India at the end of Day1 on a high scoring 385 for 6 in 90 overs after a disastrous first half an hour.
The host was left tottering on 32/4 towards the end of the 8th over by Chanaka Welegedara who picked up 3 wickets. But if you leave those 8 overs apart, it was India right through the day.
Dravid did all the hard work early-on and played a wonderful knock of 177* also reaching the landmark of 11,000 Test runs.
It was a tale of two big partnerships, first of which came between Yuvraj 68 and Dravid of 125 runs for 5th wicket. Next of 224 runs for the 6th wicket between Dravid and skipper Dhoni (110, was caught behind by P Jaywardhane On Dambika Prasad’s ball.)
Despite the early hiccups, India went on to score their most number of runs on Day 1 of a Test match. Sri Lanka will need to rethink on their strategy if they are to comeback strongly in the match.