Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    0.1 gone first ball! What a ripper! Pitches on off stump. Seams away late. Squares up the batsman. Gets extra bounce for good measure. Rahul, caught in the crease, forced to deal with a brutish delivery is caught behind. Sri Lanka have made their presence felt 0/1
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    32
    11
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    72.72
    6.2 inside edge, fatal! That's a rash shot from Dhawan, going for the on-the-up drive on a pitch doing a heck of a lot. Short front foot stride, but it doesn't go across towards the ball, instead it comes down the line so he has room for the shot and inadvertently creates the gap for Lakmal to burst through 13/2
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    44.44
    37.2 breaches the defence! Superb ball from Gamage. The first big indipper of the match, and Pujara completely beaten. Unlike the last ball, he goes at this a little harder and this sneaks through. He had covered the line on the front foot, but it zips between bat and pad and rattles off stump 79/6
    10.1 he looks plumb in front! Nigel Llong has given it. Kohli reviews. Superb bowling from Lakmal. It's the same nagging off stump line, but this one comes into Kohli who's playing for an off stump line...review shows it is umpire's call. He's gone! Lakmal has been sensational today. Kohli, even if that had swung away like he expected it to, would have been playing a very meek,anxious shot. A poke, really. He might have reviewed that for line, but it's clipping leg. India won't lose the review, but they've lost their captain 17/3
    17.2 he's got him! It was coming. Rahane has been trying hard to get some bat on it. And what better way to feed that temptation than a 125kph floater outside off? Length, no movement in the air and a slight natural variation off the pitch that's enough to beat his attempted cover drive on the up, wide outside off. Nowhere near the pitch and a thin edge behind 30/4
    25.6 slices straight to backward point. Very ordinary from Ashwin. It's a length ball outside off.It doesn't nip away this time to beat the outside edge. Climbs towards the blade, which is open. On the rise, no feet, no transfer of weight forward. Reaching out in the end and it's straight to Karunaratne 50/5
    51.5 taken at first slip as he attempts to play the paddle sweep. Given out and he's reviewed straightaway. He says it's forearm. Looked and sounded like a top edge. But early looks at the replay show it's forearm...but that is before Ultra Edge comes into the picture. There's a spike. It's bat, says the third umpire. He's looking to see if the catch was taken cleanly. No doubt there, it's a reverse cup from Mathews at chest height. The decision will stand. India will lose that review. It wasn't a great shot to be honest. Not long after surviving that stumping 128/8
    51.2 skids back in and it's a bat-pad situation. Right in front of middle stump as he looks to defend. Given not out by Wilson. Sri Lanka review. Early indication is that it is pad first...yep. Pad first. Ball tracking will decide this...it's taking a while to come. The ball pitched outside off and came in with the arm. Remember, he's bowling around the wicket to Jadeja. It didn't deviate a long way. Pitching outside off, hitting in line, and it is hitting the wickets. Halfway up leg stump. The decision will be overturned. The review works for Sri Lanka and Jadeja is gone. Mentioned earlier how Perera skids it off the surface and that's what has happened. Caught Jadeja halfway into his stride across. He was threatening the inside edge last over and he's beaten it this time. 127/7
    56.2 can't stop him getting wickets. A rip-snorter of a delivery, pitching on a good length, holding its line, forcing Bhuvi to play, catching the edge and going through to the keeper. Well-deserved fourth for Lakmal, and he has a chance of adding one more to the bag 146/9
    59.3 taken at deep midwicket and India are all out for 172. Gamage's plan of bouncing Shami works, but it's also yielded several bonus runs from the lower order. Big pull shot. Big top edge. Safely taken by Shanaka running in 172/10
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    17
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    75.00
    Extras
    10 (b 6, lb 4)
    TOTAL
    172 all out (59.3 Overs, RR: 2.89, 294 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (KL Rahul, 0.1 ov), 2-13 (S Dhawan, 6.2 ov), 3-17 (V Kohli, 10.1 ov), 4-30 (AM Rahane, 17.2 ov), 5-50 (R Ashwin, 25.6 ov), 6-79 (CA Pujara, 37.2 ov), 7-127 (RA Jadeja, 51.2 ov), 8-128 (WP Saha, 51.5 ov), 9-146 (B Kumar, 56.2 ov), 10-172 (Mohammed Shami, 59.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal19122641.3600
    PLS Gamage17.355923.3700
    MD Shanaka1243623.0000
    FDM Karunaratne201708.5000
    HMRKB Herath20502.5000
    MDK Perera711922.7100
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    6.4 nicks off! That's the problem with his style of play on this type of wicket. The back foot punch to a shortish delivery that seams just enough to pass the middle and take the edge. Saha won't be fluffing those 34/2
