India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day July 18, 2010

Sri Lanka exploit toss advantage again

One of the underrated aspects of Sri Lanka's dominance at home is how they ruthlessly bat out oppositions after winning the toss
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One of the rare certainties of this uncertain game is a visiting team's fate when it loses the toss in Sri Lanka. Unless something miraculous happens, the best the said team can achieve is a draw. One of the underrated aspects of Sri Lanka's dominance at home is how they ruthlessly bat out oppositions after winning the toss. They last lost a home Test after winning the toss in March 2001. The corresponding dates for Australia, South Africa and India are December 2008, December 2007 and April 2008. That run of Sri Lanka's isn't likely to end in this match either.

It is a simple and obvious plan, and is executed perfectly almost every time. The pitch is usually not very testing on the first day. The batsmen who look good to begin with go on to make big hundreds, the sapping humidity leaves tired opposition batsmen to play out the final hour on the second day, the pitch starts deteriorating, Muttiah Muralitharan is at them all the time, and they know they are in for a fight to save the match. The converse doesn't always hold: when Sri Lanka are forced to field first, the opposition batsmen are not nearly as efficient and ruthless.

The sight of losing a toss is all the more depressing for a side that is playing one of its weakest attacks in recent times, and is not particularly known for disciplined fielding. These are tough conditions for a fielding side to stay alert throughout the day, but high energy and alert fielding are friends visiting sides in Sri Lanka can do with. Chances rarely come their way, and they can't afford to let three half-chances to go through, like India did today. Kumar Sangakkara was missed on 65, Tharanga Paranavitana on 35 and 90, deep into the extended middle session.

On a tough day, the Indian bowlers came up short. Ishant Sharma was unlucky, in that none of the four edges he induced from Paranavitana went to hand, but he also went for 79 runs in 14 overs, and bowled four no-balls. He didn't seem to find the in-between length of his earlier spells. "By his own admission, he could have avoided certain type of deliveries," said Gary Kirsten, India's coach, of Ishant's effort. "He bowled well in the last spell and hopefully he will continue to build his confidence as he goes along."

That the debutant Abhimanyu Mithun was the best bowler on display told the story, and he was strictly steady. "I thought Mithun bowled superbly for his first Test, great to see a really athletic young bowler," Kirsten said. "He certainly showed he is capable of doing well at this level. He bowled at decent pace and good areas for most of the day so I am pretty impressed."

The 7-2 leg-side fields for Pragyan Ojha showed the kind of confidence the spinner drew from the captain. Harbhajan Singh, recovering from a flu, was clearly suffering from weakness, seen bent and holding onto his knees after overs, had to go off the field, and was reduced to bowling well outside the off stump of the left-hand batsmen. That Harbhajan at 70 to 80% is a better choice than the next spinner in the squad is not a healthy sign for India at all.

The simple plan worked down to every detail for Sri Lanka, except for Kumar Sangakkara's soft dismissal - he perhaps didn't realise the presence of a deep midwicket and pulled straight into his lap - and the rain that gave them only 68 overs of play on the first day.

The pitch gave an ominous reminder of its existence about half-an-hour before rain forced a premature end to the day's play. Ishant, who had bowled through the day without much help, got one to nip back in towards Paranavitana - not merely hold its line - and hit the batsman in the ribs. The puff of dust there was a tell tale sign that batting will get significantly tougher. Rain and a rare collapse permitting, the Indian batsmen, after having fielded for close to 140 overs, will have a tricky period before stumps tomorrow to start their quest to not fall behind in the series.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    @ Poor Subash... No wonder If this says some 1 from Aus, but you from india. really disappointment, you believe sachin is the greatest ever batsman, but if we check the stats, ponting is a Far better hero than saching, With 3 world cups,1 WC runners up, 2 ICC trophy's and lot more things. Is that saching have any world cup? any ICC trophy? but he's still the great ever batsman. so its clear that 1 person cant make all the stuff for a team. we all know that. but poor indian fans not. Tell you what brother. you cant make even semi's in 2011 WC. its so clear. so start to cheer us, WE USED TO MAKE AT LEAST SEMI'S IN ICC EVENTS.

    god luck for them. anyway, " Sachin Tendulkar was snared by Muttiah Muralitharan as Sri Lanka took control of the first Test in Galle after declaring at 520 for 8 in the first innings"

  • POSTED BY Rogue777 on | July 20, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Mr Subash so tell me is this the same ICC that said Harbajan; McGrath and so many others bends their arms over the earlier specified legal limit? Please try not to make a complete fool of yourself when posting these comments. So tell me was Tendulkar wrong in his assessment when he called Murali a legend? Or by the way tell me how was it that we were the Runners-up in 2007 World Cup in West Indies when you guys got knocked out in the 1st round if we can not play away from home. Or by the way how did we ever manage to be Finalists and Semifinalists receptively in England and Westindies in the last two T20 WCs. The reason for our test recoard being not great in Aus and SA is because we do not get any long 5 test series in those countries. Thus making it difficult for us to familiarize ourselves with those conditions in the given short time. Tell me how was the AWAY record of India 28 years after getting their test status? I bet it was far worse than Sri Lankas.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    @klobania. I amn't the one decided that murali is chucking. That's from ICC umpires. You never answered my question. If you fell we don't have murali class (anyway we don't think murali is class spinner). That kinda class spinner can't able to win a single match in india against india. Answer my question / shut your mouth.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    @kiwirocket-- NO Aussies are showing much interest to watch Australia Vs Pak Test. I amn't blaming pak side. But still they are in transition phase. They will lose some more games to get the stable side. But without knowing much about cricket, stating ICC rules are wrong means that's so pathetic. Anyway kiwis are nowhere near to India.

