Dhawan, Pujara tons take India to 399/3 at stumps vs Sri Lanka

AGENCIES GALLE, 26th July, 2017: 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 cricket series against Sri Lanka here on Wednesday.

Electing to bat at the Galle International Stadium, India rode on a 253-run second wicket effort between a blazing Dhawan and a steady Pujara to surpass the highest ever first day's total of 351 runs in Sri Lanka.

Later, Pujara, who notched his 12th Test century, and Ajinkya Rahane (39 not out) put on an unbeaten 113-run fourth-wicket stand to take the visitors to their second ever highest opening day's total -- the highest being 417/2 in the 2009-10 home series against Sri Lanka.

Dhawan smashed the rather ordinary Sri Lankan bowling all around the ground, racing to 190 runs off 168 deliveries with 31 boundaries studding his hurricane innings. The 31-year-old Dhawan, who got into the 16-member squad as Murali Vijay was injured, registered his fifth century in Test cricket -- a perfect way to send a message to the selectors. It was also his highest score in the five-day format.

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