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3rd Test: Mathews, Chandimal hit tons; SL 356-9 at stumps

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16:38   Mathews, Chandimal hit tons; SL 356-9 at stumps


SL 356-9 (130 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal hit centuries before India checked their progress with quick wickets in the post-tea session, on Day 3, of the third Test.

Captain Chandimal led from the front with a valiant innings of 147 not out to guide Sri Lanka to 356 for nine, still trailing India's score by 180 runs.

Mathews and Chandimal rallied Sri Lanka as they put on 181 runs for the fourth wicket to deny India in the morning session before Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the former 10 minutes before the tea interval to end the flourishing partnership.

Mathews rode his luck to score 111 after being spilled twice on Monday to go with Sunday's early reprieve.

Ashwin claimed a couple of wickets at the end, to finish with three for 90, while Shami, Ishant and Jadeja picked up two wickets each.

Sri Lanka lost just one wicket in the first two session before India struck with five wickets in the post-tea session as they looked set to take a big first innings lead with two days left in the match.
16:28   Chandimal hits century, SL 356-9 at stumps


SL 356-9 (130 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Chandimal decides to take a chance as he comes down and lofts Ashwin over midwicket for a four and then takes a single from the fifth ball on the leg side.

Last man Lakshan Sandakan watchfully defends the last two balls of the over.

Chandimal defends against Jadeja, who is firing it in and again he takes a single from the fourth ball.

The umpires are constantly checking the light metre, we still have six overs left for stumps on Day 3.

Chandimal comes down the track to Ashwin and lofts him over midwicket for a six as it lands on the boundary cushion to bring up Sri Lanka's 350.


16:15   Sri Lanka lose 9th wicket


SL 343-9 (127 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Chandimal takes a single off the first ball before Lahiru Gamage watchfully plays out the next two balls and then gets a single courtesy of the edge.

Chandimal takes one off the fifth ball to keep strike.

Shami bowls another cracking delivery as Chandimal plays away from the body and gets a thick outside edge which goes past the gully for a four which helps Sri Lanka avoid the follow-on.

Chandimal turns the next ball on the leg side but doesn't want to take the single and bring Gamage on strike and does the same off the next ball. He flicks the fifth ball square on the leg side before Shami bowls a quick bouncer to deny Chandimal the chance to pick one as he sways out of the way.

Gamage gets an inside edge off Ashwin but the ball falls safely out of the reach of Dhawan at short leg before he plays out the rest of the over.

With the light fading fast, Jadeja comes back into the attack in place of Shami. He strikes Gamage on the pads with the quicker delivery which slides on as he is ruled out leg before wicket.

Sri Lanka take the DRS review but the ball is clipping the bails which means the decision stays as the visitors lose their ninth wicket.

16:01   Shami dismisses Lakmal, SL 8 down


SL 331-8 (123 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Suranga Lakmal crashes a wide delivery from Ashwin through the off-side for a boundary. Two balls later, Ashwin nearly accounts for him as he narrowly misses the edge of the bat with Lakmal beaten all ends up.

Shami comes back from the other end. He strikes immediately with the wicket of Lakmal, who gets the edge this time and Saha takes another brilliant catch, diving to his right.

Sri Lanka are 331 for eight, with another five runs needed to avoid the follow-on.
15:48   Ashwin strikes, SL 7 down


SL 323-7 (120 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Ishant overpitches as Chandimal plays a beautiful shot through the covers, it was just a push drive but the ball raced off the turf to the ropes in no time.

Ishant then gets one to jump off length as Chandimal has to take his bottom hand off rather quickly.

Ishant tries the slower ball, the off-cutter as Chandimal gets the edge but it doesn't carry to wicketkeeper Saha, who does well to stop it on the bounce.

Sri Lanka lose another wicket, the third in the space of 17 balls, as Ashwin strikes again in his next over. Dickwella makes room to cut but misses and is bowled for a duck as Sri Lanka lose their seventh wicket.
15:36   Ashwin strikes, SL 6 down


SL 318-6 (118 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Debutant Roshen Silva last just three balls as he gets an inside edge and is caught at short leg for a duck.

Two wickets in seven balls as Sri Lanka are reduced to 318 for six, still needing 18 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Chandimal has looked quite solid at the other end, on an unbeaten innings of 117 from 307 balls.

