Kolkata Test: Indian pacers create a new record in thrilling draw at Eden

first_imgIndia pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav created a new record during the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Umesh picked up 17 wickets in total which is the most by Indian pacers in a Test match in India. It was also the first instance in 262 Tests when no Indian spinner managed to pick up a single wicket in a home Test.Bhuvi, in particular, was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he finished with eight wickets (four wickets in each innings) in the match and deservedly bagged the man-of-the-match award. Shami picked up four wickets in Sri Lanka’s first innings and two in the second while Umesh scalped two in the first and one in the final innings.Chasing 231 in the final innings, Sri Lanka held on for a thrilling draw, finishing at 75/7, with the match being called off early for the third day in succession due to bad light.Captain Virat Kohli heaped praise on Bhuvneshwar after the match.”It was important to make something out of the game with whatever time we had. As you mentioned, conditions changed drastically into day four- five. We showed character after being on the back foot initially,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.”Bhuvneshwar has picked up pace. Bowls heavier balls than before and hits the right areas. He’s grabbing his chances and is a massive contender to start every Test match for India. He’ll do us good in overseas conditions, and not just in home conditions.advertisement”He’s going to be an important part of our plan going forward in all formats. He’s doing well in the shorter formats and now 8 wickets in this Test. Credit to him; he’s working hard and it’s paying for him,” he added.Earlier, Kohli led India’s fightback with a stunning 104* off 119 balls which included 12 boundaries and two sixes. India ended up with 352 for 8 and declared as soon as Kohli reached his 18th Test hundred with a six off Suranga Lakmal in the fag end of the second session.It was Kohli’s 50th century in international cricket and his first Test ton at the Eden Gardens.”I didn’t try to think about the situation and pressure. The shots started coming off. Luckily, they took the new ball – the old ball was soft and it wasn’t easy to get it away – and I thought I might as well go for it. If you have the intent,  luck favours you too. Little bit of luck, bit of inside edge in the seventies,” Kohli said on his hundred.In fact, so dominant was India’s pace battery that India’s star spin twin,  R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled a total of 10 overs in the entire match. Ashwin was not even called on to bowl in the final innings. Imagine India trying to win a Test match on the fifth day and Ashwin not even getting an over.The next Test match will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur from November 24.last_img

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