Indian skipper Virat Kohli led his team from the front while batting in the second inning of the first Test against Sri Lanka. Despite a superb start by the openers on Day 4, the Indian middle batting order disappointed a lot. But the Indian captain fought hard to take a decent lead of 231 runs by hitting a magnificent century off 119 balls.
However, there was a moment in the match when Kohli looked toward the dressing room and sought suggestion whether to declare the inning. He was batting on 86 when he signalled to the dressing room. But Ravi Shastri decided against declaring and asked Kohli to score ’20 runs more’ and get his century.
Here’s the video:
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Kohli went on to signal Shastri to send a player with the message. Following that, Ravi Shastri sent his message to the ground via a substitute fielder.
Later, Virat rode to get his 50th international hundred and guided India to take a lead of 230 runs. Kohli also equalled the record of Sunil Gavaskar of scoring 11 centuries as an Indian captain.
Sri Lanka needed to chase down a target of 231 runs. The Indian bowlers struck brutally as the Lankans were reduced to 0/1 followed by 2/2 and then concluded on 8/2 at the Tea Break.
In the third session, India managed to pluck five more wickets and would have taken the rest three if the match hadn’t interrupted due to bad light. The match ended in a draw and the 2nd match is scheduled to be played on November 24 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.