Sri Lanka crash-lands after skipper soars
India took a stranglehold with an overall lead of 157 runs with 9
wickets intact after Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews struck his sixth
Test hundred (102) to help his side to a first innings total of 306 in
reply to India’s 393 at the end of the third day of the second Test at
the P.Sara Oval yesterday.
At stumps on the third day India in their second innings were 70 for
1 with first innings centurion Lokesh Rahul out for 2. Murali Vijay was
unbeaten on 39 and Ajinhya Rahane on 28.
The Sri Lankan batting looked good in the pre-lunch session with
Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne associating in an unfinished 110-runstand
for the fourth wicket. But after lunch with the Thirimanne-Mathews vigil
broken the Sri Lankans staggered and collapsed losing four wickets for
74 runs between lunch and tea. From 224 for 3 at lunch they were reduced
to 298 for 7 by tea.
Ishant Sharma looks back after taking the scalp of Lahiru
Thirimanne (Pictures by Saman Mendis)
When Sri Lanka continued from their overnight 140 for 3, Ishant
Sharma bowled a good first over to Mathews and had Thirimanne almost
picked up in the slips.
Then Mathews drove Stuart Binny on the on-side for a four and picked
the gap between cover-point for another four to post the 150.
On the third day the pitch gave little assistance to the fast
bowlers. Neither Umesh Yadav nor Stuart Binny bowled well to exploit it.
Even the spinners were unable to make much of an impact.
Ishant Sharma made Mathews and Thirimanne to hurry on their strokes.
As a result left hander Lahiru Thirimanne came perilously close to be
caught in the slips. It was stonewall batting by the Sri Lankan captain
and the vice captain.
Virat Kohl in an attempt to get a breakthrough switched his bowlers
from one end to the other.
Only paceman Ishant Sharma and spinner Ravichandra Ashwin tried to
extract some sort of life on an otherwise placid pitch.With the second
new ball available after 80 overs, Kohli took it in the last over before
lunch with the score reading 217 for 3.
At lunch the host team were 224 for 3 with Mathews on72 and
Thirimanne on 57, the pair adding 110 runs for the third wicket in the
pre-lunch session after 28 overs that brought Sri Lanka 84 runs.
There were two interruptions due to a brief drizzle, the first one
lasted for seven minutes soon after lunch but not before a bit of
Mathews struck three fours off Ishant Sharma in his first over after
lunch and in his next over Ishant Sharma broke the 127-run alliance for
the fourth wicket between Mathews and Thirimanne.
Left hander Thirimanne going for a drive missed outside the off stump
and keeper Saha appealed for it to be upheld by umpire Bruce Oxenford to
the dissatisfaction of the batsman.
Thirimanne had scored 62 by that time facing 168 deliveries with four
Chandimal came in next with memories of Galle still lingering in the
minds of the Indians. He was immediately greeted with a bouncer by
Ishant Sharma which struck his helmet.
The second interruption for rain lasted for more than half an hour.
Chandimal did not last long thereafter.
After facing eleven deliveries with a solitary boundary he edged one
into the slips and Lokesh Rahul took the catch in the second attempt.
Mathews was gradually working his way towards his sixth hundred. He
achieved it by reverse-sweeping Ashwin to the point boundary. He faced
167 deliveries and hit a dozen boundaries and was the backbone of the
Sri Lankan innings.
Soon after Mathews reached the three-figure mark, three balls later,
the hard working Stuart Binny bowling from the pavilion end got one to
move away and Mathews edged it into the slips for Murali Vijay to
gleefully take the catch and give Binny his first Test wicket.
With the dismissal of Mathews none of the Sri Lankan Lankan batsmen
could play a really dominating innings to reduce the deficit. Jehan
Mubarak hung around till tea for 22 as the last seven wickets fell for
65 runs. Amith Mishra had impressive figures of 4 for 43 in 21 overs.
India 1st innings:
393 (L. Rahul 108, V. Kohli 78,R. Sharma 79, W. Saha 56
D. Prasad 2-84, A. Mathews 2-24, D. Chameera 2-72
R. Herath 4-81)
Sri Lanka 1st innings
D. Karunaratne lbw b Yadavc 01
K. Silva c Ashwin b Mishra 51
K. Sangakkara c Rahane b Ashwin 32
L. Thirimanne c Saha b I. Sharma 62
A. Mathews c Vijay b Binny 102
D. Chandimal c Rahul b I. Sharma 11
J. Mubarak b Mishra 22
D Prasad c Rahane b Mishra 05
R. Herath lbw Ashwin 01
T Kaushal st. Saha b Mishra 06
D Chameera not out 00
Total (all out) 306
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Karunaratne), 2-75 (Sangakkara)
3-114 (Silva), 4-241 (Thrimanne)
5-259 (Chandimal), 6-284 (Mathews)
7-289 (Prasad), 8-300 (Mubarak)
Bowling: I. Sharma 21-3-68-2 (nb4),
Binny 18-4-44-1 (nb1)
India 2nd innings:
M. Vijay not out 39
L. Rahul b Prasad 02
A. Rahane not out 28
Extras: (w1) 01
Total (for one wicket) 70
Fall of wicket: 1-3 (Rahul)
Bowling: Prasad 4-0-12-1
Chameera 4-0-14-0 (w1)