Niroshan Dickwella defends the last two balls from Ashwin. It will be interesting to see his approach with Chandimal at the other end. Another quick wicket at this stage would hand back the initiative to India.
15:29   Ishant strikes, Sadeera out for 33


SL 317-5 (117 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Ashwin and Jadeja bowling in tandem as they look to maintain good discipline and build some pressure.

Kohli has has enough of the spinners as he brings Ishant in place of Jadeja. Sadeera plays a nice drive through the covers but can't find the gap, he is gaining in confidence with time spent at the wicket.

Sadeera is hit by the ball again as Chandimal drives it to mid-on where Kohli dives and throws it back quickly but hits Sadeera on the arms. He has already suffered a few blows while fielding at short leg and now again, but this time it is not that serious.

Meanwhile, a single to Chandimal raises the 50-run stand for the fifth wicket from 106 balls.

Sri Lanka are now just 28 runs away from avoiding the follow-on as the pitch gets easier to bat and wicket-taking a lot more difficult.

Sadeera continues to play freely as he flicks Ishant through midwicket for a four.

But the bowler gets revenge off the very next delivery as he gets the edge and wicketkeeper Saha comes up with a superb full length diving catch to his right.

Sadeera went after a wide delivery but only managed an edge to make his way back after scoring 33.
15:09   Chandimal hits century, SL goes past 300


SL 301-4 (111 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Chandimal seems be in some sort of pain in his wrist as the physio comes out to attend.

He watchfully plays out the over from Jadeja, who bowls his 12th maiden over out of 38 sent down so far, while conceding just 72 runs.

Sadeera looking to be positive as he tries to heave Ashwin over the leg side but is beaten.

Sadeera looks to break the shackles after a few tight overs as he tries to lofts Jadeja over the leg side but gets a leading edge which flies over mid-off for two runs.

Sadeera steers Ashwin through the vacant thirdman region for another four to take his score to 22, inclusive of five boundaries.

The young Sadeera looks keen to get on with things. He comes down the track and hits Ashwin over the square leg region for a four.

In the next over, Chandimal gets an edge but it goes low and past the slips for a four to bring up Sri Lanka's 300, in the 111th over.

Sadeera tries to steer Jadeja through thirdman but gets an inside edge which narrowly misses the stumps.

14:41   Chandimal hits century to boost Sri Lanka


SL 284-4 (104 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Jadeja starts off with the ball after the tea break. Chandimal takes a single to take his score to 99 before Sadeera punishes Jadeja with back to back boundaries as the spinner errs with his length.

In the next over, Chandimal taps Ashwin on the off-side for a single to complete his century from 265 balls.

Sadeera looks to cut Ashwin but the ball turns in sharply and beats the right-hander outside the off-stump. But the last ball is crashed through the off-side for another boundary as Sri Lanka make a brisk start to the post-tea session.
14:20   Mathews falls for 111, SL 270-4 at tea on Day 3


SL 270-4 (102 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


So, India finally managed to get a wicket after a long wait as Mathews was dismissed for 111.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal was still battling hard on an unbeaten dogged innings of 98 as Sri Lanka went into the tea break at 270 for four in 102 overs, still trailing India by 266 runs.

Ashwin got the only wicket of the session as he got Mathews caught behind, after he had added 181 runs for the fourth wicket with Chandimal.

India's fielding was once pretty sloppy as they dropped a couple of catches in the session, with Mathews getting the benefit both times.

India will look for a few more wickets after the tea break and look to get among the lower order in their bid to get a sizeable lead.
14:13   Mathews falls for 111, SL 270-4 at tea on Day 3


SL 270-4 (102 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Jadeja gets Chandimal to edge one but it stays low and goes wide of the slips for a four.

Ashwin giving new batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama a few problems as he is unsure about his footwork, trying to defend one which turns in. Ashwin then slips one down the leg side for four byes before the youngster defends the rest of the over.

Sadeera looks keen to get off the mark as he tries to flick Jadeja through the leg side but misses. However, the last ball is pitched right up and Sadeera slaps it through the off-side for a four to get off the mark in style.

