Kuldeep, Hardik shine on day two as another innings defeat looms for Sri Lanka

Kuldeep Yadav (centre) picked a four wicket haul
Kuldeep Yadav (centre) picked a four wicket haul

India 487 (Dhawan 119) v
Sri Lanka 135 & 19-1 (Karunaratne 12no)
Third Test, Pallekele, day two

Hardik Pandya slammed his maiden century while Kuldeep Yadav picked a four wicket haul as India bowled out Sri Lanka for 135 runs and enforced follow-on in the second day of the final Test in Pallekele.

After facing follow-on for the second consecutive time in the series, Sri Lanka had 13 overs to negate in their second innings before stumps during which they lost Upul Tharanga (7) castled by Umesh Yadav (1-3) as they finished the day at 19 for one. They now trail India by 333 runs.

Earlier, it was India, who resumed the day at 329 for six. Vishwa Fernando (2-87) had Wriddhiman Saha (16) castled at gully in the second over of the day.

Any chance of Sri Lanka taking control was put off by a 62 run stand between Hardik (108) and Kuldeep (26) before Lakshan Sandakan (5-132) accounted for the latter as he edged one behind the stumps.

This is when Pandya stepped up the accelerator as he reached his second half century but Mohammad Shami (8) chipped a simple return catch to Sandakan.

The 116th over bowled by Malinda Pushpakumara (3-82) saw Pandya hit two boundaries and three sixes in the first five deliveries and with two each of fours and maximums, he reached his maiden Test century, needing just 86 deliveries for it. India went into lunch at 487 for nine.

It just needed three deliveries in the second session for Sri Lanka to dismiss India for 487 runs with Sandakan having Pandya caught at sweeper cover and completed a five wicket haul.

Responding to India's massive total, Sri Lanka lost both the openers Dimuth Karunaratne (4) and Tharanga (5) to Shami (2-17). Kusal Mendis (18) looked positive in his 19-ball knock before an indecision in running costed his wicket while few deliveries later Pandya (1-28) trapped Angelo Mathews (0) LBW.

Only Dinesh Chandimal (48) and Niroshan Dickwella (29) showed some resilience but Kuldeep (4-40) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-22) ran through the middle and lower order to wrap up Sri Lanka for 135 runs in just 38 overs, prompting Virat Kohli to push for a follow-on.

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