Shikhar Dhawan not bothered about failures, wants to remain aggresive

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul started off in a belligerent manner, hitting boundaries at will.

Both Dhawan (119) and Rahul (85) looked positive from the outset and scored three boundaries apiece in the first six overs and brought their 50 run stand off just 55 deliveries.

The third Test is only a prestige battle for Sri Lanka as India have already won the series.

Lahiru Gamage, who has previously featured in five ODIs for Sri Lanka, and Dushmantha Chameera have been included with Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep missing out due to injuries. Kohli batting on 42, lost his concentration and finally succumbed to a bowl pitched wide outside off to play a shot which he avoided for the most part of his 42 run inning - the drive, edging it to slip.

It was nonetheless the fastest century by Indian No.8 and the fifth fastest overall by an Indian in Test cricket.

India won the first two Tests emphatically and Dhawan did not appear concerned by their wobble with the bat on Saturday.

"The Sri Lanka bowlers bowled well and pulled the match a little bit on their side", Dhawan, who celebrated his sixth Test century, said.

Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan sent Cheteshwar Pujara back to the pavilion for eight after the batsman edged the ball to slip.

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India's Hardik Pandya gestures towards team's dressing room as he celebrates scoring a century during the second day's play of their third cricket test match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.

"A chinaman bowler is always something which is an x-factor in a team and I would say his confidence is his USP".

Dhawan commended the bowlers for doing a good job.

Kohli and Rahane ensured that the visitors did not suffer any more setbacks before tea as the Lankans went into the break well satisfied with the outcome of the post lunch session.

They remained in control even when the hosts introduced spin into the attack in the form of Dilruwan Perera.

Pace spearhead Vishwa Fernando chipped in with the wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin, who was caught behind after a hard-working 31. Their left-arm orthodox spinner (Malinda Pushpakumara) is also good and he took wickets today. Pujara was deceived by Sandakan, going back to a quicker, flatter one that wasn't short enough to cut.

The former then fell immediately afterwards caught behind off Sandakan.

Then Lakshan Sandakan struck twice in three overs, finding Kuldeep's edge with dip and turn after drawing him forward with his flight, and then taking a sharp return catch when Mohammed Shami drove him hard and straight.

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