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Indian opener Lokesh Rahul defied the Lankan bowlers to be 98 not out at tea on the opening day of the second Test at the P Sara Oval.

Opener Lokesh Rahul and Virat Kohli helped India recover from a poor start to post a tea time score of 206 for three wickets on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval.

The pair came together with Indian in some kind of trouble at 15-2 and they figured in a third wicket stand of 164 before Sri Lanka managed to break through by getting rid of Kohli for 78.

The Indian captain who had played fluently for 107 balls hitting eight fours and a one six was out to a brilliant diving catch at slip by his vis-à-vis Angelo Mathews when he edged Rangana Herath to give the bowler his first wicket of the innings.

Rahul who enjoyed a life at 11 when Jehan Mubarak dropped  a sitter at gully batted solidly to be unbeaten on 98 at the break having faced 174 balls and hit one six and 12 fours.

Batting with Rahul was Rohit Sharma whose unbeaten 17 comprised a six and one four.

Kohli’s was the only wicket for Sri Lanka in an afternoon session dominated by India.

Throughout the first two sessions Sri Lanka’s over rate was pretty slow with only 53 bowled by tea.

Scores: India 206-3 at tea (Lokesh Rahul 98 n.o., Virat Kohli 78, Dhammika Prasad 2/43) v Sri Lanka.