India declare on 352-8, set Sri Lanka 231 to win

Bhuvneshwar, Dhawan opt out due to personal reasons

India's Virat Kohli plays a shot.

Sri Lanka were reeling on 75 for seven, chasing a target of 231, before the umpires ruled the light too poor to continue.

India skipper Virat Kohli brought up his 50th global hundred to declare at 352/8 in the second innings after the hosts were struggling in the first session courtesy Suranga Lakmal's devastating spell of swing bowling.

India, however, rode out the storm before declaring their second innings on 352 for eight immediately after Kohli hit a six to get to three figures against Sri Lanka, who have failed to win in 17 away tests against the hosts.

Former India batsman Jaisimha was the first Indian to achieve the feat of batting on all five days of a Test in 1960, scoring 20 in the first innings and 74 in the second as the game ended in a tame draw.

Fast bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Dasun Shanaka took three wickets each.

After resuming on 171-1, India were cruising before Lakmal got a delivery to jag back off the seam and breach KL Rahul's defence to dismiss the right-hander for 79.

Lakmal finally had his reward taking Pujara (22) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) in the same over, and Kohli regularly lost partners while scratching his way through his innings.

Suranga Lakmal of Sri Lanka.

The pair mixed caution and aggression against the Indian pace attack with Thirimanne, who was dropped on 27, registering his fifth Test fifty, but the left-hander soon edged a moving delivery by Yadav to Virat Kohli, who made no mistake at second slip.

But India will be brimming after the performances of their bowlers and captain Kohli, whose half-century of global hundreds came in his 348th appearance - level with the record-holder, Hashim Amla. He went down on one knee and roared in delight with a clenched fist towards the dressing room.

After having the best of the first three days in this contest, such a collapse will not do Sri Lanka's confidence any good as the three-match series next heads for Nagpur.

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