Kandy, Aug 12 - India opener Shikhar Dhawan struck a whirlwind ton and Lokesh Rahul scored a half-century, but hosts Sri Lanka hit back towards the end of the first day of the third Test as India posted 329/6 at stumps at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Saturday.
The Lankan spinners picked up five wickets with wicket-keepr Wriddhiman Saha (13 batting) and all-rounder Hardik Pandya (1 batting) surviving the final two overs of the day after Ravichandran Ashwin (31), skipper Virat Kohli (42) and Ajinkya Rahane (17) fell to left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando (1/68), chinaman Lakshan Sandakan (2/84) and Malinda Pushpakumara (3/40) respectively.
Resuming the final session at 235/3, left-arm spinner Pushpakumara scalped the wicket of Rahane before Sandakan sent Kohli back into the hut just when the skipper was looking good with three fours.
Ashwin also had to make the long walk towards the pavilion courtesy a superb catch by Niroshan Dickwella at second slip off Fernando's bowling.
In the same session, Kohli finally paid the price for trying to play outside the off-stump with Sandakan getting his outside edge for a regulation catch by Dimuth Karunaratne at slips.
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