Kolkata: The first Test match between India and Sri Lanka here at the Eden Gardens ended in a dramatic draw on Monday, as both the teams fought hard.
Earlier in the day, India had declared their innings at 352-8 after captain Virat Kohli had got to his century.
In Sri Lanka’s run chase of 231, they got to the worst possible start, losing openers Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne early. From then on, Virat Kohli and co were back in the game, having removed Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Nirioshan Dickwella.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who picked up four wickets in the first innings, followed it up with another set of four wickets. Apart from him, Mohammed Shami (4 wickets) and Umesh Yadav were among the wickets (2 wickets).
Sri Lanka 2nd innings
Sri Lanka 69-5 from 21 overs:
WICKET! Disturbs the timber. Mohammed Shami removes Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal. The ball moves in, brushes Chandimal's pads and uproots the middle stump.
Sri Lanka 22-4 from 11.5 overs
WICKET! Umesh Yadav has got the crucial wicket of Angelo Mathews, as the visitors continue to collapse. India have turned the tables now. Will they win this match?
Sri Lanka 14-3 from 8.1 overs
WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has removed Lahiru Thirimanne, thanks to a good catch by Ajinkya rahane.
Sri Lanka 2-2 from 3.3 overs
WICKET! The Lankan collapse continues as Mohammed Shami has just removed Dimuth Karunaratne. Huge setback for the visitors
Sri Lanka 0-1 from 1 over
WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has struck early once again, as he bowls out Sadeera Samarawickrama. What a start for Virat Kohli's men
India got the early breakthrough in Sri Lanka's run chase as the visitors finish at 8 for the loss of two wickets at the tea break on Day five of the first Test here on Monday.
Needing 231 to win, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami struck early, as they removed openers Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne respectively.
Earlier, India had declared their second innings at 352-8, as Virat Kohli got to his century.
With just one session remaining in the match, Sri Lanka would hope to avoid another embarassing defeat.
India innings summary
Kolkata: India on Monday declared their second innings at 352-8 against Sri Lanka on Day five of the first Test at Eden Gardens here, giving Sri Lanka a target of 231 to get, with less than 50 overs to play.
The declaration came just after captain Virat Kohli got to his 18th Test century.
Early on in the innings, Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 94, missed out on his seventh Test ton, while KL Rahul was dismissed for 79.
For Sri Lanka, Suranga Lakmal continued his good show, finishing with a spell of 3-93, while Dasun Shanaka finished with a spell of 3-76.
While Ravindra Jadeja played a slow 41-ball 9 runs, Mohammed Shami supported Kohli in the end, scoring 12 runs from 11 balls. Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a fifty in the first innings, failed to continue his good form, having been dismissed for 22.
India 281/7 after 80 overs:
WICKET! Saha departs. Shanaka has his 3rd. Umpire checks for a no-ball. It looks close but Saha has to go.
India 269/6 after 74 overs:
WICKET! Ripper of a ball. Swings in and shatters the timber. R Ashwin has no answer to that Shanaka beauty. India 6 down.
While Suranga Lakmal has once again shone bright with the ball in hand, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has stayed put as India are 251/5 at lunch , leading Sri Lanka by 129 runs, on Day 5 of the first Test here at the Eden Gardens on Monday.
After overnight batsmen KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja's, R Ashwin has joined skipper Virat Kohli in the middle as India look to score at brisk pace.
India 249/5 from 66 overs:
WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja's stay in the middle comes to an end. Dilruwan Perera strikes. Good work in the first slip by Lahiru to catch that one after it ricocheted from wicketkeeper's gloves. India 5 down.
India 213/4 from 55 overs:
WICKETS! Two in an over for Lakmal. He is keeping India in check. First, the extra bounce and a fine diving catch by Dilruwan Perera end Cheteshwar Pujara's innings. The on-field umpires opt for third-umpire's input but that looks like a clean catch. India lose their second wicket in the morning. Then, a couple of balls later, he traps Ajinkya Rahane before the stumps. This match far from over folks.
WICKET! Another 50 plus score, another hundred missed. KL Rahul departs for 79. Suranga Lakmal has the Indian opener for the second time in this match as the ball curls in to disturb the timber. India 2 down and leading by 70 runs.
Can Virat Kohli-led India pull a rabbit out of a hat? Will Dinesh Chandimal's Sri Lanka peg back India to secure a win? Or will the rains or bad light spoilsport? These questions will be on everyone’s mind as the fifth and final day of the first India versus Sri Lanka Test at the Eden Gardens kicks off here on Monday.
While Rangana Herath helped the Islanders secure a 122-run lead, Indian openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan negated Sri Lanka’s first-inning lead as India ended Day 4 at 171/1, 49 runs ahead of the Lankan lead, as Dhawan scored 94 and Rahul remained unbeaten on 73 at stumps on Day 4.
While the Sri Lankan pacers ran riot in the first innings, Indian pacers – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav – did their bit to share the spoils.
The second innings for India though played out differently than it did in the first as India made sure Sri Lanka don’t finish the penultimate day of the Test on a high.
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