Highlights, India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 1: Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay Give Hosts Opening Day Honours vs Visitors
India vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 1, Highlights: Murali Vijay hit a century and skipper Virat Kohli powered past a new scoring landmark as India made 371/4 at stumps on the opening day of the third Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Scintillating knocks from India opener Murali Vijay (155) and captain Virat Kohli (156 not out) deflated the Lankan bowlers on the opening day of third Test at Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. The hosts ended the day at 371/4 with Kohli and Rohit Sharma (6*) unbeaten at the crease at stumps. Two quick wickets of Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane by Lakshan Sandakan towards the end of the day ruined a near perfect day for the Indians. By crossing the 150-run mark, Vijay recorded his fourth 150-plus score in Tests and Kohli recorded his eight 150-plus score in Tests. During his knock, Kohli became the first international captain to hit three successive hundreds in a three-Test series. In the process, he also completed his individual 5,000 runs in the longest format of the game. Kohli now has 11 international hundreds in a season, one less than Sachin Tendulkar's 12. Incidentally, this is also Kohli's first ever Test hundred at his home ground.
Earlier in the day, off-spinner Dilruwan Perera, who got his 100th Test scalp in taking opener Shikhar Dhawan early in the day. Perera had struck in his second over to send Dhawan packing for 23 after the left-handed opener top-edged a sweep to deep mid-wicket. Cheteshwar Pujara (23) was the second man out, caught at leg slip for 23 after flicking a delivery from paceman Lahiru Gamage. (Scorecard)
Catch highlights of the 3rd Test, Day 1 between India and Sri Lanka straight from Delhi
16:45 IST: India have completely dominated the opening day of the final Test barring a late flourish for the Lankans. Kohli and Vijay have put the hosts in complete control and the Indian skipper will be hoping to complete yet another double century tomorrow and post a big total for the visitors.
16:40 IST: That's stumps! India end the day on 371 for four with captain Kohli unbeaten on 156.
16:34 IST: Sandakan bowling the last over of the day.
16:32 IST: Four! De Silva gives a bit of room outside off and Rohit Sharma cut the ball to get his first boundary of the innings.
16:28 IST: WICKET! Brilliant bowling from Sandakan. Same ball, same result, different batsman. This time Rahane departs for just one run as Niroshan Dickwella takes the bails off in a flash. Sandakan gets his second of the day.
16:26 IST: Three overs left in the day. India 365/3.
16:23 IST: Ajinkya Rahane joins Virat Kohli in the middle.
16:19 IST: WICKET! Murali Vijay fails to read the googly from Sandakan and NIroshan Dickwella takes the bails off in a flash. Vijay departs for 155.
16:14 IST: 150 up for Virat Kohli! This is KOhli 8th 150+ score in Tests.
16:05 IST: 150 up for Murali Vijay! This is Vijay's 4th 150+ runs in Tests.
16:03 IST: Four! Short delivery from Sandakan and Kohli slogs it over mid-wicket.
16:01 IST: Murali Vijay moves on to 149 with a single off Dhananjaya at long on.
15:59 IST: 10 overs left in the day and second new ball is available now.
15:56 IST: 250-run partnership comes up between Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay.
15:54 IST: Murali Vijay moves to 145 with a single off De Silva.
15:50 IST: 77 overs gone! India are 321/2. Vijay 144*, Kohli 127*.
15:30 IST: DRINKS are on the field now.
15:18 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli sweeps it past square leg for a boundary. India 298/2 in 70 overs.
15:09 IST: FOUR! Murali Vijay sends Dilruwan Perera towards third man for a boundary. India 283/2 in 66 overs.
15:08 IST: 200-run partnership comes up between Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay. India 278/2 in 65.2 overs.
15:00 IST: A loud LBW appeal from Sri Lanka, Umpire says NO. Chandimal thinks and asks for a review. The ball is pitching outside leg. And, it's NOT OUT.
14:57 IST: Virat Kohli's consecutive centuries as Test captain:
3 vs Australia, 2014/15 (115, 141, 147)
3* vs Sri Lanka, 2017/18 (104*, 213, 100*)
He is the first captain in Test history to score 100s in three consecutive innings on two different occasions.
Most centuries in consecutive innings by Indian captains:
3 - Kohli vs AUS, 2014/15
3* - Kohli vs SL, 2017/18
2 - Hazare / Gavaskar / Azharuddin / Sachin / Dravid
14:55 IST: Virat Kohli as captain:
Tests - 13 Centuries in 50 innings
ODIs - 10 Centuries in 40 innings
14:52 IST: Vijay takes a single off the last ball off Perera's over. India 269/2 in 62 overs.
14:50 IST: CENTURY No. 20. Virat Kohli brings up his 20th Test ton. A huge roar from Kotla crowd. This is first century at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla. He removes his helmet, raises his arms and greets his fans. What a atmosphere at Kotla.
