At the end of another engrossing day at the SSC, India find themselves seven wickets away from achieving just their second Test series win on Sri Lankan soil, and first away from home in more than four years. Set a huge target of 386, Sri Lanka slumped to 21/3 in the face of a hostile spell from Ishant Sharma, who took his match tally to seven wickets, and by stumps had reached some sort of stability at 67/3.
The highest target achieved at the SSC is the 326 which Sri Lanka chased down against Zimbabwe in 1998, and that looks to remain intact unless Angelo Mathews and his batting partners can conjure up a miracle.
Sri Lanka's reply to a massive target began with the obligatory early wicket, this one being the woeful Upul Tharanga who edged Ishant for 0, the second time in the match he fell to the bowler. That became 2/2 when Dimuth Karunaratne nibbled at one angling across him, giving Naman Ojha his second catch and Umesh Yadav a wicket. Dinesh Chandimal had been part of a heated altercation between Ishant and Dhammika Prasad earlier in the session, and when he poked to slips it elicited the wildest of emotions from Ishant. If the Sri Lankans had intended to get under Ishant's skin when he was batting at No 11, they were left to rue that decision after his fiery burst.