Sri Lanka's bowlers strike back after Dhawan's hundred in third Test

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

All-rounder Hardik Pandya entered the record books by smashing 26 runs in one over against Sri Lanka in the ongoing third and final Test at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy.

Sri Lanka brought in left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan, along with pace duo Kumara and Fernando.

A win in the previous match meant, Kohli is now the only Indian captain to have won two straight Test series in Sri Lanka.

Jadeja had fielded the ball off his own bowling and then thrown it at batsman Malinda Pushpakumara during Sri Lanka's second innings in the second Test "in a unsafe manner" according to on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford.

But the day so far has belonged to Pandya, who built crucial partnerships including a 66-run tenth-wicket stand with Umesh Yadav. The openers put up a good platform with a 188-run opening stand, but the middle order didn't capitalize on it. Skipper Kohli contributed 42 runs.

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However, Kohli had been reaching out to play the spinners from his crease and ended up edging the ball to first slip off Sandakan in the 79th over. At stumps, India were positioned 329 for six. The opener was dismissed for 119 off 123 balls when Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal took a stunning catch at the square leg diving to his left off Pushpakumara.

Vishwa Fernando, playing his second Test a year after his debut, also snared Ravichandran Ashwin (31) caught behind at full stretch by Niroshan Dickwella to give Sri Lanka another late lift.

Rahul, who scored his seventh consecutive Test fifty, mistimed a drive to mid-on and Dhawan soon followed his partner to the pavilion. The dismissals of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are clear indicators of this. This young team has been chasing leather this whole series - India scored 600, 240/3 and 622/9 in three innings in Galle and SSC.

Pandya then struck a body blow with the ball as well trapping Angelo Mathews (0) lbw in the 10th over as Lanka were reduced to 38 for 4. Besides that, today the area of interest will be how India's own chinaman Kuldeep Yadav bowls on a pitch offering slow turn. Given the low standards set by the first two Test venues, around 1000-odd people were enjoying their Saturday afternoon.

The most runs conceded in an over in worldwide cricket is 36 - a six from every ball - which has happened in both limited overs formats, and twice in first-class cricket but never in a Test match.

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