Sri Lanka vs India 2nd Test Day 1: Pujara, Rahane put India in complete control

Pujara celebrates after scoring his 13th Test hundred

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India batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored an unbeaten 128 and 103 not out respectively to help their side dominate Sri Lanka on the first day of the second Test in Colombo.

Pujara’s century had some significance as it was his third successive hundred in Sri Lanka, which puts him in joint-second place on the all-time list of players to have accomplished that particular milestone. Sachin Tendulkar leads the way on that list as he scored five Test centuries against Sri Lanka during his illustrious career.

Pujara also went past 4,000 Test runs during his innings and became the third-fastest Indian player to achieve the feat. Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar did it in 79 and 81 innings respectively, while Pujara took 84 innings.

Opting to bat first, India got off to a flyer as Shikhar Dhawan and the returning Lokesh Rahul put together a 56-run partnership in 10.1 overs before Dhawan was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dilruwan Perera for 35 following a successful review by Sri Lanka.

Rahul and Pujara kept the runs flowing with a 53-run stand, during which Rahul brought up his half-century, which was his sixth consecutive score of 50 runs or more in the longest format. As a result, Rahul became just the third Indian player in Test history after Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid to achieve this feat.

Rahul scored his eighth Test fifty

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With India cruising, Sri Lanka were in desperate need of a wicket. However, they got two in quick time as Rahul was run out by captain Dinesh Chandimal for 57 off 82 balls, which included seven boundaries, while India skipper Virat Kohli was sent packing by Rangana Herath for 13.

However, Sri Lanka’s comeback was halted by Pujara and Rahane as they stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 211-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their hundreds, before stumps was called.

Rahane struck his ninth century in Test cricket

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Pujara finished on 128 off 225 balls, which included 10 boundaries and a six, while Rahane remained undefeated on 103 off 168 deliveries, which included 12 boundaries.

Dilruwan and Herath picked up one wicket apiece for Sri Lanka.

India ended day one on 344/3 and will continue batting on Friday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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