Former India captain Virat Kohli and his love affair with Bengaluru’s M.Chinnaswamy Stadium continues on Saturday as the crowd chanted his name during India’s second Test against Sri Lanka. Kohli, who is a Royal Challengers Bangalore player also, having led them till last season, has played there a lot of times.
However, Kohli’s poor form with the bat continues as he once again failed to register a big score. He was dismissed by Dhananjaya de Silva at 23 as well. But that didn’t stop fans as they cheered as India were all out for 252. Meanwhile, when fans were cheering “Kohli, Kohli” around the stadium, Kohli turned around and showed a heart sign towards the galleries as well.
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As far as the game is concerned, India were all out for 252 at the dinner break on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka as well. Young India batsman Shreyas Iyer scored 92 off 98 deliveries while Jasprit Bumrah remained not out without scoring as well. The dinner break was taken once Iyer got out.
Young India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant scored a 26-ball 39 whereas Hanuma Vihari made 31. Virat Kohli was out for 23 just before the tea break whereas the captain Rohit Sharma scored 15 only. For Sri Lanka, Lasith Embuldeniya and Praveen Jayawickrama picked up three wickets apiece while Dhananjaya de Silva got two scalps as well.
After the day’s game, Shreyas Iyer said: “When I was sitting inside there was drama happening in every over and the thrill was intense. I didn’t want to get out defending the ball because there are more chances of getting out that way rather than scoring runs. In my mind the intent had to be positive and that’s what I had decided before going out to bat. When the left arm spinner was bowling, there was no mid-wicket and my plan was to step across and see if there’s a single because mid-off was also behind. Even if I flash at the ball it had to drop safely. I did not have it (the hundred) in mind, once I reached the 80s, Jassie (Bumrah) was defending the ball really well and I never thought I have to take the single on the 5th-6th ball. It is part and parcel of the game. Today wasn’t my day and I have no regrets. When the ball was new, it was swinging and seaming pretty good. We discussed in the dressing room that the fast bowlers are going to play an immense role and that’s what we saw.”