Kuldeep Yadav Replaces Ravindra Jadeja in 3rd Test

Kuldeep Yadav Replaces Ravindra Jadeja in 3rd Test

Dhawan collects a single at the start of the over after guiding it towards the off side. The ball pitched and turned just at the right time as Pujara edged to Angelo Mathews at first slip.

India won the toss and elected to bat first in the third Test against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Stadium on Saturday.

However, there has been stiff competition around the Indian middle order and captain Virat Kohli, with the team management, is still trying to find that ideal mix in his limited overs side.

India reached the close of play on 329 for six, after losing no wickets in the first session, with Wriddhiman Saha unbeaten on 13 and Hardik Pandya not out on one at stumps. Captain Virat Kohli is likely to be rested for the upcoming limited-over series against Sri Lanka.

Prior to this series, Sri Lanka failed to reach the semi-finals of the eight-team Champions Trophy in June and humiliatingly went down 3-2 in a home one-day worldwide series to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe.

The gulf in quality between the sides has been huge.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal then rotated his spinners in the second session and India lost three top batsmen in just 11 overs. While he could not feature in the opening Test of the Sri Lanka-India series due to fever, Rahul has scored two fifties in the next two games. He is suffering from a really stiff back.

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The home bowling line-up has failed to curb the Indian batting.

With Yadav and Sandakan featuring in the match, it is only the second time since 2004 when two "chinaman" bowlers are playing in the same game after Dave Mohammed (West Indies) and Paul Adams (South Africa) at Cape Town. Manish Pandey, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane are already waiting in the wings for that middle-order spot, and Raina's name is now being thrown into the mix too. Rahul attempted to hoist the left-arm spinner and found an agile Karunaratne.

From one left-arm spinner to another, Kuldeep Yadav comes into the India XI, or at least we expect him to and brings an air of mystery to India's attack.

Exactly what Sri Lanka hope to achieve with the pitch they put up is anyone's guess.

Having said that all, Sri Lanka are a batsman short having made a decision to drop Dhananjaya de Silva in order to have more options in the bowling department that failed to contain the Indian batsmen in the series so far.

Dhawan reached his hundred off 107 balls when he he drove Malinda Pushpakumara for four - his 15th in the innings - through extra cover in the 43rd over.