Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day July 27, 2010

Jayawardene backs new-look attack

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Mahela Jayawardene has said that Sri Lanka's bowlers will attack the Indian batsmen on the third day at the SSC. "We've got the runs on the board so we will attack," Jayawardene said. "We know that they have some quality batsmen who can bat for a long time.

"Today being a short session, we bowled to an attacking field and Viru [Virender Sehwag] got out of it a bit. We'll try and frustrate as much as we can. We need to put a lot of effort. The wicket is still good and we need to be smart about it."

Sri Lanka have four changes to the bowling line-up that won them the first Test in Galle but Jayawardene was confident the new-look attack could do the job. "The two fast bowlers with the old ball will reverse quite a bit. That's why we are playing them. They've got pace as well. Suraj [Randiv] I think was a bit nervous today playing his first Test. He's very dangerous especially if he gets bounce on this wicket. I know [Ajantha] Mendis is very eager to do well here."

Jayawardene said the difference between past SSC wickets and the present one was it was hard and had more bounce. "The ball seems to come on much better and obviously at SSC the first two-three days is pretty good for batting. Later on it will probably spin more and hopefully the bounce will remain the same."

Jayawardene with his captain Kumar Sangakkara created a new Sri Lanka record for the highest number of century partnerships in Tests. Their stand of 193 for the third wicket was the 12th instance they have put together over a hundred runs. It beat the previous record of eleven by Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga.

"We complement each other. Being right and left-handers we get more opportunities. Bowlers can't get into a rhythm. Both of us are more attacking as well. Earlier in our careers we were a lot (more) defensive. Now we attack and put pressure on the bowlers," Jayawardene said. "Kumar batted well. He took a lot of pressure off me early in the morning. After his hundred he was aggressive. I had an opportunity because of that to play my way."

Jayawardene also reached another milestone in his illustrious career when he surpassed Don Bradman's record of nine Test hundreds at one venue (Melbourne). Jayawardene's knock of 174 was his tenth century at the SSC. "He's played what, ten Tests at the MCG. That's Sir Don for you. I needed 23 Tests. That caps it off, I am pleased that I have got the record but I don't think we can compare what he has achieved with what we are doing right now. He's a legend.

"It's a moment for me to remember. I love playing on my home ground. I grew up playing here. It's always fun to play in front of club members and all the fans. You have to be very humble when you break something like Sir Don's record."

Jayawardene said that missing out on a double hundred did not worry him too much. "We knew that 600 would be our benchmark to declare. We knew we needed more time to get India out. I was too tired. With the field MS (Dhoni) set, it was difficult for me to get runs quickly. We had a chat at the tea break and decided to try to get to where we had planned. In a team cause, you can't have regrets like that. I guess I will get my opportunities."

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  • SLfan on August 2, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    @ vamos_rafa - He, he...! Yeah, finally that's what all you can say...Thanx for entertaining all of us during last couple of weeks ! Cheers....!

  • KaZsa on August 2, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    @vamos_rafa-Now you want to say that Murali is a chucker.Thats typical of u people wants to hang onto something to prove that you are right.He is the best ever in the world.Indian players gave him the due credit because they are good cricketers and clever people.And world has to have people like u also.Otherwise nothing to argue.Sach had more exposure in tough foreign conditions than Sanga or Mahela you cannot compare 20 years of numbers with a player who hasn't even played 100 tests.Only thing you can compare is the average.And sanga has done way better than sachin.You talked about the tail of India.You are so proud of Ojha and Ishant as two batters.Just answer this one simple question.Why did India's so called great batters failed twice in Galle,like a school side on a decent pitch?Are you suggesting that Ishant and Ojha should open eh???You said "SL without Murali can't dismiss the tail", but India with Bhaji, can't even get to the tail.Truly the No.1 side in the world..wow

  • vamos_rafa on August 2, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    @SL Fan : hehe....thrs no point arguing with u sir...if u want to bring humanity into the discussion then thr's no point arguing...and u cnt cmmnt on me w/o knwing me....u be hppy with ur whining and false idealogies and i wud rather knw the corrct and relevant stats.....

