Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC, 1st day July 26, 2010

We should score over 550 to exert pressure - Dilshan

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Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan feels that Sri Lanka will be able to exert pressure on India if they score over 550 in the first innings on the placid SSC wicket. The hosts ended the opening day on a strong 312 for 2, with Tharanga Paranavitana and Kumar Sangakkara tormenting India with centuries yet again.

"The second day is the best day to bat on the SSC pitch and we have our two most experienced batsmen at the crease - Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene," Dilshan said. "If we score over 550 on this wicket we can put pressure on India and get a decision in our favour.

"It is a superb wicket to bat on and I am disappointed I got out for 54. Tharanga and Sanga (Sangakkara) batted without taking any risks. We didn't experience any problem batting on this wicket. After the first 3-4 overs the wicket favoured the batsmen. It is not an easy wicket for the fast bowlers."

Dilshan and Paranavitana shared an attacking opening stand of 99 in 18.1 overs after winning the toss to set Sri Lanka to a big score. Dilshan, who was out trying to force the pace off left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha by giving a catch to short extra cover, said he had no plan to change his approach to batting.

"I don't plan to change the way I am playing now. I have scored 11 Test centuries batting in this manner. This is my seventh Test as an opener and I am averaging 63 (sic. 67). This is the way I bat but sometimes I think if I can slow myself down a little bit it would be better," he said.

Commenting on the match, Dilshan was confident that by the third and fourth days the two spinners, Ajantha Menis and Suraj Randiv, will come in to play.

"We have confidence in the two quicks Dammika Prasad and Dilhara Fernando. They can bowl more than 140-plus (kph) and they can get some bounce and pace off this wicket. By the third and fourth days I am sure the spinners should do the job for us. We have confidence in these four bowlers," Dilshan said.

"It's a big loss without Lasith [Malinga] who took seven wickets in the last Test, but Dilhara and Prasad have got an opportunity to cement their places in the team. I hope they make use of that advantage."

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  • sundar_83 on July 28, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    @meety wat do u say abt the lasith malinga in tat dead pitch he just proved his bowling he is the bowler

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 27, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Indian Bowlers are very good. They all scored centuries. Look at the figures.

    A Mithun 23 5 117 0 5.08 I Sharma 23 5 102 1 4.43 PP Ojha 46 9 172 1 3.73 Harbh 42.4 4 147 1 3.44

  • Rama_S on July 27, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    @ senthil25 Didn't that sachin, sehwag & dravid played the First match, wot happen? we also awaiting to they all score more than 100. will it happen? let see when India came to bat.

  • Ray24 on July 27, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Indians are sore losers. They have big names and are underachievers. How come they are still ranked number one? They weere beaten in a home test by SA, the second test was won by them with 3 balls to spare? They got beaten by SL just last week? Aus goes down places when they beat Pak in an away test and lose one?? These ratings amuse me - muts be the work of an Indian statistician! I agree with the comments of my SL friends that SL is a much better team than India - India has an inferior record against SL on neutral venues. I hope India prepares seaming wickets against Australia laterin the year. What a propaganda nation....

  • South_Indian on July 27, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Highly intellectual Indian couch potatoes' simple logic - If India wins, its because of their "best middle order batsmen" and "world class bowlers", but if India loses then its because of the pitch ! Yes, India is famous for producing very good pitches and Kanpur, Nagpur, Mohali, Ahmedabad, all have "world class wickets" comparable to the WACA, Gabba, Durban and Headingley. And yes, ban all the test match venues in SL. Why? Because the "best middle order in the world" failed to score a single hundered in more than 10 years in flat pitches and its killing test cricket as only SL batsmen are able to score hundereds.

  • Rama_S on July 27, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    My fellow indians we must understand that Its not all about the pitch. We haven't got bowlers to ball out SL. So don't tray to hide our weaknesses by blaming to pitch, try to understand the truth and try to find some bowlers who can ball.

  • senthil25 on July 27, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Mr. PIssupusa wait and watch indian batting, diffnately srilankan will strugle to take indians wickets, sachin, sehwag & dravid going to score morethan 100 runs.

  • Chandima.Ceylon on July 27, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Let's see what happen to india?

