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

Tharanga Paranavitana thrilled with maiden hundred

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Tharanga Paranavitana made a compelling case to be given a permanent slot at the top of Sri Lanka's batting order with his maiden Test century, which put Sri Lanka in a sterling position in Muttiah Muralitharan's farewell Test in Galle. Tharanga was unbeaten on 110, leading Sri Lanka to 256 for 2, when rain brought an early end to the first day.

"I have been scoring big hundreds in domestic cricket but have been unable to do so at international level," Paranavitana said. "I am extremely happy to score my maiden Test century because I have made four Test fifties but was unable to convert them into hundreds."

Paranavitana credited his coach Trevor Bayliss and his team-mates for their contributions towards his achieving the century. "From the time I came into the Sri Lankan side, I have been receiving lot of advice from the team and I have benefited immensely from it. We are playing well together as a team and that is also rubbing off on the rest of the players."

With this performance, Parnavitana has more or less established an opening partnership with Tillakaratne Dilshan. Sri Lanka had struggled to find a replacement for Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu after Upul Tharanga failed to hold on to his spot.

"I am confident that, with my game plan, I can go forward. I am happy that I scored my maiden Test hundred on home soil," Paranavitana said. A normally cautious batsman, Paranavitana played positively during the first session, making use of the steady supply of loose deliveries.

"There was nothing wrong with the Indian bowling, the wicket was in favour of the batsman except for the odd ball that turned," he said. "If you do the right things in the middle getting runs is not difficult. On this wicket about 350-400 runs will be a safe score. But if there are continuous interruptions due to rain it will hamper our chances of winning, provided we get into a winning situation."

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  • zshan-ah on July 19, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Well played Srilanka and well played Tharanga Paranavitana, its one of the great feeling for any player to score test century... thoug it was against one of the weaker test bowling attack BUT centruy is a century.. well done Tharanga Paranavitana.

  • kapilesh23 on July 19, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    oh there we go again ,again there is a fight here for no reason .there is a guy paranavitana who scored a century and he expressed his joy but the talk suddenly turned to indias no 1 ranking and flat tracks and on and on .lets stop this guys .i do agree that if india are a number one side they have to prove themselves on every situation and yes i am indian .and i want my team to success in srilanka as well there is no excuse of inexperienced bowling .but please stop fighting like this.

  • on July 19, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    stop this annoying argument India Is better than Sri Lanka Sri Lanka needs to improve in their batting

    Sri Lankan

  • on July 19, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    I haven.t seen him bat but, if he makes a ton in australia on pace friendly pitches he should be considered a quality player

  • chokkashokka on July 19, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Thrilled is all you can be - this test is a wash out and so will the others. Shame the Lankan board scheduled a test series in the middle of the monsoons. This will basically be a much needed rest for the players and who really cares about another India-SL series. Speedy recovery to Sreesanth and Zaheer - shame that Murali won't get to 800.

  • chaithan on July 19, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Yeah sure, there was nothing wrong with the Indian bowling. One out of form, always wayward bowler, one debutant and in spin, one sick bowler and another who's never had an extended run in tests. Come on, it's only India's great bowling which enabled him to score 100. Its happened quite often recently. Remember the SA tour: Amla's maiden double(2 unbeaten doubles and 1 century in 3 matches), Alviro's debut century? I'm not saying they or Paranavitana are not good, its just that they also need to prove themselves against better bowling teams like SA or Australia. And at the same time only fools will say Paranavitana is better than Sehwag. @maestro: I have never heard of a batsman doing well on bowler friendly pitches but flopping on flat tracks, so what you said doesn't make any sense. @Muhammad: No one can be even No.5 or so by playing matches once a year.

  • lelouch on July 19, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    bloody hilarious how indian fans can never say the other team played well. It's always something like 'we had an off day', 'our players are injured' etc. yes it helped that your bowling attack is pathetic and has the penetration of an inflatable children's toy, but congratulate the guy for doing something most players dream of, especially against the supposed no.1 test side in the world. and how exactly do you expect the SL players to improve their out-of-SL stats, if they hardly ever get tests outside of the country? and look at the practice game. If your batsmen are such well rounded awesome players, then how on earth did they fall to pieces against a board XI team??? on the supposedly easy flat tracks? I'd love to hear an explanation for that - perhaps just another 'off day' huh?

