Virat Kohli smashes 17th Test Century

While India were clinical on the field they are now busy spending some "good time" off it.

He said the 23-year-old all-rounder can become an useful asset in team and likened him with England all-rounder Ben Stokes. "You grow as a cricketer, your technique improves and when you come and play worldwide cricket again, you've some experience of playing first-class cricket and you are always in touch with the game", Pujara added. Their first aim, when they come to bat on Day Three, would be avoid the follow-on which is still 146 runs away.

"I had lot of fun meeting them and when I kissed Kohli people around us started laughing".

Allrounder Hardik Pandya, on his test debut, then captured his first test wicket when he bowled out Nuwan Pradeep for 10, adding to his half-century with the bat. We are a better team than that.

Mukund made 81 off 116 balls inclusive of eight boundaries as India went on to set a huge target of 550 runs for Sri Lanka to chase on a turning wicket.

Speaking after the match, Kohli stressed the importance on having a bowler like him on a pitch that was far less helpful to bowlers than the track in 2015. "What he tells me is that there are different aspects of this game which you need to understand, and with his experience and with his guidance, I've learnt a lot".

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Starting the day at 399 for 3, overnight batsmen Pujara (153) and Ajinkya Rahane (57) got out early in the morning session that saw India lose four wickets.

"One of the most challenging time of my career was when I was out for six months, got injured again in 2011 & didn't play for a year", Pujara said. Sharma, who was not part of the playing XI, took to Twitter to post a selfie that he seems to have taken during the game. "I would definitely like to score runs but there won't be any pressure this time as I have played some county cricket", Pujara said.

The loss of Gunaratne is a substantial blow to the hosts, considering his recent batting form and the balance which he brings to the side with his slow bowling.

"I think it's another Test match for us". "Well I told myself that I've to work hard on my game especially if I want to play at the worldwide level against world-class bowlers in different conditions". When I have an opportunity to represent the country for the 50th Test match, it will be a proud moment. Really happy with the way things went in this Test.

The Indian cricket team smashed the Sri Lankans in the first Test of the bilateral series by 304 runs while the next game is scheduled to be played on August 4.

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