The last over before lunch underlined India's effortless dominance, KL Rahul cutting and driving Dilruwan Perera, Sri Lanka's most experienced bowler, for two nearly dismissive boundaries. At one time India were scoring at more than five runs an over.
Recently, MS Dhoni, along with Suresh Raina and other Indian cricketers, gave fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore to prove their fitness ahead of the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka. Kohli batting on 42, lost his concentration and finally succumbed to a bowl pitched wide outside off to play a shot which he avoided for the most part of his 42 run inning - the drive, edging it to slip. In Kandy, when Dhawan reached his hundred on Day One of the third Test, the celebration was a different one: both hands making the V sign, held aloft above his head.
India had resumed the game on the second day of the test from 329/6, but as the day started, the team started losing its batsmen. An over later, Shami bowled it full outside off and Karunaratne prodded and the outside edge went to Saha. Rahul wanted to go above mid-on but was caught, Dhawan's sweep was taken at squareleg while Rahane missed a straight one that crashed into his stumps.
He put on only 10 runs with Kohli as India were left to rebuild their innings despite being in a comfortable position.
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The ever dependable Pujara's discomfort at the crease came to an end as he was caught at first slip off Sandakan in the 51st over. The live cricket streaming of the match will be available on Sony LIV, while the live telecast of the match will be available on Sony SIX and Sony Six HD, along with the Hindi commentary on Ten 3 and Ten 3 HD.
Dhawan went past his fifty with a boundary in the 18th over and soon Rahul completed his own two overs later. The final wicket of the day fell as Ashwin departed for 31 off a Vishwa Fernando delivery. At tea Sri Lanka were 61 for 4, and their downward slide continued in the final session as well.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan. Then Lahiru Kumara replaced Pushpakumara, pace replacing spin.
With India also picking chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in place of the suspended Ravindra Jadeja, this was the first Test match since January 2004 - when West Indies' Dave Mohammed and South Africa's Paul Adams featured in Cape Town - to include two specialist chinaman bowlers.