Rangana Herath made Sri Lanka stand tall until the second session with a defiant 67 that steered the visitors to 294 in response to India's 172. But soon Rahul and Dhawan made batting look easy on a sunny afternoon -- a welcome change from the rainy start on the first two days -- to keep the Sri Lankan attack at bay. In-form Rahul registered his ninth score of 50-plus runs in the last 11 innings, getting equal support from the left-handed Dhawan, who recorded his fourth Test fifty. The two batsmen smashed 19 boundaries between them, including two sixes from Dhawan, forcing Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal to juggle his bowling options.
Bad light brings Day 4 to an early finish as India end on 171/1, thanks to half-centuries from KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan. They lead by 49 runs heading into the final day.— ICC (@ICC) November 19, 2017
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Shanaka, with little time left for the day to end, denied Dhawan what would have been the batsman's seventh Test hundred in 27 matches. Earlier Sri Lanka, who started the day on 165-4, suffered a middle-order stutter before Herath put on stubborn partnerships against a persistent pace attack. The left-handed Herath, Sri Lanka's premier spin bowler, showed great resolve during his knock which lasted 105 balls and included nine boundaries.
After dismissing Sri Lanka for 294, India make a solid start in their 2nd innings to reach 70/0 at Tea, still trailing by 52 runs. What total will India look to set Sri Lanka?— ICC (@ICC) November 19, 2017
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Wicketkeeper-batsman Dickwella, who made 35, and Chandimal, 28, had scored briskly to extend their partnership to 62. Kumar and Shami claimed four wickets each while third quick Umesh Yadav chipped in with two scalps. The visitors are seeking their first Test win on Indian soil in the three-match series.
India have dominated a couple of sessions today after being behind the game upto that point. Sri Lanka's bowling has looked thin as the track as eased— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 19, 2017
STUMPS: India finish day four 171-1 in their second innings to lead Sri Lanka by 49 runs. Dhawan hit 94 before falling to Shanaka, leaving KL Rahul (73) and Pujara (2) unbeaten at the close. SCORECARD ? https://t.co/Bj0wyCt1wW pic.twitter.com/F8XXdYhkMm— Sky Sports Cricket? (@SkyCricket) November 19, 2017