Mathews, Thirimanne fifties hand Sri Lanka advantage against India in first Test

NEW DELHI, NOV 18: For the first time in three days, a full day’s play, well almost, was possible at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens with Sri Lanka gaining a slight edge before play was called off early due to bad light on Saturday. At stumps on Day 3, Sri Lanka were 165/4, trailing India by just seven runs with captain Dinesh Chandimal (13*) batting alongside Niroshan Dickwella (14*).
Sri Lanka dominated the rain-curtailed opening two days and continue to have an advantage thanks to fifties from Angelo Mathews (52) and Lahiru Thirimanne (51) after Bhuvneshwar Kumar rattled them with two quick blows.
India were bowled out for 172 in their first innings in the morning session as blue skies and bright sun greeted the two sides after two days of inclement weather. And with the sun out in all its glory, the conditions and the pitch visibly turned a little friendly towards the batsmen.
Sri Lankan batsmen made most of the change. Their openers made a bright start – 29/0 in four overs – a boundary in each of them. They were then pegged back by Bhuvneshwar, the best Indian bowler on show.
He first trapped Dimuth Karunaratne (8) flush in front and even DRS didn’t help the Sri Lankan as it had come to his rescue an over before against Mohammed Shami. Then Sadeera Samarawickrama, who had scored a run-a-ball 22 with three fours, nicked one to the ‘keeper leaving Sri Lanka at 34/2.