Kumar Sangkara (107 runs) played a patience knock to help his team get pass the Indians first inning total and get the lead of 2 runs at the stumps on day2 of third test match with four wickets still in their bag.
Now Sri Lanka heavily depend on how Kumar Sangkara played on the 3rd day’s play and how Sri Lankan lower order batsman support the centurion. In what has been an enthralling day's play, watched by spectators who enjoyed the cut and thrust of a tight battle, Sri Lanka had edged in front by two runs, scoring 251-6 in reply to India's first innings 249.
It was one of the tight battles that many have seen on the 2nd day’s play as Indian spinners kept tight line and length making Sri Lankan batsman to work for their runs.
Earlier night watchman Chaminda Vaas frustrated the Indians with solid defence owever his partner M.Vandort failed once again as Zaheer Khan trapped him lbw for 14. However K.Sangkar and C.Vaas both played cautiously adding 95 runs for the third wicket before Vaas failed short of one of the well deserved half-century by three runs.
Six balls later Mahela Jayawardene falling lbw for two runs with a referral after the Harbhajan Singh appeal. With Mahela Jayawardene gone, it was left to Sangakkara to bat through the innings. It is here where his patience as well as his focus was not only rewarded. So were Sri Lanka's and it enabled him to reach his 17th century.
At the end of second day’s play K.Sangkara is batting on 107 runs with P.Jayawardne not out on 1. There is still lots of hard work remaining for the Indian batsman’s in the 2nd inning since pith has already started to turn and if India manage to take four remaining Sri Lankan wickets quickly on 3rd days play and if there batsman fires in the second inning then they can create history after long gap of 15 years.
Match Summary (3rd Test Day2)
India 1st Inning (249/10)
G.Gambhir – 72 S.Ganguly – 35
A.Mendis – 5/56 D.Prasad – 3/82
Sri Lanka 1st Inning (251/6)
K.Sangkara– 107* C.Vaas – 47
Z.Khan – 2/57 H.Singh – 2/81