India v Sri Lanka: Ravindra Jadeja applauded before consoling Rishabh Pant after the star wicketkeeper batter put on a stunning show of big batting on day one of the first Test at Mohali, only to miss a hundred run four-run Test .
Rishabh Pant got out for 96 on the first day of the first test against Sri Lanka (AP Photo)
Rishabh Pant put on a stunning show of big shots but he missed 100 runs by just 4 runs on the first day of the first test between India and Sri Lanka at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Pant was dismissed at 96 by Suranga Lakmal, despite the wicketkeeper heading for a triple-digit score in the final session.
Rishabh Pant reached his fifty in73 balls but he switched gears and never looked back as he brought Sri Lankan spinners Lasith Embuldeniya and Dhananjaya de Silva to the clean. Pant hit 4 sixes and 9 limits, lifting India’s total past 300 in no time.
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Pant was keen to get the bat as he sewed a 100-run stand for the 6th wicket with Ravindra Jadeja. However, Sri Lanka struck with the new ball when Suranga Lakmal went through Pant’s defense as he batted on 96.
Pant went for his hundred with a big hit, but he missed a delivery that backed off a bit.
The wicketkeeper was heartbroken after being bowled as he stood on the pitch with his head in his hands. As the star-batter trotted back to the pavilion, his partner Jadeja comforted him and applauded his batting performance.
The dressing room gave a huge round of applause as Pant walked past them into the pavilion in Mohali. The crowd at IS Bindra Stadium was on their feet and applauding the knock, but the wicketkeeper’s batsman was heartbroken.
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Notably, it was the fifth time Pant had dropped out in Test cricket in the 1990s. After his brave ton in the 3rd Test against South Africa, which India lost in January, he missed an opportunity to hit a second consecutive hundred in Test cricket.
PANT HAS FUN WITH SPINNER
Pant turned on big-hitting mode right after hitting 50 when he hit 22 runs in an over by Embuldeniya in the final session. He ran down the track for fun and threw the spinners into the stands with an incredible punch that may have taken the game out of the spectators.
Pant’s attack against Embuldeniya and Dhananjaya brought back memories of his attack against Englishman Jack Leach in Ahmedabad last year. Pant also showed no respect to Australia’s Nathan Lyon during his exploits in Melbourne