File photo of M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru© BCCI
The pitch at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, used for the 2nd Test match between India and Sri Lanka, has been rated “below average” by match referee Javagal Srinath, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) through a press release. The venue has received one demerit point under the ICC Field and Outside Monitoring Process.
“The field offered a lot of laps on the first day itself and although it improved with each session, in my view, it was not the same competition between the batsman and the ball,” Srinath said. The report has been forwarded to the Cricket Control Board in India, according to the statement.
India won the second Test with 238 runs to take the two-match series 2-0 on Monday in Bengaluru. Rohit Sharma’s team started Day 3 of the day-night test of the pink ball which required 9 wickets and they earned it in one and a half sessions to extend their dominance on their own land. Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah are the stars of the show for India. The off-spinner picked up four wickets and also surpassed Dale Steyn in the list of top wicket takers to lead the Indian team. Instead, Bumrah returned with three wickets to support his five -wicket shot in the first half. For Sri Lanka, captain Dimuth Karunaratne played a brilliant shot, scoring 14 goalske Test a ton while Kusal Mendis blows the wind for half a century. But it wasn’t enough as India beat them for 208 in the second half to complete the series sweep. The hosts won the first Test with one innings and 222 runs.
Shreyas Iyer has been declared the Match’s Best Player for half a century of his twins on the field having a lot of help for the players and not at all easy to hit. Indian goalkeeper striker Rishabh Pant has been named the Best Player of the Series for his impactful performance with the batsman and ensuring it is behind the stumps.
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