Galle - Dinesh Chandimal smashed an unbeaten 162 off 169 balls to lead a
brilliant revival by Sri Lanka on the third day of the first Test
against India at Galle on Friday.
The hosts, who trailed India by
192 runs in the first innings, were reduced to 95/5 in their second
knock before Chandimal launched an audacious counter-attack to steer his
team away from imminent disaster.
Sri Lanka went on to make 367, setting India a tricky target of 176 runs to take the lead in the three-match series.
ended the day at a shaky 23/1 after Lokesh Rahul was trapped
leg-before by Rangana Herath for five. First-innings century-maker
Shikhar Dhawan was unbeaten on 13 and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was on
The 25-year-old Chandimal hit four sixes - one of them a
spectacular reverse sweep off Harbhajan Singh over the mid-wicket
boundary - and 19 boundaries in his fourth Test century.
put on 125 for the sixth wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne (44) and 82 for
the seventh with Jehan Mubarak (49) to frustrate India's bid to force an
Chandimal and Thirimanne, who joined hands before
lunch with their team still 98 runs away from wiping the deficit, batted
through a major part of the post-lunch session.
As the pair
settled down, the Indians were left to rue the refusal by their powerful
cricket board to use the Decision Review System for their bilateral
Both batsmen were fortunate to get into double figures
after surviving three appeals for catches close to the wicket - two
against Chandimal and one against Thirimanne - in a 10-minute period
Replays showed all three catches were clean, but the
absence of DRS meant India could not ask for reviews from the
chipped in with a valuable innings after Thirimanne was snapped up by
Ajinkya Rahane at slip off Ravichandran Ashwin to give India its lone
success in the afternoon session.
Rahane set a new world record
for most catches by a fielder other than a wicket-keeper when he claimed
eight catches in the Test - three in the first innings and five in the
Ashwin finished with 10 wickets in the match, having taken six in the first innings and four in the second.
Kumar Sangakkara scored 40 in his penultimate Test and captain Angelo
Mathews made 39, the pair adding 87 for the fourth wicket after Sri
Lanka were reduced to 5/3.
Sri Lanka, who resumed at 5/2, lost nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad off the first ball of the day to give India a flying start.
Prasad attempted to fend off a short ball from Varun Aaron and gloved a catch to a diving Rahane at gully.
and Sangakkara took charge with a series of attacking shots, including a
straight six and a reverse-sweep boundary by the Sri Lanka captain off
Sangakkara, who looked in good form during his 70-ball
innings in which he hit five boundaries, was dismissed against the run
of play 20 minutes before lunch.
The left-hander edged Ashwin to the slip region where Rahane dived to his left to pick up a stunning one-handed catch.
received a standing ovation from some 1,500 home fans as he walked back
after playing his final innings at the Galle International Stadium.
Mathews fell in the next over to leg-spinner Amit Mishra, gloving a catch to Lokesh Rahul at silly-point.