  • SLfan on July 30, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    @ vamos_rafa - It's a proud for us, if you think that all Sanga fans are like Sanga...Who don't want to be like Sanga ??(who is not only a great cricketer, but also a well educated person with a great character....!).Definitely I want to be like him !!... But you proved that all Sachin fans are not like Sachin himself, because Sachin himself is a superb gentleman who can appreciate other cricketers as well !...About the (so called) inability to dismiss the tail...Even with Murali, it was very hard for us to dismiss your tailenders in Galle..That's because those 2 (Ishant & Ohja) played really well. Unlike you, I never hesitate 2 give credit for those 2...But, still we won the match, ryt ? Then, think about what caused you to lose the Galle Test..It's simply because of the 2 innings of Malinga & Herath (2 of our low order batsmen) !! Finally that cost the match for Indians !...LOL.

  • vamos_rafa on July 30, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    an out of space..now to the other topic...match winnign kncks...sir sach played thru the 90's with no definite teams his 100s wud be used up in avoiding he follow ons...chk any inning of his...right frm the strt..the 100 in perth,114 in sa in 92..169 in cape twn..119 inmachester..116 in melbourne..and generally wen he made those 100s he wud be with no. 7 & 8..nw hw do u xpcet it to be mtch winng one's? with no player to spport..agreed dravid has xelled at tht..but just name 1 test whch he wn fr us single hnddly? adelaide laxman scred 150+,rawalpindi i think laxman or ganguly scored 100..leeds..sach scored 193 & dada scred 100..and sanga and jaya aunty always had the spprt of chuckers to tke wckts in SL..and sach had kumble 2 toil & 2 an exten srinathin 90's..and we strtd wining after 2000 more so coz of team..& we failing in SL? we have wn tests in last 2 trips & SL has always been pawned in india.& india's attcck well sans zaheer is hpelss.but hw abt SL w/o murali?cnt dismss the tail

  • vamos_rafa on July 30, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    @zidane...u wnt facts and figures...ok....here's a cmplt write up of sanga's prfmmnce in engl : scores of 10,6,16,1,40,32,21,65,25,18,,36,66 in 6 test mtches...this is after 2000 ...and cmpare this with sah in the same period..then i cn recll scores of 99,193,54,72 and 81 smthing...so sach leads thr..next we go to africa..since 200 he avgs 39 with NO 100's while sachin's avg is 44 with a highest score of 155...now i knw u wud say its close...but lemme remind u tht in 2006 wen we toured there thr wr no centurians frm india and the test tht we wn tht(4 all u SL fans yes we wn thr) had ganguly top scorin with 50 and next ws sachin...and the no. of tests being comparable...and sanga's avg in aus is comparable to sach's..but in aus the no. of tests are less so its no guarantee tht it wud remain up thr..as with no. of tests the avg tends to come dwn...and just for records sach has highest no of 150+ scores..and 5 200's while sanga has 7..so y d whinig?maybe all sanga fans r like him ;-)

  • on July 29, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    @vamos_rafa...i said technically better....there is no doubt that sachin is better than jayawerdane 100times....if they have been the the most over rated players...then y r they 2nd and 3rd position in ICC batsmen at pesent....yeah no need to tell this but i am die hard fan of sachin...dont get me wrong...!!!!

  • KaZsa on July 29, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    @vamos_rafa-I am so sad that u don't have an explanatin for sachin's one double even after playing in subcontinental pitches more and played lot more matches than Sanga.Just saying that u cannot compare sachin is rubbish.Come up with facts.And check how many matches Sanga n Mahela has won for SL after scoring those big centuries and how many sachin has won for his country.Dravid has done way better than him in that aspect for India.It is not SL's fault that they don't get many opportunities as India.My point is even after getting so many opportunities they have failed overseas even in SL.(where only after 11 years sachin scored a century in this series and dravid,Laxman are yet to do it).Sanga has only played one or two test series in AUS and has scored a classy 190.How about that?Imagine how he will do if he gets more chances.U r so worried about overrated teams.Tell me why India is No.1 with such a bowling line up that is worst than a domestic bowling lineup in SL?

