Saturday, August 2, 2008

Sri Lanka vs India 2nd Test 2008: Harbhajan Singh fightback India team

Before the start of first test, it was heard that Sri Lanka vs India three-match test series will be dominated by spinners in both side. However, the poor performance of India team in both batting and bowling side frustrated the cricket fans that no one could expect either. First test was dominated by spinners but it was from Sri Lanka side. It was spin mystery bowler debutant Ajantha Mendis who was under the guidance of bowling great Muttiah Muralitharan. Both suffered India’s star-studded top order. Now, India team is playing second test at the Galle International Stadium with the target of bounce back in the series winning the second test. In reply to India’s first inning of total 329, Sri Lanka got under pressure losing top five wickets within 215 needing more 114 runs trail. Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene (46) and Prasana Jayawardene (5) were at stumps at the end of second day.

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh broke the backbone of Sri Lanka team after taking top four wickets for 71 in the final session. Come back bowler Zaheer Khan first break through the wicket. After losing first wicket of Michael Vandort in the first over, both Malinda Warnapura and Kumar Sangakkara had put on 133 runs in second wicket stand. After the end of second wicket stand others three wicket lost for 55 runs. Harbhajan claimed top four wickets of Malinda Warnapura, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

His destructive bowling action leads India fight back.

However, the danger man Mahela Jayawardene is still in crease. His slow and steady mood can change the match result. India team is not save until he will stay in stumps. It depends on bowlers how fast they can take his wicket. Can India win the second test match? I hope they can.
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