Hello and welcome to the match updates of fifth day of the third test match between India and Sri Lanka played in Colombo.
India is in the drivers seat, and just need 7 wickets to win to seal the series. If India manage to get all the 7 wickets today, in first time in 22 years they will be winning a series here in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankans need 319 runs to win. It is definitely an ardous task but not impossible. Kaushal Silva and Angelo Mathews showed aggressive instincts on Monday after loss of three wickets. A good first session for Sri Lanka and we may well be in for a thrilling finish.
This pitch has been unlike typical Sri Lankan tracks and fast bowlers have reaped rich benefits of the greenish tinge. Ishant Sharma has been the pick of the bowlers for India so far in this test match and lot will depend on him to provide the early breakthroughs today.
On Monday, Indian middle and lower order played admirably to stretch the lead upto 385 runs. Rohit Sharma, Mishra, Binny, Ashwin all came to the party to add to Lankan woes. Perera and Dhammika Prasad managed to bowl well for the Islanders but the spinners were nothing short of ordinary. There was some animosity when Dhammika and Ishant had a run-in. Expect lot of chatter today as Indian team strive to create history in Sri Lankan soil.
After one over from Ashwin, Kohli has introduced Ishant into the attack. Ishant straightaway getting some purchase from the wicket. He is bowling in the channel. a probing line. Sri Lankan batters need to be careful.
So 98 overs to play. Kohli starts with Ashwin in one end and Umesh Yadav from other end. Umesh was erratic yesterday although he took one wicket. Let’s see how he goes today.
Not much assistance from the pitch for Umesh. SL- 73/3 after 20 overs.