Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama, who was hit on the helmet grill on the opening day of the third Test match, faced another unusual incident. While he was batting at 27 on Day 3 of the Test match, Indian captain Virat Kohli’s return throw hit him in the back.
Sadeera, who came to bat at the unusual No.5 position after the dismissal of Angelo Mathews, was standing at non-striker end when Virat Kohli’s return throw after he saved a boundary hit him in his back.
Soon, Indian captain apologised to Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal, who was at the strike, and to Samarawickrama. Though no major injury was reported and Samarawickrama continued to play before he was caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha at 33.
— Baahubali (@bahubalikabadla) December 4, 2017
Earlier, 181-run fourth-wicket stand between Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal put Sri Lanka back in the game after India declared their first innings at 536/7.
The partnership between Mathews and Chandimal came off 477 balls — the most by any pair against India since the 738-ball stonewalling by Brendon McCullum and B.J. Watling in Wellington in February 2014.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankans reached 342 after the loss of 8 wickets. They are still trailing India by 194 runs.
Fall of wickets:
0/1(D. KARUNARATNE0.1 OVERS), 14/2(DE SILVA5.1 OVERS), 75/3(D. PERERA18.4 OVERS), 256/4(A. MATHEWS98 OVERS), 317/5(S. SAMARAWICKRAMA116.4 OVERS), 318/6(R. SILVA117.4 OVERS), 322/7(N. DICKWELLA119.2 OVERS), 331/8(S. LAKMAL122.4 OVERS),