  • justk on July 29, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    mr harikeshan, EVEN these lankan overrated flat track bullies are also paid in IPL..and dont u remember that last year they CANCELLED their ENGLISH TRIP just for IPL...anwyas, they would lost there in the seaming tracks...thats why they thought that better to play in these flat track instead of getting beaten in english seaming conditions...so don't blame indian players that they play for money

  • SLfan on July 28, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    @ zidane617 - It's nice to see that balanced minded people like you are commenting from India. Please continue to do so mate, so that it will cause to erase the bad image some people are giving about Indians....People can have many fantacies in their mind, but posting it here will only damage the image of their country as well as themselves......Cheers again, for showing that there are some Indians who can appreciate others as well.

  • SLfan on August 2, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    @ vamos_rafa - He, he...! Yeah, finally that's what all you can say...Thanx for entertaining all of us during last couple of weeks ! Cheers....!

  • KaZsa on August 2, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    @vamos_rafa-Now you want to say that Murali is a chucker.Thats typical of u people wants to hang onto something to prove that you are right.He is the best ever in the world.Indian players gave him the due credit because they are good cricketers and clever people.And world has to have people like u also.Otherwise nothing to argue.Sach had more exposure in tough foreign conditions than Sanga or Mahela you cannot compare 20 years of numbers with a player who hasn't even played 100 tests.Only thing you can compare is the average.And sanga has done way better than sachin.You talked about the tail of India.You are so proud of Ojha and Ishant as two batters.Just answer this one simple question.Why did India's so called great batters failed twice in Galle,like a school side on a decent pitch?Are you suggesting that Ishant and Ojha should open eh???You said "SL without Murali can't dismiss the tail", but India with Bhaji, can't even get to the tail.Truly the No.1 side in the world..wow

  • vamos_rafa on August 2, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    @SL Fan : hehe....thrs no point arguing with u sir...if u want to bring humanity into the discussion then thr's no point arguing...and u cnt cmmnt on me w/o knwing me....u be hppy with ur whining and false idealogies and i wud rather knw the corrct and relevant stats.....

  • SLfan on July 30, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    @ vamos_rafa - It's a proud for us, if you think that all Sanga fans are like Sanga...Who don't want to be like Sanga ??(who is not only a great cricketer, but also a well educated person with a great character....!).Definitely I want to be like him !!... But you proved that all Sachin fans are not like Sachin himself, because Sachin himself is a superb gentleman who can appreciate other cricketers as well !...About the (so called) inability to dismiss the tail...Even with Murali, it was very hard for us to dismiss your tailenders in Galle..That's because those 2 (Ishant & Ohja) played really well. Unlike you, I never hesitate 2 give credit for those 2...But, still we won the match, ryt ? Then, think about what caused you to lose the Galle Test..It's simply because of the 2 innings of Malinga & Herath (2 of our low order batsmen) !! Finally that cost the match for Indians !...LOL.

  • vamos_rafa on July 30, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    an out of space..now to the other topic...match winnign kncks...sir sach played thru the 90's with no definite teams his 100s wud be used up in avoiding he follow ons...chk any inning of his...right frm the strt..the 100 in perth,114 in sa in 92..169 in cape twn..119 inmachester..116 in melbourne..and generally wen he made those 100s he wud be with no. 7 & 8..nw hw do u xpcet it to be mtch winng one's? with no player to spport..agreed dravid has xelled at tht..but just name 1 test whch he wn fr us single hnddly? adelaide laxman scred 150+,rawalpindi i think laxman or ganguly scored 100..leeds..sach scored 193 & dada scred 100..and sanga and jaya aunty always had the spprt of chuckers to tke wckts in SL..and sach had kumble 2 toil & 2 an exten srinathin 90's..and we strtd wining after 2000 more so coz of team..& we failing in SL? we have wn tests in last 2 trips & SL has always been pawned in india.& india's attcck well sans zaheer is hpelss.but hw abt SL w/o murali?cnt dismss the tail

