Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Das, Ramesh give India a steady start
Published: Monday, August 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Bahutule replaces Singh in final Test
India's tour of Sri Lanka
Colombo: Indian openers Shiv Sundar Das (57) and Sadagopan Ramesh justified captain Saurav Gangulys decision of batting first in the final Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground on Wednesday.Riding on the sedate and steady efforts of the openers India reached a healthy 91 for no loss at lunch. Das reached his sixth half century and played some fine shots during his stay at the wicket. Showing very positive signs, the Indian openers did not get unduly bogged down and played the bowling on its merit.The Sri Lankans were hampered by the fact that their main strike bowler Chaminda Vaas did not get any early movement and did not trouble both the Indian batsmen. Sri Lanka made two changes from the side that lost the second Test at Kandy by seven wickets, dropping the Pereras, Ruchira and Suresh.In their place came debutant off spinner Thilan Samaraweera and fast bowler Dulip Liyanage.Sri Lanka omitted young batsman Michael Vandort at the last minute, preferring to go in with the experience of Hashan Tillekeratne for the crucial tie.India included a second spinner in leggie Sairaj Bahutule at the expense of seamer Harvinder Singh.