India pressed their advantage over Sri Lanka on day three of the second Test in Nagpur declaring on 610 for 6 and leaving the tourists 21/1 at stumps.
Play resumed with India on 312 for 2 already in a position of dominance having bowled Sri Lanka out for 205 on day one.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were the men in the middle and the latter would seize day three by the scruff of it’s neck.
Pujara (143) was bowled by Dasun Shanaka, who pled guilty to charges of ball tampering overnight and was fined 75 percent of his match fee, seven runs short of a seventh score of 150 or more.
Ajinkya Rahane (2) missed out on the run buffet as he slapped a Dilruwan Perera (3/202) delivery straight to point.
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Rohit Sharma pressed his claims for inclusion in the squad for the tour to South Africa with a composed innings although there was little pressure on him when he arrived at the crease.
Kohli racked up his fifth double century and has left us sans superlatives to attach to his performances.
His five double tons as skipper of India has him tied with Brian Lara’s record seeing him overtake Don Bradman, Michael Clarke and Graeme Smith who each notched four.
Kohli (213) holed out to Dilruwan and the skipper would allow Rohit (101*) to bring up his century before declaring.
Sameera Samarawickrama (0) left his off stump exposed off the second ball of Sri Lanka’s second innings and Ishant Sharma sent down an accurate delivery that disturbed his furniture.
Dimuth Karunaratne (11*) and Lahiru Thirimanne (9*) would survive a nervous nine overs before stumps.
Sri Lanka still need 384 runs to make India bat again and stand virtually no chance of getting anything out of this match.