Sri Lanka call up Chameera, Gamage for third Test against India

Sri Lanka call up Chameera, Gamage for third Test against India

India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the third and final test against Sri Lanka on Saturday as the tourists bid to complete a series whitewash over the hosts. His probing cutters kept the batsmen on their toes and he even had Rahul playing a false shot when the batsman went for a loft over midwicket, but Kumara failed to react on time and dropped the chance. "It's quite a different situation but the management has gone to the stadium to have a look". India piled up 600 runs batting first on both those wickets. Also, Rahul joined an elite list of batsmen who scored seven consecutive fifties in Tests. Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed his sixth Test hundred, while K L Rahul made a superb 85. Sri Lanka, thus, could provide Iyer with an global cap that has been eluding the 22-year-old Mumbai batsman for quite some time. The previous record of 171 was held by Navjot Singh Sidhu and Manoj Prabhakar.

While the team has searched for creative solutions to their many problems, SLC has also intervened, having requested the team to attend a "recoup and regroup" meeting on what would have been the fifth day of the second Test, in Colombo. And then you encounter a happy-topounce Indian team. Dhawan departed as his sweep off Pushpakumara found a diving Dinesh Chandimal at square-leg. India's score read 219/2 as Kohli walked into the crease.

Pujara followed him back to the pavilion just three overs later after being caught by Angelo Mathews in the slips off Sandakan's bowling.

"That happens. It's not that it has happened for the first time", he added. India's score read 229/3.

Kohli and Rahane ensured that the visitors did not suffer any more setbacks before tea as the Lankans went into the break well satisfied with the outcome of the post lunch session. They were true batting surfaces on the the first days.

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India bowled 20 overs before the close and Ashwin got rid of both openers, with Upul Tharanga going in the second over for a duck. En-route, Pujara notched his 3rd ton in as many Tests on Sri Lankan soil while Rahane too got past his 9th hundred in the format.

It was now upto R Ashwin and Kohli to stitch a partnership.

Kohli assured there was to be no complacency when he insisted India were not going to make wholesale changes to the XI now that the series has been secured.

This means that senior pros like MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, despite being criticised for being off-colour during India's Champions Trophy campaign in England, are likely to be picked for the Sri Lanka journey.

Lakshan Sandakan bagged two wickets while Vishwa Fernando also chipped in with a wicket.