IND vs SL 1st Test: Sri Lanka looks strong at 165/4; trails by 7 runs

Shubhanshu Sharma
Published on: 18 Nov 2017 11:30 AM GMT
IND vs SL 1st Test: Sri Lanka looks strong at 165/4; trails by 7 runs

Kolkata: After being bundled up for 172 runs in the first inning, India has managed to bag four wickets of Sri Lankan side which trail by just seven runs at 165/4 at the end of Day 3 of the first Test at the Eden Gardens ground here on Saturday.

A confident Niroshan Dickwella (14 off 16) was accompanied by a shaky looking skipper Dinesh Chandimal (13 off 33) at the crease when the bad lights forced early end of day’s play.

Earlier, after being restored to 34/2 with some brilliant swing bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a 99-run partnership between Lahiru Thirimanne (51 off 94, 8 fours), who was dropped by Shikhar Dhawan at first slip on 27, and Angelo Mathews (52 off 94, 8 fours) helped the visitors gain a dominating position in the match.

Both of them, however, were removed in quick successions by Umesh Yadav to bring India back into the contest. Openers Sadeera Samarawickrama (23 off 22) and Dimuth Karunaratne (8 off 15) started off on a positive note but could not last long enough to trouble the hosts.

Earlier, thanks to some quick contribution by tailenders, India recovered from 50/5 to 172-all out in its first inning. India added 122 runs for the last five wickets. Pujara, in the lines of his master-class, remained the top-scorer at 52.

Mohammed Shami's breezy 22-ball 24-run knock helped India get beyond 150-run mark.

Resuming at 74/5, Saha (6) and Pujara (47) could manage only a 29-run stand for the sixth wicket before the latter was castled by Gamage (2-59).

Pujara completed his 16th half-century while Saha then stitched together a 48-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja before the all-rounder was trapped lbw by Dilruwan Perera (2-19).

Dasun Shanaka (2-36) also took two wickets while left-arm spinner Rangana Herath bowled only two overs.

Pujara brought up his 50 in the very first over of the day, sweeping veteran Herath for a boundary down fine leg.

Just as the hosts looked to be getting out of a hole they were from the beginning, their only hope, Pujara, fell to a peach of a delivery from Gamage. The right-arm pacer, who failed to get wickets in the first two days, beat Pujara all ends up with an in-cutter that jagged back off the surface and went between the Saurashtra man's bat and pad to rattle the off-stump.

Gamage bowled a few more good deliveries but they were too few and far between to trouble Saha, who looked good resuming from his overnight score of 6.

The 33-year-old, who was the Man-of-the-Match the last time India played here against New Zealand in 2016 for his important 58 in the second essay, played shots judiciously, holding fort at one end.

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Saha got a reprieve when wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella missed an easy stumping off Perera when he was batting on 25.

With him was Jadeja who upped the ante hitting two fours and the first six of the innings before being lbw, a decision which the tourists reviewed after umpire Joel Wilson -- standing in place of indisposed Richard Kettleborough -- did not rule in favour of Dinesh Chandimal and Co.

In the very same over, Saha gave an easy catch to Angelo Mathews trying to paddle sweep Perera. The local boy asked for the review after consulting with Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the other end but to no avail.

Bhuvneshwar scored 13 before got out off Lakmal's bowling while Mohammed Shami's quickfire 22-ball 24 helped India get past 150-run mark wih Umesh Yadav (6 not out) at the non striker's end.

The last wicket partnership was of 26 runs, in which Shami hit three boundaries before Gamage got his back.

Shubhanshu Sharma

Shubhanshu Sharma

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