  • Meety on July 27, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Funny how some Indian fans fail to acknowledge the quality of the Sri Lankan batting line up. Sanga & Mahela are 2 of the best batsmen going around, add to this a poor Indian bowling line up - you get a series of big scores. In the first test there were complaints about the pitch then Sharma started bowling well & SL limped past 400, which was enough as India collapsed twice on a "dead" pitch. If SL score 600+ here, there will be pressure on India's aging middle order. India's batsmen will need to bat very well because they won't get best use of this pitch and I would imagine Day 3 will see lower bounce, maybe more turn. I look forward to India's batsmen digging themselves out of this deep hole. Indian fans if India score 600+ then you can complain about the pitch, but you need to remember what goes on your own back yard too!!!

  • sundar_83 on July 27, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    more than 100 crores of peoples in our country we cant find a bowler to bowl 150km its realy shame for us

  • sundar_83 on July 28, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    @meety wat do u say abt the lasith malinga in tat dead pitch he just proved his bowling he is the bowler

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 27, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Indian Bowlers are very good. They all scored centuries. Look at the figures.

    A Mithun 23 5 117 0 5.08 I Sharma 23 5 102 1 4.43 PP Ojha 46 9 172 1 3.73 Harbh 42.4 4 147 1 3.44

  • Rama_S on July 27, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    @ senthil25 Didn't that sachin, sehwag & dravid played the First match, wot happen? we also awaiting to they all score more than 100. will it happen? let see when India came to bat.

  • Ray24 on July 27, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Indians are sore losers. They have big names and are underachievers. How come they are still ranked number one? They weere beaten in a home test by SA, the second test was won by them with 3 balls to spare? They got beaten by SL just last week? Aus goes down places when they beat Pak in an away test and lose one?? These ratings amuse me - muts be the work of an Indian statistician! I agree with the comments of my SL friends that SL is a much better team than India - India has an inferior record against SL on neutral venues. I hope India prepares seaming wickets against Australia laterin the year. What a propaganda nation....

  • South_Indian on July 27, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Highly intellectual Indian couch potatoes' simple logic - If India wins, its because of their "best middle order batsmen" and "world class bowlers", but if India loses then its because of the pitch ! Yes, India is famous for producing very good pitches and Kanpur, Nagpur, Mohali, Ahmedabad, all have "world class wickets" comparable to the WACA, Gabba, Durban and Headingley. And yes, ban all the test match venues in SL. Why? Because the "best middle order in the world" failed to score a single hundered in more than 10 years in flat pitches and its killing test cricket as only SL batsmen are able to score hundereds.

  • Rama_S on July 27, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    My fellow indians we must understand that Its not all about the pitch. We haven't got bowlers to ball out SL. So don't tray to hide our weaknesses by blaming to pitch, try to understand the truth and try to find some bowlers who can ball.

  • senthil25 on July 27, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Mr. PIssupusa wait and watch indian batting, diffnately srilankan will strugle to take indians wickets, sachin, sehwag & dravid going to score morethan 100 runs.

  • Chandima.Ceylon on July 27, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Let's see what happen to india?

  • Meety on July 27, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Funny how some Indian fans fail to acknowledge the quality of the Sri Lankan batting line up. Sanga & Mahela are 2 of the best batsmen going around, add to this a poor Indian bowling line up - you get a series of big scores. In the first test there were complaints about the pitch then Sharma started bowling well & SL limped past 400, which was enough as India collapsed twice on a "dead" pitch. If SL score 600+ here, there will be pressure on India's aging middle order. India's batsmen will need to bat very well because they won't get best use of this pitch and I would imagine Day 3 will see lower bounce, maybe more turn. I look forward to India's batsmen digging themselves out of this deep hole. Indian fans if India score 600+ then you can complain about the pitch, but you need to remember what goes on your own back yard too!!!

