Kohli powers past 5000 runs as India target big score

Virat Kohli has not fielded the same XI in consecutive games in his captaincy career

In the series decider Test match between India and Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. The middle-order mainstay of his team came to the defence of misfiring senior batsman Angelo Mathews, saying all the batsmen needed to perform against the rampaging Indian attack after they nearly lost the opening game in Kolkata and crashed by an innings and 239 runs at Nagpur. The milestones kept coming for Kohli as he reached 3,000 Test runs as captain and also the 250 run partnership came. They scored 224 runs between them till the end of the 72nd over. Kohli managed to remain unbeaten at stumps and Rohit Sharma (6 not out) accompanied him as well with India posting 371 for four and having all the momentum heading into the second day.

The 29-year-old also joined the 5,000-test run club in his 105th innings.

Dhawan could not make the most of the opportunity, though, his attempted sweep shot off Dilruwan Perera finding Suranga Lakmal at deep square leg.

Cheteshwar Pujara hit four boundaries before walking into a Sri Lankan trap.

Paceman Lahiru Gamage stationed Sadeera Samarawickrama at leg slip and bowled the ideal delivery which Pujara tickled to the fielder to depart after making 23.

At stumps Vijy was batting with 132 and Kohli 118.

Vijay brought up his 11th test century with a ninth four, celebrating the feat with a little jig.

Meanwhile, there was something to cheer for Sri Lanka as Sadeera Samarawickrama, who left the field due to an on-field injury was cleared to return to play on the second day after undergoing a precautionary scan.