Vijay leads India run race as Perera claims 100th Test scalp

Virat Kohli

Earlier in the day, the India captain completed his 5,000 Test runs as well and became the 11th Indian to reach the milestone.

Just as Vijay reached the 150 run mark, a exhausted shot saw him get stumped off Sandakan, who also got Ajinkya Rahane (1) in his next over.

Kohli came to the wicket with a plan and his brisk scoring quickly dispelled any pressure the Sri Lankans sought to create.

The duo of Vijay and Kohli continued from where they left with the Indian skipper scoring back to back boundaries to bring 5,000 Test runs - the fourth fastest for an Indian behind Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.

Chandimal changed his five bowlers around, bringing on off-spinner Dilruwan Perera as early as in the eighth over.

Dhawan (23, 35b, 4x4) and Vijay had got the innings off to a brisk start, the first 10 runs producing 40-plus runs.

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Vijay leads India run race as Perera claims 100th Test scalp

Cheteshwar Pujara was the second man out, caught at leg slip for 23 after flicking a sliding delivery from paceman Lahiru Gamage.

Vijay, who hit a century during India's thrashing of Sri Lanka in the previous Test in Nagpur, remained solid at the crease. Both the batsmen perished in similar fashions, stumped by a brilliant Niroshan Dickwella off the bowling of chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan, in the 86th and 88th overs respectively.

It left the team management - and selectors - with something of a headache as this was probably Rahane's last opportunity in this series to make a statement with a significant score.

At Stumps on Day 1, Kohli was standing at the crease like a pillar at the individual score of 156 off only 186 deliveries with 16 boundaries, and was accompanied by the very calm Rohit Sharma (6 off 14, 1 four). The milestones kept coming for Kohli as he reached 3,000 Test runs as captain and also the 250 run partnership came.

The home side lost wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Pujara in the first session after opting to bat first.

India won the toss and chose to bat first without any hesitation on a Feroz Shah Kotla pitch that had decent grass on it. Total: (for 4 wkts, in 90 overs) 371. Currently, India is 1-0 up in the three-Test series.

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