Taking away the Don's records
Raina or Sehwag?
A debutant is nearing a century, he has played at a few wide deliveries in the previous few overs, clearly he is nervous, and he moves from 95 to 96 with a single patted down to long-off off Suraj Randiv. In fact, during that over, Kumar Sangakkara had fielders at long off, long on, deep square leg and deep point. Sometimes modern captains confound.
Raina-Sehwag, part 2
Raina reached his century on debut with Sachin Tendulkar for company. The last man to score a century on debut alongside Tendulkar was a No. 6 too, and Virender Sehwag hasn't done badly at all since then. As for Raina, who was given his cap by Rahul Dravid and who hugged Sachin Tendulkar immediately upon reaching the century, his Test career seems blessed. Blessed.
More Sangakkara tactics
Perhaps he knew this pitch wouldn't yield a result, and hence wanted to keep his main bowler - relatively speaking - away from attention. But it sure was some privilege for Ajantha Mendis to have been asked to bowl only two overs in the first session on a day that was hard work for bowlers.
Archaic cricket rules - a reminder
On a hopeless day for bowlers, Dammika Prasad managed to inflict a rare moment of discomfort on Tendulkar, and his team was charged four runs for that. With the score at 443 for 4 and Tendulkar on 134, Prasad got a bouncer to move in, stay low, and hit the batsman on the helmet. There was no intention of playing a shot, but the umpire had no choice but to signal four leg byes for the ricochet. The law, as they say, is an ass.
Bad match for Bradman
This pitch seems to have been created with the sole purpose of taking away some of the many records Don Bradman possesses. I even smell an Asian Bloc conspiracy here. First Mahela Jayawardene broke Bradman's record of most centuries at one venue, and then Tendulkar went past his tally of 18 scores of 150 and more. RIP Don.
Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo