Published:November 19, 2017 6:31 pm
“Happy that I scored runs, but disappointed that I missed the century,” stated India opener Shikhar Dhawan after stumps on Day four of the primary Test towards Sri Lanka in Kolkata. The left-hand batsman selected the right event to ship with the willow as he notched up a breezy 94 within the second innings.
India trailed Sri Lanka by 122 runs when KL Rahul and Dhawan got here out to bat for the second time within the match. Both the openers had failed to depart a mark within the first innings and so they now had the onus on themselves to get India out of the woods on a strip that had favoured the seam bowlers for the foremost a part of the sport. The left-right batting duo of Dhawan and Rahul had been decided to present India with a secure begin and didn’t present any urgency to attain runs earlier than settling down.
Dhawan, specifically, performed a gradual knock within the preliminary stage of the innings and accelerated solely after going previous the 50-run mark. The openers not solely gave a strong begin to India in second innings but additionally rubbed-off the lead that Sri Lanka had grabbed in first innings. Rahul and Dhawan compiled a first-wicket stand of 166 runs earlier than Dhawan was out caught behind off Dasun Shanaka. He tried to defend a size supply from Shanaka that kissed the internal fringe of the bat and Dickwella took a sitter behind the stumps.
India ended day four at 1/171 and lead Sri Lanka by 49 runs. Earlier, Sri Lanka rode on Rangana Herath’s 67 to take first innings lead.
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