  • vamos_rafa on July 30, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    @zidane...u wnt facts and figures...ok....here's a cmplt write up of sanga's prfmmnce in engl : scores of 10,6,16,1,40,32,21,65,25,18,,36,66 in 6 test mtches...this is after 2000 ...and cmpare this with sah in the same period..then i cn recll scores of 99,193,54,72 and 81 smthing...so sach leads thr..next we go to africa..since 200 he avgs 39 with NO 100's while sachin's avg is 44 with a highest score of 155...now i knw u wud say its close...but lemme remind u tht in 2006 wen we toured there thr wr no centurians frm india and the test tht we wn tht(4 all u SL fans yes we wn thr) had ganguly top scorin with 50 and next ws sachin...and the no. of tests being comparable...and sanga's avg in aus is comparable to sach's..but in aus the no. of tests are less so its no guarantee tht it wud remain up thr..as with no. of tests the avg tends to come dwn...and just for records sach has highest no of 150+ scores..and 5 200's while sanga has 7..so y d whinig?maybe all sanga fans r like him ;-)

  • on July 29, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    @vamos_rafa...i said technically better....there is no doubt that sachin is better than jayawerdane 100times....if they have been the the most over rated players...then y r they 2nd and 3rd position in ICC batsmen at pesent....yeah no need to tell this but i am die hard fan of sachin...dont get me wrong...!!!!

  • KaZsa on July 29, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    @vamos_rafa-I am so sad that u don't have an explanatin for sachin's one double even after playing in subcontinental pitches more and played lot more matches than Sanga.Just saying that u cannot compare sachin is rubbish.Come up with facts.And check how many matches Sanga n Mahela has won for SL after scoring those big centuries and how many sachin has won for his country.Dravid has done way better than him in that aspect for India.It is not SL's fault that they don't get many opportunities as India.My point is even after getting so many opportunities they have failed overseas even in SL.(where only after 11 years sachin scored a century in this series and dravid,Laxman are yet to do it).Sanga has only played one or two test series in AUS and has scored a classy 190.How about that?Imagine how he will do if he gets more chances.U r so worried about overrated teams.Tell me why India is No.1 with such a bowling line up that is worst than a domestic bowling lineup in SL?

  • justk on July 29, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    mr harikeshan, EVEN these lankan overrated flat track bullies are also paid in IPL..and dont u remember that last year they CANCELLED their ENGLISH TRIP just for IPL...anwyas, they would lost there in the seaming tracks...thats why they thought that better to play in these flat track instead of getting beaten in english seaming conditions...so don't blame indian players that they play for money

  • SLfan on July 28, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    @ zidane617 - It's nice to see that balanced minded people like you are commenting from India. Please continue to do so mate, so that it will cause to erase the bad image some people are giving about Indians....People can have many fantacies in their mind, but posting it here will only damage the image of their country as well as themselves......Cheers again, for showing that there are some Indians who can appreciate others as well.

  • vamos_rafa on July 28, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    oh...mr Zidane...u proved ur worth again..i neva compared dhoni and sanga...i meant smthing else..nyways no pt xplaining nything to a cricket pundits like u lollz.....nyways cmin back to SL being a better fielding unit or wateva crap..so just one more thing i wud like to point out cb series/natwest trophy or ny tourney with SL aprt frm the slow and low tracks of WI ,just compare the performance of SL v/s india...tht wud just take out a bit of dust out of ur huge cricketing knwlede...

  • vamos_rafa on July 28, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    well Mr SLFan...I am not a loser i just put my views....and its not my job to play and score runs...bt the fact remains that SL cant just play outside their emerald island...@Zidane: Just scroll dwn some1 mentioned abt technically them being better than sach.......and wat i presented ws a view point on the technical issues...and so i mentioned abt them playing at home more often...as some1 frm SL ws whining a few days back abt not getting chance to play outside and now wat u said is in stark cntrst to tht....over rated or not india is the no.1 side..and they r fiting inspite of a useless bwlin attck ...just compare wat the same SL team with murali did in India for the past so many tours?and no its not sanga's cook who scored it ws sanga only i simply mentioned tke out the 190 and thn we'll get a better idea..same goes 4 his records in other country..its a fact they are a failure outside sub continent...i didn say they rnt gud but they rnt as gr8 as is depicted smtimes.

  • zidane617 on July 28, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    @vamos_rafa...well mr India only, i can understand ur knowledge of cricket when you compared Kumar Sangakkara with MS Dhoni...what a joke!!..lol....Dhoni has more money in the bank account but thats it. Nothing!! to be compared in the same legue as these two lankans, they are in higher grades of the school. Even while keeping and captaining Sanga has performed ten times better than that commercial brand called Dhoni. Don't get me wrong im an Indian fan myself, i can't stand ppl like you who would critisize without any basis even the opposition. I want India to win but credit must be given to who ever it deserves. On the fitness come onnnn man, SL fields much better, runs between the wickets better, and have much much more energy than India anyday for the past 15 years i think. We have fast bowlers like Sreesanth who bowls around 125kmph and gets injuries, they have 145kmph up bowlers, so please stop talking about indias so called fitness levels..LOL!

