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Sri Lanka make late comeback after Dhawan, Rahul fire

Sri Lanka make late comeback after Dhawan, Rahul fire

Malinda Pushpakumara took three wickets and Lakshan Sandakan two, leaving India on 329-6 at the close, with Wriddhiman Saha on 13 and Hardik Pandya on one.

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.

After the first session on Saturday, when Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul piled on the runs, it looked like India were on their way to another 600 score in the first innings of a Test match against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka had by then established their sway over the game.

He put on only 10 runs with Kohli as India were left to rebuild their innings despite being in a comfortable position. 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. Especially once we got out, the way he came back and bowled, it was good for them. He also got rid of Dhawan (119) soon after. "It is dry but I can't say right now whether it is going to break or anything, because I don't know about it", Dhawan said, frankly. Rahul, who survived a dropped catch on 28, brought up his seventh consecutive Test 50 with a double off pacer Lahiru Kumara.

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Pujara followed him back to the pavilion just three overs later after being caught by Angelo Mathews in the slips off Sandakan's bowling. No matter; Pandya hooked his second ball for six, premeditating by taking guard on off stump and hitting clean and hard. Kohli and Rahane fought for a brief period before Rahane was cleaned up by Pushpakumara. Myself and Rahul, we played very nicely. Anything over 375 will be a real bonus as like in the first two Tests, Sri Lanka will again have to bat last. A series of full-tosses and no-balls dotted the 22-ball over as Wellington tried to induce Canterbury to chase a target in the hope of forcing a result.

Kohli managed to make 42 before becoming Sandakan's second victim, while Ravichandran Ashwin added 31 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Vishwa Fernando for 31 on the last ball of the third-last over of the day.

On chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who is tipped to replace the Saurashtra player, Kohli said: "A guy like Kuldeep Yadav is willing to bowl in any situation". Though Dilruwan Perera struggled and was expensive by Test standards, Pushpakumara and Sandakan received plenty of assistance from the dry, grassless pitch.