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Rangana Herath went wicketless in the first innings but came back brilliantly in the second essay ©AFP

Rangana Herath took 7 for 48 to clean India out for just 112 as Sri Lanka pulled off a fantastic 63-run win from behind. Dinesh Chandimal turned the game on its head on Day Three with a fantastic unbeaten 162, and Herath bowled a treacherous spell on Day Four to complete one of the most memorable victories for Sri Lanka in recent times. The situation was very different at lunch on the third day. After India reduced Sri Lanka to 95 for 5, Chandimal played the innings of his life to take the attack to India’s bowlers. Having given Sri Lanka a 176-run total to defend, Herath then came to the party. He accounted for the wickets of KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ajinkya Rahane. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs Sri Lanka 2015, 1st Test at Galle, Day 3

Earlier, Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal spun a web around India to reduce them to 78 for 7 against Sri Lanka, still 98 runs away from victory, at lunch on Day Four of the first Test at Galle. After Herath captured Rahul LBW on the third evening, he snapped up the wickets of Sharma, Rohit, and Saha in the second session before picking up Ashwin and Rahane in what proved to be the last session of the match. Kaushal meanwhile accounted for Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and last man Amit Mishra. Sri Lanka took some time to get their first wicket on the day, but once Ishant was out LBW to Herath, the wickets kept coming thick and fast. Rohit Sharma was bowled by Herath for 4 before Tharindu Kaushal got into the action. Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin were the two batsmen in the middle for India at lunch. Live Cricket Blog: India vs Sri Lanka 2015, 1st Test at Galle, Day 3

Kohli was caught well by Kaushal Silva at short leg for 3 after getting an inside edge while trying to flick off Kaushal. With India at 45 for 4, Ajinkya Rahane made his way out. Dhawan was the next man to go, getting out caught and bowled by Tharindu for 28, the highest score for India till then. India were 60 for 5 at that stage. Saha came in next, but made hardly an impression, getting done in by the flight from Herath and overbalancing while trying to play a defensive shot. Saha was stumped by Chanidmal for 2. Harbhajan Singh then came in at No. 8, ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin. However, he was not able to stem the rut either, getting caught at short leg for just 1. Ashwin was dismissed after lunch, trying to hit Herath against the turn only to be caught by Dhammika Prasad. Rahane then edged Herath to slip and Tharindu got Mishra to play the ball to silly point. READ: Dinesh Chandimal’s battling unbeaten 162 could be a career-defining innings

Herath had earlier snapped up KL Rahul LBW for just 5, struck plumb in front of the wicket to leave India 23 for 1 chasing 176 against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle. Sri Lanka gave Dhammika Prasad two overs, with Herath and Tharindu Kaushal continuing afterward. Shikhar Dhawan, who did not take field on Day Three after hurting his hand, came out to open batting and looked slightly shaky to start with. Dinesh Chandimal’s tremendous 162 not out ensured that India have to score 176 to win the first Test at Galle. Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 10 wickets in the match and Ajinkya Rahane broke the world record for most catches in a Test, but the Sri Lankan lower and middle order held firm against the Indian spinners. Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne counterattacked after lunch to help Sri Lanka take the lead. READ: Lack of DRS hurt Sri Lanka and overall fairness of game badly

Earlier, India managed to bowl out Sri Lanka for 367, but Dinesh Chandimal’s tremendous 162 not out ensured that India have to score 176 to win the first Test at Galle. Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 10 wickets in the match and Ajinkya Rahane broke the world record for most catches in a Test, but the Sri Lankan lower and middle order held firm against the Indian spinners. Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne counterattacked after lunch to help Sri Lanka take the lead. After coming together at 95 for 5 after Sri Lanka had just lost the wickets of Kumar Sangkkara and Angelo Mathews, Chandimal and Thirimanne put on 125 for the sixth wicket. READ: VVS Laxman’s tips for budding slip fielders

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 183 (Angelo Mathews 64, Dinesh Chandimal 59; Ravichandran Ashwin 6 for 46, Amit Mishra 2 for 21) and 367 (Dinesh Chandimal 162*; Ravichandran Ashwin 4 for 114, Amit Mishra 3 for 61) beat India 375 (Shikhar Dhawan 134, Virat Kohli 103; Tharindu Kaushal 5 for 134, Nuwan Pradeep 3 for 98) and 112 (Ajinkya Rahane 36; Rangana Herath 7 for 48) by 63 runs.

Man of the Match: Dinesh Chandimal

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)