Men in Blue:
Murali Vijay, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (C)(W), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Sreesanth.
The Lions: Tharanga Paranavitana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (C), Mahela Jayawardena, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene (W), Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Muttiah Muralidaran, Chanaka Welegedara.
After the victory drought in Kanpur, The Lions won the toss and elected to bat on the tragic pitch at the Braboune Stadium in Mumbai which host its last Test match between India and England in 1973.
The match started off with the experience Khan bowling to Tharanga Paranavitana. He was full of intent and it showed in how he leaned into the first delivery of the match and drove it through covers. Khan was guilty of overpitching a bit, looking for that swing, and was treated to some handsome cover-drives from Paranavitana. The batsman also moved across and flicked Zaheer, but the most incredible shot of the morning came when he was saving his toe from an inswinging yorker. The bat came down just at the right moment, and the ball flew across midwicket for four.
While Zaheer erred looking for swing, the bounce got to Mr.Dancer. He tried to bounce Dilshan and was smashed for a six and a four off consecutive deliveries. It wasn’t just fours and sixes as the two batsmen kept taking the singles, and kept putting behind them the odd swinging delivery.
Then the real Test awaited when the Turbanator was introduced into the attack in the 12th over from the Churchgate end. He got of well and enjoyed bowling with bounce and turn.Mr. Cool then opted out for Pragyan Ojha whom Dilshan tried to attack right from the moment go.
He steppted out twice and hit boundaries in his first over and tried to overtake Paranavitana, who had reached his third Test fifty by then. Ojha bowled with defensive fields after that, even though he got a few deliveries to turn square.
Bhajji though, kept improving, and finally drew Paranavitana outside off and got the edge with the break. Sanga didn’t look comfortable against either spinner, and tickled Ojha down the leg side when looking for a single.
Comming back into a imporved second spell ‘Sree Mr. Dancer’ made Dilshan and Mahela play cautiously. He confused the batsmen by swinging both the ways then showing signs of impatience by mixing it too often. Both Dilshan and Jayawardene played him late, not committing to any shot, defending the incoming deliveries well. In the fourth over of his spell, he started bowling from wide of the crease and lost the swing. In the fifth, he pulled out the final surprise, a sharp bouncer. Jayawardene, his energies spent in countering swing, instinctively went for the hook and top-edged. The Turbanator was back in action and immediately got a straightforward bat-pad dismissal against Samaraweera.
Tillakaratne Dilshan showed his class and carved out an unbeaten 99 to guide Sri Lanka to 213 for four at tea. Indian bowlers came back well in the second session and picked up three crucial wickets.
After tea he got on with Matthews who supported him. Unluckily Dishan was given out by the umpire at 109 off 160 balls. The Turbantor spun the ball across to him and it hit his pad and was cought by Vijay. The Umpire thought that it was the glove and gave him out.
There after Mathews continued with Prasanna for a 67 run partnership untill Prasanna was caught by The Turbanator bowled by Ojha.
Kulasekara threw his wicket trying to pull caught by Bhajji and bowled by experienced Khan. Both Turbanator and experience Khan were attacking on both sides.
Herath consumed lot of deliveried and at last edged the ball bowled by Bhajji and caught by Dravid at slip.
Mr cool introduced The Prince back and he attacked too before letting a four off his last ball. Angelo Mathews still not out 16 runs short of his cenutry with the Spinning Assasin.
END OF THE DAY
STUMPS DAY 1
NOW TO THE STATS
Best Batsman of the Day- TM Dishan
Best Bowler of the Day- The Turbanator
Most Economical Bowler- Experience Khan
Highest Wicket Taker- The Turbanator
Most Catches- SHARED among The Wall, Mr Cool, The Tamil Nadu Opener(2 catches each)
Moment of the Day – Wicket of Dishan
Session 1 – The Lions
Session 2– Men in Blue
Session 3– Men in Blue