for the review. Time for the replays. The Snickometer shows a bit of spike but there is daylight between bat and ball. The on-field call has to be upheld. Mathews survives and India have lost a review!

India take a review against a caught behind decision. Mathews is the man in question. The body language of the Indians is not that confident though.

34.4Fullish delivery outside off, swinging in. Angelo plants his front foot across and leaves it alone.

34.3Angelo's initial foot movement is across this time and Umesh bowls this one on a fullish length on middle and leg. Clipped to mid-wicket.

34.2Length delivery outside off, seams in a touch after hitting the deck. Mathews shuffles a bit and keeps it out.

34.1Full length delivery outside off, Angelo Mathews eases it to mid off.

Mathews has a change of helmet, which holds the play for a bit.

33.6Turning into Angelo. He plays it with the spin to square leg for a run. 73/4

33.5Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.

33.4Technically a dropped chance! Mathews again uses his feet and Ashwin gives more revs on this. The former skipper looks to whip it but get a thick inside edge towards Rahul at short leg. He gets low to his right, gets a hand to it but fails to take it. That was really difficult, he didn't have time to react.

33.3Ashwin sees Mathews using his feet and bowls it on middle and leg. He adjusts to block it.

33.2Flatter this time, defended off the back foot to short leg.

33.1Ashwin comes around the wicket and tosses this one around off. Mathews lunges forward in defense.

32.6FOUR! Classy! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Chandimal leans forward and creams it through extra cover to find the fence. That was pleasing to the eyes. 70/4

32.5Stays back to the length delivery on off and blocks it.

32.4Back of a length delivery going down the leg side, Chandimal initially looks to tuck it to fine leg but eventually lets it go.

32.3Wide outside off this time, Chandimal doesn't fiddle with it.

32.2Fuller in length outside off, Chandimal pushes at it but gets an outside edge that rolls to third slip. Playing with soft hands saved him there.

32.1In the channel outside off, left alone.

31.6Sharp turn on this one, Dinesh turns it in the gap between short leg and leg gully for a single. 66/4

31.5Hangs back and works this one behind square on the leg side for a run.

31.4Tight run! Carrom ball this time, Chandimal eases it to cover-point and sets off. Kuldeep from point goes across and returns a flat throw to the keeper but Mathews is fast enough to beat him.

31.3That was risky! If he missed that, he would have been a candidate for LBW. Full on leg stump, Mathews opts to go for the sweep and connects. Gets it through square leg for a single.

31.2Slower through the air around off, Mathews comes forward and defends tentatively off the inner half of his bat.

31.1Chandimal hangs on the back foot, lets this one to turn into him and helps it past short leg for a single.

30.6Fractionally overpitched outside off, driven crisply to mid on. 61/4

30.5On a good length this time outside off, Angelo camps back and knocks it to short cover.

30.4Similar length delivery outside off, Angelo shuffles a touch and answers it with a straight bat.

30.3Fullish delivery outside off, pushed confidently off the front foot to mid off.

30.2A touch fuller outside off this time, Angelo doesn't fiddle with it.

30.1Back of a length outside off, Mathews plays it with an open face to point.

29.6Mathews is on the move as he turns it through mid on for a run. 61/4

29.5On middle and leg, Mathews clears his front leg and looks to block it but misses to get hit low on that pads. The ball lobs to short leg who takes it and appeals casually. There was no bat involved.

29.4Takes a stride forward and eases it through extra cover for a run.

29.3Floated around off, Dinesh takes a couple of steps down the track and looks to push it but gets a thick inside edge to leg gully.

29.2Slower through the air, Chandimal strides forward and blocks it.

29.1Waits for this one and defends it to short leg.

Axar Patel is on the field for Mohammed Shami.

28.6That one jagged back substantially! On a length outside off, stays low. Mathews covers his off stump and lets it go. It swings in late. Saha moves to his left and dives to make a good stop. 59/4

28.5Fuller length delivery outside off, Mathews comes half-forward and defends it.

28.4Yadav bowls this one a bit fuller outside off, Angelo takes a confident stride forward and taps it to the off side.

28.3Similar length delivery around off, not much nip on that. Mathews defends it solidly.

28.2On a length on off, Angelo hangs back and defends it stoutly.

28.1Full length delivery outside off, pushed crisply off the front foot to wide mid off.

