The marathon stand

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

The left-right bat­ting com­bi­na­tion of Karunaratne and Mendis then dug in their heels to thwart the In­dian bowl­ing at­tack, forc­ing skip­per Vi­rat Kohli to ro­tate his op­tions. The duo han­dled the In­dian spin­ners with aplomb, us­ing their feet to good ef­fect as they com­bined the right dose of cau­tion and ag­gres­sion.

Mendis, who hit his third Test hun­dred, played an at­tack­ing game as he smashed 17 bound­aries be­fore let­ting go of his hard work with a catch to wick­et­keeper Wrid­dhi­man Saha.

The Colombo-born Karunaratne re­mained pa­tient dur­ing his 200-ball knock so far as he played out the re­main­ing few overs with debu­tant Push­paku­mara in a tense fin­ish to the day.

But it was the first ses­sion that hit the hosts hard as they lost eight of their re­main­ing wick­ets and con­ceded a 439-run lead in re­sponse to In­dia's for­mi­da­ble 622 for nine de­clared.

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