RahulÂ Dravid and Dhoniâ€™s magnificent tons changed the entire scenario for India. Dravids 177 (not out) and Dhoniâ€™s 110 before he was caught behind by Dhamika Prasad just 3 overs before the stumps were withdrawn, steered India through what appeared to be a disastrous beginning for India. Dhoni delivered 10 boundaries and 1 six of the 159 deliveries that he faced.
While â€œthe wallâ€ stood tall, reaching the 11,000 mark in test matches by hitting 26 boundaries and a straight six after batting nearly for the whole day and remaining not out.
He added 224 runs for the sixth wicket with Dhoni before Dhamika Prasad had the Indian skipper caught behind just before close. Dhoni hit 10 boundaries and a six in his first test century at home and faced 159 deliveries.
After winning the toss Dhoni elected to bat. Welegaderaâ€™s3 quick wickets became a cause of grave concern for the home team. Sachin was out at 4, bowled between bat and pad, after facing 3 deliveries. Gautam Gambhir was clean bowled while Virendra Sehwag was declared lbw after scoring 16 runs.
With Dhamika Prasad bowling VVS Laxman for duck, India was in a very precarious situation with 32 for 4.
Dravid played 2 important partnerships today. A 125 runs partnership with Yuvraj in which Yuvraj scored 68 runs, was the turning point of the match. And the second one with Dhoni where he added 224 runs to the total.
After VVs Laxman, Yuvraj came to the crease. Dravid and Yuvraj together changed the face of the game. They exhibited a powerful partnership with delightful boundaries. It was Muttiah Murlidharan who broke the spell when Yuvraj was caught in the covers by Dilshan.
At the end of the first day of play India were 356at the loss of 6 wickets.