  • sundar_83 on July 27, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    more than 100 crores of peoples in our country we cant find a bowler to bowl 150km its realy shame for us

  • KaZsa on July 27, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    @deepakjm and some others- I think you are mixing up indian pitches and Sri Lankan pitches. It is in India that every team who plays scores 600 plus every innings.If you look at the past,Sri Lankan pitches have brought results more often.India is pathetic because they don't have a single bowler in their line up who can bowl.Don't bring up stupid arguements saying India looses because of the pitch.Get some bowlers who can bowl.Sri Lanka always gets the 20 wickets in SL pitches because they have the bowlers who can get people out.Hope you can remember that none of your Indian so called great batsmen have been able to score a century for last decade in these pitches barring Shehwag, while people like mahela,sanga and samaraweera destroyed your bowlers.So stop being so pathetic.Just breed a side who can win a test match in testing conditions, not a side who is only No.1 in paper.

  • pathums on July 27, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Dear Sathish Kumar, i think u hav forgotten the Sri lanka tour of India on Nov 2009. do agree with the way u guys hav made the pitches just to help for your batsmen. dont say nonsense. Indians only can play at Home they are unable to hav a win in outside india. pls never underastimate the sri lankan talents. because this is not the first time indian struggle to get wickets. look at Isharnt. he can not even bowl line and lenth. runs leaking all over the ground. dhoni stuggle to score. anyway pls face the reality.

  • V.GOMES on July 27, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    How do you think India went to #1 in the ICC ranking. Check your stats gentlemen. Funny how the toss was never brough-up in the past 2 years when India benifited by winning 90% of the tosses agaist Sri Lanka. In the past 3 tours India have won 90 of the coin tosses in ODI's. Even the recently concluded Asia Cup final when Idia won the toss and won. Yes it might be win the toss and win the match in Sri Lanka (ODI or Test) but that is why India has managed to beat Sri Lanka. The record between the two countries when playing outside of India or Sri Lanka is 100% in favor of Sri Lanka in the past 2 years. So Indians shoud not be complaining about playing in Sri Lanka as the coin toss is their only hope.

  • on July 27, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    To : Sathish Kumar n deepakjm ... If you can't dance, don't blame the dance floor. Stop giving lame excuses! No Matter SSC or Galle... Courage is more essential than skill...

  • sanathhs on July 27, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    @sathish Don't blame for pitch.I think SSC is one of the great venue for test cricket.it will help fast bowlers in early two hours.day 2,3 for batsmen and 4,5 to spin.Please check static of SSC. I think Indian fast bowlers ball badly in first session.

  • PissuPusa on July 27, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Sathish - How about ICC ban your school boy cricket team who allow other teams to score 1000 runs to save test cricket. Remember india scoring 700+ runs in india last time Sri Lanka toured. Where were you then??? deepakjm - May be it's time for you to shut your big mouth and all the talking. Have you no shame after loosing by 10 wickets in the first match and only taking 8 Sri Lankan wickets.

  • on July 27, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    Good Luck Indians... SSc Pitch is far better comparing to Deli Pitches where matches been abandoned in the Middle :).. India Got talent and resouces but no Management with Focused attitude.. Only MS got a Cool head.. Thats their weakness...!

  • on July 27, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    ha ha ha ! when Indians are losing they bleme the pitch. You guys get the same pitch so come and show your talent.

  • shrtlg on July 27, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    With the forecast for thunderstorms, a flat pitch, a poor Indian bowling attack and a depleted Sri Lankan bowling attack (no Malinga or Murali), the draw is pretty much a foregone conclusion.

  • DamithPathirana on July 27, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Its really funny that these people talking about banning cricket pitches. OK then will ban all Indian pitches and most of the Pakistan pitches and further almost every West-Indian Venues alongside with SL pitches. Test cricket is all about run fests, please enjoy that, and the other thing is just appreciate the SL batting power and stop blaming the pitches. BTW these people haven't waste a word to talk about Indian bowling attack, according to them the pitch is the one who is wrong.

  • on July 27, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    speaking of pitches , I remember the pitches on 2009 at the India tour .... they were also worse than this pithces

  • EverybodylovesSachin on July 27, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Score 1500 runs and make records on a dead pitch..Winning toss is your luck. I wii see my comments in few days when match is over...........LAZY.....

  • Rooboy on July 27, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    @Sathish Kumar - I totally agree. These pitches are killing test matches. Matches like the recent Aus v Pakistan series, where the bowlers have a good chance, are so much more interesting than watching games from india/sri lanka, where each team goes out and knocks up 600+ in the first dig, effectively killing the contest.

