Randhiv puts India on the backfoot

Published: Friday, August 6, 2010, 11:09 [IST]
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India still require 204 runs to win

Colombo: Off spinner Suraj Randhiv gave the Sri Lankans an encouraging start ahead of the final day to pick up three wickets as India look to chase down 257 runs to win the match and square the series at the P Sara Oval.

Randhiv with his well directed spin created problems for the Indian batsmen and looked dangerous throughout his spell to put the Indians on the backfoot.

Randhiv struck for the second time as he dismissed Rahul Dravid to give hosts their second breakthrough as India look to chase down 257 runs at day four of the final Test match between India and Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval.

Dravid who has had a miserable run of form in the series failed one more time as he was bowled by Randhiv. A top spinner which he had defended off the back foot but the ball spun after hitting the ground towards the stumps.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag was dismissed for a duck as India came on to bat.

Sangakkara had opted for spinner Suraj Randhiv to open the proceedings along with Malinga at the other end which paid off as Randhiv got Sehwag in his very first over to give a great start for the hosts.

Earlier, Amit Mishra had got the final Sri Lankan wicket of Ajantha Mendis as the hosts were dismissed for 267 in their second innings in the final session of play.

Mendis was dismissed after a terrific half century(78) which helped raise the Sri Lankan total to 267 which looked very unlikely after early collapse in the first session of play.

Paceman Abhhimanyu Mithun had got the crucial breakthrough for India as he had struck with the new ball to dismiss dangerous Thilan Samaraweera.

Samaraweera(83) along with Mendis at the other end had put the Indian bowlers at bay for more than a session of play. The duo had added crucial 118 runs for the 9th wicket for the hosts after early batting collapse in the opening session of play.

In the first session of play, Pragyan Ohja had struck thrice to give India a great start.

Ohja had trapped nightwatchman Suraj Randhiv lbw early and followed it up with the wicket of experienced Jayawardene's wicket. Mahela leaning forward to defend a flighted one from Ohja but was beaten by the turn and got the edge to give a simple catch to Dravid who made no mistake.

Ohja had then stunned the home crowd as he got the prized wicket of captain Sangakkara to put India in a commanding position.

Then Amit Mishra had joined the party as he struck twice in two consecutive deliveries. He dismissed all rounder Angelo Mathews off a low full toss and then followed it up with Jayawardene's wicket, trapped him lbw off the very next delivery. Mathews perhaps played a awful shot to bring his own downfall in a pressure situation.

First innings centurion, Thilan Samaraweera and Lasith Malinga at the other end had then offered resistance to put together 38 runs partnership before Malinga was deceived by Sehwag who broke the partnership to capture India's sixth wicket of the session.

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test - Scorecard

Sri Lanka resumed today's play at 45/2.

India still require 204 runs to win with seven wickets left in the final day's play. Sachin Tendulkar is currently batting with nightwatchman Ishant Sharma as play has been stopped for the day.


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