- India are on 344-3
- Pujara scored 128 and Rahane 103
- They both share a partnership of 211
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara continued their fine run from the first match, as they both batted magnificently to register centuries in the second test match of the series at Colombo. India dominated all three sessions courtesy of an exhilarating 211 run partnership between the both to end Day 1 on 344-3. KL Rahul and Dinesh Chandimal made their comebacks to the Indian and Sri Lankan squads respectively.
Having won the first test magnificently, India started off from where they had left as they stepped out to bat first in the second match. KL Rahul marked his return to the Indian team with steady innings of 57 and proved once again why he’s considered such a hot prospect in Indian cricket. Despite opener, Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli being dismissed cheaply, Pujara and Rahane took control of the match as they took on the Sri Lankan bowlers in style. A batting master class by both saw them take the match by the reins as they raced on to a 211 run partnership filled with exquisite shots. Excellent timing, stroke play and attitude by both powered India to 344-3 at the end of play on Day 1.
Arjuna award nominee Pujara reached many milestones as he wore his 50th cap for India in tests. He reached 4000 runs and registered his 13th test century in his innings of 128 to show his insatiable appetite for runs. Rahane at the other end was more than just a steady partner for Pujara. He found his feet quickly in the middle and adapted to the conditions in no time to hit another century in his short career.
With Pujara and Rahane at the crease, India will be looking to capitalize on the start they have gotten to reach a mammoth total before the Sri Lankan batsmen take the crease.