India 235-3 at tea on Day 1 of 3rd test vs

India 235-3 at tea on Day 1 of 3rd test vs

Following Dhawan's departure, India began to lose wickets at regular intervals as Lakshan Sandakan took out Cheteshwar Pujara for eight runs, while Pushpakumara clean bowled Ajinkya Rahane for 17.

Pandya finally succumbed to spinner Lakshan Sandakan on the third ball of the second session as India's innings ended without adding to the lunch total.

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.

With the series already won, the Kohli-led India will aim to continue their dominance over Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan fans among them, who didn't get put off by the morning session onslaught by Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, would have gone back a happy lot.

Reportedly, both Jadeja and Ashwin might be rested for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.

One would be excused for wondering why India's first eleven is even bothering to put themselves through this global net practice session. His second in Test cricket. Specially once we got out, the way he came back and bowled, it was nice for them.

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Dhawan was going great guns at the other end, finding the gaps at regular intervals.

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.

Dhawan reached his second century of the series soon after as Pujara joined him.

The Indian cricketer bolted an awesome 108 runs with the help of 15 boundaries - eight 4s and seven 6s- before he was taken down as Dilruwan Perera catches his shot on Sandakan's ball. Kohli and Rahane fought for a brief period before Rahane was cleaned up by Pushpakumara. Anything over 375 will be a real bonus as like in the first two Tests, Sri Lanka will again have to bat last. All the players were there and we discussed how we could take our game forward, and how we're going to win games.

That brought Pandya, unbeaten on one overnight, and Umesh together for the last wicket, allowing the former a license to free his bat in search of quick runs. Mohammad Shami claimed two up front before chinaman bowler Kuldeep got in to the act with 4 for 40. Though Dilruwan Perera struggled and was expensive by Test standards, Pushpakumara and Sandakan received plenty of assistance from the dry, grassless pitch.

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