Sangakkara and Paranavitana punish India
Jul 19, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The Test is only a day old but already it appears as though it’s Sri Lanka’s game to lose. As expected, the lambs were led to slaughter. The Indian bowling attack defined mediocrity and Sri Lanka bossed it around in style to reach a strong position by the end of the opening day in Galle. Kumar Sangakkara and Tharanga Paranavitana sealed well-compiled tons as the hosts galloped towards gaining complete control before rains brought an early end to the day’s play.
No Test hundred is easy. Especially if it’s scored against a team ranked No. 1 in the world. However, this was one of the easier hundreds Sangakkara has scored against a top-ranked team. A maiden hundred, though, is never easy irrespective of the opposition and Paranavitana played splendidly to get to his. His celebration was befitting of the landmark: He screamed in delight, pumped his fists, jumped in joy, and ran almost all the way to the boundary.
What stood out was the ease with which Paranavitana and Sangakkara progressed. It appeared as though they were having a net session. India’s weak bowling attack was further handicapped by Harbhajan Singh’s ailment. He hobbled away during the second session and, though he returned to bowl later, was still suffering from the after effects of the injury and illness that threatened his presence in the team. He hardly looked his best and once again disappeared into the pavilion in the final session.