Nothing has gone Sri Lanka’s way so far. After setting up a colossal 550-run target, India sent Upul Tharanga packing for a mere 10. Three overs later, they got the better of Danushka Gunathilaka. Although Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis have steadied the ship since, it will take spectacular efforts for the hosts to inch closer to the target, as they went into lunch at 85 for 2 on the fourth day of the Galle Test.
Virat Kohli attained a new high. With his 17th Test century, he edged past Sourav Ganguly’s tally. He added two vital partnerships: 133 with Abhinav Mukund and an unbeaten 61 with Ajinkya Rahane. India declared at 240 for 3, leaving Sri Lanka six sessions to reach the target.
India have been lucky that the rain has not yet ruined the play. With constant wind blowing across and conditions best suited of pace bowling, batting was always going to be a tough task.
Sri Lanka needed a strong platform from their openers. However, Tharanga chopped one onto to his stumps in the very third over. Mohammad Shami’s sheer pace left him very little time to get behind the ball.
India 600 (Shikhar Dhawan 190, Cheteshwar Pujara 153; Nuwan Pradeep 6 for 132) & 240 for for 3 decl. (Abhinav Mukund 81, Virat Kohli 103*; Lahiru Kumara 1 for 59) lead Sri Lanka 291 for 9 (Upul Tharanga 63, Angelo Mathews 83, Dilruwan Perera 92*; Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 67, Mohammad Shami 2 for 45) & 85 for 2 (Dimuth Karunaratne 44*; Umesh Yadav 1 for 26) by 465 runs.