India won the toss and opted to bat in the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Saturday. India is at 107 runs (19.4 overs). Sri Lanka's chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya stood there by the pitch, nearly overseeing the process.
Sri Lanka's most penetrative bowlers are all out nursing injuries, and India have used the chance to beef up their averages. So even if they achieve it against an "in transition" Sri Lankan side, it would be a creditable feat still. Sri Lanka used to be a tough team to beat in home conditions. Who will take up the batting mettle from Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara?
With Ravi Shastri as new coach, India have looked even more aggressive, and the Indian players seem to have a spring in their stride.
Rahul, with his latest half-century, became only the sixth cricketer to score seven successive fifties in the longer format of the game.
The "probably" in the last sentence is important before we jump the gun on declaring the current Indian side is the best it has been over the years. There is a possibility that senior spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be rested along with pacer Mohammed Shami.
While the team has searched for creative solutions to their many problems, SLC has also intervened, having requested the team to attend a "recoup and regroup" meeting on what would have been the fifth day of the second Test, in Colombo.
Sri Lanka have been hammered by injuries and will have to do without both Nuwan Pradeep and Rangana Herath in the final test against India in Pallekele.
The series against Sri Lanka has been as uncompetitive as they come. The second session clearly belonged to the hosts as they managed to claw back after throwing it all away in the first session.
India will like to end up with a whitewash against Sri Lanka after winning both the tests within four days. Even if India activate a self-destruct mode, it still seems highly unrealistic to think that the Islanders will be able to halt India's rampage.
They made three changes to the side with Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan and Vishwa Fernando coming into the team.
The task, though, might be hard. Jadeja played an instrumental role in setting up India's victory in the Colombo Test. TV and live streaming information is below.
At the break, India skipper Virat Kohli (11) and Ajinkya Rahane (3) were at the crease.