    4.5 plays no shot and he's sent packing lbw. Karunaratne walks up to his partner and then goes for another review. Good length delivery, pitching outside off, so far that the batsman thinks he can safely leave it. The only problem is Bhuvi has bewitched it. The ball surges into the left-hander. strikes him on the knee-roll of his front foot and HawkEye says it will be hitting off stump 29/1
    36.2 taken low to the left of second slip and Kohli, after taking the catch, vents by chucking the ball at the turf. Beautiful bowling from Umesh, running in hard, digging the ball in short and getting it to straighten. The angle from around the wicket is to make sure the left-hander feels like he needs to play at these. Works a trick 133/3
    38.5 very very tame! Mathews walks off after giving catching practice to short cover. He throws his head back and yells "Noooo". He knows as the team's most experienced batsman he can't be making such silly mistakes. A drive on the up to a good length ball with Rahul, the close(ish)-in fielder, staring him in the face. That's a rookie mistake 138/4
    54.2 has he edged it? Yes he has! There were four, maybe five, overs of superb batting from Sri Lanka. Now, it's the bowlers' turn. Stunning period of bowling. Caused all sorts of trouble to Chandimal, Shami, and then he floats up an outswinger in the corridor. Not a confident shot this time from the visting captain. Half stride and then a jab away from the body. A thin edge, taken easily behind the stumps 201/7
    52.5 straight to second slip. The bounce again, from Shami. The ball swings inside, lands on the seam in the corridor and lifts off to take the outside edge as he pokes inside the line of this. Flies through quick at Kohli who is nicely balanced and snags this with the reverse cup 200/5
    53.3 doesn't pick the inswinger and shoulders arms to one that hits him on the back flap in front of middle stump. Given out by the umpire. He reviews straight away...it won't work. He's out. He's leaping up as he's about to leave this, but it's clipping the middle stump according to the tracker. Umpire's call. Sri Lanka won't lose the review, but they lose the wicket. Bhuvneshwar took the last ball away from the same spot. Masterful 201/6
    68.6 beauty from Shami! Closest you'll come to the first ball of the Test that got KL Rahul. Back of a length ball, shapes away a touch and tickles the outside edge as the batsman tries hard to get behind the line of this based on it's trajectory. Nicely through to Saha at waist height. 244/8
    82.3 another good looking stroke, but it's sliced straight to deep backward point. This skids on nicely outside off from a length. He gets under it and makes good connection. That fielder has been out for a while though, and he finds him. What an innings from Herath. Yet another Test where he changes the narrative on the fourth day - and he hasn't even had a bowl today 290/9
    83.4 chops it on. Length ball wide outside off. Goes after it with no feet. Hard hands. Once again, not subtle about what Sri Lanka are going for. But the new ball skids on and he can't hit through the line. Big inside edge onto the stumps. He's done his part. 16 runs and part of a 46-run stand for the ninth 294/10
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    Extras
    9 (b 4, lb 4, w 1)
    TOTAL
    294 all out (83.4 Overs, RR: 3.51, 397 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-29 (FDM Karunaratne, 4.5 ov), 2-34 (S Samarawickrama, 6.4 ov), 3-133 (HDRL Thirimanne, 36.2 ov), 4-138 (AD Mathews, 38.5 ov), 5-200 (N Dickwella, 52.5 ov), 6-201 (MD Shanaka, 53.3 ov), 7-201 (LD Chandimal, 54.2 ov), 8-244 (MDK Perera, 68.6 ov), 9-290 (HMRKB Herath, 82.3 ov), 10-294 (RAS Lakmal, 83.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    B Kumar2758843.2500
    Mohammed Shami26.3510043.7700
    UT Yadav2017923.9510
    R Ashwin821301.6200
    V Kohli1.10504.2800
    RA Jadeja10101.0000
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    44.2 through him! Late on the flick against an indipper. But in his defence the ball starts snaking back in rather late. It begins as the kind of delivery - full and on off stump - a batsman would love to clip through midwicket. Half a second later it bursts through the bat and pad gap and nails middle stump. A longer stride and a straighter bat might have helped there. Instead, Rahul was pushing at the ball, reaching in front of his body, throwing his balance off. 192/2
    37.1 appeal for caught behind and Nigel Llong has given it. Dhawan reviews straight away. Bowler hadn't even appealed. Dhawan had stepped out and tried to drive this length ball outside off. It nipped back in and just missed the off stump....Ultra Edge shows a spike. He's gone. Great innings, and narrowly misses out on the hundred 166/1
    52.2 sensational catch, and a sensational ball! So much bounce on this short ball. And it surprises Pujara to no end. One moment, he is shifting his weight back to block, and he seems to have covered for all possibilities. Except the freakish one, like the ball holding its line and soaring off the shoulder of the bat to gully. The third umpire is brought in to check whether Dilruwan has taken it cleanly. And replays suggest he has. Great work, running forwards, diving headlong at the ball, as if he was diving off a springboard into a swimming pool 213/3
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    52.6 gives it lbw but Rahane has reviewed. Brilliant bowling from Lakmal. Pitches it up, gets it to snake in off the pitch and the new batsman, stuck on the crease, is playing all around it. No bat confirms Ultra-Edge. And ball-tracking suggests this would clip the leg bail. Umpire Wilson's call is upheld, even with Rahane up on his toes and the impact above his knee roll 213/4
