Ajinkya Rahane one of the new names that has established itself in Indian cricket became the first centurion on the tour of Sri Lanka when he hit an unbeaten 109 off 127 balls on the opening day of their 3-day match against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI played at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Rahane’s knock which comprised 11 fours and a six came on the back of an opening stand of 108 between Rokesh Rahul (43) and Shikhar Dhawan (62) after India were put into bat by Board President’s XI skipper Lahiru Thirimanne.
India ended the first day on 314-6 with extras contributing a large sum of 30.
Medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha was the local team’s most successful bowler with three wickets that included the wickets of Indian captain Virat Kohli (8) and Rahul Sharma (7) while leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay picked up two wickets.
Indians 314-6 at close (Rokesh Rahul 43, Shikhar Dhawan 62, Ajikya Rahane 109 not out, Cheteshwar Pujara 42, Kasun Rajitha 3/47, Jeffrey Vandersay 2/76) v Sri Lanka Board President’s XI