This gives them a licence to inflict more agony on the opposition and literally bat them out of the Test match.
The 31-year-old made full use of the opportunity as he played a blinder of an innings, scoring 190 off just 168 deliveries on day one.
Dhawan, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, said he enjoyed his batting and the competition for the opening slot is keeping him on his toes. Although Kohli went to attain many highs, Mukund mostly played the backup opener. K.L. Rahul is obviously a champion player, so we will have to eventually take a call on who plays in the next Test and I am sure the third guy will understand. He returned to the line-up in the next Test but did not get to bat in a rain-affected draw. Since then, the Saurashtra batsman hasn't looked back.
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He was particularly harsh on Sri Lanka's spin attack, helping India maintain a run rate of 5.9 an over in the afternoon session. But India and Zimbabwe are different teams, and we are playing worldwide cricket so that confidence should help the boys.
Resuming the day at 189/3, India skipper Virat Kohli (103 not out) went on to complete his 17th Test century, as the visitors stretched their second innings lead to 549 runs. The Indians outplayed Rangana Herath and his boys in all the departments at Galle to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Three of the four have come under Virat Kohli. Jayasuriya had also posted 112 vs Australia at Adelaide in January 1996 and remains the only Sri Lankan opener to register two hundreds in the fourth innings in Tests.
Having got an attacking 64 in the first innings, Tharanga failed to cash on the advantage when Kohli dropped him at first slip, to be bowled off an inside edge in the next ball from Shami.
Former India captain Tendulkar, who is active on social media, took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to hail the performances of centurions Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara. "You grow as a cricketer, your technique improves and when you come and play worldwide cricket again, you've some experience of playing first-class cricket and you are always in touch with the game", Pujara added. Kohli fell to Nuwan Pradeep for just three in the first innings and would have been disappointed about not cashing in against a lacklustre Sri Lankan bowling attack.
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Virat Kohli notched up his 17th Test match century in the first Test versus Sri Lanka in Galle on Saturday.
The hosts will definitely have to put in a much-improved performance if they are to get the better of a strong Indian line-up in this series.
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