Sri Lanka chase huge India total of 642

Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 17:02 [IST]
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Sri Lanka chase huge India total of 642

Kanpur: Sri Lanka were 66/1 in reply to India's huge first-innings total of 642 on the second day of the second test at Kanpur on Wednesday. Lankans are still trailing by 576 with nine wickets in their hand.

Sri Lanka were off to a disastrous start as they lost their inform batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan off the first delivery of Zaheer Khan.


Sangakkara (30*) and Paranavitana (30*) were in the middle as the tourists began a long haul to match India's total on a wicket that appeared full of runs.

Earlier, a magnificent century from Rahul Dravid (144) and half centuries from Laman, Yuvraj Singh helped India to post a huge total of 642 in their first innings. For Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath took five wickets while Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis captured two wickets each.

Dravid was the third Indian batsman to score a century after Gautam Gambhir (167) and Virender Sehwag (131) put on 233 runs for the opening wicket to lay the platform for a huge first innings total.

The Karnataka batsman smashed 15 fours and a six in his superb 144-run knock and shared 94 runs for the third wicket with Sachin Tendulkar (40) to build on India's overnight score of 417/2.

Dravid completed another landmark when his scored reached 138 as he overtook Allan Border (11174 in 156 Tests) to take fourth position in the list of highest run scorers in Test cricket.

Dravid beats Border

Resuming at 417-2, India lost overnight batsmen Sachin Tendulkar (40) and Dravid in the morning session.

They added 96 runs for the third wicket before Tendulkar miscued a shot against spin bowler Mendis and was caught by Thilan Samaraweera at deep-midoff.

Yuvraj Singh (67) and Laxman (63) were the other notable contributors in the Indian innings.

Lankan spinner Herath bowled well to contain the batsmen and it worked in his favour. He picked up the wickets of Laxman (63), Dhoni (4) and Harbhajan (5) to account for the three wickets that fell in the second session.


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