Mohammed Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers as they reduced Sri Lanka to 86/6 after posting 252 runs on day 1 of the Bengaluru Test on Saturday.
Jasprit Bumrah drew the first blood, dismissing Kusal Mendis before getting the better Lahiru Thirimanne. Reduced to 14/2, the Islanders were looking for a big knock from their captain Dimuth Karunaratne.
But Mohammed Shami joined the party in the first ball of his spell, dismissing the Sri Lankan batter with a perfect in-swinger. It was a length ball around the off-stump that nipped back in to breach the gap between bat and pad as Karunaratne ended up defending down the original line.
Meanwhile, the fans were delighted to see the magical ball from Mohammed Shami under the lights. Showering praise on the veteran fast bowlers, fans said it is one of the best balls they have seen.
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— Rishobpuant (@rishobpuant) March 12, 2022
That delivery from Shami to Dimuth. Too good. Repeat telecast of Mohali in the pink ball Test. pic.twitter.com/EcJBFFC5hp
— Rex Clementine (@RexClementine) March 12, 2022
Bumrah takes the first 2 wickets like I’m the king in Asia now, Shami comes brother please this is my turf
— Dave (@CricketDave27) March 12, 2022
— The Falling Sweep 🪃 (@thefallingsweep) March 12, 2022
Oh my god! I can't… I want to play this on loop.. What a delivery, Shami!!!! #indvsl
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) March 12, 2022
Just Mohammed Shami things 💥 pic.twitter.com/9GCk3WXzSR
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 12, 2022
Shami is really in his very best years as a bowler, getting better with age
— Prashanth S (@ps_it_is) March 12, 2022
Beauty from Shami, the art and class gets Karunaratne – Sri Lanka 3 down for 45.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 6, 2022
What a peach of a delivery from Shami!
— Nikhil Kulkarni (@iamnikhil_k) March 12, 2022
Shreyas Iyer continues his good form
Speaking of the game, batting first, India posted 252 runs, riding on Shreyas Iyer’s breathtaking innings of 92 runs. He dominated the proceedings on a difficult Chinnaswamy wicket, taking the bowlers to cleaners at will.
Although he fell eight runs short, it was no short of a century given the magnitude of the knock. Iyer smacked 10 boundaries and four towering sixes for his 92-run knock. Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant also chipped in a handy contribution of 36 runs.
Defending 252 runs in the first innings, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami provided the first breakthroughs with the new under the lights before Axar Patel dismissed Charith Asalanka to have the Islanders in trouble.
Sri Lanka is currently trail by 166 runs in the first innings, with four wickets to spare.