Virat Kohli vs Sri Lanka

Ind Vs SL 2017: Amidst of twist and turns, the first test match between India and Sri Lanka has ended up in a draw. The visitors have escaped with a draw as bad light intervened at Kolkata. After a disastrous batting performance in 1st Innings, the hosts has picked up in the second innings. Both the Indian Openers gave a good start

Virat Kohli authored a captains knock of 104 not out while Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned spectacular figures of 11-8-8-4 as India narrowly missed a spectacular win when the first Test match against Sri Lanka ended in a draw at the Eden Gardens here on Monday.

Speaking after the conclusion of the match Sri Lankan Captain Chandimal said that“It was (a good toss to win), especially in these conditions. It was a good game of cricket and we played well, competed well. Till the last session, we fought really well but unfortunately, last 10-15 overs were pressure to us. Lakmal is unbelievable, throughout the last two years. He’s the one who, as a captain, you can trust. He’s a really good bowler. Really happy that Rangana scored the runs but unfortunately spinners didn’t come into play. We’ll have to learn to bat in the second innings. In UAE vs Pakistan too we didn’t bat well in the 2nd innings. We can be lot better if we learn that.”

Kohli talking at the presentation said that “It was important to make something out of the game with whatever time we had. As you mentioned, conditions changed drastically into day four- five. We showed character after being on the back foot initially. Credit to Sri Lanka; they bowled well. We knew if we get stuck with our bowling effort and not let them get too far ahead, we can pull the game back again. We didn’t look at Sri Lanka’s batting collapses to be honest

Brief scores: India 172 and 352/8 declared (Virat Kohli 104 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 94, Lokesh Rahul 79; Lakmal 3/93) draws Sri Lanka: 294 and 75/7 (B Kumar 4/8, M Shami 2/34)

Bhuvaneswar Kumar is awarded the man of the match for his extra-ordinary bowling performance

with inputs from IANS


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