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Shikhar Dhawan continues hot form with quick ton vs Sri Lanka in 3rd Test

Shikhar Dhawan continued his good batting form with a 107-ball century against Sri Lanka at the third Test in Pallekele on Saturday

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 12, 2017 14:19 IST
Sanjjeev K Samyal
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Shikhar Dhawan needed just 107 balls to score his century in the 3rd Test vs Sri Lanka at Pallekele.(REUTERS)

India’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan continued his domination of the Sri Lankan attack with his second hundred of the series, taking just 107 balls to reach the three-figure mark on the opening day of the third Test at the Pallekele International Stadium. It is his sixth Test hundred. (3rd Test updates | Scorecard)

Dhawan had started the tour with a scintillating 190 at Galle, at a strike rate of 113 plus, to set up India’s 304-run win in the first Test.

The conditions at Pallekele offer some lateral movement for the pace bowlers and are testing for the opening batsmen, but Dhawan just blazed away against the hapless attack, smashing 15 fours, helping India to 201 for one after 42 overs.

The left-handed batsman started with a streaky four, but then hardly put a foot wrong. Dhawan took a special liking to new-ball bowler Lahiru Kumara, thumping him for two fours off the backfoot and forcing the Sri Lankan captain to take him off after three overs with the new ball.

In the morning, he had raced to his fifty with a cover drive off 45 balls and the left-handed batsman’s eighth four also brought up India’s 100 in 17.4 overs.

Dhawan was not part of original squad and was lucky to get a double break to play the opening Test at Galle International Stadium against Sri Lanka. He was a replacement in the squad for Murali Vijay and then at the last minute got into the playing eleven in the series opener when KL Rahul reported ill.

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His performance in the series has come as a huge relief for the Delhi cricketer. He had been going through a lean patch in Test cricket and had been out of the team since October 2016, missing 11 Tests that India played in that period.

On Saturday, during the partnership of 188, Dhawan and KL Rahul (85) also bettered the record for the opening wicket in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka.

Dhawan was eventually dismissed by Malinda Pushpakumara for a score of 119.

On the other hand, Rahul lost out on another chance to score a hundred after being well-set. He, however, equalled the world record for the most number of successive half-centuries.

First Published: Aug 12, 2017 14:14 IST