Amit Mishra scored his third Test 50 © AFP (File Photo)
Amit Mishra scored his third Test 50 © AFP (File Photo)

Amit Mishra scored the third half-century of his Test career on Day Two of the third and final Test at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Stadium, Colombo. Mishra scored his fifty off 71 balls, and was the aggressor in his partnership with comeback centurion Cheteshwar Pujara. The duo put on over 100 runs as the Sri Lankan bowlers were frustrated to the hilt. To make matters worse, Pujara was dropped when his attempted pull was put down in the deep. The ball went for a boundary to further complicate matters. However, the partnership was finally broken in bizarre fashion when Mishra got an inside edge on to his boot off Rangana Herath, which then rolled to the wicketkeeper, who affected a stumping as Mishra was out of his crease. Live cricket scorecard: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test at Colombo (SSC)

Earlier, Pujara stood tall with a terrific century to guide India to 220 for 7 at tea. Pujara absorbed the pressure as Dhammika Prasad took four wickets. Pujara found an able ally in No. 9 Mishra. Sri Lanka started the session brilliantly, with Dhammika trapping Stuart Binny LBW for a first-ball duck. Naman Ojha came in at No. 7 on Test debut and showed good technique in handling the bowling. Unlike Wriddhiman Saha, he looked in control from the start and looked quite positive. However, he let himself get lulled into a false sense of security, and ended up playing a needless hoick off Tharindu Kaushal to get caught at long on. Ravichandran Ashwin was unable to last long, edging Dhammika behind to give the pacer his fourth wicket. Mishra then came out to join Pujara, and the duo steadied the ship. They took India from a precarious 180 for 7 to 220 at tea, remaining unseparated. Live cricket updates: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test at Colombo (SSC), Day 1