Sehwag Blitzkrieg Sets Up Indian Response

Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag

The Lankan batsmen had done all the toil on the Day 1 as they piled up 293 runs on the first day of the P Sara Oval Test. Starting Day two with eyes set on a mammoth total, the men from the emerald isle had things going just as the doctor had ordered. Within 12 balls into second day’s play they reached 300 runs with six batsmen still in the dugout.

Pragyan Ojha who after being a dud in the previous Test got some sweet revenge as he trapped Angelo Matthews plumb before the wicket, giving India its first reason to celebrate for the day. With the fall of Matthews the 89 run stand between Matthews and Samaraweera came to an end with the Lankan scorecard reading 330. Who would have thought that India would turn the Lankan tables on their head as the next five wickets fell like a pack of cards as India wrapped up the remaining batting firepower adding just 95 runs more. The bowling duo of Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha – both under constant scrutiny for their lackluster performance so far made a comeback as they ensured no further resistance from the Lankan tail as seen in the first test at Galle.

Signs were encouraging for the Lankan bowlers as the swing had been favoring the Indian bowlers. But Virender Sehwag made his intentions known – that for him it was just another ball to be sent beyond the ropes. With an all out attacking tactic Sehwag for a moment made his teammates confuse whether he was playing the shorter format of the game.

The Lankan bowlers had no other option than to target the extra cautious Murali Vijay who initially was just an onlooker as Sehwag made merry with the Lankan bowling. Vijay fell victim to a Malinga delivery, nicking one to Mendis. Out for a patient 35 ball 14 Vijay’s dismissal brought an end to the 49 run opening stand. The next plan in the Lankan scheme of things was to frustrate the man from Najafgarh with short deliveries outside leg to lure him into giving away to the man in Gully or Point. Matthews and Welegedera kept on with this tactic of theirs but were mercilessly punished with boundaries all over the ground, with Sehwag developing a special liking to welegedera’s bowling that lacked the necessary pace.

The hosts had their momentary shot at joy when they dismissed Dravid after he had scored a pacy 26 ball 23. But the next pair of Sachin and Sehwag batted with flair and collected runs from every corner of the ground. Tendulkar was quite amused to play anchor to Sehwag’s heroics as the duo plundered runs and remained unbeaten on a partnership of 88 runs at end of day’s play.

On second day of play Sri Lanka had piled enough on the board to keep the Indian batsmen in a sticky position but were unfortunate enough to run into Virender Sehwag who singlehandedly with his 87 ball 97 changed the fortunes India’s way as they piled 180 for two after 35 overs of play.

By: Soubhik Ray

Tags: , , , , , ,

The Sports Mirror

Author:

Articles written by "The Sports Mirror" are compiled by various authors and then put online to give you the very best from all the worlds. The Sports Mirror is a comprehensive website on sports in India and provides detailed information on Indian sports scenario and famous Indian sportsmen.

Cricket

Anil Kumble inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame 2015

Anil Kumble inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame 2015

Posted by: Atish Home Chowdhury on March 3rd, 2015

Former Indian test skipper Anil Kumble has been honored with the rare feat of being inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame at an official function held in M ..

Football

UEFA Champions League round of 16: Two of the most stunning games

UEFA Champions League round of 16: Two of the most stunning games

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 27th, 2015

It looks like Arsenal will again make their exit in the round of 16 for the fifth year in a row, after their loss against Monaco of 3-1. The hurdle for Arsenal ..

Tennis

Cidade de Goa Open Tennis Tournament 2015 Finals today

Cidade de Goa Open Tennis Tournament 2015 Finals today

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 21st, 2015

Goa, 22nd February, 2015: The Cidade de Goa Open Tennis Tournament 2015 organised in association with the Goa State Tennis Association (GSTA) and Cidade de Goa ..

F1

High Speed Action shifts to Capital for the penultimate round of the 17th JK Tyre Racing Championship

High Speed Action shifts to Capital for the penultimate round of the 17th JK Tyre Racing Championship

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on November 7th, 2014

New Delhi: The Buddh International Circuit would once again reverberate with the sound of high-power engines going full throttle and the smell of burning rubber ..

Boxing

Sachin Tendulkar meets Sarita Devi

Sachin Tendulkar meets Sarita Devi

Posted by: Atish Home Chowdhury on January 16th, 2015

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar met the ace Indian boxer Sarita Devi at his home in Mumbai and wished her success for future matches. The Manipuri athlete was r ..

Other Sports

Mandar Divse (10km Men) and Nikita Prabhu (10km Women) win the coveted “Swimmathon 2015”

Mandar Divse (10km Men) and Nikita Prabhu (10km Women) win the coveted “Swimmathon 2015”

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on March 2nd, 2015

Almost 600 swimmers from across the country participated in India’s most awaited open water swimming event, Swimmathon 2015. Athletes in various categories ..

One stop guide to all the sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world. A true reflection of sports.

Copyright © 2012 | The Sports Mirror