Kandy: India inched towards victory even as Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews staged a desperate battle to prolong Sri Lanka’s struggle with the hosts posting 82/4 in their second innings at lunch on the third day of the third cricket Test here on Monday.

At lunch, Chandimal was batting on 26 with Mathews on a patient 17 at the other end. The hosts, who were forced to follow on, trail India’s first innings total of 487 by 270 runs. Sri Lanka were all out for 135 runs in their first innings.

For India, fast bowler Mohammed Shami clinched two wickets while fellow pacer Umesh Yadav and star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a wicket each.

Scoreboard at lunch on day three of the third and final cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka today.

India 1st innings: 487
Sri Lanka 1st innings: 135

Sri Lanka 2nd innings (overnight 19 for 1)
Dimuth Karunaratne c Rahane b Ashwin 16
Upul Tharanga b Umesh 7
Malinda Pushpakumara c Saha b Shami 1
Kusal Mendis lbw b Shami 12
Dinesh Chandimal batting 26
Angelo Mathews batting 17

Extras: (B-2, NB-1) 3

Total: (For 4 wkts; 42 overs) 82

Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-26, 3-34, 4-39.

Bowling: Mohammed Shami 10-5-20-2, Ravichandran Ashwin 16-5-33-1, Umesh Yadav 10-4-15-1, Kuldeep Yadav 5-2-10-0, Hardik Pandya 1-0-2-0.

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