PSO Colombo, Sri Lanka: For the first time in the series, Indian bowlers managed to grab all wickets of Sri Lanka in the first inning. While the heroics of Samaraweera helped SL reach 425, Sehwag, on a sniffing distance from another century, made sure India did not end 2nd day under pressure.
Resuming from 293/4, Samaraweera and Mathews started well. But, with the wicket of Mathwes the floodgates opened. Still till lunch SL was in strong position due to Samaraweera.
Samaraweera scored runs freely from one end. Indian bowlers joined hands to remove tailenders smoothly. Finally SL was bundled out on 425 runs, with Samaraweera remaining not out on 137 runs. India started the reply with openers starting to attack right from the beginning.
Sehwag kept battering from one end. SL’s plan of containing and frustrating him to get the wicket failed. Not only he survived but scored with a strike rate of 111.49 to return undefeated on 97 runs. On the other end, Murali Vijay again got out cheaply. Dravid tried to match Sehwag’s pace scoring 23 runs of 26 balls. But Mathews put an end to his assault. Tendulkar remained not out on 40 runs in his record appearance. India ended the 2nd day with 180/2 at the rate of 5.14 runs per over.
SL 1st Inning
Paranavitana c â€ Dhoni b Sharma 8
Dilshan run out (Vijay/â€ Dhoni) 41
Sangakkara* c Sehwag b Ojha 75
Mahela Jayawardene lbw b Ojha 56
Samaraweera not out 137 runs
Mathews lbw b Ojha 45
HAPW Jayawardeneâ€ lbw b Ojha 9
Randiv c Dravid b Sehwag 8
Malinga c & b Mishra 4
Mendis c Raina b Sharma 3
Welegedara c â€ Dhoni b Sharma 4
Extras (b 8, lb 4, w 7, nb 16) 35
Total (all out; 138 overs; 562 mins) 425 (3.07 runs per over)
Fall of wickets
1-15 (Paranavitana, 3.6 ov), 2-102 (Dilshan, 24.3 ov), 3-157 (Sangakkara, 42.4 ov), 4-241 (DPMD Jayawardene, 72.6 ov), 5-330 (Mathews, 100.3 ov), 6-359 (HAPW Jayawardene, 112.5 ov), 7-381 (Randiv, 122.6 ov), 8-386 (Malinga, 123.5 ov), 9-421 (Mendis, 137.3 ov), 10-425 (Welegedara, 137.6 ov)
Ind 1st Innings
Vijay c Mendis b Malinga 14
Sehwag not out 97 runs
Dravid lbd Mathews 23
Tendulkar not out 40
Extras (lb 1, w 1, nb 4) 6
Total (2 wickets; 35 overs) 180 (5.14 runs per over)
Fall of wickets
1-49 (Vijay, 10.4 ov), 2-92 (Dravid, 17.4 ov)
1. Sehwag became the second fastest to reach 7000 runs in Test Matches after Wally Hammond, in terms of innings. This is his 134th innings.
2. Sehwag shares the record for fastest 7000 runs in Number of Test Matches now with Wally Hammond. He is playing his 79th Test match.
3. With his score of 99, he missed his 5th consecutive test century. Now, he can score 5 century in 6 test matches tomorrow. He already has 20 century to his name.
4. Samaraweera scored his 12th century.
5. Pragyan Ojha claimed career best figure of 115/4 in his 6th test.
6. Sangakkara reached 7913 runs in his 151 innings. He scored his 32nd half-century.
7. Mahela scored his 35th half-century.
Special Fact of Test
Tendulkar became the highest capped player in Test history. Playing his 169th test, he surpassed Steve Waughâ€™s record.
Venue: P Sara Oval, Colombo
Paranavitana, Dilshan, Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Samaraweera, Mathews, Jaya HAPW Jayawardeneâ€ , S Randiv, SL Malinga, UWMBCA Welegedara, BAW Mendis
V Sehwag, M Vijay, R Dravid, SR Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*â€ , A Mishra, A Mithun, I Sharma, PP Ojha