Hello and welcome to the live blog of fifth and final day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. We at Cricket Country will be bringing you all the interesting posts from the social media universe, along with intriguing stats. India were 171 for one at stumps, leading Sri Lanka by 49 runs in their second innings on day four of the rain-hit opening Test in Kolkata on Sunday. KL Rahul, batting on 73, and Shikhar Dhawan, who made 94, put together a 166-run opening stand to lead the hosts’ revival after Sri Lanka posted 294. The visitors had gained a 122-run lead in the first innings in response to India’s 172.
Paceman Dasun Shanaka got the left-handed Dhawan caught behind in the last few overs of the day. Cheteshwar Pujara, on two, was batting alongside Rahul when bad light ended the day’s play. Openers Rahul and Dhawan hit fluent half-centuries to lead India’s fightback. The duo put together a 166-run stand before Dhawan fell to paceman Dasun Shanaka for 94. Cheteshwar Pujara, on two, was batting alongside Rahul, on 73, when bad light ended an absorbing day’s play at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.
Rangana Herath made Sri Lanka stand tall until the second session with a defiant 67 that steered the visitors to 294 in response to India’s 172. In-form Rahul registered his ninth score of 50-plus runs in the last 11 innings, getting equal support from the left-handed Dhawan, who recorded his fourth Test fifty. The visitors are seeking their first Test win on Indian soil in the three-match series.