While Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli could not score heavily in the second Test, the two have hundreds against their name in the first. This was the sixth century of his Test career. We made a sign, it had nothing to do with the second century (of the series) or anything.
Sri Lanka has hardly been able to fire a shot in the series, losing each of the first two tests inside four days.
At the break, Pandya was unbeaten on 108 (93 balls, 8 fours and 7 sixes) while Umesh Yadav was batting on 3 as they added 66 runs for the last wicket.
Left-arm spinner Jadeja was banned for one match for unsafe play in India's second Test win that secured the team an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Shikhar Dhawan hammered a heroic 119 runs while Lokesh Rahul added 85 runs as they added 188 runs on the first wicket partnership for the visiting side. The duo bettered Navjot Singh Sidhu and Manoj Prabhakar's stand set at the SSC in Colombo back in 1993. At one time India were scoring at more than five runs an over.
It was also the second fastest Test hundred overseas by an Indian batsman, second to Virender Sehwag's 78-ball effort against West Indies at Gros Islet in 2006.
Rahul entered record books by becoming the first Indian to join an exclusive club of batsmen who scored the most consecutive half-centuries in Test history. "But getting a fifty is better than getting out for zero, however, it's disappointing on an individual level, but the team needs a good start and I am happy with my contributions in that regard", said Rahul. Rahul, meanwhile, made his seventh successive 50-plus score in Test matches, becoming the joint record-holder alongside Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Rogers.
Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first. No matter; Pandya hooked his second ball for six, premeditating by taking guard on off stump and hitting clean and hard. Kuldeep Yadav replaced the suspended Ravindra Jadeja for the visitors. You would think they might turn to spin, but being without the services of Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal, they are left with Vishwa Fernando and Lahiru Kumara, both greenhorns. Middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva was dropped after scores of nought and 17 in Colombo.
The first session might have been a tricky one, but Sri Lanka's inexperienced new-ball bowlers, Vishwa Fernando and Lahiru Kumara, wasted the new ball.