Kohli hits double ton as India on course for big victory

first_imgSkipper Virat Kohli battered a lackadaisical Sri Lanka attack into submission with his fifth double hundred as India piled up a gigantic 610/6 before declaring their first innings on the third day, to literally outbat the island nation in the second Test. Sri Lankan bowlers were unable to find an answer to their woes on a benign pitch that had forced one of their bowlers to “alter the condition of the ball“. × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage (1/97 in 35 overs) bowled with deep square leg, deep fine leg and deep extra cover making it clear that they did not want to concede boundaries. The easy singles were there for the taking. The number of double centuries — five is at par with Rahul Dravid and just one less than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag (6 each). When Shanaka (1/103 in 26.1 overs) got wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella to stand up, it was evident that how deep the negative mindset had crept into the Sri Lankan system. The Indian captain scored a majestic 213 — his 19th hundred, en route which he broke a plethora of records in company of Rohit Sharma (102 no), who got a Test ton after four long years. By the time, India declared their first innings, the shoulders had drooped and energy sapped. No wonder Sadeera Samarwickrama (0) had no clue that Ishant Sharma’s back of the length delivery would be jag back after landing on the seam to clip his off-bail. It proved that Sri Lanka were already out of the match. COMMENT It was an abject humiliation for the Sri Lanka attack as Kohli picked singles and doubles at will after field was completely spread. Out of 213 runs, Kohli ran 133 runs in ones, twos and threes primarily because of the spread out field to save the boundaries. The formalities in all likelihood would be completed well inside four days — as it has been the case with most of the Sri Lanka Tests this season. After India started the day at 312 for 2, the Sri Lankan bowlers lacked stomach for fight which was evident from the field placing of Dinesh Chandimal. It was a day when Kohli had the statisticians working overtime doing the number crunching as records fell like ninepins. It was his 12th hundred as Indian captain and he surpassed Sunil Gavaskar’s previous record of 11 centuries. In the first session itself, it looked like the visitors are going through the motion only waiting for Kohli to declare the innings. At stumps, Sri Lanka were down in the dumps at 21 for one with another 384 runs required to avoid innings defeat. Indian captain Virat Kohli Kohli’s brute power combined with Rohit’s lazy elegance made it a head cocktail of entertainment for the Sunday crowd, who were thrilled to bits whenever the Indian skipper reached a milestone. November 26, 2017center_img Rohit’s third Test hundred came off 160 balls with eight boundaries and a six. However one can’t take away the fact that India was more than 200 runs ahead by that time. But Rohit’s innings will certainly give Kohli some relief with Ajinkya Rahane going through a wretched stretch of form. It was a whip to deep midwicket for a single that brought Kohli’s 19th hundred in Test cricket. There wasn’t any exaggerated celebration this time unlike Kolkata, where he had bailed the team out of trouble. The Sri Lankan bowlers never looked good enough to dismiss Kohli and it required a mistimed shot to see the back of the Indian captain, who got a standing ovation from the 12,000 plus present at the VCA Stadium. Kohli started with a square drive and then hit cover drive and on drives. SHARE Indian captain Virat Kohli Rangana Herath (1/81 in 39 overs) was restrictive but didn’t bowl any wicket-taking delivery. After enjoying a 183-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara (143), Kohli had another fruitful stand of 173 for the fifth wicket with Rohit Sharma. This was also his 10th international hundred in a calendar year (6 in ODIs and 4 in Tests). Earlier, it was Ricky Ponting (9 hundreds each in 2005 and 2006 respectively) and Graeme Smith (9 in 2005), who held the record for most number of international tons in a calendar year as captains. Kohli now has five double hundreds against five different countries — West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He is only 25 runs short of completing 5000 runs in Test cricket. The 267-ball knock comprised 17 boundaries and two sixes — both of Sri Lanka’s worst bowler Dilruwan Perera (3/202 in 45 overs). Published on As a contest, it became lopsided from the moment Sri Lanka were all out for 205. sport cricket Whenever Suranga Lakmal (0/111 in 29 overs) strayed on Kohli’s pads, the skipper repeatedly whipped the deliveries through mid-wicket region. COMMENTSlast_img read more

State publishes new land use plan for proposed 855acre timber sale near

first_imgThe Baby Brown sale area. (Map courtesy state of Alaska Division of Forestry Haines Office)The largest potential timber sale in the Haines State Forest in decades was put on hold this summer.Listen nowThe decision from the Department of Natural Resources was made in response to a successful appeal of the forest land use plan for the 855-acre sale.Now, the Division of Forestry has put forward a new plan.The Baby Brown Timber Sale, about 35 miles northwest of Haines, offers up 20 million board feet of old-growth spruce and hemlock.Astoria Forest Products offered $270,000 for the timber last year. They were the only bidder.But the sale hasn’t gone forward.DNR Commissioner Andrew Mack canceled the deal as it was being offered, because Lynn Canal Conservation successfully appealed the state’s forest land use plan. The original plan was only for a portion of the sale.Lynn Canal Conservation said it shouldn’t have gone out to bid until plans were complete for the entire area.Haines Forester Greg Palmieri said that’s the main difference between the new document and the old one.“This plan takes into account the entire sale offering, which is 11 harvest units,” Palmieri said. “The first forest land use plan only offered a harvest plan that applied to the first two units that were going to be for the sale.”Palmieri explains why only a portion of the potential sale was addressed the first time around.“I was directed to make the most effective use of the timber sale offering as I possibly could initially, by creating a forest land use plan for two units to start with that could be prepared for that operational season, which would have been this past summer, had that gone through,” Palmieri said.After the successful appeal, Palmieri went back and wrote up a plan for the entire sale.“So I’m hoping that’s going to lead to a successful discussion and moving forward with the sale,” Palmieri said.But Lynn Canal Conservation president Eric Holle said the overarching environmental concerns haven’t been alleviated.“We’re not really any happier with the land use plan,” Holle said. “It dotted a few I’s and crossed some T’s. But the real issues remain the same.”Holle sees a fundamental flaw with the sale.“The big issue is that clear-cutting old growth forest in these large industrial-scale cuts is really from the dark ages of forestry,” Holle said. “Most places around the world that still have old growth do not do that.”Holle points to some positive aspects of the plan.“I should say, it’s encouraging to see some mention of the hydrologic impacts, and the impacts to cavity nesting birds, for example,” Holle said. “But the use of partial cuts and shelterwood cuts, and so forth, is not convincing. The same old problems are going to remain.”Though he can’t say for sure, Holle doesn’t think Lynn Canal Conservation will appeal the sale again. But he remains concerned about potential environmental impacts.“Really, they’re going to be removing 855 acres of old growth trees near the Klehini River, which is a prime salmon stream. And there’s not a whole lot we can do about that,” Holle said.Forestry is accepting public comments on the current forest land use plan until Dec. 11. You can link to the full document here.last_img read more