Sri Lanka vs India 1st Test Day 3: Mukund, Kohli push India’s lead to 498

Kohli (left) and Mukund both made fifties

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India opener Abhinav Mukund and captain Virat Kohli scored 81 and 76 not out respectively to give their side a 498-run lead over Sri Lanka at the end of the third day of the first Test in Galle.

Starting off the day on 154/5, Angelo Mathews and Dilruwan Perera converted their 11-run partnership into a 62-run stand before Mathews was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja for 83, which came off 130 balls and included 11 boundaries and a six.

Stand-in captain Rangana Herath only made eight runs, while Nuwan Pradeep scored 10 before they were sent packing by Jadeja and debutant Hardik Pandya respectively.

Thanks to Dilruwan’s unbeaten 92, which came off 132 deliveries and included 10 boundaries and four sixes, Sri Lanka managed to make 291 before being bowled out when Lahiru Kumara was cleaned up by Jadeja for two runs.

Dilruwan made his fifth Test fifty

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Since they were all out for 291, India had a 309-run lead going into their second innings.

Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mohammed Shami snapped up two. Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav, meanwhile, chipped in with one wicket apiece.

With a 309-run lead in hand, India got off to a rocky start as opener Shikhar Dhawan was removed by Dilruwan for 14.

Cheteshwar Pujara fared no better as he was caught by Kusal Mendis at leg gully off the bowling of Kumara for 15.

Just as Pujara was dismissed, the rain came, and play was suspended for nearly two hours.

Once the match resumed, India began to rebuild their innings as Mukund and Kohli put together a 133-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

However, on the third-last ball of the day, Danushka Gunathilaka trapped Mukund lbw for a career-best 81, which came off 116 balls and included eight boundaries.

As soon as Mukund was dismissed, stumps was called, which meant Kohli finished the day on 76 off 114 deliveries, which included five boundaries.

Dilruwan, Kumara and Gunathilaka claimed one wicket each.

India ended day three on 189/3 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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