Cheteshwar Pujara crosses 4000 runs in landmark 50th Test

It will be a case of better late than never for Pushpakumara in achieving his dream of representing Sri Lanka today if he makes it to the playing XI for the second Test against India. Shortly after India's 304-run win over Sri Lanka in Galle, Rohit had posted a photo on Twitter where he was seen playing Federation Internationale de Football Association with Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha and two others.

Rohit did not play the Galle Test and was not included in the ongoing Colombo Test against Sri Lanka.

The in-form Pujara registered his 13th Test century in his landmark 50th game as Rahane fired his ninth Test hundred. The duo put together an opening partnership of 56 runs in just 10 overs.

Pujara and Rahane batted with goal and steadied the Indian innings after Lokesh Rahul (57) and Virat Kohli (13) departed in quick succession post lunch at the SSC. The good news is that their skipper Dinesh Chandimal has recovered from pneumonia and will be available for this Test.

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Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera notched up figures of 1/68 while veteran left-arm spinner Herath returned 1/83.

Between September and December this year, India will host Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka for three Tests, 11 One-Day Internationals and nine Twenty20 Internationals.

Pujara is playing his 50th Test, and drew praise as a rock of India's batting for the legendary Gavaskar. Chandimal will need a special effort from several key players - and will hope to reprise his brilliant unbeaten 162 of Galle in August 2015 - for the third Test of the series in Pallekele next week to not be a dead rubber. He has also always maintained his belief that reporters are there "to report on news, not make news" as reiterated during a chat to commemorate the 100th Test, his journey, the moment Kohli handed over the memento and else.

Ajinkya Rahane (103 batting) also roared back to form after a patchy last season hitting his ninth Test ton while adding 211 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand as Sri Lankan bowlers once again had a poor day in office.

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