Only a monumental task unprecedented in the annals of Sri Lanka cricket can save the home side from an imminent defeat at the hands of India when the first Test moves into its final two days on Saturday and Sunday at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
Ending the day on Friday at 189 for 3, the Indians surged into a massive 498 runs lead with seven wickets in hand as Virat Kholi and Abhinav Mukund shared in a stand of 133 runs for the third wicket.
Earlier Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka’s only hope of challenging India’s big first innings total of 600, fell for 83 after the home team resumed at 154 for 5 to be all out for 291.
Mathews’ overnight partner Dilruwan Perera played a somewhat lone hand after his dismissal to remain unbeaten on 92 after hammering 10 fours and four sixes.
No team in the history of Test cricket has chased down more than 450 to win a match.
India progressed to a lead of 385 with eight second innings wickets in hand against Sri Lanka as rain intervened forcing the players to leave the field on the third day of the first cricket Test here at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Friday afternoon.
India were 56 for 2 when rain set in after losing both century makers of the first innings Shikhar Dhawan (14) and Cheteshwar Pujara (15). Earlier Sri Lanka were all out for 291 with Dilruwan Perera stranded on 92.
India continued to strangle Sri Lanka’s batsmen to have them reeling at 289 for 8 at the lunch interval in reply to the touring team’s 600 on the third day of the first cricket Test here at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Sri Lanka has only Dilruwan Perera, the last of the recognized run makers at the crease unbeaten on 90 with 10 fours and four sixes with his overnight partner Angelo Mathews dismissed for 83 after they resumed at 154 for 4.