SL Coach says even Murali would have struggled

Published: Friday, July 30, 2010, 15:45 [IST]
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'Murali would have struggled at SSC'

Colombo: Sri Lankan coach Trevor Bayliss believes that even ace spinner Muttiah who just retired from Test Cricket would have struggled to take wickets on the batting beauty Sinhalese Sports Club(SSC) track.

Over 1400 runs has already been scored in the batsmen-dominated match so far, which is heading for a draw.

"It is bit hard to judge from the wicket point of view on the performance in this match. Even Murali would have struggled to take wickets," Bayliss said as according to TOI report.

Bayliss was however satisfied by performance of Ajantha Mendis and debutant Suraj Randhiv.

"On a flat wicket we have very two young bowlers who have bowled extremely well. Good performance by Sri Lankan spinners in the match," he said.

Bayliss however remarked that If Tendulkar's catch had been taken by Prassana Jaywardene, early in his innings, the outcome of the match could have been different.

The maestro went on to make his 5th ton of his career and held the Indian innings together building good partnership stand with Laxman, Raina, and Dhoni to help India stay in the match.

"There was a chance for Sri Lanka when we took those three quick wickets. If we had taken one or two more (at that time) then the game could have been different. We did put a catch down of Tendulkar when he was on 29. When we looked at it it seemed an reasonably easy chance.

"I am not blaming Prassana Jaywardene. He is one of the best wicket keepers in the world. He has done a great job for us in the past. These things happen in the game of cricket.


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