GALLE: Sri Lanka were sliding towards defeat in the first Test against India at the Galle International Stadium after losing three wickets in the third morning session.
Trailing by 192 runs in the first innings Sri Lanka went to lunch at 108 for five wickets, still trailing by 84 runs with five second innings wickets in hand.
India struck immediately at the start of play when Arun Aaron got rid of nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad off the first ball with a snorter of a delivery which the batsman ended up gloving to gully to make Sri Lanka 5-3.
Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews put together a partnership of 87 and looked like carrying the team through to the lunch session, but India’s persistency paid off when they were both dismissed seven balls of each other.
Sangakkara in his final Test appearance at Galle made 40 off 70 balls before edging Ravichandran Ashwin to slip where Ajinkya Rahane held onto a superb catch.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra picked up Mathews’s wicket for 39 soon afterwards when he pushed forward and the extra bounce saw him edge to Rahul at silly point.
Dinesh Chandimal (10) and Lahiru Thirimanne (4) survived the final quarter hour to lunch.
Scores: Sri Lanka 183 and 108-5 at lunch (Kumar Sangakkara 40, Angelo Mathews 39, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/43, Amit Mishra 2/5)