2nd Test, Galle, Jul 31 - Aug 3 2008, India tour of Sri Lanka
329 & 269
(47.3 ov, target 307)
292 & 136
India won by 170 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Ishant inspires India to series-levelling win

On a pitch and in a series where the fast bowlers have only been making up the numbers, a hostile and quick Ishant Sharma helped India seal an incredible comeback

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Scorecard summary
India329(82 overs)1st Innings
Sri Lanka292(93.3 overs)1st Innings
India269(76.2 overs)2nd Innings
Sri Lanka136(47.3 overs)2nd Innings

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
end of over 473 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 135/9CRR: 2.87 
Muttiah Muralitharan0 (2)
Thilan Samaraweera66 (124)
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?"

end of over 46Wicket maiden
SL: 132/8CRR: 2.86 
Thilan Samaraweera65 (123)
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
Kumble to Kulasekara, no run
goes back to cut to point
Kumble to Kulasekara, no run
big turn and kept low. I reckon it's the biggest Kumble has ever turned the ball. It landed around middle, perhaps even middle and leg stump and turned big well outside the off stump and hit the right boot of Karthik.
Kumble to Kulasekara, no run
outside the off stump, left alone
end of over 452 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 132/7CRR: 2.93 
Thilan Samaraweera65 (123)
Nuwan Kulasekara1 (2)
Harbhajan Singh13-1-48-3
Ishant Sharma15-8-20-3

Tariq:: "Need clarification regarding events related to ball 40.1 of SL's second innings on which batsman asked for a review of lbw decision although there is no mention of batsman having being given out."

I had written that the batsman has asked for the review and assumed it made clear that he was given out by the umpire and so he asked for the Review. Apologies if it wasn't clear.

Harbhajan Singh to Samaraweera, no run
gets forward to defend
Harbhajan Singh to Samaraweera, no run
outside the off stump, left alone
Harbhajan Singh to Kulasekara, 1 run
Best performances - batsmen
V Sehwag
201 runs (231)
22 fours
4 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
81 runs
9 fours
0 sixes
DPMD Jayawardene
86 runs (188)
10 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
23 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Harbhajan Singh
BAW Mendis
Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossIndia , elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Virender Sehwag
Series result3-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 1884
Hours of play (local time)09.45am start, Lunch 12.15-12.55pm, Tea 2.55-3.15pm, Close 5.45pm
Match days31 July, 1,2,3 August 2008 (5-day match)
Rudi Koertzen
Billy Doctrove
TV Umpire
Mark Benson
Reserve Umpire
Gamini Dissanayake
Match Referee
Alan Hurst