  • on July 27, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    Its not a lifeless wicket as most of Indians say.... You have seen SSC Batsmens friendly pitch and on the 3rd day onwards it gonna help bowlers... Thats why toss come to play in..... It will be interesting to see how SL bowlers gonna restrict Indians without Malinga and Murali.....

    2nd morning will be interesting to see if India wanna restrict SL without making 500 they need to capitalize in first 30min and take 1 or 2 wickets while if they couldn't I'm sure score will be 500 + and even more like 650 as most of you predicted...

  • STres on July 27, 2010, 1:21 GMT

    Come on India, do I see jealousy here, if so you should be ashamed, if you cannot get 11 players out of 1200 Ml people to match 11 players out of 20 Ml people, then there is something wrong somewhere, but that something is in India not here in Sri Lanka. If pitches are to be banned almost all pitches in India should be scrapped , even Indian umpires and commentators should be banned by the ICC sighting spirit of the game.

    Just go there and play the match, we are not at all bothered about Zaheer or Shreesanth , although even if they were there it would not have made a difference. so please stop this childish banter and accept that SL is streets ahead of India.

  • vedanthy2 on July 27, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    .Pitches are prepared to last 5 days in a test match.So days 1to 3 will be batsman friendly and last 2 days tough to bat.A bowler friendly pitch is under prepared one which will kick up dust from day one.The Groundsman cannot exactly prepare a wicket for batting only or Bowling only.Bowlers have to have skill and brain.Not like Ishant just running in and sending speed balls and end up follow througn to show teeth and jewellery to batsmen.Many a times we have seen teams collapse in one session on a good batting pitch.It is in te skill.Donot Blaspheme Dilshan or lanka Mr.Satish Kumar.Appreciate the way they batted.

  • South_Indian on July 27, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    Very funny Indians are talking about bad pitches. You guys are being typical ignorant Indian fans. Just because your team is not good enough to get wickets does not mean SL is not producing good pitches. For your information, SL has far better pitches which are more "result-oriented" compared to India and Pakistan, go through stats in Cricinfo. Last match in Galle, your team was not good enough to chase 500+ and could not even survive 4 days of a test match with "best middle order in the world". I know you would have enjoyed when India plays at home or in Pakistan, where each team makes 600 odd runs and the test ends in a draw with less than 20 wickets to fall in 5 days. I really wonder when you guys will accept defeat, how many excuses you guys would come up with for your teams shortcomings ?!

  • evenflow_1990 on July 27, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    funny how when sri lanka bats first everyone speaks of 'saving test cricket' from bad pitches. if the pitch is a batsman's paradise the indians will also score heavily and there will be a draw. however, the indians lost the last test not because of their batting, but because their bowling is comparable to zimbabwe. sri lanka's bowling is far stronger and have used the pitch far more effectively. thats the problem. if india wants to save test cricket, how about they learn how to 1) face short deliveries at high speed 2) produce GOOD bowlers. what happened to guys like kapil dev?

  • dwightschrute on July 27, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    Its painfully obvious to anyone who knows anything about cricket that these are not dead tracks. If you want proof, look at the records and see that Sri Lankan pitches are actually some of the most 'result-producing' wickets in world cricket.

    As a matter of fact look at the past and recent results for this very ground - the SSC.

    There is a diferrence between a batting track and a dead track. Dead tracks are ironically what India has been accused of preparing whenever Pak and SL tour India. The past SL tour to India, both Sachin and Rahul both openely admitted to the press that two of the three test wickets were dead by the third day.

    Again, just because a team is tearing yours to bits against a weakened attack do not necessarily blame the pitch. India is a good team, just having a bad spell and playing a strong home team. Sri Lanka regularly gets 20 oppostion wickets on these tracks.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on July 27, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    Main article says TOOTHLESS INDIA, I would say TOOTHLESS PITCH.........A good reason to kill Test matches.....already dying...

  • EverybodylovesSachin on July 26, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    Score over 900 runs make couple of triple centuries...Looks like whoever winning toss in Sri Lanka is winning the game... Poor wicket making... Dhoni, forget improving team members batting or bowling... focus of winning toss when you visit Sri Lanka...Practice and practice with team members for TOSS calling and fliping the COIN......

