Monday, 11 December, 2017

Kohli powers past 5000 runs as India target big score

Indian bowler Mohammed Shami along with teammates celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne during the second day of the third cricket test match at Feroz Shah Kotla. | PTI Virat Kohli scores another double-hundred to join the game's greats
Sammy Stanley | 03 December, 2017, 01:38

Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay scored unbeaten 156 and 155 respectively as India extended their domination over Sri Lanka with another majestic batting performance to post 371 for four at stumps on day one of the third Test in Delhi.

In the process, Kohli brought up his 20th Test hundred and became the fourth fastest Indian batsman to reach the landmark of 5,000 runs. The milestones kept coming for Kohli as he reached 3,000 Test runs as captain and also the 250 run partnership came.

Kohli, however, was simply unstoppable as the right-hander scored at almost a run a ball, treating the weekend crowd to some exciting shot-making.

The 29-year-old batsman had struck a century in the drawn first Test in Kolkata and then an excellent 213 in the second game in Nagpur to guide India to a massive win by an innings and 239 runs. The Indian squad is leading the series with 1-0.

The opener made 23 before becoming the off-spinner's 100th test victim in a Sri Lankan record of 25 tests, two less than spin great Muttiah Muralitharan. The local player made his intentions clear by hitting three fours before lunch.

Paceman Lahiru Gamage stationed Sadeera Samarawickrama at leg slip and bowled the flawless delivery which Pujara tickled to the fielder to depart after making 23. He also got stumped in a very similar manner to the same bowler to whom Vijay gave his wicket a few balls earlier. The Tamil Nadu opener notched up his 11th Test century in the 56th over, and indulged himself in an Antonie Griezmann-style celebration with Kohli giving him company to the amusement of everyone.

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