Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day July 20, 2010

Sehwag's wicket is the key - Herath

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who hit a career-best 80 not out in Sri Lanka's first-innings score of 520-8 declared, was confident of proving effective on a fourth day pitch and said Virender Sehwag's wicket was the key for the hosts to consolidate their strong position. The Sri Lankan bowlers had nipped out three Indian wickets, including Sachin Tendulkar, before stumps on the third day. "We are on top now and if we can get two or three early wickets and bowl them out for under 300 we are in the game. That's our target," Herath said.

"There is turn and bounce on the pitch and I am confident I can do something on it. Sehwag is the danger man and we need to get him out early."

Sehwag raced to 85 off 98 balls and looked, by far, the most comfortable among the Indian batsmen. In his previous Test appearance in Galle, in 2008, he struck a match-winning double-century to help India level the series.

Muttiah Muralitharan, who is playing his final Test, needs seven more wickets to reach 800. Herath, however, said the most important objective for the team was to win the Test. "I am trying my best to get wickets to help my team win the Test," he said. "I am fortunate that in my career I had the honour of bowling in tandem with Murali. It is easy to bowl with him at the other end. It will be difficult to fill the void left by Murali but Ajantha Mendis, Suraj Randiv and I are trying our best to win matches for our team and country," he said.

Herath said he had been working on his batting with his coaches and the experience he gained playing county cricket for Hampshire had also helped him make his highest first-class and Test score.

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  • jitendra on July 21, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    On sheer performance n class basis, Sehwag is the best batsman in the world right now.

    we all turn to sports, to watch the sheer excellence of performance, away from daily-life hassles and politics. The media and cricket administrators high jacked by certain cricket players try to undermine this fact. We have a record-making machine who in fact have done more harm to indian cricket than the good. You know Who....!!

  • Jayanath on July 21, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Not only Shewag, Dhoni has also consistently thwarted SL plans for domination in the past.

  • Michael on July 20, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Yes After a very good first innings total srilankans are back on fire. Yes Shewag is the key man for day 4 if srilankans can get him b4 lunch game on.. also if srilanka cant win this test series againts the Indians its a shame.. since there bowling attack is horrible...all what we need to do bowled well and give strong Indian batting line up problems trough out the series.. All the best for srilanka and all the best for Murali the one and only.

  • Manasvi on July 20, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Get Sehwag, you've got the match in your hands. Unless the seniors really dig in we are looking at a heavy defeat. It's up to Sehwag to decrease the run deficit while also comsuming as many overs as he can.

  • Abhinav on July 20, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Amid the situations like this, where you dont see the game going anywhere else but a boring draw, only some entertainment from players like Sehwag can get some attention. I only watch Sehwag's innings these days whenever there is a test match :)

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Yess..I guess!! although this match has nothing left in it!! We are going to see a TAME draw on legendary Murali's farewell!! Although!! Sehwag can just entertain people with his flashy batting! **WILL MISS U MURALI** :)

  • arvind on July 20, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    nice to see a runout in test. one waits a long time to get his chances in test and then squanders it with a mistake. hope to play with more focus and intensity from here onwards. hope to train more bowlers- with rotation policy to avoid injuries.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    well done herath. don't worry tomorrow 1 wickets shewag and murali get 5 wickets tomorrow

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