Honours shared at the end of Day 3 at Colombo in the second Test. India were clearly ahead in the context of the game while Sri Lanka are playing their heart out to save the game. Ashwin and Jadeja were the stars for India in the morning while Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne stole the show.
After Sri Lanka started the day 3 on 50/2, they got an early jolt as Dinesh Chandimal lost his wicket quickly followed by Kusal Mendis. Angelo Mathews and Dickwella hold the crease for a certain of time but an outstanding grab from Cheteshwar Pujara once again opened the gates for India as Ashwin and Co sneaked in to rattle Sri Lanka’s first innings.
India enforced a follow-on in Sri Lanka after grabbing a colossal lead and was successful in striking quickly as Umesh Yadav clattered Tharanga’s wooden furniture. But that was the last laugh for Indians’ as Kusal Mendis and Karunaratne stitched on 191 runs partnership before losing Mendis for a brilliant 110 runs. Karunaratne (92) and Pushpakumara (2) are at the crease at the end of Day 3 play.
Statistical Highlights of Day 3 play:
150 – Earlier in the day, Jadeja rattled 150 Test wickets to his name.
2 – Ravindra Jadeja is the second quickest Indian to scalp 150 wickets. He took 32 Tests to achieve the feat after Ashwin’s 29.
1 – Jadeja is the quickest left-arm spinner in the world to pick 150 wickets. Herath (40).
26 – Ravi Ashwin picked his 26th five wicket haul to better Harbhajan Singh.
2 – Now, Ravi Ashwin has the second highest number of five wicket haul’s in India bowling unit.
439 – The lead conceded by Sri Lanka is their highest ever in Tests.
439 – This is the 3rd highest lead taken by India.
28 – Second most sixes hit in a Test in Sri Lanka. 29 registered in Sri Lanka versus Australia in 2004.
3 – Kusal Mendis is the third Sri Lankan batsman to be dismissed twice in a day.
9 – Kusal Mendis is the 9th Sri Lankan batsman to score a century in a follow-on.
191 – The second highest run partnership for Sri Lanka against India for the second wicket.
3 – The 191-run partnership between Kusal and Karunaratne is third highest against India after enforcing a follow-on.
1 – Ashwin is the quickest bowler to reach 26 five wicket hauls.
100 – Jadeja completes 100 wickets under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.
1 – Kusal Mendis is the first Sri Lankan to score a century against India after imposing a follow-on.