first_imgSri Lanka 1st Innings:16.27 IST: Bad light forces early stumps with Sri Lanka 356/9 in 130 overs on Day3, trail India (536/7d) by 180 runs. Chandimal 147*, Ashwin 3/90, Shami2/7416.27 IST: And once more the light meter comes out of the umpire’s pocket. Thistime the reading seals it. The light doesn’t permit further play andhence it is STUMPS, DAY 3!16.23 IST: Ashwin to Chandimal, SIX! Chandimal is playing cleverly here. Attacks the initial deliveries ofthe over and then moves to the other end. Seeing the flight on offer, he slinks down and hits it over deep mid-wicket. The umpire is unsurewhether it is a four or a six and hence goes upstairs. Replay shows that the ball hit the ropes on the full. A maximum it is to bring up 350 fir Sri Lanka. The trail is down to 181.3rd Test. 129.1: R Ashwin to D Chandimal (146), 6 runs, 355/9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201716.13 IST: Jadeja to Gamage, WICKET! lbw b Jadeja 1 (16 balls)It is umpire’s call but that means Gamage has to continue his walk back to the pavilion. Another time when Kohli’s bowling change reaps rewards immediately. Jadeja fires this at 89kmph around middle, Lahiru looks to defend. Misses the ball completely and the ball makes contact with the front pad. Looked plumb to the naked eye and hence when the Indians appealed, the umpire upheld that. Gamage, however, opts for the review straightaway. The Hawk Eye shows that it would have gone on to clip the middle stump. Although Sri Lanka lose their 9th, they don’t lose the review, if that’s some consolation. They trail by 193.advertisement126.5: WICKET! L Gamage (1) is out, lbw Ravindra Jadeja, 343/9 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201716.10 IST: Ashwin to Gamage, Almost! Ashwin lands it around off and middle, Gamage lunges forward in defense. The ball lobs off something to the left of short leg. Dhawan looks to dive but doesn’t. It wasn’t near him though. The replay shows that it came off the gloves. Perhaps a better fielder there would have done better.15.56 IST: Shami to Lakmal, OUT! Oh dear! This is all coming downhill for Sri Lanka. Chandimal is losing partners quickly than small children rush on the sight of toffees! The bowling change works for India. Shami is brought back and he lands a length delivery around off from over the wicket. Lakmal pokes at it from the crease. The ball kisses the outside edge and flies to the right of Saha. He dives to his right and grabs that with both hands. Sri Lanka still haven’t avoided the follow-on, technically. They trail by 205.. SL 331/8 in 122.4 overs, trail by 205 runs.122.4: WICKET! S Lakmal (5) is out, Caught, b Mohammed Shami, 331/8- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201715.50 IST: Ashwin to Lakmal, FOUR! Will this be a confidence booster for the no.9? It is a slider on a shorter length just outside off, Lakmal goes back and thrashes it through covers for a boundary.3rd Test. 121.3: R Ashwin to S Lakmal (5), 4 runs, 330/7 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201715.42 IST: Suranga Lakmal makes his way out to the middle next. The free-flowing innings that he played towards the end of the last game seems to have earned him this promotion.15.41 IST: Ashwin to Dickwella, OUT! Another one bites the dust! Ashwin gets his third and boy, he is up and running at the Kotla. He undercuts this one and lands it around off. The length was a tad shorter and that made Dickwella go back to cut. The ball goes straight on and he ends up missing it completely. Sadly for him, it has gone on to remove the off stump from its position. You give an inch to the Indian and they grab a mile. They are all over the Lankans on this side of the Tea break as 3 wickets have fallen in the space of 17 balls. Sri Lanka still trail by 214, 15 runs adrift of avoiding the follow-on. Sri Lanka 322/7 in 119.2 overs, trail by 214 runs. Chandimal 121* 119.2: WICKET! N Dickwella (0) is out, b Ravichandran Ashwin, 322/7- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201715.36 IST: Ishant to Chandimal, FOUR! Beautifully driven! Sharma hurls it full outside off, Chandimal gets his stride forward and drives it through covers. The ball races to its destination in no time.3rd Test. 118.3: I Sharma to D Chandimal (121), 4 runs, 322/6 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201715.32 IST: Drinks time. Meanwhile, Niroshan Dickwella is the new man in.15.28 