1st Test: How Pujara, Dhawan slayed Lanka

Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara put on a record 253-run stand for the second wicket to put India in a commanding position on Day-1 of the first Test cricket match against Sri Lanka at Galle.

Pujara, Dhawan on top

Shikar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara put on a record 253-run partnership for the second wicket as India took control of the first Test against Lanka at Galle. (AFP)

Shikar's ton

Shikar Dhawan fell just 1o runs short of a double ton, hitting a gallant 190 in just 168 balls studded with 31 boundaries.

Shikhar's fourth Test century helped India to finish the day on 399/3.
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A new 'Shikhar'

Shikhar's flamboyant innings came to a close after Pradeep picked up his wicket but by then India was already in the driver's seat with Pujara at the other end. (AFP)

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara walked into bat after the fall of Mukund's wicket but he held his own in style stitching a record partnership with Dhawan as India kept hosts Lanka on the backfoot at Galle on Day-1 (AFP)

Dhawan's Test

Shikar Dhawan plays a shot during the first day of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and India at Galle International cricket stadium. (AFP)

Dhawan's ton

Dhawan reacts after reaching his century on the first day of the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle. (AFP)

Dhawan's end

Shikar Dhawan's innings finally came to an end with India well placed on 280-2 on Day-1 against Lanka. (AFP)

Cheteshwar Pujara bounced out!

Cheteshwar Pujara is hit by a bouncer bowled by Sri Lankan bowler Nuwan Pradeep during the first day of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and India at Galle. (AFP)

Shikar Dhawan's ton

Shikar Dhawan raises his bat after scoring a century during the first day of the first Test match against Sri Lanka. (AFP)

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates after scoring a century during the first day of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and India at Galle.

Pujara was unbeaten on Day-1 with 144 runs as India consolidated its position against Lanka. (AFP)

Shikar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara

Shikar Dhawan (L) and Cheteshwar Pujara run between the wickets during the first day of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and India at Galle International Cricket Stadium. (AFP)