India reach 329/6 at stumps vs Sri Lanka

Kuldeep Yadav picked a four wicket haul

The hosts are also expecting a lively wicket here. Sri Lanka's chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya stood there by the pitch, nearly overseeing the process. Sri Lanka are at their weakest, India are in form.

Dhawan and his partner Lokesh Rahul were also involved in a record opening partnership against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka when they reached 175. The two are having no difficulty as they continue to churn out runs at ease. The past 2 Tests have been great examples of the pitching turning square and bouncing in the latter half of Day 3 and 4.

Kandy: Sri Lankan spinners struck with five wickets even as India rode on opener Shikhar Dhawan's whirlwind century to reach 329/6 at stumps on the opening day of the third and final Test at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Saturday.

In light of the injury crisis, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) yesterday brought fast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Gamage into the squad. The change is certain, since Ravindra Jadeja has been handed a one-Test suspension. However, Kuldeep Yadav is expected to take Jadeja's place in the playing eleven ahead of Patel.

"At the end, the way Vishwa bowled in the last two spells was also good.I think the way he's going he has a future and potential", added the former paceman.

Post the Jadeja suspension, which was a result of the left-arm spinner running dangerously on the wicket at Kanpur in the first Test against New Zealand in September past year, and a risky throw aimed at Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne in Colombo in August, there is a definite need for the Indians to control their aggression.

The southpaw's 64 came off 66 balls with nine shots to the fence while Rahul took 97 balls for his 64, laced with six boundaries.

The first day of the 3rd India vs Sri Lanka Test commenced with Team India dominating in the first session. After the ongoing Test series, the two teams will lock horns in the ODIs from August 20.

The passionate storms of Galle decided not to bless the Indian team and polite showers of Colombo were too bashful to make an appearance.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara and Lakshan Sandakan.

The in-form Cheteshwar Pujara (8), last Test's centurion Ajinkya Rahane (17) were dismissed cheaply while skipper Virat Kohli (42) was dismissed after getting set.