By Brian Thomas
Sri Lanka were humiliated at Kanpur. They lost the 2nd test by an innings and 144 runs.
This is Sri Lanka’s worst defeat to India, the previous being in Lucknow by an innings and
119 runs back in 1994.
To give away 642 runs to the hosts in the first innings was just too much to say the least.417 runs on day one was mainly due to poor catching and the bowling being taken to task by an excellent display of quality batsmanship by Gambir, Dravid and Shewag. Muralitheran, Mendis and Herath went for plenty on a good batting track.
Sri Lanka’s batting was very poor. They lacked application and were caught playing from the crease.
It was evident that most of the top order batsman were not covering the line when in defence.
Dilshan was out in the very first ball he faced in the first innings. Sri Lanka obviously depend on him for the solid start, up front. Unfortunately he failed in both innings. Paranavithana got good starts but failed to capitalize. Sangaagkara played on to his stumps in both innings. He also was not himself after Mahela’s run out in the second essay.Experts predicted the wicket to turn square on day 3. The pitch looked good for batting even on day 4,this was evident with Samaraweera stroking a fluent unbeaten 76 in the second innings.
A few questions will be asked when you suffer a big defeat.i am optimestic that Sri Lanka have the fire power to bounce back. Kanpur should be in the back of our minds now.Sri lanka has an excellent batting and bowling line up, but lets our combination right. It’s good to note that Prassana Jayawardena is batting well hence, our middle order is getting better.Ajantha Mendia showed us that he can bat a bit, hopefully Sangagkara and his team will prove their critics wrong in Mumbhai.