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Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test - Day 1 Report: Left-armers fightback after Dhawan-Rahul stand

Sat, 12th, Aug 2017 |
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India 329/6
Dhawan 119
Rahul 85
Kohli 42

Pushpakumara 3/40
Sandakan 2/84

First day of the 3rd Test was very similar to the first day of the previous 2 matches - India dominated the first session, courtesy a stellar show from the openers who added 134 until Lunch at a brisk pace to put the hosts on the backfoot. 

Dhawan survived Vishwa Fernando's delivery that wasn't held at the slip region while Rahul was given a life when he tried to step out and slam a ball over long on but could only sky-high it for the fielder to misjudge it. 

Post lunch, Rahul and Dhawan continued their assault with Dhawan smashing his 2nd Test ton of the series. Rahul, who'd already pwned a record - for the most number of successive fifties (7) was looking strong, this time to convert it into 3 figures. 

But the elegant right hander lost composure, played an unorthodox shot to an orthodox spinner, throwing his wicket on 85. 

India lost Dhawan and Pujara within quick time and were reduced to 235/3 at Tea. Kohli and Rahane fought for a brief period before Rahane was cleaned up by Pushpakumara. 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. 

Fernando was finally rewarded for pitching the ball in right areas in his 18th over when Ashwin, batting on 31, nicked one to Dickwella behind the stumps. India will still take their overnight total considering the amount of times the lower order has contributed while Sri Lanka looks more determined to knock off the remaining four early on Day 2. 

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