On the opening day of the third Test, India had a good day against the hosts Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
India elected to bat first after winning the toss. At the stumps of the day, India put 329 runs on the board after losing 6 wickets.
Brief Scores: India – 329/6 (Shikhar Dhawan 119, KL Rahul 85, Malinda Pushpakumara 3/40)
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 1 of the 3rd Test:
- Indian opening batsman KL Rahul scored another half-century as he was dismissed for 85 runs. It was his 7th consecutive 50+ knock in the Test innings which is the joint most no.of consecutive 50+ knocks in Test innings. The other batsmen who had played seven consecutive Test innings 50+ knock before Rahul were Sir Everton Weekes (West Indies; March 1948-February 1949), Andy Flower (Zimbabwe; September 2000-April 2001), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies; November 2006-December 2007), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka; January 2014-June 2014) and Chris Rogers (Australia; December 2014-July 2015).
- Indian opening batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul put a brilliant 188 runs partnership for the opening wicket. It is the highest opening partnership in Test for a visiting team on the Sri Lankan soil. The previous record was 171 runs partnership between Manoj Prabhakar and Navjot Singh Sidhu (India) at Colombo (SSC) in 1993.
- Another Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan hit a superb century as he scored 119 runs before getting out. It was his third Test century on the Sri Lankan soil which is the joint most Test centuries by a visiting left-handed batsman on the Sri Lankan soil. Former West Indian legend Brian Lara had also hit three Test centuries on the Sri Lankan soil.
Also, Dhawan became the fourth Indian left-handed batsman to hit two Test centuries in an away Test series (including neutral venues). The other three Indian batsmen were Vinod Kambli (India tour of Sri Lanka in 1993), Sourav Ganguly (India tour of England in 1996) and Gautam Gambhir (India tour of New Zealand in 2009). There are no such incidents when an Indian left-handed batsman hit more than two centuries in an away Test series.