So, that it. Umpires finally relent. Sri Lanka end the day at 131/3 after India had declared at 536/7. A memorable day though, which saw players bringing out the masks for the very first time in international cricket. India started well but then Mathews and Chandimal have batted well for Sri Lanka. This makes tomorrow a very crucial day, and Sri Lanka will hope these two can convert their scores into big tons here.
PREVIEW IND vs SL, DAY 2: Indian batting continued to make merry against the hapless Sri Lankan attack as tons from Murali Vijay (155) and skipper Virat Kohli (156*) helped India reach 371/4 at the end of Day 1 of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Delhi on Friday. It could have been a whole lot worse for Sri Lanka, but two late wickets for Lakshan Sandakan helped the visitors pull back the hosts towards the fag end of the day. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Shikhar Dhawan - who came back into the team in place of Kl Rahul - and Murali Vijay started the proceedings for the hosts, playing out the difficult first hour on a cold morning. Just when the two looked set, Dhawan departed for 23 off 35 balls after Lakmal completed a bizarre catch, where he was left with just one shoe on. This was also Dilruwan Perera's 100th Test wicket. Cheteshwar Pujara joined Vijay and for a change, Sri Lanka managed to break this partnership early, as Samarawickrama completed a sharp catch at leg-slip. The visitors certainly delighted as their planning paid early dividends. Early wickets didn't stop India from scoring quick runs as the visitors failed to pile on any pressure on the hosts despite getting wickets. Local boy Virat Kohli joined Murali Vijay in the middle and the two picked up from where they left in Nagpur, piling on the runs for India and that to at a quick run rate. The 10,000 odd crowd that was at the Kotla got to see some entertaining cricket, with Kohli and Vijay matching each other shot for shot. The pair reached their 50 partnership off just 59 balls and the captain completed his half-century off just 52 balls. Kohli shifted gears and soon started scoring faster than Vijay, reaching his ton off 110 balls while Vijay too reached the landmark in 163 deliveries. With no Herath, Sri Lankan bowling lacked any bite and his replacement Sandakan conceded runs at more than 5 runs per over.
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India Playing XI: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Sri Lanka Playing XI Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Roshen Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Gamage