Sri Lanka make comeback, India 329

Hardik Pandya's inclusion has been the biggest positive says Virat Kohli

Hardik Pandya's inclusion has been the biggest positive says Virat Kohli

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

Speaking after play on a day where his 119 was the top score Dhawan said: "I was saying jokingly that if you bat like a king, you should also get out like a king, you should not be dismissed like a soldier".

Ajinkya Rahane too joined the party with a brilliant century in the second Test match, providing unmatched strength to the Indian middle order alongside Virat Kohli and Wriddhiman Saha.

Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan picked up his maiden five-wicket test haul as a whitewash-chasing India were all out in the first over after lunch.

Vishwa Fernando, playing his second Test a year after his debut, also snared Ravichandran Ashwin (31) caught behind at full stretch by Niroshan Dickwella to give Sri Lanka another late lift. At lunch on day two, Pandya was unbeaten on 108 off 93 balls with seven fours and eight sixes against his name.

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

"I always try to remain happy and that reflects in my game". Each time I go back to bat, I will want to get more and more runs.

Dhawan struck his sixth century in Test cricket. The last home global season, the lower order had taken India to bigger totals.

He reached three figures with a straight punch for four off paceman Lahiru Kumara.

It seems Rahul scores half-centuries for fun but given the talent and support he receives from the skipper and team management, big daddy hundreds might just be around the corner. The innings run-rate plummeted from around five in the morning session to 2.76 after tea as it became an objective of trying to survive rather than looking to score quick runs.

The opening duo brought up its 50-partnership off just 55 balls in the 10th over and kept up this pace of scoring to reach 100 off 107 balls in the 18th over.

Leading the spin attack in Rangana Herath's absence, off-spinner Dilruwan Perera failed to impress as Dhawan danced down the track in only his second over to loft him over mid-off and then fetched another boundary with a pull. It was Rahul's seventh consecutive half-century, and soon the inability to convert these fifties into hundreds is going to play on his mind.

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".

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