Time for Drinks. Another hour where India assert their position in the match by snapping up regular wickets. Sri Lanka lost three in this hour and the talk in their camp would be to prevent or delay this slide.

27.6This tossed up delivery is pushed gently to mid on by shimmying down a bit. 59/4

27.5Gently floats it around middle, Chandimal gets wristy as he plays it on the on side.

27.4This flighted ball is blocked off the front foot.

27.3FOUR! Gloriously struck! Tossed up shorter delivery outside off, Chandimal gets back and punches it through covers for a boundary.

27.2Tossed up ball outside off, Dinesh goes back and blocks it off the back foot.

27.1Loopy ball down the leg side, left alone.

26.6Another length ball outside off is shouldered arms to. 55/4

26.5Bowled full around off, he knocked that away towards mid on. Kuldeep stops that well to prevent any run.

26.4Length ball around off, pushed through covers for a run.

26.3This ball is bunted on to the ground.

26.2Full ball outside off, left alone.

26.1Fuller ball outside off, driven wide of mid off for a brace.

Umesh Yadav comes on for a bowl.

25.6This loopy ball is played to mid on for a run. 52/4

25.5Tossed up around off, Chandimal again misses the sweep and gets hit on his pads. The Indians appeal but the umpire stays put. Ashwin signals to Kohli that impact was outside off.

25.4Flighted ball outside off, pushed to the left of mid off for a quick run. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.

25.3This time Chandimal sweeps the full ball to deep square leg for a run.

25.2Loopy ball around off, Chandimal goes for the sweep and misses. The ball hits him on the pad which interests the Indians who appeal. The umpire stays unmoved. The Indians think of a review, but the impact made them go against it. Snicko returns a spike as the ball passes the glove.

25.1Tossed up ball outside off, Dinesh looks to defend but wears it on his pads.

24.6Again he bowls it straighter on the stumps, Mathews collects a couple more through square leg. 49/4

24.5Length ball on his pads is easy runs, as Mathews plays it through square leg for a couple.

24.4Outswinging length ball outside off, left alone.

24.3FOUR! STREAKY STROKE! A tad fuller around off, Mathews pushes at it without any feet movement. The ball takes the edge and rolls in the gap between the gully and the slip cordon for a boundary.

24.2Length ball around off, blocked off the back foot.

24.1This bouncer is ducked under by Angelo.

23.6Chandimal looks to flick this flighted ball but got hit on his pads. 41/4

23.5Flatter ball around off, punched off the back foot to the off side for a run.

23.4Flighted ball around off, bunted on to the ground.

23.3Floated delivery around off, played towards covers for a quick run.

23.2This floated ball is blocked by getting behind the line of the ball.

23.1Tossed up delivery outside off is played from within the crease.

22.6Back of a length ball outside off, moving away just that little bit. Mathews gets squared up and sees the ball pass the edge of his bat. Beautiful spell of seam bowling by Shami. 39/4

Angelo Mathews strides out to the center with Lanka in disarray yet again.

22.5OUT! Shami gets his revenge! Mendis has to walk back now. Length ball around off and middle, angling in to the batsman and swinging in a bit. He looks to flick but misses and gets rapped on the pads. Once that happens, the appeal and the finger-raising is just a formality, which is completed to end his stay at the crease. It looked plumb to the naked eye, but Hawk Eye showed that it just clipped the leg stump. There wasn't a need even to think about reviewing that.

22.4FOUR! Beautifully played! Shorter delivery outside off, Mendis goes on to the back foot and cuts it to the left of point for a boundary. Good to see this.

22.3Fuller ball outside off, driven to mid off.

22.2Inswinging length ball around off, played from within the crease.

22.1Back of a length ball around middle, knocked to mid-wicket.

21.6Floated around off, Dinesh gets back and defends. 35/3

21.5This flighted delivery is defended off the front foot.

21.4Tossed up ball around off bounces a tad. Mendis looks to sweep initially but then plays it past short leg for a run.

21.3Another loopy ball blocked off the front foot.

21.2Tossed up delivery around off, Mendis plays it with soft hands towards mid-wicket.

21.1Bowled down the leg side, Kusal tries a sweep but misses.

20.6Length ball in line of the stumps, defended. 34/3

20.5This time Dinesh gets behind the line of the ball and blocks.

