Electing to bat, India reached 329 for six at stumps of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, at Pallekele on Saturday. Wriddhiman Saha was batting on 13 and Hardik Pandya was on 1 when the stumps were drawn. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan (119) and KL Rahul (85) gave India a solid start and played with intent. The opening duo brought up their 50-partnership off just 55 balls in the 10th over and kept up the pace to reach 100 off 107 balls in the 18th over.
However, the Lankan lions fought back by sending both openers back to the pavilion post-lunch, courtesy Malinda Pushpakumara, who ended the day with figures of three for 40. Though Virat Kohli (42) and Ajinkya Rahane (17) tried re-building the innings, the bowlers pegged back the visitors with regular wickets. India would like to add more runs on the board when they come out to bat on Sunday. (SCORECARD)
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17:22 IST: Third Test, Day 1, India 329/6 (Wriddhiman Saha 13*, Hardik Pandya 1*) at stumps.
17:14 IST: Hardik Pandya is the new man in.
17:13 IST: Four! An awkward bounce for Saha as he edges the ball over the slips for a boundary.
17:11 IST: Out! Niroshan Dickwella takes an absolute stunner behind the wicket to dismiss Ashwin for 31. Indi lose their sixth wicket.
16:57 IST: Sri Lanka lose a review as there was a massive inside edge first and then the ball hit the pads.
16:56 IST: Huge appeal for LBW from Fernando, on-field umpire turns down the appeal. After much discussion Dinesh Chandimal opts for a review.
16:54 IST: Four! On the pads from Fernando, Ashwin guides the ball away for a boundary at fine leg.
16:52 IST: In the last 10 overs, India have scored 27 runs and lost one wicket.
16:45 IST: Sri Lanka bowlers have done a good job with the ball in the evening session. The spinners have curbed the run flow and also taken two wickets.
16:38 IST: 10 overs of play left in Day 1.
16:34 IST: Not-out! Sri Lanka lose their second review. Saha is safe.
16:33 IST: Huge shout for caught behind from the wicket-keeper, on-field umpire turns down the appeal. Sri Lanka take a review.
16:32 IST: Wriddhiman Saha is the new man in.
16:30 IST: Out! Sri Lanka gets the big fish, Kohli departs for 42.
16:26 IST: Second new ball available in 3 overs.
16:04 IST: Sri Lankan bowlers are clawing their way back in the game. Batsmen are struggling to score runs at will.
15:51 IST: Kohli and Ashwin are keeping the scoreboard ticking.
15:41 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin joins Kohli out in the middle.
15:40 IST: Out! Malinda Pushpakumara gets his third, cleans up Rahane for 17. India 264/4.
15:37 IST: Virat Kohli and Ajinya Rahane are slowly rebuilding the innings.
15:29 IST: Sri Lanka review. Fair delivery. No bat. Missed the inside edge by a long way. It was a loopy leg-break that pitched well outside off and turns in sharply. The impact is on off but the ball spins over the stumps. Perhaps, down leg as well. SL lose a review.
15:27 IST: Review! Big shout for LBW from the wicket-keeper, on-field umpire turns down the appeal. Captain Chandimal goes upstairs for a review.
15:24 IST: Four! Full from Fernando, Kohli drives the ball beautifully for a boundary.
14:58 IST: Sri Lanka will be happy with their performance towards the end of their session. India now need to rebuild after tea.
14:41 IST: Sri Lankan bowlers have done well to mount a fightback after Dhawan and Rahul's stand.
14:25 IST: WICKET! Pujara is caught at slip off Sandakan's bowling. India lose their 3rd wicket.
14:14 IST: OUT! India lose their second wicket as Dhawan departs for 119.
13:55 IST: FOUR! Dhawan picks up another boundary of Kumara's bowling.
13:50 IST: Dhawan certainly has made the most of his opportunity.
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13:48 IST: HUNDRED! Dhawan scores his 6th Test ton. India 195/1 and in command.
13:32 IST: Rahul has scored seven consecutive Test fifties and is bound to be desperate for that hundred.
13:08 IST: Dhawan and Rahul have batted sensibly this morning. The duo has scored quickly without taking any risks.
13:06 IST: FOUR! Short from Sandakan and Dhawan punishes him with a pull shot.
12:45 IST: Vishwa Fernando is back into the attack
12:44 IST: Rahul hits a four off a Sandakan delivery. Sandakan concedes 5 runs this over
12:40 IST: The players are back after lunch.
12:05 IST: India 134/0 (KL Rahul 67*, Shikhar Dhawan in 27 overs at lunch
11:57 IST: FOUR! Dhawan sweeps well to pick up another boundary.
11:47 IST: Rahul has now equaled record of Australian cricketer Chris Rogers for 7 consecutive 50+ scores
11:37 IST: FIFTY! Rahul completes his 9th Test fifty. This has been a good comeback from injury by the right-hander.
11:30 IST: FIFTY! Dhawan gets to his 4th fifty. Solid stuff from the left-hander.
11:13 IST: Dhawan picks up two boundaries in that Dilruwan over. Too short from the off-spinner. India 83/0.
11:07 IST: India 69/0 (Rahul 35*, Dhawan 32*) in 13 overs.
10:59 IST: FOUR! Dhawan flicks Karunaratne's ball off his pads for a boundary. Superb from the left-hander, this.
10:56 IST: Rahul dropped on 28 by Kumara of Karunaratne's bowling.
10:39 IST: Karunaratne gives away only 2 runs. India are 44/0
10:34 IST: Kumara is taken off the attack, He had given away 16 runs! Dimuth Karunaratne comes in
10:24 IST: Expensive over from Kumara. Three boundaries - two from Rahul and one from Dhawan.
10:17 IST: FOUR! Dhawan cuts through for his second boundary of the match.
10:12 IST: Dhawan and Rahul have been very watchful in the early exchanges.
9:56 IST: The Indian openers are out in the middle.
9:49 IST: Kuldeep Yadav replaces suspended Ravindra Jadeja for India.
9:32 IST: Virat Kohli wins the toss and elects to bat first.
9:24 IST: Wriddhiman Saha plays his 100th first-class match today.
9:22 IST: Hello and welcome to our live cricket blog for Day 1 of the final Test between India and Sri Lanka.
Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has added one more feather to his cap after becoming the only India captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka. Runs have come easy for the Indians in the series with Cheteshwar Pujara leading the list with a couple centuries to his name and an average of more than 100 so far. However, India will miss the services of Ravindra Jadeja in the final Test starting Saturday due to his suspension for breaching an ICC conduct code. With not too many changes expected to take place in the Indian side, the visitors will either opt for Axar Patel who has been included in the 15-member squad or Kuldeep Yadav who has impressed one and all with his bowling display in the practice games.