Spinners, Rahul steal the show

Spinners, Rahul steal the show

Spinners, Rahul   steal the show

Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja ran through the Sri Lanka Board’s President’s XI (SLBP) batting before opener KL Rahul made a solid return from injury on the opening day of the two-day warm-up tie, here on Friday.

The home team was comfortably placed at 139 for one, thanks to the second-wicket stand from opener Danushka Gunathilaka (74) and Lahiru Thirimanne (59) before collapsing to 187 all out.

The match situation changed drastically after Thirimanne’s fall in the 38th over with the next nine batsmen adding 48 to the total in the innings lasting 55.5 overs.

All eight bowlers in the Indian squad had a go with Kuldeep (4/14 in 6.5 overs) and Jadeja (3/31 in 9 overs) standing out.

India got to bat for 30 overs, scoring 135 for three with opener Abhinav Mukund (0) and Cheteshwar Pujara (12) falling cheaply.

Rahul, returning to competitive cricket after an injury lay-off, made a fine 54 off 58 balls including seven fours.

Virat Kohli too got to spend some time in the middle. He scored 34 off 46 balls and shared an unbeaten 43-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane (30 unbeaten off 30).

Score board

Sri Lanka Board President’s XI (I Innings): Danushka Gunathilaka (run out) 74, Kaushal Silva c Saha b Shami 4, Lahiru Thirimanne c sub b Jadeja 59, Dhananjaya de Silva c sub b Jadeja 0, Ashan Priyanjan c Rahane b Jadeja 2, Sandun Weerakkody lbw Kuldeep 10, Kithuruwan Vithanage c Bhuvneshwar b Kuldeep 2, Shehan Jayasuriya b Kuldeep 1, T Kaushal c Saha b Shami 1, Lahiru Gamage c Yadav b Kuldeep 1. Extras (NB-1, LB-3) 4. Total (all out, 55.5 overs) 187.

Bowling: Mohammed Shami 5-1-9-2, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6-1-18-0, Umesh Yadav 8-0-43-0, Ishant Sharma 7-1-27-0, Hardik Pandya 4-1-8-0, Ravichandran Ashwin 10-2-34-0, Ravindra Jadeja 9-0-31-3, Kuldeep Yadav 6.5-2-14-4.

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-139, 3-139, 4-141, 5-145, 6-161, 7-165, 8-179, 9-186.
INDIA (I Innings): KL Rahul lbw Rajitha 54, Abhinav Mukund b Fernando 0, Cheteshwar Pujara b Fernando 12, Virat Kohli (batting) 34, Ajinkya Rahane (batting) 30. Extras: (B-1, NB-4) 5. Total (for 3 wkts, 30 overs) 135.
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-46, 3-89.

Bowling: Vishwa Fernando 6-0-21-2, Lahiru Gamage 8-1-31-0, Kasun Rajitha 5-1 -21-0, T Kaushal 3-0-16-0, Shehan Jayasuriya 1-0-8-0.

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