Sri Lanka v India l 2nd Test l Galle | 31/07/08 to 04/08/08 (IND win by 170 runs)

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According to CNN-Weather, there is a forecast of rain in Galle for the next 4 days. Then again, it the wicket helps the spin bowlers, test may get decided in one day!


May the best team win..... it did not in the last test though! :p
 
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Expecting India to have a much better showing this time round.

For now though, I'll be selfish and hope for Sri Lanka to bat so I can watch Kumar Sangakkara at the crease.
 
India win the toss and have decided to bat.

Indian teams is .... wait .. whats that ... I don't believe it .... they are all out already :p
 
Pitch "Weird pitch," says Waqar Younis on Ten Sports channel. "One side has lots of cracks that have already opened up a touch and which should take spin from second day on wards. The other side has flat, no cracks but is damp and might aid swing because of the sea breeze." Whoa! If only the other half had grass it would have been like the Federer Nadal exhibition game on the half clay half grass court. Immense fun awaits us.

Wonder what the fair and unjust Roshan Mahanama will say about this.
 
You can always tell Jayawardene is thinking out there. Interesting field placings with staggered slips and a short midwicket for Sehwag.

Pitch is showing uneven bounce at the end Kulesekara is bowling to. Several balls has reached the keeper on a bounce while others have carried through to the keep at comfortable height.
 
Seems like Ghambir is walking out of the crease almost every other ball.

P Jayawardene should probably come up to the stumps.
 
if it's cutting and bouncing awkwardly and keeping low at times in the other end from which Kulasekara is operating, it's swinging this end from Vaasy

Is it world's first two in one pitch.
 
Arun Lal thinks Kulesakara's pace is giving him the extra bounce. All 121 kph of it.
 
Edge dropped by first slip. Sangakkara would have taken it easy if not for the keeper getting in the way.
 
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arun lal, ranjit fernando, this flat pitch everything repelling at the moment.
 
Guys nothing to worry about it, we can force a collapse and dismiss them for under 200 for sure. They won't be lucky forever.

If by some chance we don't, we will still be OK because there is no way the Indians can dismiss us on this pitch.
 
cars112 said:
Guys nothing to worry about it, we can force a collapse and dismiss them for under 200 for sure. They won't be lucky forever.

If by some chance we don't, we will still be OK because there is no way the Indians can dismiss us on this pitch.
What do u mean "we"...were pakistani man :inzi :mush :imran :altaf :altaf :D
 
I don't agree with Mahela taking Mendis out of the attack.

Vaas is never gonna pick up a wicket.
 
Sehwag is playing very aggessively, can he make the century in the first session of the test?
A feat very few have done.
Majid Khan for Pak that I have heard did it.
 
cars112 said:
I support Pak and anyone playing India :D

The question is when Pak plays india, do you support Pak as Pak or as "anyone playing India".:|

hmmmm.........i guess its time to sleep:D
 
Sehwag once again giving India a great start, easily one of the best openers to come out of Sub-Continent...
 
Sehwag is not just a one man demolition squad. Of late he has been more consistent than the big 3 or 4 or what ever that count is.
 
damn, he missed century before lunch by 9 runs, if they had played complete 30 overs, he may had done it
 
wow, i just saw the scorecard, looks like india is playing a one day match with the run being 5.20. whats mendis and murali doing ? is this not suppose to be a turning track ?

looks like a flat track to me as the flat track bully has got 91....
 
moumotta said:
Sehwag is not just a one man demolition squad. Of late he has been more consistent than the big 3 or 4 or what ever that count is.

one flat track bully..
 
Atif said:
looks like a flat track to me as the flat track bully has got 91....

Just wait and see how the track plays when Sehwag is not batting.
 
moumotta said:
Just wait and see how the track plays when Sehwag is not batting.

Yep every pitch looks like a road when Sehwag is going off. Not much the other team can do except wait for him to get out.

Lankans will be happy with the rain break though, India could have been 200/0 by now.
 
Random Aussie said:
Yep every pitch looks like a road when Sehwag is going off. Not much the other team can do except wait for him to get out.

