The overnight batsmen put together a 209-run partnership to pulverise the opposition attack after the hosts started the day on 11-1 in response to Sri Lanka s 205. Pujara, on his part, remained unbeaten at a personal score of 121 at the end of the day's play.
The fact that Vijay (128) and Pujara (121*) became the second most prolific pairing for India for the second wicket (after Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag) came as an added byproduct. The scoring picked up pace thanks to the India captain, who also reached his 15th test half-century off 66 balls before close of play.
Right-handed batsman, Murali Vijay has had a roller coaster ride when it comes to finding his feet in Indian cricket. The sun was beating down heavily, the pitch had morphed into a flat track, with very little assistance for the bowlers.
Meanwhile, right-hander Pujara, who was batting in his 90s when Kohli came, was at ease as the latter was keeping the pressure on the bowlers.More news: Ready, set, shop! Black Friday shopping frenzy at local stores
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3 - Vijay and Pujara have the third-highest average for any pair in Tests at home (min 1500 runs). The review was struck down with replays showing a clear edge. Pujara completed his century when he played medium pacer Dasun Shanaka past gully for a double in the second ball of the 87th over.
With Niroshan Dickwella and Chandimal out in the middle and the total on 160 for 4, Sri Lanka had an opportunity to post a decent score, butDickwella's dismissal triggered a collapse as the tourists lost six wickets for 45 runs.
It was the ninth century-plus stand between the two - a record for India. Vijay square-drove the first ball of the morning and hit five more boundaries en route to his 16th half-century in Tests. His 183-ball innings was laced with nine boundaries. Kohli brought up his half-century in the penultimate over of the day, before, finally, time was called and the Sri Lankans were put out of their misery, for the time being at least.
Two days before the first Test a fever ruled Rahul out of the match and Dhawan, who was holidaying in Hong Kong, was drafted in the squad and the southpaw cashed in, scoring two hundreds in three Tests.