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Pant tears down Lankan attack; India dominate Day 1

Sri Lanka Tour of India 2022

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Rishabh Pant struck a destructive 96 off 97 deliveries, to put hosts well on top on day 1 of the 1st Test between India and Sri Lanka. At stumps, the hosts were sitting pretty on 357/6.

India got off to a quick start, scoring as many as 8 boundaries in the 1st 8 overs, with Sri Lanka’s 3-pacemen strategy looking more and more dubious. Lahiru Kumara was brought into the attack in the 8th over and was promptly taken to the sword by Sharma, who smashed 4 boundaries off the quick in his first 9 deliveries. Kumara had the last laugh however, as the Indian skipper pulled one straight to the fielder at deep fine-leg to give Sri Lanka the breakthrough they needed.

That helped Sri Lanka stem the flow of runs and Kumara and Embuldeniya bowled well in tandem in the 1st session, despite the pitch not offering much.

Embuldeniya, Sri Lanka’s only spinner for the Test got into beautiful rhythm and was rewarded with the wicket of Agarwal and later Virat Kohli, the latter falling short of a half-century by 5 runs. By Tea, the match looked evenly poised, with Sri Lanka chipping away the wickets column, while also getting a hold of the run rate.

Pant build a steady 53-run partnership alongside Shreyas Iyer, before the latter was finally dismissed for the first time this series. Things looked to be in control for Sri Lanka, but that was before Pant, just got stuck into the visitors spinners, smashing 2 sixes and 2 fours off Embuldeniya’s 27th over.

That over seemed to be tipping point for the hosts, as Pant raced from 50 off 73 deliveries to 92 off 89 within the span of 4 overs, completely taking away any hope Sri Lanka might have had of restricting the hosts to below 350.

The left-hander fell for 96, his 50th dismissal in the 90s, but had by then taken the game well and truly away from Sri Lanka.

The visitors, who came into this game with 3 pacemen, lost Lahiru Kumara midway through the last session, further debilitating a bowling attack, that has not played any first class cricket since November 2021.


Result


Sri Lanka
174/10 (65) & 178/10 (60)

India
574/8 (129.2)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Mayank Agarwal lbw b Lasith Embuldeniya 33 49 5 0 67.35
Rohit Sharma c Suranga Lakmal b Lahiru Kumara 29 28 6 0 103.57
Hanuma Vihari b Vishwa Fernando 58 128 5 0 45.31
Virat Kohli b Lasith Embuldeniya 45 76 5 0 59.21
Rishabh Pant b Suranga Lakmal 96 97 9 4 98.97
Shreyas Iyer lbw b Dhananjaya de Silva 27 48 3 0 56.25
Ravindra Jadeja not out 175 228 17 3 76.75
Ravichandran Ashwin c Niroshan Dickwella b Suranga Lakmal 61 82 8 0 74.39
Jayant Yadav c Lahiru Thirimanne b Vishwa Fernando 2 18 0 0 11.11
Mohammed Shami not out 20 34 3 0 58.82


