India ended first day’s play of the third Test match at 329/6 against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. Virat Kohli after winning the toss opted to bat first and openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul responded well to produce a partnership of 188 runs for the first wicket. Dhawan went on to score his sixth Test ton while Rahul scored 85.
But Malinda Pushpakumara and Lakshan Sandakan scripted a comeback for the hosts as the two bowlers bagged a total of five wickets out of six. Pushpakumara’s victims involved the likes of Dhawan, Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane while, Sandakan scalped skipper Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. Here’s what experts and pundits have to say about first day’s play.