Virat Kohli-led Indian team are flying high after registering their biggest overseas Test win in terms of runs after defeating Sri Lanka by 304 runs at Galle. The stylish right-hander has not made the playing eleven of the two Tests in Sri Lanka. The reasonably thick covering of grass was rapidly confined to history as the scissor and the tweezer came into play.
The offspinner was Sri Lanka's best bowler, using his drift to test both edges of the bat, and elicit good turn and bounce off the surface as well.
Earlier during the game, Pujara reached a career landmark when he amassed 4000 runs during his innings against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Colombo on Thursday. This is the day one and it's Test match cricket.
The other call India will have to make is whether to find a way to hand Kuldeep Yadav a second Test cap and requisition his left-arm wristspin.
In heart-warming gesture, Indian skipper Virat Kohli rewarded sports journalist R Kaushik with the Indian jersey for his outstanding excellence in the field of sports journalism.
Chandimal, named Test captain after the resignation of Angelo Mathews, missed the first match because of pneumonia.
After playing the Champions Trophy, Rohit was rested for the limited-overs series against West Indies, but returned to the Test squad at the expense of Karun Nair for the Sri Lanka tour.
He will be joined by batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, who last played an worldwide test in June 2016.
Sri Lanka will conclude the home season for India with three Tests in Kolkata, Delhi and Nagpur, three ODIs in Dharamsala, Mohali and Vizag, and three T20Is to conclude their tour spanning between November 15 to December 24 in Kochi/Thiruvanantpuram, Indore and Mumbai.
At stumps, Pujara, who was nominated for this year's Arjuna Award, was batting on 128 while Rahane was unbeaten on 103 as the right-handed duo guided India to a strong position, adding 211 runs for the fourth wicket. After bringing up his 16th test fifty, the otherwise dour batsman even pulled debutant spinner Malinda Pushpakumara for a six over mid-wicket.
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