Sri Lankan trio smash India
Mahela Jayawardene hit one of three centuries as Sri Lanka finished a historic day two of the first Test against India on 422-4.
Last Updated: 25/07/08 2:10pm
First Test Match
Colombo - Day Two
Sri Lanka 422-4 (D P M D Jayawardene 136, B S M Warnapura 115, T T Samaraweera 111 no) v India
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene hit one of three hundreds as Sri Lanka's batsmen dominated day two of the first Test against India.
Having resumed on 85-2 after a rain-hit first day in Colombo, the home side piled on the runs to reach the close on 422-4.
Malinda Warnapura was the first to reach the milestone, the left-handed opener managing to make his second hundred in just his fifth Test appearance.
He was soon followed by his captain Jayawardene (136) and although India did dismiss both, their miserable day was complete when Thilan Samaraweera became the third centurion of the innings.
While Sri Lanka's batsmen may have impressed, the biggest talking point of the day came when India captain Anil Kumble became the first player to make use of the new referral system being trialled by the International Cricket Council.
Kumble decided to ask for third umpire Rudi Koertzen to take a look at an lbw decision against Warnapura after Mark Benson, the man standing in the middle, had given it not out.
Having viewed television pictures, Koertzen agreed with his colleague's adjudication, and it wasn't the last time India would miss out due a referral being made.
The tourists appeared to have Tillakaratne Dilshan caught behind but the batsman made a 'T' signal with his hands to indicate a challenge, which was successful after replays proved indecisive over whether the ball had hit his bat.
Making the most of the reprieve, one he would not have normally got once Benson had given him out, Dilshan reached the close on 20 alongside Samaraweera, who had overcome some nervy early moments to finish on 111 not out.
Jayawardene, who was dropped twice by wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, had helped put on stands of 155 and 148 as he reached his ninth Test hundred at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.
Harbhajan finally registered a breakthrough for India in the afternoon session, getting Warnapura caught at slip by Rahul Dravid for 115 off 204 balls.
The only other success for the visitors came in the final hour when Karthik made it third time lucky off Jayawardene, hanging on to a thin edge off Ishant Sharma.