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Dhawan’s consistent blitzkriegs at the top of the batting order have ensured that India were always on or around the 300-run mark by the end of Day 1 of each Test.The southpaw’s strike rate of 104.67 is something that any batsman would be proud of, even in 50-over-cricket.It is not just the ability to score the quick runs that has helped India, however.The presence of Pujara imparts diversity to the Indian top order. 3 may have scored 49 runs short of Dhawan in the series, but more importantly, he played the sheet anchor role, while the likes of Dhawan, Rahul, Kohli or Rahane went after the Lankan bowlers.Australia made a surprise omission by leaving out legspinner Adam Zampa, who impressed on Friday night.Australian captain Aaron Finch said Gunaratne's epic knock was one of the better T20 innings he had seen."That was definitely up there …The likes of Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav kept the Indian tail wagging for a long time – 783 balls in the series, to be precise.That amounts to a little over 32 overs per innings, after the tired Sri Lankan bowling attack got through an unrelenting top order consisting on Rahul, Mukund, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli and Rahane. The presence of a strong all-rounder like Hardik Pandya has added a whole new dimension to India’s Test team.
Gunaratne smashed another boundary, sparking wild scenes of jubilation among the Sri Lankans as they reached 8-176. Earlier, Australia's under-strength attack had torn through the Sri Lankan top order as paceman Jhye Richardson impressed on debut and Andrew Tye was on a hat-trick.
Team India top order firing on all cylinders…or rather cannons The Indian top order has been instrumental in their domination of Sri Lanka in this series, with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, and Cheteshwar Pujara giving them great starts in all the three matches.
Dhawan, who was brought in as a replacement for the injured opener Murali Vijay, made a statement of intent with his performance, amassing the highest number of runs in the series – 358.
Gunaratne's innings featured six fours and five sixes, including four sixes and three fours in the tumultuous last two overs.
Chasing 173, Sri Lanka slumped to 5-40 and with two overs left, they were still off the pace at 7-138.
Sri Lanka have an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series ahead of Wednesday's last game at Adelaide Oval.