Pradeep ruled out of Colombo Test against India

Pradeep ruled out of Colombo Test against India

Pradeep ruled out of Colombo Test against India

A 191-run partnership between Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis ensured that the hosts were still in the hunt. But, soon after, Hardik Pandya provided the breakthrough as he removed the centurion for 110 runs.

India were supposed to tour South Africa for a full tour with Cricket South Africa (CSA) being particular about the Boxing Day Test that will start on December 26. Mendis. Who has more ODI fifties than any Sri Lanka player in the a year ago?

"I think this wicket will get slower and slower". I have to raise my hand when the team is down and score runs.

In doing so, he scored his 5th Test half-century off 113 balls and brought up India's 550 just before the tea break.

While the Men in Blue garner all the attention and adulation for their feat, there have been two rocks on which the foundation of their Test success has been built. Mitchell Johnson was the previous fastest, getting there it in his 34th Test. Jadeja is the 19th left-arm bowler and fifth from India to complete 150 Test wickets.

For a second straight day in Colombo, the Indian batsmen sent Sri Lanka on a leather hunt.

However both Mendis and Karunaratne made Indian bowlers to toil specially Mendia scoring bulk of his runs with the sweep shot.

Yadav bowled opener Upul Tharanga (2) in the third over as India made a quick start in their bid to win this Test. The trail for the Islanders is now 321 runs.

Colombo:The resilient Sri Lankan pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis displayed their best batting performance to keep India at bay after a first innings debacle guiding the hosts to 209 for 2 here on the third day of the second Test. Umesh also bagged a wicket.

It was the second over of Sri Lankan innings when Ashwin stepped up to share the new ball with Mohammad Shami who bowled the first over.

With an early wicket, Ashwin was close to unplayable. All his fifty-plus innings have been recorded by him in Sri Lanka. There was absolutely no fight from the hometeam.

Once they were past 550, India were on the look out for the big hits once again.

WICKET! Beautiful from R Ashwin. The left-hander was out lbw to Dilruwan Perera (1-11). Yes, there was some assistance for the fast-bowlers early on but that was it. Nuwan Pradeep walked off the field mid-way in his over, reducing Sri Lanka's pace bowling options to nearly nothing.

Jadeja dismissed Dhananjaya de Silva for a golden duck and Mohammed Shami came up with a two-wicket over to leave the Sri Lankan innings in tatters.

At the other end, Saha looked to attack as well, but he was stumped off Rangana Herath (4-154) in the 153rd over.

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