The fifth and final day at Kolkata’s historic Eden Gardens saw a thrilling draw between India and Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli scored his 50th international century and the Indian pacers put up a remarkable show, but in the end, play was stopped due to bad light and the visitors managed to draw the game.
After KL Rahul’s dismissal, India lost quick wickets in the first session but after lunch, Indian captain and run-machine, Virat Kohli changed gears. He slowly upped the run-rate by punishing the Lankan bowlers and despite no support from the other batsmen, Kohli remained unperturbed and smashed a six over long-off to bring up his 18th Test century which was also his 50th International hundred across all formats. India declared at 352/8, while Mohammed Shami also played a few good shots and proved that he is no mug with the bat.
Chasing 231, both the Sri Lankan openers had to walk back with just two runs on the board, courtesy Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami.
The third session saw early dismissals of Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews which was soon later followed by Dinesh Chandimal’s wicket as Sri Lanka were reduced to 69/5. Bhuvneshwar was simply magnificent with his line and lengths and Shami’s searing yorker to dismiss Chandimal was a sight to behold. Unfortunately for India, the light at the stadium faded faster than the Sri Lankan wickets which resulted in the umpires calling it stumps when the scoreboard read 75/7 for the Lankans and the match resulted in a draw.
India 172 (C Pujara 52; S Lakmal 4/26) & 352/8 decl (V Kohli 104*; D Shanaka 3/76)
Sri Lanka 294 (R Herath 67; B Kumar 4/88) & 75/7 (N Dickwella 27; B Kumar 4/8)
Man of the Match - Bhuvneshwar Kumar