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Live cricket score, India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 2, Pallekele
13 August 2017, 02:44 | Charlene Valdez
Pandya Virat Kohli after he dismissed Sri Lankan batsmen Angelo Matthews
The last over before lunch underlined India's effortless dominance, KL Rahul cutting and driving Dilruwan Perera, Sri Lanka's most experienced bowler, for two nearly dismissive boundaries. Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed his sixth Test hundred, while K L Rahul made a superb 85.
Pallekele:India and Sri Lanka both enjoyed their periods of dominance on the opening day of the third Test between the two nations at the International Cricket Stadium here Saturday.
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. Before this Test, Rahul had six fifties and that meant he got ahead of the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Navjot Sidhu, who all scored five straight half-centuries in their respective Test careers.
India won the toss and opted to bat first once again.
Sri Lanka brought in left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan, along with pace duo Kumara and Fernando. Kohli would be hoping India do not lose a wicket in the first one hour on day 2.
India continued to go from strength to strength in the second session, continuing to dominate the bowlers. Over the course of his next six balls, Pandya went on to mangle them, taking 26 runs off them with the cleanest striking imaginable, all of it executed with the stillest of heads and the smoothest of bat-swings. India now have two new batters at the crease, exactly what Sri Lanka would have wanted.
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.
Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and Hardik Pandya put together an unbeaten seven-run partnership in the final two overs before stumps was called.
Ashwin also had to make the long walk towards the pavilion courtesy a superb catch by Niroshan Dickwella at second slip off Fernando's bowling.
Pushpakumara bowled Ajinkya Rahane (17) and Sandakan claimed the scalp of Kohli, who was taken by Karunaratne at slip eight short of a half-century, in a strong Sri Lanka fightback. India lost Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara (8) soon. Although he played and missed repeatedly and had several close shaves against the chinaman bowler, it was the orthodox left-armer who dismissed Rahane, playing for the turn and being bowled.
The former then fell immediately afterwards caught behind off Sandakan.
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