Team India’s mission has progressed extraordinarily well so far in the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Upon guessing the right side of the coin, Rohit Sharma decided to bat first on a good batting wicket. The majority of the batters added a great deal of value to the scoreboard as they dominated Sri Lankan bowlers with ease.
Notably, there were plenty of positives from India’s batting department. Hanuma Vihari who came in as a replacement for the out-of-form Cheteshwar Pujara, made a name for himself by scoring a half-century, coming at No.3 for India. He mustered 58 runs with the help of 5 boundaries. Rishabh Pant was the major talking point on Day 1 of the first Test.
The flamboyant southpaw caressed the Sri Lanka’s bowling attack by smashing sixes and fours at will. He started scoring runs at the rate of knots once he went past the half-century. Unfortunately, he missed out on a well-deserved century by just 4 runs. Rishabh Pant ended up scoring 96 runs off 97 deliveries including 9 fours and 4 sixes.
Ravindra Jadeja pulls out his sword celebration
India’s premium all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja played superbly well in the first Test. He added a 104-run partnership with Rishabh Pant for the sixth wicket. The southpaw remained unbeaten on 45 at the end of the opening day. On the following day, he scored a half-century. After that, he looked like a different player altogether as he started scoring runs pretty quickly.
The 33-year-old went on to essay his second century in his Test career as he got a rousing reception from the Mohali crowd. The Indian players and staff at the dressing room stood up and congratulated the all-rounder for his innings.
Jadeja was in no mood to stop after his century as he took his batting to the next level against the visitors. He scored his first 150 in his Test career. Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 175* where he struck 17 boundaries and 3 sixes to his name. Ravi Ashwin also played his part by scoring 61. India declared the innings at 574/8.