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Captain Dinesh Chandimal (53 not out) was waging a lone battle as he was unbeaten alongwith Suranga Lakmal (19 not out), with Sri Lanka trailing by 260 runs after conceding a first-innings lead of 405 runs to the hosts.
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Indian bowlers hunted in packs, with all of them getting into wickets column. Ravichandran Ashwin (3/50), Ravindra Jadeja (2/25), Ishant Sharma (2/43) and Umesh Yadav (1/23). Resuming the day at 21/1, Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Two overnight batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne (18) and Lahiru Thirimanne (23) lacked patience in the morning at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
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While Karunaratne was caught by Murali Vijay at short leg off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja in the seventh over of the session, Thirimanne sliced a wide delivery from paceman Umesh Yadav to Jadeja at backward point, to leave the tourists at 48/3. Sri Lankan hopes were further dashed when former captain Angelo Mathews played Jadeja straight into the hands of Rohit Sharma at mid-off.
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Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella could only manage an outside edge to a rising delivery from Ishant as he guided the ball to Virat Kohli, who took on the second attempt at slip to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 75/5. Later, Ashwin did his magic, removing Dasun Shanaka (170, Dilruwan Perera (0) and Rangana Herath. The off-spinner got good purchase from the fourth day pitch that offered spin and bounce.
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Brief scores: Sri Lanka: 205 all out and 145/8 (Dinesh Chandimal 53 not out; Ravichandran Ashwin 3/50, Ravindra Jadeja 2/25, Ishant Sharma 2/43) vs India: 610/6 declared in first innings at lunch on Day 4.