  • klobania on July 19, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    i think most of indian supporters are trying to hide the reality that parana has exposed indian bowling n fielding so far in this test n those who believe that sehwag is better than him then this test is just a beginning lets have a competition between 2 parana has already struck master century lets see so called real heroics of sehwag wat he can do? i bet he might fail to score 30 runs if sanga brings murali early on . come on indian fans if u still believes ur side is no.1 then instead of showing frustration here appreciate anyone who deserves so

  • Internet_Guy on July 19, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    after reaching his century ...Paranavitana behaved like this is the only century ever he will make in his life

  • Samar_Singh on July 19, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Poor Indian supporters, please learn to appreciate for whoever if deserved... Yes it is understandable that SL tracks are flat and SL players are master in their tracks but do not forget that most Indian tracks are flatter too...

  • zshan-ah on July 19, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Well played Srilanka and well played Tharanga Paranavitana, its one of the great feeling for any player to score test century... thoug it was against one of the weaker test bowling attack BUT centruy is a century.. well done Tharanga Paranavitana.

  • kapilesh23 on July 19, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    oh there we go again ,again there is a fight here for no reason .there is a guy paranavitana who scored a century and he expressed his joy but the talk suddenly turned to indias no 1 ranking and flat tracks and on and on .lets stop this guys .i do agree that if india are a number one side they have to prove themselves on every situation and yes i am indian .and i want my team to success in srilanka as well there is no excuse of inexperienced bowling .but please stop fighting like this.

  • on July 19, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    stop this annoying argument India Is better than Sri Lanka Sri Lanka needs to improve in their batting

    Sri Lankan

  • on July 19, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    I haven.t seen him bat but, if he makes a ton in australia on pace friendly pitches he should be considered a quality player

  • chokkashokka on July 19, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Thrilled is all you can be - this test is a wash out and so will the others. Shame the Lankan board scheduled a test series in the middle of the monsoons. This will basically be a much needed rest for the players and who really cares about another India-SL series. Speedy recovery to Sreesanth and Zaheer - shame that Murali won't get to 800.

  • chaithan on July 19, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Yeah sure, there was nothing wrong with the Indian bowling. One out of form, always wayward bowler, one debutant and in spin, one sick bowler and another who's never had an extended run in tests. Come on, it's only India's great bowling which enabled him to score 100. Its happened quite often recently. Remember the SA tour: Amla's maiden double(2 unbeaten doubles and 1 century in 3 matches), Alviro's debut century? I'm not saying they or Paranavitana are not good, its just that they also need to prove themselves against better bowling teams like SA or Australia. And at the same time only fools will say Paranavitana is better than Sehwag. @maestro: I have never heard of a batsman doing well on bowler friendly pitches but flopping on flat tracks, so what you said doesn't make any sense. @Muhammad: No one can be even No.5 or so by playing matches once a year.

  • lelouch on July 19, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    bloody hilarious how indian fans can never say the other team played well. It's always something like 'we had an off day', 'our players are injured' etc. yes it helped that your bowling attack is pathetic and has the penetration of an inflatable children's toy, but congratulate the guy for doing something most players dream of, especially against the supposed no.1 test side in the world. and how exactly do you expect the SL players to improve their out-of-SL stats, if they hardly ever get tests outside of the country? and look at the practice game. If your batsmen are such well rounded awesome players, then how on earth did they fall to pieces against a board XI team??? on the supposedly easy flat tracks? I'd love to hear an explanation for that - perhaps just another 'off day' huh?

  • klobania on July 19, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    i think most of indian supporters are trying to hide the reality that parana has exposed indian bowling n fielding so far in this test n those who believe that sehwag is better than him then this test is just a beginning lets have a competition between 2 parana has already struck master century lets see so called real heroics of sehwag wat he can do? i bet he might fail to score 30 runs if sanga brings murali early on . come on indian fans if u still believes ur side is no.1 then instead of showing frustration here appreciate anyone who deserves so

  • Internet_Guy on July 19, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    after reaching his century ...Paranavitana behaved like this is the only century ever he will make in his life

  • Samar_Singh on July 19, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Poor Indian supporters, please learn to appreciate for whoever if deserved... Yes it is understandable that SL tracks are flat and SL players are master in their tracks but do not forget that most Indian tracks are flatter too...

  • Nik777 on July 19, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    @Jarr30 I didn't see the actual play so I can't judge Tharanga, but other SL batsmen certainly could play on other tracks.

    Sangakkara was robbed repeatedly by questionable (some just downright bad) umpiring decisions on his last tour here in Oz. He played our various tracks really well, and looked ominous in basically all his innings.

    I do agree that many SL batsmen (not unlike many Indian) batsmen find pitches outside their own country difficult.

    But that only goes to highlight the true skills of those from SL and India that have the ability and/or temperament to thrive - or at least survive - outside their own country. Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Tendulkar, Sewag, Laxman (before the meltdown), Dravid...

