It’s very rare that a team that has been ahead for 3 days in a test match that lasted only 3 and a half days ends up on the losing side. But believe it or not, that is what happened in the first test match of the Cricbuzz Cup between India and Sri Lanka.
Courtesy of some exceptional bowling from the Sri Lankan spinners, India were bundled out for 112 in the fourth innings, chasing just 175. Here are the 5 talking points of the 1st test.
1) Kohli dismissal led to batting collapse
India were going well in the first innings when both Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli were at the crease. From 28 for 2 when India were in a spot of bother, these two stitched together a crucial partnership and took India out of danger.
The score was 255 when Kohli got out playing a rash sweep, just after he got his 100. India were in a formidable position leading by 72 runs and should have capitalized on it but the batting collapsed. Barring Wriddhiman Saha, everybody else found it difficult out there and India were eventually bowled out for 375.
Had the lead been extended to anywhere between 250 and 300, we would be hearing a different story altogether.