First test Sri Lank Vs India at Eden,2017


Series was begun with test matches at Eden garden. It was expecting that this is going to be a big challenge for the Sri Lankan by considering the current form of team India.  Team Sri Lanka was planning to come up with their best possible combination. On the other hand Indian was planning to get the series start with winning note and continue the happy journey. That has started since Australian series.

During the season of winter, Eden pitch provides opportunity to the bowlers too. So both teams were expecting to have balance team in both aspects.

Team for the first test mach is given below.

Team Indian was calling back their main strength bowlers Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Best eleven of team Indian is : Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Lokesh Rahul.

On the other hand team Sri Lanka is: Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Dasun Shanaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Gamage.

Early morning it was drizzling at the Eden, therefore toss became curtail for the both teams. Sri Lankan captain won the toss and elected to bat first. He did not miss the opportunity to make the full use of the condition.

Both Indian top order batsman L Rahul and Dhawan open the innings for team India. It was known to them the test is not going to be easy under this gloomy weather condition.

On the other hand Sri Lankan bowlers were looking charge up to make the full use of the condition and take both the openers as early as possible. From the first over they were accurate and able to took the wicket’s of Rahul at the first ball of the innings. There after it was turn to come up on the field to Mr. dependable pujara. He always stay solid when team need him under pressure situation. Mr. dhawan and pujara try make the partnership to put solid total but fail to do so. Shekher dhawan got out quickly and Indian was in big trouble by losing their 2 wickets within short time at only 13. Now it was captain turn to got the team out of the trouble. Kholi was in supreme form and made 5 double century since he is been captaining the side. So everyone was looking after him to make the team out of this trouble with pujara but captain himself could not make it. India lost their third wicket in the shape of Captain. India was in big trouble by losing the wicket of captain kholi at 17. Now It was turn for the Indian vice captain and another dependable batsman of team India Rahane. Both batsmen out at the center were known for their class and ability to bat under difficult condition. They remain for sometimes at the middle but did not last long enough to make big partnership. Rahane made only 4 and back to pavilion at the total of 30 for 4. Then Ravi ashwin came out at the center to support pujara. R Ashwin also knows for his batting and played some of the match winning innings at outside the country. He also got out quickly and Indian was in 5 for 50. It seems over head condition is also making trouble at the Indian dressing rooms.  Pujara is fighting at another side alone. After the dismissal of R Ashwin it was shaha’s turn to come to the field to face the challenges. It was shaha’s home ground. So team was looking forward to get good inning from him. Under the tough condition shaha and Pujara play well and put short partnership of 29 runs. Soon after pujara got out after making fighting 52 runs. Thereafter, Rvindra jadeja and shaha made crucial  partnership of 48. They help India to get closer to 150 runs. Besides, Mohammed Sami was one of them making contribution of more than 20 runs at the end of the inning. In total India made 172 runs after losing all wickets.

First innings batting score card of Indian batsman is given below.

Name

Runs

Lokesh Rahul

0

Shikhar Dhawan

8

Cheteshwar Pujara

52

Virat Kohli (c)

0

Ajinkya Rahane

4

Ravichandran Ashwin

4

Wriddhiman Saha (wk)

29

Ravindra Jadeja

22

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

13

Mohammed Shami

24

Umesh Yadav

6

On the other hand it was wonderful bowling display by the Sri Lankan bowlers to restrict the Indian batsman within short total. All the bowlers were superb but Lakmal was exceptional. In his 19 over’s took 4 wickets by only given 26 runs. Besides, other bowlers were also accurate and maintaining proper line and length.

 Bowling card of Sri Lankan bowler is given below.

Name

Over’s

Wickets

Suranga Lakmal

19

4

Lahiru Gamage

 

2

Dasun Shanaka

12

2

Dimuth Karunaratne

2

0

Rangana Herath

2

0

Dilruwan Perera

7

2

 

Now after the work of the bowlers it was Lankan batsman turn to make the full use of the advantages and put solid total in front of the Sri Lanka team. By this time, over cast condition is not running as like first innings. So Sri Lankan batsman have chance to make the full use of the opportunity and post strong total to defend. Sri Lanka two opening batsman got out of the center with positive intend. Unlike Indian openers they start well but could not last long. Sri Lanka lost their first wicket in the shape of Dimuth Karunaratne. Soon after another wicket goes down in the form of Sadeera Samarawickrama. All of a sudden Sri lank in a situation like India was in their first Inning.  After that it was experience Angelo Mathews and capatain enies chandimal job to make a partnership to prevent initial break down. Both batsman play solid and put 99 runs innings building partnership. Partnership came to the end when thrimane got out bowled by Umesh yeadav. It was a turning point of the game because Mathews also got out after few over’s. he also played well and made 52.  Thereafter, Indian bowler maintains solid line and length and took the wickets at regular interval. At the end of the innings heart bowled solidly and made 67 runs to put the total of 297 runs at the scoreboard.

