Thatscricket - News - Lankan bowlers dominate, middle order loses way
Published: Monday, August 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
India struggles to 90 for 3 at lunch
India's tour of Sri Lanka
Kandy: The Sri Lankan bowlers continued to dominate as Indias batting woes continued in the first innings of the second Test on Thursday. India was reduced 161 for six at tea. India is still 113 runs behind with just four wickets in hand.Dilhara Fernando broke the middle order with two wickets soon after lunch. Sadagopan Ramesh and Mohammed Kaif, who had added 52 runs for the fourth wicket, were both out in successive overs as Fernando bowled with fire.Kaif was undone by a snorter that rose into his face. The ball ballooned on the off side of a limp defensive stroke for Marvan Atapattu to complete the catch. Ramesh paid the penalty for poor feet movement to be caught by Sangakkara behind the stumps to reduce India to 123 for five. Hemang Badani added to the pathetic show by the Indian batsmen by going for a rash pull stroke of Ruchira Perera. He only succeeded in safely holing out to Fernando at mid on.India was left struggling on for 90 three at lunch. Two strikes by Chaminda Vaas had India groping in familiar territory within the first hour of its batting. The Indians were reduced to 36 for two for well, well, well two lbw decisions.While Navjot Singh Sidhu was convinced that Das had got an inside edge on to his pads, umpire Tyronne Wijewardane had absolutely no hesitation. The ball also appeared to be a shade outside the leg stump. Vaas also got the crucial wicket of Dravid, who appeared to be more confident than Ramesh.Wijewardane, however, took his time in giving Dravid out. Though TV replays showed that Dravid may have been plumb, doubts persist on the height of the ball. Dravid standing on his toes was struck well above the knee roll. But, the umpires finger went up and Dravid had to go. Skipper Saurav Ganguly continued to court disaster with his continued poor form. After showing promise with a couple of his patent off drives, Ganguly fell into the trap. Ganguly (18) drove away from his body at Ruchira Perera and Hasan Tillekaratne made no mistake at gully with the sharp chance.Sri Lanka was bowled out at its overnight total of 274 in the first over. The Sri Lankan innings lasted just three balls. Overnight not out batsman Chaminda Vaas played on the third delivery off Harvinder Singh on to his stumps to signal the end of the Sri Lankan innings.Vaas, however, made a useful 42 to boost the Lankan total to a fighting 274 runs.