India Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (TEST)
Date: Saturday, 02 December 2017 Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Match Status: Match Ended
India drew with Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 299/5 (103.0 ov) R/R 2.9 | Match Ended
- Roshen Silva 46,
- Niroshan Dickwella 44
this over :
|Roshen Silva||not out||74||154||11||0|
|Niroshan Dickwella (W)||not out||44||72||6||0|
- So that's it from us for the Test series. Sri Lanka would be glad with the final 1-0 result, especially after being whitewashed at home by India earlier this year. All the pre-series talks, too, revolved around the hosts steamrolling them. But they have done really well to lose just the solitary game in the series. That's not all from this Sri Lankan tour, though. It is time for the colored-clothing games to take precedent now. The ODI series begins first. Will the tourists put up a good show then? Or will the home side continue their recent domination on the away side? The first game of the series will be played at Dharmashala on the 10th of December, 2017. Join us then at 1130 local time (0600 GMT). We look forward to your company for that game. Till then, adios, take care!
- VIRAT KOHLI, the Indian captain is adjudged as the Man of the Match as well as the Man of the Series for his stellar run in the tournament. He admits that it was a good series for him personally. Adds that he was hitting the ball well and it was a revelation for him that he could play Tests like he does in the limited overs games. When he wasn't the captain of the side, milestones drove him, but now he realizes that it is about the team. He works on things that benefit the team. States that the team looks upon Rohit Sharma as a game changer and someone who can bat in the lower middle order. Is glad that the batsman grabbed his chance in the couple of games that he played in. He is happy with how his batsmen have shaped up and have scored runs. It isn't a satisfying feeling to not bowl out the opposition and finish the game, he adds. Yet he credits the opposition and feels that their batters applied themselves well and sailed to safety. Feels that the pitch also had its role there as it got tired towards the end. Reckons that if they would have got more runs in the first innings things could have been different but quickly adds that this game isn't about ifs. Asserts they need to work on their slip fielding. About not having Rahane in the slip cordon, he feels that since Ajinkya has been fielding at gully since his initial days, the team trusts him there. Adds that position is the most difficult one to perfect your reflexes. Mentions that they have recognized the personnel who will man the slip cordon and will continue to work on that. Feels that it is a welcome break for him. Adds that last time he took rest it was difficult to handle but now his body needs it as the past couple of years have taken a toll on him and he can't play with low energy levels. Ends saying this is a perfect time to rest and be refreshed before the series against South Africa.
- DINESH CHANDIMAL, the Sri Lankan skipper, says it was a really good series apart from the second game where they didn't do well. Adds that they learnt lessons from the last series and did well here. Lauds his team management and players for their contribution. He states that the entire side looks up to Rangana Herath and Angelo Mathews and when the either of them does well, the team generally fares well. Credits Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva to have battled out through tough conditions. Adds that Niroshan Dickwella played well too. He asserts that before coming on this tour, he worked hard on his technique with his batting coach and is happy that it paid off. Reckons in Sri Lanka they aren't used to such pollution and hence they struggled on the first two days here. But his message to the team was to forget about that and play the game. Adds that the weather today is a fantastic one and it feels like it is back home. Evokes cheers from the crowd as he thanks them for their support. Ends by wishing India the best for the South African tour.
- Well, this wasn't the presentation. It was Sanjay Manjrekar catching up with the last Sri Lankan pair that was at the crease at the time of the match being called off. Presentation coming up...
- Roshen Silva agrees that he was under pressure in the first innings. His aim was to impress the selectors and he thinks he has done that. Adds that the opposition bowlers were tough to face and are of good quality. His thought process was of attacking the spinners and putting them on the back foot. He had a talk with Dickwella when the latter walked out to bat and decided that they will play their normal game. About coming good in this innings, he states that it wasn't easy and their batting coach said that if you score runs here the whole world will rate you high. He was confident of his performance as he had done well with the A team and also in First-Class cricket. Ends saying that he wants to do well henceforth and grab his chances.
- Niroshan Dickwella says that there was a rough available for Jadeja to bowl at and Ashwin was bowling well. States that he was playing his normal game. On asking about the batters' intent, he mentions that they were planning to chase this down if they would have got partnerships. Asserts that Dhananjaya de Silva's injury didn't help their cause. Adds further that if the batsman hadn't been injured, they would have still gone for the target. Opines that it wasn't a Day 5 track as there was a flat patch in the middle although rough patches were there outside the stumps towards the corner of the surface.
- So were India a little too over confident after the loss of two early wickets the previous day? Having bowled out oppositions on previous occasions many a times when being in this position. On another given day they would have wrapped up the Sri Lankan innings by Tea but some solid defense by the latter's saved the match.
- The pitch didn't help the Indian spinners on the final day as they didn't get much purchase from it. They picked up the wicket of Mathews early but Dhananjaya de Silva and his middle order stitched up good partnerships to remove all doubts about another collapse. Indian bowlers tried their best but were unable to get the better of the Sri Lankan batters. They had their opportunists with a stumping gone begging and Jadeja's extended stride which caused a no ball.
- Sri Lanka played well especially the partnership between Angelo Mathews and their skipper Dinesh Chandimal. It never changed the tide towards them but psychologically really helped their approach. India came out with a positive approach in the following day but it really didn't click. They didn't score as quickly as per their liking and declared their innings giving Sri Lanka a target of 409 to win. India picked up three wickets at the close of day 4 and really had the belief that they could go all the way to win the game from there.
- Day 1 belonged to India where we witnessed a big hundred from Vijay and a double hundred from Virat Kohli. India went on to score a massive 536/7 after what we can say was a absurd decision - not because of the playing conditions but because of the environmental conditions. The Sri Lankan players were seen wearing masks while taking the field while few of them were also seen throwing up on the field. Day 2 was a little more media catching for the wrong reasons.
- Sri Lanka would be very pleased with their batting on the last day. They will believe that they have won the game even though the results doesn't say likewise. Starting with Dhananjaya de Silva, they had the confidence in themselves and carried on throughout the day.
- Dickwella walks down to the non-striker's end. It at first seems that it is some sort of time wasting tactic. Well, hold on! The batsmen are asking the dressing room about calling off the game... And the signal from the dressing room comes in as affirmative! So it has ended in a DRAW! A moral victory for Sri Lanka nevertheless.
- 102.6 No, it won't be a maiden! Dickwella punches it through covers for a single.
- 102.5 Dickwella blocks it from the crease.
- BindaasBunty - Maybe bad light could be the reason behind Shami not being brought into the attack. @BindaasBunty - If that is the case, the match would rather be called off than carrying on for no reason.