Virat Kohli-led team India has a golden chance of scripting history. If the team wins the third Test match, it will be first ever series whitewash on Sri Lankan land. India has already won the three match series by clinching terrific victories in the first two Test matches.
India is off to a colourful start in the third match also as openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul provided solid beginning. While Dhawan smashed yet another century (119), Rahul got a very special record inked to his name after playing a 85-run knock.
The right-hand batsman has equalled the world record of hitting seven consecutive half-centuries in Test cricket.
The player has joined Everton Weekes (West Indies), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Chris Rogers (Australia) and Andy Flower (Zimbabwe).
Rahul left Indian cricketers Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid behind to achieve the feat.
It was against Australia, when the run of consecutive fifties began for Rahul. He had scored five back to back half-centuries against the mighty Australia.
The last six 50-plus scores of Rahul are 90, 51, 67, 60, 51* and 57.