Score after 45.4 overs, SL 165-4: Chandimal (13*), Dickwella (14*); Bhuvneshwar (2/49), Umesh (2/50)
Kolkata: Sri Lanka posted a total of 165-4 on Day 3 of the ongoing first Test against India on Saturday, trailing the hosts by seven runs.
Earlier, India started the day at 74-5. Cheteshwar Pujara’s 52 was the main highlight of the Indian innings.
Apart from Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (29), Ravindra Jadeja (22) and Mohammed Shami (24) also contributed to India’s fighting total of 172.
In reply, Sri Lanka lost openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Sadeera Samarawickrama, as Buvneshwar Kumar got the two wickets.
This was followed by a 99-run partnership between Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne, after which the latter departed for 51.
Angelo Mathews, too, departed for 52 as India found their way back to the match.
However, just minutes before the actual close of play, bad light halted the game, and soon it was stumps on Day 3.
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 138-4 from 38.5 overs
WICKET!Angelo Mathews has departed for 52 as Umesh Yadav has strruck once again. KL Rahul takes the catch to complete the dismissal.
Sri Lanka 133-3 from 36.2 overs
WICKET! Umesh Yadav has provided India the breakthrough, as he removes Lahiru Thirimanne for 51, while Kohli takes a catch at second slip.
Sri Lanka 101-2 from 25 overs
An unbeaten 67-run partnership between Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne so far has helped Sri Lanka bring up their 100.
Sri Lanka 76-2 from 20 overs
Sri Lanka have recovered well after the early blow, as they trail by less than 100 runs. Virat Kohli has experimented with seamers only- Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. He is yet to introduce a spinner.
Sri Lanka 51-2 from 14 overs
After losing the openers early, Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka bring up their 50-run mark.
Sri Lanka 29-1 from 4.5 overs
WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes as he removes Dimuth Karunaratne, who departs for eight runs. India get the crucial breakthrough.
Sri Lanka 8-0 from 1 over
Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Sadeera Samarawickrama have got the visitors off to a strong start, scoring eight runs in the first over.
Indian innings summary
Kolkata: Sri Lanka bowled out India for 172 in the ongoing third Day of the first Test here at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. After having elected to bowl, Sri Lanka troubled India right from the start, and never gave the hosts room for improvement.
For India, Cheteshwar Pujara was the highlight, having scored a well-played 52. Once he departed, Wriddhiman Saha (29) and Ravindra Jadeja (22) put up a 48-run partnership after which the latter departed.
The Indian top order failed to contribute as KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli went out without scoring much.
For Sri Lanka, Suranga Lakmal was the star with the ball, having finished with a spell of 4-26. Lahiru Gamage, Dasun Shanaka and Dilruwan Perera also took two wickets each.
India will hope to restrict the visitors to as much as possible when the Lankans come out to bat.
India 1st innings
India 146-9 from 56.2 overs
WICKET! Suranga Lakmal gets another wicket as he removes Bhuvneshwar Kumar, courtesy a catch by Niroshan Dickwella.
India 128-8 from 51.5 overs
WICKET! Wriddhiman Saha has departed for 29, as Sri Lanka inch closer to bowling out the hosts. Two wickets in the over for Dilruwan Perera
India 127-7 from 53.1 overs
WICKET! Jadeja has departed for 22 runs as Dilruwan Perera has got his wicket.
India 102-6 from 42.1 overs
Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha have brought up Team India's 100 run-mark.
India 79-6 from 37.2 overs
WICKET! Dangerman Cheteshwar Pujara has departed after a well-played 52, as Lahiru Gamage bowls him out.
India 79-5 from 34 overs
FIFTY! Cheteshwar Pujara has got to his 16th Test fifty, thanks to a calm and composed innings.
Kolkata: Hosts India and visitors Sri Lanka will hope that the rain stays way at Eden Gardens here on Saturday, as both the teams head to Day 3 of the first Test. Both Day 1 and Day 2 were marred by heaving rains, causing the play to stop quite early.
On Thursday, Sri Lanka got to a flying start, as Suranga Lakmal dismissed KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli in a day when just 11.5 overs were bowled.
However, India continued to suffer blows as they lost Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin on Day 2 as Dasun Shanaka got two wickets.
At stumps on Day 2, the hosts finished at 74-5, with Cheteshwar Pujara batting at 47, while Wriddhiman Saha is on the other end, having scored six runs so far.
Given that rain does not spoil the game again, India will hope to turn things around and make a comeback, having already lost half their side.