  • POSTED BY vimalan on | July 19, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    @KiwiRocker no one denies SL played superb today. But its so childish to blame ICC because India had one poor day, that too first day on the tour. First of all, you have to wait till the end of the test match and the series to atleast make a comment. Even if India loses this series, that does not take away what they have achieved in the past few years where they beat all teams in the world if not all series. And you must be the only person who will say India is the most boring team to watch that too when we have players like Sachin, VVS in the team. BTW, India lost to Pak way back in 2006 not recently. India won the last test series against Aus in 2008. If Aus is the no 1 side, then why did they lose to India ?

  • POSTED BY vimalan on | July 19, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    @randikaayya, India does not like UDRS because it is not the perfect system yet. But how convenient of you when you say India simply won few test matches because they didn't use UDRS. That's utter rubbish. India played superb test cricket for the past couple of years to reach the top and you can't simply take the credit away. Moreover my answer was to that guy who mentioned that SL never give any excuses. You didn't answer my question on that.

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | July 19, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Its big time that the Indian selectors bring back genuine swing bowlers like Irfan, Balaji or Praveen to the test squad because our so called fast bowlers like Ishant and RP Singh are not good enough

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | July 19, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Journalists should be unbiased.I find it mildly amusing that how badly poor Indian fans continue defending Indian team.Tendulkar has won nothing of note. India does not have a single bowler who can take 5 wickets in a match let alone 20.Sehwag is one track bully.Gambhir is probably the only shinning light for India. Dravid and Laxman are expired. Indian team's average age is like what??35? It's hilarious how Indian fans made Poor Irfan Pathan a Wasim Akram. Where is Pathan anyway? Lets get real.IPL has ruined Indian cricket and Indian team current bunch is full of over rated over hyped players. What did India do in T20? ICC champs trophy? Indian fans over hype themselves for full four years until every time India loses in WC.Reminds me of bit like English football team!.I am a very old reader of cric Info and this biased article has really disappointed me.We should appreciate Sangakkara's superb innings and cherish great Muralitharan instead of making excuses about India's performance!

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Seriously to all the Srilankan's who think there team is great as well, wake up call buddy, look at the rankings, we trump you in both versions of the game ODI's and Tests, you are nowhere close to us. Also the only reason you guys can say shit right now, is because our reserve fast bowlers suck, and harbhajan is half fit. Also, remember this next game there will no murali in your test team then we will see how great your bowling team is.

    Lets not even start about batting the lankan batting team or hell any batting team in test cricket cant compare to India, you can check the records in the last year alone. Leave anything else out.

  • POSTED BY Indraneel.Kundu on | July 19, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Really guys, is this the first article about a crucial toss! Where did this blame game start? This is not the best of Siddarth Monga, but the hidden hostility is just pouring out. Where has India not given adequate praise in an opponent's victory? As a captain, Dhoni has been very professional and free from controversy in the post-match presentations and press meets. Where did you get the idea of excuses? @STres- you have a problem and that's why you think Indians have to learn from you. With 1.2 Billion people, we do a lot more than play cricket. Have you been reading the newspapers ? Good to hear you like Sachin and Co. I am quite fond of Mahela myself. India has not given any excuses. Some SL fans are finding some to relieve their frustrations. Go ahead and jerk off, the record will still stand- you haven't won a single test in India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 20, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    @ Poor Subash... No wonder If this says some 1 from Aus, but you from india. really disappointment, you believe sachin is the greatest ever batsman, but if we check the stats, ponting is a Far better hero than saching, With 3 world cups,1 WC runners up, 2 ICC trophy's and lot more things. Is that saching have any world cup? any ICC trophy? but he's still the great ever batsman. so its clear that 1 person cant make all the stuff for a team. we all know that. but poor indian fans not. Tell you what brother. you cant make even semi's in 2011 WC. its so clear. so start to cheer us, WE USED TO MAKE AT LEAST SEMI'S IN ICC EVENTS.

    god luck for them. anyway, " Sachin Tendulkar was snared by Muttiah Muralitharan as Sri Lanka took control of the first Test in Galle after declaring at 520 for 8 in the first innings"

  • POSTED BY Rogue777 on | July 20, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Mr Subash so tell me is this the same ICC that said Harbajan; McGrath and so many others bends their arms over the earlier specified legal limit? Please try not to make a complete fool of yourself when posting these comments. So tell me was Tendulkar wrong in his assessment when he called Murali a legend? Or by the way tell me how was it that we were the Runners-up in 2007 World Cup in West Indies when you guys got knocked out in the 1st round if we can not play away from home. Or by the way how did we ever manage to be Finalists and Semifinalists receptively in England and Westindies in the last two T20 WCs. The reason for our test recoard being not great in Aus and SA is because we do not get any long 5 test series in those countries. Thus making it difficult for us to familiarize ourselves with those conditions in the given short time. Tell me how was the AWAY record of India 28 years after getting their test status? I bet it was far worse than Sri Lankas.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    @klobania. I amn't the one decided that murali is chucking. That's from ICC umpires. You never answered my question. If you fell we don't have murali class (anyway we don't think murali is class spinner). That kinda class spinner can't able to win a single match in india against india. Answer my question / shut your mouth.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    @kiwirocket-- NO Aussies are showing much interest to watch Australia Vs Pak Test. I amn't blaming pak side. But still they are in transition phase. They will lose some more games to get the stable side. But without knowing much about cricket, stating ICC rules are wrong means that's so pathetic. Anyway kiwis are nowhere near to India.

  • POSTED BY vimalan on | July 19, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    @KiwiRocker no one denies SL played superb today. But its so childish to blame ICC because India had one poor day, that too first day on the tour. First of all, you have to wait till the end of the test match and the series to atleast make a comment. Even if India loses this series, that does not take away what they have achieved in the past few years where they beat all teams in the world if not all series. And you must be the only person who will say India is the most boring team to watch that too when we have players like Sachin, VVS in the team. BTW, India lost to Pak way back in 2006 not recently. India won the last test series against Aus in 2008. If Aus is the no 1 side, then why did they lose to India ?

