India vs Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal and Co need quick wickets in morning session to unsettle hosts on final day

Since the pacers will not be much effective on Day 5, Sri lanka spinners should now step up. Rangana Herath is a proven champion and on Monday, he should bowl like one.

FirstCricket Staff, Nov 19, 2017 23:15:18 IST

Sri Lanka did all they could against India to gain an upper hand in the rain-hit Kolkata Test. But as the Day 4 ended once again due to bad light, it looked like the game had slipped away from the visitors. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul ensured India bounce back and wipe away the 122-run deficit.

India vs Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal and Co need quick wickets in morning session to unsettle hosts on final day

File image of Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal. AP

Both the openers shared a solid 166-run partnership for the first wicket, with Dhawan getting out after making 94 and Rahul remaining unbeaten on 73. Just a day of play left and interestingly, a draw looks like the most likely result.

But that doesn't mean Sri Lanka should give up on the match and play for a draw.

Of course, the conditions helped the Lankan bowlers in the first innings and they made sure they exploit that opportunity. On Sunday, the conditions were not much favourable for the bowlers and they faltered. On the final day also, bowlers will not get much help, but Sri Lanka should have the intent to dismiss all remaining Indian batsmen.

Specifically, Sri Lanka should aim to take 3-4 wickets quickly in the morning session and make India panic a bit. Not that it would result in a win but it would set the right precedent.

Since the pacers will not be much effective on Day 5, it's the spinners who should now step up. Rangana Herath is a proven champion and on Monday, he should bowl like one. They should try to make life difficult for Indian batsmen regardless of the limited time. The Lankans successfully pushed India on the backfoot in the first innings so they should try to put more pressure on the hosts in the second.

If India dominate the final day, then it will be like a morale-booster for them going into the second Test. Dinesh Chandimal and Co should make sure that doesn't happen, having started the Test confidently. The Indian team should go into the second Test expecting Sri Lanka to be tough competitors and they are here for a fight. The Islanders should build up that reputation and that should be the goal on the final day.

Apart from Herath, skipper Chandimal should also come forward and lead the side with grit and determination. He should try to infuse more energy into the squad rather than allowing his team to play for a draw. If Sri Lanka could make things tougher for India on the final day and put out a firm statement that they are here for a fight then that will do a world of good for their team.

Updated Date: Nov 19, 2017 23:15:18 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254