Pujara, Rahane tons power India to 344 for 3 at stumps on Day 1


Colombo: India produced a dominant display on the first day of their second Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports club, in Colombo on Wednesday, as the look set for a big first innings total.

Cheteshwar Pujara (128 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (103 not out) were the stars of the show, as they notched up an unbeaten 211-run partnership, to steer India to 344/3 at stumps on Day 1.

The second Test, which was a special occasion for Pujara as it as was his 50th Test match, became even more special as he brought up his 13th Test ton against Sri Lanka at the SSC on Thursday. With this century, he has now registered consecutive Test hundreds in the ongoing series and his third consecutive hundred against the Sri Lanka. He is now the 7th Indian batsman to score a Test hundred in his 50th Test and the 36th overall.

He was unflappable, putting behind him a mix-up that led to KL Rahul’s run-out for 57. He was game-aware, for that wicket had led to another, pushing India from 109 for 1 to 133 for 3. But mindful of not letting the opposition get on a roll, he accelerated from 14 off 58 at lunch to 89 off 140 at tea and finished unbeaten on 128 at stumps.

Meanwhile, Rahane supported him ably and brought up his 9th Test match century. Incidentally, this was also his sixth hundred outside India.

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