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Rishabh Pant smashed 96 to assist India to 357 for six within the first Check towards Sri Lanka after Virat Kohli fell agonisingly in need of fifty in his one centesimal five-day match on Friday (4).

Pant, a wicketkeeper-batsman, placed on a key stand of 104 with fellow left-hander Ravindra Jadeja, who stood unbeaten on 45, after the hosts slipped to 228 for 5 on day one in Mohali.

Sri Lankan bowlers led by spinner Lasith Embuldeniya tried to examine India with wickets initially of the two-match collection, however Pant took the assault to the opposition within the ultimate session of play.

Pant narrowly missed out on his century after being bowled by quick bowler Suranga Lakmal after Sri Lanka took the second new ball within the 81st over.

Sri Lanka fought again with wickets within the second session after they despatched again Kohli for 45 — surpassing 8,000 Check runs on the way in which — and Hanuma Vihari, who made 58, in fast succession.

Left-arm spinner Embuldeniya bowled the previous captain who stood in disbelief after which walked again to applause from the restricted spectators allowed for the match.

“When you get a start and then you get out like that, you obviously feel disappointed as a batsman, and I am no different,” Kohli, who final scored a global century in November 2019, informed reporters.

Vihari, who got here into the staff alongside Shreyas Iyer instead of previous guards Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, scored his fifth Check half-century however dragged on an incoming supply from left-arm fast Vishwa Fernando.

Pant, typically criticised for throwing away his wicket in Checks, then placed on 53 with Iyer, who made 27 earlier than being trapped lbw off Dhananjaya de Silva’s off-spin.

Pant stood agency with Jadeja for firm to succeed in his eighth Check half-century, then hammered Embuldeniya for 2 sixes and two fours in a 22-run over.

He saved up the assault till a good-length supply from Lakmal bought by means of his defences and the upset batsman sat on his haunches earlier than trudging again.

“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,” stated Vihari who batted briefly with Pant earlier than getting out within the forty seventh over.

“He helped us get to 350 plus on the first day, which will be helpful going forward.”

Earlier, Rohit Sharma, enjoying his first Check as captain, hit Lahiru Kumara for 2 successive boundaries however departed caught for 29 making an attempt to smash the quick ball.

Embuldeniya, one of many two slower bowlers for Sri Lanka — hoping for the first-ever Check victory in India of their three hundredth five-day recreation — trapped fellow opener Mayank Agarwal lbw for 33.


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