The slight glimmer of hope that the Lankans had after winning two session over India on day one meant nothing on day two as SL failed to curtail the Indian tail.
With India in cruise control and maintaining a healthy run-rate, Sri Lanka were in desperate need for a wicket, but they had to wait until the 40th over to get it when Rahul was dismissed by Malinda Pushpakumara for 85, which came off 135 balls and included eight boundaries. Rahul, meanwhile, made his seventh successive 50-plus score in Test matches, becoming the joint record-holder alongside Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Rogers.
The right-hander achieved this feat in the 2016-17 season.
In the fourth over of the second session, the pair went past the 150-run stand and soon held the record for the highest opening stand against Sri Lanka in their own backyard when they reached 175. India went into tea with a score of 235 for three.
Dhawan put Sri Lanka's attack to the sword with a magnificent 190 in the first Test and he hit a brisk 119 as the India openers cashed in after Virat Kohli won the toss on Saturday. Sri Lanka lost the first Test in Galle by 304 runs and lost the second at Colombo by an innings and 53 runs. That knock helped him equal the Indian record, six consecutive Test fifties.
Batting at No.8 and playing in just his third Test, the 23-year-old needed just 86 balls to reach what was his first hundred in any format, worldwide or domestic. The match will kick-start at 10:00 AM. My job as an opening batsman is to give the team a good start, lay a solid foundation and I think I've done that so far.
Keeping in mind, India's lower-order strength, a few more runs are definitely on the cards for them.
"I'm learning from my mistakes". However, Sri Lanka will want Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella to continue with their form as the likes of Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews and Chandimal struggle to get amongst runs. We were just playing our shots and got out. Both were guilty of either not making the openers play enough or providing width off short balls that could be safely struck for boundaries. "We are certainly not thinking of too many changes at all, especially in this format, because you don't want to start taking things for granted and lose that momentum", he added.
It seems Rahul scores half-centuries for fun but given the talent and support he receives from the skipper and team management, big daddy hundreds might just be around the corner.