Kohli powers past 5000 runs as India target big score

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

Kohli powers past 5000 runs as India target big score

Opener Vijay, skipper Kohli slam tons to compile an epic 283-run stand for 3rd wicket as India cruise to 371/4 on 1st day of Kotla Test.

The third session started with celebration as Kohli completed his 20th Test ton and after surviving an LBW review from Sri Lanka, he brought the 200 run partnership with Vijay.

The partnership laid the foundation of a huge total before Vijay departed at the individual score of 155 runs.

Murali Vijay hit a century and skipper Virat Kohli powered past a new scoring landmark as India made 245-2 by tea on the opening day of the third Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Virat Kohli scores another double-hundred to join the game's greats
Kohli powers past 5000 runs as India target big score

Chandimal changed his five bowlers around, bringing on off-spinner Dilruwan Perera as early as in the eighth over.

Kohli earlier in the series scored unbeaten 104 in Kolkata during the first Test and then bettered it with 213 in Nagpur in the second Test. Tendulkar achieved this achievement in 25 years and 301 days. The Sri Lankans were further cheered when an uncharacterically brisk Pujara (23, 39b, 4x4) tickled new ball bowler Lahiru Gamage into the hands of the specially stationed Sadeera Samarawickrama at leg slip in the 21st over.

The 5000 runs came in 105th innings, which is the fourth fastest among the Indian batsmen after Sunil Gavaskar (95 innings), Virender Sehwag (98 innings) and Sachin Tendulkar (103 innings).

India won the toss for the first time in the series, and Kohli opted to bat first. Both the batsmen perished in similar fashions, stumped by a brilliant Niroshan Dickwella off the bowling of chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan, in the 86th and 88th overs respectively. With Vijay too dealing in boundaries, he reached his fifty in the final over before lunch during which India were positioned 116 for two.

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