Sri Lanka hopeful of Murali magic

By Vajira Dassanayake

An emotional Sri Lankan team will take on the touring Indians tomorrow at the Galle International Stadium where it’s greatest Son, Muttiah Muralidharan will be making his final appearance in Test match Cricket.

It was previously anticipated that the Sri Lankans would opt to take on the powerful batting line up of India with intimidating pace with the assistance of a green pitch. However, SLC’s Head of Coaching, Jerome Jayaratne hinted that a firm wicket devoid of any grass is awaiting the two teams in Galle.

This would most definitely prompt the Lankan’s to go with two specialist Fast Bowlers leaving a vacancy for a support spinner for Murali. If the team Management opts for that combination Rangana Herath would definitely be preferred considering his recent form in Test match Cricket. Chanaka Welagedara and Lasith Malinga are expected to open the Lankan attack with all rounder Angelo Mathews to feature as the third seamer.

However, A darker shade visible in the pitch may also mean moisture beneath the surface which may help the quick bowlers early in the game. Murali’s ability to use such conditions to his favor may well open up an opportunity for him to go for the 800 wicket mark.

Lasith Malinga’s return to Test match Cricket after a lapse of two and a half years can be seen as a blessing for the home team, as his reverse swinging ability at extreme pace will add a new dimension to the team.

  • santosh kamat

    beleive me…..just wait n watch..

  • santosh kamat

    even if murali magic works……..india gonna win test series….n even tri odi seies for sure…

  • Pottu

    Professional written article after long absence.

    Looks like some one with prior media knowledge has written this for a change.

  • H K Sharma

    In my view,Lanka should have opted fielding first(test match started on 18inst) in order to give maximum opportunity to Muthaiya Murlidharan to achieve 800 Wkts. I now wish that he should capture at least 8 wickets in this test . Convey my best wishes to Murali

  • Kumara Ratnayake

    Good preview..!!
    Good to see you are getting more more professional write ups on you site..! Keep it up.

  • Rukshan Sathyananda

    sad to say that whether in Galle is really bad!!