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Ajinkya Rahane ends 10-month century drought with calculated ton vs Sri Lanka

The hundred in the second Test against Sri Lanka is important for Ajinkya Rahane’s confidence in the sense that since his 188 against New Zealand at Indore, in October 2016, the India batsman had gone nine Tests, 19 innings without a century

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 03, 2017 17:24 IST
India’s Ajinkya Rahane raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring a century during the first day of the second Test match against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalease Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on Thursday.
India’s Ajinkya Rahane raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring a century during the first day of the second Test match against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalease Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on Thursday.(AFP)

Ajinkya Rahane completed his ninth Test century to help India gain the initiative on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground. Rahane reached the three-figure mark with a single off Rangana Herath, off 151 balls with 12 fours. (IND v SL 2nd Test, Day 1 highlights)

The hundred was important for Rahane’s confidence in the sense that since his 188 against New Zealand at Indore, in October 2016, the Mumbai batsman had gone nine Tests, 19 innings without a century. (IND v SL SCORECARD)

In between, he got to a few half-centuries, but somehow was unable to convert it into three figures, a story similar to what happened in the opening Test at Galle, where he got out after getting well-set.

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Finally, before the talk about his conversion rate could grow any stronger and affect his game, Rahane broke the rut at the SSC ground. Coming into bat with India under slight pressure after losing their captain Virat Kohli cheaply, Rahane looked positive from the start, not allowing the Sri Lankan bowlers to settle down.

The half-century was reached in 83 balls, with six fours, and there was hardly a false stroke as he pushed towards his century. Sri Lanka asked for a review against Rahane for leg-before wicket off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, but that was more to exhaust their option before the 80th over.

His double century stand with Cheteshwar Pujara helped India reach 335 for three.