Innings defeat looms Sri lanka after India declare at 610

Virat Kohli scored yet another double century for India in Tests
Virat Kohli scored yet another double century for India in Tests
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Sri Lanka 205 & 21-1 (Ishant 1-15) v
India 610-6 dec (Kohli 213)
Second Test, Nagpur, day three
Scorecard

After Virat Kohli scored a double century and Rohit Sharma slammed a ton to help India gain a massive 305 run first innings lead, Sri Lanka lost Sadeera Samarawickrama early in the second innings to end day three with a score of 21 for one in the second Test in Nagpur.

Starting the second innings with a massive deficit, the visitors got off to a worse possible start as Ishant Sharma (1-15) castled Samarawickrama (0) in the second delivery but Dimuth Karunaratne (11 not out) and Lahiru Thirimanne (9 not out) ensured they did not lose any further wicket and reached 21 for one in the nine overs possible before stumps.

They still trail India's first innings total by 384 runs with nine wickets in hand.

Earlier, India started the day with a score of 312 for two. Cheteshwar Pujara (143) took 23 deliveries to score his first run and soon crossed 3000 Test runs in India.

Kohli (213), who was cautious, to begin with, scored two boundaries in the 113th over and India ended the first hour of play, adding 48 runs in it.

The Indian captain soon reached his 19th Test century and his 10th ton in this calendar year but his 183 run stand with Pujara ended with the latter castled by Dasun Shanaka (1-103) and India ended the session with a score of 404 for three, stretching the lead to 199 runs.

Ajinkya Rahane (2) had another failure but onslaught from Rohit (102 not out) and Kohli meant India added 103 runs in the second session, with the lead swelling to 302 runs.

As Kohli looked to accelerate, a double century was there for the taking which he completed gracefully but fell soon after it. India's declaration soon came with a score of 610 for six after Rohit too joining the century club.

With two more days to go and India having a lead of 384 runs, Sri Lanka face a huge task of saving the game.

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