Brutal Shikhar Dhawan smashes sixth Test hundred

India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates with teammates after winning the second Test match against Sri Lanka
India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates with teammates after winning the second Test match against Sri Lanka
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13 August, 2017

After Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul scored 119 and 85 runs respectively, Sri Lanka bowlers led by a three-wicket haul from Malinda Pushpakumara made late comeback to restrict India to 329 for six at stumps on day one of the third Test in Pallekele.

Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first in their bid for a series sweep.

Jadeja had fielded the ball off his own bowling and then thrown it at batsman Malinda Pushpakumara during Sri Lanka's second innings in the second Test "in a risky manner" according to on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford. The interval was duly pushed back by half an hour, and Pandya went on to dominate an unbroken tenth-wicket stand of 66, racing from 50 off 61 balls to 108 off 93, with the No. 11 Umesh Yadav scoring 3 off 14 in that time.

However, Kohli had been reaching out to play the spinners from his crease and ended up edging the ball to first slip off Sandakan in the 79th over.

The opening session of the Test belonged to the Indian openers as they milked the bowling attack to put on 188 runs for the opening wicket, bettering the record of 171-run stand between Manoj Prabhakar and Navjot Singh Sidhu (1993).

When asked about Jadea's replacement in the third Test, Kohli said that Kuldeep Yadav is a kind of bowler who is willing to bowl in any situation and he has a very good chance of playing tomorrow.

For Sri Lanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando have all been roped in place of injured Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep and Dhananjaya de Silva.

Ajinkya Rahane too joined the party with a brilliant century in the second Test match, providing unmatched strength to the Indian middle order alongside Virat Kohli and Wriddhiman Saha. The innings run-rate plummeted from around five in the morning session to 2.76 after tea as it became an objective of trying to survive rather than looking to score quick runs.

Rahul, who scored his seventh consecutive Test fifty, was the first to go after mistiming a drive to mid-on off Pushpakumara.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was unbeaten on 13 with wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella 14 not out at the interval. This is gonna be a formal final test match.

Kuldeep fell to his left-arm wrist spinning counterpart Lakshan Sandakan, who also dismissed Mohammed Shami for eight.

Chameera meanwhile, last played a Test in South Africa a year ago, but featured in four of the five ODIs against Zimbabwe - the series that Sri Lanka lost 2-3.


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