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Virat Kohli-Abhinav Mukund stand a statistical delight for India vs Sri Lanka

The 133-run stand between Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund on Day 3 of the Galle Test against Sri Lanka is the fifth time when over 100 runs were added for the third wicket for India in Sri Lanka.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Jul 28, 2017 23:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Virat Kohli,Abhinav Mukund,India vs Sri Lanka
Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund put on a 133-run partnership as India finished the Day 3 of the Galle Test against Sri Lanka with a lead of 498. (AP)

Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund fired quick runs off dispirited Sri Lankan bowlers on Friday to power India to a hefty second-innings lead of nearly 500 in the first Test.

Skipper Kohli hit an unbeaten 76 and Mukund was out for 81 on what turned out to be the final ball of the third day’s play in Galle.

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It was a crushing day for the home side. After smashing 600 in the first innings and then bowling out Sri Lanka for 291 earlier in the day, India reached 189-3 and a lead of 498.

Even an 84-minute rain break could not dampen India’s determination and Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Rangana Herath went off for the final hour after hurting a finger trying to stop a Kohli drive. Here are the statistical highlights of the day:

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--> The 309-run lead is India’s second biggest in which they did not enforce follow-on. It is also their highest first innings lead against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

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--> The 133-run stand between Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund is the fifth time when over 100 runs were added for the third wicket for India in Sri Lanka.

--> Mukund recorded his highest Test score - 81 off 116 balls with eight fours. His previous best was 62 off 149 balls with five fours against the West Indies at Roseau in 2011.

--> Dilruwan Perera, batting above No. 8 for only the sixth time in 31 Test innings, recorded his second highest Test score - 92 off 132 balls with 10 fours and four sixes. His top score is 95 off 247 balls with 12 fours and two sixes against Pakistan at Sharjah in 2014.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 21:10 IST