SL vs Ind 1st Test: India loses Dhawan-Pujara after restricting Lanka at 291
Galle: After wrapping up Sri Lanka for 291 runs, India has lost two wickets for 56 runs till the Tea break on Day 3 of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium here on Friday.
India has not maintained a huge lead of 365 runs over the hosts. Abhinav Mukund is batting at the crease at 27 runs off 52 balls. He has hit three boundaries so far. Last inning's centurions Shikhar Dhawan (15 off 15) and Cheteshwar Pujara (15 off 35) have returned to the pavilion.
Dilruwan Perera and Lahiru Kumara have bagged one wicket each.
Earlier, following a gritty unbeaten 92-run inning by Dilruwan Perera Sri Lanka managed to post 291 runs on the board giving a huge 309-run advantage to the visiting Indian team.
Pacer Mohammed Shami returned with figures of 2/45 for India while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja got 3/67.
Perera and Angelo Mathews started the day on a steady note for Sri Lanka, handling the bowling of Umesh, Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin quite comfortably.
The duo batted out the first hour with ease, putting together a partnership of 72 runs.
Jadeja, however, got the breakthrough with the first over of his second spell when Mathews mistimed his drive while trying to smash the ball over the in-field cordon.
It was a poor shot selection from Mathews in the given situation. The right-hander produced an excellent knock of 83 runs, smashing 11 boundaries and a six during his 130-ball stay in the middle.
Perera, however, continued to fight on even though wickets kept falling at regular intervals at the other end.