    Out of interest, both Sangakkara and Jayawardene have lower averages playing Australia in SL than they have playing Australia in Australia - so perhaps it's the Aussie bowling and fielding style more than the pitches that is significant there?

  • vj12345 on July 18, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Muhammad Ali, Afridi needs your support more than Sanga does. I am sorry, I forgot that he quit. Who ever the new guy is, he needs your support.

  • Jarr30 on July 18, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    This Tharanga dude will be no where in 2 yrs..All these lankan players can only play in Sri lanka,outside their country they can't play for nuts.Thta's why they cannot win a single test in India,Australia & SA. On bouncy pitches these hopeless flat track bullis run for cover.Look at J'wardene average which under 24...Playing Sri lanka is such a waist.

  • on July 18, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    haha....india are number 1? no one can be number 1 by winning on dead pitches.......murali is going to screw u bady........we pakistanis r with u sanga.....

  • avmd on July 18, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    India's pace attack might not be the best in the world at the moment but they have a decent spin attack with Harabajan being the class act. So, give the man some credit. He played like a true test batsman with immense concentration. Test is already heading towards a draw as the Indian batting is the best in world at the moment.

  • artyom_pokunov on July 18, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    @maestro of cricket. . . I agree with you that paranawitha played well today. .but it's not fair to say that Sehwag likes flat tracts only. . Look at his hundread against Aus in Aus, in Nz. . , in SA ( In his test debut when he made 105 ). . . He is 1000 times better than your flop Paranawitha. . . .

  • rajithwijepura on July 18, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    ohh.. poor Vasanth Rajagopal... please try to learn to appreciate the whoever if deserved...

  • on July 18, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    What's the big deal ... sent anyone against this attack of India, even Bhajji is not fit ... will score a century ....

  • on July 18, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Even Murali will hit a century in this Test, if he is sent up the order, Indian Bowling is quite pathetic...... to say the least....

  • klobania on July 18, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    i think india had more or less same bowling attack back in dec 09 n we should appreciate and loud parana's performance n if harbhajan is such a good bowler then how come he failed to take even a single wicket

  • hpsl on July 18, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    there is nuthing to see mate...... pls learn to appreciate whoever if deserved !!!!!!

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on July 18, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Mr.hindh88, did you fell into a coma after the second match in the series you mentioned? Because Paranavitana went on to score two back to back fifties in the third and final Test. Btw he's not a flat track specialist like your Sehwag. Maybe that's why he failed to convert those fifties into three figure scores.

  • Hindh on July 18, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    He had completely flopped when SL came to india in Dec 09. Where inspite of flat tracks he could not get past 40.Here India virtually do not have any bowling , Only harbhajan is a gud bowler. Let us see how the match pans out.

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  • Hindh on July 18, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    He had completely flopped when SL came to india in Dec 09. Where inspite of flat tracks he could not get past 40.Here India virtually do not have any bowling , Only harbhajan is a gud bowler. Let us see how the match pans out.

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on July 18, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Mr.hindh88, did you fell into a coma after the second match in the series you mentioned? Because Paranavitana went on to score two back to back fifties in the third and final Test. Btw he's not a flat track specialist like your Sehwag. Maybe that's why he failed to convert those fifties into three figure scores.

  • hpsl on July 18, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    there is nuthing to see mate...... pls learn to appreciate whoever if deserved !!!!!!

  • klobania on July 18, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    i think india had more or less same bowling attack back in dec 09 n we should appreciate and loud parana's performance n if harbhajan is such a good bowler then how come he failed to take even a single wicket

  • on July 18, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Even Murali will hit a century in this Test, if he is sent up the order, Indian Bowling is quite pathetic...... to say the least....

  • on July 18, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    What's the big deal ... sent anyone against this attack of India, even Bhajji is not fit ... will score a century ....

  • rajithwijepura on July 18, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    ohh.. poor Vasanth Rajagopal... please try to learn to appreciate the whoever if deserved...

  • artyom_pokunov on July 18, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    @maestro of cricket. . . I agree with you that paranawitha played well today. .but it's not fair to say that Sehwag likes flat tracts only. . Look at his hundread against Aus in Aus, in Nz. . , in SA ( In his test debut when he made 105 ). . . He is 1000 times better than your flop Paranawitha. . . .

  • avmd on July 18, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    India's pace attack might not be the best in the world at the moment but they have a decent spin attack with Harabajan being the class act. So, give the man some credit. He played like a true test batsman with immense concentration. Test is already heading towards a draw as the Indian batting is the best in world at the moment.

  • on July 18, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    haha....india are number 1? no one can be number 1 by winning on dead pitches.......murali is going to screw u bady........we pakistanis r with u sanga.....