Kuldeep Yadav roped in as India opt to bat : Pallekele Test

India vs Sri Lanka

Jadeja had been a vital cog in India's wheel so far, scoring an unbeaten 70 in India's innings, and taking a total of seven wickets in the second Test in Colombo which India won by an innings and 53 runs.

It was after their dismissals that the pattern of play changed, as Sri Lanka wended their way back into the contest with repeated strikes through Pushpakumara and Lakshan Sandakan, the chinaman bowler. Although the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had an off day, India at stumps were 329/6.

Virat Kohli departed for 42.

Ravichandran Ashwin (31) looked compact but became leftarm seamer Vishwa Fernando's scalp at the fag end of the day. India's lower order led by Hardik Pandya and Wriddhiman Saha will have to soak the pressure and put some runs on the board.

After an early fall of wicket, Pandya (108 not out) and Kuldeep Yadav (26) stabilised the innings and helped India reach a challenging score. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul started off in a belligerent manner, hitting boundaries at will. Rattled, the offspinner dropped short a couple of balls later and Dhawan pulled him for another four. Dhawan was going at a better than a run a ball. On his decision Kohli said the pitch looks good to bat, calling it a "no brainer".

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal brilliantly caught Dhawan diving to his left at square-leg when the batsman swept Pushpakumara.

"When you work hard and it pays dividends, it gives you a lot of satisfaction".

"I always try to remain happy and that reflects in my game". The bowlers and Pandya circled each other warily in this period; they knew of his hitting ability, he knew they knew, but for now he would bide his time.

As soon as Pandya made his maiden century, former Indian Cricketer Virendra Sehwag couldn't stop himself from praising the 23-year-old all rounder and took to twitter saying, " Wow! India's only concern coming into the Test was Kohli's atrocious form in Test cricket, something that seems to have been exacerbated by his captaincy.

"It's not easy to score runs out there and even outfield is not that quick". He has batted well with the tail in the morning session on Day 2. Speaking ahead of the second day of the Pallekele Test, Rahul said that although getting a half-century is good, but not able to convert it into big scores in disappointing."I would rather talk when I reach a hundred".

India fell to 421-9 when Mohammed Shami was caught and bowled by Sandakan, prompting Pandya to go on the attack and shield last man Umesh Yadav from the strike.

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