TODAY’s POST IS GOING TO BE SIMPLE BECAUSE U KNOW THE REASON
Sehwag,Sehwag,Sehwag all the way. What did Sehwag do? He was making fun of the Sri Lankan bowlers. The Nawab of Najafgarh batted like the nearby Arabian Sea in high tide – and when Sri Lanka tried to plug one hole, he rushed in through the other. He ended the day 16 short of becoming the first man to score three triple-centuries in the history of Test cricket but he’d already broken a hell of records – the most double-centuries by an Indian, the second-highest scorer of 250-plus scores, the most runs by an Indian in a day (breaking his own record) – and given India enough time to push for a huge lead and then an innings win. All this despite starting the innings more than half an hour into the day.
You will think if it is a T20 match or Test match if you see the highlights.But with the batsman playing lovely inside-out chips, straight lofts, reverse-sweeps to beat leg-side fields, flicks to beat off-side fields was awesome.
With Sehwag in sublime form, the patrons of Brabourne stadium, where Test cricket returned after 36 years, couldn’t have asked for more. Runs came like torrential rain
Even the World’s highest wicket-taker, Muttiah Muralitharan has rarely been so decisively dominated by any other batsman, as The Nawab did on day-two. In his five spell of 20 overs, Murali conceded 119 runs and went wicketless. Tried from both ends by captain Sang, the off-spinner never looked so hapless and ineffective before. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was treated with utter disdain, as Sehwag clobbered him for four towering sixes. For a lone wicket of Vijay he conceded 112 runs of 22 overs.
Murali Vijay may have been playing his second Test but he batted with maturity and composure of a experienced campaigner. He shouldered arms to away-going deliveries but punished anything that pitched short. In fact,he added runs with The Nawab. Inspired by his senior partner, he reached his half-century in great style — lofting for a six. Vijay’s well-timed drives often left Sehwag clapping at the other end. However, his fine innings came to an end when he went for a rather contrived sweep shot and was adjudged plum lbw off Herath.
The Wall as usual was solid right from the moment go. He accompanied him till the stumps with a unbeated 62 off 121 balls. Tillakaratne Dilshan got one that Mahela couldn’t hang onto. It could be argued that no sane man would have been expecting an edge by then. Sehwag did slow down after that edge and as stumps approached but as a parting shot he crashed Dilshan through covers for his 40th four, to go with seven sixes. That’s when Dravid came in, and took most of the strike till close of play.
Resuming at their overnight 366 for eight, Sri Lanka could only add 13 runs before losing Angelo Mathews who run out on unluckily 99, his highest Test score, when going for a second run with Muttiah.
They restricted Sri Lanka for 393, conceding just 27 runs in 5.4 overs to the overnight score of 366.
With nine wickets in hand and three more days to go, the Men in Blue clearly have the ball in their court. A score in excess of 700 is what India must be looking at. And if that happens, Lanka’s dream of winning a Test on Indian soil will remain just that — a dream.
What can you tell 443 runs on one day in 79 overs. 1 test match of 5 days is changing into 5 Day of one day match. LOL
NOW TO THE STATS
Best Batsman of the Day- Viru
Best Bowler of the Day- Really on one but best bowling in the worst is Rangana Herath for 1 wicket
Most Economical Bowler- Chanaka Welegedara
Highest Wicket Taker- Rangana Herath
Most Catches- NONE
Moment of the Day –Sehwag’s 200
Session 1 – Men in Blue
Session 2- Men in Blue
Session 3- Men in Blue
Men in Blue all the way…