Dhawan hits ton as Sri Lanka fight back (Lead Tea)


India's Lokesh Rahul reacts as he leaves the ground after losing his wicket.

Earlier, his opening partner Rahul stamped his class in Test cricket with yet another half-century and joined an elite list of cricketers to hit most consecutive fifty-plus scores. Rahul is also a similar batsman like me, he tries to take on the bowler.

While Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane failed to score many runs and Virat Kohli got out for 42 in the middle order stumble, a 188-run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul helped India to score 329 on the opening day of the third and final Test.

Jadeja had fielded the ball off his own bowling and then thrown it at batsman Malinda Pushpakumara during Sri Lanka's second innings in the second Test "in a unsafe manner" according to on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford.

Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav have been a persistent threat even on pitches not especially helpful to their craft and there's Bhuvneshwar Kumar lurking in the shadows should India believe that the overcast conditions and pitch conspire to aid lateral movement.

Dhawan remained confident that the remaining batsmen for India would be able to build an imposing total.

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India lead the three-match series 2-0 after winning the first Test in Galle by 304 runs and the second Test in Colombo by an innings and 54 runs.

Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and made a decision to bat first.

Lahiru Gamage, who has previously featured in five ODIs for Sri Lanka, and Dushmantha Chameera have been included with Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep missing out due to injuries. "He had proved himself during the Dharamsala Test and thus has a good chance of playing tomorrow", Kohli said in the pre-match press conference. He will replace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who was suspended for the final Test of the series after having accumulated six demerit points inside a 24-month period. Saha and Hardik Pandya was at the crease. Sri Lanka on the other hand have looked clueless against a strong Indian team, floundering in their pursuit for success at home. Sri Lanka off to a bright start on Day 2. Of these, three were drawn, also a complete oddity in a country where not one of the most recent 18 Test matches have been drawn.

Sri Lanka Playing 11: Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara.

Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav (26) added 62 runs for the eighth wicket after India resumed on 329/6.