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

Tharanga Paranavitana thrilled with maiden hundred


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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  • Zeeshan 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.

  • kapilesh 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Thank You 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.

  • Chaitanya 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.

  • kalhara 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?

  • khurram 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 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 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...

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