Ajinkya Rahane was the star on day one as his attacking century helped India reach 314/6. Follow the match as it happened:
* That will be stumps on Day 1 of the warm-up game. Rahane is unbeaten on 109 with R Ashwin unbeaten on 10. India have recovered to 314/6.
*Rahane scores a wonderful century off 117 balls. The knock has included 10 fours and one six and this has put India in a great position.
* Another one departs. Wriddhiman Saha falls for 3 but Rahane is looking good to score a century. India are 273/6.
* Pujara departs for 42 to end a 134-run stand. India 267/5.
* Rahane and Pujara taking India to a position of strength with an hour’s play left. India 259/4.
* Rahane gets to an attacking fifty by smashing two boundaries. The partnership has also reached 100 and both batsmen are putting India in the driver’s seat at Colombo.
* Pujara gets going with two consecutive boundaries in the first over after the break. The partnership has also gone past 50.
* Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have steadied the ship with a solid partnership as India aim to recover. Pujara has come out to bat at number six. Will that be the pattern for the upcoming Test series? At Tea, India are 175/4.
* Out! They are walking back like ants marching before winter. This time though, it is well-set Dhawan who has to depart. He scored 62. India 133/4.
* Out! Virat Kohli’s turn to walk back. He manages to score just one more than Rohit.
* Out! Rohit’s stay at the crease is short but hardly sweet. He scored seven. India 121/2.
* Rohit is in at No. 3 – no surprise really as Kohli had already gone on record to say that this is a position that suits the Mumbai batsman. (Read report)
* Out! India’s opening stand finally gives way as Rahul falls for 43.
* Dhawan completes his fifty. India making good progress now.
* At lunch, India 78/0 with Dhawan on 47 and Rahul batting on 28.
* Rahul decides to step up and show some signs of life. He dispatches spinner Jefferey Vandersay for two fours in an over.
* Dhawan is looking better with each passing over. He has moved into the 40s. Rahul on the other end though is quite the cautious customer and has played 64 deliveries for his 18. India 63/0 after 20.
* India openers get a move on. After 12 overs, the team total is 37 with Dhawan on 25 (five fours) and Rahul on 11.
* The rate of scoring continues to be rather dismal. After eight overs, India are 14 for no loss. Dhawan is on 11 with two fours to his name while Rahul has scored three.
* Both Dhawan and Rahul are off the mark. The Delhi batsman in fact has even managed to find the boundary once.
* Talk about a watchful start! India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul play have played out three maiden overs after being asked to bat. SL Pres. XI operating currently with the pace duo of Nisala Tharaka and Vishwa Fernando.
* Toss! President’s XI win the toss and will field first against India.
While rain has been threatening to interrupt the match in Colombo, Thursday emerged under clear and sunny skies. Kohli was seen talking to his players in a huddle and the touring party appeared confident and at ease to face Sri Lanka Board President’s XI. The fact that some of the big names in the side are coming from a break was evident as the general mood in the Indian camp looked calm.
A day earlier, captain Kohli had said he is sure of being able to bat as well as lead the team in Sri Lanka. “Captaincy and batting are two aspects that I will not try to mix. I do not think I need to change anything,” said Kohli. “It is going to be a very competitive series from the aspect that both sides have young players who have performed well.” (Read more here)
Of course, it is not just batting and captaincy that is keeping Kohli busy. He has been feasting on crabs in Colombo as well. (Read more here)
The delicacies though would have to be put on hold now as Kohli and his men get ready for the battle ahead.