14:48 IST: Virat Kohli is on strike. He is on 98. He takes a single and moves to 99. Chants of Kohli..Kohli..Kohli.. all over the stadium.
14:46 IST: FOUR! Murali Vijay leans forward and middles the square drive. Brilliant shot from him. India 261/2 in 60.3 overs.
14:45 IST: Virat Kohli moves to 98 with a single towards cover.
14:43 IST: FOUR! Murali Vijay slams Dilruwan Perera towards sweeper cover region for a boundary.
14:35 IST: Hello and welcome back! Third and final session gets underway.
14:15 IST: That's TEA at Feroz Shah Kotla. India 245/2 in 57 overs.
Virat Kohli 94*
Murali Vijay 101*
14:09 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli moves to 94 with a boundary towards covers off Sandakan.
14:07 IST: CENTURY! Murali Vijay brings up his 11th TON. What an innings from him. Second back-to-back hundred for Vijay. He has sealed the opening slot for the South Africa tour.
14:05 IST: Kohli sends Lakmal towards deep mid wicket region for a couple. Easy runs for the Indian skipper. India 236/2 in 55 overs.
14:02 IST: Vijay flicks the ball towards deep mid wicket for a single. The opener moves to 96 now.
13:55 IST: 150-run partnership comes up between Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay. India 229/2 in 52.3 overs.
13:51 IST: Murali Vijay plays this towards fine leg and takes 3 runs. Brilliant running between the wickets from Vijay and Kohli.
13:50 IST: A loud lbw appeal from Sandakan. Umpires says NOT OUT. Captain Chandimal thinks and decides not to take the review. Great decision from the skipper. Replay shows the ball missing the leg completely.
13:47 IST: Sri Lanka are getting a fielder at short leg position.
13:32 IST: 200 comes up for India in 45.5 overs.
Virat Kohli 74*, Murali Vijay 77*
13:22 IST: Murali Vijay guides Sandakan towards third man for three runs. Brilliant running between the wickets from Vijay and Kohli.
13:21 IST: FOUR! 13th boundary for Viray Kohli. He makes batting looks so easy. Wonderful batting display from the India captain.
13:13 IST: Time for DRINKS! India 181/2 in 41 overs.
Virat Kohli 64*
Murali Vijay 69*
13:12 IST: Murali Vijay takes a double and moves to 69 runs. Will he score another century today?
13:05 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli smashes Lakshan Sandakan towards deep extra cover.
12:54 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli stays back and pulls the ball towards deep mid wicket for a boundary. India 164/2 in 36.5 overs.
12:52 IST: FIFTY! Virat Kohli brings up his 15th half-century. India 160/2 in 36.3 overs.
12:51 IST: FOUR! Superb shot! Virat Kohli drives the ball through covers.
12:42 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli waits till the end, opens the face of the bat and cuts the ball towards third man for a boundary. India 148/2 in 33.5 overs.
12:41 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli sends Dilruwan Perera towards sweeper cover for a boundary. The Indian skipper moves to 37 with this boundary.
12:34 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli comes a bit forward, picks the length and smashes the ball towards long-on for a boundary.
12:30 IST: 5000 Test runs for Virat Kohli. He achieves the feat in 105 innings.
12:26 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli hits this so well. The Indian skipper stays back and smashes the ball towards sweeper cover for a boundary. India 130/2 in 30.1 overs.
12:19 IST: FOUR! Elegant! Murali Vijay sends Suranga Lakmal towards deep mid wicket for a boundary. Brilliant start from the man in form.
12:15 IST: Hello and welcome back! Second session gets underway.
11:35 IST: That's LUNCH at Feroz Shah Kotla.
India 116/2 in 27 overs
Murali Vijay 51*
Virat Kohli 17*
11:32 IST: FIFTY! Murali Vijay brings up his 16th half-century. India 116/2 in 26.2 overs. 5 runs in one ball. Vijay takes a single but an overthrow by a Sri Lankan bowler gives 4 more runs in Vijay's kitty.
11:30 IST: FOUR! Cracking shot from captain Kohli. Too full and too wide from Sandakan. The Indian skipper drives the ball past cover for boundary. India 111/2 in 26.1 overs.
11:22 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli sends Lakshan Sandakan towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. India 104/2 in 24 overs.
11:18 IST: FOUR! Murali Vijay plays this beautifully towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Vijay moves to 43 runs. India 95/2 in 23 overs.
11:15 IST: FOUR! Length ball from Lahiru Gamage. Murali Vijay sends the Sri Lankan towards sweeper cover for a boundary. India 91/2 in 22.2 overs.
11:11 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli sends Gamage towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. India 82/2 in 21 overs.
