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Spinners put India on backfoot after Dhawan ton

By: Eastern Eye Staff

Shikhar Dhawan smashed a scintillating century for India, but Sri Lanka’s spinners struck five times to leave the tourists on edge after the first day of the third Test on Saturday (12). Malinda Pushpakumara took three wickets and Lakshan Sandakan two, leaving India on 329-6 at the close, with Wriddhiman Saha on 13 and Hardik Pandya on one. Pushpakamara rattled the Indian top-order with his left-arm spin after a 188-run opening stand between Dhawan, who hit 119 in 123 balls, and Lokesh Rahul. Left-arm wrist spinner Sandakan’s wickets included the prized scalp of Indian skipper Virat Kohli for 42. “The Sri Lankan bowlers bowled…

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