In the morning session, Dinesh Chandimal went for his shots and extended his score from 147 to his career best of 164. He added 30 runs partnership for the last wicket with Lakshan Sandakan, who went not-out on 0 off 20 balls.
India takes lead of 163 runs in the first inning and came out to bat on the second inning, with clear intentions to score quickly. In the process of scoring runs at quick rate, Murli Vijay departed on 9 runs.
Ajinkya Rahane, who had a poor series so far, was sent to number 3 instead of Pujara, but the experiment didn’t come off. Rahane struggled to middle the ball and manage to score only 10 runs before been finally dismissed by Dilruwan Perera.
Pujara came out with an intent to score quick runs and was working the ball in the gaps and often stepping out to spinners. Pujara and Dhawan scored 77 runs partnership for the 4th wicket. Pujara departed on 49 after the lunch off the part-time bowler Dhananjaya de Silva.
Shikar Dhawan who was playing cautiously, shifted gears when Virat Kohli came to bat. Dhawan and Kohli scored 38 runs partnership for the fourth wicket which came of just 32 balls. In order to make quick runs, Dhawan got stumped out on 67 off the bowler Sandakan.
Highest partnership in the second inning for India was of 90 runs which came off the bat of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for the 5th wicket. Both managed to score their individual 50’s. India declared their innings on 246/5, as soon as Rohit Sharma scored his half century.
There was no discomfort for the Indian batsman in the second innings as three of them scored half centuries. India sets target of 410 runs to Sri Lanka to chase on.
Sri Lankan opening pair of Karunratne and Samarawickrama came out to bat on the last session of the day 4. Mohammad Shami bowls some tight lines and two fiercy bouncers to Samarawickrama, who ducked first bouncer but couldn’t avoid the second, ball touched his glove and was caught out at gully.
On the last over of the day, Ravindra Jadeja first dismissed Karunaratne and then three bowl later got the wicket of Suranga Lakmal, who was sent as a night watchman.
Bad light force the day 4 to end early with Sri Lanka struggling on 31/3.
India 1st Innings: 536/7 decl.
Kohli: 243; Vijay: 155
Sandakan: 4-167; Gamage: 2-95
Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 373 all out
Chandimal: 164; Mathews: 111
Ashwin: 3-90; Ishant: 3-98
India 2nd Innings: 246/5 decl.
Dhawan: 67; Rohit: 50*
Gamage: 1-48; De Silva: 1-31
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings: 31/3
Karunaratne: 13; De Silva: 13*
Jadeja: 2-5; Shami: 1-8