Nagpur Test: India register crushing win against Sri Lanka

Nagpur Test: India register crushing win against Sri Lanka

Brief scores: Sri Lanka: 205 all out and 21/1 (Dimuth Karunaratne 11 not out; Ishant Sharma 1/15) vs India: 610/6 declared in first innings (Virat Kohli 213, Cheteshwar Pujara 143, Murali Vijay 128, Rohit Sharma 102 not out; Dilruwan Perera 3/202) on Day 3.

India have taken giant strides to wrap this match on Day four as Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin have sent four Sri Lankan batsmen packing before lunch here on Monday. In the past when the team has travelled overseas, it has always lacked quality net bowlers and the team- management are also mindful of the fact that Cricket South Africa might not play their main pacers in the tour match keeping in mind the high stakes involved in the three-match Test series.

Then came the disappointment, the failure to make runs on foreign soil hurt Rohit's chances in the team as he found it increasingly hard to hold down his place. He went after Ashwin in the 32nd over and took him for a four and two sixes but ran out of luck when he holed out in the deep.

His stock as an ODI batsman rose when he moved to the top of the batting line-up, but the emergence of Ajinkya Rahane and Pujara along with Kohli, made sure that his journey back to the team wasn't going to be easy. We might never get such a season again - 13 home Tests.

All Sri Lanka can do is stay patient and look to bat as long as they can by taking one session at a time. While Sharma has had a terrific career in ODIs, the same can not be said about his performance in Test cricket.

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"I wouldn't say I was under pressure, but I was nervous".

Skipper Virat Kohli stood tall with a double century as India cornered Sri Lanka with an imposing first innings lead of 405 on day three of the second Test on Sunday. "Trying to get the confidence back", Ratnayake said.

"The idea was to create partnerships". A part of his approach was helped by his team-mates' poor shot selection but Chandimal showed the application that was missing by playing the ball on its merit and using swift movement of his feet.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on myself".

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