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Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis added 191 runs AFP

Sri Lanka s outing was more like a ying-yang affair against India on Day Three of the Colombo Test. Proceedings started with Saturday sadness for the Islanders, and ended with weekend woes for India. Ravichandran Ashwin and Co. blew past the hosts batsmen to skittle them for 183 in the first innings. Virat Kohli enforced follow-on, thinking it would be a cakewalk yet again. But Sri Lankan pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis ruined Indian management s play completely. The pair absorbed everything Indian bowlers had on offer with their sturdy stand of 191 runs. India, courtesy a flying Wriddhiman Saha did manage to nab Kusal s wicket at brink of play to find Sri Lanka still 230 runs adrift in their second innings. In short, the day belonged to superb batsmen-ship, stout bowling, rewriting records and a two-face pitch at Sinhalese Sports Club.

Sri Lanka s abysmal show: With as many as 8 wickets in hand, one would have expected Sri Lanka to put on some resistance against India. But that was not to be. Chasing a mammoth first innings score, the home sides batsmen were a complete failure in gauging the situation. They displayed a hurried approach in the middle, trying to take on every ball thrown at them. The Islanders crumbled into pieces within 2 hours of play itself. Agree, India s bowling was top-class but lack of application on part of the their batsmen was the most disheartening episode. Sri Lanka lost as many as 8 wickets for 133 runs.

Niroshan Dickwella-Angelo Mathews fireworks: Niroshan joined Mathews with Sri Lanka tottering on 64 for 4, facing an inform Ashwin and Jadeja, who were making the ball dance on their tunes. Mathews, who looked jaded in the middle, found in Niroshan a partner that was ready to take on a challenge. Niroshan unfazed by the situation, got off the mark with a cracking cover-drive off Umesh.

That four gave momentum to him and the partnership, with Mathews joining in soon. Niroshan in particular, played the risky shots while Mathews played more calculative cricket. The pair added 50 runs in as many ball, with Mathews going hammer and tong on Jadeja.

Mathews dismissal saw the end of an entertaining stand for Sri Lanka that put on 53 runs.

Record s galore: This Test has been all about Indian players making and breaking records; first it was their batsmen, now the bowlers. While Day One was dominated by Ashwin s batting, the second day saw him star with the ball as well.

With his 26th 5-for in Tests, Ashwin surpassed Harbhajan Singh s tally of 25, to become No.2 in all time tally for India; Anil Kumble is No.1 with 35. He also capped of his 12th 5-for while opening the bowling; most by any spinner and second Indian to do so.

Not to be left behind, Ravindra Jadeja too knocked off a few records from his check-list. He became the quickest left-arm bowler to 150 wickets, beating Mitchell Starc. His wicket of Dinesh Chandimal became his 100th wicket under Kohli s captaincy.

Dimuth Karunaratne-Kusal Mendis staunch resistance: India asked Sri Lanka to follow-on. Coming in together on 7 for 1, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis played out a fierce and engaging spell by Indian bowlers. Ashwin and Jadeja with their tails up with their show in the first innings were howling over Sri Lanka batsmen before this pair drowned their aggression. Kusal, in particular used his nibble-feet against his adversaries, caught everyone s eyes.

Kusal, in particular attacked from the start sweeping Indian spinner like it was a piece of cake. His pivot and connection of the ball was as clean as the blue Indian Ocean. Unlike his partner, Dimuth took the more risk free approach. His main job in the stand was to keep one end blocked and ensure Sri Lanka show some resolute.

Kusal, in the process reached his fourth Test hundred; again off a sweep shot. The pair added 191 runs for the second wicket before Kusal fell for 110.