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

Henrietta Brewer
August 13, 2017

India made 487 in their first innings and were dismissed after lunch without adding any more runs to the total after the break.

Malinda Pushpakumara, who sent the Indian openers packing, proved to be the most economical bowler.

"It's not that it has happened for the first time".

Rahul joined an elite list when he reached the half-century mark against Sri Lanka on the first day of the third Test match at Pallekele.

To be in Sri Lanka and not sweat buckets feels a bit odd. Ravindra Jadeja's suspension meant Kuldeep Yadav earned his debut.

On the other hand, the Sri Lankan team made three changes in the team by including Lakshan Sadakan, Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando in place of Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep and Dhananjaya de Silva. India's only concern coming into the Test was Kohli's atrocious form in Test cricket, something that seems to have been exacerbated by his captaincy. But it is Cheteshwar Pujara, India's "best Test batsman", who has been a thorn in Sri Lanka's flesh with two hundreds in two Tests. To start the third Test, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul opened to bat, presently at 54 (52 balls) and 50 (67 balls) respectively, at the time of reporting.

Pandya then sensed the opportunity to convert his fifty into a century and played with caution.

That chance, in the 12th over, would be the last of the session. I know which bowler I can target, I work on that basis. The home side's reply go off to a disastrous start when Upul Tharanga edged Shami to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for five and inexplicably called for a review after consultation with opening partner Dimuth Karunaratne. Rahane soon succumbed on 17, ending his misery at the crease as Pushpakumara bowled him while he tried playing a cross batted shot.

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.

Ashwin also had to make the long walk towards the pavilion courtesy a superb catch by Niroshan Dickwella at second slip off Fernando's bowling.

Prodigious allrounder Hardik Pandya has announced himself to the cricketing world with a brilliant maiden Test century, smashing a Indian Test record along the way.

Pandya, running out of partners in an extended first session on the second day of the ongoing third and final Test at Pallekele, fired on all cylinders as he bolstered India's first innings with crucial late runs, which in all probability will hurt Sri Lanka. India have never blanked a team out 3-0 overseas in their Test history.

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