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India lose 3 quick wickets after 111-run lead on Day 3

Colombo ,

India gained a handy 111-run first innings lead but Sri Lanka hit back with three early strikes to roar back into the game on a topsy turvy Day 3 of the third and final cricket Test in Colombo on Sunday. Rain stopped play in the final session of Day 3 of the deciding Test match. 

On a dramatic day which saw fortune fluctuating from one team to the other, India had the game firmly in control by taking a decent lead which could have been much bigger but for some audacious counter attack by debutant Kusal Perera (55) and Rangana Herath (49). India was left gasping at a precarious 21 for three in the second innings allowing the islanders to neutralise the advantage. Captain Virat Kohli (1) and Rohit Sharma (14) were at the crease when play was called off for the day because of rain. It turned out to be a highly eventful day which saw as many as 15 wickets fall at the Sinhalese Sports Club. Though India had an overall lead of 132 with seven wickets in hand, the series decider was interestingly poised with both the teams in a position to wrap up the series with two full days still left.

Brief Scores:
2nd innings: India - 21/3 in 8.1 overs (Virat Kohli batting 1, Rohit Sharma batting 14) Sri Lanka- Nuwan Pradeep 2-6, Dhammika Prasad 1 -8 Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 201 all out in 52.2 overs (Kusal Perera 55, Rangana Herath 49, Ishant Sharma 5/54, Stuart Binny 2/24). India 1st Innings: 312 all out in 100.1 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 145 not out, Amit Mishra 59, Dhammika Prasad 4/100, Rangana Herath 3/84).