A late Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami show wasn’t just enough to clinch India a dramatic victory on the final day of the rain curtailed test in the Eden Gardens of Kolkata and the visitors survive to earn a draw in the first test.
Sri Lanka 294 (Herath 67, Mathews 52, Thirimanne 51, Bhuvneshwar 4-88, Shami 4-100) and 75 for 7 (Bhuvneshwar 4-8) drew with India 172 (Pujara 52, Lakmal 4-26) and 352 for 8 dec. (Kohli 104*, Dhawan 94, Rahul 79, Shanaka 3-76, Lakmal 3-93)
Setting the Scene:
India were 171 for 1 overnight and had to bat out the majority of the final day to force a draw, as a share of spoils looked the most likely outcome on the final day.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and KL Rahul started the day in a positive manner but the latter fell on individual score of 79, Pujara stayed with Kohli but his departure led to some quick departures as Rahane, Jadeja and Ashwin all couldn’t score past one digit. It was all Kohli as the Indian skipper brought up his 18th test hundred in style, Shami in the end hit some hefty blows to take the score past 350 and India declared their inning.
Sri Lanka had some trouble from start as in seven tentative overs prior to tea, Sri Lanka lost their openers Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne, who were victims of Shami and Bhuvneshwar. After the tea, it was a manic final session as the vulnerable visitors were pegged back by some fiery Indian bowling. Lanka were tottering 22 for 4 and Indian skipper sniffed victory from then on and piled the attack with pace. Chandimal and Dickowella though played out crucial overs to prevent any further damage, but they both were dismissed with still some overs to play.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was declared MOTM
It was one stage like the Indian bowlers were running back to bowl and the Lanka batsmen were trying to delay the game so that they can manage out a draw. Finally around 4.28 PM, lights were deemed not sufficient to play and the game was called off and Lanka escaped with a draw.
Man of the Match:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was given MOTM for his 8 wickets in the game.