Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Indians are in a huddle now. They break away. Gary Kirsten, India's coach, walks out and is enveloped by hugs from his players as they walk out. Several of you have demanded that Karthik should be sacked and Parthiv Patel given a chance. The next Test is on 8th August. I guess that will be the spot that will be discussed by the team management very seriously.

Hang on for a short while, we will bring you the quotes from the post-match ceremony.

Mahela: They played really good cricket. They knew it was a crucial game for them and came back strong. Sehwag played really well in the first innings and Harbhajan bowled well. We need to come back strongly in the next Test. 307 on this wicket was a gettable score but the middle order couldn't get it together after the three quick wickets in the top. It was a close game. Ishant showed that when you hit the deck and the right areas, questions can be asked of the batsman. It's nice to see Mendis progressing well along with Mendis. Credit to the bowlers; it's the batting that let us down.

Kumble: I always had faith in the team. We have done it {coming back from a first-Test loss] before. We have quality in the team; there is no doubt about that. Sehwag and Gambhir gave us good starts and Harbhajan bowled brilliantly. Ishant bowled really well. There are couple of areas to improve but overall very satisfied with the result. The review is a good system, there are couple of areas to look into and captains will sit together to discuss.

Man of the Match Sehwag: The double hundred came in at a good time. We needed some runs on the board. I love to bat long. When you flop in the last three innings, you need to make up. I love to play my shots; I am enjoying my cricket. I didn't feel much pressure as the captain and the coach gave me good support.

That's it from us. On behalf of the scores, Srinivas Raju and Binoy George, this is Sriram Veera, signing off. Join us on August 8th for the final Test. Good bye and good luck.

Kumble to Muralitharan, OUT, He has driven straight back to Kumble. The Indian players rush to their captain. Gambhir is the first before he darts quickly to grab a stump as souvenir. Indians have rebounded in style after the first-Test loss. The series is alive and kicking. The wonderful roller coaster of a Test has come to a halt.

M Muralitharan c & b Kumble 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kumble to Samaraweera, 1 run, leans forward to push to the yawning gap in covers for the single. Murali on strike. Will he go for his fav slog sweep?
Kumble to Samaraweera, no run,

47 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 135/9

  • Muttiah Muralitharan0 (2b)
  • Thilan Samaraweera66 (124b)
  • Harbhajan Singh14-1-51-4
  • Anil Kumble10-3-40-1
Harbhajan Singh to Muralitharan, no run, And Murali stretches forward to smother the spin. Harbhajan smiles and Murali joins in.

two forward short legs in addition to the backward short leg

Harbhajan Singh to Muralitharan, no run, leans forward to defend to silly point. Slip, short leg and backward short leg
Harbhajan Singh to Mendis, OUT, The end is near. Ten wicket haul for Harbhajan. Mendis swats a delivery turning in from short of length with bounce straight to mid-on. Poor Samaraweera is being deserted by his team-mates

BAW Mendis c Kumble b Harbhajan Singh 2 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Harbhajan Singh to Mendis, 2 runs, Unlike Vaas, he manages to avoid the pair. He was beaten in the flight here but managed to scoop it through vacant mid-off region.
Harbhajan Singh to Mendis, no run, Mendis is on the pair. Men crowd him near the bat. He leans forward to defend to the off side.
Harbhajan Singh to Samaraweera, 1 run, goes right back to punch to extra cover

Naresh: "Zaheer Khan was demoted to No. 11 for his atrocious shot when he needed to support Sehwag in the first innings. I think Prasanna Jayawardane needs the same medicine. What was he thinking, new at the crease with a 7-2 onside field?"

46 | (wicket maiden) | SL: 132/8

  • Thilan Samaraweera65 (123b)
  • Anil Kumble10-3-40-1
  • Harbhajan Singh13-1-48-3
Kumble to Kulasekara, OUT, Kumble hastens the end. It was flighted on the middle and leg line, the batsman tried to turn it through the on side and got a leading edge to Ishant at mid-off.

KMDN Kulasekara c Sharma b Kumble 1 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Kumble to Kulasekara, no run, some turn there again, defended on the front foot
Kumble to Kulasekara, no run, defended to the leg side
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Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

1st4MG VandortSM Warnapura
2nd1KC SangakkaraMG Vandort
3rd5DPMD JayawardeneMG Vandort
4th27TT SamaraweeraMG Vandort
5th76TM DilshanTT Samaraweera
6th17TT SamaraweeraHAPW Jayawardene
7th1WPUJC VaasTT Samaraweera
8th1TT SamaraweeraKMDN Kulasekara
9th3TT SamaraweeraBAW Mendis
10th1M MuralitharanTT Samaraweera