Ashwin to bowl the final over. Chandimal picks a single off the first ball to take his score to 98 before Sadeera plays out the rest of the over.
14:03   Mathews falls for 111, SL lose 4th wicket


SL 256-4 (98 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Another quick over from Jadeja as he concedes just a single, to Mathews on the off-side.

The umpires finally agree to change the ball after a few requests from the Indians.

Ashwin comes into the attack, with 15 minutes to go for the tea break. And it is the off-spinner, who makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Mathews.

Ashwin from round the wicket gets one to go straight as Mathews gets the edge and is caught behind by wicketkeeper Saha.

Mathews walks back after a good innings of 111, after a 181-run stand for the fourth wicket with Chandimal.

India finally make the breakthrough after a long wait of nearly 79 overs.
13:55   Mathews hits century to drive SL forward


SL 253-3 (96 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Shami continues to trouble the batsmen with bouncers as Mathews awkwardly pulls it on the leg side for one and Chandimal clips it square for another run.

India seem to have lost a bit of focus. Chandimal taps it on the off-side and steals a quick single to Dhawan inside the circle at covers to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Ishant comes in to replace Shami as pacers continue from one end, while Ashwin gets ignored yet again.

Jadeja has bowled miserly but has not created enough chances after the lunch interval. He has bowled 33 overs so far and conceded just 53 runs, including 11 maidens.

Ishant bowls a short ball down the leg side as Chandimal glances it fine for a boundary. Two balls later, he steers a wide delivery past point for two runs as Sri Lanka cross the 250-run mark, in the 96th over.


13:35  


SL 241-3 (90 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Shami comes in from the other end. He is bowling full and looking for some movement but the third ball is on the pads as Chandimal clips it through square leg for a four.

Two balls later he hits Shami off the front foot through the covers for another boundary.

An angry Shami bowls a bouncer but Chandimal comfortably ducks under it.

Sri Lanka just looking to bat out as long as possible and get closer to India's scores. With the slip fielders not taking any catches, Sri Lanka's task has been made that much easier.

Shami bowls another good bouncer as Chandimal looks to pull but is beaten before he defends the next two balls and keeps strike with a leg bye from the last ball.

Ishant tries the bouncer which Chandimal leaves easily before the bowler has a go at him. Two balls later, the Sri Lankan captain has the last laugh as he punches a short ball through the covers for a four.

Jadeja comes into the attack. Mathews gets another lifeline as substitute Vijay Shankar drops a sharp catch at mid-off. He leaps high but is late with his outstretched hands as it goes through for a four.

In the next over, Chandimal plays a beautiful drive through the covers for a four as Sri Lanka reach 241 for three in 90 overs, still trailing India by 295 runs.
12:58   Mathews hits century; SL continue to defy India


SL 212-3 (82 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Jadeja bowls it full and on the pads as Chandimal clips it square for two runs before he plays out the rest of the over.

DROPPED! India take the second new ball as Ishant Sharma comes into the attack. He makes the perfect start as he gets Mathews to edge the first ball but Rohit Sharma at second slip drops an easy catch.

Mathews gets another reprieve as he takes his score to 99 and India rue their third dropped chance, and all of them by different fielders at the same second slip position.

Mathews makes most of the lifeline as clips Ishant through square leg for two runs to complete his century, his eighth in Tests, from 231 balls. This is his first century after a long wait of nearly two years, and 37 innings, and has come at a crucial time for Sri Lanka.

Mathews takes a few steps down the track to Ishant before he sways out of the way of a bouncer.
12:37   Chandimal, Mathews take SL past 200-run mark


SL 206-3 (80 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Ashwin, who didn't bowl much in the morning session, straights off with the ball after the lunch interval.

Mathews quietly tucks the second ball on the leg side for one before Chandimal comes down but is forced to defend before he beats the short midwicket for one.

Mathews keeps strike with one from the last ball on the leg side as three runs come from the over.

As expected it will be spin from both ends with eight overs to go for the second new ball.

Mathews is drawn into a foul shot as he tries to cut Jadeja but the ball is too close to him. Jadeja rushes through the over pretty quickly with Mathews opting to defend.

Ashwin beats Chandimal as the right-hander is beaten by the turn and hit on the pads. The umpire turns down the appeal before the Indians take the DRS.

However, the ball tracking shows the ball is turning and missing the leg stump quite comfortably as the Indians lose a review.

