21
Monday
May 2018
11:08 PM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
Sports News
SL coach sees huge positives from drawn opening Test
 
Kolkata, Nov 20 (PTI) Sri Lanka were finally able to pose a challenge to India in the first Test after being hammered in the home series and that, according to chief coach Nic Pothas, was a huge positive.

"We did not compete at all in the series in Sri Lanka. We have been very competitive here in the first Test that's a huge positive, credit to everyone in the team and the support staff. We got tougher, we got success in UAE and played well here," Pothas said at the post-match media conference.

Sri Lanka were routed at home 0-9 across three formats by India three months ago but they bounced back to win two Tests against Pakistan in UAE.

Pace spearhead Suranga Lakmal troubled India in both the innings in a match haul of seven wickets and it was Virat Kohli's unbeaten 104 in the second innings that swung the momentum in the final two sessions.

Pothas said the side which is in transition after the departure of two legends -- Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara -- are up for the challenges.

"Process began in Sri Lanka absolutely. Things like that do not happen overnight. We are certainly not going to be counting our chickens... We played a couple of good Tests against Pakistan, were competitive here but we have a long way to go. This side is going to be a very good side looking into the future there's no doubt."

Sri Lanka however collapsed to 75/7 in their second essay with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami unleashing their fury but it did not bother Pothas.

"It's always a concern when you lose seven wickets. But the more often you play, I think these two series back to back against India will help in making of the Sri Lankan team of the future.

"You become better when you play against a quality team under pressure. It's a concern but I'm more excited about how we fought and came out of it, looking back at all four days."

Despite little to play for after two rain-curtailed days, India and Sri Lanka played hard for a win with words being exchanged frequently on the field.

"It's fantastic, isn't it? It's Test match cricket. It's a tough environment, it's a cauldron and that's how players earn respect from each other. I thought it was played fantastically well. Very tough, high pressured game."

"We bowled very well, we fielded very well and the intensity was good. We did have India under pressure. Virat played a fantastic innings to set up a very good game of Test match cricket. I don't think anything went wrong. It was a very good cricket from both sides," he concluded.


Delhi knock Mumbai out with a thrilling 11-run win
Svitolina lays down French Open marker in Rome
Clinical KKR seal play-off spot after seeing off leaders SRH
Buffon bids tearful farewell to Juventus
Shreyas Gopal-inspired RR dash RCB's play-off hopes with big win in Jaipur
Nadal eases past Shapovalov, Djokovic back challenging in Rome
Harshal Patel cameo, bowlers help DD stun CSK
RCB overcome Kane Williamson masterclass to stay in the play-off hunt
Griezmann fires Atletico Madrid to Europa League title
Kuldeep Yadav 4/20 helps KKR beat RR by 6 wickets
Mancini named new Italy head coach
Unplayable Umesh Yadav leads RCB rout of KXIP
RR move one position up to fifth with win over MI
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's assistant Rui Faria to leave at season end
KKR stay alive after dazzling Sunil Narine-Dinesh Karthik show against KXIP
Jos Buttler masterclass for Rajasthan stuns Chennai
Rooney agrees 'deal in principle' to move to MLS: reports
UAE coach suspended over spot fixing offer
12 states have submitted common suggestions to Amicus Curiae: BCCI Secy
Andres Iniesta shines as Barcelona down Villarreal, stay unbeaten
KERALA NEWS
Kerala among 13 states on thunderstorm alert
 (New Delhi, May 7, 2018): Thunderstorms accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rains are likel  
Kerala Karshaka Jadha Opens to a Great Beginning / Video
Malappuram press club attack: RSS workers nabbed
Workers injured in mudslide at construction site
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes
 (Cannes, May 20, 2018):Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme dOr at the 71st Cann
Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors 'critical'
The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle declared husband and wife
8 killed in explosions at Afghanistan stadium
NATIONAL NEWS
Yeddyurappa sworn in as Karnataka chief minister
 (Bengaluru, May 17, 2018):BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was today sworn in as
Mamata Banerjee supports Mayawati against BJP forming govt in Karnataka
Will Justice Chelameswar share dias with CJI on his last day in SC?
JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy, son fly off to Singapore
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.