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1st Test: Pujara, Dhawan hit centuries to put India on top against Lanka

Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan hit centuries to put India on top against Sri Lanka in the Galle Test Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka Jul 26, 2017, 10.51 AM (IST)

India's Cheteshwar Pujara struck his twelfth Test century and Shikhar Dhawan hit a stylish 190 as India reached 323/6 in the post-lunch session against Sri Lanka in the first Test match at Galle.

Pujara reached his century in just 173 balls striking nine boundaries to take India to a position of strength after captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first.

India lost their first wicket early as Abhinav Mukund fell after scoring just 12(2 boundaries) but after that it was a complete Dhawan and Pujara show as the two put on 253 runs for the second wicket to put India on top at Galle.

Shikhar Dhawan played a hurricane knock hitting 190 in just 168 balls with 31 boundaries as Pujara gave him company at the other end. Dhawan reached his half-century in just 62 balls studded with six boundaries as India reached 115/1 at lunch.

The Indian opener fell in the 55th over the day to Pradeep caught by Mathews. Pujara was joined by captain Virat Kohli who failed to make an impression falling for just 3 as he became Pradeep's third victim of the day.

At stumps on Day-1, India was 399/3  

Pujara was still at the crease unbeaten on 144(12 boundaries in 247 balls) with Rihane giving him company at the other end batting on 39(94 balls, one boundary).

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