A couple of overs later, Jadeja gets Mathews to edge one as it goes low and through Saha's legs for a four as the former captain.

That boundary takes Sri Lanka past the 200-run mark, while Mathews inches closer to his century.

Sri Lanka are 206 for three in 80 overs, with Mathews on 98 and Chandimal on 58. India have not taken the second new ball straightaway as the two spinners, who have got into some rhythm, continue.
11:35  


SL 192-3 (65 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


A good morning session for Sri Lanka as their senior duo -- Mathews and Chandimal -- hold forte to frustrate the Indians.

Sri Lanka battled hard to reach 192 for three at the lunch break on Day 3, still trailing India by 344 runs.

Mathews did have a few close shaves but managed to play out the session to take his score to 90, while Chandimal battled hard for 52, his third half-century in the series.

The duo were involved in an unbroken stand of 117 from 315 balls for the fourth wicket to keep India at bay.

Shami bowled a fiery spell in the first session and so did Ishant but Sri Lanka were able to somehow hang in there.
11:31   Chandimal, Mathews frustrate India; SL 192-3 at lunch


SL 192-3 (65 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Mathews paddles Ashwin fine on the leg side for a four to continue his positive approach against the off-spinner, whom he attacked on Day 2.

Jadeja from the other end as the pacers get a well deserved rest with lunch around the corner.

He keeps it simple, bowling it full and on the stumps as Chandimal defends the over.

Mathews looks to glance Ashwin on the leg side but there is some extra bounce and the right-hander somehow manages to evade the fielder leg gully, for a single.

Jadeja testing Mathews's patience with a few dot balls before the Sri Lankan comes down and has a wild swing but is lucky that it falls safely on the off-side.

Chandimal seems to have already shut shop as he plays out a quiet over from Ashwin.

Mathews is nearly done in by Jadeja as the spinner gets one to turn and bounce and is hit on the gloves but it falls safely.

Mathews takes one to take his score to 90 before Chandimal defends the last two balls to end the morning session.
11:15   Chandimal hits fifty as SL frustrate India


SL 183-3 (65 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Ishant peppering Mathews with bouncers as the first one goes down the leg side before he pulls one for a four with Murali Vijay on the fine leg fence unable to pick the ball.

The third ball is fuller as Mathews taps it on the leg side for one.

Shami comes back from the other end. Mathews does well to pick another single to keep the scoreboard ticking along.

Shami pitches it right up as Chandimal comes forward and punches it down the ground past mid-off for a four.

Shami responds with a bouncer from round the wicket before Chandimal looks to glance a short ball fine as it falls nearly short of Rahane at leg gully.

Pacers from both ends as Ishant continues. He starts with a short ball down the leg side as Mathews goes for the pull but is beaten. He taps the next ball on the off-side and Chandimal does the same off the next ball.

A slightly short ball is tucked to square leg for one and Chandimal gets a glove trying to fend a short ball as he manages to beat the fielder at leg gully for one.

Ashwin finally comes into the attack with half an hour to go for lunch as he replaces Shami.

Chandimal takes a single to bring up the 100-run stand for the fourth wicket, the first century stand for the visitors in the series.

Surprisingly, Ashwin has only bowled just 10 overs as compared to Jadeja's 21 despite his impressive bowling in the previous Test when he claimed eight wickets in total.

Shami changes ends as he takes over from Ishant. He continues to try the short ball as Mathews pulls it to fine leg for one and Chandimal clips it on the leg side for another single.

Mathews plays another pull for one before Chandimal gets a thick outside edge which beats the fielder at point for a four.

That brings up Chandimal's third half-century in the series, following two fifties in the previous Test at Nagpur.
10:48   Chandimal, Mathews keep India's bowlers at bay


SL 160-3 (60 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Mathews gets a warning from the umpire for running straight down the middle of the pitch while taking a run.

Jadeja beats Chandimal with the arm ball which comes in quickly as he appeals for LBW but it is turned down.

He then gets one to grip and turn sharply as Mathews is beaten, playing down the wrong line.

India trying something different to Mathews as they have five fielders on the leg side for Ishant, who is bowling some short balls from round the wicket.

He bowls one short as Mathews goes for the pull but misses and then gets the last ball to fine leg with another pull for a single.

