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Sri Lanka make comeback, India 329

13 August 2017, 03:10 | Joan Schultz

SL name Chameera, Gamage in squad for Third Test

Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya have made crucial knocks for Indian cricket team coming lower down the order easing the pressure on the top batsmen as well as ensuring big totals against opponents

Herath strained his back and following the advice of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Medical Unit was deemed unavailable for selection, also considering the large workload he has undertaken in recent Tests.

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".

Earlier, Kohli won the toss for a third time in the series and elected to bat first, a strategy that has proved successful for him in the series.

When Dhawan (119, 123b, 17x4) and Rahul (85, 135b, 8x4), involved in a 188-run partnership, were going strong, India looked capable of batting Sri Lanka out of the Test match for the third consecutive game, such was the pair's dominance. An over later, Dilruwan Perera pulled a rank-turner but as luck would have it, the ball went straight to Pandya at deep midwicket. Dhawan was snapped up brilliantly by Dinesh Chandimal at square-leg again off Pushpakumara and from then on the hosts took control.

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.

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

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Virat Kohli (42) and Ravichandran Ashwin (31) looked to consolidate the innings a bit but both fell at the stroke of stumps with Sandakan and Vishwa Fernando (1-68) being the wicket takers.

India, meanwhile, will also miss the services of numero uno all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as he was suspended over a risky throw at Dimuth Karunaratne in the second Test. Their body language was good and they held good catches. While Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli could not score heavily in the second Test, the two have hundreds against their name in the first. On home turf, India had proven their worth with winning 12 out of the 13 Test matches played within the country, counting five nations.

Fifty for Hardik Pandya.

Sri Lanka's batting meanwhile has been heavily reliant on Dimuth Karunratne. Given the low standards set by the first two Test venues, around 1000-odd people were enjoying their Saturday afternoon.

The passionate storms of Galle decided not to bless the Indian team and polite showers of Colombo were too bashful to make an appearance.

Two overs later, Dhawan completed a scintillating century - his second in the series but Pushpakumara and Lakshan Sandakan (2-84) struck in quick succession to remove Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara (8) early.

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