Sri Lanka draws first tussle against India at Eden Gardens

 . Last updated on November 21, 2017, 12:36 PM
Sri Lanka draws first tussle against India at Eden Gardens
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was declared Player of the Match for his bowling strikes.

India declared its second inning by the afternoon session of the fifth day. A century off skipper Virat Kohli, his 50th international and 18th in Test, steered India’s score to 352 for 8. Sri Lanka had the target of 231 to win at Eden Gardens. Sri Lanka started its second inning before the tea break. The inning struck the resilient attack of India seamers slogging the chase with rapid dismissals. The top batting line up of the visitors could not survive for long. Sri Lanka finished the game drawing with India as lights faded on the fifth day. The result was due to rain affected beginning of the match. The first two days were almost washed out with only handful of overs bowled.

In the final day, India started with the figure 171 with Lokesh Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara as night-watchmen. Rahul was removed early, followed by Pujara after a short partnership with Kohli. The rest of the players down the line were inconsistent with little or no contribution. Kohli steered the inning single handedly while others kept on losing their wickets. The skipper remained unbeaten until India declared the inning.

Sri Lanka slowed its inning playing only 26.3 overs in the finishing session. The team scored 75 runs losing 7 wickets. The openers were removed before the first seven overs before the team break. The visitors lost Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne when the tally did not even reach double digits. The next wickets were Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne after the break.

After the wobbly beginning, Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella forged a partnership of 47 runs. At this point, the players took Indian bowler’s frustration to a level that Shami did not hesitate to vent his temper on Dickwella until the umpire intervened. However, it was only Chandimal, Dickwella and earlier Angello Mathews, who reached double digit scores in the entire inning.


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