Mathews and Chandimal built a 116-run partnership    AFP
Mathews and Chandimal built a 116-run partnership AFP

After a humiliating defeat in the second Test against India and a dreadful first innings in the third Test, Sri Lanka 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.

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.

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.

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.

Brief scores:

India 536 for 7 decl. lead Sri Lanka 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.