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India stretch lead to 498 runs as things look gloomy for Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli (left) and Abhinav Mukund in action on day three
Virat Kohli (left) and Abhinav Mukund in action on day three

India 600 & 189-3 (Mukund 81) v
Sri Lanka 291 (Dilruwan 92no)
First Test, Galle, day three

After Sri Lanka were bowled out for 291 runs in the first innings, Abhinav Mukund and Virat Kohli scored 81 and 76 respectively to stretch India's lead to 498 runs with seven wickets in hand in the first Test in Galle.

Sri Lanka resumed the day at 154 for five, trailing India's first innings total by 446 runs. Perera (92 not out) scored two boundaries and a six in the first six overs.

Dilruwan (92 not out) and Angelo Mathews (83) added 62 runs for the sixth wicket before Ravindra Jadeja (3-67) had the former Sri Lankan skipper caught at short cover.

In the 61st over, Perera used a review to overturn a LBW decision. With a six and a boundary in the 66th over, Perera completed a well compiled half-century.

As Rangana Herath (9), Nuwan Pradeep (10) and Lahiru Kumara (2) failed to make any significant contribution, Perera with his unbeaten 132 ball knock that included 10 boundaries and four sixes ensured Sri Lanka posted 291 runs before they were bowled out.

With a lead of lead of 309 runs, India decided not to enforce follow-on. Shikhar Dhawan (14) scored three boundaries to begin with before Dilruwan (1-42) snared him when he was caught at backward point.

Mukund (81) and Cheteshwar Pujara (15) scored positively during their 37 run stand before the latter was caught brilliantly by Kusal Mendis at leg gully. India were 56 for two at that stage when rain arrived leading to early tea.

Virat Kohli (76 not out) started the final session that began with an additional one hour delay and from there on the Indian captain and Mukund kept Sri Lankan attack at bay.

Kohli and Mukund added 133 runs for the third wicket with the former was going at almost run a ball before slowing down in the end. In the final delivery of the day, Danushka Gunathilaka (1-15) trapped Mukund LBW. Even a review could not save him as India reached 189 for three.

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