Indian captain Virat Kohli blasted an unbeaten 156 to cross 5,000 runs in Test cricket as his aspect made 371-four on a painful opening day of the third Test for Sri Lanka’s bowlers.
Opener Murali Vijay additionally plundered one hundred fifty five to extend the agony for the vacationers who’re one down within the collection.
Kohli remained on 156 with Rohit Sharma on six on the finish of the day on the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.
Kohli and Vijay placed on 283 for the third wicket after India misplaced its prime two batsmen within the morning session.
Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan harm the hosts with two late wickets, together with Vijay’s prized scalp.
Vijay was stumped for one hundred fifty five although the choice wanted approval from the third umpire with the batsman’s again foot simply on the road.
Ajinkya Rahane’s depressing run with the bat continued as he was stumped similarly to stroll off with one run to his identify from 5 deliveries.
Kohli, recent from an imposing 213 throughout India’s thrashing of Sri Lanka within the second Test in Nagpur, led the batting cost together with his twentieth Test century.
The Delhi-born star obtained a single off Dilruwan Perera after the tea break to register his first Test century on his residence floor and the gang stood up in applause.
Kohli’s knock, laced with sixteen boundaries, took him previous 5,000 Test runs in his 63rd recreation.
He additionally turned the primary captain to attain successive lots of in a 3-match collection.
Vijay appeared impressed by his captain as the proper-hand opener smashed his second straight ton of the collection following an innings of 128 when he got here again from damage in Nagpur.
Earlier Perera obtained his a hundredth Test scalp to ship opener Shikhar Dhawan again for 23. Perera turned Sri Lanka’s quickest bowler to a century of wickets in his twenty fifth match, two lower than spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan.
Cheteshwar Pujara was the second man out, caught at leg slip for 23 after flicking a sliding supply from paceman Lahiru Gamage.
India lead the collection 1-zero and wish solely a draw for a document-equalling ninth successive Test collection triumph. England and Australia are the opposite sides to have achieved the feat.
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