India piled up the second-highest total on Sri Lankan soil in test. Batting until the afternoon session of the second day team India scored 600 at Galle. In reply, Sri Lanka ended the second day scoring 154 runs. The score was paltry with overs reaching 44, but it was not as woeful as the wicket run-down of the team. Sri Lanka lost 5 wickets before Day 3. Chasing the challenging score of India, it was 247 runs away from the follow-on mark. India’s attack was spearheaded by Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. The only resistance in the top order was from Upul Tharanga in the day. The batsman knocked 64 off 93 runs with a flurry of 10 boundaries.
The Galle pitch helped R Ashwin to conjure incredible deliveries. There were drifts, swing and sharp turns that pulled down Sri Lanka’s momentum drastically. He bowled 18 overs reaching an ideal pace and seam movement. Although the bowler claimed only one wicket, he was imperative to set the chase into a haywire. Umesh Yadav broke through the inning early in the second over. It was a swing ball that took down Dimuth Karunaratne with the lbw. The team went on for a referral revoking the appeal, but it was not enough to save his wicket.
The second wicket partnership between debutant Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga brought 61 runs. It was the best stretch for the team in the day, with the run rate reaching almost 5 an over. Tharanga was run out in the over from Ashwin ending his string inning. The next wicket of Niroshan Dickwella also fell in an over from Ashwin. Angel Mathews start was a bit slow, as the batsman tried to defend his wicket. He also survived an lbw. By the end of the day, Mathews scored an unbeaten 54, becoming the overnight batsman with Dilruwan Perera.
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