Pink Ball Test: Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne played patiently and scored his 14th Test hundred against India on the third day of the second and final Test in Bengaluru.
IND vs SL: Dimuth Karunaratne 14th Test hundred delays India win in Pink Ball Test (AP Photo)
- Dimuth Karunaratne scored his 14th Test hundred in Bengaluru
- Karunaratne became only the third Sri Lankan captain to score a ton in India
- Dimuth Karunaratne brought up his hundred of 166 balls
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored his 14th Test hundred to delay India’s victory on the third day of the ongoing Pink Ball Test in Bengaluru on Monday. Wickets continued to fall at the other end but skipper Karunaratne played patiently to add to his century in Sri Lanka’s second inning.
Skipper Karunaratne continued to hold his ground and managed the turn with good footwork as he brought up his hundred of 165 balls, including fourteen fours. Karunaratne became only the third Sri Lankan captain to score a ton in India.
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Jasprit Bumrah was chasing a daunting 447 target for the win and late on day two had ducked Lank opener Lahiru Thirimanne in the first over of the inning.
But Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis cut in the opening hour and together the pair survived a few edges to earn Sri Lanka’s highest partnership of the series (97), while Mendis also mustered his half-century.
However, India finally broke through when spinner Ravichandran tricked Ashwin Mendis, 54, into dancing down the lane, with the Lankan batsman misjudging the line as Pant collected the ball and quickly parried the stirrups.
Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka’s top scorer in the first innings, lasted just five balls as Ravindra Jadeja broke through his defense and knocked over his stump while Ashwin struck again to catch Dhananjaya de Silva on the front short leg.
India had set a mammoth target of 447 runs on day two thanks to half centuries from Pant and Shreyas Iyer. The home team leads the two-game series 1-0.