Kohli didn't need a mask - India dismiss smog concerns

India bowling coach Bharat Arun shrugged off Sri Lanka's complaints about the air quality in Delhi, pointing to home captain Virat Kohli's ability to score a personal-best 243 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground.

Kohli broke new ground on Sunday, setting a new benchmark as India piled on 536-7 declared, but the score was somewhat overshadowed by the sight of Sri Lankan fielders wearing masks as the thick air became too much to bear.

Play was halted numerous times as the umpires, match referee and players tried to come to a compromise, with visiting bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage both forced from the field during overs because of sickness.

But Arun told reporters after the close of play on day two: "Virat batted close to two days. He didn't need a mask.

"We have focused on what we need to do and achieve for the team.

"Our job is to go and play. So, we are focusing on that."

The tourists got to 131-3 at the close of play, with Angelo Mathews (57) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (25) at the crease.

Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas described just how much difficulty Gamage and Lakmal were in, but hailed the way the situation was handled.

"It's been well-documented that Delhi has high pollution," Pothas said. "It got extremely high at one point and we had players coming off vomiting, there were oxygen things in the dressing room.

"It's not normal for players to be suffering that way playing a game. It's a very, very unique case. I thought the officials, the match referee handled the situation very well."

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