India began the Sri Lanka tour with a dominating performance. After winning the toss on the day 1 of the first Test of the series at Galle, Indian skipper Virat Kohli decided to bat first.

At the stumps of the day 1, Indian team managed to score 399/3 with help of twin centuries by Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Brief Scores: India – 399/3 (Shikhar Dhawan 190, Cheteshwar Pujara 144*, Nuwan Pradeep 3/64)

Here are some statistical highlights of Day 1 of the 1st Test:

1. The two left-handed batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund came as openers to start the Indian innings. It was the only third time in Indian Test innings history when the both openers were left-handed.

The first two similar incidents were Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan against Sri Lanka during the Delhi Test (during the 3rd innings of that Test match) in 2005 and Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund against England during the Lord’s Test (during 2nd innings of that Test match) in 2011.

 

2. Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara put up a brilliant 253 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket. Here are some important stats of this partnership

i) It is the second highest Test partnership for India on the Sri Lankan soil. Their highest Test partnership on the Sri Lankan soil is 256 runs between Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina for the 5th wicket against Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC) in 2010.

ii) It is India’s second highest Test partnership for the 2nd wicket in the outside India. Their record is 259 runs partnership between Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2004.

iii) Also, it is the third highest Test partnership for the 2nd wicket by any team on the Sri Lankan soil. The top two in this list are 576 runs between Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka) against India at Colombo (RPS) in 1997 and 287 runs between Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan) against Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC) in 2012.

 

3. Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan scored 126 runs during the second session of the day. It is the second most runs scored by an Indian batsman in a session of a Test match. The record is 133 runs by Virender Sehwag against Sri Lanka at Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) in 2009.

 

4. Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan played a brilliant knock of 190 runs. It is the third highest individual Test knock by an Indian batsman on the Sri Lankan soil. The top two in this list are 203 runs by Sachin Tendulkar at Colombo (SSC) in 2010 and 201* runs by Virender Sehwag at Galle in 2008.

 

5. Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara scored centuries on the opening day of this Test. It is the 7th time when more than one Indian batsman scored centuries in a Test innings on the Sri Lankan soil. The best is 3 Test centuries (Navjot Sidhu 111, Sachin Tendulkar 143 and Rahul Dravid 126) in a Test innings during the Colombo, RPS Test match (during 1st innings of that Test) in 1997.

 

6. At the end of the opening day, India put on 399/3 on the board. It is the second highest total for India on the day 1 of a Test match. The highest is 417/2 against Sri Lanka at Kanpur in 2009.

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