Published: Thu, July 27, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Gunaratne in doubt for rest of India Test series

Gunaratne in doubt for rest of India Test series

Dhawan was only brought into the squad after Murali Vijay was ruled out of the tour due to a wrist injury and the left-hander grasped his opportunity in style on day one in Galle.

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). For some time, the Sri Lankans tested him with tight bowling and he was dropped off Rangana Herath at first slip. On a pitch that was as true for batting as you might expect at Test level, Nuwan Pradeep stood at the top of his mark, facing a batsman who had been fearless and fluent. We bowled on both sides of the wicket as well.

Shikhar Dhawan has created serious competition for the opening slot.

Kohli, the firebrand Indian skipper, nevertheless said he respected the opposition and would not take them for granted.

The Delhi lad however fell short of his maiden double ton in Tests as he got out at the stroke of Tea on his individual score of 190.

It did come, and Dhawan has made sure that the Test dream will remain.

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Cheteshwar Pujara scored his sixth 150-plus score and overall 19th in First-Class cricket. Sri Lanka had to use a review to overturn the decision. This is Dhawan's 4th fifty in Test cricket, we will have to wait and see if Dhawan can convert it into a hundred.

He has been called destiny's child before, but never has Shikhar Dhawan lived up the description as much as on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

The left-handed batsman, during the course of 168 ball-knock, struck 31 stylish fours.

India finished at 115-1 after 27 overs at lunch.

If he misses out, Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund are likely to open for India.

Dhawan reached his fourth test century by sweeping Dilruwan Perera for four.

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"Sri Lanka can't be taken lightly at home". Gunaratne, however, got injured and had to walk back to the dressing room. Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in at number three.

Indian batsmen dominated day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday after Virat Kohli had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Hardik Pandya is making his Test debut and accompany Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav to take care of the pace-bowling department as R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be the two spinners in the playing XI.

Looking ahead to his 50th since his debut in 2011 against the West Indies, Ashwin said Sri Lanka would always be special after he resurrected his career there in 2015.

India have fond memories from their last visit in 2015 which saw them win 2-1, setting in motion a Test match winning spree that saw them clinch victories against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. He was out in the last over before tea when he was caught by Angelo Mathews off Pradeep.

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