Virat Kohli is on 24 © AFP (File Photo)
Virat Kohli is on 24 © AFP (File Photo)

Indian batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli brought up the crucial 50-run stand for the third wicket, against Sri Lanka in the first of the three-match Tests series at the Galle International Stadium in Galle on Wednesday. The partnership came off 77 deliveries as Dhawan contributed 27 and Kohli contributed 20 in the stand including five extras. Currently, India are 84 for the loss of two wickets in 22 overs with opener Shikhar Dhawan on 36 and skipper, Virat Kohli on 24. Earlier, Sri Lanka had won the toss and elecyted to bat first as both the team went in with a bowling secialised team as India started off well and the strategy eventually paid off, as they claimed wickets at regular intervals. Live Scorecard: India vs Sri Lanka 2015, 1st Test at Galle, Day 1

Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin continued his charge after lunch, taking five wickets to help India restrict Sri Lanka to a moderate total after Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal staged a remarkable fightback in the post-lunch session of Day One of the first Test at Galle. Chandimal was lucky to make it past the first over after lunch, as an outside edge off Ishant Sharma was put down by Wriddhiman Saha. Ashwin then came back into play though, getting rid of first Angelo Mathews for 64 and Dhammika Prasad for a duck. Amit Mishra made his mark as well, taking wickets off consecutive balls to dismiss Chandimal and Tharindu Kaushal to leave Sri Lanka nine down for 179. Ashwin clean bowled Rangana Herath to bowl out Sri Lanka for 183. Live Updates: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Galle, Day 1