Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay were involved in a __ -run stand    AFP
Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay were involved in a 283-run stand AFP

Superior batsmanship took the centerstage on the opening day of the third and final Test at Kotla. Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli ransacked Sri Lankans to bits during their double-century stand. As for the visitors, it was a late surge by Lakshan Sandakan that helped them put one-foot in the door.

Let us look at some of the key highlights from Day one at Feroz Shah Kotla.

Suranga Lakmal s tumbling effort: Under hazy conditions at Kotla it was difficult to sight the ball, but Lakmal passed the eye-test and managed to hold on to Shikhar Dhawan s catch. Funny part was how Lakmal slid-and-slipped to pounce the ball after his shoe came off his left foot.

Cheteshwar Pujara s lapse of concentration: Pujara s wicket was his own undoing. He flicked the ball straight to the fielder at leg-slip off Gamage; a rarity that he does not find a gap. He is now 7 runs away from becoming leading run-scorer in 2017.

Virat Kohli s ticks off another milestone: As expected, Kohli surpassed yet another milestone from his to-do list. Kolhi crossed the 5,000-run barrier in his 105th innings for India, a tally only bettered by Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.

Murali Vijay s delightful 100: Claiming his stake on top of the order, Vijay displayed sublime batting exhibition at Kotla. Fresh from a hundred at Nagpur, Vijay milked Sri Lankan bowlers at will. His foot-work against the likes of Lakshan Sandakan and Dilruwan Perera was a treat for the purist.

Vijay reached his 11th Test hundred in 163-balls. His innings ended on 155.

Kohli draws level with David Warner: Regarded as modern-day master, Kohli continued accumulating runs with utmost ease. Kohli’s intent was clear from ball one, he got off the mark with his trademark leg-glance. He slowly caught on to Vijay and reached his fifty in just 52 balls. He took another 58 balls to score his 20th Test ton and draw level with Warner’s tally of 20 hundreds.

Virat Kohli-Murali Vijay s dab-licious partnership: Kolhi and Vijay grooved their way to respective hundreds on Day One. They pair were nibble-footed against spin bowling that enabled India stretch their tally to 371 for 4. Vijay in alliance with Kohli added 283-runs, which was celebrated with a dab when the latter reached his 100.

Sandakan’s twin-blow has given Sri Lankans a reason to sport a light smile but they will have to pull out something extra special from the hat, in order to stop the Virat Kohli-phenomenon.