IST: Ashwin to Silva, OUT! Silva departs for a duck in his first international innings. Another one goes down in quick succession. Ashwin tosses this one up nicely around off and gets it to spin in sharply. The debutant prods forward to account for the turn but only manages to get an inside edge. The ball lobs straight towards Shikhar Dhawan at short leg who accepts it gleefully. Sri Lanka 318/6 in 117.4 overs, trail by 218 runs. Chandimal 117*advertisement117.4: WICKET! R Silva (0) is out, c Shikhar Dhawan b Ravichandran Ashwin, 318/6- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201715.27 IST: The debutant, Roshen Silva strides out to bat. He has a very good first-class record. Can he deliver at the highest level?15.24 IST: Ishant to Samarawickrama, OUT! That’s a stunning catch! Take a bow, Saha! Well-deserved reward for Ishant Sharma as well. He has had catches dropped off his bowling but this time he gets the reward. Back of a length delivery in the zone of apprehension, holding its line. Samarawickrama is guilty of fishing at it away from his body and ends up getting a healthy outside edge. Wriddhiman Saha remains composed, dives full length to his right and grabs it in his right glove. Sri Lanka 317/5 in 116.4 overs, trail by 219 runs. Chandimal 116*116.4: WICKET! S Samarawickrama (33) is out, c Wriddhiman Saha b Ishant Sharma, 317/5- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201715.22 IST: Ishant to Samarawickrama, FOUR!15.19 IST: Ishant to Chandimal, Five runs! Four bonus runs! Needless from Rohit Sharma. Samarawickrama taps it to point and calls his partner through for a single. There is no chance of a run out but Sharma throws it at the striker’s end but misses. There is no one backing up and the ball races to the fence. This won’t amuse Virat Kohli one bit.3rd Test. 116.1: I Sharma to D Chandimal (116), 5 runs, 313/4 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201715.16 IST: Ishant comes back into the attack and bowls a maiden over. Sri Lanka 305/4 in 115 overs, trail by 231 runs. Chandimal 110*, Sawarawickrama 27*14.58 IST: Samarawickrama has played positively ever since he came to the crease, taking on the likes of Ashwin and Jadeja regularly. Sri Lanka 300/4 in 110.1 overs, trail by 236 runs3rd Test. 110.1: R Jadeja to D Chandimal (106), 4 runs, 300/4 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201714.57 IST: Ashwin to Samarawickrama, FOUR!14.51 IST: Ashwin to Samarawickrama, FOUR!107.4: R Ashwin to S Samarawickrama (22), 4 runs, 292/4 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201714.41 IST: Chandimal is struggling at the moment. He has been batting since a long time and is having cramps in his left hand. The physio runs out and attends to him.14.38 IST: Ashwin to Samarawickrama, FOUR!103.6: R Ashwin to S Samarawickrama (16), 4 runs, 284/4 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201714.37 IST: Ashwin to Chandimal, takes a quick single and there it is! 10th Test ton for Dinesh Chandimal, also his second against India and fourth away from home. A big moment for the Sri Lankan Test skipper! Tossed up delivery around off, Chandimal eases it to covers for a brisk single. Roars in delight and has a big smile on his feet. The entire dressing room is up on its feet. He deserves every bit of it. Still, he remains the main link for Sri Lanka and needs to carry on.. advertisement14.34 IST: Jadeja to Samarawickrama, FOUR!102.5: R Jadeja to S Samarawickrama (12), 4 runs, 279/4 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201714.34 IST: Jadeja to Samarawickrama, FOUR!14.30 IST: Ravindra Jadeja will bowl the first over after tea with Chandimal on strike.14.13 IST: Sri Lanka 270/4 at tea on Day 3, trail India (536/7d) by 266 runs. Mathews 111, Chandimal 98*, Ashwin 1/50Another session that belongs to Sri Lanka! They owe it to their mainstays Mathews and Chandimal who put on a tall stand of 181 runs. The former got to his 8th Test ton, thanks to the generous Indians who gave him 4 lives, 2 of them being as easy as they come. The visiting skipper is still unbeaten on 98. He had looked the part in the previous game as well before throwing it away. This time, he has ensured and played a chanceless innings so far.India had been left searching for a wicket all day long and it came off the bowling of Ashwin. Finally an Indian bowler was helped by a fielder in catching what was offered from the blade of