Sehwag, who carried the bat for the first time in his Test career, produced a peach of an innings which made up for the collective failure of India's much-vaunted line-up. The 29-year-old Delhi swashbuckler smashed 22 boundaries and four sixes on his way to the fifth double century.
Day-1 Report: Viru saves the day for India
Mendis, who was ineffective on day one after Sehwag sent him for a leather hunt, made the clueless Indian tail-enders look sheepish with his deceptive variations. The unorthodox Lankan returned with the creditable figures of 6/117. The seasoned Murali and Vaas claimed two wickets apiece.
Besides Sehwag, Gambhir (56) and Laxman (39) were the only other Indian batsmen to reach double figure mark.
Resuming at the overnight score of 214/4 with Sehwag and VVS at crease India got off to a cautious start. The duo raised 64 more runs with Viru batted his usual self while the wristy VVS was content in milking the ball in gaps for singles and brace.
Mahela introduced Mendis in the 58th over of the innings and the bowler didn't disappoint his skipper deceiving VVS with a carrom bowl to induce an edge for a easy offering to Samaraweera.
Mendis passed on baton to his more famous partner Murali, who snared Kumble and Zaheer cheaply. Mendis then had Karthik for a plumb LBW before accounting for Harbhajan and Ishant to leave Sehwag stranded.
India Ist innings 329 (Sehwag 201 n o, Gambhir 56, Laxman 39; Mendis 6/117, Murali 2/93, Vaas 2/74) Vs Lanka