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3rd Test: Kohli hits career best on smog-hit Day 2

Indian skipper declared the innings at 536/7 after concerns were raised over poor air quality

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli celebrates double century against Sri Lanka during the Second day of the third cricket test match at Feroz Shah Kotla, in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

reached 131/3 after declared their first innings at 536/7 on the second day, which was marred by complaints of air pollution, during the third and final Test at the in New on Sunday.

Skipper hit a career-highest score of 243 as he shared a 135-run stand for the fifth wicket with Rohit Sharma (65) to power to a big total.

At the end of the second day's play, Angelo Mathews (57 batting) and Dinesh Chandimal (25 batting) were at the crease for Dilruwan Perera contributed 42 runs for the visitors.

Resuming the day at the overnight total of 371/4, skipper (243) continued where he left off on Saturday. Rohit, at the other end, supported him by playing some beautifully crafted shots.

Right from the first ball of the morning session, and Rohit were right on target. They thrashed the Lankan bowlers at will and maintained a good run rate.

The two added 129 runs between them during the session before the Mumbai batsman was dismissed off the last ball before lunch. In the process, completed his sixth double ton in 238 balls.

The batsman thus joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in sharing the record for the most number (six) of double centuries for in Test He also made 1000 Test runs in 2017.

also broke the record of West Indies legend in registering scores of more than 200 six times -- most as a captain in the five-day format.

Former left-handed batting superstar Lara had five double centuries as the West Indies skipper.

The Sri Lankan bowlers, on the other hand, created several chances but failed to make them count.

Just before lunch, Rohit completed his half-century in 88 balls but just when things seemed good in the middle, he was dismissed off the last ball of the session by Sandakan.

For Sri Lanka, Sandakan was the only successful bowler in the morning session.

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Sri Lankan players wear anti-pollution masks on the field, as the air quality deteriorates during the second day of their third test match against in New on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

The real drama unfolded in the second session as the play was halted for few minutes after concerns over the poor air quality, prompting the Lankans to wear anti-pollution masks.

complained of poor air quality and hazy conditions after two players - Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal - had to go off. Both seemed to be struggling with their breathing.

As the air quality deteriorated and it became hazy just after lunch, the umpires discussed the issue with the players and the match was halted for around 15 minutes before the floodlights came into action for the rest of the day.

But play was stopped again after a few minutes, seeing that skipper decided to declare the innings at 536/7.

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Indian skipper declares their first innings during the second day of the third test match against at Feroz Shah Kotla, in New (Photo: PTI)

Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (9 not out) and middle-order batsman Ravindra Jadeja (5 not out) were at the crease when decided to declare.

Like their bowlers, the Sri Lankan batsmen struggled from the start as Dimuth Karunaratne (0) was caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off pacer Mohammad Shami on the very first ball of their innings.

The fall of Karunaratne's wicket brought in Dhananjaya de Silva (1), who also failed. After adding 14 runs to the score with Perera, Dhananjaya was adjudged leg before wicket off pacer Ishant Sharma in the sixth over.

Angelo Mathews then came onto the middle just before the umpires dislodged the bails.

For India, Shami and Ishant chipped in with one wicket each at tea.

The final session witnessed some fight from Angelo Mathews and some lacklustre fielding by the Indians. As a result, the visitors managed to get past the 100-run mark losing three wickets.

Despite poor fielding, where and Shikhar Dhawan dropped a catch each, the bowlers created many other chances but the Sri Lankan batsmen were lucky and managed to end the day without losing any more wickets.

First Published: Sun, December 03 2017. 18:21 IST