India's bowlers continued an impressive showing to dismiss Sri Lanka for 201 in the post-tea session, in reply to India's first innings total of 312 all out on the third day of the third and final Test in Colombo on Sunday.
Despite an impressive fifty by debutant wicketkeeper Kusal Perera and a knock of 49 by Rangana Herath, the loss of quick wickets early in the innings hurt the Lankans as they went into tea at 175 for eight.
Responding to India's first innings score of 312, Lanka managed to avoid the follow-on but still trailed by 137 runs at tea. Starting the session at 47 for five, the hosts kept losing wickets only to be helped by Perera's (55) maiden Test fifty and Herath's knock.
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Perera and Herath stitched a 79-run eight-wicket stand to give Lanka some time to breathe in between the loss of wickets and frustrate the Indians.
Pace spearhead Ishant Sharma was the pick of the bowlers with an impressive five-wicket haul. Stuart Binny and Amit Mishra picked up two wickets apiece while Umesh Yadav bagged one.
Ishant struck twice in the post-lunch session, picking up Lahiru Thirimanne for naught and the dangerous-looking Perera to break Lanka's back. Mishra, though, got lucky to trap Tharindu Kaushal (16) LBW as replays clearly showed the batsman got an a thick inside edge before the ball hit the pads.
Dhammika Prasad (6 not out) got hit with an Ishant bouncer and the pacer walked off with an injured left hand. Prasad's departure, though, brought Perera to the crease, and he played a good counter-attacking innings that allowed Lanka to assume a position of safety.
Spin was introduced in the 24th over in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin (0-33) but Perera didn't stop his attacking ploy. His quick-fire partnership with Herath came off only 15.1 overs as Lanka's 100-mark came up in the 29th over.
The left-handed debutant got his fifty off only 49 balls in that same over. There were some heated words exchanged between Ishant and the two batsmen, and matters came to a head in the 34th over, after Perera mis-hit one and was caught at mid-off by Virat Kohli.
In this interim, India had conceded 109 runs for the loss of one wicket, even as Kaushal was scalped by Mishra (1-19) close to the break. The injured Prasad then came out to bat once again, and helped his side reach the break without any further losses.
Dhammika Prasad was the last to fall, stepping down the track to Mishra and missing completely to get stumped for 27.