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Sri Lanka survive Indian pace attack as Eden Gardens game ends in a thrilling draw

Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked another four wicket haul
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked another four wicket haul

India 172 & 352-8 (Kohli 104no) v
Sri Lanka 294 & 75-7 (Bhuvneshwar 4-8)
First Test, Eden Gardens, day five

After a blistering century from Virat Kohli helped India set a target of 231 for Sri Lanka, a four-wicket haul from Bhuvneshwar Kumar put the visitors under a considerable pressure at 75 for seven in the final innings as the first Test between the two teams ended in a thrilling draw.

Chasing a tricky target, Sadeera Samarawickrama (0) was castled by Bhuveshwar (4-8) in the final ball of the first over while Mohammad Shami (2-34) at the other end bowled Dimuth Karunaratne (1).

The wickets continued to tumble as Lahiru Thirimanne (7) also fell in the fourth over as Sri Lanka were reeling at 14 for three. Angelo Mathews (12), Dinesh Chandimal (20) and Niroshan Dickwella (27) were the only players to cross the double digit mark as the Indian seamers were all over the Sri Lankan batsmen.

As the game entered the final hour, Sri Lanka were positioned 62 for four and the wickets of Chandimal, Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera (0) meant there were some nerves in their camp but with the light dipping down, the umpires called off play as the game ended in a draw.

Earlier, India resumed the day with a lead of 122. With a triple strike from Suranga Lakmal (3-93), India lost Lokesh Rahul (79), Cheteshwar Pujara (22) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) but it was skipper Kohli (104 not out), who came to the rescue with a blistering 119 ball unbeaten knock that had 12 boundaries and two sixes in it to help India post 352 for eight before the declaration came.

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