Memories of red-ball ODIs surfaced minutes after Virat Kohli took guard post lunch session, during the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at Delhi. The Sri Lankan bowling, sans Rangana Herath, resembled schoolboys getting bullied in sports by professional adults. In a wicket-less session, centurions Murali Vijay and Kohli extended their partnership to 167 as the teams left for tea break with India at 245 for 2.

At the stroke of tea, Vijay brought up his 11th Test hundred with an elegant cut. At one point of time, it seemed Kohli would beat him in the race to reach the three-figure mark. The feat was celebrated by an unique dance number and skipper Kohli was quick to join in.

Vijay now has the third most centuries as an Indian opener. The top three in the list have interesting numbers, all multiples of 11. Sunil Gavaskar leads the chart with 33, followed by Virender Sehwag with 22; this was Vijay s 11th.

Kohli and Vijay looked in imperious form and used their wrists well to keep the scoreboard ticking. Kohli reached his fifty in the 37th over with two back-to-back boundaries: he first found the extra-cover gap off the bowling of Lahiru Gamage and then a leg glance got him to his 15th Test fifty. He was not done. Three balls later, Gamage gifted him a short-wide delivery, which Kohli gleefully cut to the fence.

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli reaches 5,000 runs; fourth-quickest behind Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar
India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli reaches 5,000 runs; fourth-quickest behind Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar

India, after winning the toss, lost two wickets in the first session with both Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara falling on the score of 23. Dhawan became Dilruwan Perera s 100th Test wicket. The off-spinner got the feat in his 25th Test, and in doing so, became the fastest Sri Lankan to the mark, beating Muttiah Muralitharan.

Brief scores

India 245 for 2 (Murali Vijay 101*, Virat Kohli 94*; Lahiru Gamage 1 for 45) vs Sri Lanka.

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