SL Vs Ind 3rd Test Day 1

Sri Lanka captain called tails to win his first toss of the three match test series against India at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai this morning.

Sri Lanka made one change to the side that lost to India in Kanpur last week. Nuwan Kulasekera replaced Ajantha Mendis. The home team selected Tamil Nadu’s M.Vijay ,for Gautham Gambir who excused himself from this test due to his sister’s wedding.

Sri Lanka’s openers Tharanga Paranavithana and TM Dilshan got the visitors to a good start by putting away the short and wide deliveries, and punching all the well pitched up balls to both sides of the wickets. Paranavithana looked more composed in his stroke play this morning. Dilshan his usual self going for his shots from the word go.

MS Dhoni introduced spin; it was a surprise package when on day one of the first session, spinner’s got turn and bounce. Paranavithana batting on 53 was deceived by Harbajan. He tossed up a delivery inviting Paranavithana for the drive. The left hander obliged only to be caught at first slip by Rahul Dravid with Sri Lanka’s score on 93 .Dilshan as expected motored along pulling Srisanth for a brilliant six in his unbeaten 51 at lunch. Kumar Sangagkara seems   uncomfortable; he was unbeaten on 10 with Sri Lanka 117 for 1 at lunch.

Dhoni the Indian skipper was guilty by getting Prageeth Ojha to bowl with 7 men marshaling the leg side   to Sangagkara thereby forcing his bowler to deliver too straighter a line. With the wicket taking spin, overtime for the spinners will be inevitable.

India takes 2nd Session despite Dilshan’s vigil India came back strongly after the lunch break. Kumar Sangagkara who looked out of sorts in the pre lunch session executed two back to back boundaries off left arm spinner Prageeth Ojaha, however in the very next ball he was caught behind the stumps by his counterpart MS Dhoni , a soft dismissal, when he tried  to glide the ball towards the vacant fine leg arena.

With the score on 128 for 3 wickets, Mahela Jayawardena joined Dilshan and the pair played cautiously against quality spin dished out by Harbajan and Ojha.  Jayawardena batting on 28 lost concentrations by pulling a short pitch delivery from Srishanth to give India the much needed break through.

Sri Lanka resurrected innings complements of jayawardena cum Dilshan fell apart when Samaraweera was caught bat pad by debutant Vijay at forward short leg off Harbajan a score card that read 187 for 2 wickets read as 188 for 4.

At tea the visitors were 213 for 4 wickets with Dilshan just one run short of his second hundred on tour. He went up to 99 from 93 in the penultimate ball before the tea by hiking the high riding Ojah over the bowlers head for a glorious six to be unbeaten  on 99.

3rd and final session of day one

Brilliant Dilshan a victim of yet another umpire error

Umpire Nigel Long will not enjoy the decision he made against Dilshan when he watches the highlights this evening. Batting on 109 Sri Lanka’s opener looked set for a big score with able support being given by this partner Angelo Mathews. The pair added 74 runs for the 5th wicket when he was ruled out for a bat pad catch off Harbajan. Vijay caught the ball off Dilshan’s pads and appealed profusely for the umpire to rule him out. The earlier the referral system is introduced the better it is for test cricket. Angelo Mathews took control of the proceedings with Sri Lanka on 5 for 262. Angelo together with Prasanna Jayawardena  batted sensibly to add 67 runs for the 6th wicket when, Jayawardena  tried to force Ojha towards mid on, only  succeeded in stroking  it in the air  to be well caught by Harbajan Sing at mid on for a well compiled 43.With Sri Lanka advancing to 329 runs for 6 wickets. Angelo batted with confidence. The young all rounder played with responsibility. Nuwan Kulasekara was Zaheer Khans first victim when he had him caught by Dhoni for 12 with the visitors on 359 for 7 wickets. Rangana Hearath did himself and the team no justice by playing an audacious sweep off Harbajan to give the spinner his 4th wicket.

At close of play Sri Lanka were 366 for 8 wickets with Mathews unbeaten on 86

Main Scores

Sri Lanka 366 for 8 wickets.

TM Dilshan                         109

Tharanga Paranavithana    53

Angelo Mathews                  86 Not Out

Prasanna Jayawardena       43


Harbajan Sing 3 for 104

PP Ojha            2 for 97