Sri Lanka’s bowlers toiled with limited success as India won the first session of the first cricket Test here at the Galle International Cricket Stadium to go in for lunch at 115 for 1 after winning the toss and deciding to bat first.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan played a dominant role in the session as he kept the bowlers at bay to take the break on an unbeaten 64 with eight fours. The only time Sri Lanka came close to dismissing the left hander was when Asela Gunaratne in the slip cordon dropped a catch off the bowling of fast bowler Lahiru Kumara with the batsman on 31.
But Dhawan put back the lapse and continued soundly to ensure India had no more hiccups as he together with Pujara associated in an 88-run unbroken stand for the second wicket.
Pujara played cautiously for an unbeaten 37 at the interval.