Electing to bat after winning the toss, India were off to a flying start, rushing to their 50 in just 55 balls as Dhawan completed his fourth half century of the series in just 45 balls. The last over before lunch underlined India's effortless dominance, KL Rahul cutting and driving Dilruwan Perera, Sri Lanka's most experienced bowler, for two nearly dismissive boundaries. The ICC said that during Sri Lanka's second innings, one of Jadeja's throw was "in unsafe manner". The last home global season, the lower order had taken India to bigger totals. His second in Test cricket.
"Managing players who don't get a chance is also a skill". Especially once we got out, the way he came back and bowled, it was good for them. Dhawan was particularly dominant, consistently maintaining a strike rate of more than a run per ball.
Rahul, who scored his seventh consecutive Test fifty, was the first to go after mistiming a drive to mid-on off Pushpakumara.
The Indian cricketer bolted an incredible 108 runs with the help of 15 boundaries - eight 4s and seven 6s- before he was taken down as Dilruwan Perera catches his shot on Sandakan's ball.
Kohli and Rahane were then tasked with stabilizing the innings, which they did, ensuring no more wickets were lost as the team headed into Tea.
But the day so far has belonged to Pandya, who built crucial partnerships including a 66-run tenth-wicket stand with Umesh Yadav. India will still take their overnight total considering the amount of times the lower order has contributed while Sri Lanka looks more determined to knock off the remaining four early on Day 2.
"We were just playing our shots and got out".
Sandakan strikes as Pujara edges the ball straight to Angelo Mathews in slips.
Vishwa Fernando, playing his second Test a year after his debut, also snared Ravichandran Ashwin (31) caught behind at full stretch by Niroshan Dickwella to give Sri Lanka another late lift.
The former then fell immediately afterwards caught behind off Sandakan.
With Kuldeep and Sandakan featuring in the match, it was only the second time since 2004 when two "chinamen" bowlers featured in the same game after Dave Mohammed (West Indies) and Paul Adams (South Africa) at Cape Town.