  • shanii24 on July 26, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    are indian fans whining? india has the flattest pitches in world and the most run scoring batsmen!!!! And still all these comments. Guys india is not the better team in this contest period. just accept it and move on!!!!

  • on July 26, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Why do I hear less complains when teams tour India and being treated in the same manner? All the subcontinent pitches are made for batters and dont just single out the SL pitches. But seriously, test cricket should not be one sided. I mean bowlers should get some sort of assist from the pitch. I dont mind batsmen piling up tons of runs if they were tested enough. And on this perticular game, I couldnt see us loosing this game unless SL collapse twice. With such bowling attack I cant imagine India winning a test even on home soil. Im quite suprised over the fact that, even with a population over a billion and being the craziest cricketing nation, India do not have the players to fill a void when their top bowlers get injured.

  • on July 26, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Why come to conclusions this is only day one, anything could happen in the next 4 days. We know that on paper, Iindia has the strongest batting line up. But not too sure the Sri Lankan's can get the 20 wickets.......... bit doubtful with the bowling line up. We need to have some one step up to the plate to fulfil Malinga and Murali's void. Of course it would be possible if the Indian batsman play towards the Sri Lanka's cause.

  • on July 26, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    if the Galle pitch is flat and worst track to bat on .. why the Indian batsman couldn't do the same?c`mon yar...!!! get a life ..

  • pakii123 on July 26, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    i think this bowling attack is even worst than that of zimbabwe and bangladesh. they dont deserve to be number one test team anymore

  • Arthaurian on July 26, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    day 5 Sri Lanka 10 345/1dec (Sangakkara 5056, Jayawardene 5689), India 10 344 /4 (Laxman 344, Tendulkar 10 000). Match drawn and abandoned by fans.

  • ChrisO_SL on July 26, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Hey Sathish Kumar and Deepakjm, your ignorance is appalling. Where were you guys when SL toured India in Nov 2009? The Wickets at Ahmedabad and Kanpur were much worse than the SSC and did not offer any help to either the pacies nor the spinners. In that series India battled and saved the first test thanks to Sachin and Gambir, won the second test as Viru was dropped on 1 due to Prasanna Jayawardena diving in front of Mahela and Viru went on to score a mammoth hundred, and in the 3rd Test at Mumbai SL lost mainly due to their in form opener getting horrible decisions in both innings from Nigel LLong and Darrel Harper. The SSC is a much fairer pitch than the pitches provided at all 3 above mentioned Indian venues since the bowlers come into the game from day 3 onwards, which did not happen in India. Did not hear you guys championing the cause of Test Cricket then. Don't blame the pitches. Lay the blame where it's due - a lame and toothless bowling attack.

  • yorkslanka on July 26, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    @deepakjm & sathish: have you had a memory loss to the types of wicket you prepare at home? you wouldnt be complaining if you had won the toss..prepare to get beaten again as the wicket will start to take spin from the third day...

  • Ian316 on July 26, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Don't you just love it that when Sri Lanka scores well, the "crowd" aka the indian viewers start talking about flat pitches and how the ICC needs to have a look at these wickets cause it "worthy of a ban".. have a look at the record of SSC Sathish Kumar, and compare it to some of the Indian grounds and then tell me who deserves your "ban"

  • on July 26, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    look at the indian cry babies...they have forgotten what kind of wickets they have at home. sri lanka drawn matches percentages is much lower than india....check the stats, then india should be banned from playing any cricket. that's why indian bowlers have such poor bowling averages and economy rates and their batsman have high stats.it's different for sri lanka both odi and test

  • Bharat_123 on July 26, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    Dilshan is speaking about scoring 550+ to put India under sufficient pressure. I feel SL are going to score 750+ and loose about 8 wickets. Indian bowlers lack the punch required on flat decks such as this one. Ishant is trying but achieving nothing. Mithun I feel is bowling very well, but his inability to bowl the in-swinger is hurting him badly. I feel India will have to bowl out SL for under 400 to have any chance of winning this test. Cause with these bowlers 5 days won't be enough to get these top quality batsman out.