  • Percy_Fender on July 28, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    I think we are seeing the making of the future World Champions in Test cricket. Sri Lanka has everything in every aspect of the game. It will be a great sight to see two slingers bowling from either end in Malinga and Pradeep followed by Prasad and Kulasekhara. Suraj Randiv is a future champion spinner and Mendis will continue to mystify batsmen who have not played him before or played him sparingly. They also have Jeevan Mendis to provide an all round spinning option. So they have a very good bowling line up. On the batting side, they have two batsmen who we know are quite Bradmanesque in Sanga and Mahela and a fine crop of youngsters like Chandimal and others. If anything can hold them back it is that they seem to be poor travellers particularly to Australia. In Australia they seem to get intimidated for some reason like I know Murali was in a Test. I think it is because Sri Lankans are a civilised lot and are not given to heaping abuses upon their opposing team players.

  • zidane617 on July 28, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    @vamos_rafa ...man don't make such stupid comments. No one in here has said that Sanga or Mahela is better than Sachin or Lara. But how on earth you can say they are overated cricketers, obviously every cricketer will play more on their home country thats why they have good averages in SL, just like Sachin played most of his matches in IND and Ponting in Aus. I also noted you sarcastically said sangas average is 65 in aus is becos of that 190. Well let me ask you did Sangas Cook made that runs for him? it was sanga who made it. If you want to be that jeolous let me tell you when world XI played Aus in 2004 (sangas early days) he was the highest scorer in both one dayers and tests a team comprising the best players in the world. Do us a favour dude.. take some medicine for your sour grape fantasy.

  • on July 28, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    @harikeshan hey i dunno much about this india struggling in australia.. if you check the stats, india is the only team that beat australia at home from 2001 to 2008 (during their peak years) and they did it twice.. and australia beat india only thrice(including the farcial sydney test).. so.. i don see much point there

  • on July 28, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Mahela and Sanga aren't overrated - simply because they aren't rated that high. Who ever said they were as good as Sachin or Lara? However, what they've achieved for Sri Lanka as a team is as good as what Sachin's achieved for India as a team. Aravinda de Silva was never considered better than Sachin but he almost singlehandedly won them a world cup. I only see a 0 next to Sachin in a WC final.

  • vamos_rafa on July 28, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    well mr hariskishen im from india only. first thing is u need to realize our record in aus and sa has improved by leaps and bounds.By any means u cant say that we struggle there. Agreed tht yuvi and ishant ae overrated which they are..dhoni imo isnt overrated but thts a separate topic. @KazSa: U asking me to get my facts straight...well for any player the biggest challenge is maintaining the same level of fitness/perfomrance thru the years. Acc to u SL doesn play as much crciket as india...which i dnt think is fair..india at time play only 4-5 tests an yr...lankans play at home and they do well. and weneva they have played outside they have struggled even in india. so evn if they do get more test they hvnt shwn tht they cn actually do wel.they are utter failures outside SL their records and more than tht the way they are chickened out time and again proves tht. the wrd great is used far too loosely at times i feel.and u cnt compare any on with sach, thts too much

  • SLfan on July 28, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Some losers are criticizing about Mahela's & Sanga's batting, saying that they are overrated players...I doubt whether those losers can hit even a half century against a school team atleast....lol. Whole world knows that which is the most over rated team in the current cricket world.... As Sri Lankans, we appreciate the talent of Indian cricketers (especially batters) & never hesitate to accept that they are top class cricketers. Also we enjoy the batting of some of them. We never hesitate to give the credit where it deserves....But people from certain evolving countries, still can't view things in unbiased manner.Try to grow up & learn to appreciate the talents of others as well !

