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Virat Kohli slams unique ton in India vs Sri Lanka Kolkata Test

Virat Kohli slammed his 18th century, which was also his 50th international ton in the first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Nov 20, 2017 17:33 IST
Dhiman Sarkar
Dhiman Sarkar
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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Virat Kohli blasted his 18th century as India drew the Kolkata Test against Sri Lanka. (AP)

Virat Kohli reached his 18th Test hundred in style, lofting Suranga Lakmal over cover on the final day of first Test at Eden Gardens on Monday. This was Kohli’s 50th international Test hundred.

This was Kohli’s highest Test score at Eden Gardens in seven innings so far. And, with India losing wickets at regular intervals, it couldn’t have been timed better. Kohli accelerated after lunch, which he took on 41, reaching his century in 93 minutes before India closed the innings.

He survived a close leg-before shout, off Suranga Lakmal, getting the decision successfully reviewed. The delivery was similar to the one that got him in the first innings but this time Kohli had got a touch. He was on 72 with India on 295/7 then. Kohli celebrated that with a straight drive for four and then smote Dasun Shanaka for four more in the next over. He hit Shanaka through the midwicket region even when the bowler had pitched it on the off-side.

It took him to 86. Kohli moved to 92 with a six off Lakmal making room to loft him on the off-side. The next time he hit was six would be the last time India batted in this Test. Kohli remained not out on 104 off 119 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.

First Published: Nov 20, 2017 14:17 IST