Batting score card of Sri Lankan batting lineup is given below.

Name

Runs

Sadeera Samarawickrama

23

Dimuth Karunaratne

8

Lahiru Thirimanne

51

Angelo Mathews

52

Dinesh Chandimal ©

28

Niroshan Dickwella (wk)

35

Dasun Shanaka

0

Dilruwan Perera

5

Rangana Herath

67

Suranga Lakmal

16

Lahiru Gamage

0

 

On the other hand Indian fast bowlers try to bowl with solid line and length to restrict the Sri Lankan batsman within short score. It was wonderful bowling display by the three fast bowlers. They took all ten wickets of Sri Lankan team. Experience Ravi ashwan and jadeja was not in the zone to took wickets.

Indian bowling card is given below.

Name

Over’s

Wickets

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

27

4

Mohammed Shami

 

4

Umesh Yadav

20

2

Ravichandran Ashwin

8

0

Ravindra Jadeja

1

0

Virat Kohli ©

 

0

 

At the end of the first innings Sri Lankan team got the lead of 125 runs. In the perspective of the game 125 runs was good total to have as lead. If Sri Lankan team capitalizes the runs it could be the turning point of the game.

On the other hand Indian batsman was looking for get fight back and post a total to defend comfortably and win the first test of the series to make lead 1-0 at three match series.

At the second innings, Indian openers Shaker and Rahul looked committed to give solid start of the 2nd innings and make the excellent partnership of 166 in quick time. After the dismissal shaker, made 94 in quick time, India lost their first wicket in 166 after that pujar came out of the center. Lokesh rahul could not last long and got out quick time before contributing 79 runs. Now it was captain turns to do better in second innings unlike first inning. It was wonderful batting display by the captain to get fighting total. In the second innings unlike first innings lower down the order batsman could not make any major contribution. India lost all wickets in 88.4 over’s by scoring 352 runs. Indian set target of 230 runs.

On the other side it was end of the day of that test match and it was last session of the day. So, Indian bowlers did not get as much as time required bowling out Sri Lankan team.

Indian batting score card at the end of 2nd innings is given below.

Name

Runs

Lokesh Rahul

79

Shikhar Dhawan

94

Cheteshwar Pujara

104

Virat Kohli (c)

0

Ajinkya Rahane

9

Ravichandran Ashwin

7

Wriddhiman Saha (wk)

5

Ravindra Jadeja

5

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

8

Mohammed Shami

12

 

On the other hand Sri Lankan bowlers did not start well like first innings but at the end of the innings they fight back strongly and took quick wickets at regular interval. Suranga lakmal was consistence and took 3 wickets at the second innings as well.

Bowling card of Sri Lankan team is given below.

 

Name

Over’s

Wickets

Suranga Lakmal

 

3

Lahiru Gamage

23

1

Dasun Shanaka

22

3

Dimuth Karunaratne

13

1

Rangana Herath

6

0

 

In the chase of 230 in 30 over’s in the last session of last day in a test match is always tough ask to do so. Both the openers came out with free playing but could not do so perfectly. They lost early wickets and get behind to chase the total but Indian bowlers smelling the flavor of victory. All of a sudden Sri Lanka was in big trouble and lost 4 wickets within 22 runs. There after again Angelo  and captain Dinesh Chandimal (c) got the responsibility to safe the team from unexpected lost of the first test. Though, they could not last long but still mage to fight hard.  At the very end of the innings, Indian bowlers make the situation more tough for the Sri Lankan team and got wickets at quick succession. At the end of the day Sri Lanka was 75 for 7. Most importantly in the Sri Lankan perspective, mach been called drawn.

Batting score card of Sri Lankan team is given below.

Name

Runs

Sadeera Samarawickrama

0

Dimuth Karunaratne

1

Lahiru Thirimanne

7

Angelo Mathews

12

Dinesh Chandimal (c)

20

Niroshan Dickwella (wk)

27

Dasun Shanaka

6

Dilruwan Perera

0

Rangana Herath

0

 

Indian Fast bowlers again on the charge to take quick wickets within short time and make the series 1 lead.

Bowling car of Indian bowlers is given below.

Name

Over’s

Wickets

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

11

4

Mohammed Shami

 

2

Umesh Yadav

5

1

Ravindra Jadeja

1

0

It was wonderful test match for the spectator. This is the indication of having wonderful series ahead.