Double centurion Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma help India post 610-6 as Sri Lanka trail by 384 runs

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Run-machine: Virat Kohli.

Skipper Virat Kohli hit a blistering double century to hand India a massive first innings lead of 405 as the hosts tightened their grip on the second Test against Sri Lanka on day three on Sunday.

India declared on 610-6 after Rohit Sharma (102) had completed his hundred, as they seek to go one up in the three-match series.

The visitors were in early trouble on 21 for one at stumps in Nagpur, still trailing India by 384 runs.

Dimuth Karunaratne, on 11, and Lahiru Thirimanne, on 9, were at the crease after paceman Ishant Sharma bowled Sadeera Samarawickrama for 0 with the second ball of the innings.

The day belonged to Kohli, who hit a majestic 213 before falling to off-spinner Dilruwan Perera. He walked off to a standing ovation from a raucous crowd.

It was the star batsman’s fifth 200-plus score in his 62nd Test. He has also achieved double centuries against the West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.

Kohli and Rohit put on 173 for the fifth wicket to pulverise a deflated Sri Lanka attack that sent down 176.1 overs in about six sessions of play.

Kohli, who started the day on 54, smashed 17 fours and two sixes during his 267-ball knock.

He received able support from Sharma, who reached his 50 before tea and then stepped up a gear to amass runs all around the ground and register his third Test hundred.

Kohli’s 183-run third-wicket stand with his overnight partner Cheteshwar Pujara had taken the steam out of the attack. 

Pujara was bowled by paceman Dasun Shanaka for 143 in the first session, but Kohli kept scoring quickly in his team’s bid to bat just once in the match.

Ajinkya Rahane, who was out to Perera for two, and opener Lokesh Rahul were the only two specialist batsmen to miss the Indian run fest of one double century and three centuries.

After the early departure of Rahul on day one, Murali Vijay (128) and Pujara had put India in the driving seat with their 209-run second-wicket partnership.

The first match of the series was hit by rain and ended in a draw in Kolkata.

Provided by AFP Sport

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Scored his second hundred of the series: Virat Kohli.

Another sparkling century from skipper Virat Kohli helped India stretch their lead to 199 against a hapless Sri Lanka on day three of the second Test on Sunday.

The hosts were 404 for three at lunch in Nagpur after resuming the day on 312-2 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 205.

Kohli, 123 not out at the break, compounded Sri Lanka’s misery with a dominant 183-run stand with overnight partner Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 143.

Pujara was finally bowled by paceman Dasun Shanaka a little before lunch after adding 22 to his overnight 121. Ajinkya Rahane had joined Kohli at the crease.

Kohli, who was 54 overnight, went on the attack to register his 19th Test century and the second of the series.

He took a single off fast bowler Suranga Lakmal to reach the three-figure mark to the cheers of a raucous crowd.

Pujara, who faced 362 balls after coming in to bat on day one, was happy to play second fiddle to his skipper who has hit 13 boundaries in his 161-ball stay.

A 209-run second-wicket partnership between Pujara and Murali Vijay, who made 128, had put India in the driver’s seat on Saturday.

Top-ranked India are looking to go one-up in the three-Test series after the rain-hit first match ended in a draw in Kolkata. 

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Indian women cricket team bowled out for two - and one was a wide

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An Indian women’s state cricket team managed just two runs in an official 50-over match, one of the lowest totals ever recorded.

Opening bat Menka scored one run and the other was a wide as nine of the Nagaland under-19s were out for ducks against Kerala.

Kerala then took just one legitimate delivery to win by 10 wickets, with 299 balls to spare.

Nagaland, debutants in the Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI) Super Series tournament, did at least win the toss in the game on Thursday.

They chose to bat and Menka scored one run off 18 balls before she was caught in the sixth over. It triggered the mother of all collapses as Nagaland were bowled out inside 17 overs – 16 of them maidens.

A total of two didn’t give the Nagaland bowlers much room for error, and they started badly when Deepika Kaintura sent down a wide with her first ball.

Kerala’s Ansu Raju then put Nagaland out of their misery by hitting a four off the first legal ball.

Nagaland had already been involved in an unusual game when their bowlers sent down 42 wides on November 1 against Manipur – who bowled 94 wides of their own.

Their total of two against Kerala is smaller than the six scored by the Bs against England in 1810, which is listed as the lowest in any domestic competition by ESPNCricinfo.com.

In international 50-over cricket, Zimbabwe holds the dubious record for the lowest score, having been bowled out for 35 against Sri Lanka in 2004 in Harare.

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