Skip to main content

Editor's Pick (Test): India - Sri Lanka

Now while newspapers do tend to exaggerate, there must be something in it if most of them called the match ‘exciting’. It was an exciting match.
As it happened
India was all out for 172. That was a complete shock to what is considered to be some of the best audience in India - Kolkata. Sri Lanka was feeling pretty happy then. They had elected to bowl and they got the hosts out for a pretty low score. They came in to bat with a lot of confidence. Probably overconfidence. They did bat well. Better than the Indians anyway. And managed 294 on the board. Fifties from three batsman did the trick.
When India came back for the second innings, they really pulled up their socks. First things first. Score 122 to match up. Then hit hard and give them a solid target. SL now had to hit 231 to win. It seemed easy considering their first innings score. But nope. All that overconfidence I tell you.
First wicket fell for no runs in the first over. Second for 2 runs. Third for 14. 4th for 22. Five, six and seven by the time 75 runs on board. Now the visitors’ wickets were falling faster than ever. They were totally rattled. Indians had them. India had one foot on the finishing line.
Umpires meet. Light meters out. Not bright enough to continue.
Match was declared as a draw.
Sri Lanka heaved a sigh of relief. They were pretty sure that they were gonna lose too.  
This match totally had all of us hooked. First it looked like India was out. Then a draw. Then SL looked on top. Then draw. Then India took all those wickets in the final innings of the match. Now finally a draw thanks to bad light.
Questions were raised. Did Kohli delay the declaration? Was it his call or Coach Shastri? What did you think?
There was a lot of brilliant performances. Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Mohammed Shami. Umesh Yadav. Virat Kohli. Pujara. Lakmal.

Let’s take a look at the upcoming match.
News - Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan have been released from India's Test squad against Sri Lanka on personal grounds, the BCCI announced on Monday. While Bhuvneshwar has pulled out for the remainder of the Test series, Dhawan will be available for selection for the third Test, which starts from December 2 in Delhi.
M Vijay might get a turn. Ishant Sharma too. Vijay Shankar will be given a go because he can bowl medium pace. Hardik Pandya also out. Demanding conditions will ask for third and fourth seamer.
While the Eden Gardens pitch was designed keeping in mind India’s next tournament with South Africa, Nagpur pitch will also have similar conditions. More grass. Seamers will get all the help possible. Jadeja and Ashin - our spinners will need practice too.

My lineup
Batsmen
Virat Kohli
Murali Vijay
Lokesh Rahul
C Pujara
Bowlers
Suranja Lakmal
Ishant Sharma
R Ashwin
Wicket-keepers
N Dickwella
W Saha
All-Rounders
Angelo Mathews
D Perera


What do you think?
Indu

P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Chennai beats Mumbai and clinch thriller

It is not just about coming back. It is about the impact you make in the process. And Chennai team knows how to with a bang.  The Chennai team beat the home team by one wicket in what was an absolute sit-at-the-end-of-the-chair thriller. It was one of the best chases the tournament has seen and it most definitely won't be the last. The player who made the difference in the end - Jadhav - literally came back from the dead after retiring hurt to take his team to the finish line by hitting the ball in style with a six and a four.  Batting on one leg and playing an absolutely unbelievable shot, this player leveled the scores first with a six and finished the match with a four. 
Key Points  MI has never won their opener since 2013.This was Chennai's first win against MI in an opener of this T20 League DRS used in the league for the first time Bravo: It was a great team effort. I want to dedicate this win to the CSK fan, they have waited long for it. I came very early. I …

Champions Trophy - India is the team to beat

They say tough times brings teams together.  They say adversity brings out the best in us.  Looks like that is what is happening to Team India in the ongoing Champions Trophy in the UK.   AlI the talk about match fixing and spot fixing and conflict of interest seems to be bringing out the best in team India.  I am writing this blog just ahead of the semi finals where India will play Sri Lanka.  But got to say this - looks like team India is firing on all cylinders.  I have never seen the Indian team perform so commandingly well in a tournament before - especially one played outside the sub-continent.  All aspects of the Indian team seems to be clicking well and India is clearly the best team in the tournament so far.
Our bowling is superb, with the exception of Ishanth Sharma.   Bhuvaneshwar Kumar continues to impress one and all - the amazing thing is the carry he gets even when he is bowling around 130 kmph.  I don't think it is because of the wickets alone - I feel the carry he …

How to play Fantasy Cricket on Fantain

This is Fantain Sports.  The place where you get to play while the players are playing on the field. When they score, you do too. Fantain Sports is a company that provides you with all the action and excitement of the game. You get to pick your dream team on our app, along with the captain and vice captain. That puts you in charge. We provide you with all the data that helps you pick your team. This is a game of skill, not luck. The goodies that you win on our app is because of your hard work. Go on, give it a shot.
This is the first screen on the app. Please decide which sport you want to play and just click on the arrow.

When you select cricket, the next screen will take you to the list of games that are coming up. Select the game you wish to participate in. Click Enter.



Pick the players you choose to have in your fantasy lineup based on his salary, points, and selection percentage. Each number has its significance. You are given a total purse of Rs.100. The team that you pick shou…