1st Test: Jadeja, Shami keep Sri Lanka at bay on Day-3

“He will miss a minimum of four weeks”

“He will miss a minimum of four weeks”

Half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund took India's lead to nearly 500 after Sri Lanka were all out just after lunch on day three of the first Test in Galle. India lost the wicket of Abhinav Mukund for 81 in the last ball of the third day's play.

Galle: It took him six years to make a comeback to the Indian Test team and his spot as an opener is still not guaranteed but Abhinav Mukund would prefer to live in the present and contribute in team's cause rather than thinking about past or future.

India did not enforce the follow on despite an imposing 309-run lead from the first innings after earlier dismissing Sri Lanka for 291.

Sri Lanka, already without Asela Gunaratne after he fractured his thumb on day one, lost Rangana Herath to a finger injury, but the stand-in captain is expected to return to the field on day four.

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The number one ranked side will hope to score quick runs before declaring the innings on the penultimate day of the Test, and give bowlers - especially the spinners - enough time to have a go at the opposition batsmen on a deteriorating pitch. Mukund is taking his time as he is in search of a half-century.

You did not perform well with the bat in the first innings, but on the field displayed some remarkable fielding. Just uses the pace of the ball and late cuts it for a couple.

Cheteshwar Pujara quickly got on top of Pradeep while Abhinav looked unhurried and unflustered, probably deriving confidence from his fielding heroics of the previous day. The Indian skipper also completed 1000 runs as a Test skipper. Yesterday he was free-flowing, in fact matching Kohli shot for shot.

Former skipper Angelo Mathews went from 54 to 83 before flashing at a Ravindra Jadeja ball and sending it straight to Kohli at short cover.

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He was short of support, though, debutant Hardik Pandya cleaning up Nuwan Pradeep for his first Test victim before lunch and Jadeja bowling Lahiru Kumara soon after the interval to end the innings.

The Lankan batting was hampered by five batsmen who failed to reach double figures - Karunaratne (2), Mendis (0), wicketkeeper Dickwella (8), captain Herath (9), Kumara (2)- failed against the Indian bowlers led by Jadeja and Shami who picked up five wickets between them.

It left Perera high and dry for a second Test score in excess of 90 - he had made 95 on debut against Pakistan in Sharjah three-and-a-half years back.

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