Sri Lanka 113-2 after dismissing India for 172 in 1st cricket test

Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne bats during the third day of their first test cricket match against India in Kolkata on Saturday, November 18. (AP)
Updated 18 November 2017
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Sri Lanka 113-2 after dismissing India for 172 in 1st cricket test

KOLKATA, India: Sri Lanka reached 113-2 at tea in its first innings on Day 3 of the first test to trail India by 59 runs on Saturday.
At the break, Lahiru Thirimanne was unbeaten on 48 and Angelo Mathews 31 not out as bad weather that had washed out most of the first two days finally gave way to sunshine.
India lost its last five wickets in a single session to be all out for 172.
Resuming on 74-5, India added another 98 runs before its first innings ended at lunch.
Sri Lanka began its reply in hectic fashion as openers Sadeera Samarawickrama (23) and Dimuth Karunaratne (8) quickly put on 29 runs for the first wicket.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-38) struck the first blow. Karunaratne was trapped lbw and the decision stood despite a DRS review from the batsman.
Two overs later, Samarawickrama was caught behind as Kumar struck again.
But Thirimanne and Mathews dug in against an intense effort by the Indian pacers. Mathews had survived an early lbw call via DRS.
Shikhar Dhawan dropped Thirimanne at first slip off Umesh Yadav (0-26) in the 18th over.
Sri Lanka crossed 50 in the 14th over. The pair brought up the 50 partnership for the third wicket off 85 balls.
Ravichandran Ashwin was introduced in the 23rd over but failed to make an impact. The visitors then crossed the 100 mark in the 25th over, cutting down India’s low total.
Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara top scored for India with 52 runs while Suranga Lakmal was the most successful of the Sri Lankan bowlers, capturing 4-26.
Pujara, 47 overnight, reached his 16th test half-century off 108 balls before he was bowled by an inswinger from Lahiru Gamage.
Wriddiman Saha (29) and Ravindra Jadeja (22) added a valuable 48 runs for the seventh wicket before they both departed in the same over from Dilruwan Perera.
Mohammed Shami, batting at 10, chipped in with a rapid 24 to prop up the tail before he was the last man out.


Francesco Molinari looking for ‘dream’ end to season in Dubai at DP World Tour Championship

Updated 15 November 2018
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Francesco Molinari looking for ‘dream’ end to season in Dubai at DP World Tour Championship

  • 2018 has been an incredible year for Molinari
  • If Molinari wins this weekend, it would make him just the third player in history to win multiple Rolex Series events

LONDON: Francesco Molinari is looking to end a fairytale season by becoming the European No. 1 at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, which starts today, and the first Italian to achieve the feat.
2018 has been an incredible year for Molinari, with a maiden Major victory in the Open Championship in July, which followed a first Rolex event victory at the BMW PGA Championship in May. He has also not missed a single cut this season, a run that extends over four years in regular European Tour events.
And in a glorious Ryder Cup for the Europeans, he became the first player from the continent to win five points out of five, while securing the winning point in his singles match against USA’s Phil Mickelson.
Speaking to journalists ahead of today’s tee-off, the Italian said: “It feels incredible, a new position for me, I’ve never been here in the past.
“I think it’s just a consequence and a sign of an incredible season. I would have never guessed that I would be here in this position if you told me in April or May this year but it’s been an incredible summer, topped by an unbelievable Ryder Cup.
“Really, it’s a dream season for me and it’s nice to be here in this position. Hopefully I’ll be able to close it out. I know it’s not going to be easy and I’m not making any assumptions but I’ll do my best on the course to do the job.
And when asked about his prospects of winning the Harry Vardon trophy this weekend, he said: “You can have the best week of your life and win one tournament but to win a competition that lasts throughout the season, with the amount of talent there is right now on the European Tour, is something really hard to do but it’s also still hard to figure out for me how I’m here in this position.”
Molinari needs to finish tied-fifth or better at the Jumeirah Golf Estates to seal the Race to Dubai crown, but Ryder Cup partner Tommy Fleetwood — the man he formed such a strong bond with in Paris — is the only man who can prevent him the perfect ending.
Victory for the Englishman on the Earth Course is the only way he can deny Molinari the title, but the Italian was full of praise for his “best friend” and would not begrudge Fleetwood if he successfully defended his Race to Dubai crown.
“I know we said this and we’re going to sound really cheesy but if I don’t win, I’d rather see him win than anyone else,” he said.
“We really are good friends and he’s had an amazing season. To think that he won last year and to come here, still with a chance to win two in a row, it’s incredible, really.
“So fair play to him. What I can say for me is that it’s been a great season and however it goes this week, I’m still going to have lots of great memories from all of what I’ve done this year, and probably the best memory is what we’ve done together with him in France.
“I can’t really be mad at him, even if he wins.”
If Molinari wins this weekend, it would make him just the third player in history to win multiple Rolex Series events and he praised the introduction of the European Tour’s prestige level of tournaments.
“There’s a few events that we target every year,” he said. “It’s great for us to have the opportunity to play in such special tournaments.
“Especially for guys like me, playing a home event in Italy that is part of the Rolex Series, just gives a completely new meaning to the Italian Open.”