NEW DELHI: Indian captain Virat Kohli blasted an unbeaten 156 to pass 5,000 runs in Test cricket as his side made 371-4 on a painful opening day of the third match for Sri Lanka’s bowlers. Opener Murali Vijay also plundered 155 to increase the agony for the tourists who are one down in the series. Kohli remained on 156 with Rohit Sharma on six at the end of the day at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. Kohli and Vijay put on 283 for the third wicket after India lost its top two batsmen in the morning session. “The responsibility and ownership lies with the top order. Whoever gets in wants to make it big and they have embraced it well,” India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar told reporters. “The number of big scores that we have had is purely because they understand the responsibility that the team is a batsman short and how somebody who is set can make a big contribution,” he added. Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan hurt the hosts with two late wickets, including Vijay’s prized scalp. Vijay was stumped for 155 though the decision needed approval from the third umpire with the batsman’s back foot just on the line. Ajinkya Rahane’s miserable run with the bat continued as he was stumped in a similar fashion to walk off with one run to his name from five deliveries. “He would be disappointed in the manner he got out. He is somebody who works hard on his game like all players do,” said Bangar. “His overseas record is phenomenal… he is a quality player who has performed when the chips are down for the team,” he added. Kohli, fresh from a majestic 213 during India’s thrashing of Sri Lanka in the second Test in Nagpur, led the batting charge with his 20th Test century. The Delhi-born star got a single off Dilruwan Perera after the tea break to register his first Test century on his home ground and the crowd stood up in applause.


At least nine suspects were arrested during a pre-dawn search operation carried out by law-enforcement agencies on the outskirts of Peshawar on Saturday as police launched an investigation into yesterday’s terror attack on the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).Three terrorists dressed in burqas stormed the ATI hostel situated near Peshawar’s University Road, killing nine people and injuring 37 others.The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Both police and military officials said the attackers had been coordinating with handlers based in Afghanistan.The ATI today released a list of eight students and staff member who lost their lives in the attack. They were identified as: Bilal Ahmad, Amin Jan, Sarzamin, Muhammad Wasim, Abdus Sadiq, Qasim Ali Shah, Bilal Khairul Bashar, Bilal Mohammad Arif and Malik Abdul Waheed.
The list reveals that most of the slain students belonged to far-flung areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata and remained in the hostel despite it being a holiday on Friday.The province mourned the deaths of the students and staff member, as the slain victims were laid to rest today. The funeral of the watchman, Hameed, was held in Peshawar’s Budni area and was attended by a large number of people.Search operations in Peshawar
A large number of police and other security forces took part in the raids conducted today in Badhber, Telaband and other areas outside the provincial capital, according to police sources.Weapons recovered from the suspects.—
Weapons recovered from the suspects.Various types of arms were recovered from the arrested suspects including three pistols, 8mm rifles, 12-bore rifles, sub-machine guns (SMG) and a large quantity of ammos.
The arrested suspects have been shifted to a police station and are being interrogated, sources said.Security forces searched at least 45 houses during the operation.FIR registered against unknown suspectsKP Police’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) has registered an FIR of the deadly ATI attack against unknown persons on the complaint of Station House Officer (SHO) Town Ahmedullah Khan on charges including terrorism, murder, attempted murder and encounter.
Police have also extended the investigation and sent body parts of the militants involved in the attack for forensic tests.According to the FIR, a copy of which is available with DawnNews, three attackers wearing burqas reached the main gate of the institute in a rickshaw (vehicle number: BG-5759).“They (the attackers) first targeted and shot dead the watchman of the institute at the main gate and entered the building,” the FIR read.
Soon after the attack began, police and army personnel reached the site and engaged the terrorists, the report said, adding that the exchange of fire between the attackers and police lasted two hours.The FIR said police and security forces cleared the building by shooting the attackers dead and recovering their bodies from different rooms of the hostel.
It added that during the search operation of the hostel and the institute, police also recovered heavy weapons, including hand grenades.After registering the FIR, the CTD police have started investigating the attack and sent DNA samples from the bodies of the terrorists killed during the clean-up operation for identification.


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