  • POSTED BY vimalan on | July 19, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    @randikaayya, India does not like UDRS because it is not the perfect system yet. But how convenient of you when you say India simply won few test matches because they didn't use UDRS. That's utter rubbish. India played superb test cricket for the past couple of years to reach the top and you can't simply take the credit away. Moreover my answer was to that guy who mentioned that SL never give any excuses. You didn't answer my question on that.

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | July 19, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Its big time that the Indian selectors bring back genuine swing bowlers like Irfan, Balaji or Praveen to the test squad because our so called fast bowlers like Ishant and RP Singh are not good enough

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | July 19, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Journalists should be unbiased.I find it mildly amusing that how badly poor Indian fans continue defending Indian team.Tendulkar has won nothing of note. India does not have a single bowler who can take 5 wickets in a match let alone 20.Sehwag is one track bully.Gambhir is probably the only shinning light for India. Dravid and Laxman are expired. Indian team's average age is like what??35? It's hilarious how Indian fans made Poor Irfan Pathan a Wasim Akram. Where is Pathan anyway? Lets get real.IPL has ruined Indian cricket and Indian team current bunch is full of over rated over hyped players. What did India do in T20? ICC champs trophy? Indian fans over hype themselves for full four years until every time India loses in WC.Reminds me of bit like English football team!.I am a very old reader of cric Info and this biased article has really disappointed me.We should appreciate Sangakkara's superb innings and cherish great Muralitharan instead of making excuses about India's performance!

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Seriously to all the Srilankan's who think there team is great as well, wake up call buddy, look at the rankings, we trump you in both versions of the game ODI's and Tests, you are nowhere close to us. Also the only reason you guys can say shit right now, is because our reserve fast bowlers suck, and harbhajan is half fit. Also, remember this next game there will no murali in your test team then we will see how great your bowling team is.

    Lets not even start about batting the lankan batting team or hell any batting team in test cricket cant compare to India, you can check the records in the last year alone. Leave anything else out.

  • POSTED BY Indraneel.Kundu on | July 19, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Really guys, is this the first article about a crucial toss! Where did this blame game start? This is not the best of Siddarth Monga, but the hidden hostility is just pouring out. Where has India not given adequate praise in an opponent's victory? As a captain, Dhoni has been very professional and free from controversy in the post-match presentations and press meets. Where did you get the idea of excuses? @STres- you have a problem and that's why you think Indians have to learn from you. With 1.2 Billion people, we do a lot more than play cricket. Have you been reading the newspapers ? Good to hear you like Sachin and Co. I am quite fond of Mahela myself. India has not given any excuses. Some SL fans are finding some to relieve their frustrations. Go ahead and jerk off, the record will still stand- you haven't won a single test in India.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | July 19, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    It is very disappointing article. Why can not we just give credit where credit is due? Sangakkara played superbly and he took all Indian bowlers to cleaners.This further proves that how flawed ICC so called ranking system is. Indian bowling attack is toothless bunch with not a single quality bowler. Harbhajan is overrated apart from having a suspicious action.Sharma should go back and play domestic cricket.India's over reliance on poor Zaheer Khan is so obvious. Indians now will console themselves that they got a back batting line up and test somehow will draw.Indian team with current lot has to be the most boring team to watch.There is no flair and India keeps calling Dravid and Laxman to come and play test matches while Tendulkar continues scoring runs on dust bowls. India lost last series in Pakistan.They lost home series to Australia. They lost and drew series with South Africa so how is India number one side?Australia is still the No.1 side. Australia Vs Pak Test was real classic!

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | July 19, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    @vimalan: Care to explain to us laymen then why India have an eternal fear of the UDRS? They opposed to the use of it in the last few tours and got away with a few results thanks to umpiring errors. I'm not saying a thing but they are also the richest body in world cricket by far. Now don't go making connections please. If Sanga said they missed heck of a lot of wickets in a 3 match series in India due to umpiring mishaps, that is because it happened so. How can that be an excuse? The most appalling factor was that an overwhelming majority of those foul decisions were against Sri Lanka and we paid dearly..

  • POSTED BY Rogue777 on | July 19, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    I wonder why most of my posts are not being published. Could it be due to the strong Indian bias at Cricinfo. My thoughts on this article are simple: A Biased Indian Journalist out of fear of losing to Sri lanka has made a preemptive article listing excuses in case of a possible defeat. Dont worry Sidharth the rain gods will save you this time! For those Indians who say Sri Lankan tracks are flat I suggest you look at the stats before you speak. Sri Lankan tests have produced results on most occasions. While it is the FLAT tracks of Indian catered to increasing Tendulkar's average that have produced the most number of drawn tests. By the way those people who are trying to rebuttal our case by that India does not deserve the number 1 test status by discrediting sri lanka I can only say that it is you who is claiming to be the number 1 test nation not us! As for illegal actions why dont you check how much Harbajan bends his arm before you speak about others!

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 19, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    @jin87 ...i agree with your saying that ind never won a series in SA, Aus...but they managed to win atleast one or two test matches(johannesburg, adelaide, perth) there, even in the last tour Ind won one match in SL ( we lost by 2-1)...but can you tell me when was the last time that SL won at least one match in these countries....I think SriLanka NEVER WON a test match in India....they are still looking for their FIRST WIN in India everytime they tou here. Agree?????? so please hold on until SL wins its first win on Indian soli before you say that they have achieved something in test cricket. Leave alone the series win...its still a dream unachieved to SL to win a single test match in Ind.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | July 19, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    @to all who say Ind does not desrve to be no1,,....the no1 rating is based on TEST WINS and not based on the quality of bowling. So, Ind has won enough test matches to reach no1 spot. As you say if the bowling is taken as the benchmark to reach top position, then all the teams will concentrate on having bowlers...Ind has won enough matches home and away to reach no 1. just chk the team's performance in the last 3 years.

