India pile 399/3 on day one after marathon knocks from Dhawan, Pujara
India 399-3 (Dhawan 190) v Sri Lanka
First Test, Galle, day one
Shikhar Dhawan slammed a 168-ball 190 while Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 144 as India piled 399 for three at stumps on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
India won the toss and decided to bat with Hardik Pandya making his Test debut while Danushka Gunathilaka was drafted into the Sri Lankan side for the first time in this format.
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.
However, Dhawan continued to play his shots and in the 14th over, he was dropped by Asela Gunaratne in the slips off Lahiru Kumara (0-95). The drop proved too costly for Sri Lanka as Gunaratne was rushed to Colombo for a surgery and was ruled out of the game as well as the remainder of the Test series.
The fifty run partnership between Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara (144 not out) came in the 18th over and few overs later the former reached the fifty of his own, needing 62 deliveries for it. India went into lunch at 115 for one.
With eight boundaries in as many overs in the post lunch session, Dhawan completed his century off 110 deliveries and Pujara looked in excellent touch as well, plundering back to back fours in 38th over to reach his fifty.
The runs continued to flow throughout the session as Sri Lanka looked flat with a bowler short. The 253-run stand for the second wicket finally ended at the stroke of tea with Pradeep, the only wicket-taker in the innings, had Dhawan caught in the mid-off.
The Delhi batsman missed out on his double century by just 10 runs as India went into tea at 282 for two.
In the second over of the final session, Virat Kohli (3) was caught behind to give Pradeep his third wicket. Sri Lanka had to use a review to overturn the decision. The score was 286 for three at that stage.
In the 67th over, Pujara completed his 12th Test century as he and Ajinkya Rahane (39 not out) kept the Sri Lankan attack at bay in the entire session.
The duo added unbeaten 131 run stand for the fourth wicket as India raced to 399 for three in the 90 overs with Pujara remaining on 144.
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