India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Indian pacers bag all wickets in innings in home Test after 34 years

As India restricted Sri Lanka at 294 in the first Test at Eden Gardens, the pacers created record, bagging all the wickets of the innings. This happened after 34 years that Indian pacers bagged all wickets in an innings of a home Test. This happened back during the Ahmedabad Test of 1983 against West Indies. This happened for the first time in 1981, as India played England in Mumbai.

India were bundled for 172 in the first innings as Suranga Lakmal’s 4-for, on Kolkata’s green pitch, rattled the batting lineup. Sri Lanka took a lead in the following innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav helped India remove four Sri Lanka batsmen on Day Three. Mohammed Shami, who could not live up to the expectations on Day Three, bowled brilliantly on Day four to pick up four crucial wickets including those of Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella. Bhuvneshwar picked up two more wickets as both Shami and he finished with four wickets from the innings.

However, the green pitch of Eden Gardens did not let either of the captains use their spinners in the Test that much. During India’s innings, spinners Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath bowled a total of nine overs. The Indian spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, have also bowled a total of nine overs.

Sri Lanka took a lead of 122 runs, while India batted well to reduce it to 52 runs before tea of Day Four of the Test.