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We were five-six overs away from victory: KL Rahul after first Test draw

Rahul showered praise on captain Virat Kohli's and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for their performances with the bat and ball, respectively

T2 Online Newsdesk 21 November 2017, 7:37 PM
KL Rahul got a fifty in the second innings as India came came close to a win against Sri Lanka

KL Rahul got a fifty in the second innings as India came came close to a win against Sri Lanka Image: AFP

India opener KL Rahul rued the fact that India did not have five-six overs more, saying that would have helped them win the opening Test at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka.

"We wanted to make a game out of this. We lost three wickets early in one spell of (Suranga) Lakmal, so we had to play a little bit extra. (Virat) Kohli played a fabulous knock and that's what was expected of one batsman and he did it. Five or six overs and it would have been our way," Rahul told reporters after the match was done and dusted.

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India came extremely close to winning the five-day affair, reducing Sri Lanka to 75/7 chasing 231 after skipper Kohli hit his 50th international hundred to steer India to 352/8 before declaring. Kohli was unbeaten on 104.

Rahul scored 79, his ninth fifty in 11 innings, with Shikhar Dhawan falling six short of a century on Day 4.

In the first innings, India were shot out for 172 with Sri Lanka taking a 122-run lead by putting up 294 on the board.

"On a wicket like that, it would have been great if we got five days of cricket. We enjoyed playing on the wicket and it was challenging. These are the kind of matches you look forward to. Maybe, five or six overs, we could have made a match out of it," Rahul said.

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