Ton by ton, India continue to dominate Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli scores another double-hundred to join the game's greats

Kohli slammed back to back fours to complete his 15th half-century and second against Sri Lanka. The arrival of Kohli in the middle, however, changed the course of the innings as the skipper and Vijay stitched a 283-run third-wicket stand.

Kohli came to the wicket with a plan and his brisk scoring quickly dispelled any pressure the Sri Lankans sought to create. Earlier in the day, the India captain completed his 5,000 Test runs as well and became the 11th Indian to reach the milestone. Tendulkar achieved this achievement in 25 years and 301 days.

Paceman Lahiru Gamage stationed Sadeera Samarawickrama at leg slip and bowled the ideal delivery which Pujara tickled to the fielder to depart after making 23.

The second session was a microcosm of a series dominated by the hosts as India scored at more than four runs an over to reach 245 for two at tea with Sri Lanka struggling to stem a flood of boundaries at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

Virat Kohli scores another double-hundred to join the game's greats
Ton by ton, India continue to dominate Sri Lanka

As Vijay trudged off in dispirited fashion, he would have known this had been a golden opportunity to improve on his Test-best of 167, but it was still his 11th hundred in this format and he had helped his captain carry the side to a near-unassailable position.

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).

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

He is also the second youngest to reach the 5,000-run mark among Indian bastmen at 29 years and 27 days. He also got stumped in a very similar manner to the same bowler to whom Vijay gave his wicket a few balls earlier. Total: (for 4 wkts, in 90 overs) 371. Currently, India is 1-0 up in the three-Test series.

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