344-3 from 90 overs. (Cheteshwar Pujara 128, Ajinkya Rahane 103; Dilruwan Perera 1-68).
On the first day of their second Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports club, in Colombo on Wednesday, as they look set for a big first innings total.
Cheteshwar Pujara (128 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (103 not out) were the stars of the show, as they notched up an unbeaten 211-run partnership, to steer India to 344/3 at stumps on Day 1.
KL Rahul (57) had also gotten off to a smooth start after the early departure of opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (35).
Interestingly, Rahul equalled the feat of former India legends Gunduppa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid, as he notched up his sixth half century in as many innings; he also became the fastest Indian to achieve this feat, completing it in his 18th Test.
Captain Virat Kohli departed for an unlucky 13 as Herath got the wicket of the captain.
It was a hard day’s toil for the Sri Lanka bowlers, who only managed to pick up three wickets, on of which (Rahul), was a run out. Dilruwan Perera (1-68) and Rangana Herath (1-83) were the only bowlers to pick up wickets.
To add to their miseries, Sri Lanka, who started with just one pace bowler in their XI, Nuwan Pradeep, lost the 30-year-old’s services on the 81st over, due to a suspected hamstring issue.
The hosts had just taken the new ball, and Pradeep had bowled four balls from his over, before he pulled up, and left the field.