Sri Lanka seems to have understimated how easy this pitch is to play on, allowing India to build up 190/2, giving India a very good chance of holding on for the draw. Barring no irregular deterioration, the match seems relatively safe and Sri Lanka may have thrown away their best chance to date of a win on Indian soil.
Neither team has racked up 8 wickets in a day so far on this pitch and with a 45-over old ball, I'm not expecting any big surprises. India should over-take the lead by early afternoon and even if Sri Lanka gets to bat again, there would be very little opportunity to chase it down.
Here's hoping the next pitch is a little more lively.
So far the big standouts of the match would have to be:
a) Dravid's new groove
b) Welegedara, great potential, will need to see what he does in the next two matches
c) the frustrating and inexplicable failure of Team India's spinners
d) Dhoni seeming to lose his nerve with field placement and bowling choices.
Mishra just got a life courtesy of Dilshaan, dropped catch in slip. Forgot to dry his hands before heading out?
Mishra getting the better of Murali's bowling, fifth sign of the apocalypse or sixth sign?
Why in the name of little green apples is Sangakkara setting defensive fields? You're not defending a total, you're trying to win a match! Can someone go over and poke him in the shoulder, see if he's awake?
Dilshaan get's an opportunity to put things right and holds the catch from Mishra. We should all be so lucky in getting second chances ):
A century for Gambhir! See, thats how you do it, Viru, by not playing it like a drunken sailor going after everything in your path.
Why would he charge a spinner when they're trying to bat out the match??? Gambhir, what were you thinking? Oh well, on comes Very Very Special Laxman and the innings continues.
Just saw the bet365 odds:
Sri Lanka 51.00
I sense a get rich quick scheme coming on!