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first_imgVirat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul seem to have been enjoying the day off in Sri Lanka after annihilating the hosts by 304 runs in the opening Test of the three-match series.Kohli took to Twitter to post a couple of pictures where he is seen enjoying the Sunday afternoon with KL Rahul at a swimming pool. (Also read: Chicken curry and rice is Virat Kohli’s post-practice diet in Sri Lanka)Rahul had missed the first Test with a bout of viral fever but looks fit to return to the playing XI in the second match in Colombo starting on Thursday.Chilling by the pool. Good times. ? @klrahul11 Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 30, 2017 The hosts, chasing a mammoth 550 for victory, only managed 245 runs before their second innings folded in the final session of the penultimate day, after opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne had been dismissed for 97. (Also read: What Virat Kohli and Co. are up to in the island nation)Asela Gunaratne, who had fractured his thumb and was ruled out of the series, and stand-in captain Rangana Herath, who suffered a hand injury on Friday, did not bat for Sri Lanka in the second innings.India, the world’s top-ranked Test side, declared their second innings closed on 240 for three after Kohli completed his 17th Test hundred.The right-handed batsman, who resumed the day on 76, remained unbeaten on 103 after reaching the milestone with a single off spinner Dilruwan Perera.Burdened with an improbable target, Sri Lanka needed a solid opening stand but their hopes were dashed when Mohammed Shami bowled Upul Tharanga for 10, a relief for Kohli who had dropped the batsman at second slip in the same over.advertisementDebutant Danushka Gunathilaka did not last long either and was out for two, hitting Umesh Yadav straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg.Sri Lanka were 29-2 at that stage and needed a solid 79-run stand between Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis to settle things down.India came back strongly after lunch with two quick wickets from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, ranked number one in the world in the longest format.Mendis, who made 36, was given not out on a caught behind appeal but India successfully overturned the umpire’s decision on review. Former captain Angelo Mathews fell soon afterwards, mis-hitting Jadeja to get caught by Hardik Pandya.Mathews’ dismissal brought Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella together and the pair added 101 for the fifth wicket, before Dickwella was caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to become Ashwin’s first victim of the innings.Karunaratne dragged the off-spinner, playing his 50th Test match, back onto his stumps while playing a sweep shot and fell perilously close to his sixth Test hundred.Ashwin, who took 3-65, also dismissed Nuwan Pradeep without scoring before Jadeja (3-71) wrapped things up when Lahiru Kumara skied an attempted slog to become the last man to fall for the hosts.”All credit goes to the India team,” Herath said. “We need to improve ourselves in all three departments.”The second Test will be played from Thursday in Colombo.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img