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

We should score over 550 to exert pressure - Dilshan

Sa'adi Thawfeeq at the SSC

July 26, 2010

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Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrates a quickfire half-century, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC, 1st day, July 26, 2010
Tillakaratne Dilshan missed out on a big score on a placid wicket © Associated Press
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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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Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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....

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by Chandima.Ceylon on (July 27, 2010, 7:15 GMT)

Let's see what happen to india?

Posted by 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!!!

Posted by 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

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