IND vs SL: On Day 1 of the second Test in Bengaluru, India’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant produced a magnificent counter-attacking effort. Unfortunately, it came to an abrupt end, a testament to his ‘live by the sword, die by the sword’ approach to gameplay and life in general.
The Indian squad was in a precarious position at 93/4 as the lunch break approached. Pant had already made his intentions quite plain by playing overhead shots on his third delivery.
After the lunch break, he continued his assault. This time focusing on the spinners, who were responsible for bowling the bulk of the overs. He had had a lifeline earlier in the innings as well. But Sri Lanka didn’t have to pay a high price for it.
Pant was removed by Lasith Embuldeniya after playing a counter-attacking inning. He managed to score a brisk 39. He attempted to premeditate and get to the back foot for a length delivery. But the low bounce in the surface meant that the ball slipped through under Pant’s bat and dismiss the stumps. ALSO READ: IND vs SL: Dhananjaya De Silva Gets Rid Of Virat Kohli, Leaves Him Stunned
Rishabh Pant played a brisk inning
As seen by the number of wickets India lost in the first session, it is a difficult surface on which to bat. After the pacers were found to be ineffectual in the early stages, the spinners entered the fray.
Each of the wickets that have fallen, except for Mayank Agarwal’s dreadful run out in the first innings, has been taken by the spinners themselves. An extra spinner was brought in for the Bengaluru Test, and both India and Sri Lanka made the correct option in doing so.
Instead of Jayant Yadav, India named Axar Patel. While Sri Lanka named Praveen Jayawickrama as their replacement for the injured Lahiru Kumara. Kusal Mendis has also returned to the lineup. He took the place of the injured Pathum Nissanka, who was unable to play.
Batters that are willing to take on the short ball early in the game. Batters who will leave the field with tact should defend till the terrible balls arrive.
Others who sprint out to the crease, reverse pressure, and grasp a passage of play by the collar are worth mentioning as well. Yet another group of players who first absorb up balls, then shift through the gears, farm the strike, and shepherd the tail.
IND vs SL: Batters had to suffer due to the pitch in the first day
Even India is shocked by how dry the Chinnaswamy surface is on the first day of the test at the Chinnaswamy. They had definitely desired a turning pitch.
But a minefield on the first day? Before the first ten overs were completed, Rohit Sharma edged a ball that turned hard away from him.
Virat Kohli gets out caught and bowled by a ball that rags back and shoots low. He seems to be mortified for what seems like an eternity that the ball has slipped into his pads. It is because of the pitch that this has occurred.