IND vs SL 1st Test: Hosts humiliate Islanders by an innings and 222 runs to take 1-0 lead in series
IND vs SL 1st Test: The hosts defeated the visitors by an innings and 222 runs at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Sunday, taking an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin each took four wickets in the second innings.
After resuming at 120/4, the Indian spinners continued their wicket-taking rampage, with Ravichandran Ashwin dismissing Charith Asalanka in the third ball after tea, caught by Virat Kohli, to become India’s second most successful Test bowler behind Anil Kumble, who has 619 Test scalps. Ashwin is now the ninth most wicket-taker in Test cricket history. Sri Lanka lost Angelo Mathews for 28 runs to Ravindra Jadeja’s leg before wicket, while Suranga Lakmal was held at mid-on by Jayant Yadav without troubling the scorers two balls later. Jadeja took two wickets in one over, bringing his innings total to three and his match total to eight, as the visitors were reduced to 121/7.
Niroshan Dickwella and Lasith Embuldeniya, the wicketkeeper batsman, worked hard to postpone the inevitable by forming a short partnership and pushing their team’s total above 150 runs. Jadeja broke the partnership for the fourth time of the innings, dismissing Embuldeniya for two runs.
Dickwella started playing shots since he was losing partners at the other end, but Mohammed Shami dismissed Vishwa Fernando for a duck, leaving the Islanders at 170/9.
Dickwella went on to make his half-century in the second innings, becoming the only Lankan batter to do so. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 178 in the second innings, losing by an innings and 222 runs, when Ashwin eventually dismissed no. 11 hitter Lahiru Kumara for 4 caught by Shami as he grabbed his fourth scalp.
Earlier in the day, when Day 3 resumed at 138/4 in the first innings, overnight batsmen Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka added 53 runs to the total, pushing Nissanka above his half-century mark. In the 58th over, India finally got the breakthrough as Jasprit Bumrah beat Asalanka (29).
Ravindra Jadeja banished Niroshan Dickwella (2) to the pavilion. After he failed to impress with the bat, scoring only 2 runs. Suranga Lakmal (0) dismissed in the same over, reducing Sri Lanka to 164/7.
Sri Lanka was eventually bowled out for 174, given India a 400-run lead, and the hosts forced the follow-on.
At the lunch break on Day 3, Sri Lanka’s second-inning score was 10/1. With the team still losing by 390 runs. At the moment, Dimuth Karunaratne (8*) and Pathum Nissanka (1*) are on the crease.
Sri Lanka got off to a terrible start after asked to follow on, losing opening batter Lahiru Thirimanne (0) in the third over of the innings. The visitors did not lose any more wickets after that, thanks to Dimuth Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka.
Sri Lanka got off to a terrible start in the post-lunch session, losing Pathum Nissanka for six caught behind by wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant of Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling. He equaled Kapil Dev’s record of 434 Test scalps and became India’s second most successful Test bowler.
When Jayant Yadav was batting on one, he managed to get the outside edge of Angelo Mathews on. But Virat Kohli dropped the catch in the slips.
The visitors reduced to 45/3 after the introduction of Mohammed Shami. He bowled Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne for 27 caught behind by keeper Pant. And grabbed his second catch of the innings.
The 49-run stand between Dhananjaya de Silva and Angelo Mathews then broken by Ravindra Jadeja. He grabbed his first wicket in the second innings. And his sixth wicket in the match as Sri Lanka lost their fourth wicket for 94.
After de Silva’s dismissal, Charith Asalanka stepped in to bat. And scored 20 runs in just 7 balls, striking two fours and two sixes. Therefore, Sri Lanka reached tea with 120 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets. Behind India by 280 runs.
India 574/8d; Sri Lanka 174/10 and 178/10 (F/O)(Niroshan Dickwella 51*, Dhananjaya de Silva 30; Ravindra Jadeja 4-46, Ravichandran Ashwin 4-47).