GALLE: India took the upperhand in the first Test against Sri Lanka courtesy a fourth Test hundred from opener Shikhar Dhawan as they went to lunch strongly placed at 227 for two wickets at the Galle International Stadium.
Resuming at 128-2 in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 183, India went past the Lankan total without losing a single wicket in the morning session.
Although Sri Lanka bowled tightly the Indian overnight pair of Dhawan and Virat Kohli negotiated the bowling confidently to raise their third wicket partnership to worth 199 off 327 balls at the lunch break.
Dhawan and Kohli both making their first Test appearance against Sri Lanka continued their stand from where they left off from last night. With the pitch not producing any assistance to the bowlers they batted nonchalantly hardly raising a sweat as they piled on the runs gradually pushing India toward a big first innings total. They led by 44 runs at lunch.
Dhawan missed at 29 by Angelo Mathews on the first day survived a confident lbw appeal agsinst Tharindu Kaushal at 79 before going onto reach his century with a four off Dhammika Prasad.
At the break he was unbeaten on 110 scored off 198 balls with 11 fours.
Kohli who had lent him good support from the other end was on 86 not out scored off 156 balls with nine fours in a chanceless knock.
Rangana Herath was the most impressive of the Lankan bowlers his morning spell of 10 overs yielding 24 runs.
Sri Lanka were without their captain Angelo Mathews who did not take the field due to a running a temperature. Lahiru Thirimanne took over the captaincy but had no success with his bowling changes.
Scores: Sri Lanka 183;
India 128-2 contd 227-2 at lunch (Shikhar Dhawan 110 n.o. , Virat Kohli 86 n.o.)