  • vamos_rafa on July 28, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    For starters i come from india.....Well agreed that yuvraj is again an overrated player and so is ishant....well he's not gud enuff to be rated as of now.....wudn agree with u on dhoni though ...atleast he hasnt left keeping fr batting or captianing the side like u knw whom...nyways u mentioning abt sanga's double hundred spree....well agreed tht he has scored 7 200's im pretty sure that all have been in sri lanka....secondly his avg being higher that sachin's thts pretty much bolstered by the huge volumes of runs hs has made in those innings.....sach has played for 20 yrs...and done amazing thru out the 20 yrs...so thts one BIG diff.. apart frm tht SL have played a few test matches in Aus...4 have been in the last 5 yrs or so....which is comparable to india's...... and even in SA and eng...apart frm the 190 odd which was a great knock just chk out their performances u wud come to knw wat i mean here....as for mahela none of the above arguements hold true he hs simply sucked outside SL

  • harikeshan on July 28, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @vamos_rafa: u mention that Sanga & Mahela are the most over rated cricketers in the world at present, I dont know where you come from but I am sure most Cricinfo Fans will agree there are quite a few Indian Batsmen and bowlers who are over Highly rated. For example: Ishant Sharma, was paid what a Cool $1 Million for an IPL Contract and the rest is history. What about Yuvraj and Dhoni, Ohja and Harbhajan. I am sure most will agree that most home teams prepare wickets to suite their style of play. India has struggled in Australia and SA due bouncy wickets and everyone knows that. Its no use having bilateral series on a monthly basis for the sake of playing tests.

  • on July 28, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Guys who ever venerates Sachinm, think again, Sanga's average in tests is much better than him and Mahela is just caching up on him. If Sanga played the number of tests Sachim played ( 90 for Sanga and I thin 143 or so for Sachin ) Sanga would have scored more runs, more centuries than Sachin for certain. ( of course Sanga has 7 double centuries so Sachin is not leading here anyway ) and in Aussy Sanga;s average is 60.

  • KaZsa on July 28, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    @vamos_rafa - One small point. Good you mentioned 190 by sanga.And he scored that on a track which was so tough to bat on and in trying conditions.Look at how many opportunities they(Sanga and Mahela) have been given in AUS and how many sachin has had.And Sachin has only 1 double.Compared to Sanga's 7 and Mahela's 4 odd not to mention Marvan. And sachin plays in even more flatter pitches in India.Get your facts straight.

  • vamos_rafa on July 28, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    guys......imo jaya and sanga are the most over rated players in worl cricket. As a matter of fact I dont understand y wud ppl be praising this SL team this much. They have proved time and again that they can score only on feather beds. As of Mahela being as technically sound as sach(thts a joke in itself) but just as a fact Mahela has scored a total of 28 100's out of which 10 are on one single Flat track and I think he also holds an excellent record on tht flat Galle track as well. Mahela has always struglld for runs in aus, SA or eng. Te T20 WC well tht ws also in WI so the same slow low tracks. As for Sanga... well he is in the same league as of MAhela..avgs 30 arnd in SA,Eng the only exception bein an avg of 65 in Aus,but tht 190 odd bolstered the avg IMO. They are very gud players but certainly not great and no way near Sach or lara.

  • KaZsa on July 28, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Really admire the humility of the great player.I am a person who thinks Mahela didn't do justice to his talent.Specially early on in his career.But even doing so he is chasing bradman's records.What Mahela said was true about bradman and I also agree with him.But it is so nice to see sanga and Mahela chasing bradman other than any one.Sanga with his doubles..(just kidding bradman fans).Two great players of modern era.Who doesn't get the credit for being who they are.If you compare them with others,they have won more matches than any other great batsmen in the game.Even in the 374 innings Mahela was able to win the match for SL.It wasn't made to be one of those boring tests the batsmen score triples.Hope Mahela and Sanga will marvel the cricketing world a lot more and hope they will get lot more chances to bash the Aussies in their own backyard.

  • sAiyAnstAr on July 28, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    True what Mahela said about attacking bowling. It is a big score to chase regardless of the pitch and the runs still need to be made. If Sri Lanka attack from the word go it will put pressure on the batsmen to play with a little more in mind.

    I think Sehwag will score some runs because of the attacking options, but then there is always the chance of a false stroke.

    I did notice that Randiv was getting the ball to turn a little towards the end of his spell yesterday so that may be a real factor coming in to today's play.

