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Cheteshwar Pujara chose an apt occasion to profess his never-ending love for red-ball cricket, scoring another classy century as India reached 344/3 against Sri Lanka, here on the first day of the second Test in Colombo. On a day, when Pujara played his landmark 50th Test match and was also recommended for the prestigious Arjuna Award, the Saurashtra right-hander remained unbeaten on 128 -- his 13th hundred in Dee Gordon Womens Jersey longest format. Ajinkya Rahane 103 battingalso roared back to form after a patchy last season hitting his ninth Test ton while adding 211 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand as Sri Lankan bowlers once again had a poor day in office.
Comeback man KL Rahul 57and senior opener Shikhar Dhawan 35will be cursing their luck, having missed out on a run-feast against a below-par home team attack.
Rahul in-fact looked good for a big one before an unfortunate mix-up led to his run-out. Skipper Virat http://www.authenticmiamimarlins.com/Adeiny-Hechavarria-Jersey Kohli 13was the only batsman to be dismissed cheaply.
Pujara was an epitome of patience facing 225 balls, hitting 10 fours and a six while Rahane was more attacking in his 168-ball effort, that had 12 boundaries.
En route his second successive hundred in the series, Pujara also completed 4000 Test runs. His sequence of Test scores over the past few Test matches before the current one - 17, 92, 202, 57, 153.
He also became the seventh Indian batsman to score a century in his 50th Test match. The illustrious six before him are Polly Umrigar 1961Gundappa Viswanath 1979), Kapil Dev, VVS Laxman and Virat Kohli. He also became the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to score hundreds in three consecutive Tests in Sri Lanka.
In the final session, Pujara-Rahane duo took India across the 250-mark with ease.
Rahane reached his half-century off 83 balls, inclusive of 6 fours. The duo crossed their 150-partnership with ease as India's 300 came up in the 77th over of the day.
Three overs later, he survived a leg before shout via DRS off Malinda Pushpakumara 0-82but the ball seemed to be going down leg. Thereafter, Rahane celebrated double hundred partnership with Pujara. When he tapped for a Francisco Cervelli Authentic Jersey single to complete his hundred, it was more like an elation for Rahane, who got a Test hundred after nearly 10 months. His last hundred was 188 against New Zealand in Indore last year.
Rahane survived another lbw shout via DRS off Rangana Herath 1-83, but there was a clear inside edge and umpire Bruce Oxenford had to reverse his decision.
The two batsmen then negotiated until stumps without any further loss.
Earlier, during the post-lunch break, Rahul and Pujara brought up their 50-partnership http://www.authenticpittsburghpirates.com/Andrew-Mccutchen-Jersey off 112 balls but couldn't extend it for too long as they were involved in a mix-up.
The latter initially said yes to a single but then declined as Rahul was run-out in the 31st over. Overall, he faced 82 balls and hit 7 fours.