Kohli double-ton flattens Sri Lanka

Lunch: India 500 for 5 (Kohli 225*, Sandakan 3-148) v Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli brought up his sixth double-hundred in Test cricket and showed no signs of stopping as India continued piling misery upon Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla. If Sri Lanka, spurred by two quick wickets late on day one, harboured any hope of clawing their way back into this Test match, Kohli and Rohit Sharma quelled it with a fifth-wicket partnership of 135. It came to an end off what was to be the second-last ball before lunch, when Rohit fell for 65, bottom-edging a square-cut to the keeper off Lakshan Sandakan.

India’s score was exactly 500 at that point, and Kohli was 10 runs short of his highest Test score and aiming, possibly, for much, much more.

If the 69 runs Kohli scored in this session didn’t come with quite the same ease as his first 156 on Saturday, it had little to do with Sri Lanka’s bowling, which remained unthreatening and inconsistent. Kohli, instead, had to fight his own body, which was beginning to show the toll taken by scoring three successive Test hundreds. A stiff back slowed him down between wickets, and brought India’s physio onto the field, but Kohli just kept batting.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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