COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne struck half centuries as the hosts batted through Saturday's opening session without loss to reach 224-3 on day three of the second test against India.
Mathews was unbeaten on 72 and Thirimanne was on 57 as the batsmen successfully negotiated some tight India bowling.
They added 84 runs, to pass the follow-on mark, and have Sri Lanka 169 behind India's first innings total of 393.
At lunch they had shared an unbroken 110 runs for the fourth wicket.
Sri Lanka lost Dimuth Karunanartne on Friday with the total on one trapped lbw by Umesh Yadav. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara, playing his last international match, ulled the side out of trouble with a 74-run second wicket stand.
Sangakkara made 32 before being caught at slip by Ajikya Rahane off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Silva scored 51 before being caught by Ashwin off legspinner Amit Mishra.
India was dismissed for 393 in its first innings build around 108 runs from opener Lokesh Rahul and half centuries from Rohit Sharma (79), Virat Kohli 78 and Wriddhiman Saha (56).