Propelled by Mahela Jayawardene’s unbeaten 204, Sri Lanka made 591 for 5 at stumps on the third day. India had made 426 in their first innings and Sri Lanka has a commanding lead of 165 runs with two days remaining and has a fair chance of a victory. T. Dilshan (112), T. Samaraweera (70) and P. Jayawardene (84 not out) have contributed to the huge Sri Lankan total.
India failed to secure a wicket in the last two sessions of the third day of the first Test at Motera. The Indian bowling, bereft of accuracy, failed to create any kind of pressure.
With the wicket showing signs of wearing out and getting slower, the threat of Muthuah Muralitharan, the highest wicket taker in tests, looms large on the Indian side and the have to play their best to save the test.