Tweakers' pace made batting difficult, admits Chandimal
Galle: Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal credited the Indian bowlers for their brilliant performance on Day One of the first Test here yesterday, as the hosts were bowled out for just 183 runs in their first innings.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 6-46 and then Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli added an unbeaten 100-run partnership as the visitors finished just 55 runs adrift at stumps.
Amit Mishra also picked two wickets while Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron had one apiece. "All credit goes to their bowlers and they bowled really well," said Chandimal after the day's play.
Moisture on pitch
"The last two-three days the pitch was under covers, and suddenly they took it off this morning. With the dew on the wicket there was a bit of turn and the Indian spinners exploited it nicely.
Rohit Sharma takes an acrobatic catch to dismiss Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews for 64 yesterday. Pic/Solaris Images
"The Indian spinners didn't give any pace to us. They bowled really slowly. As batsmen, it then becomes really difficult to get runs with the straight shots. We had to play the sweeps and the reverse sweeps. So, all credit to them," he said.
"The wicket got dry in the afternoon and there was not much turn in the last session. And we didn't click as a batting unit. It can happen. We are looking forward to the next innings," he added.