  • POSTED BY NISH67 on | July 19, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    I just don't get the logic of some of these so called Indian fans . All they want to do is make excuses and put down the opposition , whoever they might be . I would suggest to them to remove their rose rimmed spectacles and look at practicality - the world doesn't revolve around Indian cricket and the fact remains that the financial clout the BCCI enjoys presently has enabled them to cleverly manipulate matters to suit their teams's agendas .India may be number 1 on paper and the minds of their "fans" but any neutral worth his salt will know that Australia is still the best test team despite the exodus of many of their greats ! Also note how they don't whine and cringe whenever they lose a key player to injury - they just select a replacement and expect that player to perform at the optimum unlike India !!! .Rather than asking others to grow up , its time the Indian 'fans" let go of their Rip van Winkle attitudes !

  • POSTED BY Seasole on | July 19, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    it was boring to be honest, india had no plans of bowling srilanka out, after the toss they just came out and started bowling like machines, it is matches like these that are compromising the reputation of test matches. Come on dhoni, we know u can be more creative and thoughtful, just bowling over after over with no plan will certainly boost srilanka batsmen batting averages!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    hey, Arunachalam Jegadeesan please once check the 3 day match which held on before the 1st test.............and comment it.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | July 19, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    subhash if murali n malinga are chuckers then i m sorry india has failed to deliver any such chuker. go n find a player half of quality of murali n malinga n then say big

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 19, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Guys, it is not India's, South Africa's etc etc fault for where they sit in the rankings. They just go out and play, the ICC set up the ranking system and every team plays by it. When on top, such as India at the moment, and you have key players out, it is how you perform with backup players that counts. Whatever sport you compete in, it is never about your best starting team, it is about the quality of depth you have, reserves, subs, etc over a period of time that allows you sail over the tough times. The writer of the article was only just pointing out a significant fact, and it does ring true. When the Aussies last played there, they won all 3 tosses, batted first and inflicted a 3-0 defeat, so it goes against the Lankans as well. Seems a valid point he made, no matter what his nationality is. Just chill out and enjoy the test for what it is.

  • POSTED BY Bisht on | July 19, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Hold your horses guys and girls its just day one of first test match....

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    What ever happens. India has a class in the batting lineup to eat the SL batting and bowling. I dont see india will strugle. Yes, of course , they dont have the bowling resources at this moment but I am sure they will drew the series. No matter Zaheer or sresath or bajji. What happend to SA . when they play a low profile side.. They drew with sa with a terrific win in kolkatta.

  • POSTED BY kapilesh23 on | July 19, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    oh,come on now stop this argument and enjoy the test .lets talk more about the match winner murli and his last test .after all this is his last test .lets appreciate both sides .srilanka is on top now may be it will be dawn next day .the test match is five days long .lets stop comparing aus and india .all the teams in the world are in transition phase indian bowling is also in transition phase ,this is a real test of indian bowlers hope they do well .best of luck murli for rest of his life ,i cant wish him luck for this match cause i want india to draw this match as i am indian.

  • POSTED BY SL_Ranmal on | July 19, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    @Internet_Gay :P - It's not about performance in 1st day of this test match. They have shown their great performance even against SLCB President's XI in three day practice match also... Grow up guys..

  • POSTED BY vimalan on | July 19, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    @STres

    Haven't you recently heard one Mr. Sangakkara talking about how your team (SL) badly missed atleast 500 runs and lot many wickets during the last Ind SL series in India because of not using the UDRS. if it is not an excuse, care to explain what exactly it is ?

  • POSTED BY Internet_Guy on | July 19, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    shahgshahg??? let srilanka win away test matches then claim for place in top 3

    srilanka is world class team ? oh yea then i am bill gates

  • POSTED BY kaala_bhaloo on | July 19, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Oh BTW did anyone bother reading the article or people just assumed that it is an Indian journo making excuses.... He is just stating the facts of what has happened... how lanka dominates when they bat first after winning toss at home.. Judging by implication is so not the right thing to do.If Lanka wins this test then we all will say well played but its true that India has brought a half baked bowling attack here. They are taking chances with Bhajji and really no one else looks good enough to bowl out this lankan unit. Now why does everyone have a problem with that.Look guys jealously reeks a long way and I can smell some here but let's not kid ourselves you know even without bowling Indian batsmen can bat you out of the game. It's a game and everyone has strong suits, ours is batting and thats when we shall see who loses the game.Let India bat and lanka bowl.If lanka wins then indeed well done.End of story.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    All all my srilankan brothers and sisters a hello form an ardent indian cricket fan. I hav seen enough number crying over india being nummber 1 in cricket ranking and few alos terming it as a joke rather speaking of good cricket played by india against at home against AUS, ENG, SL and SA. India has lost only two away series in last 4 years, won in west indies, england, newzealand, pakistan away. Everyone knwo indian bowling attack has never been strong still india was able to so manys win under thier belt and I think if we are ranked #1 there is nothing wrong coz they have played and earned it. About dropping catches as per stats Srilanka is standing at # 2 after Pakistan in the number of catches dropped. Once Murali is gone lest see what Sl has up their sleeves as even mendis in not a mystery bowler anymore. If India looses this test series I wil only consider that Sl are better than India at their home. SL away record is way behind India.

  • POSTED BY threeheadedmonkey on | July 19, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    India need to accept they have a bit of a problem with their current bowling stocks. Once they can acknowledge this they can work on bringing up some good replacement bowlers as i don't really rate any of the ones playing in this test. They may be ranked #1 currently but IMO it could easily be SA or Australia at number 1 right now. None of those 3 seem invincible and seem to need afew roles filled at the moment.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Some Lankans are not ready to accept india no.1 position. Leave that thing. will discuss about their team. Full of chuckers murali, malinga. They are really nowhere near to indian team. But talking about indian's deserved ranking. Will see, will they ever win a test match in india/aus/sa. dont blame india. blame yourself..