A bit of an exaggeration, Aussie...let me tell you why.

Sehwag's 319 and 254 are two of his three highest scores in Test cricket...but check this out.

He made 319 (against SA this year) on a pitch where just 26 wickets fell over five days play (no time lost to rain or bad light). In the rest of the series, on more difficult pitches, he didn't pass 22.

When he made 254 against us, just 9 wickets fell over five days (plenty of time lost to rain, so maybe three days is more realistic, but even so, 9 wickets in 3 days). Furthermore we rested most of our main bowlers so as to not tire them out for the rest of the series. As for Sehwag in the rest of the series? He didn't pass 31 and made just 5 and 4 in that Karachi 2006 game.

He is, without a doubt, the ultimate flat track bully. That said, it still takes some doing to score at nearly 80 runs per 100 balls in Test cricket, so credit to him for that...but your statement that "every pitch looks like a road when Sehwag is going off" is misleading...rather it should be "Sehwag only goes off on roads"!
 
Both openers have a good strategy, they are coming out of the crease to the pitch of the ball and negating any spin that can trouble them. Daring appraoch that is working although it will be more difficult in the 2nd inning to be this successful with it as the ball will spin a lot more.
 
cars112 said:
A bit of an exaggeration, Aussie...let me tell you why.

Sehwag's 319 and 254 are two of his three highest scores in Test cricket...but check this out.

He made 319 (against SA this year) on a pitch where just 26 wickets fell over five days play (no time lost to rain or bad light). In the rest of the series, on more difficult pitches, he didn't pass 22.

When he made 254 against us, just 9 wickets fell over five days (plenty of time lost to rain, so maybe three days is more realistic, but even so, 9 wickets in 3 days). Furthermore we rested most of our main bowlers so as to not tire them out for the rest of the series. As for Sehwag in the rest of the series? He didn't pass 31 and made just 5 and 4 in that Karachi 2006 game.

He is, without a doubt, the ultimate flat track bully. That said, it still takes some doing to score at nearly 80 runs per 100 balls in Test cricket, so credit to him for that...but your statement that "every pitch looks like a road when Sehwag is going off" is misleading...rather it should be "Sehwag only goes off on roads"!

You conveniently forget his 309 on a wicket on which Pakistan were bowled out twice in Multan.
 
cars112 said:
A bit of an exaggeration, Aussie...let me tell you why.

Sehwag's 319 and 254 are two of his three highest scores in Test cricket...but check this out.

He made 319 (against SA this year) on a pitch where just 26 wickets fell over five days play (no time lost to rain or bad light). In the rest of the series, on more difficult pitches, he didn't pass 22.

When he made 254 against us, just 9 wickets fell over five days (plenty of time lost to rain, so maybe three days is more realistic, but even so, 9 wickets in 3 days). Furthermore we rested most of our main bowlers so as to not tire them out for the rest of the series. As for Sehwag in the rest of the series? He didn't pass 31 and made just 5 and 4 in that Karachi 2006 game.

He is, without a doubt, the ultimate flat track bully. That said, it still takes some doing to score at nearly 80 runs per 100 balls in Test cricket, so credit to him for that...but your statement that "every pitch looks like a road when Sehwag is going off" is misleading...rather it should be "Sehwag only goes off on roads"!

Yeah fair point Cars but I have the last Adelaide Test in my mind when he made 156 and nobody else in the Indian team could score.

He only seems to go off once a series though and then has a run of low scores.
 
I thought they were only so good in ODIs but these guys are equaly destructive in test too... This opening partenership is gonna go down in history as one of the all-time best opening partnership.
 
Pak_mystery said:
I thought they were only so good in ODIs but these guys are equaly destructive in test too... This opening partenership is gonna go down in history as one of the all-time best opening partnership.

:))) :))) :)))

Who needs Greenidge and Haynes...or Hayden and Langer...when you have "Sehwag and Gambhir" eh
 
moumotta said:
You conveniently forget his 309 on a wicket on which Pakistan were bowled out twice in Multan.

The pressure of 675 runs did that...do you really not understand that? Even so, we still made 400 in the first innings...so effectively Sehwag made 300 in a game where the first innings was full of runs.

