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Highlights, India vs Sri Lanka, 1st test, Day 5 at Kolkata: Visitors escape with draw

Date: Thursday,14 December 2017 04:32 IST Match Status: Match Ended
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Sri Lanka in India 3 Test Series 2017 1st Test Match Result India drew with Sri Lanka

172/10
Overs
59.3
R/R
2.9
Fours
26
Sixes
1
Extras
10
294/10
Overs
83.4
R/R
3.53
Fours
40
Sixes
0
Extras
9
352/8
Overs
88.4
R/R
3.98
Fours
39
Sixes
4
Extras
12
75/7
Overs
26.3
R/R
2.85
Fours
9
Sixes
2
Extras
2
  • Well, that was an exciting day of cricket! Despite the first two days being curtailed due to rain, we still managed to get a match which went down to the wire. Unfortunately, poor light robbed us of a result. A lot of positives for both teams to take from the Test. Suranga Lakmal's spell in the first and second innings were superb as were Bhuvneshwar Kumar's. For India, Cheteshwar Pujara waged a lone battle in the first innings. Ranagana Herath's 67 in the first innings helped Sri Lanka take a lead of 122 runs. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul got India off to a flier in the second innings but both missed out on their centuries. However, captain Virat Kohli slammed his 50th international ton and his first at the Eden Gardens to set Sri Lanka a target of 231 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami ran through the Sri Lankan line up and got India within three runs of a well-deserved victory only for poor light to stop play.

    That's it from us here. Goodbye!

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Man of the Match: It was difficult to bowl in the second innings because the ball was coming onto the bat. There was reverse swing, so looked to make the most out of it. When I made my debut, I was dependent on swing.  International circuit tells you what you need to improve on. There were areas I wanted to improve and those things are paying off.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    In case if anyone is interested, Ashwin is out bowling on the practice wickets and he is sending down some leg spinners with someone from the support staff recording it.

  • India captain, Virat Kohli: It was important to make something out of the game. The game changed drastically. We showed character despite being on the back foot. We didn't look at the batting collapses but we believed in ourselves. Having intent was important. Very proud of where we stand after the match. Bhuvi has been grabbing his opportunities. Now he has a big contender to be in the playing XI. (How he changed gears) As soon as we lost Wriddhi (Saha), me and Bhuvi decided to have some fun out there. If you have positive intent, the luck favours you. (On 50th international century) Feels good. It's been a journey which has not been too long. 

  • Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal: It's always good to win the toss in a Test, especially in these conditions. We played well. We played as a team but unfortunately, in the last session, the pressure got to us. Lakmal is someone who, as a captain, you can trust. We all know Rangana is a fighter and even though the spinners couldn't play a huge role in this match, he helped us with the bat. We won against Pakistan and there is no reason why we can't win against India.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Crowds still hanging around for the post-match presentations and also to get their breath back. Fair result in the end, Sri Lanka were on top in the first half of the test and then it veered in India's way and then it hung in the balance for a while until Kohli went into overdrive. Shami and Bhuvi continued to make the ball talk and silencing Sri Lanka with Umesh playing the sidekick. The light faded in the end but that didn't take away any sheen off the match.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    The two umpires meet to check the light. They deem it unfit to continue and the players shake hands.

    What a cliffhanger we have had and what else do you expect at this fantastic venue. A nail-biting last day, a heart-pounding last session and after all the madness, the match has ended in a draw.

  • And the umpires decide they have had enough. They inform the players that they are calling it off. The Kolkata Test has ended in a draw! Handshakes all around. What a thrilling match we have had.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Llong banishes 12th man Lakshman Sandakan and team physiotherapist after Indian captain pointing out to the umpire.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Six balls later, thank you, Dilruwan Perera. The ball from Bhuvi went off the seam, beat the defensive blade and plucked the off stump out of the ground. What a peach of a delivery. Seven wickets gone.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most wickets by Indian pacers in a home Test:

    17 v Sri Lanka at Kolkata in 2017*
    16 v England at Chennai in 1934
    16 v Pakistan at Delhi in 1979
    16 v Pakistan at Kolkata in 1999 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most wickets in a Test for pacers in India:

    33 - India v West Indies, Ahmedabad, 1983
    32 - India v Sri Lanka, Kolkata, 2017 *
    30 - India v Pakistan, Delhi, 1979
    30 - India v Pakistan, Kolkata, 199

  • After 26 overs,Sri Lanka 75/7 ( Dasun Shanaka 6 , Rangana Herath 0)

    Bhuvi's eighth maiden. Let that sink in. He ends the over with a yorker and Herath digs it out safely. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Bhuvi, you beauty! Top of off stump. The crowd goes bonkers!! They are bringing the roof down. The veteran Hearth walks in. The Indian side keep the celebrations limited. In fact, they set the stumps back onto its place. They know they might have 3 overs or so.

