After Rangana Herath’s heroics gave Sri Lanka a late resurgence on Day 4 to help them get an impressive 123-run lead over India, the hosts started aggressively through Dhawan (94) and Rahul (73*) and cancelled it no time and ended the day with a 49-run lead to wrest control away from the visitors.
Brief scores: India 172/10 & 171/1 (Shikhar Dhawan 94, KL Rahul 73*; Dashun Shanak 29/1) lead Sri Lanka 294/10 (Rangana Herath 67, Angelo Mathews 52; Mohammad Shami 4/100, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/88) by 49 runs.
Another day another controversy
After Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal created headlines yesterday following his fake fielding controversy, which went unnoticed by the field officials, leaving the Indian dugout and especially Kohli fuming, Dilruwan Perera gave the Indian skipper yet another reason to be infuriated about on Day 4. In the 57th over, after an in-swinging delivery by Mohammad Shami hit him on the back-pad in front of the off-stump, umpire Nigel Llong had raised his finger and Perera looked surer than ever that he was caught plumb as he started walking towards the pavilion. However, as if someone had reminded him that the side had one review left, the 35-year-old turned back and asked for it. The overjoyed Indian players turned glum when the Hawk-eye showed that the impact between ball and pad had been marginally outside the off-stump, with and the decision getting eventually reversed. Alongside Rangana Herath, Perera went on to add 43 crucial runs for the eighth wicket.
While Perera could have cited an instance of ‘brain fade’, which has been quite common among Lankans since Chamara Kapugedera went against the team's decision to field first in Pallekele, repeated replays show one or two hands going up from the Sri Lankan dressing room signalling the batsman to opt for the review. Allegations are doing the rounds and ICC could lay a charge on Sri Lanka for flouting the spirit of the game. Perera is not very famous for his integrity though. In 2012, during a warm-up match in Colombo, Perera chose not to walk out after Andrew Strauss had claimed a catch. The umpires didn’t notice it then and allowed him to bat, which left England players frustrated.
Rangana Herath- Sri Lanka’s most significant cog in Test wheel
It is almost a mystery as to how the 39-year-old all-rounder is still Sri Lanka’s most reliable man in the longest and most enduring format of the game. While players like Brad Hogg and Ashish Nehra chose to limit themselves to T20 cricket when crossed the threshold of 35 years, Herath seems to have been sharpening with every year. Herath tops the list of bowlers who
Eden Gardens pitch turns Indian again
When Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed to bother Rangana Herath, it was an indication of where the Eden Gardens pitch had gone over the last three days. India needed a composed start in the second innings to bury their