Lakshan Sandakan bagged 2 wickets on Day One © AFP
Lakshan Sandakan bagged 2 wickets on Day One © AFP

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. Winning the toss, India elected to bat. At the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul provided India with the perfect start, not losing their wicket till lunch of Day One. Later the Lankan spinners made the best out of the turning track to dismiss 6 of the visitors’ batsmen and stay in the game. The live cricket streaming of the match will be available on Sony LIV, while the live telecast of the match will be available on Sony SIX and Sony Six HD, along with the Hindi commentary on Ten 3 and Ten 3 HD. In USA, the live streaming will be available on Willow TV Online, along with the live telecast on Willow TV. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test at Pallekele

Dhawan carried his spectacular form forward, with yet another thumping century. Though he later in the press conference said  the track is on the slower side and the ball does not bounce much, not allowing it to easily come to bat, his knock looked effortless as he went on to score his sixth Test ton of career. Coming back for the second session, seasoned spinner in Sri Lanka’s domestic circuit, Malinda Pushpakumara dismissed Rahul for 85. He also got rid of Dhawan (119) soon after. Chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan joined the party to dismiss in-form Cheteshwar Pujara for cheap.

Pushpakumara struck again to get Ajinkya Rahane out and ended day with 3 wickets, while Sandakan got the crucial wicket of Kohli (42). The final wicket of the day fell as Ashwin departed for 31 off a Vishwa Fernando delivery. India were 329 for 6 at stumps.