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Ind vs SL: Big first innings lead was possible due to pacers, says Rangana Herath

PTI
Published Nov 19, 2017, 8:30 pm IST
Updated Nov 19, 2017, 8:30 pm IST
Sri Lanka replied strongly with 294 after India were bowled out for 172 in their first innings.
Rangana Herath'S knock of 67 went a long way in Sri Lanka getting a 120-run plus lead. (Photo: AFP)
 Rangana Herath'S knock of 67 went a long way in Sri Lanka getting a 120-run plus lead. (Photo: AFP)

Kolkata: Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath credited the pacers for their brilliant performance which enabled the batsmen to gain a substantial first-innings lead of 122 runs.

"The whole credit should go to the pacers. Compared to the first two days, the wicket was much better today and that's why I got some runs luckily, we got a 122-run lead," the 39-year-old said. His knock of 67 went a long way in Sri Lanka getting a 120-run plus lead.

 

"I just tried to stay positive and look to play some shots," he said about his 105-ball knock. Sri Lanka replied strongly with 294 after India were bowled out for 172 in their first innings. But at the close of play, India took an advantage 171/1 after an opening 166 runs partnership between Shikhar Dhawan (94) and Lokesh Rahul (73 batting).

"It is a much better wicket compared to the last two days. We still have one day to go. It is going to be a good game of cricket." The world's leading wicket-taker in left-arm spin however returned disappointed in bowling as he returned wicketless after 10-1-41-0.

 

"As a spinner, I can't say I felt good bowling on this wicket. You would always like to see some turn. I don't see much turn here. When you get into fourth innings I hope there would be some assistance for spinners," he concluded.

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