Sri Lanka 192-4 at tea Day 4, chasing 550 to win vs. India
By KRISHAN FRANCIS
Jul. 29, 2017
GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Spinner Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets to take India closer to winning the first test as Sri Lanka, chasing 550 runs to win, went to tea on 192 for four on the fourth day Saturday.
Opener Dimuth Karunaratne, with an unbeaten 85, and Niroshan Dickwellla (48 not out) have shared an unbroken partnership of 76 runs for the fifth wicket in their daunting effort to save the match.
They must score 358 runs or bat out four full sessions with five wickets remaining. Asela Gunaratne is unable to bat because of an injury.
Sri Lanka resumed after lunch at 85 for two and Jadeja broke a promising 79-run stand for the third wicket between Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis (36) when he successfully won a review for an edge from Mendis to the wicketkeeper.
Angelo Mathews made two before being caught by Hardick Pandya off Jadeja.
Seam bowlers took two quick wickets to put India in command in the morning session.
Mohammed Shami broke through for India in the third over by bowling out Upul Tharanga (10), who'd been dropped by India captain Virat Kohli earlier in the over.
Danushka Gunathilaka flicked a ball from Umesh Yadav straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at midwicket to leave Sri Lanka 29 for two.
Earlier, Kohli brought up his 17th test century when India batted for a half-hour, having resumed day four on 189 for three. Kohli made an unbeaten 103 facing 136 deliveries and hitting five fours and a six.
Abhinav Mukund was out for 81 on Friday after he and Kohli shared 133 runs for the third wicket to help India post a big target.
India had built its runs on a 309-run first-innings lead having opted not to enforce the follow on. It made 600 in the first innings, then dismissed Sri Lanka for 291.