India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day 3, Highlights: As It Happened
India 610/6 Dec Sri Lanka 205, 21/1 (9.0 Overs) CRR: 2.33
The third day of the second check between Republic of India and Ceylon belonged to the hosts as skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma celebrated on a wicket that not supply a lot of to the bowlers. whereas Kohli went on to slam his fifth double hundred, Sharma notched up his third check ton. along they place up a 173-run stand that saw the Republic of India place up a mammoth 610/6 declared. back Ceylon was on the backfoot as they lost opener Sadeera Samarawickrama off the primary ball. At the tip of day three, Ceylon was 21/1 and trailed the Republic of India by 384 runs.
After scoring a fine century Rohit Sharma spoke at length about his performance and said, “We were in a good situation at 400 for 3, but we knew that we had to bat only once and had to get as many runs as possible. 400 is a good target as the wicket started to deteriorate and took a bit of turn. There will be wear and tear tomorrow morning.”
“The idea was to create partnerships. I sat for one and half days and saw what was happening. It stayed low as the ball went soft, playing big shots were not the ideal situation and that’s what I did. I wouldn’t say I was under him sure, but I was nervous. It’s close to 500 days since I last played a Test. I just wanted to rotate the strike, get the singles and get that initial (feet) movement going, he concluded.
innings Over: Jadeja bowls a maiden in the last over of the day as Sri Lanka head into the dressing room at 21/1. India lead by 384 runs at stumps on day 3. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were the star of the day for hosts. Kohli slammed his fifth double ton while Rohit hit his third Test ton. While as for Ishant, he provided India with a breakthrough in the second innings as he castled Sadira on the second ball.
Russel Arnold catches up with Sri Lanka’s coach, Nic Pothas. He says that it was a long day yesterday but is an improvement from the last series against India. Feels that the side maintained the intensity over the day. Asserts that improvement is the focus as every side does that. Admits that they couldn’t capitalize on some situations like the dropped catch of Vijay. Agrees that their batting is the most disappointing part on a track which hadn’t seamed or spun a great deal and hence they were well short of the 300-350 mark which would have been ideal. He states that confidence plays it partly as well and it should come from the inside. Ends saying that once individual bats for 30-35 balls it is up to him to cash in and carry on.
Murali Kartik has a chat with India’s fielding coach, R Sridhar, who feels that it has been a good couple of days in the game so far. Today is the day where India will push harder after consolidating in the first session, he adds. States that each batter is comfortable against a particular bowler and they target the respective ones. On being asked about the Indian skipper, he says that after Kohli walked in, he changed the tempo of the game. Adds further that He never shut shop even towards the end of the play yesterday and made Pujara run hard between the wickets, oblivious to the fact that the latter had been out there for long. Opines that the Indian bowlers were frugal with the ball. States that Ashwin and Jadeja bowled well in tandem and were prepared to shoulder extra responsibilities after they weren’t required to bowl much in Kolkata. Their variation in flight and the control that they exhibited impressed him.
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