Galle Test: Dhawan, Pujara lead India's carnage on opening day


Pujara batted almost six-and-half-hours for his 153, raising 137 runs with Rahane after featuring in a 253-run partnership with centurion Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday. I was in Hong Kong with family and from there I flew back to India and joined the team. "Most probably he will miss a minimum of four weeks". I am happy and thankful to god.

Dhawan chose to make the opportunity count and the 31-year-old had luck on his side. Shikhar Dhawan scores a fifty in just 62 balls to stable India's inning.

The hosts had squandered a golden chance to dismiss Dhawan on 31 when Asela Gunaratne dropped the batsman at second slip and hurt his already heavily strapped left wrist.

A cautious start from Dhawan (190) and Abhinav Mukund (12) provided a cautious start of 27 runs in the first seven overs before Nuwan Pradeep (3-64) struck in his fourth over to have the latter caught behind.

India captain Virat Kohli failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Pradeep for three runs.

Angelo Mathews, who stepped down after that decable against Zimbabwe, is set to captain the team one more time. The way I was playing, I thought I could clear the mid-off fielder. "Unfortunately it didn't go my way".

Yes, it was a really good pitch to bat on, with the Sri Lankan bowlers given very little to work with, but the manner in which Dhawan and Pujara took advantage of the conditions was something to admire. The century came off 110 deliveries, but from 100 to 150 he required only 37 deliveries.

Veteran spinner Rangana Herath is leading the home side in the absence of their ailing regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal.

The banter between the two was all in good humour and the followers also enjoyed the moment. I heard Virat (Kohli) talking that it is a good batting wicket.

He also passed his previous best in Test cricket, the 187 he scored on Test debut against Michael Clarke's Australia in Mohali in 2013.

The two innings were contrasting ones. Even against Bangladesh, I scored a quick hundred. "But this was better than that", he said.

India's cricketer Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot. I knew that if I don't score runs, I can get out of the team.

Yadav had Karunaratne trapped leg before and although the batsman went for a review, the decision was upheld after replays showed the ball pitching on the middle stump.

"I was in that zone and I backed myself".