Sreesanth after a lot of bad luck managed to pick up his second five-wicket haul and in the process has put Sri Lanka on the brink of a follow on. The fast bowler used reverse swing to good effect to take two wickets in the afternoon session while debutant Pragyan Ojha got the big fish Mahela Jayawardene. Sri Lanka are in desperate trouble of losing this Test Match at a first innings score of 219 for 8. They are trailing behind India by 423 runs.
The afternoon session seemed to go Sri Lanka’s way with Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene going for a slight counter attack to put the Indian bowlers off their radar. Sreesanth was given the ball in the second half of the session and he came up with the wicket of Prasanna Jayawardene. It was a slightly short and wide delivery from Sreesanth in the 67th over to which Prasanna Jayawardene (39 from 74 balls with 4 fours and a six) went after with a one handed cut but only to get the faintest of nicks to the keeper. The two Jayawardenes had put on 60 runs for the 6th wicket this time.
In the 72nd over, Mahela Jayawardene feeling the need of getting some quick runs holed out to Tendulkar at mid on to present Pragyan Ojha with his maiden wicket. Mahela fell for a lucky 47 from 125 balls (with 6 fours) in an innings that had atleast two dropped chances. Ojha had to wait for 18 overs patiently to get his first wicket. Sreesanth got his well deserved fifth wicket when he changed to over the sticks and bowled a magic ball that pitched on middle and swung away just a bit to hit the off stump of the left handed Herath. Sreesanth’s figures so far are 22-4-75-5.
There is no batting left for the Lankans in their first innings and they will surely fall short of the follow on target of 443. They have batted for 77 overs in this innings and Dhoni may look to enforce the follow on as the bowlers would get enough rest this evening.