No 1 batsman Sehwag ends on a high note for India

Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 11:57 [IST]
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India 95-0 at stumps

Colombo: Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay ended India's day on a high note after early domination by the Sri Lankans who declared after scoring a mammoth score of 642/4 in the second day of the second Test match at Colombo.

The duo have put together 95 runs for the first wicket as play was closed for the day. Sehwag finished off with brilliant 64 unbeaten of 63 balls which included 12 boundaries and Vijay, his opening partner made an unbeaten 22 off 50 balls which included 4 boundaries.

Sehwag who is ranked number one in the latest ICC Test rankings has been in prolific form and he led the Indian innings as expected. Sehwag reached his half century exactly off 50 balls. He looked in great nick and was timing the fast bowlers very well. Infact, he welcomed spinner Suraj Randhiv with a four in his very first ball of his spell. Murali Vijay, replacing injured Gautam Gambhir at the other end, played his role well, supporting Sehwag making sure India lose no wickets.

Sri Lanka captain had made the declaration after Sri Lanka reached 642 for the loss of four wickets in the final session of play.

Mahela Jayawardene had earlier recorded his ninth century at the SSC and his 28th overall as Sri Lanka continued their domination on Day 2. Thilan Samaraweera gave him solid company at the other end and helped the hosts overhaul 600 run mark.

The duo put together a good partnership of 176 for the fourth wicket as Sri Lankan captain Sangakkara declared as soon as Jayawardene(174) was out off the bowling of Harbhajan Singh. Samaraweera finished unbeaten on 76 as the innings was declared.

Resuming the second session of play at 457 for 2, Sri Lanka lost their only wicket of double centurion Kumar Sangakkara off the bowling of Virender Sehwag right at the early stages of second session but from then on Jayawardene has taken the stride and continued to keep the domination going with Samaraweera at the other end.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene put on a 193 run stand for the third wicket before it was finally broken.

The Islanders had piled up 130 runs in the mid session to take the Sri Lankan score further ahead after a good platform by the top three Lankan batsmen, increasing India's miseries.

Scorecard for Sri Lanka Vs India Second Test Match

Resuming the days play at 312/2, the duo of Sangakkara and Jayawardene had put on a superb partnership in the session of play adding 145 runs in the session and an overall partnership of 184* between them, as the Indian bowlers toiled hard but without any success.

India's No 1 ranking is in danger, as the Sri Lankans look favorites to win the match.


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