India are firmly in control of the second Cricket Test match against Sri Lanka. Having being bowled out for 642 runs, India then picked up a wicket in the very first ball of Sri Lanka’s 1st innings.
Much depended on Tillakaratne Dilshan, but more depended on a solid opening partnership. Sri Lanka needed a substantial contribution from it’s openers in order to nullify India’s massive first innings total. Instead, they found themselves in deep trouble.
Sangakkara and Paranavitana survived the remaining 24 overs to see Sri Lanka end day two at 66/1.
Earlier in the day Rangana Herath cleaned up India’s lower order to pick up a 5 wicket haul. Herath finished with figures of 5/121 in 33 overs at a economy rate of 3.66 runs per over. Rahul Dravid treated the crowd to a remarkable century sending Sri Lanka’s bowling to all parts until he was dismissed in bizarre fashion. A vicious straight drive by Laxman was put down by Herath, the ball, however, ricocheted off Herath to hit the stumps at the non striker’s end. Dravid was well out of his crease and ruled run out.
Sri Lanka’s bowling trump card, Muttiah Muralitharan, finished with an unimpressive 2/175 in 37 overs, further adding to his recent loss of form.
Kumar Sangakkara’s negative field placings drew criticism from the Television commentators. The chorus was unanimously against Sangakkara’s decision to place fielders in the deep for the new batsman. Throughout this series Sangakkara has been quick to fall back to a defensive play based on player’s reputations, and the slightest hint of aggression from the opposition batsmen.
|India 1st Innings 642 all out||HMRKB Herath 5/121
BAW Mendis 2/162
M Muralitharan 2/175
|G Gambhir 167 (215b 15x4s 0x6s)
R Dravid 144 (226b 15x4s 1x6s)
|Sri Lanka 1st Innings 66/1||Z Khan 1/14|
|NT Paranavitana (not out) 30 (64b 5x4s 0x6s)
KC Sangakkara (not out) 30 (80b 3x4s 0x6s)