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India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Ajinkya Rahane Ends Century Drought; Watch His Wife's Epic Reaction

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 4, 2017, 9:41 AM IST
India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Ajinkya Rahane Ends Century Drought; Watch His Wife's Epic Reaction

India's Ajinkya Rahane raises his bat and helmet to celebrate scoring a century. (AP Images)

New Delhi: Indian middle-order star Ajinkya Rahane was at his supreme best during the first innings of the second Test as he ended his century drought in scintillating style in Colombo on Thursday.

Rahane brought up his ninth Test ton and this was also his sixth outside India. But the striking part about this innings was that Rahane hadn't scored a century in his last 17 innings in the longest format of the game — which was also the longest gap between his two centuries.

But after he notched up his ton against the Islanders, his wife Radhika Dhopavkar couldn't contain her excitement and got off her feet, to applaud Rahane.

The official account of BCCI posted the video on Twitter and the post read: "Finally! She said, after @ajinkyarahane88 gets to a well-made 9th Test century #TeamIndia #SLvIND"

Rahane will be more than relieved with his innings in Colombo as in the last 17 innings, he crossed the 50-run mark only thrice and the 100-run mark not even once.

As for the Colombo Test, India's batsmen picked up from where they had left in Galle and piled the misery on Sri Lanka's bowlers as they scored 344/3 on day 1 with the duo of Cheteshwar Pujara (128) and Ajinkya Rahane (103) slamming unbeaten centuries.

Cheteshwar Pujara in the company of the impressive Ajinkya Rahane as the duo stitched together a strong partnership to take India into tea at 238/3. Rahane took the attack to the opposition by hitting a few aggressive shots and that led the Lankans to spread the field and the duo took full advantage of that.

Both the batsmen helped themselves to half-centuries and then followed that up by reaching the three-figure mark. While Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his 13th Test century, Rahane scored his ninth Test ton as India went into cruise control.

Sri Lanka's problems were compounded as their only seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep hobbled off the ground late on day 1 after pulling his left ham string.

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First Published: August 4, 2017, 9:38 AM IST

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