Aug 9, 2008

Match is evenly balanced: Cricket series India vs SriLanka 2008

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India could not capitalize again on the start given by the openers and again the popular Indian middle order managed only about 76 runs to the overall modest Indian total of 249. Gautam Gambhir scored 72 for India. Credit goes to the new spin sensation from Sri Lanka Ajantha Mendis, taking another 5 for in this series and is the running contender for the man of the series title. If Mendis strikes again in the Indian second innings, then Sri Lanka will be at the doorstep of winning the series. As of now Sri Lanka is in a good position to take a slender lead in the first innings of the final decider Test of this series edition in 2008.

Sangakkara scores a Ton !

Kumara Sangakkara has finally scored a ton in this series at the vital stage of this Test. Giving Sri Lanka the life line as it is looking to consolidate the lead from here on. Earlier night watchman Chaminda Vaas scored 47 vital runs for Sri Lanka.

All now depends on the Indian Second innings as how India is going to win this test. India has to finish off the Sri Lankan tail as soon as possible when the match resumes for the third day morning session. Match now clearly is heading for a result. And it is evenly balanced. Sri Lankan edge at the moment will be negated as it has to bat last in this test and the pitch will start to show up cracks on the fourth and fifth days. So, Sri Lanka will be looking to carry as many runs from this innings to it second innings total so that it has a small target to score to win this test. Sri Lankan batting order will be on test in the final innings of this series against the accomplished and experienced Indian bowling lineup. Harbhajan singh displayed a match winning performance supported by young Indian rookie Ishant sharma helping India level the series.

The Test is heading for a good battle among the two teams where the skills of each team is going to be thoroughly tested. And if India loses the series then I personally feel that MS Dhoni's personal decision to skip the series will cast a shadow on the result. Lets hope it does not. A splendid hundred in the first test by Kevin Pietersen as the captain of England has given England a good platform. Beijing Olympics finally has started with the spectacular opening ceremony so its all round hectic sporting entertainment for the sports lovers. So Enjoy and thanks for reading. Technorati Profile


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