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.