SL 294, IND 172, 171/1 (39.3 Ovs), Day 4: Stumps - India lead by 49 runs
After bundling out for 172 in the first innings, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan boosted India’s hopes of a comeback win with a crucial century partnership on Day 4 of the first Test at the Eden Gardens.
The hosts struck 171-1 in the third innings as Virat Kohli’s men gained a 49-run lead in the match after they were left trailing by 122 runs.
With the wicket easing out, the Sri Lankan bowlers found it difficult to tame the opposition batsmen as they gained control.
Though Rahul played some delightful strokes, it was Dhawan who went after the bowlers. The southpaw missed out on another century by 6 runs as he seemed in a hurry to reach the feat.
After the previous two days were rain-curtailed, the chances of a draw seem big for both sides with one last day to go.
Earlier in the second innings, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami put up a fantastic display of swing bowling but Rangana Herath's half-century (67) denied India a chance to run through the Sri Lankan order cheaply and took the visitors’ lead to 122 runs on Day 4 of the first Test here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.