Virat Kohli smashes 17th Test century as India is about to win the first Test match

Virat Kohli smashes 17th Test century as India is about to win the first Test match

Virat Kohli is back with his fantastic century in the second innings of the first Test match of India tour o Sri Lanka 2017, this is the 17th century for Virat Kohli in Test matches. He was not in the best of his form in Test matches since the one-off Test match against Bangladesh in February this year. He last played a big inning in that Test match only where he scored a total of 242-runs in both the innings including the double century in the first inning.

He did not have a very good series as a batsman against Australia. His highest score in five innings of three test match was only 15. He failed in the first innings of this Test match too but he regained his form in the second innings to extend India’s dominance in Galle Test. India has completely dominated the first three days of the ongoing test, except one or two sessions, and continues to the same as they have given hosts the target of 550-runs.

Virat Kohli has equaled his franchise team-mate AB De Villiers’ record to become only the third Indian and tenth overall batsman to score 45 international centuries across all formats, he has 17 centuries to his name in Test matches while he has scored 28 in One Day Internationals, he is only behind Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting (30) in terms of most centuries by a batsman in ODIs.

India continued their inning from 189/3 in 46.3-overs on the fourth day. Virat Kohli began his inning today with Ajinkay Rahane, India declared the innings after adding 51-runs to their score without losing a wicket. While Sri Lanka is in serious trouble while chasing the giant target of 550-runs as they have already lost their four-wickets when they are 431-runs behind the target. Considerably their batting line-up only has nine-wicket as one of the players was ruled out of the Test due to injury in the first inning.

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