Mathews. The seamers weren’t off color. It’s just that they weren’t supported on the field as they would have wanted. The final session in the day beckons.Sri Lanka are showing a semblance of fight now. This is what the entire cricketing world would want – more competing teams. This is what even India would like – being tested before tougher away tours. Is this Lankan fightback just a fallacy? Will they be able to keep up the good work in the final session? Or will the hosts start bossing the game from here? We’ll find out when play resumes at 1432 IST.That’s Tea on Day 3 with Sri Lanka on 270/4, trail India 536/7d by 266 runs.Updates – #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201714.13 IST: Second session: 38 overs, 71 runs, 1 wicket 14.10 IST: Jadeja to Samarawickrama, FOUR!100.6: R Jadeja to S Samarawickrama (4), 4 runs, 269/4 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201714.00 IST: SADEERA SAMARAWICKRAMA is the next man in. Earlier today, he was cleared to bat and here he is now. How will he go about with his thing?14.00 IST: Ashwin to Mathews, OUT! c Saha 111 (268 balls)Is this the breakthrough India needed? The change of ball has done the trick though. Ashwin is the man who manages to break this stubborn 181-run stand. Ashwin continues round the wicket and lands it around middle. The ball goes straaight on after pitching. Mathews closes the face of his bat in a bid to flick it away and pick up a single with the supposed turn, but there isn’t any. There is a think edge and Saha behind the stumps makes no mistake in taking that.97.6: WICKET! A Mathews (111) is out, c Wriddhiman Saha b Ravichandran Ashwin, 256/4- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201713.47 IST: Ishant to Chandimal, FOUR! This is all about timing! Length ball on the shorter side outside off, Chandimal hops and just pushes it through covers. The ball bisects the gap between mid off and covers and races away to the fence for a boundary.3rd Test. 95.1: I Sharma to D Chandimal (89), 4 runs, 251/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201713.44 IST: Sri Lanka 246/3 in 94 overs, trail India (536/7d) by 290 runs. Mathews 109*, Chandimal 84*13.25 IST: The duo of Mathews and Chandimal is the first visiting pair to stitch a partnership of over 400 balls in Tests against India in the last five years.13.24 IST: Shami to Chandimal, FOUR! This is all about timing! Length ball on the shorter side outside off, Chandimal hops up and just pushes it through covers. The ball bisects the gap between mid on and covers and races away to the fence for a boundary.3rd Test. 89.2: M Shami to D Chandimal (81), 4 runs, 241/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201713.22 IST: Jadeja to Mathews, DROPPED & FOUR! Angelo Mathews gets another life on 104*! Yes, you read that right! Jadeja induces the false shot from the former Sri Lankan skipper. Tossed up delivery around off, Mathews looks to go over mid off by making use of his feet. The ball spins and hence the batsman gets it high on the bat. The ball flies over Vijay Shankar (sub) at that position. He jumps, gets both the hands to it but fails to close them when the ball is in. Allows the ball to go through to the fence. A boundary is the desired result for the batter but not the way he would have liked. Sri Lanka 237/3 in 89 overs, trail by 299 runs 13.16 IST: DRINKS BREAK! Another period of play passes where Sri Lanka have come out unscathed. Though, that isn’t the entire picture. There was an offering – that of Mathews to Rohit – but the latter was too gratuitous to let that one go abegging. Where do India look now? All their four bowlers have bowled in this hour without any success. Hope this drink break gives them some fuel for thought. Sri Lanka 232/3 in 88 overs, trail by 304 runs. Mathews 105*, Chandimal 76*13.05 IST: Ishant to Chandimal, FOUR! India haven’t got a wicket now for 4 hours and 22 minutes. SL 229/3 in 86 overs, trail by 307 runs13.00 IST: Shami to Chandimal, It’s all happening now! Shami bangs it short outside off, Chandimal looks to take it on with a pull. Misses the ball by not much. The ball rockets to Saha who fails to take it. SL 225/3 in 85 ovs, trail by 311 runs12.49 IST: Shami to Chandimal, FOUR! Second in the over! Fuller outside off, Chandimal drives it through cover-point. The ball runs away to the fence for another boundary.12.48 IST: Shami to Chandimal, FOUR! Shami