Sri Lanka strike back to halt India after Shikhar Dhawan scores century on day one of third Test

It was an evenly matched opening day of the third Test between Sri Lanka and India.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
12th August 2017

article:12th August 2017

Vishwa Fernando dismissed Ravi Ashwin.
Vishwa Fernando dismissed Ravi Ashwin.

Sri Lankan spinners struck back with three wickets to check India’s surge after opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed a century on the opening day of the third and final Test on Saturday.

The left-handed Dhawan hit a 123-ball 119 before becoming left-armer Malinda Pushpakumara’s second victim at the Pallekele International cricket Stadium.


India were 235-3 at tea with skipper Virat Kohli on 11 and Ajinkya Rahane on three. Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first in their bid for a series sweep.

A 188-run opening stand between Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul, who made 85, took India through the first session without losing a wicket against a hapless Sri Lankan attack.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (L) is watched by Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella as he plays a shot during the first day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on August 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kohli made 42 but was dismissed by Sandakan.

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

Rahul, who scored his seventh consecutive Test fifty, was the first to go after mistiming a drive to mid-on off Pushpakumara.

Rahul joins Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Rogers in the list of batsmen who have made seven consecutive 50-plus scores in Tests.

Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan sent Cheteshwar Pujara back to the pavilion for eight after the batsman edged the ball to slip.

Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan (R) is congratulated by his teammate Cheteshwar Pujara after he scored a century (100 runs) during the first day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on August 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Rich vein of form: Dhawan.


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