Thatscricket - News - Inspired Indians try to keep Sri Lankans on a leash
Published: Monday, August 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Lanka 82 for 3 at lunch in second Test
India's tour of Sri Lanka
Kandy: Continuing the late morning session good work, the Indian bowlers kept the Sri Lankans on a leash in the second session of play on the first day of the second Test on Wednesday. Sri Lanka went into the tea interval on 167 for five.Mahela Jayawardene (61 not out) held the Sri Lanka innings in the post lunch session in the face of some incisive bowling from Zaheer Khan and Saurav Ganguly. Zaheer Khan settled into a fine rhythm and bowled an excellent spell to keep the Sri Lankans at bay. Ganguly too bowled an inspired spell as the Indians tried to keep the Lankan innings within manageable limits. Sri Lanka lost the wickets of Russel Arnold and Hasan Tilakaratne during the period.Earlier, two quick wickets minutes helped India claw back. Sri Lanka went into lunch at 82 for three with Zaheer Khan getting the scalp of Marvan Atapattu for 39.Atapattu had been shaping up superbly till he played on to his stumps much to the delight of the Indian fielders. The Indian bowlers had failed to make an early impression after Ganguly elected to field on winning the toss. The first break through that India got was due to piece of luck and poor cricket on the part of Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya. The Lankan skipper dashed for a second run with Atapattu responding in no way. Atapattu, in fact, was looking at the fielder as Jayasuriya was half way down the pitch.The Indian fielders had enough time to relay the ball to the non-strikers end with Jayasuriya well and truly out of his crease. The second wicket for India came a couple of minutes before lunch with Ganguly accounting for Sangakkara. Ramesh at gully brought off a fine catch as Sangakkara (31) steered uppishly.Sri Lanka retained the same side that won the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets, having decided to keep fast bowler Suresh Perera, who was reported last week for a suspect action.India brought in seamer Harvinder Singh for his third Test in place of Javagal Srinath, who returned home after suffering a fracture in his left hand at Galle.