strays on the pads, making it easy for Chandimal to flick it away through square leg for a boundary.3rd Test. 82.5: M Shami to D Chandimal (69), 4 runs, 219/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201712.43 IST: Ishant to Mathews, FOUR! There it is! 8th Test hundred for Angelo Mathews. What a way to get to his first ton in India. Ishant bowls it on the pads, Mathews flicks it through square leg for a run. He looks heavenwards and thanks his stars. Revels in the applause that he gets and fist-pumps it in the air. Well played, lad. Turned up among the runs when his side needed it the most. Sri Lanka 211/3, trail by 325 runs3rd Test. 76.4: R Jadeja to A Mathews (97), 4 runs, 203/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201712.42 IST: DROPPED! The second slip conundrum continues for India! It’s Mathews who is living a charmed life here. Gets a second life and it’s the same spot where he was dropped earlier, although the person was different then. Sharma hurls the second new cherry on a length outside off, Mathews, on a nervous 98, pokes at it away from his body. The ball takes the thick outer edge and flies to the right of Rohit Sharma at second slip. He gets both hands to that but fails to cling on. What’s more, the ball rolls towards third man that takes Mathews to 99. Unacceptable fielding standards by India here. Sri Lanka 209/3, trail by 327 runs12.42 IST: Action time for the fourth umpire! He has to run into the field to hand over the SECOND NEW BALL to the umpire as INDIA HAVE OPTED TO TAKE IT. It will be made use of first by ISHANT SHARMA.12.36 IST: Mathews has been stuck on 98 for a while now and Indian spinners and fielders are making sure that he stays on that score. Sri Lanka 206/3, trail by 330 runs Born today in 1910, 107 years ago: Amar Singh, the first Indian to make a fifty and also hit a six in Tests for India (at Lord’s 1932).He was India’s first genuine Test all-rounder (7 Tests from 1932-1936; 292 runs and 28 wickets). Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 4, 201712.20 IST: DRS agrees with umpire Wilson as Mathews is adjudged NOT OUT by the third umpire. It is sliding down leg indeed! Ashwin tosses it up around middle, the ball spins in a bit. Chandimal misses the flick and hence the ball strikes him on the front pad. The Indians appeal only to see umpire Joel Wilson unmoved. Kohli consults with his teammates and opts to review that. Remember, Ashwin always is eager to review the on-field calls. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be missing leg stump by a mile! India waste a review in desperation here. Sri Lanka 197/3, trail by 339 runs 12.18 IST: Ashwin to Mathews, LBW appeal turned down by the umpire. India take a review for an lbw appeal against Mathews. Sri Lanka 197/3 12.16 IST: Jadeja bowls a maiden over. Sri Lanka 195/3 in 73 overs, trail by 341 runs 12.13 IST: Good over from Ashwin in the second session. Sri Lanka 195/3 in 72 overs, trail by 341 runs 12.10 IST: Players are back on the field for the second session of play. Ashwin will start the proceedings for India with Mathews on strike.11.31 IST: Sri Lanka 192/3 at lunch on Day 3, trail India (536/7d) by 344 runs. Mathews 90*, Chandimal 52* A wicketless session for Sri Lanka! The first time in the series they have managed to do so. Not a run following session but more important for Sri Lanka they didn’t loose a wicket. Mathews and Chandimal are playing some stubborn cricket and not giving away their wicket. Mathews is in his nervous 90s while Chandimal gets his third 50 of the series.Shami looked good with the ball and seemed like he would get something out of the wicket. Ishant Sharma didn’t start of with the right line and length. They had a plan for both the batsmen bowling short, but didn’t pay off. Jadeja got his chance and was getting the odd ball to turn. Ashwin like yesterday got to roll his arm later during the session.Shami looked good with the ball and seemed like he would get something out of the wicket. Ishant Sharma didn’t start of with the right line and length. They had a plan for both the batsmen bowling short, but didn’t pay off. Jadeja got his chance and was getting the odd ball to turn. Ashwin like yesterday got to roll his arm later during the session.At Lunch on Day 3 of the final Test Sri Lanka are 192/3, trail India 536/7d by 344 runs.Updates – #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201711.31 