India bowling after Pandya blitz

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Virat Kohli and his Team India have the edge despite losing 6 wickets on opening day of the third Test against Sri Lanka and will play with a lot of confidence of Day Two of the Test.

Openers KL Rahul (67) and Shikhar Dhawan (64) scored at a brisk rate, untroubled by the Sri Lankans bowlers. But Ashwin was caught behind off Fernando, two overs before stumps leaving India with more work to do on the second day.

Sri Lanka on Thursday named a 15-man squad led by Dinesh Chandimal for the third Test against India, which has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in 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.

After 18 matches, Rahul, who averages close to 45 in Tests has scored four hundreds and on most occasions has given solid starts for India.

Virat Kohli departed for 42. 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.

Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first.

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After Dhawan's ton, Sri Lankan left-arm spinners Sandakan and Pushpakumara bring hosts back in Test The brass band at the Pallekele International Stadium was genteelly playing Sri Lankan folk songs.

He put on only 10 runs with Kohli as India were left to rebuild their innings despite being in a comfortable position. 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. Pujara was deceived by Sandakan, going back to a quicker, flatter one that wasn't short enough to cut.

Pandya finally succumbed to spinner Lakshan Sandakan on the third ball of the second session as India's innings ended without adding to the lunch total.

Both of them had half-lives given to them by Sri Lanka, but apart from that odd chance, they were thoroughly in control, with the home team's bowling attack struggling to cope with the onslaught, particularly from the blade of Dhawan. He found a bit of drift early on, but also sent down a full-toss that Dhawan swept to the square-leg boundary.

With Kuldeep and Sandakan featuring in the match, it was only the second time since 2004 when two "chinamen" bowlers featured in the same game after Dave Mohammed (West Indies) and Paul Adams (South Africa) at Cape Town.

Dhawan got out taking on left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara and his wicket was the catalyst for a Sri Lanka fightback.

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