India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 3 Highlights today, Sunday 6-3-2022 – 1st Test, Sri Lanka tour of India from Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh.
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Sri Lanka did get manage to score 174 runs in their first innings, using 65 overs. The opener and the captain of the team Dimuth Karunaratne faced 71 balls and scored 28 runs. Lahiru Thirimanne scored 17, Pathum Nissanka contributed 61 not out, Angelo Mathews 22, Charith Asalanka added 29 runs to their team scoreboard. Ravindra Jadeja bowled thirteen overs, gave 41 runs, took five wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets each. The remaining wicket was taken by Mohammed Shami.
India have won the toss and will bat first.
India team: 1 R Sharma (capt), 2 M Agarwal, 3 H Vihari, 4 V Kohli, 5 S Iyer, 6 R Pant (wk), 7 R Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 J Yadav, 10 M Shami, 11 J Bumrah.
I think he has really come along the way he has batted in the last four-five years. The number he is batting is a bit low in my opinion. In between, we both realized that Jayant hasn’t bowled a lot and someone who is going to be the third spinner, Rohit also gave him a few overs. Sometimes it’s not that easy being the third spinner in the side and it’s important to look after. Jaddu was magnanimous in giving the ball away.
Sometimes I get ahead of myself with the bat but I have worked on things was looking to take one ball at a time. The surface was a really good one, it was not easy to get batters out when they were defending. You had to bowl tightly for sustained periods. I think Shami and Jasprit created pressure from the end where it wasn’t turning much.
Sri Lanka team: 1 D Karunaratne (capt), 2 L Thirimanne, 3 P Nissanka, 4 A Mathews, 5 D de Silva, 6 C Asalanka, 7 N Dickwella (wk), 8 S Lakmal, 9 L Embuldeniya, 10 V Fernando, 11 L Kumara.
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I think the batsmen need to put their hands up and bat longer. We thought the wicket was going to be up and down on day three, so we played three seamers. Unfortunately, we couldn’t execute our plans well. We got our calculation wrong. Sometimes we were too defensive, sometimes were too attacking. Sometimes we just needed to take singles and rotate the strike and get to the other side. That’s how we can play big innings. I think we did really well in the first two sessions of the game but once the ball got older we couldn’t do well. Those are the areas we need to work on.
It was a good start [to my captaincy career]. I never thought it was going to be that kind of a Test that gets over in three days. It was a good batting wicket with help for spinners and seamers. Credit to our bowlers who bowled in tandem and applied pressure. We knew it is a fast outfield and runs would be easier to come if you dig in.
We were just waiting for an odd one to bounce differently and their batters to make mistakes. Good signs for Indian cricket, a lot of performances, and a landmark Test for Virat. We wanted to first win the game and such individual performances were heartening to see. Someone like Jadeja and Ashwin has played a lot of cricket in India, has taken lots of wickets but what if they are not there?
So we wanted to give Jayant also a chance. It was the team’s decision and Jadeja’s decision on the declaration. Shows how selfless he is. It will be the second [third] pink-ball Test in India. It’s a different challenge in India than outside. Let’s see what kind of wicket we get.
Ravindra Jadeja is the Player of the Match:
This is my lucky ground. Whenever I come here, I always get positive vibes. I was looking to build a partnership with a wicket. To be honest I don’t know about stats [hundred and ten-for] but I am happy to do well with bat and ball.
When you perform like this, you feel very confident. I haven’t done anything differently with my batting, just backing my instincts. I try to settle down and after that, I play my shots. I try to keep it simple. I haven’t played with the SG pink ball, so it will be something new. Hopefully, it will be good only after a couple of days of practice. I always love bowling with the SG ball.
Match Timings: 04:00 GMT | 09:30 Local
Umpires – Nitin Menon, Virender Sharma
TV Umpires – Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match number – Test no. 2452