  • POSTED BY STres on | July 19, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    India, India, India - when will you ever learn, this is only a game, someone wins, someone looses - no problem. Excuses, excuses, excuses - have you ever heard Sri lanka, Pakistan or even Bangladesh say anything other than well played to the opposition whenever they loose a test.

    The conditions in Sl are simillar to South India - so no excuse pls. The toss is a toss, when india wins a toss and wins no one complains, when they loose they claim " Toss is vital", you play a half fit player - it is your problem, you select a half baked team- it is your problem - if you cannot select 11 players from a population of 1.2 BL people to beat a team of 11 players from 12 Ml - it is your problem. What or whom you bring is your problem not ours.

    India may bounce back and even win this test and even the series - cricket is a funny game- but you can rest assured that no one in SL will ever give an excuse - other than "WELL PLAYED INDIA" - we loved watching Sachin and co bat so well.

  • POSTED BY Internet_Guy on | July 19, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    Hussain Syed are you kidding me ? just one day of test match was played and you calling Indian team talentless,stop showing your frustration here ,if they aren't talented they wouldn't be no1 in test rankings,

  • POSTED BY Itchy on | July 19, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    @sunil.guddu: agreed - however, no. 1 sides hold on to their rankings by winning even when they have some top players out of their side AND when they are playing away from home.

  • POSTED BY first_last on | July 18, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Why SriLanka use dead pitches for cricket, Test matches are already near extinction and subcontinent is helping it by making dead pitches with nothing in it for the bowlers.

    ICC should control these runaway cricketing bodies to make cricket matches more interesting and maintain level playing field for the home and visiting teams.

    Hosting cricket body should pay huge penalty to ICC for every drawn test match (unless if there is any weather interruption).

  • POSTED BY shahgshahg on | July 18, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    india da num 1 team wot a joke.jokes apart india should not b even in top 3 teams.dey have a gud batting but dere bowling is simply not upto da standards by any means,even zaheer khan n harbhajan r not da world class bowlers.so i cant see dem even qualifying for da semi finals of wc2011.on da other hand srilanka is a world class team dey ave got best batsmen n best bowlers n sum best fielders so surely dey will do better in wc but india not in dreams dey can win da wc n pakistan is far far better side of t20 n 50 overs den india.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    is it ever possible for the indian team to admit they lack talent rather than blaming irrelevant details?

  • POSTED BY gettussaa on | July 18, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    All those who are "pooh-pooh"-ing India's no 1 test rank need to think again. Australia in the past decade have established an equivalence of "no 1 test team" and "invincible test team". These are interesting times for test cricket and people need to cast away these acquired equivalences. India are the no 1 test team, nobody is claiming that they are invincible. For me, any one of India, S Africa or Australia at no 1 in tests is acceptable. To all those who think that India's no 1 is not deserved and Lanka deserve it because India have not won series overseas - forget series, lanka have not even won a test match in india! I do believe that THIS indian bowling attack is not capable of taking 20 wickets but you never know. As for people who are writing off india on today's basis, S africa were 228 for 1 at eden gardens. They lost it by an innings.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Murali's last Mithun's first ... what a pathetic comparison ... Murali should be feeling disgrace

  • POSTED BY jin87 on | July 18, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    @ dpkhbk...yes we know india's batting is very strong no1 is writting them off, but i would just like to point out a few important facts to YOU about my boys....er herm, firstly i'll like to say that NO india are not far superior to lanka, if we had played test cricket since the 50's im sure we would have won on every continent ourselves..also considering that sri lanka has been in a civil war for two decades just think how many muralis, ranatungas, jayasuriyas have been killed in the war...and btw im sure if our cricket board like indias one own 80% of the i.c.c then im sure my boys would have had alot more opportunitys to play abroad peace out brudda!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    @ LOVEONLYCRICKET ,@ nk_sharma. So lets say Sri Lanka depends heavily on Murali, but we still win matches. In the last five years we have lost only 2 matches with a win percentage of 77%. Besides the last time we beat India in SL, it was Mendis who took more wickets.

    I know you are up and high about your batsmen but the truth is , your over hyped batting line up failed against a second string Sri Lanka presidents XI bowling line up.

    As I said if they are really the number one side they should win this match irrespective of conditions or toss. When Aussies played SL last in SL, the home team was even stronger and they beat us and thats a champion side. Iif you say India's bowling attack is weak, then it adds to the humor that their ranking is a joke coz if they are really number one they should be brilliant in all three departments. As I see it now, they are good in batting, thats it. Didn't they drop a few catches yesterday? I rest my case!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    There are symptoms of jealousy and most obvious of them is being born from pakistan. I am seeing lots of pakistan talking about india's ranking. Man, india has earned and not bought it. Look at your ranking what do you with that good attack. we do not have such a good bowling attack still we beat austrailia in australia ( in 2008 the third test), we defeated england in england by 1-0. we defeated NZ in NZ 1-0. we defeated WI in WI 2-1 in last 5 years. Although we didnt win the series we did win the 2nd test against SL in SL in 2008. We also won 1 test in SA in 2006-7. How about pak, how many tests have you won. Pak ranks 6 in test and 7 in ODI!

  • POSTED BY koi1 on | July 18, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    the worst day of test cricket i have seen in the longest time. if test cricket does die this will be the reason for it. a disgraceful pitch for a test match. admittedly indian bowlers were not at their best but there is no excitement in seeing one team grinding the other just because they won the toss.

  • POSTED BY jin87 on | July 18, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    opportunitys to play abroad in SA and australia, so hush your mouth n keep your uneducated opinions to your self thank you.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    watever happened to munaf patel. How come AUstralia maintain gud bowling bench strength even there allrounder watson seems to take wickets !! damn india doesnt even hv a second rate spinner !!

