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Thursday, July 31, 2008

India crumble after rollicking start – India v Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day2

Indian middle order batsman nightmare on Sri Lankan turf continues as they failed to capitalized on the start given by their openers Virendra Sehwag (128 runs) and Gautam Gambhir (56 runs). Indian were slump from 167/0 to 178/4, however V.V.S Laxman (13 runs) and V.Sehwag (128 runs) were at the crease when bad light stopped play.

After a destructive start Indians lost four quick wickets for just 11 runs in the spare of 19 deliveries. The wall of Indian cricket team R.Dravid failed to deliver up to his reputation as he was caught brilliantly by Warnapura for just 2 runs on the bowling of new sensation A.Mendis.

Next to go was master-blaster S.Tendulkar who just face three deliveries scoring 5 runs before getting out lbw on the bowling of C.Vaas. Four balls later C.Vaas strikes again when S.Ganguly caught brilliantly by the wicketkeeper W.Jayawardne for duck.

Earlier Indian captain won the toss and decided to bat first and the decision was well supported by both the openers as they went on to put 167 runs stand for the first wicket. At lunch they were 151/0 in 29 overs.

In a pre-lunch batting blitz, Sehwag was only nine runs short of a historic century before lunch as the Sri Lanka bowlers felt the wrath of the Delhi batsman's flamboyant strokeplay. He had 14 fours and a six in his innings of 91 off 82 balls.

Rain hit the day1 of second test match badly with a half-hour downpour and no ball were bowled in 2nd session. However match was resumed at 16:30 hrs as Indian batting lineup started to crumble.

So far it seems only Indian opener able to learn from the mistake they made in first test at SSC. Now If India wants to get big score in first inning then V.Sehwag and V.V.S Laxman both must get big runs on day2 of second test match at Galle.

Both teams went on to this match with same side as played at SSC in 1st test match.

Final Playing XI for both teams:

India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Anil Kumble (Captain), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma.

Sri Lanka: Michael Vandort, Malinda Warnapura, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene (WK), Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara.

Umpires: Rudi Koertzen and Billy Doctrove

Third Umpire: Mark Benson

Match Summary (Day1)

India 1st Inning (214/4)

V.Sehwag – 128* G.Gambhir – 56

V.V.S Laxman – 13* S.Tendulkar- 5

C.Vaas – 2/57 A.Mendis – 2/74

India Vs Sri Lanka Highlight 2nd Test Day1


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