Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Kohli powers past 5000 runs as India target big score

Kohli powers past 5000 runs as India target big score

Salary structure-related discussions between the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni and Ravi Shastri in New Delhi on Thursday have not gone down well with the majority of the BCCI members.

The partnership laid the foundation of a huge total before Vijay departed at the individual score of 155 runs. Kohli managed to remain unbeaten at stumps and Rohit Sharma (6 not out) accompanied him as well with India posting 371 for four and having all the momentum heading into the second day. Kohli, who reached the milestone with a backfoot punch off Suranga Lakmal, became the 11th Indian batsman to reach the figures and is now the fourth fastest in terms of innings.

Right-handed opener Lokesh Rahul made way for the left-handed Shikhar Dhawan as India, 1-0 up in the series, shuffled the top of their batting order for a third match in a row.

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.

Next man in Cheteshwar Pujara played with trademark sagacity and hit four boundaries before walking into a Sri Lankan trap.

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Kohli, however, was simply unstoppable as the right-hander scored at almost a run a ball, treating the weekend crowd to some exciting shot-making.

The right-hand opener celebrated his 11th Test ton with a little jig as the raucous home crowd applauded.

"We saw glimpse of what he can do at the end, we wish it had come two sessions earlier", bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake said of Sandakan's performance.

India won the toss and made a decision to bat first without any hesitation on a Feroz Shah Kotla pitch that had decent grass on it.

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