Vastavam web: Skipper Virat Kohli made it a ‘Super Sunday‘ spectacle hitting his 19th hundred in the longest format as India tightened their grip on the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka, reaching 404 for three at lunch on the third day, here today.Kohli consolidated India’s position as he reached the landmark in 130 deliveries hitting 10 boundaries. This was also Kohli’s 12th hundred as India captain surpassing Sunil Gavaskar’s 11 tons.
Cheteshwar Pujara (143) looked unflappable during his 362-ball stay before controversial seamer Dasun Shanaka bowled a yorker to remove the India No 3. Pujara’s innings had 14 boundaries.Ajinkya Rahane, who is yet to open his account is giving Kohli company.Sri Lankan bowlers were unable to find an answer to their woes on a benign pitch that had forced one of their bowlers — Shanaka — to “alter the condition of the ball”.The Sri Lankan bowlers lacked stomach for fight which was evident from the fielding placing of Dinesh Chandimal as India started the day at 312 for two.
Pujara as usual batted with unwavering concentration as Kohli hit a flowing cover drive. Lakmal strayed on Kohli’s legs and the skipper repeatedly whipped the balls through mid-wicket region for boundaries.