1st Test: Jadeja, Shami keep Sri Lanka at bay on Day-3

1st Test: Jadeja, Shami keep Sri Lanka at bay on Day-3

This was the biggest first innings lead by India on Lankan soil.

Dilruwan Perera was left stranded eight short of a maiden Test century when Sri Lanka were dismissed for 291 in reply to the tourists' mammoth 600 all out.

Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews and Dilruwan Perera offered stiff resistance to India but the other Lankan batsmen failed to read Indian bowlers as the Sri Lankan innings folded in less than a day.

He also said that Pandya was a wonderful talent who had the complete package and hoped that he would get a sustained run at the top to prove and establish himself.

"We would like to maintain that standard".

Despite his impressive knock of 81 in the second innings on Friday, Mukund knows that he might well have to make way when the regular Indian openers are back in the fray. We are very well poised at this stage.

When I have the opportunity to do well in this Test, I focus on that and not think ahead. "Our bowlers are bowling good lines and lengths", he said referring to India's 10 wins in the last 13 Tests. The decision was overturned after replays suggested the ball would have sailed over the stumps. Dhawan was dismissed for 190 runs in 31 balls with 168 balls.

The innings was especially sweet for Dhawan, who was made to sit out of India's last 11 Tests following a dip in form.

Nuwan Pradeep was excellent with the ball, taking six wickets in the innings, frequently troubling the Indians with his fiery bouncers.

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Skipper Kohli did not enforce the follow on and India walked out to bat only to lose their 2 centurions from the first innings early. When you get a chance in the middle, I want to capitalise on it.

"But more than that, I got out at the wrong time".

Not really, we have certain plans when we try to hold on to our partnership at the start and end of each session.

At Stumps on Day Two, the hosts were reeling at 154/5 and they still trail by 446 runs with five wickets in hand. He remained unbeaten on a gritty 92, hitting 10 boundaries and four sixes off the 132 deliveries he faced. In the final delivery of the day, Danushka Gunathilaka (1-15) trapped Mukund LBW.

Rahane was well taken by Dimuth Karunaratne at slip to become Lahiru Kumara's first victim and stand-in captain Rangana Herath removed Wriddhiman Saha (16) in a vastly improved Sri Lanka bowling display. Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya bagged a wicket each.

Dhawan was only a late replacement in India's test squad for the tour after Murali Vijay got injured.

India's cricketer Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot.

"Medical experts have indicated Gunaratne will be out of action for a minimum of 6-8 weeks, and will be returned to full mobility under a strictly managed rehabilitation regime over the period", it said in a statement.

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