As Indians scored 344/3 on Day 1 at Colombo (SSC) playing their 9th test, KL Rahul, Pujara and Rahane achieved unique records and took India to a stronger position in the second test. Colombo SSC lived upto the expectation of batsmen’s paradise with an average of 4 centuries per test in India vs Sri Lanka test series. Now, only two more centuries are required to complete a century of 100s in their bilateral series.
Match Facts and Records from Day 1
6 50+ consecutive scores in test matches makes Rahul only the 3rd Indian (after Dravid and Vishwanath). One more 50 in next test will help him hold world record with 5 players (Weekes, Andy Flower, Chanderpaul, Sangakkara, Chris Rogers)
3rd fastest Indian to 4000 test runs: Pujara (84 innings) with Dravid is now 3rd fastest Indian after Sehwag (79) and Gavaskar (81) to reach 4k mark.
3rd century in Sri Lanka in 3 tests makes him the fastest overseas batsman to get the record. With 5 centuries in 12 test matches at Sri Lanka, Tendulkar is the only overseas batsman ahead of him.
4th 200+ and biggest century partnership for 4th wicket in IND vs SL test series.
Top 3 partnerships for 4th wicket
256 Ganguly, SR Tendulkar IND Mumbai 1997
221 Tendulkar, Azharuddin IND Colombo (RPS) 1997
216 Roy Dias, Duleep Mendis SL Kandy 1985
2nd Consecutive 100+ partnership between Pujara and Rahane after 1st test in Galle.
15th 100+ partnerships for 4th wicket in Ind vs SL (9 by India)
India 1st Innings Scorecard
Dhawan lbw b Perera 35 runs
KL Rahul run out 57 runs
Pujara not out 128 runs (10 4s 1 six)
Kohli c Mathews b Herath 13
Rahame not out 103 runs (12 4s)
Fall of wickets: 1-56 (S Dhawan, 10.1 ov), 2-109 (KL Rahul, 30.4 ov), 3-133 (V Kohli, 38.5 ov)