Sehwag, Tendulkar finish on a high note

Published: Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 11:41 [IST]
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India 180/2 at stumps

P Sara Oval: Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar put together a promising partnership of 88* runs as India finished with a score of 180/2 at stumps, on day two at the P Sara Oval.

Play was called off before scheduled time because of bad light, as Sehwag finished 97* off just 87 balls which included 17 fours. Tendulkar at the other end gave him good support to produce 40 runs of 66 balls which included five boundaries. 

India scored 152 runs in the final session of play and lost two wickets in the process

Virender Sehwag had earlier raced along to yet another half century, his 23rd career half century, to provide a decent start for India.

Though India lost two wickets, Sehwag was his normal self and was scoring at more than 100 per cent strike rate.

Lasith Malinga had given Sri Lanka their first breakthrough when he had Murali Vijay giving a simple catch to Ajantha Menids.

Then Angelo Mathews got the second breakthrough for the Islanders as he dismissed Rahul Dravid who scored 23 runs before he was caught lbw off the bowling of Mathews while trying whip the ball across the stumps, but only managing to miss it.

India were 28 for no loss with Vijay and Sehwag opening the innings for the tourist when play was stopped for Tea at day two at the P Sara Oval.

At the start of mid session, Thilan Samaraweera had guided the hosts past 400 mark as Sri Lanka were all out for 425 in their first innings.

Thilan Samaraweera finished unbeaten 137 which included 12 fours and one six. He was the key man for the Sri Lankans today and he had guided the Sri Lankans past 400 run mark though wickets were tumbling at the other end.

Ishant Sharma got the final two Lankan wickets to wipe off the Sri Lankan tail and restrict the Lankans to 425. He finished up with three wickets in the innings.

Earlier in the mid session of play Virender Sehwag had dismissed Suraj Randiv and following batsman Malinga was dismissed by Mishra but Samaraweera had been firm all the way and had put Sri Lanka in a commendable position.

Samaraweera was unbreakable in the morning session of play as he converted his overnight half century to record his 12th Test century to stretch the Sri Lankan total with conditions looking rather tough for the batsmen in the middle.

Just before lunch, Ohja had dismissed Jayawardene to claim India's second wicket of the day.

Ojha also got the first breakthrough for India, having Angelo Mathews plumb lbw in front of the wicket. Mathews was out just five runs short of his half century.

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test - Scorecard

Resuming the days play at 293/4 the duo had got off to a cautious start adding 37 runs together today before Ohja got the wicket of Mathews.

Sri Lanka added 76 runs in the first session of play losing two wickets.


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