11:10 IST: Crowd go bonkers as the homeboy Virat Kohli walks in.
11:07 IST: WICKET! Lahiru Gamage removes Cheteshwar Pujara for 23 runs. India 78/2 in 20.2 overs.
11:01 IST: FOUR! Powerful shot from Pujara. The right-hander stays back and slaps the ball towards long-off region for a boundary.
10:58 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara picks the ball nicely and sends it towards long-off region for a boundary. India 71/1 in 18.5 overs.
10:55 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara sends Dilruwan Perera towards deep square leg for another boundary. India 66/1 in 18 overs.
10:53 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara sends Dilruwan Perera toward backward square leg for a boundary. Great placement from the right-hander.
10:32 IST: 50 comes up for India in 12.4 overs vs Sri Lanka.
10:25 IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Perera. Vijay picks the ball nicely and sends it towards long-on for a boundary.
10:23 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man at the crease.
10:18 IST: WICKET! Dilruwan Perera strikes, Shikhar Dhawan departs for 23 runs. Perera claims his 100th Test scalp. Dhawan tries to play a sweep, gets a top edge and gives catch to Lakmal at backward square leg. India 42/1 in 10 overs.
10:15 IST: FOUR! Dhawan plays this beautifully towards third man. The openers have set the tone for India. Excellent batting by Dhawan and Vijay this morning.
10:08 IST: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan sends Dilruwan Perera towards square of the wicket for a boundary. India 35/0 in 7.4 overs.
10:07 IST: Spin has been introduced by Sri Lanka captain.
10:03 IST: FOUR! Murali Vijay plays this with a soft bottom hand. The opener guides the ball towards third man for a boundary. India 28/0 in 6.4 overs.
09:59 IST: FOUR! Dhawan opens the face of the bat and sends the ball towards sweeper cover region for a boundary. India 22/0 in 5.4 overs.
09:55 IST: Dhawan sends Lakmal towards mid-on for a quick single. He will keep the strike. India 18/0 in 5 overs.
09:50 IST: Maiden over from Lahiru Gamage. India 17/0 in 4 overs.
09:44 IST: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan comes a bit forward and sends Suranga Lakmal towards sweeper cover region for a boundary.
09:41 IST: FOUR! Murali Vijay plays this with straight bat. It was a gentle push straight down the ground. India 13/0 in 1.4 overs.
09:37 IST: FOUR! Vijay sends Lakmal towards fine leg this time. Back-to-back boundaries for the right-hander. India 8/0 in 0.5 over.
09:36 IST: FOUR! First boundary of the match. Murali Vijay uses the pace, opens the face of the bat and cuts the ball towards backward point for a boundary.
09:34 IST: Suranga Lakmal will open the attack for Sri Lanka. Here we go......
09:32 IST: India openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan are making their way to the middle. Sri Lanka team are in a huddle.
09:30 IST: Players are out for national anthems.
09:22 IST: Coach Ravi Shastri is giving pep talk to the team ahead of the third Test at Feroz Shah Kotla.
09:08 IST: Playing XIs:
Sri Lanka: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Gamage
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
09:05 IST: Two changes for India:
Mohammed Shami and Shikhar Dhawan in.
Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul out.
Three changes for Sri Lanka:
Lakshan Sandakan, Roshen Silva and Dhananjaya De Silva in.
Thirimanne, Shanaka and Herath out.
09:03 IST: TOSS: India captain Virat Kohli wins toss, opts to bat against Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla.
08:40 IST: The ongoing Test series initiated with India, Sri Lanka registering a draw in the rain-marred first match. Later, in the second game, the hosts thumped visitors to clinch victory by a mammoth innings and 239 runs.
08:38 IST: It will be interesting to see whether captain Kohli returns to his old composition of fielding five batsmen, five bowlers and a wicket-keeper. He had fielded four bowlers in the Nagpur Test and all of them delivered.
08:37 IST: The Kotla wicket might offer a traditional display of Test cricket with the pitch sustaining the wear and tear over the five days.
08:36 IST: India will also eye on equalling a record of most consecutive Test series wins. Currently they are on a eight-series winning streak and a win or a draw in Kotla will pull them level to the record which is jointly shared by Australia and England.
08:35 IST: After taking an unassailable 1-0 lead, India will aim to clinch the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
08:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage from the opening day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
The year 2018, starting with three Tests against South Africa followed by the two marquee away series -- five matches against England and four against Australia at the back-end of the year -- will define Kohli's character as a leader and also his ability of his team. Therefore, it will be a good chance for the likes of Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin to rack up some more enviable numbers which will do a world of good to their confidence. Facing a Sri Lankan side, which has been nothing short of an embarrassment, is not the greatest of challenges but for world's No 1 Test side, it will be an opportunity to get some much required match practice, which they unfortunately won't get in South Africa save a two-day game.