India dominated on the day one of the second Test against the hosts Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC).
After winning the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli elected to bat first. At the stumps, India managed to score 344/3.
Brief Scores: India – 344/3 (Cheteshwar Pujara 128*, Ajinkya Rahane 103*, Dilruwan Perera 1/68)
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 1 of the 2nd Test:
- Indian opening batsman KL Rahul hit a half-century as he scored 57 runs. It was Rahul’s sixth consecutive 50+ innings in the Test cricket. Only Gundappa Viswanath and Rahul Dravid are the other Indian batsmen to achieve this similar feat (scoring six consecutive 50+ knocks in Test innings).
- Playing 84th Test innings (50th Test match), Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara completed 4,000 Test career runs. Pujara became the joint third fastest Indian batsman (according to the no.of Test innings) to complete 4,000 Test runs. The top three in this list are Virender Sehwag (79 innings), Sunil Gavaskar (81 innings) and Rahul Dravid (84 innings).
- Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara hit a brilliant century as he remained unbeaten on 128 runs. It was Pujara’s third Test century on the Sri Lankan soil which is the joint second most no.of Test centuries on the Sri Lankan soil by an Indian batsman. The top two in this list are Sachin Tendulkar (5 Test centuries) and Virender Sehwag (3 Test centuries).
- Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane played a superb knock as he was not out on 103 runs. Rahane became the only second Indian batsman to score at least a Test century on the Sri Lankan soil at no.5 batting position. Mohammad Azharuddin was the other Indian batsman to achieve this feat as he made two Test centuries as a no.5 batsman on the Sri Lankan soil.
- Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane put on a brilliant unbroken 211 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. Currently, it is the third highest fourth wicket Test partnership for India against Sri Lanka. The top two in this list are 256 runs partnership between Sachin Tendulkar & Sourav Ganguly (at Mumbai in 1997) and 221 runs partnership between Sachin Tendulkar & Mohammad Azharuddin (at Colombo, RPS in 1997).