India vs SL, 3rd Test: KL Rahul & Shikhar Dhawan lead charge

  • India vs SL, 3rd Test: KL Rahul & Shikhar Dhawan lead charge

India vs SL, 3rd Test: KL Rahul & Shikhar Dhawan lead charge

But Team India once again proved their worth when they shrugged off their 2015 Galle Humiliation to script a 304-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test match.

However, those that thought India would run away with the match were in for a rude shock as the hosts with their trio of left-arm bowlers hit back hard.

The third Test is only a prestige battle for Sri Lanka as India have already won the series.

Lanka have brought in Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Gamage in place of injured Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep.

Pushpakumara broke the big partnership of the two India openers, with Rahul chipping a ball to Dimuth Karunaratne, who took a nice catch on the jump at mid-on.

Left-arm wrist spinner Sandakan's wickets included Indiancaptain Virat Kohli for 42. 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.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India were off to a flying start, rushing to their 50 in just 55 balls as Dhawan completed his fourth half century of the series in just 45 balls.

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.

India continued to go from strength to strength in the second session, continuing to dominate the bowlers. Dhawan goes for a flat slog-sweep off Pushpakumara.

A return to the attack with a slightly older ball made no difference to Kumara's fortunes - he went too full, rather than too short, in his first over back, and both Rahul and Dhawan drove him for fours.

Second-game spinner Pushpakumara also wrote himself into the record books, with the 26 he conceded surpassing Suranga Lakmal's mark of 24 (struck by New Zealand's Brendon McCullum in 2014 at Christchurch) for the most expensive Test over in Sri Lanka's history.

India's Hardik Pandya gestures towards team's dressing room as he celebrates scoring a century during the second day's play of their third cricket test match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored centuries in the two previous tests, was out cheaply after edging Lakshan Sandakan to Angelo Mathews at slip, leaving Sri Lanka 229-3.

But then Pushpakumara and Sandakan had other ideas.

That chance, in the 12th over, would be the last of the session.

On chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who is tipped to replace the Saurashtra player, Kohli said: "A guy like Kuldeep Yadav is willing to bowl in any situation".