2nd Test: How Pujara, Rahane plundered Lanka

Chesteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane decimated the Lankan attack effortlessly on the first day of the second Test at Colombo.

Ajinkya Rahane

Pujara and Rahane hit unbeaten centuries on the first day of the second Test at Colombo to put India in the driver's seat to close at 344/3.

Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first with KL Rahul coming in place of Mukund as expected.

India made a steady start with Dhawan and Rahul putting on 56 runs for the first wicket.

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Cheteshwar Pujara hits another ton against Lanka

Dhawan was his belligerent self cracking 35 in just 37 balls with 5 boundaries and a magnificent six but fell lbw to Perera in the tenth over.

Rahul and Pujara batted confidently to take India to 101/1 at lunch.

KL Rahul was run-out post-lunch just when he looked confident in his comeback Test post-injury, his 57 off 82 contained seven hits to the boundary. (AFP)

Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara

Skipper Kohli didn't last long falling to Herath with India falling behind at 113/3.

After Kohli's wicket, Pujara and Rahane took control and did not flinch, Pujara reached his century in just 164 balls hitting nine boundaries and a six with Rahane giving up company as India raised their game after tea on the first day. (AFP)

Rahane, Pujara in big partnership

Pujara-Rahane batted fluently to put a century stand in just 104 balls with Pujara contributing 60 & Rahane 40 as India motored along even as the Lankan bowlers were left clueless. (AFP)

Lankans struggle

Ajinkya Rahane (C) runs between the wickets during the first day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the Sinhalease Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo. (AFP)

Cheteshwar Pujara

Pujara (L) plays a shot during the first day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the Sinhalease Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo. (AFP)

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane

Cheteshwar Pujara (C) is congratulated by Ajinkya Rahane after scoring a half-century during the first day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the Sinhalease Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo. (AFP)

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara looks back after hitting the ball to the boundary during the first day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at th SSC Ground in Colombo. (AFP)

Cheteshwar Pujara 'The Wall'

29-year-old Pujara is beginning to peak at the right time in his career in the critical No-3 position, he has already scored 12 centuries in 49 Tests.

Pujara's century at Colombo was his second century in the Test series after scoring a fluent 153 at Galle. (AFP)

Ajinkya Rahane's new role

Rahane who had a relatively quite first Test at Galle has now decided to break free, his big test will come tomorrow on the second day with India needing a big total in quick time.

Can Rahane step up into a new role? (AFP)