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SL name Chameera, Gamage in squad for Third Test

SL name Chameera, Gamage in squad for Third Test

They have won the first two Tests by a convincing margin and would certainly like to keep the momentum going when the action resumes again.

But, the most freaky thing about India's cricket tour of Sri Lanka has been two Test matches where rain has played no significant part.

At stumps, Wriddhiman Saha (13) and Hardik Pandya (one) were batting at the crease.

"That happens. It's not that it has happened for the first time", he added. Especially in the last two to three years.

Pallekele is known as the best wicket for seamers in Sri Lanka, while that isn't saying much Mitchell Starc showed the first morning can be challenging past year.

With India also picking chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in place of the suspended Ravindra Jadeja, this was the first Test match since January 2004 - when West Indies' Dave Mohammed and South Africa's Paul Adams featured in Cape Town - to include two specialist chinaman bowlers.

For the latter, it was his seventh successive fifty in Test cricket overtaking Gundapppa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid (both with six half-centuries each). Karunaratne, an exponent of the dibbly-dobbly, created a chance when he got Rahul to hit over the mid-on region.

Dushmantha Chameera Sri Lanka India
Dushmantha Chameera could be an exciting addition to the Sri Lanka team Lindsey Parnaby AFP Getty Images

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been named in the squad for the match.

Dhawan struck his sixth century in Test cricket.

Although the India schedule remains daunting and the BCCI will be careful not to exhaust their players, there is a growing appreciation of the benefits of playing in different conditions and a sense that such experience might help ahead of next year's Test tour. Until a little while before tea, when he took on Malinda Pushpakumara and smacked one straight to Dinesh Chandimal at square leg. Chandimal moved quickly to his left to snatch the full-blooded sweep.

In the concluding session, Rahane missed a Pushpakumara delivery that drew the batsman out before sneaking in. So if the hosts think of blowing India away through sheer pace, then they also must be aware of the fact that the visitors also have a fallback plan. The next pair of Kohli and Ashwin was cautious against parsimonious spinners and the run-rate dipped below three.

He continued his fine form against Steve Smith's men, scoring 67 in Ranchi and back-to-back half-centuries in the series decider, which India won in Dharamsala.

"To play consistent cricket, you need to make sure that players are playing on a regular basis".

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