Live cricket score, India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 2, Pallekele

Hardik Pandya's inclusion has been the biggest positive says Virat Kohli

The slight glimmer of hope that the Lankans had after winning two session over India on day one meant nothing on day two as SL failed to curtail the Indian tail.

Shikhar Dhawan smashed his sixth hundred and added 188 in an opening partnership with KL Rahul before Sri Lanka's spinners fought back to halt the touring side's progress in the third and final test on Saturday.

The change in nature that Kohli was referring to - presumably brought to his attention by Bharat Arun, the bowling coach, who took a trip to the stadium - was the typically subcontinental removal of grass. Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first in their bid for a series sweep.

In the light of Jadeja's suspension, left-arm spinner Axar Patel was added to the Indian squad. The Sri Lanka captain still did very well to react to in and take a diving catch with both hands.

"India has been a really good team, especially during the last two to three years".

Earlier, it was yet another solid start from Dhawan and Rahul as they bettered the highest opening stand against Sri Lanka in away Tests, going past the 173-run stand between Manoj Prabhakar and Navjot Sidhu during the 1993 series.

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Pandya then sensed the opportunity to convert his fifty into a century and played with caution. Someone needed to tell the openers that this isn't an ODI. I know if I can hit a bowler, I go on that basis. Rahul was the first to depart at 85 trying to pull off an aggressive shot but was caught by Karunaratne off Malinda Pushpakumara.

"Managing players who don't get a chance is also a skill". Yes, they have done it in the past but it will be interesting to see if they can do it again. In between, he did return to the Gentlemen's arena for the ODI series against West Indies, and proved impressive too. Kohli, on the other end, looked solid in defense as he looked to play out the overs.

India move past 450.

Angelo Mathews had no time to react when Rahul edged a cut past him at slip off Sandakan, but he missed out on a century after dancing down the track to strike Pushpakumara to Karunaratne at mid-on. However, India will find it hard to do so as they aren't familiar with the conditions in Pallekele. Remember, there is no Jadeja. They were replaced by Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando. Pandya (108 batting) and Umesh Yadav (3 batting) were at the crease.

At tea Sri Lanka were 61 for 4, and their downward slide continued in the final session as well. At times, the pacers received unexpected movement into the batsmen, a worrying sign for the coming days.

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