- India ended Day 4 on 171-1
- Sri Lanka scored 294 in their 1st innings
- India lead by 49 runs
- Rain affected the first 2 days
After rain played spoilsport on the first two days of the first test match of the three-match test series between India and Sri Lanka Day 4 was again hampered by bad light after Day 3 which finally saw all the overs being played out on the day. Playing on a tricky wicket, one that was affected more by the weather conditions India came back into the match, riding on KL Rahul’s and Shikhar Dhawan’s half-centuries to end the day on 171-1.
Batting first as India looked to extend their long dominance over Sri Lanka in the longest format of the game, India were given a rude shock as opener KL Rahul was dismissed on the first ball of the day only. Things did not get any rosier for India as they lost skipper Virat Kohli for a duck as well and were stuttering on 17-3 before heavy rains brought an end to play on Day 1.
The second day saw same weather conditions persist and Sri Lanka continue their same dominance with the ball. India found themselves on 50-5 before Cheteshwar Pujara took control of the Indian innings and stuck through as a slew of wickets kept falling at the other end. Before the heavens opened once again and an early lunch was forced post which the day’s play was called off, Pujara found himself on 47, playing a gritty and determined knock under tough conditions. They were ultimately dismissed for 172 with Lakmal picking up 4-26.
Coming out to bat on a wicket that caused havoc among the famed Indian batting unit, Sri Lanka got off to an aggressive start. Fine stroke play by them saw them make an easy meal of a tough wicket as they raked 294 runs in their first innings. A late surge by Herath (67) put them in the driver’s seat as they took a 122 run lead over India.
Coming out to bat in the second innings, India knew they would have to correct their mistakes of the first innings if they had any chance of saving the match. And that is just what the openers provided as they stitched together a 166 run partnership with Dhawan(94) unlucky not to reach his hundred. With Day 4 being brought to an early end, the match seems to be heading for a draw barring a miracle.
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