Shikhar Dhawan, left, leaves the pitch after being dismissed. There is a logical argument that Dhawan plays like that! Ashwin did a good job of stifling the run flow in his 18 over spell, ensuring India took wickets at regular intervals. Dhawan accumulated 126 runs in the second session on Day 1 against the Lankans.
Sri Lanka hit back with four quick wickets even as India consolidated their advantage by posting 503/7 in their first innings at lunch on the second day of the opening Test here on Thursday.
India can be a little sorry for 399 runs.
"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)".
Shikhar Dhawan was not part of the original squad but was brought in after an injured Murali Vijay pulled out of the series last minute. It was like that, and then he could not enter Test team.
However, it will be interesting to see whether he continues to be preferred over Kuldeep in the upcoming Tests as well. Mukund played with unshakable approach against Rangana Herath and Co.
Herath and Pradeep only made 9 and 10, but with Perera scoring quickly at the other end, the seventh- and eight-wicket partnerships added 36 and 39.
Dhawan, but kept thinking of something else today.
Earlier at lunch break, Perera and Lahiru Kumara (2) were at the crease.
But that was just the forecast of the storm. In all, Mathews faced 130 balls inclusive of 11 fours and a six. He took just one hundred and a half to just 147 balls. He also is reluctant to discuss the mindset of a player who perhaps knows that no matter what, he will go out for the next Test if the first-choice player is fit and available. Dhawan was dismissed for 190 runs in 31 balls with 168 balls.
The world's top-ranked Test team shot out their depleted hosts for 291 to take a 309-run first innings lead and were 189-3 after third day's play at the Galle International Stadium.
In Sri Lanka, especially in a place like Galle, where the sea is a few metres away, rain is always going to have its say, and after it looked like the wet weather could ruin the remainder of day three, all those things would have been running in Kohli's mind. The left-hander has broken the 55-year-old record of Polly Umrigar.
Finally Dhawan passed. In the second session, Umargir thrashed 126 runs in 23 fours in the second session.
"The wicket was also good and there wasn't much spin over there". The surprisingly flawless fielding from Abhinav Mukund and instant hit by Wridhiman Siha restricted the player at 64 runs.