Kohli shines as Sri Lanka wobble in series opener

20 Nov, 2017 3:38 pm

KOLKATA (Reuters) – Captain Virat Kohli led a stunning India fightback against Sri Lanka with a superb unbeaten hundred on Monday, before his bowlers gave the hosts a sniff of an unlikely win in the opening test by taking two quick wickets before tea on the final day.

Kohli propped up his side’s batting with an unbeaten 104 to register his 18th test hundred, and 50th across formats, after paceman Suranga Lakmal’s inspired spell in the first session had given Sri Lanka hope of a maiden test win in India.

India, however, rode out the storm before declaring their second innings on 352 for eight immediately after Kohli hit a six to get to three figures, setting Sri Lanka, who have failed to win in 17 away tests against the hosts, 231 for victory.

India seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami then removed Sri Lanka openers Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne before the interval to leave the touring side wobbling on 8-2 in the rain-affected first of three tests.




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