Records tumble at Kotla after Virat double century
India 536-7 dec (Kohli 243) v
Sri Lanka 131-3 (Mathews 57no)
Third Test, Delhi, day two
Virat Kohli continued his dominance with yet another double century as India declared their first innings with a score of 536 for seven and later restricted Sri Lanka to 131 for three at stumps on day two of the third Test in Delhi.
The day started with India at 371 for four and it was Rohit Sharma (65), who signalled his intention early with a six and two more boundaries. Kohli had a nervous moment when he was on 195 when Sri Lanka reviewed an LBW decision but it went in vain as an inside edge was involved.
The Indian captain completed his second consecutive double century in the next over and it was only the seventh time in the history of the game a player has achieved two double tons in successive innings. This was also Kohli's sixth double ton (all of it coming after 2016). He has also surpassed Brian Lara's record for most double centuries for a captain.
Rohit at the other end brought his half-century with a six but fell in the final ball of the session when he edged a Lakshan Sandakan (4-167) delivery behind the stumps and India were positioned 500 for five.
The second session was marred by an unusual delay with the Sri Lankan players expressing their reluctance over the air condition at the venue and the players were seen with a mask. It is reported that four Sri Lankan players including Suranga Lakmal (0-80) had vomited in the dressing room before taking the field and after a lot of reluctance, they took the field with masks on after assurances from match officials.
The first delivery after restart, Ravichandran Ashwin (4) nudged a delivery to gully and soon Kohli fell after reaching his highest individual score. The declaration for the innings came with a score of 536 for seven.
With Sadeera Samarawickrama not taking the field, Diruwan Perera (42) opened the innings but Sri Lanka lost Dimuth Karunaratne (0) off the first ball of the innings and in the sixth over Ishant Sharma (1-44) had Dhananjaya de Silva (1) trapped LBW. Sri Lanka went into tea with a score of 18 for two.
Angelo Mathews (57 not out), who struggled throughout the initial phase was handed a reprieve by Kohli in the slips when he was on 6* but he responded back with three boundaries in the 12th over. The duo shared 61 runs for the third wicket with Perera being the major contributor but his 54-ball knock eventually came to an end when he was trapped LBW by Ravindra Jadeja (1-24).
Despite applying a lot of pressure, Mathews, who crossed a half-century and skipper Dinesh Chandimal (25 not out) shared an unbeaten 56 run stand for the fourth wicket to take the score to 131 for three at stumps. Sri Lanka still trail India by 405 runs with seven wickets in hand.
However, the smog conditions at the venue as raised concerns about the prospect of the game with match referee David Boon to address the issue with experts.
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