Suranga Lakmal has dismissed a player off the first ball of a Test match for the second time. He had first captured a wicket off the first ball vs West Indies — the batsmen being Chris Gayle at Kandy in December 2010. By dismissing India’s KL Rahul off the first ball of a Test match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, he became the first Sri Lankan bowler to achieve the distinction. No other Sri Lankan bowler has achieved the distinction even once in Tests.
Virat Kohli posted his sixth duck in Tests — his last duck was against Australia this year in February in Pune. These two ducks are his only ones as India’s captain.
As against his overall Test average of 49.03, Kohli is averaging 39.40 vs Sri Lanka — his tally against Sri Lanka being 394 in seven Tests, including two hundreds and a fifty.
Rahul became the sixth Indian batsmen to be dismissed off the first ball of a Test match — the first five being Sunil Gavaskar (three times), Sudhir Naik, Woorkeri Raman, Shiv Sunder Das and Wasim Jaffer.
Before his first-ball duck, Rahul had scored seven consecutive fifty-plus innings in Tests. He had emulated the feats of Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Rogers.
Rahul has registered his second duck in Tests — his first was against England last year at Visakhapatnam — both in the first match innings.
Lakmal has produced exceptional figures of 6-6-0-3 in his maiden Test innings vs India. Australia’s Richie Benaud had recorded excellent bowling figures of 3.4-3-0-3 in India’s first innings score of 135 at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi in December 1959. Benaud and Lakmal are the only two bowlers, capturing three wickets in an innings without conceding a run in a Test innings.
Both have register-ed the feat against India in India.