[caption id="attachment_665791" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-665791" alt="Mathews and Chandimal built a 116-run partnership AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/mathews-dinesh-afp.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Mathews and Chandimal built a 116-run partnership AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>After a humiliating defeat in the second Test against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india" target="_blank">India</a> and a dreadful first innings in the third Test, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka" target="_blank">Sri Lanka</a> find hope in the partnership of Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews. The duo put up 117-run partnership, the highest by the Sri Lankan batsmen in the Test series so far. Chandimal completed his 16th half-century and remained unbeaten before lunch at 52 with Mathews at 90, as Sri Lanka put up 192 for 3, trailing India by 344 runs. <p></p> <p></p>Sri Lanka managed not to lose any wicket in the session, putting up 61 runs. Indian bowlers, though produced a few half-chances, could not turn them into wickets. Chandimal and Mathews, on the other hand, showed patience and batted skillfully in the start of the innings. <p></p> <p></p>India chose to block the singles and doubles, in a way frustrating the batsmen and making them go for the big shots. The ploy did work, as Mathews attempted a couple of lofted shots. However, they fell short of the fielders. <p></p> <p></p>If Mathews goes on to complete his century, this will be his first since 2015, when he had scored a century at Colombo against India. This was his 29th Test half-century. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Brief scores:</strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>India</strong> 536 for 7 decl. lead <strong>Sri Lanka</strong> 192 for 3 (Dilruwan Perera 42, Angelo mathews 90*, Dinesh Chandimal 52*; Mohammed Shami 1 for 49, Ishant Sharma 1 for 61, Ravindra Jadeja 1 for 40) by 344 runs.