Virat Kohli scored his 5th double hundred © Getty Images
Virat Kohli scored his 5th double hundred © Getty Images

India hammered Sri Lanka to put up 610 for 6 (declared) before getting rid of opener Sadera Samarawickrama off the second ball on Day Three of second Test at Nagpur. Indian innings had three centurions in Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma while skipper Virat Kohli scored a double-century to provide India with a 405-run lead. Ishant Sharma then reduced Sri Lanka to 0 for 1. Sri Lanka were 21 for 1 at stumps, with Lahiru Thirimanne (9*) and Dimuth Karunaratne (11*) at the crease.

Pujara and Kohli brought up the second 100-run partnership of the match on Day Three. The partnership went on to contributed 183 runs before Pujara departed for 143. Dasun Shanaka’s attempted yorker found a way through Pujara’s defense to hit the stump and get him bowled. Ajinkya Rahane joined Kohli at the crease after the wicket.

However, India lost Rahane soon after they came back from lunch. Rahane’s poor form in India continued as his last mentionable knock was his century in Sri Lanka back in August. Rahane lobbed one at point to Karunaratne at point to get out for 2. This brought Rohit Sharma in the crease and reduced India to 410 for 4.

Rohit Sharma scores century on comeback; India declare on 610-6
Rohit Sharma scores century on comeback; India declare on 610-6

Rohit, batting in a Test after 13 months, played a brilliant hundred-run knock. He provided Kohli a lot of support from the other end. Kohli, on the other hand, scored his fifth double-hundred — the fifth of his career. With the knock, he attained the second spot in the list of Indian players with most double-hundreds (Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag have 6 double tons). Kohli shares the position with Rahul Dravid. This is also the most number of double-hundreds scored by a captain, a record that Brian Lara held till now.

Kohli now has 2877 runs in Tests as captain, and has surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin in the list of Indian captains with third-highest runs.

As soon as Rohit reached his hundred, Kohli declared the innings. For Sri Lanka, Dilruwan Perera was the most successful with 3 for 202. Both Sri Lanka’s bowling and fielding remained poor, donating more runs towards India’s scorecard.

Ishant set Samarawickrama easily as Sri Lanka came out to bat. Ishant’s first delivery deviated away from Samarawickrama, who tried to drive it but missed. The next came in slightly, but this time the batsman left it to get clean bowled for a 2-ball duck.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 205 and 21 for 1 (Dimuth Karunaratne 11*, Lahiru Thirimanne 9*; Ishant Sharma 1 for 15) trail India 610 for 6 decl. (Murali Vijay 128, Cheteshwar Pujara 143, Virat Kohli 213, Rohit Sharma 102*; Lahiru Gamage 1 for 97, Rangana Herath 1 for 81, Dasun Shanaka 1 for 103, Dilruwan Perera 3 for 202) by 384 runs.