India hit back strongly in the afternoon session to capture four Sri Lanka wickets including that of centurion Angelo Mathews on the third day of the second Test played at the P Sara Oval.
Mathews scored 102 off 167 balls (12 fours) but Sri Lanka went to tea at 298-7 in reply to India’s 393 to trail by 95 runs.
After surviving some anxious moments in the nineties where he was nearly run out Mathews but could not sustain himself till the tea break when he was out three balls later edging Stuart Binny to first slip to give the bowler his maiden Test wicket.
Ishant Sharma gave India two wickets in the afternoon session with the second new ball ending Lahiru Thirimanne’s lengthy stay at the wicket of 269 minutes for a rather sedate 62. He had him caught behind by the wicket-keeper – a decision which Thirimanne’s was not happy with before he trudged back to the pavilion.
Sharma also dismissed the hero of the Galle Test win Dinesh Chandimal for 11 forcing him to edge a delivery which Lokesh Rahul at slip held on the second attempt.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra picked up Dhammika Prasad’s wicket for five to complete a good second session for India.
Jehan Mubarak was batting on 20 with Rangana Herath for one.
Scores: India 393;
Sri Lanka 140-3 cont 298-7 at tea (Lahiru Thirimanne 62, Angelo Mathews 102, Jehan Mubarak 20 n.o., I Sharma 2/68, A Mishra 2/35)