India closed in on a clean sweep of the three-match series by reducing Sri Lanka to 82 for four in their second innings in the third and final Test here today. At lunch on the third day, the hosts trailed by 270 runs with six wickets remaining.
Thanks to an unbroken 43-run partnership between Dinesh Chandimal (26) and Angelo Mathews (17), Sri Lanka managed to delay the inevitable. Starting from overnight 19 for one, Mohammed Shami (2-20) bowled a fiery opening spell while Ravichandran Ashwin (1-33) removed opener Dimuth Karunaratne (16) at the other end.
The ball took extra bounce and lobbed off his glove as the batsman was caught at slip in the third over of the morning. Shami then had nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara (1) caught behind in the 21st over. Two overs later, he got the big dismissal as well, trapping Kusal Mendis (12) lbw with a sharp inswinger.
The hosts lost 3 for 13 in the first passage of play this morning. Thereafter, Sri Lanka crossed 50 in the 26th over, with Chandimal and Mathews holding fort together.