Kohli continues to set new landmarks after latest ton against Sri Lanka

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Kohli broke numerous records during his unbeaten 154-run knock.

With Steve Smith smashing records with the cricket bat, it seems Indian skipper Virat Kohli does not want to be left behind as he sets new landmarks of his own.

The 29-year-old batsman scored an unbeaten 156 runs off just 186 deliveries on the opening day of India’s final Test against Sri Lanka in New Delhi.

The hosts had ended the day strongly at 371-4 when stumps were drawn. The day clearly belonged to Kohli though who breached numerous milestones during his splendid innings.

5,000 TEST RUNS

In the course of his innings, Kohli went past the 5,000 Test runs mark, becoming the 10th Indian batsmen to do so.

The right-hander became the fourth fastest Indian to the landmark with the 105 innings it took him to get there. Only Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have been quicker than Kohli to the mark.

THREE CONSECUTIVE TONS

Kohli was coming into the match on the back of a double-ton in Kolkata and a hundred in Nagpur. As he notched up his 20th Test century on Saturday, the Delhi-born man had registered three hundreds in as many innings.

With this, he became the first captain in history to hit a century in all three Tests of a three-match series. He also became the first batsman to hit three consecutive Test tons twice in Test history having achieved the same previously against Australia in 2014-15.

FASTEST TO 16,000 INTERNATIONAL RUNS

Kohli also breached the 16,000-run mark in international cricket in front of his home crowd in Delhi. He created a new record with this feat as he became the fastest man in history to do so.

The 350 innings it took Kohli to cross the figure beat the previous quickest 163 innings taken by South Africa’s Hashim Amla.

FASTEST TEST TON FOR KOHLI

The 110 deliveries it took Kohli to bring up his three-figures on Saturday is the quickest of his 20 Test hundreds to date. The Indian skipper was in sublime touch from the very first ball he faced as he brought up his eighth Test 150.

With Vijay scoring big too, it was the first instance of two Indian batsmen scoring 150 plus in a day’s play of Test cricket.

KOHLI’S SUBLIME 2017

With his ton on Saturday, the Indian superstar now has 11 hundreds in all formats in 2017. The century was Kohli’s fifth of the year in the five-day format while he has another six in the ODI format.

Kohli now has a staggering 2,681 runs in all formats in the calendar year which is the highest for any Indian player in history. The previous best was 2,626 runs set by Rahul Dravid almost 18 years ago.

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Craig Overton is delighted after bowling Steve Smith for his maiden Test wicket.

Craig Overton had a dream start to his Test career with the prized wicket of the world’s leading batsman Steve Smith as England chipped away at Australia in the day-night Ashes Test in Adelaide on Saturday.

The Somerset seamer, who had dreams as a child of playing Ashes cricket in Australia, broke through the Australian skipper’s defences for the crucial breakthrough under lights on the opening day at Adelaide Oval.

Overton was making his Test debut, but was ecstatic as he claimed the coveted wicket of Smith at a pivotal stage of the opening day for 40 as Australia went to stumps at 209 for four.

“It’s massive. For me personally my dream as a kid was to always play for England and for me to play in an England Test team against Australia in Australia makes it even more special,” Overton told reporters.

“It’s nice that my folks were here for them to see it as well. Hopefully I’ve made them proud and I think I have and it will be nice to see them later tonight.”

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja, who scored his ninth Test half-century, praised Overton’s wicket.

“Quite handy to get the best batsman in the world out for your first wicket, I’m sure he’ll have a good time tonight,” Khawaja said.

Overton angled one in between bat and pad to scatter Smith’s stumps to the unbridled delight of the England team after the Australian skipper’s match-turning unbeaten 141 in his side’s 10-wicket first Brisbane Test win.

Smith could only inside-edge Overton's delivery onto the stumps.

Smith could only inside-edge Overton’s delivery onto the stumps.

“It was a pretty nice one, obviously. He’s one of the best players in the world so to get that one to start with and hopefully I can carry on with that tomorrow,” Overton said.

“There was a plan to go straight at him. We felt we could keep him quiet doing that and just one went through him a little bit quicker with a little bit of pace and went on to the stumps.

“It was nice to beat him for pace. So that was good.”

Overton said his England team-mates, particularly fellow fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, had got under Smith’s skin with a constant verbal barrage during his 90-ball vigil at the crease.

“I’m not sure what was said, I was on the boundary so I don’t know too much, but obviously they said a few things and it looked like he got under his skin,” Overton said.

“But he still got 40, so he played pretty well. It’s nice to get him in the end and we’ll go again tomorrow.”

Overton said Smith showed his irritation with the England onslaught.

“The way he left the ball, like a sort of exaggeration a little bit. He didn’t do that in the first innings in Brisbane,” he said.

“I don’t know if he was doing it on purpose to wind us up a little bit.”

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Virat Kohli touches new heights while Ajinkya Rahane has a day to forget in final test

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Kohli notched up his third consecutive Test ton.

India’s batsmen completely dominated the opening day of the final Test against Sri Lanka at New Delhi.

On a flat Feroz Shah Kotla pitch, Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli made merry as Sri Lanka’s bowlers were given the run-around on a long and tiring day.

Here, we look at the good and the bad from the first day.

THE GOOD

MURALI VIJAY’S SECOND CONSECUTIVE TON

The Indian opener’s injury had sidelined him when India toured Sri Lanka a few months earlier. Since then, his replacement Shikhar Dhawan, has put up some impressive performances to cement his place in the side. Vijay’s return to fitness coincided with Dhawan taking a break in the second Test due to personal reasons.

Vijay capitalized with a superb ton in the Nagpur Test which has seen India’s third opener KL Rahul miss out on Saturday as Dhawan once again returned straight into the playing XI. Rahul might have to spend some more time on the bench after Vijay put together another impressive unbeaten ton on the opening day. It was the 33-year-old’s 11th Test hundred in 89 innings.

VIRAT KOHLI’S THIRD-CONSECUTIVE TEST HUNDRED

The Indian skipper seems to be on a different level in this series. After coming into bat in the 21st over of the day, Kohli was in complete control from the very first ball as he collected runs in brisk fashion.

The 28-year-old brought up his quickest Test hundred in just 110 deliveries while also going past the 5,000-run mark in the process. Bringing up his 20th Test ton in front of his home crowd, Kohli has now registered three hundreds in as many innings, with one in each Test. This feat has made him the first captain in Test history to do so on two different occasions.

THE BAD

AJINKYA RAHANE FAILS AGAIN

The deputy Test skipper has had a miserable series despite the other Indian batsmen flourishing. With scores of 4, 0, and 2 in the three innings so far in the series coming into the final Test, it was imperative that Rahane spent some time in the middle with the South Africa tour coming up next.

However, he was undone for just one run by Lakshay Sandakan towards the end of the day, being stumped by Niroshan Dickwella after attempting a loose drive. With just seven runs in four innings now, Rahane will now head to South Africa without any sort of form, given he is not a part of the Indian limited-overs setup. He will desperately be hoping for a final shot in the second innings but given the way the islanders have batted so far, he might not get it.

DILRUWAN PERERA HAS A LONG TOIL

The senior Sri Lankan spinner did not have the best of days either at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. The 35-year-old might well have notched up his 100th Test wicket when he dismissed Dhawan but he along with Sandakan leaked runs galore.

The off-spinner was swatted around by Kohli and Pujara with ease as he failed to create any sort of pressure with the ball.

Perera failed to create any sort of pressure on the batsmen.

Perera failed to create any sort of pressure on the batsmen.

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