Sri Lanka 145-8 at lunch, trail India by 260

Sri Lanka 145-8 at lunch, trail India by 260

Sri Lanka, who succumbed by a 9-0 margin across all formats at home against India earlier this year, were finally given something to cheer about when Lahiru Gamage dismissed opener Lokesh Rahul for seven as the hosts went to stumps on 11-1.

Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma, who made a comeback in the Test XI against Sri Lanka in Nagpur is also certain to make it to the squad. Sri Lanka 2 down. Out of 213 runs, Kohli ran 133 runs in ones, twos and threes primarily because of the spreadout field to save the boundaries. At the crease now are Dinesh Chandimal (53*) and Suranga Lakmal (19*). Within minutes of the tea interval, he carved the ball to cover, darted for a single, and raised his bat towards the dressing room to signal his 14th half-century in 43 Tests. They harried the Sri Lankan batsmen with accurate line & length, and change of angles, especially with Ashwin bowling round the wicket to choke the supply of runs to Chandimal.

When Shanaka (1/103 in 26.1 overs) got wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella to stand up, it was evident that how deep the negative mindset had crept into the Sri Lankan system. This was not a wicket-taking delivery from Umesh but Thirimanne offers a gift.

In the first session itself, it looked like the visitors are going through the motion only waiting for Kohli to declare the innings.

The scores so far:- Sri Lanka - 205 and 21 for One.

By the time, India declared their first innings, the shoulders had drooped and energy sapped.

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Virat Kohli opted for Ravichandran Ashwin to start Day Four and introduced Ishant Sharma from the other end. What makes Vijay a flawless Test player is his ability to leave the ball, which is a rare ability in this see ball-hit ball T20 era.

WICKET! What is Sri Lanka upto! The most significant among them is the world record of most worldwide hundreds in a calendar year as a captain - 10. In an over, he hit one four and two sixes.

Twice former Australian captain Ricky Ponting had hit nine hundreds across two formats in 2005 and 2006, while former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith also had nine global hundreds to his credit once.

This despite the fact Vijay faces the new ball more often than not, also he averages much better than Virat Kohli in England, which still remains the final frontier for the Indian captain to conquer. The world record holder is Australian great Sir Don Bradman with 12. This makes it a staggering 75 per cent conversion rate. Asked why other players could not score at Kohli's pace, Pujara admitted that matching his captain can be extremely hard.

Pujara was dismissed three overs before the end of the lunch session. Except for a fourth wicket stand of 62 runs between Dimuth Karunaratne (51, 147b, 6×4) and skipper Dinesh Chandimal (57, 122b, 4×4, 1×6), none of the other Sri Lankans had the technique and mindset to handle the guile of Ashwin and Jadeja.

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