India vs Sri Lanka first Test ends in a thrilling draw after Sri lankans survive Bhuvneshwar, Shami

India had declared after losing eight wickets, setting Sri Lanka 231

Updated - November 20, 2017 06:46 pm IST

Published - November 20, 2017 09:15 am IST

  Indian captain Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century during the fifth day

Indian captain Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century during the fifth day

Sri Lanka second innings

After India had declared, eight wickets down, to set Sri Lanka a target of 231 in under two sessions, a draw seemed the most likely outcome. However, the Indian seamers jolted the Sri Lankans to such an extent that an Indian win looked possible. Ultimately, the fading light had the final say as Sri Lanka wobbled to 75 for 7 and the game ended in a draw at Kolkata's Eden Gardens in the first of three Tests.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the best of the bowlers, taking 4 for 8 in 11 overs.

India declare

Captain Virat Kohli guided the Indian team to safety by completing a crafty century. With this, Virat Kohli completes his 50th international century.

India declared their second innings at 352 for 8, setting a total of 231 to win the first Test at Kolkata.


India were 251 for five in their second innings at lunch on the fifth and final day of the opening cricket Test against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.

Virat Kohli (41) and R Ashwin (0) were at the crease at the break with India leading by 129 runs with 5 wickets remaining.

Having been bundled out for 172 in the first innings, Indian openers gave a flying start in the second innings. Shikhar Dhawan and K.L. Rahul wiped out the deficit of 122 runs and put India in a safe zone. India ended Day 4 on a strong note of 171 for 1 with KL Rahul and Pujara unbeaten on 73 and 2 respectively.

Sri Lanka were all out for 294 in the first innings and the game is edging towards a tame draw.


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