Delhi pollution affects India vs Sri Lanka Test: Timeline leading to dramatic declaration

first_imgThe poor air quality affected the players during the second day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi as the cricketers were seen wearing masks at the post lunch session.Delhi in recent times has been notorious for having a high pollution level and hence the protection perhaps. Strangely though, some players weren’t covering their mouths and noses and were seen having the mask hanging on their necks. Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav were among the few Indian players seen taking the refuge of a breathing mask.BCCI Photo Sri Lanka pacers Suranga Lakmal and then Gamage complained of uneasiness and play was halted for a few minutes. However, Sri Lanka forced play to be stopped again and that saw, Kohli throwing his bat away in frustration. He even attempted some shots in anger and the ball flew past the umpire at the non-striker’s end. Another stoppage infuriated Kohli further and he lost concentration, losing his wicket for 243 in the process. Virat Kohli had enough of Sri Lanka’s shenanigans, and declared the Indian first innings for 536/7.Innings break! India declare their innings on 536/7.Updates – https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/jRzygy50g4- BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017Play was halted for a total of 16 minutes and 30 seconds, by the discussions between both sets of players and the umpire, regarding the playing conditions due to the poor air quality. Here is the what happened:12:53 IST to 13:05 IST – Virat Kohli infuriated by the antics of the Sri Lankan players.advertisement13:00 IST: Gamage wants out, he is feeling the effects of the smogThe artificial lights in the ground are seen taking their effect now. Meanwhile, Gamage again looks to be in some discomfort and is down on his knees. This makes the visiting physio rush out to the centre. Very unwise for play to continue in such conditions at the cost of the health of the players. Gamage is off the field now and SURANGA LAKMAL will complete the over now.BCCI Photo 13:06 IST – Virat Kohli fell prey to SandakanSandakan came around the wicket and to float the ball around off. The ball spun in sharply, as Kohli tried to flick it. Surprised by the spin, he was struck on the back leg in front of the stumps.  He was given out by the third umpire and he walked out to a standing ovation from his home crowd.13.16 IST: Ravi Shashtri wants some piece of the action, walks out onto the pitchSuranga Lakmal is seen walking off the field, with one ball still left. The Sri Lankan team manager is seen walking to the middle to have a talk with the umpires. Seeing this, even Ravi Shastri dashes out to the middle, before the situation is taken under control by the umpires by sending both of them off the field. DILRUWAN PEERA will bowl the last ball of the over.BCCI Photo 13.25 IST: Not enough players on the field for Dinesh ChandimalDinesh Chandimal isn’t happy there. Not sure what’s the reason. The on-air commentators observe that there are ONLY 10 PLAYERS ON THE GROUND! Yes, you read that right. Apparently, no one walked in as a replacement for Lakmal. Samarawickrama is out already, Gamage and Lakmal walked out a while back. Harsha Bhogle jokes on air that among the Lankans, only Russel Arnold looks fit and will have to take the field now.13:27 IST: Virat Kohli declares the India inningsSandakan comes round the wicket and floats it around off. The ball spins in sharply. Kohli goes back to flick it but is surprised by the spin that beats him and strikes him on the back leg in front of the stumps. On appealing, Nigel Llong upholds it. Kohli wears a surprised look on his face as he widens his eyes post that decision. Has a chat with Saha who gives him a green signal to opt for DRS. Sandakan is just fine with his front foot and there is no bat on that either. Ball Tracker returns three reds to signal the end of the Kohli journey in this innings. He walks out to a standing ovation from the crowd. Raises his bat in acknowledgement of the same. It has been a brilliant knock by the skipper, one where he looked fluent from start to end. Perhaps he has a right to feel hard done by due to the hold ups in play. But taking nothing away from the Lankans, who despite not being at their best, have seen the back of the Indian skipper.advertisementlast_img

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