GALLE: Kumar Sangakkara recorded his 22nd test century as Sri Lanka dominated India's bowlers on the opening day of the first test at the Galle Stadium on Sunday.
Sangakkara was unbeaten on 100 and opener Tharanga Paranavitana was five runs shy of his maiden test hundred as Sri Lanka went to tea on 228-1.
Both batsmen were let off the hook by India's fielders — Sangakkara was dropped on 65 by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni when the Indian captain failed to hold onto an edge.
Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara took full advantage of the let-off and reached his century shortly before the tea break.
Paranavitana, his patient partner, was unbeaten on 95 but he too survived a chance when Gautam Gambhir failed to hold onto a reflex catch on 35.
Tillakaratne Dilshan was the sole Sri Lankan wicket to fall when he attempted to hook a short delivery from test debutant Abhimanyu Mithun and gloved a catch to Dhoni on 25.
Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is making his final test appearance and needs eight wickets to become the first bowler to take 800 test wickets. AGENCIES