Sri Lanka vs India 3rd Test Day 2: Sri Lanka made to follow on after Pandya’s 108

Pandya (left) celebrates after scoring his maiden Test century

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India all-rounder Hardik Pandya had a day to remember as he clubbed a 96-ball 108 before Sri Lanka were skittled out for 135 and made to follow on.

Pandya was well supported by spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who ripped through Sri Lanka’s batting line-up with four wickets.

With India taking a wicket after enforcing the follow-on, they are now just nine wickets away from whitewashing Sri Lanka 3-0.

Starting off the day on 329/6, India lost wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha early on as he was dismissed by Vishwa Fernando for 16.

Pandya and Kuldeep made up for the loss for Saha with a 62-run partnership before Kuldeep was caught behind off the bowling of Lakshan Sandakan for 26.

Mohammed Shami was caught and bowled by Sandakan for eight runs, but Pandya went berserk after this and dominated the 66-run stand he put together with Umesh Yadav, during which he brought up his hundred.

Shortly after doing so, India were bowled out for 487 as he was removed by Sandakan for 108 off 96 balls, which included eight boundaries and seven sixes.

Sandakan was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Malinda Pushpakumara snapped up three and Fernando chipped in with two.

Sandakan finished with figures of 5-132 off 35.3 overs

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Trailing by 487 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a horrible start as Shami took out Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne for five and four runs respectively.

Kusal Mendis only made 18 runs before being run out by Ravichandran Ashwin, while Angelo Mathews was trapped lbw off the bowling of Pandya for a duck.

Having been reduced to 38/4, captain Dinesh Chandimal and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella stemmed the bleeding with a 63-run partnership before Dickwella was stumped by Saha off the bowling of Kuldeep for 29.

Kuldeep struck again in his next over as Dilruwan Perera was caught by Pandya at deep midwicket for a duck.

Chandimal went on to make 48 before falling to Ashwin, and once he was gone, Sri Lanka collapsed and ended up being bundled out for 135, which gave India a 352-run lead.

Kuldeep was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Ashwin and Shami took two wickets apiece. Pandya, meanwhile, claimed one.

Kuldeep ended up with figures of 4-40 off 13 overs

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After opting to make Sri Lanka follow on, the hosts lost a wicket in the third-last over of the day as opener Upul Tharanga was clean bowled by Umesh for seven runs.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Malinda Pushpakumara ensured Sri Lanka reached stumps safely as they amassed an unbeaten four-run partnership.

Karunaratne finished on 12 off 39 balls, which included two boundaries, while Pushpakumara has yet to get off the mark.

Umesh was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Sri Lanka ended day two on 19/1 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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