Lanka consolidate - 293/4 on day one
Aug 3, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Winning the toss and having the luxury of batting first for the third time in the series, the Sri Lankan batsmen seemed content on consolidating and went to stumps on the first day at 293 for 4 in the Third and final Test against India at the P.Sara Stadium yesterday. After tea Mahela Jayawardena who completed his 35th 50 and was batting steadily was ruled out LBW to Ojha for 56 with 3 fours by umpire Rod Tucker. TV replays showed the ball going well over the stumps. Unfortunate.
At the wickets when stumps were drawn with 86.5 overs bowled and bad light stopped play were Samaraweera on 65 and Angelo Mathews on 26.
The usually aggressive Sri Lankan batsmen Paranavitana, Dilshan, Sangakkara, Jayawardena and Samaraweera were subdued and rarely broke into the belligerent stroke play that they are famous for. However one must also compliment the Indian bowlers for bowling good line and length on a wicket that was more batsmen friendly and not letting the batsmen take complete control on day one.
Sri Lanka made two changes bringing in their pacemen who served them in the First Test in Galle Lasith Malinga and Chanaka Welagedera who both missed the Second Test at the SSC due to injury and out went the other two pacemen Mazenodians Dilhara Fernando and Dhammika Prasad who failed to make any impression at the SSC.