Mahela 275 and Prasanna 154 n.o. break 72-year 6th
wicket record set by Australians Don Bradman and Jack Fingleton:
Jayawardenas torment the Indians
India were waging a grim battle to survive the first cricket Test
after Sri Lanka went on a record-breaking batting spree on the fourth
day here on Thursday.
The Indians, trailing by 334 runs on the first innings as Sri Lanka
piled up 760-7 declared, moved to 190-2 in their second knock by stumps
at the Motera stadium.
Gautam Gambhir was unbeaten on 74 and nightwatchman Amit Mishra was
on 12, with India facing three tough sessions on the final day to avoid
defeat in the first match of the three-Test series.
Sri Lanka, who have never won a Test in India, will bank on the spin
duo of world record holder Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath to
exploit a fifth day wicket that has so far proved a bowlers’ graveyard.
Virender Sehwag smashed a typically robust 51 with seven boundaries
in a first-wicket stand of 81 with Gambhir, before he holed out in the
deep off left-arm spinner Herath soon after tea.
Rahul Dravid, who made 177 in the first innings, put on 88 for the
second wicket with Gambhir before he was declared leg-before to seamer
Chanaka Welegedara for 38.
Earlier, Sri Lanka compiled the highest ever total on Indian soil
before skipper Kumar Sangakkara declared the first innings 40 minutes
Former captain Mahela Jayawardene hit a monumental 275 and
wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 154 after a
world-record stand of 351 for the sixth wicket.
The pair broke the 72-year record set by Australians Don Bradman and
Jack Fingleton, who had put on 346 for the sixth wicket against England
at Melbourne in 1937.
Sri Lanka’s total surpassed India’s 676-7 against the same opponents
in Kanpur in 1986, which was the previous highest total in a Test match
played in India.
Mahela Jayawardene batted for eight hours in his sixth double-century
that was studded with 27 boundaries and a six.
He was dismissed in the third over after lunch when he shaped to
drive leg-spinner Mishra, missed the line and was bowled out.
Sangakkara declared at the fall of Dammika Prasad’s wicket, caught in
the deep off Harbhajan Singh, leaving Prasanna Jayawardene stranded at
the other end.
India claimed the third new ball from the start of the day’s play,
but it failed to contain the flow of runs.
Prasanna, who was on 84 overnight, reached his second Test century by
edging Ishant Sharma to the third man fence for his eighth boundary.
Mahela, the ninth-highest scorer in Test cricket, completed 9,000
runs when he reached 253 with a single to long-on off Harbhajan.
All the four frontline Indian bowlers conceded over 100 runs with
Mishra being the most expensive with 1-203 from 58 overs and Harbhajan
going for 2-189 from 48.4 overs.
India had made 426 in their first innings after being reduced to 32-4
within the first hour of the match. AHMEDABAD, AFP
INDIA 1st innings 426
SRI LANKA 1st innings
T. Dilshan c Dravid b Zaheer 112
T. Paranavitana c Dhoni b Sharma 35
K. Sangakkara c Tendulkar b Zaheer 31
M. Jayawardene b Mishra 275
T. Samaraweera c Yuvraj b Sharma 70
A. Mathews c Gambhir b Harbhajan 17
P. Jayawardene not out 154
D. Prasad c Mishra b Harbhajan 21
Extras: (b5, lb16, w4, nb20) 45
TOTAL (for 7 wkts declared, 202.4 overs)760
Did not bat: Chanaka Welegedara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Rangana Herath.
Fall of wickets: 1-74 (Paranavitana), 2-189 (Dilshan), 3-194 (Sangakkara),
4-332 (Samaraweera), 5-375 (Mathews), 6-726 (M. Jayawardene), 7-760 (Prasad).
Bowling: Zaheer 36-6-109-2 (nb9, w2), Sharma 33-0-135-2 (nb3, w2),
Harbhajan 48.4-4-189-2, Mishra 58-6-203-1 (nb8), Yuvraj 16-1-64-0,
Tendulkar 7-0-20-0, Sehwag 4-1-19-0.
INDIA 2nd innings
G. Gambhir not out 74
V. Sehwag c Mathews b Herath 51
R. Dravid lbw b Welegedara 38
A. Mishra not out 12
Extras: (lb7, nb8) 15
TOTAL (for 2wkts, 45 overs) 190
To bat: Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Venkatsai Laxman, Mahendra Dhoni,
Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma.
Fall of wickets: 1-81 (Sehwag), 2-169 (Dravid).
Bowling: Welegedara 9-0-31-1 (nb1), Prasad 9-0-49-0 (nb3),
Herath 13-0-47-1, Muralitharan 14-0-56-0 (nb4).