Hosts outclass Indian bowling: end at 256/2

Published: Monday, July 19, 2010, 12:47 [IST]
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India's weakness gets exposed

Galle: India's weakened bowling was exposed as the hosts Sri Lanka put up a solid batting display to set the home team in a commanding position at the close of day one as play was stopped due to bad lights just after 68 overs.

The Indian bowling looked totally out of shape as the duo took full advantage of the bowling. Tharanga Paranavitana opening the innings for the Islanders set the tone for the hosts as he was the early aggressor even while Abhimanyu was looking impressive and keeping it tight for Paranavitana's opening partner at the other end Dilshan.

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test - Scorecard

The left-handed Paranavitana finished off with 110 unbeaten at the close of day one with 12 boundaries in his innings.

Mithun was however impressive for the Indian bowling , making his Test debut he got the opening breakthrough, getting the dangerous Dilshan for 25 runs when the Sri Lankan total was just over 50 runs.

Sangakarra who came in after Dilshan's dismissal put on a solid second wicket stand of 181 along with Paranavitana as the Indian bowlers has no answers to the Lankan duo. A pitch which looked damp when play began 30 minutes behind schedule, seemed to have quickly eased out into a batting beauty as the left-hander toiled the Indian fielders.

Just before the close of play Sangakarra fell to Sehwag, as he pulled a long-hop delivery straight down to deep mid-wicket's throat.


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