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IND v SL, 3rd Test, Day 4, Colombo: Sri Lanka clinch India Test cricket series (2:1)

Sri Lanka survived early blows to clinch the series against an injury-ridden India with a comfortable eight-wicket victory on the penultimate day of the third and final Test at Colombo on Monday.
The hosts lost Michael Vandort and Kumar Sangakkara in the opening seven overs before reaching a 122-run target in the closing session, thanks to Malinda Warnapura (54 not out) and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (50 not out). Sri Lanka had won the opening Test by an innings and 239 runs and India the second match by 170 runs.
India, trailing by 147 runs, were bowled out for 268 in their second innings despite gutsy half-centuries from a struggling Rahul Dravid (68) and an injured Venkatsai Laxman (61 not out). The tourists were without paceman Ishant Sharma, who batted with a runner but was unfit to bowl after falling on his follow-through on Saturday.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh shared the new ball with Zaheer Khan and struck with his fourth delivery when he bowled out-of-form opener Vandort (eight), who finished the series with just 39 runs. Zaheer claimed a big wicket in his fourth over when he removed Sangakkara, who drove straight to Gautam Gambhir at mid-off. Sangakkara, who made a solid 144 in the first innings, contributed only four.
There were no more hiccups for Sri Lanka as Jayawardene and left-handed Warnapura made the most of India's depleted attack, adding 101 for the unfinished third-wicket stand.
Mendis was named man of the series and Sangakkara man of the match for his brilliant hundred.
IND v SL, 3rd Test, Day 4, Colombo: Sri Lanka 396 & 123 for 2 beat India 249 & 268 by 8 wickets

IND v SL, 3rd Test, Day 3, Colombo: Sri Lanka close in on victory

Sri Lanka completed a dominant day by taking five evening-session wickets to propel them towards victory in the series-deciding third Test against India in Colombo.
India had laboured before eventually bowling out their hosts for 396 midway through the middle session, conceding a first-innings deficit of 147. And after tea, debutant Dammika Prasad removed India openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in consecutive overs before the middle order again succumbed to the spinning threat of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis to slump to 161 for five at the close - a lead of just 14 runs. Veteran Rahul Dravid remained at the crease on 46, while VVS Laxman, who was demoted to seven in a failed bid to buy him time as he recovers from the rolled ankle he sustained in Saturday's warm-up session, was also unbeaten on 17.
Earlier, Sri Lanka's lower order had helped the hosts gain control of the match as they took advantage of a sluggish Indian display in the field. Starting the day with a two-run lead and four wickets in hand, Kumar Sangakkara advanced to 144 before being dismissed by Anil Kumble.
Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene scored 49 and Prasad also made a useful contribution of 36 to give the home side the initiative.
IND v SL, 3rd Test, Day 3, Colombo: India 249 & 161 for 5 (45.0 overs) vs Sri Lanka 396

IND v SL, 3rd Test, Day 2, Colombo: Sangakkara helps Sri Lanka gain lead in cricket Test

Kumar Sangakkara cracked a solid unbeaten 107 to help Sri Lanka gain a slender advantage over injury-hit India in the crucial third and final Test on Saturday.
The left-hander was involved in two valuable partnerships as the hosts reached 251-6 in their first innings at stumps on the second day in reply to India's 249. Prasanna Jayawardene was unbeaten on one. Sangakkara put on 95 for the third wicket with nightwatchman Chaminda Vaas (47) and 60 for the fifth with Thilan Samaraweera (35) on an absorbing day of cricket.
Sangakkara rarely erred in shot selection during his long innings, driving, cutting and pulling remarkably well on the way to his 17th hundred in 76 Tests. He has so far struck 11 fours in his 226-ball knock. India struck twice in the final session just when it looked as though Sri Lanka were on course for a big lead, with left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan having Samaraweera caught behind and Anil Kumble trapping Tillakaratne Dilshan (23) leg-before.
The series is tied at 1-1, with Sri Lanka winning the opening Test by an innings and 239 runs and India clinching a 170-run victory in the second match.
IND v SL, 3rd Test, Day 2, Colombo: India 249 all out (80.0 overs) vs Sri Lanka 251 for 6 (92.0 overs)

