Pandya helps India score 487/9 at Lunch on Day 2

Hardik Pandya first caught the eye with his big sixes for Mumbai Indians in the IPL

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice captain), Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, W Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, M Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.

However, those that thought India would run away with the match were in for a rude shock as the hosts with their trio of left-arm bowlers hit back hard. Shikhar Dhawan cracked 119, while Rahul got 85 but the performance of their spinners, left-arm orthodox Malinda Pushpakumara and chinaman Lakshan Sandakan, should give the Sri Lankans a lot of hope. He would go on to score 20-odd more runs before holding out to a sharp catch at Mid-On by Karunaratne off of Pushpakumara, begging the question of why it took 550+ wickets in domestic cricket for him to be selected. "I try to back myself as much as possible", Dhawan said at the post-match media conference. Sri Lanka, therefore, had to make good use of the new ball to put India under any kind of pressure, and they failed to do so. India then lost two quick wickets, with Dhawan falling to Pushpakumara as well, hitting one to square leg, into the diving hands of Chandimal. It doesn't mean we cannot afford to be complacent, you can't look at these things and go to a game, we are not thinking about these things, " the 28-year-old added. "It was not as if we were getting out because of the track or anything", Dhawan said.

"I always try to remain happy and that reflects in my game". I know which bowler I can target, I work on that basis.

It was nonetheless the fastest century by Indian No.8 and the fifth fastest overall by an Indian in Test cricket.

The ever dependable Pujara's discomfort at the crease came to an end as he was caught at first slip off Sandakan in the 51st over. The last home worldwide season, the lower order had taken India to bigger totals. "He has proven himself in Dharamsala which was not such a spin friendly wicket", said the captain. However, he smashed a couple of sixes and a four to reach the three-figure mark in 86 balls. He has batted well with the tail in the morning session on Day 2.

The opening duo brought up its 50-partnership off just 55 balls in the 10th over and kept up this pace of scoring to reach 100 off 107 balls in the 18th over.

Another boundary off the final ball of the over would have taken Pandya past Brian Lara and George Bailey's jointly held Test record of 28 for the most runs scored off a single over.



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