New Delhi: Sri Lanka were 18/2 in their first innings, trailing by 518 runs against India at tea on the second day of the third and final cricket Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Sunday.
Dilruwan Perera (12) and Angelo Mathews (4) were at the crease when umpires called for the tea break.
After India skipper Virat Kohli declared at 536/7, Sri Lankan batsmen struggled right from the word go as opener Dimuth Karunaratne (0) was caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off pacer Mohammad Shami on the very first ball of their innings.
The fall of Karunaratne’s wicket brought in Dhananjaya de Silva (1), who also failed. After adding 14 runs to the score with Perera, Dhananjaya was adjudged leg before wicket off pacer Ishant Sharma in the sixth over.
Angelo Mathews (4) then came onto the middle just before the umpires dislodged the bails.
For India, Shami and Ishant chipped in with one wicket each.
Earlier, riding on some brilliant batting by skipper Kohli (243) and Rohit Sharma (65), India declared their first innings for 536/7 in the second session, which was marred by several interruptions due to pollution and injuries.
Brief scores: India 536/7 declared vs Sri Lanka ( Dilruwan Perera 12; Ishant Sharma 1/4).