20.4Fuller ball around off, pushed towards covers off the front foot.

20.3Shami welcomes Chandimal with a bouncer! The skipper ducks under that.

Skipper Dinesh Chandimal walks in. Can he bat out time?

20.2OUT! The wonderful seam position from Shami yields him a wicket now. Length ball, slightly on the fuller side just outside off and gets some away movement. Pushpakumara just pokes at it and ends up edging the ball which Saha gobbles up. Too good a delivery to a nightwatchman.

20.1Fuller ball around off, defended off the back foot.

19.6Tossed up around off, driven back towards the bowler. 34/2

19.5This ball is blocked to short leg.

19.4Overpitched outside off, squirted to short third man for a run, to get off the mark.

19.3This is floated around middle, Malinda misses the defense and the ball goes of his pad to short leg.

19.2Slightly more air given by Ashwin this time, Pushpakumara bunts it on to the ground.

19.1Tosses this around off, Kusal sweeps it all along the ground through square leg for a single.

18.6This length ball outside off is driven straight to the cover fielder. 32/2

18.5A back of a length ball around off and middle, blocked off the back foot.

Silly mid on in place.

18.4Length ball this time around middle, pushed gently to the leg side.

18.3Another fuller ball around off, edged towards gully.

Short cover in place now.

18.2Fuller delivery outside off, it nips away after pitching, beating the poke of the batsman.

18.1Bowls it on a length on off, Pushpakumara defends.

17.6Wonderful drive through wide mid off for this loopy ball outside off. It fetches him a couple. 32/2

17.5Flatter delivery outside off, pushed to point.

17.4Kusal flicks this floater to the leg side.

17.3Loopy ball around off, Mendis covers the stumps and blocks.

17.2FOUR! Shot! Flatter but shorter ball around off and middle, Mendis picks up the length early and half-pulls it away over backward square leg for a boundary.

17.1Floated ball around middle, nudged to the leg side.

16.6This ball outside off is played to covers. 26/2

16.5A good ball outside off, Malinda plays and misses.

16.4Length ball on middle and leg, flicked straight to leg gully.

16.3A length ball around off, played to point.

16.2This is bowled on a length around off and middle, blocked again.

16.1Length ball around off, blocked off the front foot.

15.6Front foot defense to a loopy ball around off and middle. 26/2

15.5This one's bowled on middle and turning in, the ball lobs off Mendis' pad and lands in the hands of short leg. An appeal follows only to be turned down.

15.4Floated ball around middle and leg, Mendis goes back and blocks it from within the crease. The ball could have gone on to the stumps.

Kusal Mendis walks in next.

15.3OUT! Excellent delivery to get early in the morning. Ashwin bowls it flatter around off, which the batsman had to play. Karunaratne gets on to the back foot and pokes his bat at that. The extra bounce means that the ball brushes his gloves and lobs straight into the waiting hands of Rahane at first slip. Not much different he could have done there.

15.2Flighted ball around off, Karunaratne strides forward. Sees the ball go past the bat as it turns away.

15.1Loopy ball around off and middle, blocked off the front foot.

R Ashwin is brought in to bowl.

14.6Swinging delivery around off, Malinda again feels for it and sees the ball whiz past the edge. 26/1

14.6He digs out the yorker around off. Shami oversteps, no ball.

14.5Another length ball, blocked off the back foot.

14.4Length ball outside off, Malinda feels for it and gets beaten.

14.3Length ball, defended off the back foot.

14.2Length ball down the leg side, he misses the flick and the ball falls just short of the diving Saha who gets some glove to that. Two byes taken.

14.1Starts with a length ball around off angling in to the batsman, Pushpakumara misses the flick and gets hit on his pad. The Indians appeal but the umpire stays unmoved. This one's missing leg.

Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end.

13.6Googly this time, Dimuth strides forward to play for the conventional turn. He gets hit on the pad which draws an appeal from the Indians. No avail there. Hawk Eye shows that it would be missing the stumps. 23/1

13.5This ball is given some air and bowled outside off, left alone.

13.4Flatter ball, played to covers.

13.3FOUR! First runs of the day, courtesy a boundary. Loopy full ball around middle and leg, Karunaratne flicks it wide of mid on. Dhawan from mid on gives a valiant chase and puts in the dive as well, unsuccessfully.

