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Final Test between India and Sri Lanka on Interesting Turn; Conflicts between Players add to Tang

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Final Test between India and Sri Lanka on Interesting Turn; Conflicts between Players add to Tang

September 01
09:25 2015

ishaNew Delhi, Tuesday, September 1 – It is not often that viewers witness players getting into conflicts one after the other during Test matches. Ishant Sharma and Dhammika Prasad added to the heat on the ground on Day 4 of the third Test match at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.

Given that the contest has entered into final stages, what all both teams look forward to at the present is to stay strong. When some verbal clashes between players of two playing XIs take place, the keenness to win increases among the rivals. And, finally the day has arrived when one among India and Sri Lanka are to make use of the opportunities they created yesterday. If an actual picture standing then the team led by Angelo Mathews is standing on the verge of troublesome situation. Any further wicket at this stage will hit the final nail in the coffin.

Here is to mention that India put a total of 312 runs on the scoreboard, which was though not sufficient but yet a challenging one for the competitors. These many runs didn’t seem on the cards after quick dismissals of top, middle and lower batting order. It was due to Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten innings of 145 runs off 289 balls, which included 14 boundaries, and the right-handed batsman Amit Mishra’s 59 runs in 87 balls, comprising seven boundaries, that helped India come out of the problematic condition and let the host feel the heat.

Both players seemed determined to change more than a few things for India and this was only possible with their outstanding show while batting first. Beginning of the home team wasn’t excellent as well given that right-arm fast-medium bowler Ishant Sharma was on fire and gave India their first breakthrough by sending Upul Tharanga back to pavilion early. The opener Kaushal Silva was next to lose his wicket at 3 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne was out by Binny at 11 runs off 37 balls. Dinesh Chandimal attained 23 runs in 27 balls, together with 5 boundaries,

Those who managed to stay on the crease for a tad long were wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera, who played a knock of 55 runs in 56 balls (4 x 9), and Rangana Herath who fell just a single short to get a fifty in pocket. Eight fours were the highlights of his perfect exhibition of excellence on the pitch.

Some brilliance was shown by Dhammika Prasad as well before being stumped by Naman Ojha when batting at 27 runs. Four 4s lend a hand to his team to take away the stress to a certain extent but Mishra left no stone unturned to get his wicket as quickly as possible and let India smell some possible lead in spite of not achieving humongous runs in their first innings. Sri Lanka were all out at 201 runs. More than a Test match, the last match between Lankans and Indian camp of this tournament sometime gave the feel as if an ODI is taking place.

Unlike first innings, Cheteshwar Pujara was sent as an opener in the second innings but this strategy flopped as Dhammika Prasad did not even let him earn a run. His wicket on a naught certainly took India into pressure. But this was just the start, Lokesh Rahul was soon dismissed at 2 runs and Ajinkya Rahane at 4 runs, taking Indian fans by surprise by the end of Day 3. Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma resumed their play a day ago with the motto to be on a robust side. India required putting substantial runs to be at solid spot but timely wickets for Sri Lankan bowlers made this job extremely difficult. Kohli was dismissed at 21 runs by Nuwan Pradeep. Rohit Sharma pocketed a half-century off 72 balls, along with 4 boundaries and a biggie.

Stuart Binny’s confident innings of 49 runs (4 x 7) and Naman Ojha’s contribution of 35 runs, inclusive of fours 4s, let India be successful to a certain extent in giving the opponents a tough fight. Amit Mishra added 39 runs into the team’s total score. His partnership with     Ravichandran Ashwin compelled Mathews to think of something else to get quick wickets. Scenario could have been different had Mishra not turned a run out victim in the second delivery of 68th over. Umesh Yadav     (4 runs in 19 balls) was caught near the boundary when Rangana Herath made no mistake in catching the ball and ensuring he remains far away from the fences. Pradeep’s laughter was adequate to tell how high the likelihood of making an error at that point was. Ashwin, who scored 58 runs in 87 balls, with 7 4s, and Ishant Sharma, who was not out at 2 runs, were the last men on the crease and things started to change soon after Prasad bowled bouncers. Umpire tried his best to make situation come under control. All-rounder Ashwin wanted a single on the final ball of Prasad’s over since objective was to set a tough target for Sri Lanka but soon he was caught behind.

Problems were no less for the host after India took lead of 385 runs. Sri Lanka end Day 4 play at 67 for 3. Both Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne were out for a duck and Dinesh Chandimal at 18 runs. Kaushal Silva and Angelo Mathews will start today’s game while batting at 24 and 22 runs, respectively. The outcome of 5-day long contest is keenly awaited and none wants it to end in a draw. A victory today will help India make the jinx of 22 years to end. Amid high hopes, solid contest is apparent as the question is to sealing the series.

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