In the ongoing Test match between India and Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, rains played the most part of the match so far. It took almost three days to complete the first innings after several stoppages. However, Sri Lankans started off with a bang by restricting the hosts for just 172 runs in the first innings.
Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara made a gritty 52 before India were bowled out for 172. Wriddhiman Saha (29) and Ravindra Jadeja (22) shared a 48-run sixth-wicket stand on a green Eden Gardens wicket while number-10 Mohammed Shami chipped in with a 22-ball 24.
Finally, the visitors stepped out to bat after India was bundled for 172 with the top-order collapsing except Pujara’s fifty. Followed by, the visitors had a good start. However, team India managed to have a say in the proceedings post Tea session.
All started with Virat Kohli taking an outstanding catch at second slip, to dismiss Lahiru Thirimanne and thus breaking the 99-run third-wicket stand with Angelo Mathews. It was off the second ball of the 37th over, bowled by Umesh Yadav.
The ball straightened after pitching outside the off and managed to get a thick outside with the Lankan left-handed batsman failing the control his play. Kohli, fielding at second slip, took a dive to his left and completed the catch to the relief of Yadav, who had previously seen a dropped catch off his bowling.
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India had a horrendous day in the field, dropping catches and indulging in overthrows even as Lankans continued to push towards a good total. But it was followed by another wicket, that of Angelo Mathews, who was batting brilliantly until he played a loose shot. That happened off the fifth ball of 39th over, again to Umesh Yadav.
Sri Lanka reached 165 for four at stumps at the end of Day-3. Dinesh Chandimal (13) and Niroshan Dickwella (14) were unbeaten at the crease with Sri Lanka trailing by seven runs. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav took two wickets apiece to keep the hosts in the hunt.