13.2A tad shorter this time, cut away to point.

13.1Starts off with a tossed up delivery on off, which is pushed to covers off the front foot by Karunaratne.

We are ready to get rolling. Dimuth Karunaratne and Malinda Pushpakumara to continue their innings. Kuldeep Yadav to start off with the ball today. A slip and short leg in place. Here we go...

Pitch Report - Simon Doull, doing the pitch report reckons that there are a few visible cracks, but nothing alarming. There are rough patches around 2.5 m away from where the batsmen stand, he observes. He adds that he doesn't see much trouble for the batsmen.

Sri Lanka would aim to delay the inevitable. They have players who can show resilience and can bat out time. But capability counts for nothing if it doesn't translate into runs and performance. Stay with us as we get you all the action here.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of Day 3 of the third and final Test of the series between Sri Lanka and India in Kandy. The already high furling Indian flag would aim to furl higher as the team would look to finish the last rites today. This could be the first ever series whitewash away from home for the visitors.

... Day Three, Session One ...

Virat Kohli decided to enforce the follow-on and India continued to stamp their authority. The Sri Lankan openers adopted a circumspect approach but Umesh Yadav outfoxed Tharanga. The track is taking turn and is gripping as well and it will be a stern test for the hosts tomorrow. Join us to catch all the action from Day 3 at 1000 local (0430 GMT). Till then, cheers!

The Indian bowlers came out and piled the misery on the hosts. The Sri Lankan batsman tried hard but were found wanting against the testing lines and lengths. Only Chandimal was the one who showed some fight. Kuldeep Yadav was the star of the show as he picked up a 4-fer. He was supported well by Shami and Ashwin.

It has been a terrific day for India and they are all over the home side. Sri Lanka still trail by 333 runs and it will require a herculean effort on their part to bail themselves out of trouble. In the morning, India dominated the proceedings. It was Hardik Pandya who took the attack to the opposition and scored a terrific century.

12.6Leg spinning delivery around leg and spinning away, Malinda defends off the back foot. THAT'S STUMPS, DAY 2! 19/1

12.5This ball is given a lot of air and is played off the front foot onto the ground.

12.4Floated delivery around off, defended showing the full face of the ground.

12.3Flatter carrom ball around leg, strikes his pad as he misses the flick.

12.2This loopy delivery is bunted on to the ground.

12.1Tossed up ball outside off, Malinda blocks it firmly.

Change of ends for Ashwin. This will be the last over of the day.

11.6Loopy ball outside off, driven to covers. 19/1

11.5FOUR! That's dismissed from his presence. Shorter ball outside off, Karunaratne gets deep in his crease and cuts it to the left of the diving point fielder. The ball meets the fence rather quickly.

11.4Loopy ball around off, blocked off the front foot.

11.3Shorter ball around off, Karunaratne shapes to cut but the ball strikes his pad first before making a contact with the bat and rolls away towards point. The Indians appeal but the umpire stays unmoved.

11.2This flighted ball outside off is smashed on to silly point's pad. The ball rolls towards covers.

11.1Loopy full toss on his pads, flicked straight to mid-wicket.

Kuldeep Yadav is introduced into the attack. Can he sneak in another wicket today?

10.6Peach of a delivery outside off, Pushpakumara gets squared up and is beaten. 15/1

10.5Length ball on off, played from the crease.

Nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara walks out to bat.

10.4OUT! Timber shattered! Umesh Yadav strikes as Tharanga departs for the second time today. The field placement from Kohli does the trick. There was a deep point in place for the batsman to take a single and get off strike and this greed has consumed the opener. Length ball just outside off, he tried to play in that region, instead gets an inside edge on to the off stump. Excellent thought process from India.

10.3Length ball down the leg side, Upul misses the flick as the ball goes to the keeper.

10.2A tad fuller around middle and off, pushed through mid-wicket for a single.

10.1Length ball around off, played towards point for a run.

9.6Dimuth solidly defends this loopy ball from the crease. 13/0

9.5This flighted ball is driven straight to mid off.

9.4Some more air to this ball, as Tharanga drives it through covers for a run.

9.3Comes round the wicket and flights it around off, played off the outer half to backward point.

9.2Loopy ball around off, front foot defense in display.

9.1Tosses up from over the wicket, Tharanga gets back and defends.

