Rangana Herath, unlike some of his teammates, is as comfortable addressing the media in English as he is in handling the ball or bat on the field. And when it came to playing the mind games, and putting some additional pressure on the opposition batsmen, Herath, the left-arm spinner who scored an unbeaten 80, did not waste the opportunity.
“For me, we are on top now. If we can get two or three early wickets on Wednesday, it will set up the game for us. I still see a result in this game. Sehwag is the danger man. If we can get him out early, it would be good for us,” Herath said after the end of the day's play.
“If we can get early wickets, we can restrict them under 250 or 300. That's what we want to do. Even if they avoid the follow-on, we can still force a win.”
With India still needing 181 to avoid the follow-on, the role of Sehwag and VVS Laxman becomes crucial.
“We have good batting depth, so we will play as much as we can and try and win the sessions,” Mithun said. “I won’t be satisfied with only the bowling effort. If we can bat out the match, it will be good for the team.” While Mithun admitted that the wicket eased out in the second session, Herath said it wasn't as easy to bat on it as it appeared from outside.
“It was hard for the first 10-15 overs but after that I realised it was a bit easier to score,” said Herath. “It wasn't so easy as well since there was a little turn and bounce.”