Virat Kohli’s ton consolidates India lead against Bangladesh

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KolkataVirat Kohli might have his reservations about Day-Night Tests, but the Indian captain showed no signs of discomfort when it came to negotiating the heavily-lacquered pink ball as he slammed his 27th hundred in the traditional format to help India reach 289/4 at Tea on Day 2 of the second Test against Bangladesh at Eden Garden in Kolkata.

Kohli got to the landmark, his 70th international ton and 20th as captain, by tucking Taijul Islam for two runs past square leg.

The 31-year old, who now has back-to-back tons at Eden Gardens with the last coming against Sri Lanka in 2017, took 159 balls to get to his century in 234 minutes after being on 59 at Stumps on Day 1.

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The right-handed batsman shifted gears after getting to his hundred and hit Abu Jayed for four consecutive fours to go into the break on 130 from 187 deliveries (17×4). Left-handed all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was batting with him on 12.

Ajinkya Rahane, who started the day on 23, smashed his 21st fifty but was dismissed soon after for 51 from 69 balls with the help of seven fours.

The pair shared a brisk 99-run stand off 134 balls for the fourth wicket as India looked firmly on course to bat Bangladesh out of the second and final Test and clean-sweep the series. The hosts had won the first Test in Indore by an innings and 130 runs.