Murali Vijay and skipper Virat Kohli cashed in on an excellent batting surface at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi as India reached 371/4 by stumps on day one of the third Test against Sri Lanka.
India won the toss and elected to bat first and dominated the opening day scoring at over four to the over.
The first wicket of the day was the 100th in Test cricket for Dilruwan Perera who had Shikhar Dhawan (23) caught at deep backward square leg with Lakshan Sandakan nearly butchering the chance as he lost a boot in getting round.
A well worked plan from Lahiru Gamage had Cheteshwar Pujara (23) caught at leg slip but from 70 for 2 India would kick on.
Vijay and Kohli came together and soon got on top of the bowling with both men going past 100 in their stand of 283.
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Kohli marked his twentieth Test century during this knock and also became the fourth fastest India batsman to reach 5000 Test runs.
Sandakan began to trouble the India batsmen when he broke out his wrong 'un late in the day.
A pair of stumpings towards the end of the day saw the wrist spinner claim the scalps of Vijay (155) and Ajinkya Rahane but with Kohli still there Sri Lanka look set for another long day tomorrow.
Kohli ended the day unbeaten on 156 not out with Rohit Sharma (6*) for company.