Sri Lanka make late comeback after Dhawan, Rahul fire

Sri Lanka make late comeback after Dhawan, Rahul fire

India has won the first 2 matches of the series and clinched the trophy. For two days in the lead up to the final Test, showers were a constant feature in Kandy, so much so that the team had to cancel their routine pre-match practice session on Friday. The third Test will be the first time when India will be playing at this venue.

As far as Playing XI is concerned, left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav will make his overseas Test debut. Sri Lanka had by then established their sway over the game.

Dhawan put Sri Lanka's attack to the sword with a magnificent 190 in the first Test and he hit a brisk 119 as the India openers cashed in after Virat Kohli won the toss on Saturday.

India made one change to their line-up, with left-arm leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav coming in for the suspended Ravindra Jadeja, while the hosts made three changes to their side leaving out injured Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep along with Dhananjaya de Silva. India's only concern coming into the Test was Kohli's atrocious form in Test cricket, something that seems to have been exacerbated by his captaincy. Also in places like Sri Lanka it is very hot and humid. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul got the Indian innings off to a flyer.

Pandya then reached the three figure mark, his second half-century coming off only 25 balls.

Rahul (85) gave another exhibition of his class at the top of the order, becoming only the sixth man to score 50 or more in seven consecutive Test innings courtesy of a first-wicket stand of 188.

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"India has been a really good team, especially during the last two to three years". An over later, Shami bowled it full outside off and Karunaratne prodded and the outside edge went to Saha.

Fast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Gamage have been added to Sri Lanka's squad that has faced mounting flak for their poor showing in recent months. After a brief period of uneventful play and Sri Lanka maintaining a tight line outside the off stump, Ashwin was caught behind to Fernando after scoring 31, bringing Hardik Pandya to the crease for the last two overs of the day.

Another six in the next over, over midwicket off Sandakan, took him to 97, and the hundred came up with a straight drive off Kumara - a straight-bat push to the left of a diving mid-on.

It was the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in an over in Test cricket, beating the previous joint-record of 24 runs held by Sandip Patil and Kapil Dev.

"I think we need to stay in the present and treat every session with respect to win a Test match, and that's exactly what we want to follow".

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