  • on July 26, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    I think everyone needs to shut up about the pitch and wait till India bats :)

  • santu587 on July 26, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Hay Dilshan y ur so worried yar its a batting track and ur delhi dare devil captain and vice captain are going to come more over viru is in the form he recently reached the no.1 postion in ICC test rankings so party is not finished it will start with viru bat lets enjoy wen india comes to bat get ready srilanka to see a t20 match in test match ur so lucky to see ........ enjoy guys

  • Dulitha825 on July 26, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Wow amazing!.Things r unbelivable,these indian guys says that srilanka make batting pitches which r not suitable 4 tests.what abt indian pitches.Some indian pitches r so worst that they r not suitable not only bowlers but also batsmans too.Pay ur attention to the last series in India.Shewag scored enormus runs in those pitches in India.Remember that even murali was in Sl team.it was a really tough 4 indian bowlers too exept harbajan.Amazing, U guys only like to see ur players perform well.U guys dnt like to admire other's talents.Winning is not the problem 4 us but ur attitudes.SSC is sooooooooo famous as a batting so long.You know Sometimes Indian batsman like Tendulkar,dravid ,... have performed well in SSC.But All teams should be competitive in their game.We belive that our Sl players will try their best to win this match.That is the nature of cricket.Have a nice time!

  • SLfan on July 26, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    @ Sathish Kumar & deepakjm - Then what about the pitch of Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad ??? In last Ind v SL series, scores are 426, 760/7 dec, 412/4 !!! Then you have to ask from ICC to ban that pitch also. People who are inside glass houses should not throw stones at others....Also note that your bowlers could not all out Sri Lankans in Galle. But we managed to all out your team twice. So, what about Galle ? Is it also a batting friendly pitch ??

  • mali0821 on July 26, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    @deepakjm : I wasn't impressed with India's batting performance in the first test. They may have world class batsmen on paper, but they don't excel much on the field. India won't do that well when they bat.

  • cool_chama on July 26, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    those who are talking about banning lifeless wickets must've forgotten about the Indian wickets during the 2009/2010 SL in India series (which nearly ruined both test & one day cricket). if such wickets are to be banned, those venues should be banned at the first place. :D

  • NISH67 on July 26, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    These wickets produce a result at the end of the contest , remember Galle where India were hammered by 10 wickets in less than 4 full days ! - I would suggest a overhaul of the dead and dodo tracks in India where flat track bullies rule the roost !

  • klobania on July 26, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    @sathish kumar u r right sri lanka can easily pass 1000 runs mark not due to dead pitch but thanx to indian bowling attack n fielding n mind u pitch should only be banned if indian batsmen also piled up common ppl here complained in the first test as well but sri lankan bowling attack silented them hoping for the same in this test as well

  • cricket_for_all on July 26, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Hi Sathish Kumar

    This pitch is not only for Sri Lanka it is for India as well. Can India manage to draw this match? even with this bad(?) pitch?

  • on July 26, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    win or lose be on one thing, dnt blame countries or pitches when ur team gets beaten by another team, accept ur team is not good, be bold, dnt blame others when ur team is nt performing well

  • arunsen on July 26, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    i dont know when and at what point india will take ifran pathan or even consider him for a team selection. its still a big question mark. every team has got a perfect allrounder and they r performing either with bat or ball for their respective teams, but india on other hand has got none. the only hope is irfan. even if he fails, the selectors and team members has to get him on action and make him feel good that he can do the role and fit into this team. he is our future and we are wasting him. look at mathews, he hasnt bowled a great deal in last test and haven't batted well, still sri lanka has him in their squad for tests. irfan should be in place instead of ojha or someone else. second spinner job can be done by shewag, raina or yuvraj. but third seamer has to be in indian team and it has to be none other than irfan, because he can bat a great deal.

  • dwightschrute on July 26, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    @Satish and deepakjm - Its painfully obvious to anyone who knows anything about cricket that these are NOT dead tracks. If you want proof, look at the records and see that Sri Lankan pitches are actually some of the most 'result-producing' wickets in woprld cricket.

    As a matter of fact look at the past and recent results for this very ground - the SSC.

    There is a diferrence between a batting track and a dead track. Dead tracks are ironically what India has been accused of preparing whenever Pak and SL tour India. The past SL tour to India, both Sachin and Rahul both openely admitted to the press that two of the three test wickets were dead by the third day.