IST: Jadeja to Chandimal, slower through the air, Chandimal takes a couple of steps down the track and blocks it right under his eyes. THAT’S LUNCH ON DAY 3!11.28 IST: The new ball will be available to India in 10 overs time. Sri Lanka 191/3 in 70 overs, trail by 345 runs11.14 IST: Ashwin to Mathews, FOUR! Well played! Floated down the leg side, Mathews kneels and sweeps it through fine leg to find the fence.3rd Test. 65.3: R Ashwin to A Mathews (87), 4 runs, 187/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201711.10 IST: Shami to Chandimal, FOUR! Third consecutive fifty for Chandimal and his 16th in Test cricket! He is in good form and is making it count. Well played, skipper! Full length delivery outside off, Chandimal goes at it with hard hands but gets a thick outside edge past the diving Ashwin at gully. Runs away to the fence. The Sri Lankan dressing room is up on its feet. He has played really well but knows that needs to score a big one.3rd Test. 64.5: M Shami to D Chandimal (51), 4 runs, 183/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201711.05 IST: Ashwin to Chandimal, tossed up delivery around off, played with soft hands in front of cover for a single. That brings the century stand between Chandimal and Mathews. These two have batted with a lot of grit and determination but have a long way to go as they still trail by 361. This is also the first century stand for Sri Lanka in this series.10.54 IST: Shami to Chandimal, FOUR! Lovely stroke! Full length delivery around off, Chandimal leans into it and caresses it past Murali Vijay at covers. Once it goes past him, it is destined to reach the fence.3rd Test. 61.2: M Shami to D Chandimal (43), 4 runs, 170/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201710.53 IST: Change of ends for Mohammed Shami. He was fierce in his first spell this morning in which he bowled 4 overs. There is only one fielder close in on the off side. Can he break this flourishing stand?10.50 IST: Ishant to Mathews, FOUR! Short again, looks like they have some plan for Mathews but its not working out. On the leg side, and Mathews pulls it to the square leg boundary.3rd Test. 60.2: I Sharma to A Mathews (76), 4 runs, 164/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201710.35 IST: Players break for drinks. The Sri Lankan batsmen have looked solid and in no trouble. The Indian bowlers haven’t really troubled the batsmen. Mathews and Chandimal continuing from they left yesterday and looking like they will play for more time. Sri Lanka 157/3 in 58 overs, trail India (536/7d) by 379 runs. Mathews 70*, Chandimal 38* 10.20 IST: Kohli has gone off the field. We do not know what the reason is exactly. Meanwhile, Nigel Llong has given an official warning to Ishant Sharma for running on the danger zone. Hang on, it is Mathews who has been warned. Indeed, he was the one who was running on the danger area. He has a habit of doing this. The umpire has rightly reminded him about it.10.14 IST: Jadeja to Chandimal, FOUR! Streaky runs! Floated outside off, drifting away as well. Chandimal uses his feet to play it through covers but gets a thick outside edge that goes past cover-point. The outfield is quick and the ball races to the fence.3rd Test. 53.2: R Jadeja to D Chandimal (36), 4 runs, 152/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 201710.04 IST: The physio comes running in with a drink and provides it to Chandimal. There is smog around in the air today as well. The reserve player is wearing a mask. Seems like the Sri Lankan skipper is having issues with breathing. Yesterday, Lakmal threw up and Gamage was struggling as well. Hopefully, the Sri Lankan skipper is alright. It has been a testing Test match for the visitors so far.The Sri Lankan team staff is seen standing near the sidelines. Yesterday they were all geared up to take the field due to the lack of substitutes. It is unlikely that a situation will arise today with Sri Lanka batting. However, the pollution levels in Delhi are a matter of concern.9.57 IST: Jadeja to Chandimal, FOUR! Beautiful stroke! Tossed up delivery around leg stump, Chandimal clears his front leg and whips it against the turn through mid-wicket to find the fence.3rd Test. 49.4: R Jadeja to D Chandimal (32), 4 runs, 146/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 20179.43 IST: Shami to Mathews, FOUR! Well played! On a length on the hips, Mathews gets inside the line