We played badly at Multan, that's why we were bowled out twice. The pitch was flat.
 
Random Aussie said:
Yeah fair point Cars but I have the last Adelaide Test in my mind when he made 156 and nobody else in the Indian team could score.

He only seems to go off once a series though and then has a run of low scores.

Not to forget his 195 on day 1 of 2003 Melbourne test in which India were bowled out twice.
 
cars112 said:
:))) :))) :)))

Who needs Greenidge and Haynes...or Hayden and Langer...when you have "Sehwag and Gambhir" eh
one of the best,but not "the best".hope that explains it.
 
Random Aussie said:
He only seems to go off once a series though and then has a run of low scores.

Exactly, just inflates his average in one innings on a dead pitch and then does nothing for the rest of it.
 
cars112 said:
Exactly, just inflates his average in one innings on a dead pitch and then does nothing for the rest of it.
atleast hes inteligent enough to take advantage of the dead pitches unlike our afridi saab who just cant score no matter how dead the pitch is.
 
Pak_mystery said:
atleast hes inteligent enough to take advantage of the dead pitches unlike our afridi saab who just cant score no matter how dead the pitch is.

Afridi averages 37 (SR 85) in Tests with 5 centuries...so what are you talking about?
 
cars112 said:
Afridi averages 37 (SR 85) in Tests with 5 centuries...so what are you talking about?
sehwag avrages over 51 in tests and atleast 32 in odis compare to afridis 23
 
Sehwag is playing beautifully. How bad is the weather? Is any channel showing the drying up operation or have all gone on to stupid showbiz programs?
 
They need to get Sehwag out soon else India will reach a major score in no time. If they can, the rest will fall like a pack of cards!
 
cars112 said:
A bit of an exaggeration, Aussie...let me tell you why.

Sehwag's 319 and 254 are two of his three highest scores in Test cricket...but check this out.

He made 319 (against SA this year) on a pitch where just 26 wickets fell over five days play (no time lost to rain or bad light). In the rest of the series, on more difficult pitches, he didn't pass 22.

When he made 254 against us, just 9 wickets fell over five days (plenty of time lost to rain, so maybe three days is more realistic, but even so, 9 wickets in 3 days). Furthermore we rested most of our main bowlers so as to not tire them out for the rest of the series. As for Sehwag in the rest of the series? He didn't pass 31 and made just 5 and 4 in that Karachi 2006 game.

He is, without a doubt, the ultimate flat track bully. That said, it still takes some doing to score at nearly 80 runs per 100 balls in Test cricket, so credit to him for that...but your statement that "every pitch looks like a road when Sehwag is going off" is misleading...rather it should be "Sehwag only goes off on roads"!

you are confusing shewag with MoYo !
 
cars112 said:
Exactly, just inflates his average in one innings on a dead pitch and then does nothing for the rest of it.

He has good scores all over the world. Also, 1 good innings per tst series is actuallly great for any batsman in the world. Any batsman doing so will average over 50 easily
 
A-Man said:
They need to get Sehwag out soon else India will reach a major score in no time. If they can, the rest will fall like a pack of cards!

no they wont. There is a difference between a first day pitcha nd a third day pitch
 
Indiafan said:
no they wont. There is a difference between a first day pitcha nd a third day pitch

Not talking about the pitch. Just reckon that pressure will get to some of them and the likes of Dravid and Ganguly will struggle against Murali and Mendis thats all. We'l have to wait and see I guess. :)
 
I am not watching it live. Is the ball (by mendis & murli) spinning?

I was surprised to see these two have scored well against mendis today , though he has not bowled too many overs yet.
 
cars112 said:
A bit of an exaggeration, Aussie...let me tell you why.

Sehwag's 319 and 254 are two of his three highest scores in Test cricket...but check this out.

He made 319 (against SA this year) on a pitch where just 26 wickets fell over five days play (no time lost to rain or bad light). In the rest of the series, on more difficult pitches, he didn't pass 22.

