by Brian Thomas
Media Manager – Sri Lanka Cricket
Day 1 at the sardar patel stadium was a typical Dravid show. Rahul is called the “ Wall”. He proved this far beyond doubt when he ended the day unbeaten on 177 to help India pile up their highest first innings Score on day one amassing of 385 six Wickets with four wickets still in hand. Skipper MS Dhoni too, joined the party stroking a brilliant 114 consisting of 10 boundaries and big six dising out to the Sri Lankans a leather hunt on day one of the first test.
The day started well for the Sri Lankan’s with India winning the toss electing to bat, on an excellent batting pitch. The Indian top order was in disarray loosing Gautham Gambir, Virendra Sehwag,Satchin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman all back in the pavilion with the score on 37.Play got underway at 9.30 this Morning, the early morning moisture helped the Sri Lankan seamers Welegedara and Prasad to swing the ball both ways with Welegedara accounting for three scalps namely Gambir, Sechwag and Tendulkar, while Dhamika Prasad, accounted for the prize wicket of VVS Laxman.
Dravid who came into bat with India on 14 for one wicket bided his time and showed how to build, approach and concentrate when batting at Test level. Dravid played with ease…He had plenty of time to play the ball and never looked troubled by what was happening round him. His 177 not out consisted of 26 boundaries and 1 Six. Dravid was better than his best today. His cover drove cut, pulled and played his wristy flicks to the on side in copy book style. Rahul Dravid will sleep tight tonight scoring his 27th century and further, reaching a mile stone by reaching 11000 test runs mark.
Yuvraj Sing who made a valuable 68, was instrumental in re building India’s innings a long side Dravid With India struggling on 37 for 4 wickets.
So at the end of day one it’s team India in command on 385 for 6 wickets with Dravid at the wickets On an unbeaten 177.
For Sri Lanka Welegedera 3 wickets for 75, and Prasad 2 for 90 with Muralidharan 1 for 90 will have their work cut out if they are to ensure that India don’t reach 500.