India chase 176 to win Galle Test

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Galle: India were set a tricky target of 176 runs to win the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka after Dinesh Chandimal produced a counter-attacking unbeaten 162 to lead a spirited fightback for the hosts on Friday. Tottering at a precarious 95 for five at one stage after conceding a 192-run first innings lead, Chandimal staged a remarkable recovery as he notched up a career-best knock to help Sri Lanka score 367 in the second innings.



Chandimal's effort not only helped the Lankans avoid an innings defeat but gave them enough lead to throw open the match on a track, providing some turn for the slow bowlers.India were 23 for one at stumps on third day, requiring another 153 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The visitors lost opener Lokesh Rahul (5), who was trapped LBW by Rangana Herath. Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Ishant Sharma (5) were at the crease at the end of day's play.

 

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