Sri Lanka 85 for 2 - rain
In a rain shortened first day of the First of Three Tests, Sri Lanka
were 85 for 2 against India in 22 overs when bad light stopped play at
the SSC ground, yesterday.
With the wicket being covered for long, it was apparent that there
would be moisture on it, and it would help the pacemen in the early
overs. Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma were able to obtain bounce and the
movement that the new ball provides and the batsmen were not all that
After putting on seven runs, Sharma forced Vandort to hang his bat
out to a delivery that rose and moved off a good length and the
resulting touch was well grabbed by wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik.
Vandort made three.
Kumar Sangakkara joined Warnapura and with some correct batting put
on 50 runs for the second wicket before Zaheer Khan moved a ball away
and Sangakkara only managed in nicking it to Rahul Dravid at second
slip.Sangakkara made 12.
The wicket held no errors and Warnapura reached his third fifty in
Test cricket with 6 fours.It was a nicely compiled 50.When played was
called off for bad light in 22 overs had been bowled and the unbeaten
batsmen were Jayawardena was 16 and Warnapura 50
With the clouds that were hovering rolling by, the umpires who had a
closer look decided to bring the teams out at 3.30 p.m. and 42 overs to
be bowled, the announcement was welcome relief after 195 minutes was
lost for rain.
Skipper Mahela Jayawardena who has the knack of losing more tosses
than winning, beat Anil Kumble the Indian captain to the toss and had no
hesitation in batting first.
In the Lankan team announced Tillekeratne Dilshan edged out Chamara
Silva who had a good outing against the Indians in the practice game
with twin fifties and also saw the inclusion of medium pacer Nuwan
Kulasekera to Thilana Thusara.
India had Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps in place of Mahendra Singh
Dhoni who pulled out of the Test series giving as an excuse fatigue.
Heavy overnight rain and early in the morning left some parts of the
outfield soft and umpires Billy Doctrove and Mark Benson took a walk
around the ground and decided to have the first inspection at 1 p.m.
Several times the ground staff removed the covers hoping for play to
start. But with the clouds hovering, it was a removing, replacing
situation of the covers, while it was a frustrating wait in the press
box and for the millions who were glued to Ten Sports waiting for the
umpires to make an announcement as to when the frustrating wait would be
over and the umpires would call play.
With the outfield still not conducive for play the umpires announced
another inspection at 2.30 p.m. Although the ground was kept covered
water seemed to have seeped through in certain sections of the playing
area and sadly although the sun came out at times, it was not strong
enough to dry the affected areas quickly.
It would have been more than frustrating for Sri Lanka ‘s mystery
spinner Ajantha Mendis who was eagerly waiting to make his Test debut.
Having shown his capabilities in the-one day fun game, those who did not
have the fortune of watching his magic with the ball. would have been
keen to see how he goes in the longer version of the game, which game is
what cricket is all about.
SRI LANKA 1ST INNINGS
Michael Vandort c Karthik b Sharma 3
Malinda Warnapura not out 50
Kumar Sangakkara c Dravid b Khan 12
Mahela Jayawardene not out 16
EXTRAS: (1lb, 3nb) 4
TOTAL: (for two wickets) 85
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-7, 2-57.
Still to bat: Thilan Samaraweera, Tillekeratne Dilshan,
Prasanna Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan,
Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis.
BOWLING: Zaheer Khan 9-0-42-1 (3nb), Ishant Sharma 7-2-21-1,
Sourav Ganguly 5-1-14-0, Harbhajan Singh 1-0-7-0.