IND vs SL: Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates a wicket in the ongoing first Test.© BCCI
All-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday equaled Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 Test wickets. Ashwin achieved the feat on Day 3 of the ongoing First Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali. When the spinner takes one more wicket, he becomes India’s second highest wicket taker in the longest format, behind only Anil Kumble. During the lunch break on Day 3, Sri Lanka’s second innings score was 10/1 — still 390 runs down. Dimuth Karunaratne (8*) and Pathum Nissanka (1*) are currently on the rise.
After being asked to continue, Sri Lanka got off to another bad start when the team lost lead-off hitter Lahiru Thirimanne (0) in the third left of the innings. Dimuth Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka then ensured that the visitors did not lose any more wickets.
Previously, when resuming Day 3 at 138/4 in the first innings, nighttime batters Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka added 53 runs to the total, causing Nissanka to pass his half-century.
India finally got the breakthrough in the 58th when Jasprit Bumrah got the better of Asalanka (29).
Niroshan Dickwella (2) failed to impress with the bat and managed to score just 2 before being sent off to the pavilion by Ravindra Jadeja. In the same period, Jadeja Suranga removed Lakmal (0) and Sri Lanka was reduced to 164/7.
In the end, Sri Lanka tied for 174 points, giving India a 400-run lead and the hosts forced the sequel.
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