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Asela Gunaratne Ruled Out From Remaining Test Series With Fractured Thumb

27 Juillet 2017

Dhawan has effectively filled the void created by Murali Vijay's injury.

Pujara was batting on 75 with skipper Virat Kohli on one after a free-scoring second session in which the tourists went almost run-a-ball.

Middling the ball throughout his stay at the crease, Pujara walked off at the end of the day with an unbeaten 144 to his name. The third over of the second day was also cremated by captain Rangana Herath.

For the hosts, Nuwan Pradeep was the lone wicket-taker as he scalped all three wickets.

After India went into Lunch on 115/1, the plan for Sri Lanka would have been to try and gain some control, stop the leakage of runs and through that pick up a wicket or two. We got a guy like Hardik Pandya who is a wicket-taking bowler. They didn't allow any Lankan bowler to settle into their rhythms and made them pay heavily for their missed chances.

Galle: On the first day of Test against Sri Lanka, the Indian team is in a very strong position.

Shikhar Dhawan has created serious competition for the opening slot. Gunaratne will be out of action for at least four weeks, and will definitely miss the entire three-Test series as well as at least the first half of the limited-overs series to follow. The same area got hit again and he ended up with fracture. That includes me, (Ravindra) Jadeja, Puji (Cheteshwar Pujara). As per the Sri Lanka's point of view, they need wicket right now so they can win this match for sure.

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Team India continued to march on in the first Test as Shikhar Dhawan got to his 5th Test century. Dhawan-Pujara brought their century-stand from 129 balls in 88 minutes.

Unleashing by far his best knock in Test cricket since his smashing 187 on debut more than four years ago at Mohali, the 31-year-old, ripping through the hapless Sri Lankans with a blistering 190 (168b, 31x4).

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan's dazzling 190 and Cheteshwar Pujara's peerless 153 helped India finish their first innings on 600.

A sweep for four took Dhawan to three figures, nearly two years after his previous Test century at the same venue, and Pujara continued to show great timing as he eased to 50.

The loss of Gunaratne is a substantial blow to Sri Lanka. He scored a brisk 63 before Abhinav Mukund, from forward short-leg, ran him out. Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in at number three.

Sri Lanka will have one batsman less after Asela Gunaratne was ruled out after the middle-order batsman fractured his thumb while fielding on Wednesday. He was the last wicket to fall for the visitors as India have already taken the driver's seat in the ongoing Test.

Sri Lanka's new Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal will be unavailable owing to pneumonia. I got out at the wrong time, it was just last over (before Tea).