  • POSTED BY jin87 on | July 18, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    @ dpkhbk...yes we know india's batting is very strong no1 is writting them off, but i would just like to point out a few important facts to YOU about my boys....er herm, firstly i'll like to say that NO india are not far superior to lanka...im sure if my boys would have been playing test cricket since the 1950's like india have we would have won in every continenent by now so hush your mouth india havent won a series in aus or SA yet, also considering a team who has only been playing test cricket since the early 80's which isnt that long at all and a countrie which has been war torn for TWO DECADES we have ACHEIEVED A HELL OF A LOT!!! NOW considering the war is over i'm really looking forward to the new uprising talents lanka will grow, just imagine my friend how many muralis, attapatu's, jayasuriyas, rantunga's have died in our civil war and we still have a world cup to our name..o p.s if our cricket board controlled 80% of the i.c.c im sure my boys would have had more opportunitys

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    1- india's number one rank is the biggest joke in the history of cricket

    2.If Sri Lanka win the series by two clear Tests they will be the Number 1 side in the ICC rankings by 3 clear points.

    I agree that 1st point is right. But if the second 1 happens It may be even bigger Joke. b coz they only have to beat biggest joke in cricketing history, ever. not the number 1 team.

    Actually. we(indians & Srilankans should believe that AUS and SA are the best 2 test team at the moment. indian never really had a great bolwing attack and srilanka never really gave there best when they paying abroad, so we dont have to fight here. we both sides need to improve lots of things to be number 1, and they go for the kill.

    here is my ratings.

    NO- 1 SA NO-2 AUS NO-3 IND NO-3 SL.

    Im from colombo. i love Indian Cricket and Srilankan cricket, Mind you we are neighbors... :D

  • POSTED BY Rawalion on | July 18, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    India Batting is the best but their bowling is by no mean of that standard that they can bowl srilanka out twice in such conditions and number one team tag sounds good but India never going to enjoy this for a long period of time like aussie does

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Yaa Srilanka is one of the toughest teams to beat at home.They only lost to England in 2000 and Australia in 2004 in the last ten years.The Indian bowling is looking hapless at the moment and the "famed" Indian batting should save the day.Even Pakistan threatened them in the first two test matches only to lose the initiative by pretty mediocre batting last year.The last two test matches were at Galle were very good test wickets but Iam not sure about this one though.Dhoni made a fool of himself by asking for an explanation from Harper during the close LBW shout against Dilshan when he had the option of implementing the UDRS but still UDRS without Hotspot should be a no-no.And less said about his keeping the better.There is huge gap between him and Prassana Jayawardene in terms of wicketkeeping skills and how many simple catches he will grass?Disappointed to see Dilshan showing his arm guard to the umpire even though he had clearly gloved the ball and UDRS would discourage these nonsens

  • POSTED BY drake1234 on | July 18, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    another pathetic day of test cricket after breathtaking performances at LORD's .... the bowling is really killing ......test is well gone by now.nothing expected from this meak bowling attack...... unless srilanka make a mess of it themselve as they did in asia cup finals . clash of chokers really fun to see who chokes first . and the hush hush about no 1 ranking .. it will b gone soon.. India touring south africa at year end... easy to guesses what's coming ..

  • POSTED BY thenkabail on | July 18, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Wost test bowling attack: This should go down as the one of the all time worst bowling attack in tests. How can India even be considered a number 1 side with such a horrible bowling attack. SELECTORS, PLEASE HAVE SOME VISION. Mithun is definitely someone to be persisted with (and I hope they do this). He should be encouraged to bowl real fast and we need someone like Srinath or Venkatesh Prasad as bowling coach. Mithun needs to create fear in batsman by bowling fast-fast-fast. Really sacry fast and it helps bowlers in other end. India should look for real talent in fast\swing bowling. Talent looks empty. You can't relay on someone like Sreeshanth and Zaheer who are perrenially injured. We need Jaidev Unadkat, Vinay Kumar\Praveen Kumar, and look out for real talent at young age and encourage. In spinning department take a look at harmeet singh (Mumbai 18 yr old kid). Piyush Chawla is someone who needs a long run. It is high time Indian selectors wake up and put National interest fisrt.

  • POSTED BY usman_nile1994 on | July 18, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Indian coaches should help their bowlers. They are only focusing on batsmen. If they would have trained I Pathan Rp Singh and I Sharma then definitely Indian bowling should be great. Indian bowlers have potential but are not converted into good bowlers by coaches.

  • POSTED BY kayarr on | July 18, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    It is possible that Sidharth's article was to highlight how impenetrable a fortress Sri Lanka is for visiting teams. However, I can see that it could be misconstrued as an providing an excuse for possible failure later on. But that apart, India is world number 1 fair and square but not necessarily a great team in the mold of the Great West Indians of the 70s/80s or Aussises of the 90s/2000s. Why argue with a fact? It matters not what you think - either the other teams play by the rules to catch or the ICC should revisit the rules. And finally something around the performances home and away. Stats clearly support the argument that SL batsmen are clearly of a different calibre outside the subcontinent barring Sanga and to an extent DeSilva. Using Stats below to back that up (away tests vs. Aus, SA, Eng, NZ, WI): Runs Bat Av Jayawardene: 1587 36.06 Sanga 1691 43.35 Jayasuriya 1488 28.61 De Silva 3016 40.75 Tendulkar 5121 52.25 Dravid 4417 55.91 Sehwag 1845 41.00 Laxman 3080 47.3

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | July 18, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    So, India's #1 ranking seems funny to a few people here. Australia also had that #1 ranking while scoring more than 500 in the first innings and losing to India on more than two occasions! So what? The rank is a cumulative measure of performance over a fairly long period, not a guarantee of success! That apart, playing Sri Lanka in SL is one of the most boring shows in world cricket, especially in Tests.

