Cricket

Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas left wondering about 'mere coincidence' of fading light on Day 4

  • PTI
  • December 6th, 2017
  • 9:07:12 IST

New Delhi: In both the innings during this Test match, Sri Lanka have lost a wicket to a pacer in fading light, prompting the umpires to check light, after which the spinners struck twice.

File image of Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas. AP

File image of Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas. AP

Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas wondered if this was a "mere coincidence" while making it clear that he backed the umpire's decision.

On Tuesday, during the final session, Sadeera Samarawickrama, who was well-set at that point, was dismissed by Ishant Sharma.

The umpires immediately found the light not good enough for pacers to continue and spinners were employed by Virat Kohli. Ravichandran Ashwin quickly disposed off debutant Roshan Silva and Niroshan Dickwella in quick succession, making it 322 for seven from a comfortable 317 for four.

Today, it was Shami, who got Samarawickrama with a bouncer and after that Ravindra Jadeja inflicted struck twice in fading light.

"It was not ideal to lose three wickets. I am wondering whether it's a coincidence that we lose a wicket to a seam bowler and all of a sudden the light turns bad and we lose two more wickets to spin. It just comes off a bit of a coincidence, I would have thought," Pothas said.

Probably not wanting to fall foul with the match referee, Pothas then said that he backed the umpire's decision to take out light meters.

"I am sure the light meter is absolutely spot on. I have no doubt but to me it looked too much of a coincidence to lose a wicket and to find that suddenly it's too dark for the seamers!

"And then, we lose two wickets to spin and then it's too dark and we are off. Can it deteriorate that quick? I don't know. There is nothing to discuss. I back there decision," the interim coach said a lot without revealing much.

Updated Date: December 06, 2017 09:07:12 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

India vs Sri Lanka: Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar setup miraculous win as visitors clinch ODI series with game to spare
First Cricket News

India vs Sri Lanka: Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar setup miraculous win as visitors clinch ODI series with game to spare

Chahar, whose highest score before this game was 12, showed remarkable resolve and composure under pressure to take his team over the line with five balls to spare. He fittingly hit the winning boundary.

India vs Sri Lanka: WV Raman backs Prithvi Shaw to open alongside skipper Shikhar Dhawan
First Cricket News

India vs Sri Lanka: WV Raman backs Prithvi Shaw to open alongside skipper Shikhar Dhawan

Shaw was dropped after an indifferent first Test in Adelaide but since then scored heavily in domestic one-day competition to force his way back into the national team.

India vs Sri Lanka: Mohammad Kaif backs Shikhar Dhawan's leadership skills, disagrees with 'second-string' tag for squad
First Cricket News

India vs Sri Lanka: Mohammad Kaif backs Shikhar Dhawan's leadership skills, disagrees with 'second-string' tag for squad

Former India batsman Kaif, who has worked alongside Dhawan in the Delhi Capitals franchise in the IPL, expected the southpaw to have a "a good time" in the tour with the young squad.