IND v SL, 3rd Test, Day 1, Colombo: Mendis five-wicket haul restricts India to 249

Indian middle order failed yet again but opener Gautam Gambhir (72) and a 51-run last wicket stand helped the visitors post 249 against Sri Lanka even as mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis picked five wickets on the opening day of the third and final Test at Colombo today.
Besides Mendis, debutant Dhammika Prasad snared three early wickets and spin wizard Mutthiah Muralitharan picked two as India failed to take advantage of winning the toss on a bouncy Premadasa track here. Sri Lanka were were 14 for loss of one wicket at close with Michael Wandort (3) and night watchman Chaminda Vaas (0) at the crease. Malinda Warnapura was the only Lankan wicket to fall, bowled by pacer Ishant Sharma minutes before the stumps were drawn.
Earlier, hostile fast bowling by Prasad put India on the back foot even as Gambhir ploughed a lone furrow with his patient half century. Later, Mendis ended up with a figure of five wickets for 56 runs and Muralitharan took two for 58 runs to send India packing. Interestingly, most of third umpire review decisions was on India's favour today.
Trying to weather the initial bounce, openers Virender Sehwag and Gambhir tried to keep the scoreboard ticking through some crafty drives. But Sehwag was the first to go after he failed to cash in on a dropped catch by Malinda Warnapura off the bowling of Prasad at short leg and was finally out for 21.
Indians innings was in shambles, but a matured last wicket partnership between Zaheer (32) and Sharma (17), the highest against Sri Lanka, saved the visitors from further humiliation.
IND v SL, 3rd Test, Day 1, Colombo: India 249 all out (80.0 overs) vs Sri Lanka 14 for 1 (8.0 overs)

IND v SL, 3rd Test, Colombo: Sri Lanka and India ready for decider

Having rebounded from a crushing defeat in the first test to win the second, India is confident of carrying on its momentum to a series victory over Sri Lanka when the third and final test begins Friday.
"In terms of confidence, in terms of strategy, we have done whatever we can to ensure we win the test and the series," India captain Anil Kumble said at practice Thursday. "We've done that once, against Australia in 2001, if I remember right, having been down 1-0."
Kumble was unconcerned by the relatively poor form of India's star-studded middle-order batting — comprising Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman and Sourav Ganguly — in the first two tests. The four have scored just 329 runs between themselves in the series.
"I'm not worried, if they score runs which is due, things will be fine," Kumble said. Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene called on his side to show character and display its best form in Colombo. "We have played some really good cricket against a quality side that has plenty of experience and we have shown that we can compete with them well and match them and even beat them," Jayawardene said.
Sri Lanka will make one change to the team that lost in Galle, dropping seamer Nuwan Kulasekara for either of the quicker Thilan Thushara Mirando or uncapped Dammika Prasad. "We lacked a bit of pace, not hurrying the batsmen enough," Jayawardene said. "They are bowling tidy spells, but they need to attack the batsmen."
Sri Lanka will retain out-of-form opening batsman Michael Vandort, who has scored just 17 runs in the three outings. "We had a chat to Michael and there shouldn't be any undue pressure on him because he was batting well before this test (series)," Jayawardene said. "There are couple of senior Indian batsmen too who are going through a similar trot." India may change wicketkeepers, bringing in Parthiv Patel for Dinesh Karthik who had failed to impress with the bat and gloves in the first two tests. Sri Lanka Team (from): Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Vandort, Malinda Warnapura, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Thushara Mirando.
India Team (from): Anil Kumble (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan.