  • POSTED BY Indraneel.Kundu on | July 18, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Geethike Dinith De Silva- I can't remember when SL was world no. 1 in test cricket. If India's rank is a joke, then you can laugh all you want :) Sri Lankan praising Australia just to get at an Indian is a first for me and it is quite funny... how many times have Sri Lanka beaten India in a test match in India? Hmmm... have to turn back quite a few pages. But don't let that stop you from laughing.

  • POSTED BY VipulPatki on | July 18, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    I usually like Siddharth Monga's articles but I am unable to understand the purpose of this one. A stright-forward matter of a combination of excellent batting and a depleted bolwing attack giving SL a lead is presented in a convoluted manner. No team goes out with a plan that like that. Today's bowling should be a reminder for BCCI to concentrate on cricket. Injuries to two-three key players and we aren't even thinking of winning!

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | July 18, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    If Sri Lanka win the series by two clear Tests they will be the Number 1 side in the ICC rankings by 3 clear points. It certainly ought to be an incentive to India. Mind you, it may be an even bigger one to Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    It's not about toss it's about skills and we all know that Srilanka is far better then India ,although i am not a Srilankan

  • POSTED BY whiskeysour on | July 18, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    One must give Sidharth Monga A-for-effort in trying to make the Indian team feel better, LOL. Nice, funny read. Thx :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Can't India find a different team to play ? Why India and Srilanka play so much cricket with each other ? It's really uninteresting to watch them play and it's not good for the cricket. Srilanka and India should play against England, South Africa and Australia more frequently instead. I hate to watch Sachin or Dravid or Jayawardane or Sanga to score 200 on the flat sub continent pitches.

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | July 18, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Never write off IND batting,remember,they r only 3rd side to win a test,after following on,in the looong history of game. &why the fuss abt ranking, sl nowhere near IND in ranks ,accept it .

  • POSTED BY Dilseben on | July 18, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Well its true that India is the no.1 in Tests..but there is no denying the fact that our present bowling (without Zaheer & a half fit Bhajji) is definitely one of the weakest when compared to others.There is no doubting the batting fire power..its the very best..but there is no point in being super in one aspect while being less than mediocre in the other department not to mention the awful fielding that we sometimes showcase...hmmm..anywaz I guess this Test series is also going to go in expected lines 1-0 or 2-0 in favour of the Lankans unless Indians pull off a miracle in their bowling

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | July 18, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    @ rogue : 'smell hint of defeat ?'- I think we r only into first day stumps yet . 'writer coming up with stats'-writer cant help but to mention facts & in this artiicle ,writer himself is mentioning,how good lankans r at the execution of plan IN SRILANKA.

  • POSTED BY drdre2727 on | July 18, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    well the start of the article is fully biased did Siddarth ever said when SL lost in india 2009 that SL lost, because india won the toss and batted first and had the advantage.

  • POSTED BY IJustLoveCricket on | July 18, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    I want to see how Srilanka fares after their legendary, controversial and bla bla bla spinner retires... I just can't wait to see how they fare with bowlers who bowl with neat action... I just can't wait...

  • POSTED BY usmankhan001 on | July 18, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    number one team hahahaha bangladesh have better bowling attack than this so called number one test team and ishant sharma is over rated bowler and i knew this from the beginning ...hope more hundreds tomorrow from lankans

  • POSTED BY sunil.guddu on | July 18, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    geethika d silva has lost it completely.Him being cricket fan seems to be the biggest joke in the history because his cricketing acumen seems to be zero.Teams achieve number one ranking not by fluke but by consistent performance whcih india has done over the years.

  • POSTED BY samlord on | July 18, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    oh sidharth.Blame the toss buddy blame the toss.LMAO.Wonder u would hv written this article if india had won the toss.?And btw sri lankan pitches r very competitive unlike dead indian batting pitches.How about blaming ur weak indian bowling attck.Instead of the pitch.Ur sharma can't even be compared to our deadly accurate slinga.

  • POSTED BY Rogue777 on | July 18, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    I just love the way Indian journalists come up with stats and excuses in such a pro-active manner. You guys only need to smell trace of defeat and we see all hell break lose. People come up with excuses of all kinds with "stats" to support such claims.

    But as Geethike said if you really are the number 1 test team as the rankings say it really shouldnt matter whether you are playing away from home in sri lanka after losing the toss. Such a "supposedly great" team should be able to overcome these problems to win without any difficutly like the Aussies managed when they were at the top!

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | July 18, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    @nfer. No...BOTH teams lack quality bowling. The only teams with "quality" bowling throughout nowadays are SA,Pak and Aus. Pak fielding is really poor so one must factor that in as well.

  • POSTED BY hpsl on | July 18, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    well said guys..... these indians are really good in finding excuses.... dunnno when they will learn to accept and appreciate !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 18, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    @Geethike India is fielding a sub-standard bowling side. Not sure why they picked player like Ojha and Ishant. May be help Ishant get his confidence back before world cup? You never know!

  • POSTED BY dpkhbk on | July 18, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    everybody please dont undermine india.i agree that India is not world champion but they are number one which only means that they are only above everyone else and the rest are all at the moment very good at best. as far as batting goes please dont touch that area.indian batsmen are far superior.apart from sangakkara none of your batsmen including jayawardane are as good enough as top indian batsmen are abroad .please check the stats.also srilanka has never won a single test in india aus and sa .we have drawn a "four test" series in aus(try to imagine whether srilanka will be able to do that). and won a test match last time in sa.we were just not able to finish the series in sa because our bowlers are not match winners.so if our batsmen put par score( in sa it is usually 300-350) our bowlers are not able to do the same to their batsmen and we have won a test series in england.india is a far superior team to srilanka outside the subcontinent. make no mistake about that

  • POSTED BY LOVEONLYCRICKET on | July 18, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    @Geethike Dinith De Silva - base on what are you saying india's number one rank is the biggest joke? Base on fast bowlers you are saying then just go and check how much SL relies on Murali and how many test matches won by SL's fast bowler and spinner (http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/467578.html ). only fast bowler can not win test matches their own you have to put some score on board too.even with great fast bowling attack(asif,aamer,gul), pakistan still lost 1st test. no one can denied that india's batting in test match is the best in the world and you will see very soon.

