x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Hosts on top against India in Galle

India finish on 140 for three in reply to Sri Lanka's 520 for eight declared at stumps on the third day on the first Test.

India finish on 140 for three in reply to Sri Lanka's 520 for eight declared at stumps on the third day on the first Test. India lost three batsmen from its vaunted lineup, with Gautam Gambhir out for 2, Rahul Dravid for 18, and Sachin Tendulkar, trapped lbw by Muttiah Muralitharan, on 8. The wicket took the off-spinner to 793 wickets, seven short of his 800 wickets target in his final Test. Virender Sehwag is unbeaten on 85 with VVS Laxman on 18. India finish on 140 for three in reply to Sri Lanka's 520 for eight declared at stumps on the third day on the first Test. Sri Lankan tailenders Rangana Herath and Lasith Malinga had earlier scored their maiden Test half-centuries as the Indian bowlers were made to toil in Galle. Malinga made 64 off 75 balls, hitting nine boundaries and two sixes before being dismissed. Herath was unbeaten on 80 with Muralitharan on 5. Tharanga Paranavitana topscored for Sri Lanka with 111, while captain Kumar Sangakkara made 103. Debutant seamer Abhimanyu Mithun returned the best bowling figures for India with 4-105, and Ishant Sharma returned 3-145.

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Today at stumps on the third day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India at Galle International Stadium. Sri Lanka 1st Innings (overnight 256-2) Tharanga Paranavitana c Dhoni b Sharma 111 Tillakaratne Dilshan c Dhoni b Mithun 25 Kumar Sangakkara c Tendulkar b Sehwag 103 Mahela Jayawardene lbw b Sharma 48 Thilan Samaraweera lbw b Mithun 0 Angelo Mathews c Laxman b Sharma 41 Prasanna Jayawardene lbw b Mithun 27 Rangana Herath not out 80 Lasith Malinga c Harbhajan b Mithun 64 Muttiah Muralitharan not out 5 Extras: (1b, 10lb, 5nb) 16 TOTAL: (for 8 wickets declared) 520 Overs: 124. Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-236, 3-259, 4-260, 5-322, 6-344, 7-393, 8-508. Did not bat: Chanaka Welegedara. Bowling: Ishant Sharma 28-5-145-3 (5nb), Abhimanyu Mithun 28-3-105-4 , Harbhajan Singh 30-4-98-0, Pragyan Ojha 28-1-115-0, Virender Sehwag 10-0-46-1. India 1st Innings Gautam Gambhir lbw b Malinga 2 Virender Sehwag not out 85 Rahul Dravid run out 18 Sachin Tendulkar lbw b Muralitharan 8 V.V.S. Laxman not out 18 Extras: (1lb, 7nb, 1w) 9 TOTAL: (for 3 wickets) 140 Overs: 29.4 Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-68, 3-101. Still to bat: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Abhimanyu Mithun Bowling: Lasith Malinga 9-0-40-1 (4nb), Chanaka Welegedara 4-0-34-0 (3nb), Rangana Herath 6.4-1-25-0, Anjelo Mathews 3-0-9-0 (1w), Muttiah Muralitharan 7-1-31-1. Toss: Sri Lanka Umpires: Daryl Harper, Australia and Rod Tucker, Australia TV umpire: Tyron Wijewardena, Sri Lanka Match referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe