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Ind vs SL, 1st Test Day 4: Dhawan, Rahul lead India’s charge after Bhuvi-Shami show

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Published Nov 19, 2017, 8:52 am IST
Updated Nov 19, 2017, 7:47 pm IST
India 171/1 at stumps, lead Sri Lanka by 49 runs; Shikhar Dhawan (94), KL Rahul (73*); Dasun Shanaka (1/29)
 Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami put up a fantastic display of swing bowling before  KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan boosted India’s hopes of a comeback win with a crucial century partnership on Day 4 of the first Test at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.  (Photo: AFP)
  Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami put up a fantastic display of swing bowling before KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan boosted India’s hopes of a comeback win with a crucial century partnership on Day 4 of the first Test at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. (Photo: AFP)

Kolkata: After bundling out for 172 in the first innings, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan boosted India’s hopes of a comeback win with a crucial century partnership on Day 4 of the first Test at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. The hosts struck 171-1 in the third innings as Virat Kohli’s men gained a 49-run lead in the match after they were left trailing by 122 runs.

With the wicket easing out, the Sri Lankan bowlers found it difficult to tame the opposition batsmen as they gained control. Though Rahul played some delightful strokes, it was Dhawan who went after the bowlers. The southpaw missed out on another century by 6 runs as he seemed in a hurry to reach the feat.

 

After the previous two days were rain-curtailed, the chances of a draw seem big for both sides with one last day to go.  

Earlier in the second innings, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami put up a fantastic display of swing bowling but Rangana Herath's half-century (67) denied India a chance to run through the Sri Lankan order cheaply and took the visitors’ lead to 122 runs on Day 4 of the first Test here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

 

Shami (4/100) and Bhuvneshwar (4/88) kept India in hunt as the two shared six wickets between themselves on the penultimate day of the opening Test of the series. While Shami, who had some injury concerns on Saturday, dismissed Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal, Bhuvneshwar removed Dasun Shanaka and Herath, in addition to his two wickets - Dimuth Karunaratne and Sadeera Samarawickrama - on Saturday.

 

Sri Lanka, were 201/7 as India harboured thoughts of restricting their lead. However, Herath denied India that chance as he and Dilruwan Perera put in a 43-run stand. The partnership also had a moment when Perera seemed to have taken dressing room help over DRS.

Sri Lanka managed to add 46 runs more after Perera's dismissal as Herath guided the tail to take Sri Lanka's total close to 300.

3rd innings:

Indian openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan have gone past Sri Lanka's first inning lead and look to turn tables on the visitors here at the Eden Gardens on on Day 4 of the first Test on Sunday.

 

India 166/1 after 38 overs:

Dhawan misses out on a century by 6 runs after umpire Nigel Llong declares him out for a faint edge. The southpaw steps down the track and aims for a drive on a fullish delivery by Shanaka, which nips back in and kisses the willow. Snicko reviews show there's a faint touch.

India 129/0 after 30 overs:

Shikhar Dhawan has also brought up his fifty as he and Rahul continue their good show with the bat and take India's total past the Sri Lankan lead of 122 runs.

India 103/0 after 25 overs:

What a comeback from Dhawan and Rahul as India now touch the century mark. After the duo departed cheaply in the first innings, both of them have bounced back in style and put India in cruise control.

India 54/0 after 13 overs:

Class from KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan this. The hosts have looked in complete control from the word go, striking an average of 4 runs per over. They now trail by 66 runs with 10 wickets in hand.

India 29/0 after 7 overs:

Pressure on Sri Lanka as KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan provide a decent start for the hosts. What's worse for Dinesh Chandimal is that strike bowler Lakmal is having a niggle in his right knee. Gamage to continue.

 

 

 

Sri Lanka managed to add 46 runs more after Perera's dismissal as Herath guided the tail to take Sri Lanka's total close to 300.

Sri Lanka 294 all out 83.4 overs:

WICKET! Mohammed Shami has his 4th as he disturbs the timber to end Lakmal and Sri Lanka's innings.

Sri Lanka 290/9 from 83 overs:

WICKET! Herath departs. Finally. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has his fourth. But Herath and the Sri Lanka should be might pleased with the veteran spinner's effort. His 67 has the potential to change the course of the match.

 

Sri Lanka 244/8 from 69 overs:

WICKET! The Rangana Herath-Dilruwan Perera partnership is finally broken. The two added 43 to take Sri Lanka's lead to 76. Handy partnership but it is over courtesy a Mohammed Shami beauty.

Sri Lanka 202/7 from 55 overs:

WICKET! It's raining wickets at the Eden Gardens. Dinesh Chandimal's poke and survive approach does him in. He edges one and Saha takes it. Shami has his second. India on a roll. Sri Lanka, in lead, but in trouble.

Sri Lanka 201/6 from 54 overs:

WICKET! Dasun Shanaka reviews the LBW decision. But no avail. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has struck for the third time in the innings and for the first time on Day 4. Sri Lanka have lost two wickets in two over. India are back in this game.

 

Sri Lanka 200/5 from 53 overs:

WICKET! Mohammed Shami has broken through. The partnership between Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella comes to an end as Virat Kohli takes an easy catch to send Dickwella packing. A much-needed wicket for India.

Preview:

While Sri Lanka trail by just seven runs, India feel still feel they have a chance as the play kicks off on Day four of the first Test here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

While the Indian top order, barring the exception of Cheteshwar Pujara, failed to get going in the first innings, the lower middle order and bowlers put up their hands and chipped in with some crucial runs to help India reach 172.

 

While Bhuvneshwar Kumar managed to scalp Dimuth Karunaratne and Sadeera Samarawickrama early in the Sri Lankan innings, fifty-up Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews held fort to take the Islanders closer to India’s first innings total.

Just when it looked the two will run away with the advantage, Umesh Yadav managed to remove the two and keep India in a hunt on a day when Mohammed Shami left the field injured, Ravindra Jadeja did not bowl and R Ashwin was not used much.

 

However, the Indian spin duo will come into play more on Day 4 if the brights sunlight presents itself over the Eden Gardens.

All and all, we have an interesting day on our hand; a day which will potentially decide the outcome of the match. Obviously, if the rain and bad light don't play spoilsport.

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