IND vs SL 2017, 3rd Test, Day 1: Vijay Scores Fifty as India Stays 116-2 at Lunch
The Indians went into the 2nd Test against the Sri Lankans at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi as the hot favourites after a thumping win over the visitors in Nagpur.
Lokesh Rahul faced the axe, as he made way for southpaw Shikhar Dhawan while Murali Vijay had his spot rooted after a magnificent ton on his return. Skipper Virat Kohli got the better of Dinesh Chandimal at the toss and opted to bat first.
An inform Murali Vijay stepped onto the 22 yards along with Shikhar Dhawan who dominated the Sri Lankans on the team’s visit to the island nation early this year. Murali Vijay looked in sublime touch since his return from the wrist injury, as he followed up his century with a gutsy half-century at the top.
Shikhar Dhawan got the much-needed start but failed to convert it into a hefty one. Dhawan was picked up by Dilruwan Perera on a score of 23 which brought the consistent Cheteshwar Pujara to the crease. Incidentally, the Saurashtra batsman fell victim to Lahiru Gamage on the same score, as the left-handed Dhawan which made way for the skipper.
Virat Kohli proved why he is at the top of the food chain in Nagpur when he slammed his 5th double ton. The batsman’s excellent form has been a headache for the Sri Lankans throughout, and his wicket will always be a key in the encounter. Kohli is still at the crease with Murali Vijay on 17 and 51 runs, respectively, as the Indian scoreboard looks a pretty decent one at 116 for two.
There is a lot of batting to come for the Indians with huge names like Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma raring to go. Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are also on the list to follow, which portrays the depth of the dangerous Indian batting. Chandimal and his men would look to pick up the wickets quickly after lunch, to halt the Indians at a low score.
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