Sri Lanka spinners stifle India in second Test
Sri Lanka's spinners grabbed four wickets to stifle India's chances of rescuing the second Test today. The tourists trail Sri Lanka by 399 runs after the hosts amassed 642-4 declared in their first innings.cricket Updated: Jul 28, 2010 18:30 IST
Sri Lanka's spinners grabbed four wickets to stifle India's chances of rescuing the second Test on Wednesday.
India, buoyed by an opening stand of 165 between Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag, stumbled to tea on 243-4 with Sachin Tendulkar on 39 and Suresh Raina on nought. The tourists trail Sri Lanka by 399 runs after the hosts amassed 642-4 declared in their first innings.
India added 70 runs to their overnight score before suffering a collapse late in the morning session when they lost three wickets for eight runs soon after Vijay had reached his second Test fifty.
Sehwag, dropped by Thilan Samaraweera at point on 89, failed to fully capitalise on that lapse when he went for an adventurous drive to bring up his century and was stumped by Prasanna Jayawardene for an attacking 99 off 101 balls.
Sehwag's dismissal after hitting 15 fours gave debutant off-spinner Suraj Randiv his maiden test wicket with his first ball of the day.
Randiv struck again two overs later by trapping Rahul Dravid leg before wicket for three. Fellow spinner Ajantha Mendis then dismissed Vijay in a similar manner for 58 to round off a great session for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka missed on a golden opportunity of dismissing Tendulkar at 29 when wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene put down a sitter as he attempted to cut a bouncer from Dilhara Fernando and nicked a catch behind the wicket.
Tendulkar and Vangipurappu Laxman added 68 for the fourth wicket before Mendis ended the partnership by trapping Laxman lbw for 29.
Randiv went to the break with figures of 2-46 and Mendis 2-60.
Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 1-0 after their 10-wicket victory in Galle last week.