  • whyowhy on July 28, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Why are we writing about Mahela's batting when we should be writing about what he says in the headline, the so called new look attack seems to be one down already with a side strain and one with over a half dozen no balls, I have my doubts about the new look attack worrying the Indians, this is why Sanga batted on into the twilight yesterday, without Murali and Malinga I wont be surprised if Shewag breaks Lara's record and they bat till close of play on the fifty day to return the favour to Sri Lanka - remember the meaninless score of over 900. Sanga must have had a heat stroke yesterday to bat on meaninlessly with Mahela hobbling on just wasting time. Sometimes you have to use your brains to compliment your skills boys..............

  • Lahori_Munde on July 28, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    AsrafHakh, Let Pakistan get up in top three atleast. You hope that there are no further drama from PCB and players again.

  • evenflow_1990 on July 28, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    he was very humble about taking sir don's record. its very nice to see some humility these days.

  • thenkabail on July 27, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    These high scoring tests are going to kill test cricket. There ought to be contest between bat and ball. Anytime bring in fierce 80s west Indian fast-mean bowlers. Runs scored against them meant a lot. Test cricket is fun to watch then. However, in this case it is poor quality of Indian bowling- the worst bowling attack in the world. Ishant should be dropped, Harbhajan is an over rated bowler, Ojaha is Ranji quality and should be dropped. But by all means continue Mithun. He needs to learn how to be mean. He needs to use bowncers and bowl to a mean field and create fear in batsmen. Test cricket is not for weak minded. Bring in bowlers like Unadkat, Harmeet singh, Piyush Chawla, Murali Karthik and look for those with fire in stomach. I am fed up with Indian bowlers. All credit to Sanga and Mahela. Congrtulations Sri Lanka.

  • AsrafHakh on July 27, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    good score LANKANS.... but hey im reallllllllly interested to see Pakistan vs India in a test match IN England...come on ICC make it happen..lets see who really is #1

  • satotheend on July 27, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    What a player this guy has turned out to be! He keeps on churning out the runs. Jayawardene and Sanga were brilliant and they really smashed the guts out of a VERY ORDINARY Indian bowling line-up. I believe they have to get Sehwag out and Mr. SRT if they are to stand any chance of winning this test. Its a great deck for batting BUT I believe SL will do better with the ball than India. Mendis needs to prove he can live with the legacy that Murali has left. And he bowls well at the Indians. BUT they need to get those two key men out early to have any chance. India isnt looking all that good at the moment. Their bowling is almost pathetic at times and they rely heavily on Harbhajan to spin them to victories. He is DEFINITELY not the bowler of a few years ago. They need to unearth new talents in bowling because I think they have enough decent batsmen. But to stay No. 1 in test cricket they will need to take 20 wickets. NOT WITH THIS BOWLING LINE UP!!

  • Bharat_123 on July 27, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Well come on Sehwag smack all the SL bolwers!

  • on July 27, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    dunno y i want to say this...but mahela is technically as sound as sachin or more than him....yeah i am indian and i dont regret saying this and i am big fan of tendulkar...!!! but in india many talk either about sachin or ponting or lara...but not about mahela or sanga...really they r technically the most sound batsman at present...i became a fan of mahela when T20 world cup was going on..!!!really he defined class in a different way..!!!(dont get me wrong tendulkar fans...i just told they r more technically sound..)

  • Agnar on July 27, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela will rewrite all batting records of modern times. Good luck with Indian wickets on the second day. I think SL bowlers can do better than Indians did. No doubt their excellent batting lineup will put up a good fight. Either way it is going to be interesting.

  • amilag on July 27, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    you are really a humble man. Don't worry you are legend too! I think after retirement of sachin and ponting you and sanga will sharethe crown of best batsmen in the world!

  • Lankesh35 on July 27, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Excellent point Mahela. When you are playing for your country, your team and country comes first. Not the individual records. As you say, you will have your day again and I hope and wish that day will come for you, to break Brian Lara's record. You were almost there once. You will pass him someday. Good luck Mahela.

  • on July 27, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    What an effort and achievement for Mahela. He has surpassed the record of most number of centuries scored in one venue set by Sir Don Bradman (Sir Don had scored 9 centuries in MCG) and Mahela had scored 10 centuries at the SSC. Congrats Mahela.