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | July 18, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Results on IND pitches ? u must hav forgot last time sl played IND.

  • POSTED BY Kangon on | July 18, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    @ Geethike Dinith De Silva

    Spot on... Even Dhoni was happy bowling first today...

  • POSTED BY nk_sharma on | July 18, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Dear Geethike Dinith De Silva, everybody has right to post his comment but you 'biggest joke' term does not seem appropriate. The team which has two among all time great test batsmen (Sachin & Dravid) playing together, this achievement is not at all surprising. Anil Kumble also had contributed alot in India's progress. The only problem of current team is lack of decent fast bowling because of injured Zaheers & Nehras.

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | July 18, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Once lanka cross 450 tom,which they likely will,we only hav 2 probabilities.& IND batters usually need an inning to come to their true colours,so for this test,IND will,really hav to fight hard for a draw. Murli might hav some plans for his last.

  • POSTED BY Kangon on | July 18, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Bit of a Rubbish one this. I accept the fact that they've never lost a game after they won the toss since march 2001. It it just says they've full knowledge of home conditions.

    {{ The pitch is usually not very testing on the first day. }} Look, they've batted second 8 times since 2001 after winning the toss. In those 8 matches, Sri Lanka have won 7, so why didn't those teams get the 'not so testing pitch' advantage? It just says Sri Lankans have called it correctly once they win tosses.

    Come on, Dhoni said 'it's a fifty-fifty decision' in the toss, it just shows he wasn't worried about the toss and was happy to bowl first...

    Give credit, when it's due.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    "The converse doesn't always hold: when Sri Lanka are forced to field first, the opposition batsmen are not nearly as efficient and ruthless." The article ended there.

    Isn't this the very "home advantage" we talk about??

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | July 18, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    @cheeseburgers : both teams lack quality bowling? correction India lacks quality bowling...

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | July 18, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    @cheeseburgers: Don't be too sure of getting 3 'tame draws' this series. Sri Lankan pitches are more sporty that Indian and have drawn a result much more often that not in recent times. Plus keep the comments about SL batting to yourself and focus on your Indians. You have clearly checked a statistics book printed in an earlier decade!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Blame it on the toss Siddarth, blame it on the toss. The supposed number one team in the would should be competitive to beat any team in any condition.

    Remember Australia when they were number 1? India's number one rank is the biggest joke in the history of cricket.

  • POSTED BY cheeseburgers on | July 18, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    All the 3 matches played here will be tame draws since both the team lacks quality bowlers who can take 20 wickets. While playing @ home, I always wonder how Sri Lankan(especially the batting) plays as if they are champion unit and once they play in foreign conditions - they all collapse like pack of cards. Well I am not sayin that but the statistics says.

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  • POSTED BY cheeseburgers on | July 18, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    All the 3 matches played here will be tame draws since both the team lacks quality bowlers who can take 20 wickets. While playing @ home, I always wonder how Sri Lankan(especially the batting) plays as if they are champion unit and once they play in foreign conditions - they all collapse like pack of cards. Well I am not sayin that but the statistics says.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Blame it on the toss Siddarth, blame it on the toss. The supposed number one team in the would should be competitive to beat any team in any condition.

    Remember Australia when they were number 1? India's number one rank is the biggest joke in the history of cricket.

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | July 18, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    @cheeseburgers: Don't be too sure of getting 3 'tame draws' this series. Sri Lankan pitches are more sporty that Indian and have drawn a result much more often that not in recent times. Plus keep the comments about SL batting to yourself and focus on your Indians. You have clearly checked a statistics book printed in an earlier decade!

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | July 18, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    @cheeseburgers : both teams lack quality bowling? correction India lacks quality bowling...

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    "The converse doesn't always hold: when Sri Lanka are forced to field first, the opposition batsmen are not nearly as efficient and ruthless." The article ended there.

    Isn't this the very "home advantage" we talk about??

  • POSTED BY Kangon on | July 18, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Bit of a Rubbish one this. I accept the fact that they've never lost a game after they won the toss since march 2001. It it just says they've full knowledge of home conditions.

    {{ The pitch is usually not very testing on the first day. }} Look, they've batted second 8 times since 2001 after winning the toss. In those 8 matches, Sri Lanka have won 7, so why didn't those teams get the 'not so testing pitch' advantage? It just says Sri Lankans have called it correctly once they win tosses.

    Come on, Dhoni said 'it's a fifty-fifty decision' in the toss, it just shows he wasn't worried about the toss and was happy to bowl first...

    Give credit, when it's due.

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | July 18, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Once lanka cross 450 tom,which they likely will,we only hav 2 probabilities.& IND batters usually need an inning to come to their true colours,so for this test,IND will,really hav to fight hard for a draw. Murli might hav some plans for his last.

  • POSTED BY nk_sharma on | July 18, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Dear Geethike Dinith De Silva, everybody has right to post his comment but you 'biggest joke' term does not seem appropriate. The team which has two among all time great test batsmen (Sachin & Dravid) playing together, this achievement is not at all surprising. Anil Kumble also had contributed alot in India's progress. The only problem of current team is lack of decent fast bowling because of injured Zaheers & Nehras.

  • POSTED BY Kangon on | July 18, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    @ Geethike Dinith De Silva

    Spot on... Even Dhoni was happy bowling first today...

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | July 18, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Results on IND pitches ? u must hav forgot last time sl played IND.