When he made 254 against us, just 9 wickets fell over five days (plenty of time lost to rain, so maybe three days is more realistic, but even so, 9 wickets in 3 days). Furthermore we rested most of our main bowlers so as to not tire them out for the rest of the series. As for Sehwag in the rest of the series? He didn't pass 31 and made just 5 and 4 in that Karachi 2006 game.

He is, without a doubt, the ultimate flat track bully. That said, it still takes some doing to score at nearly 80 runs per 100 balls in Test cricket, so credit to him for that...but your statement that "every pitch looks like a road when Sehwag is going off" is misleading...rather it should be "Sehwag only goes off on roads"!


Thats why he avgs 50 plus in Aus where the greatest batsmen of Pace INZI we all know has a better avg :)) ...
 
Garuda said:
I am not watching it live. Is the ball (by mendis & murli) spinning?

I was surprised to see these two have scored well against mendis today , though he has not bowled too many overs yet.

He was removed after a bout of Sehwagitis
 
cars112 said:
The pressure of 675 runs did that...do you really not understand that? Even so, we still made 400 in the first innings...so effectively Sehwag made 300 in a game where the first innings was full of runs.

We played badly at Multan, that's why we were bowled out twice. The pitch was flat.


Which of your bouncy, fast wicket expert, greatest batsmens of pace champion batsmen have a good avg in Aus ? :)) .. Cars have crashed again :))) :))) ..
 
moumotta said:
He was removed after a bout of Sehwagitis

To be fair he nearly had Sehwag a few times. Leading edge, outside edges, ball dropped short, bat pad review inconclusive.
 
Random Aussie said:
To be fair he nearly had Sehwag a few times. Leading edge, outside edges, ball dropped short, bat pad review inconclusive.

It would have been interesting if Jaya had continued with Mendis rather than hide him after a few overs. Guess they are grooming him with care.
 
If Sri Lanka keep playing both spinners, the toss will be a massive part of the game. Anytime they win and bat you would think they would be much better odds than if they bowl...
 
Random Aussie said:
If Sri Lanka keep playing both spinners, the toss will be a massive part of the game. Anytime they win and bat you would think they would be much better odds than if they bowl...
yup. I still cant seem to understand how they made 600 with sanga only making 14.
 
TruSachFan said:
yup. I still cant seem to understand how they made 600 with sanga only making 14.

Well if your wicketkeeper was not too tired to play they probably wouldn't have. :D

But any side playing 2 specialist spinners can look pretty ordinary on the first couple of days.
 
Random Aussie said:
However we should really be able to force a collapse and get them for less than 350.

:19:

Although I accept I was proven utterly wrong about calling for Chaminda's removal from the attack...too be honest even I didn't realize that the Indians are so abysmal that Chaminda would trouble them on this pitch! :))) :)))

But good work, we look on course for the series win now.

Well played Sehwag though, FTB he is but scoring 128 at better than a run a ball is still pretty solid.

Whoops, seems like I edited my post instead of quoting it! This was my original post, in response to a post by Random Aussie

Aussie - let's just hope the pitch doesn't worsen too much towards the end of this game. If the Indians luck their way to 500+ in the first innings, we could be in some trouble. However we should really be able to force a collapse and get them for less than 350.

And I was responding to the under 350 comment...but never mind, it is all over the place now.
 
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cars112 said:
Aussie - let's just hope the pitch doesn't worsen too much towards the end of this game. If the Indians luck their way to 500+ in the first innings, we could be in some trouble. However we should really be able to force a collapse and get them for less than 350.
since pak dont play test matches for a yr, u will be a sl fan for a long time :D
 
TruSachFan said:
since pak dont play test matches for a yr, u will be a sl fan for a long time :D

SL thrashing you is a good warm up for the beating we will dish out to you next year
 
cars112 said:
SL thrashing you is a good warm up for the beating we will dish out to you next year
thats a long time. We'll see who thrashes who in this match.
 
TruSachFan said:
We'll see who thrashes who in this match.

We just need to get the flat track bully out. After that it will be hilarious watching Choker and his comrades struggle against Ajantha and Murali. Choker will hopefully be dismissed by Murali as he has been five times in the last four games! :))
 
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