Sri Lanka bounce back af­ter Dhawan, Kohli tons


Shikhar Dhawan and Vi­rat Kohli hit cen­turies be­fore Sri Lanka fought back on the sec­ond day of the first Test against In­dia at the Galle In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium on Thurs­day.

The tourists, re­ply­ing to Sri Lanka´s first in­nings to­tal of 183, took their overnight to­tal of 128-2 to 304-6 by tea af­ter an event­ful postlunch ses­sion.

Left-handed opener Dhawan scored 134, his fourth Test cen­tury and the sec­ond in suc­ces­sion af­ter mak­ing 173 against Bangladesh in June, and skip­per Kohli re­turned to form with 103. The pair put on 227 runs for the third wicket in a fine part­ner­ship af­ter In­dia were re­duced to 28-2 af­ter tea on the first day.

In­dia were cruis­ing at 255-2 when Sri Lanka hit back with four quick wick­ets on ei­ther side of the sec­ond new ball to make it 302-6.

In­dia will re­sume af­ter tea with a lead of 121 runs and four wick­ets in hand, look­ing to build a size­able to­tal in the first match of the three-Test se­ries. Wrid­dhi­man Saha was un­beaten on 25 and Harb­ha­jan Singh had yet to score.

Dhawan, who was on 53 overnight, reached the three-fig­ure mark 20 min­utes be­fore lunch by driv­ing fast bowler Dham­mika Prasad through the cov­ers for his 10th bound­ary. But Dhawan was lucky to sur­vive a loud ap­peal for leg-be­fore against off-spin­ner Tharindu Kaushal when he was on 79.

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