India posed a massive target for Sri Lanka. Bolstered with a double century off captain Virat Kohli and the ton and a half knock from Murali Vijay, India forced down another challenge for Sri Lanka. The match however had an unusual disruption with visitor players responding to pollution clad air of New Delhi. After lunch break, Sri Lanka could not sustain in the ‘hazardous’ air of the stadium with its bowlers like Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal suspending their overs. Understanding the situation, Kohli decided to wrap up the inning at the score of 536. In the inning, Kohli scored 243 and Murali Vijay aggregated 155. Rohit Sharma added 65.
Earlier in the day, India started at 371 runs for 4 wickets. Sri Lanka bowlers were not that successful. The fifth wicket partnership between Kohli and Rohit Sharma was for 135. The latter parted away before lunch, while after lunch, Sri Lanka bowlers had two more fortunes, R Ashwin and the big wicket of Kohli. The skipper scored 243 before losing his wicket to Lakshan Sandakan. It was his sixth double century in Test. The player became almost slowed down playing continuous stretches of long inning of centuries. The slowed running between wickets was quite apparent. He knocked three successive Test centuries.
Sri Lanka started their first inning beginning to bat by the evening session of Day 2. The start was wobbly losing three wickets for 131 runs. The team still steered the inning by the day’s end with a partnership between Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal. The players put on 56 runs together leaving 405 runs to trail more. India’s attack was early, taking down two top wickets before the tea break. Mohammed Shami nicked Karunaratne and Dhananjaya losing to Ishant Sharma. India fielders also dropped two catches. Dilruwan Perara and Mathews forged a partnership of 61.
In Day three, by lunch break, Sri Lanka scored 192 without any loss of further wickets. Mathews strode to his century knock playing at 90, while Chandimal reached a half century just before the break.
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