Electing to bat, India reached 371 for four at the close on the opening day of the third cricketTest against Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla ground, here today. The Indian batting efforts were spearheaded by thier skipper Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay, both of whom registered centuries. Skipper Virat Kohli (156) and Rohit Sharma (6) were atthe crease for the hosts.
# India ends days play at 371/4
# Rohit Sharma, right handed batsman, comes to crease
# Ajinkya Rahane, Out! Stumped by Niroshan Dickwella!
# Ajinkya Rahane, right handed bat, comes to the crease
# Murali Vijay, OUT! Stumped by Niroshan Dickwella!
# India score 361-2 after 85 overs
# Virat Kohli scores 150
# Virat Kohli scored his 20th Test century in 105 innings whereas master blaster Sachin Tendulkar had scaled the same landmark in 107 innings.
# Dilruwan Perera to Kohli, 1 run. Century number 20 in Tests for Virat Kohli and his first in front of his home crowd. Overall, it is his 52nd international hundred.
# Sandakan to Kohli, FOUR! drops it short again and this time it's Kohli who picks a boundary through the covers
# Sandakan to Vijay, FOUR! The opener cracks a drive off the back foot and it's back to back hundreds for Murali Vijay.
# India score 205-2 after 47 overs
# Dilruwan Perera to Kohli, FOUR
# India score 165-2 after 37 overs
# Gamage to Kohli, FOUR! fifty for Kohli.
# Number of innings to 5000 among BIG FOUR: 97 - Steve Smith, 105 - Joe Root, 110 Kane Williamson. This is Kohli's 105th innings
# Kohli becomes the fourth fastest for India after Gavaskar (95 inngs), Sehwag (98) & Tendulkar (103) to score 5000 Test runs. He is the second quickest in terms of time for India - 2358 days after Dravid's 2252 days. Sehwag needed 2464 days. He is the second youngest (29y 27d) after Tendulkar (25y 301d) to reach the landmark among Indians
# Lakmal to Kohli, FOUR! 5000 Test runs for Kohli. He gets there in typical fashion. The 11th Indian to reach the milestone and the fourth quickest to do it, in terms of innings.
# That will be lunch on Day 1.
# India score 116-2 after 27 overs
# Vijay has compiled a sublime half-century.
# Lakmal to Vijay, 5 runs, bonus runs for Vijay and he raises his fifty as well, good running from both batsmen
# India score 104/2 after 25 overs
# Sandakan to Kohli, FOUR! beautifully played, too full from Sandakan, Kohli gets a good stride forward and plays the on-drive, beats the diving fielder at mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence
# India score 95/2 after 23 overs
# Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease
# Gamage to Pujara, OUT! Caught by Samarawickrama!
# Sandakan to Pujara, FOUR! poor ball from Sandakan, drops it short and just outside off, Pujara picked up the length, stayed back and flat-batted it past the non-striker.
# India score 55/1 after 14 overs
# Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed bat, comes to the crease
# Dilruwan Perera to Vijay, FOUR! lots of flight and in the process overpitches. Vijay walks down and drills the on-drive, beating the dive of mid-on
# Dilruwan Perera scalps his 100th wicket and becomes the fastest Sri Lankan to reach the milestone
# Dilruwan Perera to Dhawan, out Caught by Lakmal!
# Dilruwan Perera to Dhawan, FOUR!
# India score 13/0 in 2 overs
# Gamage to Vijay, FOUR, that's a delight! Just a push and the ball runs away into the fence.
Lahiru Gamage, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
# Lakmal to Vijay, FOUR! Lakmal over-corrects and in fact over-tries. Drifts one on the pads and Vijay gets a tickle on the glance. Runs away fine and into the fence
Virat Kohli expects a challenging first session for the batsmen after he won the toss and chose to bat first in the 3rd and final #INDvSL Test in Delhi.— ICC (@ICC) December 2, 2017
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# Lakmal to Vijay, FOUR! Vijay and India are underway with a boundary!
# Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan open innings for India. Suranga Lakmal will open the bowling for Sri Lanka
# India win toss, opt to bat first
The 'Men in Blue' have already gained a 1-0 lead in the series after drubbing the Lankans with a historic margin of an innings and 239 runs at Nagpur.
Virat Kohli's men will now look to win the Test and equal Australia's record of winning 9 Test series between 2005 and 2008. The Indian seamers have been the leading wicket-takers in the series. It's also one of the rare series where the home team's seamers have scalped 24 wickets in comparison to 13 wickets taken by spinners.
The Indian captain has asked for green pitches as preparation for the upcoming tour of South Africa and his bowlers are complementing his plans. Sri Lank needs to put up a close fight if they need to exert pressure on India.
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Gamage