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India Vs Sri Lanka 2017, 1st Test: Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Puajara gives India advantage on the first day

India Vs Sri Lanka 2017, 1st Test: Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Puajara gives India advantage on the first day
Written by Shubham Jain

India was in the driving seat on the first day of the inaugural Test match of India tour of Sri Lanka as India posted a giant total of 399/3 at the end of first day’s play, which is India’s highest ever total on the first day on a foriegn soil. Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Cheteshwar Pujara (144*) scored big hundreds on the first day itself.

Dhawan got selected after Murli Vijay had to get dropped out of the series due to elbow injury and KL Rahul too ruled out of the first Test because of viral fever. Dhawan made most of the opportunity and scored his highest Test score.

It was only the third occasion in the history when India is playing a Test match with a left-handed opening pair, includes Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund. Mukund could not contribute much to the Indian score and got out of just 12-runs. Dhawan was also dropped on 31 by Aslela Gunaratne in the second slip and ended his tour, fracturing his thumb. He made no mistake after that and went on assanssining Sri Lankan bowlers singl handed to score 190-runs off just 168-balls. Pujara scored unbeaten 144-runs and Ajinkay Rahane was unbeaten at 39-runs at the end of day’s play. They both has already developed aa partnership of more than 100-runs. While captain Virat Kohli faced a rare failure and scored just 3-runs. All Indian wickets were picked Nuwan Pradeep today.

Brief scores: India 399/3 (Shikhar Dhawan 190, Cheteshwar Pujara 144*; Nuwan Pradeep 3-64) vs Sri Lanka.

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