Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

India reach 329/6 at stumps vs Sri Lanka

India reach 329/6 at stumps vs Sri Lanka

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. The ICC said that during Sri Lanka's second innings, one of Jadeja's throw was "in risky manner". India's last hundred-plus opening stand away from home came at Fatullah in Bangladesh, when Murali Vijay and Dhawan put on 283. Dhawan was particularly dominant, consistently maintaining a strike rate of more than a run per ball. He was turning the ball and one odd ball was turning a lot.

In the process, Pandya completed his century. Someone needed to tell the openers that this isn't an ODI. I know which bowler I can target, I work on that basis. The Lankans missed a great opportunity to dismiss Rahul in his 50s, letting a catch in the slips go past. 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. KL Rahul became the first wicket to fall when he departed for a well made 85. He found a bit of drift early on, but also sent down a full-toss that Dhawan swept to the square-leg boundary. Pujara departed too, looking shaky and unable to read the slower bowlers in the 33 balls he faced. Yes, they have done it in the past but it will be interesting to see if they can do it again. The first session might have been a tricky one, but Sri Lanka's inexperienced new-ball bowlers, Vishwa Fernando and Lahiru Kumara, wasted the new ball. You played so well. all the guys, whoever got out, were playing so well and never looked like getting out and one ball has your name on it and you have to get out. "If we can do that, definitely we can get more confidence and move forward", Chandimal said on Friday.

India move past 450.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored centuries in the two previous tests, was out cheaply after edging Lakshan Sandakan to Angelo Mathews at slip, leaving Sri Lanka 229-3.

India were on their way to another big total, and the yawns in the press box only underlined how successful they had been in making the contest a one-horse race. Remember, there is no Jadeja.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal then rotated his spinners in the second session and India lost three top batsmen in just 11 overs.

The hosts did not use Malinda Pushpakumara's left-arm orthodox before lunch, but tried Lakshan Sandakan's left-arm wristspin for a couple of overs.

Like this: