Kohli double century puts India on top of pollution-hit Test

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NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli smashed a report double century to place India on top within the third Test in opposition to Sri Lanka, whose fielders wore anti-pollution masks in extraordinary scenes in a smoggy Delhi on Sunday.

Kohli cracked a career-best 243 however his sixth double century as captain was overshadowed on the second day after Sri Lanka complained about air air pollution within the Indian capital, halting play thrice.

The match was delayed greater than 20 minutes within the second session as smog visibly worsened at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium and the umpires consulted the match referee and group medical doctors.

Sri Lankan quick bowlers Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal returned to the pavilion amid the drama, leaving the guests brief of fielders and prompting Kohli to declare India’s first innnings on 536-7.

Sri Lanka have been 131 for 3 at stumps, trailing the hosts by 405 runs.

Angelo Mathews, on 57, and skipper Dinesh Chandimal, on 25, have been batting when unhealthy gentle stopped play for the day.

Mathews, who returned to kind with a preventing half-century, and Chandimal steadied the Sri Lankan innings with an unbeaten 56-run stand.

Pace spearhead Mohammed Shami struck with the very first ball of the innings to dismiss left-hander Dimuth Karunaratne.

Lanky paceman Ishant Sharma then trapped Dhananjaya de Silva lbw for one because the guests took tea on 18-2.

Dilruwan Perera, who scored 42 after opening the batting in place of Samarawickrama, staged a gritty 61-run partnership with Mathews.

Both Perera and Mathews got reprieves, on 16 and 6 respectively, after Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli dropped catches within the slips.

Perera was ultimately trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja as Sri Lanka slipped furthur.

But the day belonged to Kohli, who recorded his second successive 200-plus rating to pulverise the Sri Lankan assault after India began the day on 371-Four.

He surpassed West Indies nice Brian Lara to turn into the primary worldwide captain to register six double centuries. Lara had 5.

Kohli, who began the day on 156, mixed with in a single day associate Rohit Sharma, who scored 65, to place on 135 for the fifth wicket.

Kohli, who made 213 in India’s thrashing of Sri Lanka within the second Test, pulled Lakmal for a pair to succeed in his milestone, elevating his bat to acknowledge a raucous house crowd.

The Delhi-born star was lastly trapped lbw off left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who claimed 4 wickets within the innings.

India lead the collection 1-Zero and wish solely a draw for a record-equalling ninth successive Test collection triumph.
England and Australia are the opposite sides to have achieved the feat.—AFP

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