India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test Day 3: Chandimal, Mathews fight, but India still on top

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Dinesh Chandimal looks to the heavens after bringing up his 10th Test hundred

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal and batsman Angelo Mathews scored 147 not out and 111 respectively, but their efforts seem to have gone in vain as they endured an incredible collapse towards the end of the day and still trail by 180 runs.

Starting off the day on 131/3, Chandimal and Mathews converted their 56-run partnership into a 181-run stand, during which Mathews brought up his hundred, while Chandimal was within touching distance of his own.

With Sri Lanka finally showing some resilience and giving India a taste of their own medicine, things were looking up for the tourists.

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Angelo Mathews celebrates after scoring his eighth Test century

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However, Mathews’ time at the crease came to an end shortly after he made his hundred as he was caught behind off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin for 111, which came off 268 balls and included 14 boundaries and two sixes.

Chandimal and Sadeera Samarawickrama kept the runs flowing with a 61-run partnership, during which Chandimal surpassed his hundred, before Samarawickrama was caught behind off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for 33.

Chandimal made history with his century as he became the fastest Sri Lankan player to score 10 hundreds in Test cricket, taking 80 innings to reach the milestone. The previous record belonged to Thilan Samaraweera, who needed 84 innings to achieve the feat.

Following Samarawickrama’s dismissal, Sri Lanka completely collapsed as they went from 317/5 to being reduced to 343/9.

Chandimal and Lakshan Sandakan ensured Sri Lanka didn’t get bowled out as they put together a 13-run stand before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Chandimal finished on 147, which came off 341 balls and included 18 boundaries and a six, while Sandakan has yet to get off the mark.

Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Ishant, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja snapped up two wickets apiece.

Sri Lanka ended day three on 356/9 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 09:30 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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