IND vs SL: Rohit Sharma during the first test match between India and Sri Lanka.© BCCI
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma expressed his happiness after his side defeated Sri Lanka in the Punjab Cricket Association, IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on Sunday to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets in the 2nd innings, while India defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 222 runs in the first Test. “It was a good start. It was a great game of cricket from our perspective. We ticked all the boxes we wanted. To be honest I didn’t think it would be one of those test matches that would pass.” in three days. It was a good batting throw, there was some twist and some help for the sailors too. Kudos to the lads, they bowled really well together, kept up the pressure and never made it easier for the Sri Lanka batsmen. We just made sure to apply pressure from both sides. Good signs for cricket in India,” Rohit said after the first test ended.
“A lot of performances, milestone test match for Virat and we wanted to win the test first and foremost. It was heartwarming to see such great individual performances and we want to have other options as well. We wanted to make sure he (Jayant) gets some overs ,” he added.
After the tea session at 120/4, the Indian spinners resumed their wicket-spree when Ravichandran Ashwin rejected Charith Asalanka in the third ball after the tea which was caught by Virat Kohli, making him his 435th Test victim and going past Kapil Dev to take the India’s second largest successful Test bowler behind Anil Kumble who has 619 Test scalps to his credit. Ashwin is now ninth in the list of all-time highest wicket-taker in Tests.
Five balls later, Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews lost for 28 to Ravindra Jadeja’s leg for wicket and two balls later Suranga Lakmal held on to Jayant Yadav halfway through without disturbing the scorers. Jadeja got two wickets in one left to take his innings to three wickets and eight, leaving the visitors staggered to 121/7.
Wicket-keeper batters Niroshan Dickwella and Lasith Embuldeniya did their best to delay the inevitable, hitting a small partnership and taking their team’s total above 150-run. Jadeja broke the partnership again by taking his fourth wicket of the innings and knocking down Embuldeniya for 2.
Dickwella lost partners on the other side so he started playing shots but Mohammed Shami sent Vishwa Fernando off because he wanted a duck to leave the Islanders on 170/9.
Dickwella then scored his half century and was the lone Lankan batter to do so in the 2nd inning. Ashwin eventually sent number 11 batter Lahiru Kumara caught by Shami for 4 when he took his fourth scalp and Sri Lanka was thrown out for 178 in 2nd innings to succumb to an innings loss and 222 runs.
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