- India ended their 2nd innings on 352-8
- Sri Lanka was on 75-7 before the close of play
- The match ended as a draw
The first match of the India- Sri Lanka series ended in high drama with a superb bowling performance by India almost giving them a 1-0 lead in the series. Staring at defeat, Sri Lanka were saved the blushes as a bad light came to their aid and ended play prematurely on the fifth and final day of the test match. Chasing 231, Sri Lanka were reduced to 75-7 as they collapsed in front of the Indian bowlers. Going all out for a win, India were unlucky to not seal the match up and had to settle for a draw.
Continuing Day 5 from where they had left off on Day 4 at 171-1, India continued their fine batting in the second innings on a tough wicket. Captain Virat Kohli continued his superlative form as he went on to strike another century. His amazing knock ensured that India reached a huge total of 352 before they declared. Despite losing partners at the other end, Kohli was unfazed as he played attacking cricket to reach his hundred in quick time. Riding on his ton India were able to set the Lankans a big target of 231 on the final day.
Coming out to chase, Sri Lanka bolted in front of the Indian pace attack. Losing their first wicket without even putting a run on the board, Sri Lanka were pelted back in their chase from the off go itself. They were reeling at 22-4 before a mini partnership of 47 saw them reach 69 before the dismissal of Chandimal. They further stumbled as they lost 3 wickets for just 6 runs before bad light interrupted play and eventually ended it. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar made the most of the conditions as he bowled a superb line and length to pick up 4 wickets for a meager 8 runs and was ably supported by Shami at the other end.
Despite losing the first two days to bad light, the match turned out to be a cracker as it kept revolving like a pendulum throughout the five days. With both teams proving their mettle on different days expect the second test match to be played on November 24 in Nagpur to be another thriller.
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