Even Murali would have struggled at SSC: Bayliss
Colombo: Only 13 wickets have fallen in four days of the second cricket Test but Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss feels even Muttiah Muralitharan would have struggled to take wickets on the placid SSC track here.
More than 1200 runs have been scored in a batsmen-dominated Test match, which is now heading for a draw. On being asked if Muralithran`s presence would have made any difference in the equation, the Lankan coach said, "It is bit hard to judge from the wicket point of view on the performance in this match. Even Murali would have struggled to take wickets."
The legenadary off-spinner bid adieu to Test cricket after the first Test at Galle.
Bayliss was satisfied with the performance of the spin duo of Ajantha Mendis and Suraj Randiv.
"On a flat wicket we have very two young bowlers who have bowled extremely well. Good performance by Sri Lankan spinners in the match," he said.
Bayliss said the picture of match could have been different had Prasana Jayawardene not dropped Tendulkar early in his innings but also backed the stumper.
"There was a chance for Sri Lanka when we took those three quick wickets. If we had taken one or two more (at that time) then the game could have been different. We did put a catch down of Tendulkar when he was on 29. When we looked at it seemed an reasonably easy chance.”
"I am not blaming Prassana Jaywardene. He is one of the best wicket keepers in the world. He has done a great job for us in the past. These things happen in the game of cricket.”
"Again if had been able to take that whose knows what would have happened. The great players take advantage of that luck. Sachin certainly has done that in the match," he said.
Tendulkar cashing in on the chance went on to make his fifth Test double hundred, his first in six years, and rescued India with his classy 203-run knock.