Pujara, Rahane continue the innings

And we are underway for the second day. Rahane takes strike to Dilruwan Perera. Bowling with a slip, forward short leg and silly point. Five runs taken from the first over of Day 2. Easily done by the Indians.

Day 1 review: Centuries from opener Shikhar Dhawan (190) and one-down Cheteshwar Pujara (144 not out) helped India reach 399/3 at stumps on the opening day of the first of the three-Test cricket series against Sri Lanka at Galle on Wednesday.

Indian captain Virat Kohli (L) and his Sri Lankan counterpart Rangana Herath.

Electing to bat, India rode on a 253-run second wicket effort between Dhawan and Pujara to surpass the highest-ever first day’s total of 351 runs in Sri Lanka.

Later, Pujara, who notched up his 12th Test century, and Ajinkya Rahane (39 not out) put on an unbeaten 113-run fourth-wicket stand to take the visitors to their second ever highest opening day’s total — the highest being 417/2 in the 2009-10 home series against Sri Lanka.

Dhawan smashed the rather ordinary Sri Lankan bowling all around the ground, racing to 190 runs off 168 deliveries with 31 boundaries studding his hurricane innings.

The 31-year-old Dhawan, who got into the 16-member squad as Murali Vijay was injured, registered his fifth century in Test cricket — a perfect way to send a message to the selectors. It was also his highest score in the five-day format.

His opening partner, Abhinav Mukund (12), who got into the playing eleven due to KL Rahul’s illness, however, couldn’t impress the selectors.

Mukund struggled a bit, hitting only two boundaries off pacer Lahiru Kumara during his 26-ball stay in the middle. But the left-hander virtually gifted his wicket to Nuwan Pradeep when he decided to go after a ball which moved away slightly after pitching.

Pujara joined Dhawan and enjoyed some early luck when he edged Pradeep off the second ball he faced but the ball went for a boundary after landing wide of the slip cordon.

Dhawan, however,…

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