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Pandya ton lifts India to 487 in 3rd Test

13 Août 2017

The fact that Sri Lanka's spinners took all the wickets save one today speaks volumes about the way the pitch behaved today.

With Kuldeep and Sandakan featuring in the match, it was only the second time since 2004 when two "chinamen" bowlers featured in the same game after Dave Mohammed (West Indies) and Paul Adams (South Africa) at Cape Town.

Dhawan, who departed on 119, scored his second century of the series and his third overall against Sri Lanka.

India became the first team to score 400-plus in three successive Tests of a series on Lankan soil.

The Indian cricket team will look to extend their lead against Sri Lanka on Day 2 of the third and final Test at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. But Team India once again proved their worth when they shrugged off their 2015 Galle Humiliation to script a 304-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test match.

Dhawan was caught at square leg, thanks to a leaping effort from skipper Dinesh Chandimal, a second dismissal against the run of play as he was just looking to cut loose with a flurry of boundaries. Over the course of his next six balls, Pandya went on to mangle them, taking 26 runs off them with the cleanest striking imaginable, all of it executed with the stillest of heads and the smoothest of bat-swings. 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.

Lakshan Sandakan claimed 4/132 for the hosts. 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.

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But right after the match, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja received a one-match ban after his demerits point accumulated to six.

Indian batsmen are in a good form with all of them amongst runs.

Shikhar Dhawan smashed his fifth hundred away from home.

Sri Lanka have suffered a string of injuries to key players in the series.

Fifty for Hardik Pandya. Given the low standards set by the first two Test venues, around 1000-odd people were enjoying their Saturday afternoon.

After an early fall of wickets, Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav had stabilised the innings and helped India reach a challenging score. They are intelligent so you don't get too many of such questions.

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

Pandya ton lifts India to 487 in 3rd Test