Gunaratne doubtful of participating in rest of the Galle Test

Gunaratne doubtful of participating in rest of the Galle Test

Dhawan, dropped on 31 by Asela Gunaratne at slip, hit 31 boundaries in his 168-ball blitz before throwing his wicket away in the final over before the tea break.

However, if Sri Lanka turn the tables on the number-one ranked Test side then South Africa will have a sniff of the top position.

"My plans were to go to Melbourne and spend time with my family, do training and get fit for the one-day series", said Dhawan.

"He will miss a minimum of four weeks, but I think it will be more". The left-handed Delhi batsman was at his best during the second session when he scored 126 runs off just 90 balls.

A cautious start from Dhawan (190) and Abhinav Mukund (12) provided a cautious start of 27 runs in the first seven overs before Nuwan Pradeep (3-64) struck in his fourth over to have the latter caught behind.

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"But more than that, I got out at the wrong time. Unfortunately it didn't go my way". From 100 to 150 he took only 37 balls with eight boundaries.

Dinesh Chandimal, who was appointed Test captain following the resignation of Angelo Mathews, has not helped matters as he will miss the Test in Galle after contracting pneumonia. Starting the day at 399-3, the Indian batsmen added up another 201 runs to finish their total at 600. There was true bounce and pace from the wicket. I feel that I batted well too. See there wasn't much of turn so I thought I can attack the spinners more.

Contrasting debuts There are two debutants in the ongoing Test - one each from the two teams. Everything was coming off the middle; the confidence, gained from his impressive ODI comeback, was evident and the left-hander looked like he was in the zone, the kind of zone he was in when he scored that ridiculous debut hundred against Australia. "But this was better than that", he said.

Shikhar Dhawan roared back into Test form and have made a tremendous effort to reclaim the Test opener's slot. The southpaw said he always tries to stay happy, work hard on his game and leave the rest to destiny. The duo added an impressive 253 runs for the third wicket bettering 237 between Sehwag and Rahul Dravid at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in 2009-2010. Of course I felt pressure at that moment. They both put on a stand of 62 runs for the ninth wicket. "But I moved on, played domestic cricket, and enjoyed myself there". The Indian batsmen made merry after they came out to bat.

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