After being bundled out earlier in the day, Sri Lankan team got another go at batting. They obviously needed to. But this time around the pressure was more despite fewer amounts of runs in front of them.
Sri Lanka were 31/3 at the stumps of day 4 of the Kotla Test. Angelo Mathews, 0, was batting along with Dhananjaya De Silva(13*).
After India declared their innings in the day, Sri Lanka needed to come out and bat positively to keep themselves in the game ahead of the final day of the final Test match of the series, where they have drawn a lot of controversies for both their cricketing action as well as other things(masks).
But that was not the case. Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne walked out in the centre to kick off their 410-run chase. Sri Lanka got a better start than they had in their first innings, where they had lost the first wicket on the very first ball. But the better start was as good as chasing a target around 60-70 not 410.
Samarawickrama was hit by a bouncer from Mohammad Shami in the 6th over and on the very next ball he steered one straight to gully where Ajinkya Rahane completed the formalities.
Lights forces early introduction of spin
The fading light forced Kohli to bring on the spinners earlier than he wanted to. With Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma beaming in confidence and bowling excellent line and length to trouble the Lankan batsmen, that was something Kohli didn’t want but he had no option.
If pacers can do it so can I
When Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were introduced, Karunaratne and Dhananjaya De Silva breathed a sigh of relief because of all sorts of trouble they were in when facing the seamers. But when Indian spinners are in roaring form they are more dangerous to face. Jadeja first sent back Karunaratne before cleaning up ‘night watchman’ Suranga Lakmal.
Appealing when not required and vice versa
There was a funny incident to watch on the field. Jadeja rushed to celebrate the wicket of Karunaratne, who edged to Wriddhiman Saha. He was so confident of the edge that he didn’t even bother to appeal. That happens but what was more interesting was the fact that a couple of deliveries later, he cleaned up Lakmal and was seen appealing as he didn’t notice that the ball had hit stumps. Umpire was amused at this action of his.
Another fifty for Kohli, Rohit and BIRTHDAY boy Dhawan
Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli followed up his 243 with yet another half century while Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan also registered 50s. Cheteshwar Pujara fell on 49 as India scored briskly in pursuit of giving their bowlers more time to pick 10 wickets to pile up further misery on Sri Lanka.
India had whitewashed Lanka 9-0 couple of months back in the Islands before they avoided a similar fate courtesy of rain at Eden Gardens. However they lost the next match and the same result looks more likely until and unless Sri Lanka surprise themselves and others with a better showing.