Virat Kohli Reveals Who Will Replace Ravindra Jadeja In The Third Test

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

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.

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 risky manner" according to on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford.

Electing to bat, India reached 134 for no loss at lunch on the opening day of the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka, here today. R Ashwin, who once again contributed with the bat with 31 runs, was the last man to get out before stumps as Hardik Pandya and Wriddhiman Saha managed to keep their wickets before the end of day's play.

Pushpakamara rattled the Indian top-order with his left-arm spin after a 188-run opening stand between Dhawan, who hit 119 in 123 balls, and Lokesh Rahul. Just when Kohli and him looked settled in the middle, Kohli fell for a valiant 42, edging the ball to Karunaratne at slip off of Sandakan. India were 329 for 6 at stumps.

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal brilliantly caught Dhawan diving to his left at square-leg when the batsman swept Pushpakumara. The innings run-rate plummeted from around five in the morning session to 2.76 after tea as it became an objective of trying to survive rather than looking to score quick runs.

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Malinda Pushpakumara wrecked havoc as he sent three Indian batsmen back to the pavilion, with Ajinkya Rahane being his last victim.

Dancing down the track to put the tweaker off his length and confidence right away, Rahul committed a bit of hara-kiri as he went to clear mid-on off just the third ball of the bowler's first over. Cheteshwar Pujara was never comfortable against Lakshan Sandakan, the chinaman bowler, and it wasn't long before he picked the wrong ball to cut and edged to slip.

"It might just be a good thing for those who needed more rest especially the bowlers who have massive workload during test matches". Lakshan Sandakan replaced Rangana Herath, while Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando replaced Dhananjaya de Silva and Nuwan Pradeep. Fast and swinging the ball both ways, Shami troubled Sri Lanka's left-handed opening pair with the away going ball, and kept them guessing by bringing the ball in, making it hard to leave the balls outside the off-stump.

Pushpakumara had 2-19 in six overs.

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