Sri Lanka vs India 1st Test Day 1: Dhawan, Pujara torment Sri Lanka

Dhawan celebrates after scoring his fifth Test century

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Shikhar Dhawan scored a career-best 190 and Cheteshwar Pujara struck an unbeaten 144 as India dominated Sri Lanka on the opening day of the first Test in Galle.

Opting to bat first, India lost opener Abhinav Mukund early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep for 12 runs.

However, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara made up for it and put India firmly in the driver’s seat with a 253-run partnership, during which Dhawan surpassed his hundred and Pujara his fifty.

With India cruising, Sri Lanka were in desperate need of a breakthrough, but they had to wait until the last over before the tea break to get it as Dhawan, who was given a reprieve on 31, was dismissed by Pradeep for a career-best 190, which came off 168 balls and included 31 boundaries.

The reprieve also proved costly for Sri Lanka in another way as it led to all-rounder Asela Gunaratne being diagnosed with a fractured left thumb, for which he travelled to Colombo to undergo surgery.

Gunaratne has been ruled out for the remainder of the first Test and is likely to miss the rest of the series as well.

India captain Virat Kohli failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Pradeep for three runs.

Despite losing Dhawan and Kohli in quick succession, India regained control of the match as Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane amassed an unbeaten 113-run partnership, during which Pujara brought up his century, before stumps was called.

Pujara raises his bat after bringing up his 12th Test hundred

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Pujara finished on 144 off 247 balls, which included 12 boundaries, while Rahane struck a solitary boundary during his unbeaten knock of 39.

Pradeep was the only bowler to take any wickets.

India ended day one on 399/3 and will continue batting on Thursday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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