Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 135 and Amit Mishra’s gritty 59 helped India reach 292/8 against Sri Lanka before rain forced early stumps on Day 2 of the third Test at the SSC in Colombo. Pujara, who was making comeback to the Test team after being dropped for the first two Tests, batted brilliantly and scored his Test century of 2015. Thanks to his unbeaten knock, Pujara is now averaging fifty-plus in Tests – his tally being 2208 in 49 innings at an average of 50.18. Amit Mishra, who batted brilliantly with Cheteshwar Pujara, became the first Indian number nine player to register a fifty vs Sri Lanka in Tests, surpassing Ajit Agarkar’s 48 at Ahmedabad in December 2005.
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Cheteshwar Pujara (134 not out) has become the third Indian opening player to score a century vs Sri Lanka in Tests at Colombo (SSC). His innings is now the second highest by an Indian opener behind the 143 by Sadagoppan Ramesh in February 1999. Navjot Singh Sidhu had managed 104 in July 1993. Pujara also enjoys an outstanding record in Tests in Asia – his tally being 1414 (ave.83.17) in 14 Tests, including six hundreds and three fifties. Amongst the batsmen with 1000 runs or more in Tests in Asia, his average is the highest.
Dhammika Prasad was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka. Prasad bowled brilliantly throughout the day and took 4 important wickets. Prasad showed great control and bowled consistent lines all day.