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India vs Sri Lanka Third Test at Colombo


India won the toss and decided to bat
249 all out (80.0 overs)
268 all out (87.5 overs)
396 all out (134.2 overs)
123 for 2 (33.1 overs)

India 1st Innings - All out
Gambhir lbw b Mendis
128 10 0
Sehwag c P Jayawardene b Prasad
21 4 0
Dravid lbw b Prasad
29 0 0
Tendulkar lbw b Prasad
12 0 0
Ganguly c M Jayawardene b Muralitharan
57 4 1
Laxman st P Jayawardene b Mendis
44 1 0
Patel lbw b Mendis
42 1 0
b Mendis
6 0 0
Harbhajan c Vandort b Muralitharan
8 0 0
I Sharma not out
61 0 0
Zaheer st P Jayawardene b Mendis
73 3 1
5nb 1b 8lb 14
all out 249 (80.0 ovs)

Vaas 12.0 1 44 0
Prasad 17.0 0 82 3
Mendis 28.0 4 56 5
Muralitharan 23.0 3 58 2
Fall of wicket
51 Sehwag
92 Dravid
102 Tendulkar
151 Ganguly
155 Gambhir
190 Laxman
195 Patel
196 Kumble
198 Harbhajan
249 Zaheer

Sri Lanka 1st Innings - All out
Vandort lbw b Zaheer
50 1 0
b I Sharma
22 0 0
Vaas c Sehwag b Harbhajan
111 9 0
Sangakkara c Patel b Kumble
288 14 0
M Jayawardene lbw b Harbhajan
6 0 0
Samaraweera c Patel b Zaheer
84 3 0
Dilshan lbw b Kumble
45 3 0
P Jayawardene c Harbhajan b Zaheer
116 5 0
Prasad st Patel b Harbhajan
56 5 0
Mendis lbw b Kumble
28 2 0
Muralitharan not out
1 0 0
1nb 2w 4b 14lb 21
all out 396 (134.2 ovs)

Zaheer 32.0 5 105 3
I Sharma 15.3 3 33 1
Harbhajan 40.3 9 104 3
Kumble 41.2 4 123 3
Sehwag 2.0 0 2 0
Ganguly 3.0 0 11 0
Fall of wicket
14 Warnapura
42 Vandort
137 Vaas
141 M Jayawardene
201 Samaraweera
244 Dilshan
324 Sangakkara
367 P Jayawardene
396 Prasad
396 Mendis

India 2nd Innings - All out
b Prasad
43 3 0
Sehwag c Samaraweera b Prasad
29 7 0
Dravid c M Jayawardene b Mendis
166 6 0
Ganguly lbw b Muralitharan
50 1 1
Patel lbw b Mendis
2 0 0
Tendulkar lbw b Mendis
22 1 0
Laxman not out
157 3 0
Kumble lbw b Muralitharan
15 1 0
Harbhajan lbw b Vaas
32 5 0
Zaheer run out
7 0 0
I Sharma c Warnapura b Muralitharan
5 0 0
1nb 2w 5b 3lb 11
all out 268 (87.5 ovs)

Vaas 5.0 0 20 1
Prasad 11.0 0 60 2
Muralitharan 37.5 4 99 3
Mendis 34.0 7 81 3
Fall of wicket
62 Sehwag
65 Gambhir
108 Ganguly
109 Patel
131 Tendulkar
216 Dravid
229 Kumble
266 Harbhajan
268 Zaheer
268 I Sharma

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings - Close
b Harbhajan
7 2 0
Warnapura not out
99 5 0
Sangakkara c Gambhir b Zaheer
8 0 0
M Jayawardene not out
85 3 0
4b 3lb 7
for 2 123 (33.1 ovs)

Zaheer 6.0 1 22 1
Harbhajan 14.0 2 44 1
Kumble 10.0 2 34 0
Sehwag 3.0 0 12 0
Ganguly 0.1 0 4 0
Fall of wicket
11 Vandort
22 Sangakkara

Umpires: M R Benson, R E Koertzen
Sri Lanka: Vandort, Warnapura, Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, Samaraweera, Dilshan, P Jayawardene, Vaas, Prasad, Muralitharan, Mendis
India: Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Patel, Kumble, Harbhajan, Zaheer, I Sharma

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.