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India pin hopes on lower order on Day 2

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August 13, 2017 09:55




India 329-6 (90 ovs) vs SL | Scorecard

Welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and India in Pallekele on Sunday.

India reached the close of play on 329 for six, with Wriddhiman Saha unbeaten on 13 and Hardik Pandya not out on one at stumps. They will be hoping that their lower order which has done well with the bat in the last year or so, will once again make some contributions with the bat and carry them above the 400-run mark.

On Day 1, India's Shikhar Dhawan smashed his sixth hundred and added 188 in an opening partnership with KL Rahul before Sri Lanka's spinners fought back to halt the touring side's progress.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, India captain Virat Kohli could not have asked for a better start as his side began their bid to complete a series whitewash over the hosts.

Dhawan hit 17 fours in his 123-ball knock before he was out for 119, hitting a sweep shot off left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara straight to Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal at square leg.

Pushpakumara had also provided Sri Lanka a breakthrough in his first over when he dismissed Rahul for 85. The 30-year-old, playing only his second test, later bowled an out-of-sorts Ajinkya Rahane for 17, to end the day with figures of 3-40.

Left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan then got Cheteshwar Pujara (eight) to edge one to slip as Sri Lanka continued to fight back.

The 26-year-old, replacing the injured Rangana Herath, also removed the dangerous Kohli with the right-handed batsman out for 42 after getting an edge to slip.

Ravichandran Ashwin (31) was the only wicket to fall to the faster bowlers when he edged Fernando to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella after the hosts had taken the second new ball, late on Day 1.