Despite being the better team and leading India throughout most of the game, Sri Lanka came dangerously close to losing the 1st Test when they saw a massive batting collapse chasing a target of 231 runs. Nirosan Dickwella tried his best to pass off the last few overs that frustrated Virat Kohli.
Kohli’s 18th Test century helped India give a tricky target of 231 runs to the visitors in the fourth innings of the match. And India's phenomenal pace attack gave a real hope to the fans that the hosts could open the series with a win as they were dismissing Sri Lanka players for fun. Realising that it was difficult to see off the full day, Sri Lankan players resorted to time-wasting tactics, which left Kohli and Mohammad Shami fuming.
The incident occurred in the 19th over of the game. When Mohammed Shami began his run-up for the first delivery Dickwella wasn’t ready and he put his head down waving for the bowler to stay back. It led to a long-distance spat as Shami seemed understandably irritated with this. The umpire tried to cool down the situation and Kohli didn't let time slip away by dragging things on.
After the second ball, Shami walked right up to the batsman and had some talk with him. On the very next delivery, the Sri Lankan pulled away again. This time, the umpires called Dickwella and Kohli for a conversation. It was clear, that that the India skipper didn’t want to talk anymore, but Nigel Llong didn't let him go without clarifying things. It was
Though Chandimal and Dickwella were soon dismissed, Sri Lanka managed to hold on anyhow before bad light prevented 10 overs of the game to be bowled and the match