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One has to really bat like

One has to really bat like crazy/be lucky (with conditions + bowling quality)/bat extraordinarily well to score a hundred before lunch that too on a 1st-day wicket.
Its always difficult for two reasons: a) Its a short session & b) you need time to settle before you can play strokes on a fresh 1st-day wicket against a new ball. All this eats up quite a few overs so one has to play really well in the remaining overs to complete a hundred in that 1st session.

Completely agree with your observation regarding Dhawan & Warner. Both have matured into very good Test batsmen; both play with a lot of flare and when doing well set the tempo for rest of the inns/match.

I think you are right about the highest score by a SL before lunch; tried a lot but couldn't find info about others.

As for hundred in a session, you would be surprised to know there are lots of players who have done that.

Before Lunch - 24 times (Lara, twice)
Post Lunch - 26 times (Dhawan, Bradman & Sehwag twice; Aravinda & Dilshan are also there)
Post Tea - 36 times (Bradman thrice; Sehwag & Sanga are also there)
Surprisingly, Viv has never done so.

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