India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights Today 26 Nov 2017









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India continued to reap a rich harvest for all the hard work done sowing the crop on day two. Virat Kohli reached his 19th hundred, a milestone that had looked inevitable right from the time he started his innings in the final session of day two. If Kohli pummelled the hapless Sri Lankan bowling and fielding, Cheteshwar Pujara continued to tap away to 3000 runs at home but fell seven short of what could have been his seventh score of 150 or more. By lunch, Kohli had added 69 to his overnight score and India led by 199; more punishment and a possible declaration awaited Sri Lanka.









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The start of the day was indicative of how the two batsmen – and the opposition – intended to go. Pujara played out a watchful maiden – he took 23 balls to add to his overnight score – and Kohli started off with a long-on in place, where he took a single off the first ball. By the fourth over, it was clear Sri Lanka – understandably – were not there a 100% and that Kohli was in his hyper-active T20 mode.

Kohli pushed one to long-on, Suranga Lakmal lobbed a throw back to Rangana Herath, and Kohli stole the second as the ball skid under Herath’s slow comedown, even though it reached only as far as the point fielder. Fielders were under extreme pressure. Later, Herath had his pride hurt when Kohli pinched a single after hitting a firm drive straight to him at mid-off. Flustered, Herath threw anyway and conceded an overthrow. If Lakmal had reason to be upset, he didn’t help matters when he forgot to make an effort to a collect a throw the last ball of that over. Towards the end of the session, Niroshan Dickwella was busy applauding the wide slip for getting a hand to a late cut when Kohli called Pujara through for a single.