Virat Kohli & Co aim to consolidate lead

Virat Kohli & Co aim to consolidate lead”

In a debatable move, India allowed Sri Lanka to perhaps stay for a bit longer, and certainly avoid an innings defeat, when they didn't enforce the follow on despite pocketing a massive 309-run first innings lead on Day Three in the first Test at the Galle International Stadium here.

Kohli and Abhinav, who have played together since their Under-19 days, added 133 runs for the third wicket, and even when Danushka Gunathilaka trapped Abhinav in front in the dying moments of the day, it was with head held high that he walked off the field. Abhinav Mukund, who emulated Shikhar Dhawan in grabbing the rare opportunity that came to him through injury to India's first choice openers, had all but turned his back on the game not long ago.

On the second day, Abhinav had forced himself into the game, pulling off a sharp run out and taking a stunning catch under the helmet to keep himself active in the game after a first-innings failure. More so given that Virat Kohli is looking in fine touch and on his way to yet another Test century.

With plenty of time still left in the match, India resisted the temptation to send Sri Lanka back in, choosing instead to bat again in the hope of building an unassailable lead before making an early declaration. Angelo Mathews first, and then Dilruwan Perera, had shown that there still were no demons in the pitch, and that scoring freely wasn't out of the question. This was the biggest first innings lead by India on Lankan soil.

Kohli will start the fourth morning on 76 not out with all eyes on the skipper to check when he will declare. Just uses the pace of the ball and late cuts it for a couple. "I had a decent day today but I am disappointed to get out on 81". Being the first choice, the second choice doesn't make a difference.

The Indian captain had had an underwhelming series against Australia - only 46 runs from five hits - and had fallen to a short Pradeep ball on the pull in the first innings here.

Sri Lanka survived until lunch but the innings came to an abrupt end in the second over after the resumption when Lahiru Kumara was bowled by Jadeja for two.

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, will be broadcast live on Sony Six and other channels of Sony Ten network. His top score is 95 off 247 balls with 12 fours and two sixes against Pakistan at Sharjah in 2014.

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