DHAWAN MISSES CENTURY, RAHUL ON 71, INDIA 171/1 IN SECOND INNINGS

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 The Hush Post: From a score of 165 for four on the third day, on a pitch where most Indian batsmen failed, Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath took his chances and played his shoots. The southpaw hit 67, the top score of the match thus far, to help his side take a lead of 122. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 294 finally.Sri Lanka are already in a position from where they shouldn’t lose the game. With this, their bowlers too get the opportunity to attack the Indian batsmen. In reply, India put in a much better show with both Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul making a brilliant 166 run partnership. Shikhar was finally out for 94 runs. In the first innings it was Lakmal, and in the second Shanuka got Dhawan courtesy Dickwella’s catch. Dhawan was trying to go after a full length delivery which came in and Dhawan edged it to the wicketkeeper. It was a tough call for umpire Nigel Llong. He spotted a weak edge and raised his fingers even before there was a full appeal.

Pujara walked in after Dhawan. Pujara could only play seven balls and made two run. At the other end, Rahul stood his ground on 73. India was 171 for the loss of Dhawan and leading Lanka by 49 runs at the time umpires sought a light metre and due to poor light called the end of day four. With a day’s play left, the match seems poised for a draw.

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