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Lanka drives home the advantage on first day

Indian bowlers again returned with an insipid display as Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Paranivitana made merry by striking centuries on the first day of the second test, ending the day at 312/2.

Indian bowlers again returned with an insipid display as Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Paranivitana made merry by striking centuries on the first day of the second test, ending the day at 312/2.

Calling the coin correctly and opting to bat, Sri Lanka drove home the advantage on the first day itself to put MS Dhoni and his men on the backfoot. The fear is looming large on Dhoni as India is threatened to lose its numero uno status in Test cricket if it doesn’t level the three Test match series. Desperately seeking to salvage some glory and pride, Dhoni employed four spinners to extract some juice from the wicket which looked bouncy and offered to turn. But specialists Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha and the part-timers Virendra Sehwag and Suresh Raina failed to have a dent on the solid Lankan defence.

The wicket however promises to favour the spinners and Dhoni would be looking forward to some daredevilry from his specialist spinners on the morrow, but looking at the cool and composed nature of the Lankan batsmen, it seems that they know the pitch too well to be in any discomfort. Abhimanyu Mithun and Ishant Sharma too looked out of sorts on the slow wicket.

India, when the turn comes, will need to put their heads down and score at a brisk pace to nullify the Lankan scare of building a huge first innings total and applying the pressure. An intriguing battle is on the cards and the responsibility is back on to the Indian middle order again.

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