Galle, July 26 : 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 series against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium here on Wednesday.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, 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.
Dhawan missed his maiden ton by 10 runs after he had played a terrific innings of 190 runs.
There were just two phases in the whole day when the Lankans held the edge but failed to grab the opportunity. While the first one came when Dhawan was dropped, the second came after Kohli was dimissed by Pradeep as Dickwella completed a good catch down the leg side.
Later, Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (39 not out) put on an undefeated 113-run fourth-wicket stand to take the visitors to their second ever highest opening day’s total.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami and Abhinav Mukund.
Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Kumara and Nuwan Pradeep.