Colombo: It was bat all the way on the second day of the second Test match between India and Sri Lanka being played here at the Singhalese Sports Club Ground on Tuesday as 425 runs were scored for the loss of only 2 wickets.
Replying to Sri Lanka’s mammoth total of 642/4, India were 95/0 at stumps, still trailing the Lankans by 547 runs with Virender Sehwag (64) and Murali Vijay (22) on the crease.
The highlight of the day was a superb double ton (219) by Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jaywardene’s 174.
After tormenting the Indians with his impeccable stroke making on the opening day, Sangakkara started Day 2 proceedings in an equally aggressive frame of mind as he sent the first two deliveries of the day from Abhimanyu Mithun past the boundary ropes.
Sangakkara, who started the day on 130 not out, did not take any time to settle down and sent the very first delivery of the day through mid-off while the next ball was punched through the midwicket region.
The southpaw continued to send the cherry careening through all parts of the ground and soon reached his 150 with the help of another four. Sangakkara’s 150 came off 246 deliveries and consisted of 20 fours.
The duo of Kumar Sangakkara nand Mahela Jayawardene brought up their 150 partnership in style off just 239 balls.
A little while later, the stadium erupted with loud cheers as Sangakkara completed his double century. Sangakkara’s double ton, the seventh of his Test career, came off just 304 balls and consisted of 26 delightful strokes past the boundary ropes.
The Lankans went into Lunch at 457/2.
After scoring a superb double ton (219) and adding 193 runs along with Jayawardene, Sangakkara was sent back to the pavilion, thanks to a sharp catch by Rahul Dravid at first slip. Sangakkara got out off the bowling of Virender Sehwag.
However, the fall of Sangakkara’s wicket brought momentary relief for the Indians as Sri Lanka continued to make hay while the sun shone in all its glory. The home side eclipsed the 500-run mark in just the 133rd over of their innings.
Soon, it was time for another milestone. As he reached the three-figure mark, Jayawardene became the first man in cricket history to score ten tons at a single venue. Before the match, the Lankan was tied with the great Sir Donald Bradman, who had scored nine hundreds at the MCG. Jayawardene’s century, his 28th in Test cricket, came off just 178 balls and consisted of 12 fours.
Sri Lanka added 130 runs in the post-lunch session to reach a massive score of 587/3 at the stroke of tea.
Shortly after the resumption of play in the post-tea session, Sri Lanka crossed another landmark as they went past the 600-run mark.
Harbhajan Singh finally managed to get a wicket in the series as he sent back Mahela Jaywardene, but not before the Lankan had scored 174. With the fall of Jayawardene’s wicket, the home team declared their first innings for a massive total of 642/4 leaving India with a mammoth task on hand.
After almost two days of toiling in the field, the Indian openers came out to start their innings on a positive note. Sehwag and Vijay took the Indian total past the 50-run mark in the 8th over of the innings.
Sehwag completed his half-ton, the 22nd of his career, in as many deliveries.