India’s Dhawan hits hundred before Sri Lanka strike back
Indian batsmen on Saturday (August 12) continued their pristine form in the series and piled on runs on the first day of the third test match against Sri Lanka, with opener Shikhar Dhawan smashing his sixth hundred.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, India captain Virat Kohli could not have asked for a better start as his side began their bid to complete a series whitewash over the hosts.
The opening duo of Dhawan (119) and K.L. Rahul (85) shared 188 runs among them. However, Sri Lanka pulled things back in the post-lunch session as India reached the close of play at 329 for six.
On a surface ideal for batting, India‘s openers picked up boundaries at will and made Sri Lanka pay for their profligacy with Dhawan given a reprieve on one, his edge flying through the slip cordon off left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando.
The left-handed batsman went on to hit 17 fours in his 123-ball knock before he was out for 119, hitting a sweep shot off left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara straight to Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal at square leg.
Speaking on his performance, Shikhar said compared to earlier, he was now playing with a more positive mindset and looking to bat as much as possible.
Dhawan also lauded the fielding by Sri Lankan players, who managed to successfully take six wickets.
Meanwhile the hosting team coach Chaminda Vaas said the bowlers did not perform well, as they lacked experience.
Indian team have already take a lead with 2-0 following their massive win by an innings and 53 runs, and now they are aiming to own the entire series.