Team India are currently taking on Sri Lanka in the first Test at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. The match also marks the 100th Test match for former India captain Virat Kohli. However, he made headlines as he gave Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal a death glare. Notably, Lakmal is playing his last international series and after this, he will call it quits.
However, Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat first. They got off to a good start with the openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal adding a 52-run stand before Lahiru Kumara removed Rohit Sharma for 29 off 28 balls (6 boundaries) as well. On the other hand, Mayank Agarwal who was in good touch in the middle got out on 33 off Lasith Embuldeniya.
His dismissal brought Virat Kohli in the middle at No.4. He and Hanuma Vihari steadied the ship and they kept the scoreboard ticking. The duo stitched a 90-run stand for the third wicket before Lasith Embuldeniya dismissed Kohli for 45 runs. He hit 5 boundaries too. On the other hand, Hanuma Vihari scored a half-century while coming in at No.3 for the first time as well. He also amassed 5 boundaries before getting dismissed by Vishwa Fernando.
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However, Team India posted 357 runs for 6 before the stumps on Day 1. After the day’s game, Hanuma Vihari said: “Felt good going out in the middle. I was batting well, and I had a good preparation. Great opportunity batting at number three for India. I am happy to bat wherever the team wants me to, but my most preferred position is number three, I have done it in first class cricket. I thought initially the ball was coming onto the bat well. But once the ball went old, it was difficult to time the ball well. Rishabh is a different kind of a batsman and it was a special innings. We all know how he bats, and it was a special innings today. He helped us get to 350+ on the first day, which will be helpful going forward.”