Vijay, Kohli daddy hundreds lift India to 371/4 on day one


Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on Friday said they would miss the experience and guile of left-arm spinner Rangana Herath as the visitors seek to hold Virat Kohli's India at bay at the third Test that gets under way at the Kotla here on Saturday.

Team manager Asanka Gurusinha said opener Samarawickrama, who was hit on the helmet by a Vijay sweep, was fine but would be assessed on Sunday before being allowed to play.

India won the toss for the first time in the series, and Kohli opted to bat first.

In process, he completed 5000 Tests runs, becoming the 11th Indian to reach the landmark and that too in front of his home crowd.

Dhawan fell in the 10th over when he holed out to deep square leg and it was also Perera's 100th scalp in Test cricket while Pujara nudged one to leg gully.

Despite losing Shikhar Dhawan (23 off 35, 4 fours) and Cheteshwar Pujara (23 off 39, 4 fours) early in the inning, Kohli and Vijay did not look in any trouble what so ever and stitched together a tremendous 283-run partnership for the third wicket. The pair put on an unbeaten 167 as Sri Lanka again suffered on their India tour.

Vijay, Kohli daddy hundreds lift India to 371/4 on day one
Vijay, Kohli daddy hundreds lift India to 371/4 on day one

"We did some precautionary scans, everything is clear but we have to monitor him tonight".

India captain Virat Kohli.

Just as Vijay reached the 150 run mark, a exhausted shot saw him get stumped off Sandakan, who also got Ajinkya Rahane (1) in his next over.

At Stumps on Day 1, Kohli was standing at the crease like a pillar at the individual score of 156 off only 186 deliveries with 16 boundaries, and was accompanied by the very calm Rohit Sharma (6 off 14, 1 four).

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