- Partnership between Rahane and Pujara
India was struggling with 133 for 3 as Kohli and KL Rahul went in quick succession. Rahane and Pujara showed positive intent playing the Sri Lankan spinners with ease. Both of them never allowed them to dominate and completed their respective centuries to put India in a commanding position. At the end of day 1, India scored 344 for 3 in 90 overs. It was a brilliant batting display by both these two top quality batsmen for India in test matches. They put on unbeaten 211 runs for the fourth wicket.
On the second day, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami added vital runs to help India post a mammoth total of 622 for 9 in 158 overs.