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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sri Lanka declared the first innings at 642-4 on day 2

Sri Lankan batsmen have dominated over Indian bowlers on the second day of the second Test match and put an enormous chasing score of 642 for 4 declared.

It was a day of toil for Indian bowlers as they had to work hard to pick the wickets of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in a batting friendly pitch.

For Indian bowlers, skipper, Kumar Sangakkara, was unbeatable and ruthless. His ruthless and aggressive innings against the seamers and the spinners led him to score his seventh double century in test cricket. He scored 219 runs from 335 balls, including 29 boundaries. He needs two more double centuries to reach West Indian batting legend, Brian Lara, who scored nine double centuries; including his career best 400 runs in an innings.

Another batsman who troubled the Indian bowlers is Mahela Jayawardene. He played a passionate innings and showed his batting skill. He scored 244-ball 174 where he hit 20 boundaries and 1 big six. He missed an opportunity to make it into double century after being trapped by Harbhajan Singh.

These two batsmen made a 193-run partnership in the third wicket stand. Thilan Samaraweera was not out on 76. When Sri Lanka started the second day, they were 312-2 with Kumar Sangakkara not out 130 while Mahela Jayawardene was unbeaten on 13.

These two wickets were taken by Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh.

In reply, India has already scored 95 without losing any wicket. Virender Sehwag played an aggressive innings of 63-ball 64. He hit 12 boundaries. Murali Vijay was not out on 22.

The absence of Lasith Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan made Sri Lankan bowling acting much weaker as the bowlers could not pick any wicket after bowling 18 overs on day 2.

Let’s see if India can save the match or not.

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