Colombo: India will have to pick up early wickets on day two of the third and last Colombo Test to register any chances of comeback in the match.
Indian bowlers picked up 4 wickets on Day one but not before Sri Lanka piled up 293 runs with Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera posting half-centuries during day’s play.
Earlier, on day one bad light stopped the day’s play at the P Sara Oval stadium as Sri Lanka called it a day with their scoreboard displaying 293/4 at stumps on the opening day of the third and the final Test against India on Tuesday.
Though ‘big scores’ eluded the Sri Lanka in their first innings, notable contributions by Tilakaratne Dilshan (41), Kumar Sangakkara (75), Mahela Jayawardene (56) and Thilan Samaraweera (65 not out) helped the team take the driver’s seat in the game so far.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Sri Lanka received an early jolt when Ishant Sharma claimed the priced wicket of star-opener Tharanga Paranavitana (8). The dismissal left islanders at 15/1 with just four overs into the game.