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Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan continued his onslaught on the Sri Lankan bowlers as he led his team to a tea time score of 282 for 2 on the first day of the first cricket Test at the Galle International Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.
Dhawan was in a murderous mood as he hammered as many as 31 fours and in stepping out for another full-blooded drive succeeded in giving Angelo Mathews a catch at mid-off for a score of 190 much to the relief of the Sri Lankans.
Dhawan’s innings also brought back fond memories for him at the same venue where he posted a hundred the last time India played a Test in Galle in 2015.
In the process Dhawan, who came into the tour party as a replacement for Murali Wijeya, shared in a rousing 253 runs stand for the second wicket with Pujara who remained unbeaten on 75.
Like they did in the first session the Sri Lankan bowlers kept toiling to separate the duo and only succeeded after 54 overs to break the stand.