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Pujara, Rahane centuries frustrate Sri Lanka on day one

Ajinkya Rahane (left) and Cheteshwar Pujara (right) in action on opening day of Colombo Test
Ajinkya Rahane (left) and Cheteshwar Pujara (right) in action on opening day of Colombo Test

India 344-3 (Pujara 128no) v Sri Lanka
Second Test, Colombo, day one

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored unbeaten centuries as India went on to amass 344 for three at stumps on day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

India won the toss and decided to bat first for the second time in two games. Lokesh Rahul returned back in the place of Abhinav Mukund for the visitors while Sri Lanka drafted Malinda Pushpakumara and Dhananjaya de Silva in the playing XI.

Shikhar Dhawan (35) started the innings scratchy with a couple of edges but soon struck a six in the second over to get going.

Lokesh Rahul (57) joined the stroke making with two more boundaries in the sixth over and the duo brought the 50-run opening stand off just 52 deliveries.

In the 10th over, Rahul used a review to overturn the original decision after he was given out LBW but in the next over Dhawan was dismissed by Dilruwan Perera (1-68) in a similar fashion. But, this time Sri Lanka made a good use of the review to get the decision in their favour.

Even though, things slowed down a bit, Rahul reached his sixth consecutive half-century which is a joint national record and India went into lunch with a score of 101 for one.

In the third over of the second session, an indecision in running, costed the wicket of Rahul, ending a 53 run stand for the second wicket with Pujara.

Virat Kohli (13) had a rare failure as edged a delivery from Rangana Herath (1-83) in the slips and soon Pujara completed 4,000 runs in Test cricket.

There was not much to cheer for Sri Lanka in the second session as Pujara completed his half-century on his 50th Test and India went into tea at 238 for three.

With not much movement nor spin available, India made full use of the final session as he went on to reach his 13th Test century while Rahane (103 not out), who has handed a reprieve also completed his ton.

The duo added unbeaten 211 runs between them as India finished the day at 344 for three. Sri Lanka also suffered a setback when their only fast bowler in the game, Nuwan Pradeep (0-63) left the field in the 81st over.

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