Sri Lanka vs India 3rd Test Day 3: India stumble after dismissing Sri Lanka for 201

Sri Lanka celebrate after India were reduced to 7/3 in the sixth over

Sri Lanka celebrate after India were reduced to 7/3 in the sixth over

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Sri Lanka claimed three quick wickets before rain ended play early on the third day of the third Test against India in Colombo.

The three wickets could prove to be extremely crucial heading into the fourth day, especially since Sri Lanka were bowled out for 201 after India scored 312 in their first innings.

Starting out the day on 292/8, India only added 20 runs to their overnight score before their were bowled out, with Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav both being dismissed by Rangana Herath.

Cheteshwar Pujara meanwhile remained stranded on 145 off 289 balls, which included 14 boundaries.

Dhammika Prasad was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Herath snapped up three and Nuwan Pradeep, Tharindu Kaushal and captain Angelo Mathews chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 312 runs, Sri Lanka got off to an awful start as they were reduced to 47/6 in the 19th over.

To make things worse, Prasad was struck on the hand on the first ball he faced and retired hurt before returning later on to make a valiant 27.

However, debutant Kusal Perera and Herath were the heroes of the Sri Lankan innings as they scored 55 and 49 respectively.

Perera raises his bat after scoring his maiden Test fifty

Perera raises his bat after scoring his maiden Test fifty

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Had it not been for their contributions, Sri Lanka would have been bowled out for a much smaller total than 201.

Herath made a gutsy 49

Herath made a gutsy 49

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Sharma registered his seventh five-wicket haul, while Stuart Binny and Amit Mishra took two wickets apiece and Yadav claimed one.

Sharma finished with figures of 5-54 off 15 overs

Sharma finished with figures of 5-54 off 15 overs

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With a 111-run lead in hand, India were unable to press home their advantage as they were left reeling at 21/3 after losing Pujara, Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane.

Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli managed to amass an unbeaten 14-run partnership before the heavens parted and play was called off for the day.

Sharma finished on 14 off 10 balls, which included a six, while Kohli remained undefeated on one.

Pradeep was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Prasad picked up one.

India ended day three on 21/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:45 local time, 04:15 GMT.

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