India bat again after taking 309-run lead

Why Shikhar Dhawan is destiny's child

IndvsSL Test LIVE: Indian team in a strong position, Eyes on Pujara's double-hundred

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The destructive opener - playing his first Test this year - made a brilliant 190 off only 168 balls and the classy Pujara was still there on 144 when India closed on 399-3, Nuwan Pradeep taking all three wickets.

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At Stumps, both Pujara and Rahane were batting on 144* and 39* respectively. But the left-hander virtually gifted his wicket to Pradeep when he chose to go after a ball which moved away slightly after pitching.

And as for employing the bouncer, Pradeep said: "I trained like normal with the bouncer".

Pradeep toiled relentlessly for his first Test five-for. As a result, the record of 309 runs scored in one day of the "Super Bowl" Test, named Don Bradman, was not to be reminded again! That did not deter the 23-year-old who walked in to bat at number eight after the dismissal of Wriddhiman Saha.

Shikhar Dhawan is not in the mood to spare as he takes on the Sri Lankan bowlers with great ease.

India scored almost run-a-ball after lunch with Dhawan plundering 100-plus runs in one session for the second time in his career.

But Hardik Pandya's maiden half-century led India to a huge total.

When the bowlers bowled short, the debutant pulled them over square and when they bowled full he thumped them down the ground. Partner Cheteshwar Pujara also went on to follow his usual slow policy, keeping the team's innings consistent with the consistency.

"My plans were to go to Melbourne and enjoy time with my family and do training and get fit for the ODI series (vs Sri Lanka)".

One of the most special things about Pujara's style of play is his conventional, orthodox way of Test batting.

Mukund though, made the position his own in a live-wire display highlighted by his sharp reflexes and agility.

The hosts were teetering at 68-3 before Upul Tharanga and Mathews added 57 runs.

Pujara hit 13 fours in his 265-ball knock to match his previous Test best of 153 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2013.

But the Indians had been given an early jolt when Dhawan's opening partner Abhinav Mukund edged Pradeep behind to Dickwella in the eighth over.

Mukund fell victim to poor shot selection when he dabbed at a delivery outside the off-stump only to see wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella latch onto the outside edge.

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