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India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 2: Pandya gets maiden Test 100

India's Hardik Pandya raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring a century during the second day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and India. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 13, 2017, 07.22 AM (IST)

India’s Hardik Pandya scored his maiden Test century on Sunday during the second day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and India.

The 23-year-old scored 100 off 86 balls. The session belonged to Pandya, who built crucial partnerships including a 62-run eight-wicket stand with Kuldeep Yadav.

Pandya finally succumbed to spinner Lakshan Sandakan on the third ball of the second session as India's innings ended without adding to the lunch total.

"It was an ideal opportunity and obviously there was a team's goal which was to get them a 400-run target and we scored close to 490. I was taking a calculative risk," Pandya told reporters.

"I am pretty lucky to have such a team and such people who are supporting me and backing me all out," Pandya, who made his Test debut in the series opener in Galle, added.

Kuldeep, another Indian rookie, then flattened the Sri Lankan batting in the hosts' first innings, returning impressive figures of 4-40 in just his second Test.

India were all out for 487 in the first over after lunch.

Pandya was out for 108.

Kuldeep, another Indian rookie, then flattened the Sri Lankan batting in the hosts' first innings, returning impressive figures of 4-40 in just his second Test.

The 22-year-old turned on the heat to rattle the middle order and combined with fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to wipe out the tail in the final session.

Sri Lanka were 19-1 at stumps on day two, still trailing India by 333 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne on 12 and nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara on nought were at the crease.

India are eyeing a series sweep after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in Colombo.

 

 

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