In v SL , 3rd Test, Day 2: Angelo Mathews’ fifty keeps visitors in hunt

It was a day full of interesting events. Started with India captain Virat Kohli’s continuation of breaking record with his 6th double century and then pollution, smog, masks, players down with sickness, etc. However, despite all this, a total of 82.2 overs of play happened on day 2 of the 3rd Test at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. After the angry declaration from Kohli with 536 runs on board at the loss 7 wickets, Sri Lanka somehow managed to put themselves in decent position followed by Angelo Mathews’ fighting half-century.

The Lankans lost their opener Dimuth Karunaratne on the very first ball of their innings, dismissed by pacer Mohammed Shami. Soon, they lost another wicket in the form of Dhananjaya de Silva. Interestingly, Dilruwan Perera, who opened today with Karunaratne outclassed other top order Lankan batsmen with his valiant 42 off 54 before getting trapped LBW by Ravindra Jadeja.

It was a brilliant review from Jadeja which earned him and India the 3rd wicket of Sri Lanka. Perera had walked down the track, misses the line and the cherry struck in his pad. Umpire Nigel Llong nodded his head saying no but Indian camp opted to review and in the replay, it showed the ball was hitting the stumps straight.

Earlier, Perera was given a life when he was at only 16 in the 7th over. Shikhar Dhawan at second slip dropped his catch off the bowling of Shami. After that, Dhawan was replaced by skipper Kohli at second slip but that didn’t work as he too dropped a catch two overs later. Kohli dropped the catch of Mathews, who was at 6 in the 10th over off the bowling of Ishant Sharma.

After earning a life each, Perera and Mathews tried capitalising it and added 61 runs to 3rd wicket stand. After Perera’s departure, Mathews was well settled at the crease and had the new partner in the form of captain Dinesh Chandimal. The duo battled hard against Indian pacers and spinners.

From there on, Mathews kept on rotating strike, while Chandimal went on to block or leave every next ball. Finally, Mathews released some pressure by swatting consecutive sixes to Ashwin to complete his 29th Test fifty. After that, even Chandimal started looking confident but as soon as the light began getting dim, the duo were once again on defensive mode and ensured Sri Lanka ends the day with only three wickets lost at 131 and trail by 405 runs.

In the previous innings, India resumed the day with their score of 371 for 4. Skipper Kohli continued his wrath on Lankan bowlers and kept on breaking records as his personal scoreboard progressing. Besides him, Rohit Sharma too scored his 8th Test fifty. However, after the fall of 7 wickets, things started getting ugly as Lankan players had to use mask in order to battle with polluted smog, which also led to two pacers — Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage — getting back in dug out due to down with sickness.

Match officials, captains, coaches and team managers, all were involved in the discussion regarding whether to resume the play or not. Although, this does not go long as Kohli decided to declare the innings.

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