Mathews, Chandimal fight through wicketless session

Lunch: Sri Lanka 192 for 3 (Mathews 90*, Chandimal 52*) trail India 536 for 7 dec by 344 runs

After Sri Lanka’s best session with the bat on this punishing tour of India, Angelo Mathews stood on the brink of ending a long and difficult wait – a wait of two years, three months, and 36 innings without a Test century. Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, ex-captain and current captain, batted through a wicketless morning at the Feroz Shah Kotla, stretching their fourth-wicket partnership to 117 and moving Sri Lanka to 192 for 3 at lunch on day three.

It was painstaking progress against a bowling attack that never let up the pressure. Sri Lanka scored 61 runs in the session, off 26.3 overs. But even if Mathews and Chandimal endured a few uncomfortable moments, they gave India no real chances, and conditions, by and large, remained good to bat in. These were encouraging signs for Sri Lanka to continue their fight, but they remained a long way behind in the game, 344 adrift of India’s first-innings total at lunch.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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