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Sri Lanka managed to strike early © AFP (File Photo)

India were rocked early by Sri Lanka yet again, losing two quick wickets for 14 runs on Day One of the third and final Test at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Stadium, Colombo. Comeback man Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli were unbeaten on 19 and 14 respectively, as rain forced an early lunch with India struggling at 50 for 2. Dhammika Prasad took the first wicket, getting KL Rahul out bowled in the very first over of the match. Rahul tried to leave the ball but it jagged in and broke the stumps. Ajinkya Rahane once again came in at No. 3 but was struck plumb in front off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep. Live cricket scorecard: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test at Colombo (SSC)

Angelo Mathews won the toss on a recently-relaid green SSC pitch, and elected to bowl. Kohli admitted that he too would have preferred bowling first. India had to leave out the injured duo of Wriddhiman Saha and Murali Vijay, bringing in Cheteshwar Pujara as opener and handing a debut to wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha. Sri Lanka brought back fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep in place of Dushmantha Chameera, and were forced to finally come to terms with Kumar Sangakkara’s retirement by bringing in Upul Tharanga in his place. They also replaced the under-performing Jehan Mubarak with Kusal Perera. Live cricket updates: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test at Colombo (SSC), Day 1

Brief scores:

India 50 for 2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 19*, Virat Kohli 14*) vs Sri Lanka.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)