and tickles it through fine leg. The fielder is squarer and hence, has no chance to cut it off. Sri Lanka 140/3 in 47 overs, trail by 396 runs 3rd Test. 46.5: M Shami to A Mathews (64), 4 runs, 140/3 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 20179.39 IST: Shami will share the attack with Ishant first up this morning.9.33 IST: ISHANT SHARMA to ball from the other end. Two slips and a gully in place.9.30 IST: The players are out on the field and Jadeja has the ball in his hands, he will bowl the final three balls of his unfinished over from last evening. Chandimal will take the strike for Lanka.Day 3 preview:9.20 IST: Meanwhile, it wasn’t just another day of Test cricket yesterday. It wasn’t just about runs, wickets and milestones. It was also about the environment – pollution. The same thing hovers around as we enter Day 3 of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka played in Delhi. We welcome you to our coverage and hope conditions are better for playing and breathing in general.Umpires are not equipped to make such decisions. It has to be decided by health experts. But the objective should be to play as far as is possible Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 4, 2017If indeed Delhi’s air quality worsens today, as some forecasts are suggesting, it might affect play again. Remember this is not my-team-vs-your-team, this is about playing conditions- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 4, 20179.15 IST: Murali Kartik has a chat with Bharat Arun before the start of play today. The Indian bowling coach says that the pitch is still batting-friendly. States Mohammed Shami has been outstanding in the series and that the weather is pretty good for bowling at the moment. Asserts that there are plans in place to bowl to Mathews, who was fishy at times, and also for others and it’s just a matter of executing them. Reckons it is important for the spinners to be disciplined and try using the crease and bowling from different angles to unsettle the batsmen. Ends saying that Ishant Sharma, whose wrist position he has worked on, has been a revelation in this series and the way he is bowling, the signs look encouraging.9.00 IST: What to expect on Day 3? It is often called the moving day in cricket. Mathews and Chandimal have looked set but one always starts new on a fresh day. The first hour will be crucial. Can Sri Lanka battle hard? Or will they be rolled over by the Indians?Hello and welcome to Day 3 of the final Test with Sri Lanka on 131/3, trail India 536/7d by 405 runsUpdates – #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2017Day 2 report:India captain Virat Kohli smashed a career-best 243, his second successive double hundred, before a blanket of smog prompted him to declare on 536/7 in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.The home side’s attack then turned the screw even further on the visitors when they reduced Sri Lanka to 131-3 on the second day.Angelo Mathews capitalised on an early reprieve to score 57 not out and skipper Dinesh Chandimal was on 25 with Sri Lanka still 405 behind on a hazy day in the Indian capital.Behind in the match and struggling in the conditions, several Sri Lankan players returned from the lunch break sporting facemasks as the seasonal haze affecting the region thickened over the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.The smog eventually held up play twice and 22 minutes was lost in total as Lahiru Gamage and his pace colleague Suranga Lakmal both left the field during the second session as they found it difficult to breathe.Umpires Nigel Llong and Joel Wilson were discussing the air quality with the tourists when Kohli signalled his team in.Until then, the stadium’s near-capacity crowd was treated to some elegant shot-making by Kohli, who hit 25 crisp boundaries in his master class spread over seven-and-half hours.The 29-year-old became the first international captain to score six double centuries, all of them coming in the last 17 months.His latest looked a mere formality after India, chasing a record-equalling ninth consecutive Test series victory, resumed on 371-4.Kohli’s partner in a 135-run fifth-wicket stand, Rohit Sharma, smacked left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan (4-167) over long-off for a six but all eyes were on Kohli as he approached the 200-mark.last_img

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