Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Kuldeep Yadav roped in as India opt to bat : Pallekele Test

Kuldeep Yadav roped in as India opt to bat : Pallekele Test

Kohli batting on 42, lost his concentration and finally succumbed to a bowl pitched wide outside off to play a shot which he avoided for the most part of his 42 run inning - the drive, edging it to slip. He found a bit of drift early on, but also sent down a full-toss that Dhawan swept to the square-leg boundary. It was firmly struck off the middle of the bat.

Chameera meanwhile, last played a Test in South Africa past year, but featured in four of the five ODIs against Zimbabwe - the series that Sri Lanka lost 2-3.

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.

India's Lokesh Rahul reacts as he leaves the ground after losing his wicket. He would go on to score 20-odd more runs before holding out to a sharp catch at Mid-On by Karunaratne off of Pushpakumara, begging the question of why it took 550+ wickets in domestic cricket for him to be selected. He tried to take on the spinner in his first over but failed.

India vs Sri Lanka Live Cricket Score 3rd Test: The pitch had started to show signs of turn from day 1 and scoring runs won't be as easy as it looked like.

On a surface ideal for batting, India's openers picked up boundaries at will and made Sri Lanka pay for their profligacy with Dhawan given a reprieve on one, his edge flying through the slip cordon off left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando. India are clearly dominating the proceedings as they look to post yet another 300-plus total on the opening day of the Test.

India won the second match by an innings and 53 runs, and would come into the game high on confidence.

India won the toss for the third time in a row and made a decision to bat first.

As far as Playing XI is concerned, left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav will make his overseas Test debut.

"It might just be a good thing for those who needed more rest especially the bowlers who have massive workload during test matches". But just when it seemed that India could fold up soon, Kuldeep Yadav showed resistance along with Pandya.

Shikhar Dhawan smashed his fifth hundred away from home.

Hardik Pandya was at his explosive best as he blasted 108 off a mere 96 balls in a devastatingly entertaining hundred versus Sri Lanka in Pallekele. Sri Lanka off to a bright start on Day 2. He was adjudged the "man of the match" for his complete performance.

After Dhawan's ton, Sri Lankan left-arm spinners Sandakan and Pushpakumara bring hosts back in Test The brass band at the Pallekele International Stadium was genteelly playing Sri Lankan folk songs.

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