    Again, just because a team is tearing yours to bits against a weakened attack do not necessarily blame the pitch. India is a good team, just having a bad spell and playing a strong home team. Sri Lanka regularly gets 20 oppostion wickets.

    Its like the man whos having a bad dance accusing the dance floor of being crooked.

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on July 26, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Funny to see Indians commenting against the flatness of the pitch. As if they didn't see the pitches that were prepared when Sri Lankans arrived in India. In those matches, pitches remained flat throughout all 5 days leading to high scoring draws. Rewind yourselves and take a look at articles that were published on Cricinfo those days. Look at the cartoons on Page 2. Most Test series in India lead to dull draws because of this. At least in Sri Lanka pitches give some assistance to spinners thus enforcing a result in the end. Anyway, blaming about the pitch might be a good way to curtain Indian bowlers' inability to take wickets.

  • on July 26, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Men of the series are the selectors on India, they will select the test team by watching IPL, one day team by Ranji trophy, and 20twenty by combination of test and oneday. Zaheer Khan will play all forms of cricket, disco, ads, etc. they how will he be fit? I feel Indian cricket will be ruined because of IPL

  • on July 26, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    That's true! A wicket should be a supporting one. Leeds test has just happen but going back to the time 2006 Karachi test Pakistan v India Allianz Cup when IK Pathan had hatrick and I personally feel that was one of the best cricket pitch prepared in South Asia I suppose!

  • jin87 on July 26, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    @ deepakjm....my friend please don't judge our bowlers before you've even seen your teams 1st innings, cheers mate!

  • Lion_of_Lanka on July 26, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    @deepakjm : At least our wickets are good enough to give a result to the match unlike the Indian pitches where more than half of the matches end in tame draws. Plus it's not our problem that India has a toothless bowling line up. As for making a mockery out of our bowlers, we saw them doing that in both the warm up match (without malinga & murali) and the 1st test match (with malinga & murali)

  • on July 26, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Regardless of what SL scores, India will be all out for 265-285.

  • on July 26, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Dont worry Dilshan, Your team can even score 1000 runs in 1st Innings. This kind of bad pitches makes Test Cricket a no contest. ICC please consider banning venues such as this where wickets are life less and too much batsman friendly. Please save Test cricket..

  • deepakjm on July 26, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Sri Lankans are preparing the worst wickets for test cricket. It would be interesting to see how they will manage to take 20 indian wickets on this track without Murali. Be ready guys because Indian batsmen are going to make mockery of Sri Lankan bowlers on this pitch.

  • on July 26, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Can someone PLEASE tell Ishant to stop pitching the ball up!! With his height he should be bowling the line and length Curtley Ambrose used all those years.

  • Jarr30 on July 26, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    SURE...You Lankans can make 600+ as it's batting wicket as you can ONLY play on flat tracks. The moment Sri Lankans play in Australia or SA, all your batsmens run for cover.Prime example is J'wardene's average,which is below 24.Have fun in Sri lanka.

  • on July 26, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    The need of the hour is tearaway fast bowlers. Speed is the only weapon on any Pitch that disturbs batsmen. Speed doesn't really care about Pitches. Remember, Shoaib Akthar in his prime or Mohammed Aamer now or Dale Steyn. Without speed, you can't look for reverse swing either. It's a shame and is totally clueless what the Selectors were thinking when they sent a team to Lanka. I am sure even Zaheer and Sree wouldn't have made much of a difference. If you don't have a bowler who can bowl 90 MPH, and you have just newbies bowling 75-80 expecting for some swing and seam in Sri Lanka or anywhere in Subcontinent, it is better that you start your innings with Spinners. India can have 4 spinners here rather than troubling Ishant and Mithun. But they don't even have a good bench strength for spinners, and that's what happens, when you show IPL to a promising Kid starting his career. Even if he is a fast bowler, he will switch to Batting.

