In the 19th over of the 2nd innings of Sri Lanka in the opening Test at Eden Gardens against India was full of tensions between the two teams flared over. With Sri Lanka chasing a strong total of 231 runs in a one-and-a-half session of play, India got off a flying start with two quick wickets before Tea. At the close of play, though, Sri Lanka had battled through and avoided a defeat – helped by bad light and some clever tactics by the batsmen.
With Mohammed Shami bowling the 19th over of the innings, he started to run in to bowl but Niroshan Dickwella wasn’t ready to face the delivery. Clearly, Shami became furious after being asked to stop multiple times and he gestured from afar to get the batsman to bat on. Dickwella was constantly putting his head down and waving his hand to make Shami stay back.
The next ball, Shami delivered a short delivery which bounced up on Dickwella and he played a defensive shot which edged and carried by the second slip. Shami, though, walked forward on his followthrough and gave the batsman a word of advice.
Next ball, the intensity increased a notch. Once again Dickwella pulled away from facing the delivery and the crowd joined in on the act by increasing the volume. The umpires gestured the batsmen, bowler and Kohli to come together to try and reduce the tension.
Fairly animated conversation succeeded with Kohli clearly annoyed at the repeated delays and time wasting. Umpire Nigel Llong even had to drag Kohli back into the conversation.
In th end, Sri Lanka stood at 75/7 with light fading and Sri Lanka were able to save themselves from further onslaught by the Indian seamers – who took all 17 wickets in the contest.
Watch the entire incident:
WATCH: Tempers flared, stares were shared, the on-field umpires got involved. This Mohammed Shami over was full of drama. Watch it unfold here with Dickwella & Virat Kohli also in the thick of it #INDvSL