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Scoreline: SL 256/2 Sangakkara 103 (145), Paranavitana 110 no (229)
Having just watched the Aus-Pak Lord’s test, the conditions and bowling here felt like a long funeral procession for testcricket with a drunk Ishanth Sharma assaulting the marching band while insisting on unsteadily leading them with loud interludes from a stolen vuvuzela.
Could/Should Sri Lanka have plundered this unstoppable bowling juggernaut, even more. Probably yes. But then again, you had two centuries on a curtailed day, Sanga’s strike rate was more than decent, Paranavitana’s still trying to get commentators to pronounce his name right, the SL bowling’s certain to be better and the pitch expected to break up on the final days – so all things considered, this test should liven up soon.
For India, Mithun was a little better than on his ODI debut though to be fair to someone making his debut, a little more assistance would serve better insights into his abilities.
C’mon man, Ishanth. Do something besides deathly stares and getting manly-love from Yuvraj. It’s tiring having to make do with reruns of you from 3 years back in Oz.