Bengaluru, March 12: Fast pitchers — Jasprit Bumrah (3/15), Mohammed Shami (2/18) — along with batsman Shreyas Iyer (92) put India in a dominant position against Sri Lanka on the fast-paced opening day of the second and final Test (pink ball game) at Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Saturday.
Sri Lanka went 86-6 in their first innings on stumps, losing by 166 runs against India. Niroshan Dickwella (13 of 29) and Lasith Embuldeniya (0) were undefeated at the crease at the end of the day’s game in Bengaluru.
After eliminating India by 252 in their opening innings, Sri Lanka didn’t show much application during their batting as Bumrah and Shami moved around a lot under the lights and shook up the visitors’ top order. the outside edge of Kusal Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne within five overs of a swinging ball. Shami hit his first ball to bring down skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and a clever check from Rohit Sharma gave Shami his second when Silva’s Dhananjaya was caught in the leg earlier.
Axar Patel then fired Charith Asalanka (5) to cut Sri Lanka to 50/5. However, India faced some resistance from Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella who added 35 runs for sixth wicket. Mathews, who scored 43 runs, skillfully played spinners Axar and Jadeja. He used the feet of him, played off the back foot for most parts, but hit Bumrah to just two stump overs for the second slide.
Bumrah could have had his fourth, but India failed to review a low, full shot that hit Embuldeniya in front.
Earlier in the day, India won the toss and opted to bat first, but the hosts got off to a poor start as Mayank Agarwal ran out four. In the second over of the innings, there was an earlier leg appeal against Agarwal which was rejected. The Indian batsmen thought they could sneak in a run and Mayank ran downfield.
However, there was some confusion from Rohit at the other end and the Sri Lankans made the most of it and took out Agarwal. Hanuma Vihari then joined Rohit Sharma at the crease. The duo added 19 runs for the second wicket before Lasith Embuldeniya fired Rohit for 15.
On a blown delivery, Rohit pounced on the front defense and gained an outside advantage while Silva’s Dhananjaya stayed low to make a fine catch, leaving India in trouble at 29-2 after 9.3 overs.
From there, Virat Kohli, who received loud cheers in his IPL arena, and Vihari stabilized the Indian innings. Vihari punished short balls and stitched up a handy 47-run position for the third wicket before Vihari fell to Jayawickrama in the 31st. Soon, Kohli was also caught in front of the wicket in the 23rd by Dhananjaya de Silva before the tea break.
Resuming the second session at 93/4, the runs came quickly for India as Rishabh Pant played some attacking shots. With seven limits, Pant ran to 39 of 26 balls before being cleared by Emboldeniya. Ravindra Jadeja (4), who came up to bat next, didn’t last long as another wicket was scalped by Embuldeniya. R Ashwin then joined Shreyas Iyer at the crease and helped the hosts regain stability by carving out a handy 35-run position for seventh wicket.
Just when it seemed the Iyer-Ashwin partnership was getting India into a strong position, De Silva gave Sri Lanka the breakthrough, eliminating Ashwin by 13. However, Iyer continued to hammer limits at the other end and reached his goals. fifty despite not getting much support from the following batters: Axar Patel (9) and Mohammed Shami (5).
With India at 229-9, Iyer decided to go all out and crushed some towering sixes and closed in on his century. Ultimately, he was dismissed for 92 and India was eliminated for 252 in their first innings.
Praveen Jayawickrama (3/81), Lasith Embuldeniya (3/94), Dhananjaya de Silva (2/32) and Suranga Lakmal (1/12) were the winners from Sri Lanka.
Short scores: India 252 in total in 59.1 overs (Shreyas Iyer 92, Rishabh Pant 39; Praveen Jayawickrama 3/81) Sri Lanka 86-6 after 30 overs (Angelo Mathews 43; Jasprit Bumrah 3/15)