  • mrgupta on July 26, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Firstly feeling sick of Ind-SL matches now. Second with all these batting (Flat) tracks the interest in the game is loosing now. How come in India, Pak and SL batters keep getting huge scores and Bowlers look like a bowling machine set to just deliver the balls to the batsmen? This is not good for Cricket. Even though bowling on both sides was weak why was a Flat track prepared? To kill the Test Cricket or the Bowlers? Look at the matches between Aus and Pak recently. It was Fantastic for the Test cricket, excellent contest between Bat and Ball, but not the same here in the Subcontinent. I wish i can see more test matches of the kind that happened just few days ago between Aussies and Pak. I dont know why people in the Subcontinent are so much obsessed with seeing Big hundreds, fours and Sixes rather than good Cricket?

  • on July 26, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    If Sri Lanka from this position collapse, yes e they will reach 550. But if everyone plays their game, they will reach 650 +. That is enough for India to collapse- no Murali, no Malinga- India can still fail- we have seen this last time.

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  • on July 26, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    If Sri Lanka from this position collapse, yes e they will reach 550. But if everyone plays their game, they will reach 650 +. That is enough for India to collapse- no Murali, no Malinga- India can still fail- we have seen this last time.

  • mrgupta on July 26, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Firstly feeling sick of Ind-SL matches now. Second with all these batting (Flat) tracks the interest in the game is loosing now. How come in India, Pak and SL batters keep getting huge scores and Bowlers look like a bowling machine set to just deliver the balls to the batsmen? This is not good for Cricket. Even though bowling on both sides was weak why was a Flat track prepared? To kill the Test Cricket or the Bowlers? Look at the matches between Aus and Pak recently. It was Fantastic for the Test cricket, excellent contest between Bat and Ball, but not the same here in the Subcontinent. I wish i can see more test matches of the kind that happened just few days ago between Aussies and Pak. I dont know why people in the Subcontinent are so much obsessed with seeing Big hundreds, fours and Sixes rather than good Cricket?

  • on July 26, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    The need of the hour is tearaway fast bowlers. Speed is the only weapon on any Pitch that disturbs batsmen. Speed doesn't really care about Pitches. Remember, Shoaib Akthar in his prime or Mohammed Aamer now or Dale Steyn. Without speed, you can't look for reverse swing either. It's a shame and is totally clueless what the Selectors were thinking when they sent a team to Lanka. I am sure even Zaheer and Sree wouldn't have made much of a difference. If you don't have a bowler who can bowl 90 MPH, and you have just newbies bowling 75-80 expecting for some swing and seam in Sri Lanka or anywhere in Subcontinent, it is better that you start your innings with Spinners. India can have 4 spinners here rather than troubling Ishant and Mithun. But they don't even have a good bench strength for spinners, and that's what happens, when you show IPL to a promising Kid starting his career. Even if he is a fast bowler, he will switch to Batting.

  • Jarr30 on July 26, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    SURE...You Lankans can make 600+ as it's batting wicket as you can ONLY play on flat tracks. The moment Sri Lankans play in Australia or SA, all your batsmens run for cover.Prime example is J'wardene's average,which is below 24.Have fun in Sri lanka.

  • on July 26, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Can someone PLEASE tell Ishant to stop pitching the ball up!! With his height he should be bowling the line and length Curtley Ambrose used all those years.

  • deepakjm on July 26, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Sri Lankans are preparing the worst wickets for test cricket. It would be interesting to see how they will manage to take 20 indian wickets on this track without Murali. Be ready guys because Indian batsmen are going to make mockery of Sri Lankan bowlers on this pitch.

  • on July 26, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Dont worry Dilshan, Your team can even score 1000 runs in 1st Innings. This kind of bad pitches makes Test Cricket a no contest. ICC please consider banning venues such as this where wickets are life less and too much batsman friendly. Please save Test cricket..

  • on July 26, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Regardless of what SL scores, India will be all out for 265-285.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on July 26, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    @deepakjm : At least our wickets are good enough to give a result to the match unlike the Indian pitches where more than half of the matches end in tame draws. Plus it's not our problem that India has a toothless bowling line up. As for making a mockery out of our bowlers, we saw them doing that in both the warm up match (without malinga & murali) and the 1st test match (with malinga & murali)

  • jin87 on July 26, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    @ deepakjm....my friend please don't judge our bowlers before you've even seen your teams 1st innings, cheers mate!