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Dhawan hits hundred before Sri Lanka strike back

Dhawan hits hundred before Sri Lanka strike back

But, the most weird thing about India's cricket tour of Sri Lanka has been two Test matches where rain has played no significant part. The opener was dismissed for 119 off 123 balls when Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal took a stunning catch at the square leg diving to his left off Pushpakumara. Nothing to do with the second century or anything.

Wriddhiman Saha and Hardik Pandya will begin the proceedings on the second day as Sri Lanka will bank on their spinners - Lakshan Sandakan and Malinda Pushpakumara - to restrict India's total below 400. The Delhi southpaw's innings was laced with 17 boundaries.

But Pandya, 23, pressed on with the assault even after the fall of the ninth wicket as he took on Pushpakumara, smashing two fours and and three sixes in an over off the left-arm spinner.

"Because it shouldn't vary according to how the situation is looked at", Kohli said in the pre-match press conference ahead of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka.

Lahiru Kumara could not hold on to a mishit from Rahul when he was on 28, spilling the chance off Dimuth Karunaratne. Leading the spin attack in Rangana Herath's absence, Dilruwan Perera wasn't allowed to settle, Dhawan dancing down the track in only his second over to loft him over mid-off.

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 risky manner" according to on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford. India have won the first two Tests by comprehensive margins against a below-par Sri Lankan team - by 304 runs in Galle and by an innings and 53 runs in Colombo - and the final Test will be played at Pallekele.

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It got worse for Polansky as he fell to a 5-0 deficit in the second set, and came to within a point of being bagelled. However, as great champions usually do, the Swiss improved as the match went on and found a way to win.

Rahul was in excellent form and seemed to be well on his way to what would have been a well deserved century when he was let down by a poor piece of shot selection.

And that was probably why Rahul, who had batted beautifully until that point, when on 85 chose to take on Malinda Pushpakumara.

Dhawan was going great guns at the other end, finding the gaps at regular intervals.

Vishwa Fernando, the left-arm quick, bowled reasonably well in only his second Test match, pushing close to 90mph, getting some swing, and finding Dhawan's outside edge in his second over, the ball not quite carrying as third slip dived in front of second.

Rahul, who also has four Test centuries to his name, was often criticised early in his Test career for his inconsistency has definitely turned a new leaf in what is still a very young and promising Test career.

Kohli and Rahane were then tasked with stabilizing the innings, which they did, ensuring no more wickets were lost as the team headed into Tea.