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1st Test, Day 5 - Sri Lanka reduced to 8/2 in chase of 231 at tea

by Sahir Usman Nov 20, 2017 • 15:12 PM

Kolkata, Nov 20 - Sri Lanka were reeling at 8/2 chasing 231 for victory at tea on the final day of the opening Test against India at the Eden Gardens here on Monday.

India skipper Virat Kohli brought up his 50th international hundred to declare at 352/8 in the second innings after the hosts were struggling in the first session courtesy Suranga Lakmal's devastating spell of swing bowling.

This was Kohli's 18th Test hundred and 11th as captain. Kohli, who notched up his first century at the Eden Gardens, hit 12 fours and three sixes milking all the bowlers around the park with equal severity. 

He held fort at one end and ensured India could try and force a result in their favour by bowling the tourists out in the third and final session of the match.

With the ton, Kohli equalised little master Sunil Gavaskar's record of 11 centuries as skipper.

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