    65.5 extra bounce! Jadeja is furious to go that way, done in by the pitch. He responds to the length of the ball, shortish, by going back, and the line, on off stump, to play a defensive push towards cover. The only problem is it rears up shaaaaarply. Gets a thick edge, that lobs off the wicketkeeper's gloves and lands in Thirimanne's hands as he dives forward at first slip 249/5
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    73.5 through the gate! A hint of movement, off a sizeable crack, to dance past the inside edge and clatter into the stumps. Ashwin's habit of driving balls on the up topples him again and its excellent bowling from the allrounder - pitching it up and outside off - to bring that weakness into play 269/6
    79.3 got him! Saha has driven this on the up to cover. This when the need of the hour was to bat for time. Good, low catch by Sadeera. The ball bobbled from his right hand onto the left as he bent forward to take it. As for the shot selection, well, you've to question the timing. This was by no means a half-volley, and driving on the up on a surface where there's some nibble away caused his downfall. India are by no means safe just yet 281/7
    85.4 clever bowling this. Bangs a short ball but this is well directed, towards Bhuvi's ribcage. The ball skids on so he's completely into a tangle and eventually fends to Dilruwan at gully. He was looking to flat-bat this over the bowler's head, perhaps gave away his intention too early 321/8
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    109.09
    Extras
    12 (b 7, lb 1, nb 1, w 3)
    TOTAL
    352/8d (88.4 Overs, RR: 3.96, 418 minutes)
    Did not bat: UT Yadav
    Fall of wickets: 1-166 (S Dhawan, 37.1 ov), 2-192 (KL Rahul, 44.2 ov), 3-213 (CA Pujara, 52.2 ov), 4-213 (AM Rahane, 52.6 ov), 5-249 (RA Jadeja, 65.5 ov), 6-269 (R Ashwin, 73.5 ov), 7-281 (WP Saha, 79.3 ov), 8-321 (B Kumar, 85.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal24.449333.7710
    PLS Gamage2329714.2101
    MD Shanaka2217633.4520
    MDK Perera1324913.7600
    HMRKB Herath612904.8300
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    0.6 played on! Oh, dear. That's a terrible start. 50th Test wicket for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. This is a short of length delivery outside off, Sadeera looks to punch this through cover but jabs at that with hard hands with an angled bat and only manages to chop this back onto the stumps. 0/1
    3.3 played on, again! Didn't need to play at that really, as it was a length ball outside off. Pushed with hard hands but was cramped for room and ended up dragging it back onto the stumps. What is happening? 2/2
    8.1 taken at gully! Rahane's the man. And Sri Lanka lose another batsman to ball he needn't have played. Credit though to the bowler who goes around the wicket, creating an angle into the left-hander and making him feel as if he needs to present bat to the good length ball. All it needs to do then is hold its line a little bit - and considering it is new and it has been sent down by the masterful Bhuvi, that's a given 14/3
    11.5 huge appeal for lbw as Umesh skids off the pitch and pins Mathews on the knee roll. Umpire Llong says no and so Kohli reviews. This is Umesh's specialty when he hits a fuller length. The ball seems to gather pace and catches the batsman on the move. Mathews is only halfway into his flick shot. He's struck low enough, he's stuck in line, and HawkEye says it will go on to hit leg stump. India on a rooooolllll! 22/4
    20.4 through him! Chandimal hangs back to a full delivery and is thrown off balance as he tries to negotiate it. A 144 kph corker that shapes in at the worst possible moment, and a panicking Chandimal indulges in a flick, desperate to make contact. He can't. The ball zips through bat and pad and crashes into the stumps, very much like how Rahul was cleaned up earlier in the day. 69/5
    23.1 as far as decisions go, it can't get easier than this. The length ball came back in a long way to hit Dickwella in front of the stumps as he looked to shuffle across and work it to the leg side. Hawkeye says 'umpire's call' so he will have to make the long walk back. 69/6
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    25.2 this is a ripper of a delivery. The leg stump talks a royal walk. Sri Lanka lose their seventh. The look of disbelief on their faces tell you a story. This is angled in full from wide of the crease, pitches and jags away just a wee bit to beat Dilruwan's tentative push to cannon into the top of off. As a captain, you can't ask for a better delivery than that from your fast bowler. Sensational 75/7
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    Extras
    2 (lb 1, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    75/7 (26.3 Overs, RR: 2.83, 132 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (S Samarawickrama, 0.6 ov), 2-2 (FDM Karunaratne, 3.3 ov), 3-14 (HDRL Thirimanne, 8.1 ov), 4-22 (AD Mathews, 11.5 ov), 5-69 (LD Chandimal, 20.4 ov), 6-69 (N Dickwella, 23.1 ov), 7-75 (MDK Perera, 25.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    B Kumar118840.7200
    Mohammed Shami9.343423.5701
    UT Yadav502515.0000
    RA Jadeja10707.0000

