Angelo Mathews could not hold his nerves. He shimmied a bit and played a wild heave to Hardik Pandya at backward-point. And you have to pay the price if you challenge the No. 1 Test bowler Ravindra Jadeja. The former captain would be licking his wound. Before that Jadeja had Kusal Mendis caught behind for 36. Amid this, Dimuth Karunaratne compiled a resilient half-century, taking Sri Lanka to 192 for 4 at tea on the fourth day of the Galle Test. They need another 358 runs to win.
Against all odds, Karunaratne kept his cool. She showed no glimpse of pressure, and played at his own pace. Kusal Mendis and him played well in tandem, and gave Sri Lanka a glimmer of hope.
Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a few jaffa, but went wicketless in the second session as well. Sri Lanka, however, deserve credit. They went at the ball than waiting for it. And with the pitch losing pace, batting got better.
Virat Kohli tried Hardik Pandya as well, but the ageing ball garnered very little swing for the all-rounder.
In all, barring a few glitches, Sri Lanka have showed character. They added 107 runs in the second session, losing 2 wickets.
Along with Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella showed great temperament. Batting on 48 not out off 77, he showed intent to inch closer to the mammoth target. The duo so far have added 76 for the fourth wicket. Given Sri Lanka are without the services of Asela Gunaratne due to injured finger, these two will have to bat out of their skin and try to end the session without losing a wicket.
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) & 192 for 4 (Dimuth Karunaratne 85*, Niroshan Dickewella 48*; Umesh Yadav 1 for 26) by 358 runs.