8.6He bowls it on a length on middle and leg, tucked away to square leg. 12/0

8.5Length ball outside off, played to deep point for a run.

8.4A tad fuller outside off, driven to covers.

8.3Again a ball is met with the full face of the bat to block it.

8.2Length ball around off, defended showing the full face of the bat.

8.1Starts off with a back of a length ball around off. It strikes Tharanga on his thigh pad.

Umesh Yadav comes in for a burst.

7.6Slower through the air, blocked off the front foot. 11/0

7.5Tossed up ball, Karunaratne gets an inside edge onto his pads as he tries to defend.

7.4This flighted ball is driven back to the bowler.

7.3Loopy ball, driven straight to mid off.

7.2Fired in on his pads, Karunaratne misses the flick as the ball goes to the keeper. The Indians appeal but to no avail.

7.1Loopy ball, driven back to the bowler.

6.6Fuller length ball outside off, left alone. 11/0

6.5Length ball around middle, knocked away through mid-wicket for a run.

6.4Too wide for Karunaratne to make any contact at that, he doesn't bother.

6.3Back round the wicket, he bowls a length ball outside off, left alone.

6.2That's a length ball that is punched to covers. Kohli there puts in a dive to prevent any run.

6.1Bowls it on a length from over the wicket, Dimuth defends off the back foot.

5.6Arm ball this time around off, Tharanga gets squared up and gets an outside edge as the ball rolls to point. 10/0

5.5This ball's given some more air, Tharanga blocks it off the front foot.

5.4Quicker ball around middle and leg, played to mid-wicket.

5.3Loopy ball presented with the full face of the bat by Upul.

5.2Loopy ball outside off, spins away as Tharanga half-prods at that and gets beaten.

5.1Loopy ball on middle, he gets it off the inner half to the leg side.

4.6Shortish ball outside off, punched off the back foot to the right of cover fielder who gets there and gives away no runs. Another maiden. 10/0

4.5Fuller ball on middle and leg, flicked straight to mid-wicket.

4.4Short ball outside off, DK sways away from that.

4.3Fuller ball around off, defended on to the ground.

4.2Karunaratne points his bat skywards to the length ball outside off.

4.1Length ball around middle and leg, knocked to mid-wicket.

3.6Some more air on that ball, Tharanga bunts it down. A maiden for Ash. 10/0

3.5This ball's given more air, blocked off the front foot.

3.4Floated delivery outside off, played to covers.

3.3Fired in on his pads, played straight to square leg.

3.2Tossed up around middle, blocked off the back foot.

3.1Loopy ball around middle and leg, driven to mid on.

2.6Length ball around off, defended from the crease. 10/0

2.5Fuller ball outside off angling in to the batsman, he decides to leave it alone.

2.4Length ball outside off, left alone.

2.3Another bouncer immediately. This time the opener ducks under it comfortably.

Karunaratne has taken a blow near his shoulder and is in a lot of pain. The physio comes in to attend him. Hope he is alright.

2.2Nasty! A bouncer around off and middle, Karunaratne ducks under that. The ball hits him on his shoulder and goes to the keeper. He looks to be in some pain.

2.1Length ball outside off, Dimuth looks to drive through the off side, but gets it off the inside part of his bat, back towards the bowler.

1.6FOUR! Flighted ball outside off, Tharanga drives it powerfully through covers for a boundary. 10/0

1.5Another floated ball, blocked onto the ground.

1.4Some more air given on middle, defended off the front foot. Ashwin thought it to be pad first and put in an appeal. But the ball had hit the bat. The umpire stayed unmoved.

1.3Flighted ball, blocked from the crease.

1.2Floated delivery in line of the stumps, blocked by Tharanga.

1.1Tossed up around off and middle, defended on to the ground.

R Ashwin will bowl from the other end.

0.6A tad fuller outside off, left unharmed. 6/0

0.5Length ball outside off, left alone.

0.4Length ball around off and middle, the opener get an inside edge on to his pads. But the Indians appeal to no avail.

0.3FOUR! Timed perfectly. Length ball on middle and leg, Karunaratne flicks it wide of mid on and the ball races away to the fence.

0.2Length ball on his pads, tucked away to the right of fine leg for a brace.

0.1Starts from round the wicket and bowls it full outside off. Karunaratne drives it to the right of mid off for no run.

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