Highlights of the first test: The test was between experience and transition and the difference was quite evident. Srilanka, in its two innings, couldn’t surpass India’s first innings score and yes, that made the whole difference. The snapshot review of the match:
- Winning the toss, India included Hardik Pandaya in its squad. The selection was initially looked upon the something that might cost India, but eventually it proved boon. Dhawan’s performance was under radar in test and he removed all the doubts after a man of the match innings of 190. His innings included some rare brilliance, as he went on to be Second highest run scorer in the post lunch session for India.
-Next came in Cheteshwar Pujara. I have one word which describes Pujara who is the current best test Batsmen of these gargantuan batting line up is: “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. I know that word is quite big for tongue to spell it out just like for bowlers who Bowl to Pujara, difficult to bowl him out.
- Due to some quick powering by the debutante Pandaya in the end, India posted a mammoth 600. Nuwan Pradeep who looked little dusted first day, picked up and did most of the damage on the second day and ended up with figures 6/132.
- 600 in first innings is indeed a big score and last time India scored big runs in Lanka, the match was drawn, thanks to Dinesh Chandimal. He wasn’t playing this and lack of experience in the Lankan batting was quite clear. Although batsmen got start, they couldn’t convert. Tharanga (64) , Mathews (83) and Perara (92) were the only ones who tried, rest failed and Lanka was bowled out before follow-on score. Jadeja (3/67) and Shami (2/45) did most of the damage, though it was a team effort.
- India decided against follow on and came out bat. Dhawan and Pujara failed, but Kohli (103) nd Mukund (81) negated the chances of any Lanka revival, if at all there was one. Failure of Hearth with the ball was one of tha major reasons for Lanka to lose. India declared on 240/3 , that meant the Tamil Tigers had to chase down an impossible 550 to win.
- And not much to anyone’s amaze, Srilanka scummb to pressure, if not Indian bowlers. Karunarante was the only one who offered some resistance, but once he was done, it was all formalities. Ashwin and Jadeja did most of the injuries to already injured Lankan tigers.
- India must be pretty pleased with the performance while for Sri Lanka, the death bells are knelling. If some quick over hauling isn’t done, after thier biggest loss in the history, a equally dreading series may be in stores.
Ind : 600 and 240/3
Sri : 291 and 245
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