India opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed another hundred and KL Rahul made a record-equalling half-century before Sri Lanka hit back on day one of the third Test in Pallekele.
Dhawan put Sri Lanka's attack to the sword with a magnificent 190 in the first Test and he hit a brisk 119 as the India openers cashed in after Virat Kohli won the toss on Saturday.
Rahul (85) gave another exhibition of his class at the top of the order, becoming only the sixth man to score 50 or more in seven consecutive Test innings courtesy of a first-wicket stand of 188.
Malinda Pushpakumara (3-40), in only his second Test, sparked Sri Lanka's revival after lunch and Lakshan Sandakan (2-84) struck twice, leaving India 329-6 at stumps as they target a 3-0 series whitewash.
Wriddhiman Saha (13 not out) and Hardik Pandya (1 no) will resume in Kandy on Sunday.
The aggressive Dhawan latched on to short stuff from the recalled Lahiru Kumara with some exquisite cuts, while Rahul pulled expertly and drove with elegance as India got off to an ominous start.
Kumara was removed from the attack after only three overs and failed to redeem himself for a poor opening spell when he dropped Rahul on 28 running back from mid-on off the bowling of Dimuth Karunaratne.
That proved to be costly as Dhawan and Rahul continued to score all too easily, the left-hander setting about spinner Dilruwan Perera.
The prolific Rahul, who timed the ball superbly, etched his name in the record books with yet another half-century and Dhawan raced on to 64 as India reached lunch on 134 without loss.
Angelo Mathews had no time to react when Rahul edged a cut past him at slip off Sandakan, but he missed out on a century after dancing down the track to strike Pushpakumara to Karunaratne at mid-on.
Cheteshwar Pujara was rattled on the helmet by a short ball from Kumara before Dhawan brought up his sixth Test hundred by using his feet superbly to drive Pushpakumara wide of mid-off for four.
Dhawan's stylish 123-ball knock, which included 17 boundaries, ended when he swept Pushpakumara to a diving Dinesh Chandimal and Pujara (8) fell before tea, caught cutting Sandakan to Mathews in the slips, as the hosts' persistence finally paid off.
Pushpakumara bowled Ajinkya Rahane (17) and Sandakan claimed the scalp of Kohli, who was taken by Karunaratne at slip eight short of a half-century, in a strong Sri Lanka fightback.
Vishwa Fernando, playing his second Test a year after his debut, also snared Ravichandran Ashwin (31) caught behind at full stretch by Niroshan Dickwella to give Sri Lanka another late lift.
|One of my proudest moments – Wagner revels in Manchester United win|
|Dimitrov sets up Del Potro final as London spot edges closer|
|Damage was done in the first half, admits Hughes|
|Garcia moves into pole position at Valderrama|
|Conte will ´never´ fear the Chelsea sack|
|Herrera questions Manchester United´s ´passion´|
|Benitez impressed by Newcastle´s perseverance after narrow win|
|Hope stands alone as Zimbabwe skittle Windies on day one|
|Monaco 2 Caen 0: Keita opens account as hosts get back on track|
|A bad team deserves punishment – Mourinho blasts Manchester United display|
|Zidane rejects tag of ´world´s best coach´|
|Stoke City 1 Bournemouth 2: Howe´s men pick up first away points|
|Manchester City 3 Burnley 0: Aguero levels record as Guardiola´s men stretch lead|
|Swansea City 1 Leicester City 2: Mahrez shines as Appleton enjoys winning start|
|Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0: Merino leaves it late to sink Eagles|
|Huddersfield Town 2 Manchester United 1: Mourinho´s men suffer first defeat as Lindelof error proves|
|Eintracht Frankfurt 2 Borussia Dortmund 2: Bosz´s men stunned by comeback|
|Sri Lanka´s T20 squad depleted amid safety concerns|
|Double delight for Germany as Goerges and Witthoeft lift WTA titles|
|Immobile, Strakosha pen Lazio extensions|
|Beaten Read credits clinical Wallabies|
|Conte hails Chelsea´s ´desire to fight´ for Watford comeback|
|Aguero becomes joint-top scorer in Manchester City history|
|Chelsea hero Batshuayi relieved to end ´difficult moment´ against Watford|
|Verratti admits he had doubts over PSG project|
|Cheika sets sights high after All Blacks win|
|Bartomeu offers assurances over Barcelona´s LaLiga status|
|AC Milan will sell ´top players´ if they miss the Champions League|
|Chelsea 4 Watford 2: Batshuayi, Azpilicueta spare champions´ blushes|
|Darren Fletcher makes 100th consecutive Prermier League appearance|
|Carrasco´s attitude not a problem, says Simeone|
|Allegri happy to win ugly at Udinese|
|Barcelona approve €897million budget following record revenue in 2016-17|
|Lineker´s Benzema criticism embarrassing - Zidane hails Madrid striker as ´the best´|
|Bayern Munich announce record €640m turnover|
|Gasly denied chance of Super Formula title by typhoon|
|Australia claim long-awaited win over All Blacks|
|A-League Review: Brillante completes comeback in thrilling Sydney derby|
|Bakayoko starts for Chelsea against Watford|
|Not many teams can stop us scoring – Smalling hits back after United criticism|
|Halep relishing world number one battle in Singapore|
|Bakayoko: I´m not Chelsea´s new Matic|
|Manchester United fan Werner still dreams of Premier League move|
|Tigers lose Tamim for rest of South Africa tour|
|Manchester City playing like Brazil, says Jesus|
|Mbappe, Dembele and Jesus named Golden Boy top three|
|Thomas shares lead with Brown in Jeju|
|Marquez grabs pole as Dovizioso struggles at Phillip Island|
|Warriors get season on right track, Cavaliers remind Bucks who´s boss|
|Valverde: Barcelona couldn´t sign Mbappe|
|Altuve, Verlander star as Astros force game seven against Yankees|
|Kane: I´d love to spend whole career at Tottenham|
|Bolt wants to begin football career in 2018|
|What the f***? – Pochettino reveals Madrid selection questions|
|Mourinho plays down Conte spat|
|Liverpool must make Coutinho, Can want to stay – Klopp|
|Marshawn Lynch suspended for one game for contact with official|
|I´m not a dirty player - Barr rejects accusations over hit on Rodgers|
|Late Lyon comeback sinks Sale|
|Dimitrov boosts ATP Finals chances as Goffin, Anderson falter|
|Barcelona star Suarez granted rest by Uruguay|
|I don´t want to hide - Bilic takes responsibility for humbling West Ham defeat|
|Bath look at home in the wet in battling win over Scarlets|
|F1 Raceweek: Fourth straight Texas triumph could secure title for Hamilton|
|´Magician´ Conte spells out willingness to fight at Chelsea|
|Otamendi and Stones making light of Kompany absence for Guardiola|
|Goerges dashes hopes of all-Russian Kremlin Cup final|
|West Ham 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 3: Murray double piles pressure back on Bilic|
|NBA icon Kobe Bryant meets Neymar and Mbappe on PSG visit|
|Chris Paul to miss Rockets´ home opener with sore knee|