Yuvraj Singh is in the middle of an entertaining knock, 66 from 98 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes which has helped India reach 639 for 7 at Tea on Day 2. Yuvraj Singh’s slog sweep off a Muralitharan doosra over wide long on for a six was the main highlight for the batting side.
On the bowling front, Rangana Herath bowled a couple of magic balls that sneaked through the bat pad gap to clean up both MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh. Herath took a total of three wickets in that afternoon session with VVS Laxman being the first to go through an attempted lofted shot that failed to clear mid off. Laxman scored a decent 63 (from 121 balls with 5 fours) and had put on 102 runs with Yuvraj for the 5th wicket.
India have collected 104 runs in 29.4 overs at the loss of three wickets in the post lunch session. There are still 30.2 overs to be bowled in the final session, of course two of them will be deducted for innings change when Sri Lanka come out to bat at some time.
The Kanpur pitch has started to take some bite and that’s the reason why Herath got the wickets of Dhoni and Harbhajan with the ball gripping onto the dry surface. The pitch has also started to wear out a bit and has indirectly helped the ball in getting rough for the reverse swing as shown by Chanaka Welegedara. However, we could get to see reverse swing happen only tomorrow with Sri Lanka expected to play only 20 overs or so today.