What a post tea session! And only pain was added to Sri Lanka, who will perhaps now abandon ideas of breaking that no-Test-win-in-India for the second Test in Green Park, Kanpur, after being forced to follow on and not faring any better a second tiem round.
Ten minutes before the close of the third day’s play, mayhem was witnessed as Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lankan captain, first called for a non-existent run and saw Mahela Jayawardene fail to make his ground, giving India the third wicket of Sri Lanka’s second innings. Then, he himself seemed so distracted by the proceedings that Harbhajan Singh had no trouble disturbing his bails, sending Sri Lanka in dire straits back to the dressing room at 57 for four.
Tillekeratne Dilshan went back for a second time in this match, befuddled at what has happened to his opening role. Sreesanth continued the sterling role he has been performing in this match. Another inspired decision had of course given India the second Sri Lankan wicket. Virender Sehwag came on, and immediately tasted success as he had Tharanga Paranavitana lbw in a clear decision.
Nothing about Sri Lanka’s batting has gone wrong on the third day and there is little hope at this point, with two days to go in this match.
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