Lanka rue playing into India's hands

Kohli Mukund put game beyond Lanka’s reach after rain

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Virat Kohli-led Team India is at the steering wheel of the series thanks to pacer Mohammed Shami's twin strike in a single over.

The 31-year-old got a standing ovation from teammates in the dressing room upon completing his fifth Test century. "Once you drop a catch, it is not like you can go back and do something (about it)".

Mukund is unlikely to play the next Test match with KL Rahul expected to return to the playing XI, but a confident backup in the team is always a good thing. Russel, who now works as a cricket commentator, did not expect the visitors to dominate the first Test in the first few days and was highly optimistic about Sri Lanka bouncing back.

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But Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund added 133 for the third wicket at 4.48 an over as Sri Lanka toiled again following an 84-minute rain delay. The first one, a caught behind appeal for Pujara, was miles away from the bat, with no sound of either bat, ball, pad, or ground nicking each other, yet keeper Dickwella seemingly talked Herath into going upstairs for a needless break which served no objective.

This was Dhawan's second hundred at the Galle International Stadium, after he scored a hundred here in the first Test on the 2015 tour as well. India lost the Galle match but went on to win the remaining two games to pocket the series 2-1.

"There was a point of time that I was hesitant to even put on whites". I have had a decent day but I am disappointed to get out on 81.

Ravindra Jadeja ended Sri Lanka's innings nine balls after lunch, beating Kumara's defensive bat with one that turned just enough to miss the outside edge and hit off stump. Later in the match, his Tamil Nadu teammate Ravichandran Ashwin got fitting revenge, but Mukund's comeback seemed to have gone up in smoke. Despite the eye-feast bowling from Nuwaan Pradeep, nothing seemed much interesting from Sri Lankan's side. In the end he was undone going for a six too many but not before he had helped India reach the daunting 600 mark. It probably couldn't be any worse but Mukund is a tough customer.

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One player who is seemingly getting better day by day is Hardik Pandya. In that brief Sri Lankan second innings, he showed why he has oodles of grit.

The bowling was awful but, importantly, Mukund didn't let desperation cloud his judgment and showed off some eye-catching shots.

Virat Kohli then joined Abhinav Mukund to fix India's innings. As the shadows lengthened and he entered into the seventies, he might have started dreaming.

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