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14-Aug-2015 12:05:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day

Chandimal Century Leads Spirited Fightback

Galle: India were set a victory target of 176 runs after Sri Lanka were dismissed for 367 before stumps on the third day of the first Test in Galle on Friday.

India starts second inning with the target of 173 runs but opener Lokesh Rahul has been sent back for five duck. The tourist were 23/1 at stump on day 3, required another 153 runs to win.

Shikhar Dhawan playing on 13 while nightwatch man Ishant Sharma supports Dhawan on give.

Dinesh Chandimal hit an unbeaten 162 off 169 balls to lead a remarkable fightback by the hosts after they were reduced to 95-5 in their second innings before lunch.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 10 wickets in the match, taking six in the first innings and four in the second.

India seemed to be cruising towards an inning victory after picking up three wickets on the third morning but wicketkeeper-batsman Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne (44) stemmed the rot by adding 125 for the sixth wicket.

At tea, Sri lanka reached 263 for the loss of six wickets, with Thirimanne the only batsman to fall in the afternoon session.

Chandimal and Jehan Mubarak, who joined hands before tea, launched a brilliant counter-attack to put on 82 for the seventh wicket. Harbhajan Singh claim first wicket in the match, dismisses Mubarak on 49.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked up six wickets in the first innings, took his third in the second by sending back Thirimanne after a catch by Ajinkya Rahane at slip.

Sri Lanka, bowled out in their first innings for 183, resumed the day on five for two wickets after dismissing India for 375 but lost nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad (three) with the first ball of the morning by fast bowler Varun Aaron.

Prasad could not handle the steep bounce Aaron extracted off the Galle International Stadium pitch and gloved the ball to Rahane at gully.

The dismissal brought home captain Angelo Mathews to the crease and he stitched together a defiant 87-run stand for the fourth wicket with retiring stalwart Kumar Sangakkara.

Mathews (39) suffered a painful blow to his body off fast bowler Ishant Sharma early in his innings and decided to take the attack to the Indian bowlers.

The experienced duo managed to keep the tourists at bay for over 90 minutes in the session before Rahane pulled off an excellent catch at slip off Ashwin to send back Sangakkara (40).

The 37-year-old, who will retire after the second test against India in Colombo, walked off to a standing ovation.

India captain Virat Kohli then introduced Amit Mishra, who had taken a wicket in his first over on Thursday evening, and the leg-spinner took out Mathews, who edged a catch to Lokesh Rahul at silly mid-off.

Mishra, playing his first test for India in four years, should also have had the wicket of Thirimanne after the left-hander fell to a bat-pad catch but the umpire ruled it as not out.

Brief scores
Sri Lanka - 183 (Mathews 64, Chandimal 59, Ashwin 6-46) and 367 (Chandimal 162*, Ashwin 4-114)
India - 375 (Dhawan 134, Kohli 103, Waha 60, Kaushal 5-134) and 23/1
Status - India require 153 runs to win

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