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Rahane ton lifts Indians after Kohli fails

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COLOMBO, Aug 6: Middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane struck an unbeaten century but skipper Virat Kohli�s poor form continued as Indians managed 314 for six on the opening day of their only three-day cricket tour game against Sri Lanka Board President�s XI here today.

Put into bat, Indian openers Lokesh Rahul (43) and Shikhar Dhawan (62) gave the visitors a solid 108-run start but the batting wobbled after their departure. Rohit Sharma (7) and Kohli (8) fell in quick succession as medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha (3-47) made his presence felt in the President XI ranks as Indians lost four wickets for 25 runs in the post-lunch session.

Struggling at 133 for four, Rahane (109 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (42) then go together to stitch a 134-run fifth-wicket partnership to rebuild the Indian innings.

Pujara and Rahane defied the hosts until tea with the scorecard reading 175 for four.

The two batsmen put on runs at a brisk pace, bringing up the 50-partnership in the 49th over. And then they kicked on, with Rahane bringing up his half-century off 59 balls, with five fours.

Their 100-partnership came up in the 59th over and the duo scored at 4.75 per over during their 28.1-over stay together at the crease. Pujara slowed down a little as spin was introduced to make up for the slow over-rate and that hesitation cost him his wicket in the 66th over.

Rahane though carried on in the same vein as the Maharashtra-born batsman got to his century with a boundary against Jeffery Vandersay (2-76).

Rahane has struck 11 fours and a six in his 127-run stay so faras he helped India manage a healthy run-rate of 3.97 through the day.

SCORECARD

Indians 1st innings: Lokesh Rahul c Gunathilaka b Nisala Gamage 43, Shikhar Dhawan c Perera b Rajitha 62, Rohit Sharma b Rajitha 7, Virat Kohli c Siriwardana b Rajitha 8, Ajinkya Rahane not out 109, Cheteshwar Pujara c Pathirana b Vandersay 42, Wriddhiman Saha c Thirimanne b Vandersay 3, Ravichandran Ashwin not out 10. Extras: (b 7, lb 10, w 4, nb 9) 30. Total: (6 wickets; 79 overs) 314. Fall of wickets: 1-108, 2-121, 3-130, 4-133, 5-267, 6-273. Bowling: Vishwa Fernando 15-2-29-0, Nisala Gamage 15-2-65-1, Kasun Rajitha 13-2-47-3, Jeffrey Vandersay 20-1-76-2, Lahiru Gamage 13-2-66-0, Milinda Siriwardana 3-1-14-0. � PTI

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Rahane ton lifts Indians after Kohli fails

COLOMBO, Aug 6: Middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane struck an unbeaten century but skipper Virat Kohli�s poor form continued as Indians managed 314 for six on the opening day of their only three-day cricket tour game against Sri Lanka Board President�s XI here today.

Put into bat, Indian openers Lokesh Rahul (43) and Shikhar Dhawan (62) gave the visitors a solid 108-run start but the batting wobbled after their departure. Rohit Sharma (7) and Kohli (8) fell in quick succession as medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha (3-47) made his presence felt in the President XI ranks as Indians lost four wickets for 25 runs in the post-lunch session.

Struggling at 133 for four, Rahane (109 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (42) then go together to stitch a 134-run fifth-wicket partnership to rebuild the Indian innings.

Pujara and Rahane defied the hosts until tea with the scorecard reading 175 for four.

The two batsmen put on runs at a brisk pace, bringing up the 50-partnership in the 49th over. And then they kicked on, with Rahane bringing up his half-century off 59 balls, with five fours.

Their 100-partnership came up in the 59th over and the duo scored at 4.75 per over during their 28.1-over stay together at the crease. Pujara slowed down a little as spin was introduced to make up for the slow over-rate and that hesitation cost him his wicket in the 66th over.

Rahane though carried on in the same vein as the Maharashtra-born batsman got to his century with a boundary against Jeffery Vandersay (2-76).

Rahane has struck 11 fours and a six in his 127-run stay so faras he helped India manage a healthy run-rate of 3.97 through the day.

SCORECARD

Indians 1st innings: Lokesh Rahul c Gunathilaka b Nisala Gamage 43, Shikhar Dhawan c Perera b Rajitha 62, Rohit Sharma b Rajitha 7, Virat Kohli c Siriwardana b Rajitha 8, Ajinkya Rahane not out 109, Cheteshwar Pujara c Pathirana b Vandersay 42, Wriddhiman Saha c Thirimanne b Vandersay 3, Ravichandran Ashwin not out 10. Extras: (b 7, lb 10, w 4, nb 9) 30. Total: (6 wickets; 79 overs) 314. Fall of wickets: 1-108, 2-121, 3-130, 4-133, 5-267, 6-273. Bowling: Vishwa Fernando 15-2-29-0, Nisala Gamage 15-2-65-1, Kasun Rajitha 13-2-47-3, Jeffrey Vandersay 20-1-76-2, Lahiru Gamage 13-2-66-0, Milinda Siriwardana 3-1-14-0. � PTI