After capturing the test series by winning first two test matches against Sri Lanka, India went into the third test match looking for clean sweep. After the first day’s play India’s score was 329 after a loss of 6 wickets. India won the toss and decided to bat first.
The first session was all about Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul. They batted brutally and scored 134 in 27 hours before lunch. Shikhar Dhawan was very aggrresive and scored 64 in 66 balls in this session. KL Rahul scored another half century as he scored 67 in 97 balls before lunch.
After lunch Rahul was first to go as he was out for 85 in 135 balls. Pushpakumara took his wicket as Karunaratne completed the catch. KL Rahul equalled the record for most consecutive half centuries with seven half centuries on the trot. After him the man in form Cheteshwar Pujara came out to bat. Dhawan soon get to his hundred with a fours through covers. He was out after scoring 119 in 123 balls.
Srin Lanka came back strongly in second session after getting hammered in first sesssion. Pujara was out cheapely as he could only score 8 runs in 33 balls. India were now 229-3. Ajinkya Rahane then joined the skipper Kohli. In second session India scored 101 runs for a loss of 3 wickets in 29 overs.
After tea Kohli and Rahane were back to field. They were cautious; however, the partnership lasted for 35 runs only as Rahane was out when scoreboard showed 264. After Dhawan and Rahul, Rahane too fell to Pushpakumara. Virat Kohli looked at ease; however, could not get to his half century. He was out for 42 runs in 84 balls.
Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin were out as the top order was back in the hut. Ashwin was out for 13 runs as Dickwella caught him on the ball of Vishwa Fernando. India ended the day at 329 while Saha and Hardik Pandya are at crease.
For Sri Lanka Malinda Pushpakumara took 3 wickets. Lakshan Sandakan took 2 wickets while Vishwa Fernando took 1 wicket. Match is poised as Sri Lanka came back strongly. Keep reading our other sections on Sports and share your thoughts in the Comments section.