Early Sri Lankan Wickets Solidify India’s Position

Day 4 stumps and it was a fine day for the Indian team as Sri Lanka ended the day play’s with a lose of 3 wickets for just 31 runs in their second innings. Today’s play started with Sri Lanka on 347 and one wicket remaining in hand. They lost that last wicket early in the opening session, with their skipper Dinesh Chandimal getting out after making a career-best 164 and Sri Lanka team ended their innings with 373 runs.

India lost Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane early in the second innings and India were at 51 runs for a loss of 2 wickets before they went in for tea. In the afternoon session in-form batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan solidified the Indian innings and added 77 runs for the 3rd wicket. Shikhar Dhawan’s half-century boosted the confidence of the incoming batsmen and allowed them to play freely. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma not letting the momentum die, scored quick half-centuries and added 90 runs for the 5th wicket. India declared their second innings at 246 runs with a loss of 5 wickets and set a massive target of 410 runs for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka ended day 4 on 31 for 3 as Ravindra Jadeja struck twice for the hosts. Mohammed Shami gave India the first breakthrough as Sadeera Samarawickrama and then Jadeja got rid of the other opener Dimuth Karunaratne before dismissing the night watchman  Suranga Lakmal who went without troubling the score. Sri Lanka still needs 379 runs to win to level up the series which will be looking impossible. Hope we will see great action tomorrow.

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