India bowled out for a paltry 172 in the first innings. Cheteshwar Pujara was the top scorer with 52. Wriddhiman Saha (29), Mohammed Shami (24) and Ravindra Jadeja (22) were the other contributors. Suranga Lakmal took 4 wickets, while Lahiru Gamage, Dasun Shanaka and Dilruwan Perera took two wickets each.
Lokesh Rahul and Virat Kohli failed to open their account, while Dhawan (8), Rahane (4) and Ashwin (4) were the other top failures for India.
Sri Lanka finished Day 3 at 165/4. Samarawhickrama made 23, while Lahiru Thirimanne (51) and Angelo Mathews (52) scored fifties. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav took 2 wickets each.