Close of Play

  • Thu, 16 Nov - day 1 - India 1st innings 17/3 (CA Pujara 8*, AM Rahane 0*, 11.5 ov)
  • Fri, 17 Nov - day 2 - India 1st innings 74/5 (CA Pujara 47*, WP Saha 6*, 32.5 ov)
  • Sat, 18 Nov - day 3 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 165/4 (LD Chandimal 13*, N Dickwella 14*, 45.4 ov)
  • Sun, 19 Nov - day 4 - India 2nd innings 171/1 (KL Rahul 73*, CA Pujara 2*, 39.3 ov)
  • Mon, 20 Nov - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 75/7 (26.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Kohli's 50th

0

No. of batsman to score 50 centuries in International cricket in fewer inns than Kohli who got there in his 348th inns. Amla also took 348 inns for the same.

Lakmal's best

0

No. of times Lakmal had picked more than six wickets in a Test, before this in his 39 matches. Rahane's wicket in the second inns was his 7th wicket of the match.

On and on

9

No. of batsmen to bat on all 5 days of a Test, including Pujara this Test. He's the third among India batsman and all have done this at Eden Gardens.

After a long time

2010

Last occasion of India having a century opening stand in their 2nd inns of a Test, which was against SA in Centurion. Rahul and Dhawan have done that in this match.

Seamers 10, spinners 0

3

No. of instances of India fast bowlers picking all 10 wickets in a Test innings at home, including this match. The last such instance was in 1983-84 against West Indies at Ahmedabad and first v Eng, Mumbai, 1981-82.

Rare high for pacers

1986

Last instance of 3 India fast bowlers picking 2 or more wickets in the same innings of a home Test, as did Bhuvneshwar, Umesh and Shami in this game. Overall, this is only the 4th such occasion for India at home.

Sri Lanka leading

2010

Last time Sri Lanka gained first innings lead against India, before this match, which was in Galle. Since then India had got the lead in 8 Tests.

Ends a drought

12.09

Thirimanne's average in his last 11 Test innings, with highest of 22. He has scored a fifty in this match.

Second-lowest

1

No. of lower totals for India against Sri Lanka at home, than the 172 in this Test. The lowest is 167 in Chennai in 2005.

Mr. Consistent

13

Cheteshwar Pujara has made at least one 50+ score in 13 of the 17 Tests since the start of 2016-17 season.

Something rare

2010

Last instance of India losing first 5 wkts for 50 or fewer runs in a Test inns at home, before this match. That had happened against NZ at Ahmedabad. Overall, its the 17th instance at home and 5th in about last 30 years.

Dots, dots, dots

46

No. of deliveries bowled by Suranga Lakmal before conceding his first run in this innings - the most by any bowler since 2001. Previous: 40 balls by Jerome Taylor v Aus, Jamaica, 2015.

In & Out

6

No. of India batsmen to get out on the first ball of a Test, including KL Rahul in this game. The last was Wasim Jaffer in 2007 v Bangladesh. Rahul had scored 7 successive fifties before this.

No joy yet

0-10

Sri Lanka's win-loss record in Tests in India, in 17 previous outings. 8 of the 10 defeats have been by margin of an innings and they are yet to win a Test in India.