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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Massive Vijay-Kohli stand puts India in front seat of Delhi cricket Test against Sri Lanka

Vijay (155) and Kohli (156 not out) ensure hosts, leading series 1-0, post 371-4 on first day of third and final Test

Virat Kohli, right, and Murali Vijay put on a 283-run stand against Sri Lanka at Delhi on Saturday. Altaf Qadri / AP Photo
Virat Kohli, right, and Murali Vijay put on a 283-run stand against Sri Lanka at Delhi on Saturday. Altaf Qadri / AP Photo

Murali Vijay and captain Virat Kohli scored big hundreds as India posted 371-4 on Day 1 of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at New Delhi on Saturday.

Vijay was dismissed for 155 shortly before the end of day's play, while Kohli - who crossed the three-figure mark for third straight innings - stayed unbeaten on 156.

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Kohli also reached 5,000 Test runs, while on 94, in his 63rd game.

Having made his fifty before lunch, Vijay smashed a boundary off left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan to register his second successive ton in the three-match series.

The right-hand opener celebrated his 11th Test hundred with a little jig as the raucous home crowd applauded. But it was Kohli, fresh from his 213 during India's thrashing of Sri Lanka in the second Test in Nagpur, who led the batting charge.

Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera, who got his 100th Test wicket in taking opener Shikhar Dhawan early in the day, failed to trouble the two batsmen at the crease.

Perera had struck in his second over to send Dhawan packing for 23 after the left-handed opener top-edged a sweep to deep-midwicket.

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

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