Mukund, Kohli push India lead to 498 in 1st test v Sri Lanka
By KRISHAN FRANCIS
Jul. 28, 2017
GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Abhinav Mukund and Virat Kohli scored half-centuries and shared a 133-run partnership to propel India's lead to 498 on Friday in the first test against Sri Lanka.
India was 189-3 in its second innings at stumps on Day 3 with Kohli 76 not out.
India did not enforce the follow on despite an imposing 309-run lead from the first innings after earlier dismissing Sri Lanka for 291.
Sri Lanka resumed the day on 154-5 after India scored 600 runs in its first innings.
India lost its first wicket on 19 when Dilruwan Perera had Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 190 in the first innings, caught by Danushka Gunathilaka for 14. Cheteshwar Pujara, who also made a century in the first innings, was caught by Kusal Mendis for 15 with the total on 56.
Kohli joined Mukund after a rain interruption and the pair batted for 178 deliveries before Mukund was out for 81 on the last delivery of the day. He hit eight boundaries in a second test half-century.
Kohli had faced 114 deliveries with five boundaries.
Having resumed 446 runs behind in the first innings, the Sri Lankan middle and lower order folded quickly. The home team was bowled out shortly after the lunch break, with Perera left stranded on 92 not out. Primarily an offspinner, it was his second opportunity missed to score a maiden test hundred.
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.
Sri Lanka added 135 in the morning session at a healthy run-rate but lost three vital wickets in the process.
Angelo Mathews was the first to depart. He started the day unbeaten on 54 and had advanced to 83 when he was caught by Kohli at short cover off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.
The left-arm spinner then picked up his second wicket of the innings when he got rid of Rangana Herath for nine, with Ajinkya Rahane taking the catch at slip.
Allrounder Hardik Pandya, on his test debut, then captured his first test wicket when he bowled out Nuwan Pradeep for 10, adding to his half-century with the bat.
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.
With the injured Asela Gunaratne unable to bat, Perera ran out of partners just eight runs short of his maiden test century.
Sri Lanka's stand-in captain and strike spin bowler Herath has bruised the middle finger of his bowling hand.
"He's got a bruised finger. It's the same finger he fractured in 2014," cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said. "They can't see a fracture. If the pain is there they'll do an MRI scan but at this stage we're just icing it and tomorrow morning we'll know more."