Sri Lanka off to steady start in 2nd innings (Tea Report)

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Colombo, Aug 5 (IANS) After being forced to follow-on by India, opener Dimuth Karunaratne (55 batting) and one-down batsman Kusal Mendis (61 batting) helped Sri Lanka to a steady start in their second innings, posting 118/1 at tea on the third day of the second Test here on Saturday.

Pacer Umesh Yadav (1/17) was the lone wicket-taker in this session, dismissing opener Upul Tharanga (2) shortly after lunch.

Karunaratne and Mendis had posted a 111-run stand when the umpires called for tea.

Brief Scores:

Sri Lanka: 183 and 118/1 (Kusal Mendis 61 batting, Dimuth Karunaratne 55 batting; Umesh Yadav 1/17) against India 622/9 declared.

–IANS

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