Sri Lanka respond after Dhawan hundred and record-equalling Rahul knock

13 August, 2017, 15:17 | Author: Eloise Marshall
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"We're giving out full effort to that but we can not control the ultimate result", Chandimal said on the eve of the third and final Test here.

With the first innings score stretched to 487, it was time for the Indian bowlers to take centerstage.

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.

He virtually confirmed left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav's place in the starting line-up in place of Jadeja.

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. This was the sixth century of his Test career.

"Because it shouldn't vary according to how the situation is looked at", Kohli said in the pre-match press conference ahead of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka.

Against Australia, Rahul made 64 and 10 at Pune in the first Test, scored 90 and 51 at Bengaluru, hit a fine 67 at Ranchi and ended the series with scores of 60 and 51 not out in Dharamsala.

Both batsmen raised their half centuries as India reached 100 in only the 18th over. I know if I can hit a bowler, I go on that basis. The last home worldwide season, the lower order had taken India to bigger totals. He would go on to score 20-odd more runs before holding out to a sharp catch at Mid-On by Karunaratne off of Pushpakumara, begging the question of why it took 550+ wickets in domestic cricket for him to be selected. Each time I go back to bat, I will want to get more and more runs. "If we can do that, definitely we can get more confidence and move forward", Chandimal said on Friday.

Ashwin also had to make the long walk towards the pavilion courtesy a superb catch by Niroshan Dickwella at second slip off Fernando's bowling.

Even though Sri Lanka did extremely well to restrict India's dominance on the first day of the third Test in Pallekele, the tourists still hold the advantage thanks to openers Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul, who scored 119 and 85 respectively.

Prodigious allrounder Hardik Pandya has announced himself to the cricketing world with a brilliant maiden Test century, smashing a Indian Test record along the way.

Exactly what Sri Lanka hope to achieve with the pitch they put up is anyone's guess. It was the fastest hundred by an Indian batsman coming in at number eight or below. "They take lot of workload during a Test match".

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