Extras 28 (b 4 , lb 12 , nb 12, w 0, pen 0)
Total 574/8 (129.2 Overs, RR: 4.44)
Fall of Wickets 1-52 (9.5) Rohit Sharma, 2-80 (18.3) Mayank Agarwal, 3-170 (43.3) Virat Kohli, 4-175 (46.3) Hanuma Vihari, 5-228 (61.1) Shreyas Iyer, 6-332 (80.5) Rishabh Pant, 7-462 (109.4) Ravichandran Ashwin, 8-471 (113.6) Jayant Yadav,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 25 1 90 2 3.60
Vishwa Fernando 26 1 135 2 5.19
Lahiru Kumara 10.5 1 52 1 4.95
Lasith Embuldeniya 46 3 188 2 4.09
Dhananjaya de Silva 18.2 1 79 1 4.34
Charith Asalanka 3.1 0 14 0 4.52
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 28 71 5 0 39.44
Lahiru Thirimanne lbw b Ravichandran Ashwin 17 60 1 0 28.33
Pathum Nissanka not out 61 133 11 0 45.86
Angelo Mathews lbw b Jasprit Bumrah 22 39 1 1 56.41
Dhananjaya de Silva lbw b Ravichandran Ashwin 1 8 0 0 12.50
Charith Asalanka lbw b Jasprit Bumrah 29 64 5 0 45.31
Niroshan Dickwella c Shreyas Iyer b Ravindra Jadeja 2 10 0 0 20.00
Suranga Lakmal c Ravichandran Ashwin b Ravindra Jadeja 0 2 0 0 0.00
Lasith Embuldeniya c Mayank Agarwal b Mohammed Shami 0 5 0 0 0.00
Vishwa Fernando c Rohit Sharma b Ravindra Jadeja 0 5 0 0 0.00
Lahiru Kumara b Ravindra Jadeja 0 1 0 0 0.00


Extras 14 (b 0 , lb 6 , nb 8, w 0, pen 0)
Total 174/10 (65 Overs, RR: 2.68)
Fall of Wickets 1-48 (18.2) Lahiru Thirimanne, 2-59 (24.2) Dimuth Karunaratne, 3-96 (33.6) Angelo Mathews, 4-103 (38.1) Dhananjaya de Silva, 5-161 (57.6) Charith Asalanka, 6-164 (60.4) Niroshan Dickwella, 7-164 (60.6) Suranga Lakmal, 8-173 (63.3) Lasith Embuldeniya, 9-174 (64.5) Vishwa Fernando, 10-174 (64.6) Lahiru Kumara,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Mohammed Shami 12 5 27 1 2.25
Jasprit Bumrah 14 3 36 2 2.57
Ravichandran Ashwin 20 7 49 2 2.45
Jayant Yadav 6 2 15 0 2.50
Ravindra Jadedja 13 4 41 5 3.15


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Lahiru Thirimanne c Rohit Sharma b Ravichandran Ashwin 0 9 0 0 0.00
Dimuth Karunaratne c Rishab Pant b Mohammed Shami 27 42 6 0 64.29
Pathum Nissanka c Rishab Pant b Ravichandran Ashwin 6 19 1 0 31.58
Angelo Mathews lbw b 28 75 2 1 37.33
Dhananjaya de Silva c Shreyas Iyer b Ravindra Jadeja 30 58 5 0 51.72
Charith Asalanka c Virat Kohli b Ravichandran Ashwin 20 9 2 2 222.22
Niroshan Dickwella not out 51 81 0 0 62.96
Suranga Lakmal c Jayant Yadav b Ravindra Jadedja 0 3 0 0 0.00
Lasith Embuldeniya c Rishab Pant b Ravindra Jadeja 2 42 0 0 4.76
Vishwa Fernando lbw b Mohammed Shami 0 5 0 0 0.00
Lahiru Kumara c Mohammed Shami b Ravichandran Ashwin 4 14 0 0 28.57


Extras 10 (b 4 , lb 5 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 178/10 (60 Overs, RR: 2.97)
Fall of Wickets 1-9 (2.3) Lahiru Thirimanne, 2-19 (6.5) Pathum Nissanka, 3-45 (15.5) Dimuth Karunaratne, 4-94 (32.5) Dhananjaya de Silva, 5-121 (35.3) Charith Asalanka, 6-121 (36.2) Angelo Mathews, 7-121 (36.5) Suranga Lakmal, 8-153 (50.6) Lasith Embuldeniya, 9-170 (53.6) Vishwa Fernando, 10-178 (59.6) Lahiru Kumara,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Ravichandran Ashwin 21 5 47 4 2.24
Mohammed Shami 8 1 48 2 6.00
Ravindra Jadedja 16 5 46 4 2.88
Jayant Yadav 11 3 21 0 1.91
Jasprit Bumrah 4 1 7 0 1.75