  • manasvi_lingam on July 27, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    The main factor will be this: 1) The performance of the Sri Lankan pacers with the old ball. 2) Mendis and Randiv: One is a debutant whereas the other has a point to prove 3) Dravid and Sehwag: One scores runs, the other bats for long periods consuming time. If both of them fire together India can escape with a draw. Other crucial people are Tendulkar and Laxman for India

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  • manasvi_lingam on July 27, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    The main factor will be this: 1) The performance of the Sri Lankan pacers with the old ball. 2) Mendis and Randiv: One is a debutant whereas the other has a point to prove 3) Dravid and Sehwag: One scores runs, the other bats for long periods consuming time. If both of them fire together India can escape with a draw. Other crucial people are Tendulkar and Laxman for India

  • on July 27, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    What an effort and achievement for Mahela. He has surpassed the record of most number of centuries scored in one venue set by Sir Don Bradman (Sir Don had scored 9 centuries in MCG) and Mahela had scored 10 centuries at the SSC. Congrats Mahela.

  • Lankesh35 on July 27, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Excellent point Mahela. When you are playing for your country, your team and country comes first. Not the individual records. As you say, you will have your day again and I hope and wish that day will come for you, to break Brian Lara's record. You were almost there once. You will pass him someday. Good luck Mahela.

  • amilag on July 27, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    you are really a humble man. Don't worry you are legend too! I think after retirement of sachin and ponting you and sanga will sharethe crown of best batsmen in the world!

  • Agnar on July 27, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela will rewrite all batting records of modern times. Good luck with Indian wickets on the second day. I think SL bowlers can do better than Indians did. No doubt their excellent batting lineup will put up a good fight. Either way it is going to be interesting.

  • on July 27, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    dunno y i want to say this...but mahela is technically as sound as sachin or more than him....yeah i am indian and i dont regret saying this and i am big fan of tendulkar...!!! but in india many talk either about sachin or ponting or lara...but not about mahela or sanga...really they r technically the most sound batsman at present...i became a fan of mahela when T20 world cup was going on..!!!really he defined class in a different way..!!!(dont get me wrong tendulkar fans...i just told they r more technically sound..)

  • Bharat_123 on July 27, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Well come on Sehwag smack all the SL bolwers!

  • satotheend on July 27, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    What a player this guy has turned out to be! He keeps on churning out the runs. Jayawardene and Sanga were brilliant and they really smashed the guts out of a VERY ORDINARY Indian bowling line-up. I believe they have to get Sehwag out and Mr. SRT if they are to stand any chance of winning this test. Its a great deck for batting BUT I believe SL will do better with the ball than India. Mendis needs to prove he can live with the legacy that Murali has left. And he bowls well at the Indians. BUT they need to get those two key men out early to have any chance. India isnt looking all that good at the moment. Their bowling is almost pathetic at times and they rely heavily on Harbhajan to spin them to victories. He is DEFINITELY not the bowler of a few years ago. They need to unearth new talents in bowling because I think they have enough decent batsmen. But to stay No. 1 in test cricket they will need to take 20 wickets. NOT WITH THIS BOWLING LINE UP!!

  • AsrafHakh on July 27, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    good score LANKANS.... but hey im reallllllllly interested to see Pakistan vs India in a test match IN England...come on ICC make it happen..lets see who really is #1

  • thenkabail on July 27, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    These high scoring tests are going to kill test cricket. There ought to be contest between bat and ball. Anytime bring in fierce 80s west Indian fast-mean bowlers. Runs scored against them meant a lot. Test cricket is fun to watch then. However, in this case it is poor quality of Indian bowling- the worst bowling attack in the world. Ishant should be dropped, Harbhajan is an over rated bowler, Ojaha is Ranji quality and should be dropped. But by all means continue Mithun. He needs to learn how to be mean. He needs to use bowncers and bowl to a mean field and create fear in batsmen. Test cricket is not for weak minded. Bring in bowlers like Unadkat, Harmeet singh, Piyush Chawla, Murali Karthik and look for those with fire in stomach. I am fed up with Indian bowlers. All credit to Sanga and Mahela. Congrtulations Sri Lanka.