Sri Lanka are happy to play it safe as they reach 160 for three in 60 overs, still trailing India by 376 runs. Mathews has battled hard to score 72, while Chandimal has made 39 with the duo adding 85 runs for the fourth wicket so far.
10:25  


SL 154-3 (56 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Shami creating a few chances as he bowls a full delivery and gets it to move away, beating Mathews outside the off-stump. He tries a couple of bouncers which Mathews avoids before he takes a single from the last ball.

Jadeja bowls a tidy over conceding just a single to Mathews as Sri Lanka seem content to play out the morning session without losing any wickets.

Shami beats Mathews again with the full delivery which moves away enough. The fast bowler is doing well to mix his length and keep the batsmen guessing with a few sharp bouncers in between.

Chandimal looks to attack Jadeja but gets a thick outside edge which goes to the vacant thirdman region for a four.

Ishant comes back for another spell, as he replaces Shami, who bowled a splendid spell in the morning session without any luck.

He also uses the short ball to good effect as Chandimal does well to avoid it and then defends the rest of the over.


10:02   Chandimal, Mathews steady Sri Lanka


SL 146-3 (50 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Pace from both ends as Mohammed Shami comes into the attack. Mathews looks to pull a short ball but is unable to get hold of it as he mishits it on the leg side for two runs.

Shami tries another short ball as Mathews stays back and tucks it off his hips fine on the leg side for a four.

Shami responds with another quick bouncer outside the off-stump which Mathews leaves alone.

Ishant looking to maintain a good line outside the off-stump as Chandimal offers no stroke to the first two balls and then defends the third before taking a single on the leg side.

Shami bowls another good bouncer as Chandimal is hit on the arm. He initially looks to leave the bouncer expecting it to go over him before at the last minute he finds that the ball is coming straight at him as he tries to play but is hit on the arm.

Shami bowls one full as Chandimal gets the edge but it falls short of second slip. He tries another bouncer and this the Sri Lankan captain avoids it quite easily.

Change in the bowling as Jadeja replaces Ishant. Mathews takes a single from the second ball before Chandimal comes down and flicks the spinner through midwicket for a four.

Sri Lanka have done well to weather the storm in the first half an hour, especially from Shami, to reach 146 for three in 50 overs, still trailing India by 390 runs.
09:38   Struggling Sri Lanka face uphill task on Day 3


SL 134-3 (46 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


It is quite hazy as we start the third day's play. Ravindra Jadeja will complete his unfinished from the second day as Dinesh Chandimal defends the remaining the first two balls and then takes a single on the leg side to end the over.

Ishant Sharma from the other end. Chandimal and Angelo Mathews pick a single each to get two runs from the over.
09:12   Struggling Sri Lanka face uphill task on Day 3


SL 131-3 (44.3 ovs) vs India 536-7d | Scorecard


Welcome to the coverage of Day 3 of the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi on Monday.

After a drama-filled second day, Sri Lanka face another tough task on the third day as they battle to save the third Test.

India dominated Day 2 as captain Virat Kohli smashed a career-best 243, his second successive double hundred, before a blanket of smog prompted him to declare on 536 for seven.

The visitors then reduced Sri Lanka to 131-3 on the second day, trailing by 405 runs.

Angelo Mathews capitalised on an early reprieve to score 57 not out and skipper Dinesh Chandimal was on 25 with Sri Lanka still 405 behind on a hazy day in the Indian capital.

Behind in the match and struggling in the conditions, several Sri Lankan players returned from the lunch break sporting facemasks as the seasonal haze affecting the region thickened over the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

The smog eventually held up play twice and 22 minutes was lost in total as Lahiru Gamage and his pace colleague Suranga Lakmal both left the field during the second session as they found it difficult to breathe.

Umpires Nigel Llong and Joel Wilson were discussing the air quality with the tourists when Kohli signalled his team in.

Until then, the stadium's near-capacity crowd was treated to some elegant shot-making by Kohli, who hit 25 crisp boundaries in his master class spread over seven-and-half hours.

The 29-year-old became the first international captain to score six double centuries, all of them coming in the last 17 months.

Kohli's tally is now the highest for any captain, surpassing Brian Lara's five double tons. Check out the complete details

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