India set Sri Lanka 550 to win opening test

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GALLE, Sri Lanka: Republic of India set Sri Lanka a mammoth target of 550 runs to win the primary check on Saturday when declaring their second innings closed on 240 for 3 on the fourth morning of the match.

Virat Kohli remained unvanquished on 103 when finishing his seventeenth check hundred with one off spinner Dilruwan Perera. The Republic of India captain hit 5 boundaries and one six in his 136-ball knock.

The hosts, already a baseball player short when Asela Gunaratne broken his thumb and was dominated out of the series, face Associate in Nursing uphill task to avoid going 1-0 down within the three-match series.