Disappointing that I have not been able to convert that, but I think that will keep me more hungry. Dhawan goes for a flat slog-sweep off Pushpakumara. "We're giving out full effort to that but we can not control the ultimate result", Chandimal said on the eve of the third and final Test here. The ball was pitched outside off.
India had resumed the game on the second day of the test from 329/6, but as the day started, the team started losing its batsmen. "After Aravinda talked to us, the players also felt confident".
"Lot of things happen in the heat of the moment you end up doing".
Kumara went out of the attack after bowling just three overs and conceding 26.
"So we certainly don't want to take anything lightly. Might as well enjoy the time you're in the middle and get as many runs as you can".
The opener also praised Pushpakumara who got both he and opening partner Lokesh Rahul out. "It was not as if we were getting out because of the track or anything", Dhawan said. However, Sri Lanka will want Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella to continue with their form as the likes of Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews and Chandimal struggle to get amongst runs. They have been aided by some laid-back bowling from Sri Lanka, who have preferred to sit back and let the lower-order batsmen settle down. What team strategy does Indian skipper Kohli has up his sleeve will be something to watchout for in today's match. A series of full-tosses and no-balls dotted the 22-ball over as Wellington tried to induce Canterbury to chase a target in the hope of forcing a result. To be in Sri Lanka, and not feel the salty breeze blowing off the Indian ocean, is disconcerting. The ICC said that during Sri Lanka's second innings, one of Jadeja's throw was "in unsafe manner". People sometimes end up doing too much at practice and then maybe you don't recover for a game. He can now overtake them in the second essay. On his decision Kohli said the pitch looks good to bat, calling it a "no brainer". "It's quite a different situation but the management has gone to the stadium to have a look". Left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been called to replace Jadeja in the third test. India completed a series win by securing the second Test in Colombo on Sunday by an innings and 53 runs and shortly after, ICC announced that Jadeja has been handed a one-match ban. We have already won the series but it doesn't mean that we can afford to be complacent. "We haven't thought about 3-0".
With India also picking 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 left-arm wristspinners. Although he played and missed repeatedly and had several close shaves against the chinaman bowler, it was the orthodox left-armer who dismissed Rahane, playing for the turn and being bowled. Each batsman has his own plan on how to get there. I think that's his biggest quality.
Against Australia, Rahul made 64 and 10 at Pune in the first Test, scored 90 and 51 at Bengaluru, hit a fine 67 at Ranchi and ended the series with scores of 60 and 51 not out in Dharamsala. The bowlers and Pandya circled each other warily in this period; they knew of his hitting ability, he knew they knew, but for now he would bide his time.