India fought back in dramatic style after a humiliating loss in the first Test by beating Sri Lanka by a massive 170 runs in the second Test at the Galle International Cricket Ground on Sunday. >
India had won the toss and captain, Anil Kumble has opted to bat hoping to set a target of 350 or 400 runs in the first innings. The first day saw openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put together a total of 167 runs and getting to an awesome start. After a brief stoppage the match continued and Sehwag went on to make his 15th Test century. Mendis however put a stop to the raging duo and claimed Gambhir to an lbw which was given out after a video referral asked by Gambhir. India soon lost their star players Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly for just 2, 5 and 0 runs respectively. By the end the rain drenched day, the Sri Lankans’ had claimed 4 wickets to restrict Inida to 214 runs built by V.V.S Laxman and Sehwag.
The second day saw Virender Sehwag, continue his command from the first day and resume his 128, while wickets fell over at the other end with spinner Ajantha Mendis claiming his career-best of six wickets for 117 runs. Sehwag went on to score a double century, the first one by an Indian against Sri Lanka. Sehwag and Laxman who shared 100 runs were the obvious saviors as after Laxman’s dismissal India struggled and lost 5 wickets to score the last 51 runs and make a total of 329 runs. Sehwag remained unbeaten at the wicket and became the second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to bat throughout an entire innings. The second day saw the hosts close the day at 215 runs for 5 wickets with Harbhajan Singh claiming 4 and giving away just 71 runs.
The third day after Sri Lanka closed their first innings with 292 runs with Mahela Jayawardene contributing with a stylish 86 runs. Harbhajan picked up 2 more wickets before lunch. India came on to bat after lunch and did not loose their first wicket till 144 runs. Sehwag scored another half century and Gambhir scored 74 runs. The Indians finished 200 runs before the match was stopped due to bad light.
The fourth day of the test match saw the Indians score 69 more runs to total 269 runs in their second innings. Sri Lanka found themselves pursuing a target of 307 runs to win in the second innings, however lost their way early on, losing four opening wickets for 37 runs. Thilan Samaraweera and Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 76 run partnership seemed to revive the innings as the Sri Lankans wound up for tea at 109-4, however Harbhajan hit soon after the break and had Dilshan lbw at 38 runs, triggering an abrupt collapse by the tail. Thilan Samaraweera’s 67 not out knock was the only best part for the hosts who submitted tamely against the destructive Indian bowling. Samaraweera played 126 balls and hit 8 fours as the wickets kept tumbling at the other end. India bowled the last five Sri Lankan wickets for just six runs to win the second Test by 170 runs.
Virender Sehwag who hit an unbeaten 201 in the first innings and pursued it with a 50 in the second innings was named the Man of the Match. Harbhajan Singh claimed a total of 10 wickets in the match and recorded his fifth 10 wicket match feat. Sri Lankan, Ajantha Mendis also recorded a total of 10 wickets.
The 3 match series stood leveled with a win each. The 3rd test of the series will begin on 08th August.