India 235-3 at tea on Day 1 of 3rd test vs

Lahiru Gamage has been called up to the Sri Lanka squad for the final Test against India in Pallekele along with Dushmantha Chameera

Mendis responded to Chandimal's early call and began the run and kept watching the ball since then. After Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul added 188 for the opening stand, the middle- and lower-middle order stuttered.

India dominated the second day of the Pallekele Test against Sri Lanka.

Dhawan, who looked completely at ease at the crease, slapped an innocuous delivery from Malinda Pushpakumara straight to square-leg, ending on 119 from only 123 balls. Sandakan will remember this day for long. They have now scored a 400-plus score in all the three Tests of this series.

Kohli tried to stem the rot during a 84-ball innings, ended when he edged a Sandakan delivery to slip. One thing I learned from Mahi bhai (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) is that you always put your team ahead, see the scoreboard and play accordingly. It is such kind of hitting that reminds us of former Test cricketer MS Dhoni, who is an incredible big hitter.

India captain Virat Kohli was 11 not out with Ajinkya Rahane on three.

The aggressive Dhawan latched on to short stuff from the recalled Lahiru Kumara with some exquisite cuts, while Rahul pulled expertly and drove with elegance as India got off to an ominous start. The hosts' strategy to go in with five bowlers, including all-rounder Dilruwan Parera, worked well for them. They bowled half-volleys. And accordingly they were cut, pulled and driven easily. Dhawan was particularly dominant, consistently maintaining a strike rate of more than a run per ball. India went to lunch at 134-0.

India reached the close of play on 329 for six, after losing no wickets in the first session, with Wriddhiman Saha unbeaten on 13 and Hardik Pandya not out on one at stumps. The celebration wasn't the usual: the twirl of moustache and slapping of thigh. Some thought this was to suggest his second ton in the series but he later hinted at some team secret.

Asked what makes Pandya a special player, Prasad said: "He is athletic, exuberant and very positive in his attitude".

Dhawan reached his second century of the series soon after as Pujara joined him.

I usually don't look at the scoreboard, I just focus on how I can help the innings progress. Even if I were to mis-hit, I had no choice. Lanka are still not in a position to celebrate. With Notts pressing for an immediate return to Division One, Mick Newell, the club's director of cricket, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that they are interested in securing his services for the final weeks of the season. Besides that, today the area of interest will be how India's own chinaman Kuldeep Yadav bowls on a pitch offering slow turn.

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