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Delhi Test, Day 4: Kohli, Rohit cruise as India gain 355-run lead at tea

The statesman 2017-12-05 14:57:58

Virat Kohli (Photo: IANS)

Captain Virat Kohli, who scored a gigantic 243-run knock in the first innings, continued to shape India’s lead in the second innings as the hosts reached 192/4, swelling their lead to 355 at tea against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the Delhi Test on Tuesday.

Kohli was on 25, while Rohit Sharma scored 28 before the Indians took tea at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Resuming the second session of the Test at 51/2, Shikhar Dhawan (67) and Cheteshwar Pujara (49) played responsibly and added 55 runs to the score. However,  Pujara was caught at slips by Angelo Mathews off Dhananjaya de Silva’s delivery.

Pujara’s 66-ball innings was decorated by five boundaries. With Dhawan, he established a 77-run partnership for the third-wicket partnership.

Following the dismissal of Pujara, Dhawan got the company of Kohli and the pair started troubling the Sri Lankan bowlers again.

Dhawan displayed impressive grit on his home ground and completed 2000 Test runs, before losing his wicket to Lakshan Sandakan. Celebrating his 32nd birthday on field, Dhawan slammed five boundaries and one six in his 91-ball innings.

For Sri Lanka, De Silva and Sandakan were the successful bowlers in the second session as both of them claimed a wicket each.