Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bat as he led an unchanged side into the second Test against India in Nagpur on Friday.
The visitors drew the opening game of the three-Test series against top-ranked India in Kolkata.
“Looks like a good Test pitch and we have to make the maximum out of this. There’s grass cover but it’s dry underneath,” Chandimal said.
“We played good cricket in the first Test apart from the last session, so we have chatted about how to bat in the second innings,” he added.
India captain Virat Kohli said he would also have batted first. India is using the series to prepare for their South Africa tour starting in January.
The hosts made three changes to their starting line-up with batsmen Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay and paceman Ishant Sharma making their way into the team.
The visitors, who elected to bat first on a green Nagpur pitch, were 47-2 at lunch. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne, on 21, and Angelo Mathews, on one, were batting at the break.
India’s bowlers led by Ishant Sharma struck twice in the morning session to put Sri Lanka under pressure on the opening day of the second Test on Friday.
The Islanders lost Sadeera Samarawickrama early after the opener edged a seaming delivery from Sharma to Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip for 13.
The left-handed pair of Karunaratne and Thirimanne then tried to resist a persistent Indian attack during their 24-run second wicket stand that lasted 121 balls.
The duo was solid in their defences before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled Thirimanne after his 58-ball nine.
Karunaratne, who got a couple of reprieves on 17 and then 21, has batted for 82 deliveries.
Karunaratne was stumped off Ravindra Jadeja in the penultimate over of the session before replays suggested that the left-arm spinner had bowled a no-ball.
Sharma’s new-ball partner Umesh Yadav also bowled a probing line on a wicket that is expected to ease off as the match progresses.
The two teams are fighting to get a result in their favor after the first of the three Tests ended in a draw at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.