Flourishing Kohli-Vijay stand deflates Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli scores another double-hundred to join the game's greats

Kohli also completed his individual 5000 runs in the longest version of the game.

The third session started with celebration as Kohli completed his 20th Test ton and after surviving an LBW review from Sri Lanka, he brought the 200 run partnership with Vijay. They scored 224 runs between them till the end of the 72nd over.

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has completed 5,000 runs in his Test career.

While many captains have had three or four Test tons in a five-match series, it is rarity that a batsman has scored three consecutive tons in a three-match series.

It was the 35-year-old Perera's 100th Test wicket and came in his 25th game, making him the quickest Sri Lankan bowler to reach the landmark, ahead of even spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who needed 27 matches to do the same.

Cheteshwar Pujara was the second man out, caught at leg slip for 23 after flicking a sliding delivery from paceman Lahiru Gamage.

It left the team management - and selectors - with something of a headache as this was probably Rahane's last opportunity in this series to make a statement with a significant score.

India won the toss for the first time in the series, and Kohli opted to bat first.

Virat Kohli remained unbeaten after scoring 156, which included 16 fours, as India were 371/4 at stumps on Day 1.

In the process, he also became the fourth fastest (105 innings) Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar (95), Virender Sehwag (98) & Sachin Tendulkar (103) to reach the 5,000 Test runs. He also got stumped in a very similar manner to the same bowler to whom Vijay gave his wicket a few balls earlier.

Bowling: Lakmal 14-2-50-0, Gamage 17-6-68-1, Perera 21-0-97-1, Sandakan 23-1-110-2 (6nb), Dhananjaya 15-0-45-0.

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