  • OUT! Top delivery. The Lankan camp is tense. They were on top of the game for so long but now they are three wickets away from a loss. Bhuvi angles in on a length and ball crashes onto the stumps. Perera out for a duck! 

  • After 25 overs,Sri Lanka 75/6 ( Dasun Shanaka 6 , Dilruwan Perera 0)

    Some runs for Sri Lanka finally. Six came off the over. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Terrific first ball to Dilruwan by Bhuvi. Lucky to survive the LBW through DRS.

  • FOUR! Full and angling in, Shanaka clips it to the deep midwicket fence. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Nigel Llong did take out the light meter for a minute but it goes back into his pocket. 8 overs — 4 wickets. Hearts continue to pound.

  • After 24 overs,Sri Lanka 69/6 ( Dasun Shanaka 0 , Dilruwan Perera 0)

    Sri Lanka almost lost two in two. But Dilruwan Perera reviewed and it helped him survive. Replays indicated that it was going over. DRS saves the day for Perera once again. A wicket maiden. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Scenes at the Eden Gardens! Five men in the slip cordon form an umbrella, Pujara at short cover point.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    That late Bhuvi wicket has injected some excitement into the dying stages of the game. Light not very good. So play may be called off in the next 15 to 20 minutes. Can they get the wickets before that? Lanka tottering at 69 for 6.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Another twist. Dickwella sees the replays on the giant screen and starts walking.

  • OUT! Bhuvi angles one around off from around the wicket, Dickwella shuffles across to tuck but misses and gets rapped. India appeal and the dreaded finger goes up. Dickwella reviews but to no avail. He will depart for 27.

  • After 23 overs,Sri Lanka 69/5 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 27 , Dasun Shanaka 0)

    Third maiden on the trot for Shami. He is bowling a terrific spell. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Dickwella stays put, though India celebrate. Umpires refer it and the replays aren't in the favour of the home team or the fans. The Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman can breathe a sigh of relief and can continue with his innings.

  • After 22 overs,Sri Lanka 69/5 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 27 , Dasun Shanaka 0)

    Interesting! On the fourth ball, Dickwella edged one to Saha, who claimed the catch. The umpire took it upstairs and the soft signal was out. But replays suggest that the ball fell short of Saha by a whisker. Dickwella survives.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Shami has got the Eden going once again and India now have a chance to take five wickets in another 30 minutes.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    What a superb late inswing delivery from Shami. It came in late and went through the gate to knock out the middle stump of skipper Chandimal. What a wicket. Lanka still not out of the woods.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Only one over Jadeja there. Bhuvneshwar returns to bowl, which might well be his last spell of the match.

    The clock has ticked rather quickly to 4 PM and the sun is setting down as well.

    Forget about an extra half an hour there are major doubts if we can get the scheduled 10 overs after this one.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Chandimal had no clue about that one. Captain falls with 5 minutes left to 4 PM. India need 5 wickets more.

  • After 21 overs,Sri Lanka 69/5 ( Niroshan Dickwella (W) 27 , Dasun Shanaka 0)

    Shami is on a roll. Snares his second in the form of Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal. Sri Lanka have lost half their side.

  • OUT! Bowled 'em! Chandimal stays on the backfoot to flick a full but loses his balance and hears his stumps get rattled. He walks back for 20. 

  • After 20 overs,Sri Lanka 69/4 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 20 , Niroshan Dickwella (W) 27)

    A slip and forward short leg. Begins with two dots. Chandimal drives the third ball to sweeper cover for a brace. Another single follows to the same area. Dickwella drives the fourth ball to the cover fence. 

  • FOUR! Overpitched and spinning in, Dickwella drills it through covers.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Umpires still in discussion and look who is here. If Jadeja bowls all the overs, we can get a whole innings of a one day game. Can he spin India to victory?

  • Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Really getting hot in here. Dickwella wasting time. Shami and Kohli aren't pleased. Joel Wilson and Llong under pressure too. The crowd is loving every bit of this. Well, this isn't an everyday sight. A discussion involving two batsmen captain Kohli and two umpires mid-pitch in the middle of an over.

  • After 19 overs,Sri Lanka 62/4 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 17 , Niroshan Dickwella (W) 23)

    Shami bounces one but the line is totally wrong. Saha collects it to his third. Animated converstaions between Dickwella and Shami. Shami began running for his ball but Dickwella wasn't ready and asked Shami to go back. Then Dickwella edges one towards first slip but the ball falls in front the first slip. Things are heating up. Shami gives a death stare to Dickwella. And now the play has been interrupted for a while. The umpires call the players over and have a calm discussion. Lets hope the game proceeds without any drama now. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    The lights are coming on as players take drinks. 10 minutes earlier compared to yesterday.

