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Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne became the first Sri Lankan casualty as India relished an early breakthrough after making 600 in the first innings on the second day of the first cricket Test here at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Thursday afternoon as the home team took tea at 38 for 1.
Co-opener Upul Tharanga ensured Sri Lanka did not lose a second wicket before the break with an unbeaten 24 with five fours after losing his partner Karunaratne for 2 leg-before to Umesh Yadav.
India’s mammoth total of 600 was swelled by contributions from Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Cheteshwar Pujura (153) while Sri Lankan paceman Nuwan Pradeep Fernando took his first five-wicket haul finishing with figures of 6 for 132 in his 24th Test.