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India cruises to 384-run lead over Sri Lanka in second test

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
Associated Press

Nagpur, India: Sri Lanka face an uphill struggle after closing play on day three of the second test against India at 21-1 in Nagpur on Sunday.

The tourists started their second innings after Virat Kohli (213) scored his fifth test double hundred while Rohit Sharma (102 not out) scored a third century as India declared their first innings at 610-6. The visitors trail by 384 runs.

Post tea, Kohli and Sharma increased their fifth-wicket partnership to 173 runs. They came out and attacked the bowling, scoring 76 runs in less than an hour after tea.

In the process, Kohli reached his double hundred off 259 balls. Overall, he batted for 387 minutes, facing 267 balls, in a knock that included 17 fours and two sixes.

Sharma then reached his milestone off 160 balls and India declared their innings with a 405-run lead.

Dilruwan Perera (3-202) was the visitors' most successful bowler, picking up the wickets of Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin (5) and Ajinkya Rahane earlier.

With nine overs remaining, Sri Lanka made a poor start to their second innings. Sadeera Samarawickrama (0) was bowled off Ishant Sharma (1-15) early.

At stumps, Lahiru Thirimmane (9 not out) and Dimuth Karunaratne (11 not out) were holding the fort but have a long way to go to save the test.

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