  • Time for drinks. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Chandimal and Dickwella have added 36 to their total but more importantly, batted out six crucial overs. After this 14 overs are scheduled to be bowled. The clock reads 3:37. India still six wickets away. Sri Lanka, never mind. Anxious moments these.

  • After 18 overs,Sri Lanka 62/4 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 17 , Niroshan Dickwella (W) 23)

    Dickwella pulls the third ball through square leg for a run. Terrific delivery. Bhuvi pitches it on a length and the ball holds its line after hitting the seam. The ball roared past Chandimal's outside edge. Chandimal steers the sixth ball to third man. 


  • FOUR! Chandimal guides this ball with the outer half of the bat to the third man fence. 

  • After 17 overs,Sri Lanka 57/4 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 13 , Niroshan Dickwella (W) 22)

    Chandimal clips the first ball, which is full, to midwicket for a single. Shami bowls a slower one to Dickwella, who probably saw it coming, and blocked it. Lovely shot. Dickwella scores his first boundary. He works the fifth ball around the corner. Single taken. Chandimal blocks the sixth ball, which was a full toss. 

  • After 16 overs,Sri Lanka 51/4 ( Dinesh Chandimal (C) 12 , Niroshan Dickwella (W) 17)

    Fifty up for Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli needs to change his bowling. He cannot let this partnership grow if India is to pull off a win

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    A lot of chatter. A lot of banter. the Indians are trying to get under the skin of Dickwella. Virat shouts 'Chal Uma' to pump the bowler. Sri Lanka bring up the 50 runs in the second innings, but the score is merely a number now.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    India need another wicket now to set the match on fire. Lanka getting runs pretty easily at this stage. A couple of quick wickets could push them into disaster street.

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 5: Bhuvi's eighth maiden. Let that sink in. He ends the over with a yorker and Herath digs it out safely.

Day 4 report: Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul made mincemeat of the Sri Lankan bowling attack to help India take a 49 run-lead and end the fourth day at 171/1 at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Play was called off early due to bad light.

India captain Virat Kohli and Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal. Agencies

India captain Virat Kohli and Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal. Agencies

After the tourists put up 294 on the board riding veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath's 67 to take a 122-run lead, Dhawan (94 off 116; 11x4, 2x6) and Rahul (73 not out; 8x4) went through the gears with ease milking the likes of Suranga Lakmal (0/29) and Lahiru Gamage (0/47) around the park.

Dhawan missed out on his seventh hundred in the longest format of the game by six runs. The pair engineered a 166-run stand for the first wicket.

Herath (0/25) could not make inroads as Dhawan brought up his fifty off 74 balls, flicking Dilruwan Perera to deep wicket for a single, while Rahul racked up his ninth half-century in 11 matches with a single right of mid-wicket to the same bowler.

Dhawan fell to Dasun Shanaka's (1/29) length delivery which nipped back and took the inside edge of his bat to wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella. The southpaw, under fire after dropping a regulation catch on the third day and playing a poor shot in the first essay, went for a review straightaway but was turned down.

Earlier, Perera stirred up a hornet's nest by apparently looking towards the dressing room during a Review System (DRS) call in the 57th over of Lanka's innings.

Batting on a duck after playing seven balls with the score on 208/7, Perera was seen to be walking back after he was given leg before wicket by umpire Nigel Llong off a Mohammed Shami delivery which caught him in front of off-stump.

But after seemingly looking towards the dressing room, he turned back to ask for a review which showed the impact of the ball being outside the line of off stump.

According to the ICC's DRS Clause 3.2 (c): "In particular, signals from the dressing room must not be given."

Resuming the day on 165/4, the tourists lost four wickets for 79 runs before Herath (67 off 105; 9x4) stitched together a 46-run stand for the ninth wicket with Lakmal (16 off 37; 3x4) to steer Sri Lanka past the 100-run mark lead.

This is the 39-year's old third fifty in the longest format.

Herath also joined hands with Perera (5) for a 43-run eighth wicket association before the latter got out. Sri Lanka were all out for 294.

Mohammed Shami (4/100) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/88) were the pick of the bowlers, with Shami taking all four wickets on Sunday.

The Bengal pacer accounted for skipper Dinesh Chandimal (28 off 57; 3x4), Niroshan Dickwella 35 off 38; 5x4), Herath and Lakmal while Bhuvneshwar sent Dasun Shanaka packing for a duck.

Umesh Yadav took two wickets on the third day leaking 79 runs. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who bowled just one over, returned wicketless.

Lakmal, who was Sri Lanka's best bowlers in the first essay taking four wickets, had to leave the field due to injury after bowling just two overs. He was back later in the session.

Shami's first spell of the day and fourth overall (7-0-19-2) was excellent.

Not only did he bag the wickets of the overnight batters, the fit-again fast bowler made the most of the early purchase from the wicket and used his skill to swing the ball away from the batsmen around the corridor of uncertainty.

With inputs from IANS.




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6546 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119

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