Batsmen build on Mishra’s four as India edges ahead


The middle day of a Test match has historically been considered the moving day. In a majority of the matches, it is when the pendulum generally swings decisively one way. In many ways, it is like the seventh game in tennis. A service break in the seventh is gold dust; it means the one who has broken takes momentum into the changeover while the one who has been broken has a minute and a bit to ponder over what he needs to do to get back into the contest. The third day of the second Test seemed determined to break from norm as Lahiru Thirimanne, carefully, and Angelo Mathews, with industriousness and enterprise aplenty, thwarted India’s designs for two and… Read More →

India 253 ahead after attritional day’s play


As the clock above the scoreboard on the northeast corner of the ground ticked over to 1.09pm, the not inconsiderable gathering at the P Sara Oval rose to its feet. Two hours and ten minutes later, at 3.19pm, that act was repeated, again in honour of the principal protagonist of the game. The second day’s play on Friday (August 21) in the second Test wasn’t a thrill-a-minute rollercoaster. The word attrition was perhaps created with this day in mind. Cricket was slow-paced – not unlike the playing surface – without being overly tense; restraint and grim determination was the overall theme even during the 110 minutes Kumar Sangakkara occupied at the batting crease, when the air was pregnant with breathless… Read More →

Rahul blossoms with ton on day of shared honours


Kumar Sangakkara didn’t walk out for the toss in his final Test appearance, contrary to expectations, but Virat Kohli called right at the coin toss on a muggy Thursday (August 20) morning in a match India must win to entertain hopes of its first come-from-behind three-Test series win since 2001. In many ways, this was a tricky toss to win. Teams have opted to bat first on winning the toss on nine of the previous ten occasions at the P Sara Oval in Colombo; six of those matches ended in defeats for the side batting first. India must have done its homework, but one of the golden rules, especially in the subcontinent, is that when you are in doubt, think… Read More →

Team India pay tribute to Sangakkara


Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara will be playing the final Test of his career when India and Sri Lanka meet at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo for the second Test. Even before the start of the Test series when Sangakkara had announced his retirement, tributes and good wishes had started pouring to hail the Lankan legend. When India’s Test captain Virat Kohli was asked about Sangakkara’s retirement, Kohli said he would remember Sangakkara for the lovely human being that he is and the honour of playing alongside him over the years. “I am sure if a guy who is retiring from the game, I cannot connect to it but I can imagine the kind of emotions he might feel because… Read More →

Chandimal and Herath lead the charge as Sri Lanka defeats India in Galle


Mathews climbs as India’s Dhawan makes giant stride in batting rankings; Inspired Ashwin and Sri Lanka bowlers rise There was good news for several Sri Lanka players in the latest ICC rankings which were released following its memorable 63-run victory over India in the first Test at Galle on Saturday, with career high gains for Dinesh Chandimal and Tharindu Kaushal as Rangana Herath also helped inspire the hosts to an unlikely victory. Skipper Angelo Mathews has overtaken his team-mate Kumar Sangakkara and, in the process, moved up one place to fifth inthe ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after scores of 64 and 39. Sangakkara, who will make his final appearance for Sri Lanka in the second Test which starts in Colombo on Thursday,… Read More →

Herath magic gives Sri Lanka 1-0 lead


Sri Lanka unleashed its booming cannon in the shape of Rangana Herath, and the left-arm spinner shattered Indian hopes at the Galle International Cricket Stadium as the home side came from behind to win the first Test by 63 runs on Saturday (August 15). The fourth day’s play in the first Test was always going to be a test of nerves as much as it would be an examination of batsmen’s techniques against the turning ball. Sri Lanka emerged triumphant on both counts, bowling India out for 112 to cap a remarkable turnaround with a spectacular win that put the side 1-0 up in the three-Test series. Kumar Sangakkara, in his penultimate Test, led the celebratory charge, enveloping Dinesh Chandimal… Read More →

India chases tricky 176 after Chandimal’s 162


India controlled most parts of the first session, but a special counter-attacking innings from Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka stage a remarkable fight back on Day 3 of the first Test in Galle on Friday (August 14). A three-day finish had looked very much on the cards once India ended a positive fourth-wicket stand of 87 by dismissing Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews in the space of seven deliveries. At 95 for 5, Sri Lanka was still 97 shy of making India bat a second time, and Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne looked like every ball had their name written on it. Along the way, both batsmen rode plenty of luck, which they translated into aggression to take India by surprise…. Read More →