KOLKATA: Skipper Virat Kohli scored his 50th international century on Monday as India gave Sri Lanka a major scare before the first Test ended in a nerve-racking draw.
Sri Lanka were reduced to 75-7 — with paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking four wickets — as they chased 231 for victory.
Under intense pressure, Dasun Shanaka (six not out) and Rangana Herath (0) nervously played out the final few deliveries before bad light at the Eden Gardens came to the rescue.
Kohli’s 119-ball 104 not out had put India on top and allowed them to declare their second innings on 352-8. The captain hit 12 fours and two sixes as he flayed the bowling.
“Feels good,” Kohli said of his 18th Test century, to add to his 32 One-day Internationals centuries for India.
“My journey hasn’t been long but I want to continue contributing, especially in situations like these,” the 29-year-old captain said. “If I can step up and perform, that will give me more pleasure than thinking about the number of hundreds I have. The mindset is always to go forward and help the team forward, and win Test matches.”
Kumar struck in the very first over when Sadeera Samarawickrama chopped a delivery onto his stumps and was out for 0.
Mohammed Shami then had left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne bowled for one as the visitors slipped to 2-2 in 3.3 overs.