Thatscricket - News - Indian top order crumbles again, 90 for 3 at lunch
Published: Thursday, August 23, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Lanka all out for 274, Harvinder strikes
India's tour of Sri Lanka
Kandy: India was left struggling on for 90 three at lunch on the second day of the second Test on Thursday. Opener Sadagopan Ramesh (32) and Mohammed Kaif (10), who came lower down the order, were at the crease.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.