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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Sri Lanka hang on - Mumbai fourth day

The Indian team wanted to wrap the series and the No.1 ranking by today. They got the prize wicket of Dilshan very early in the day - this must have brightened their hopes of an early close. But, Paranavitana and Sangakkara thought otherwise. They played really well to negate whatever the Indians could throw at them. Until Sreesanth was brought into the attack.

If Sreesanth can continue his good behavior and great form on the field, he can be the best bowler in the world - his talent is such. He also needs to improve his consistency in bowling - mixing ordinary balls with great ones seems to be his forte. In the morning, he made the batsmen play to his tune and took the wicket of the other opener.

Sangakkara has struggled always in his Indian sojourn and he was determined to bow out on a high. He played all the bowlers with the respect their balls deserved and nothing more. As the day grew, his confidence returned and he seemed to be nearing his best form.

The other batsmen who had to support him - Mahela Jayawardene and Samaraweera - disappointed. Samaraweera seems to have a problem with the short ball, which justifies his good record on the subcontinent and average one outside.

Matthews and Prasanna could not repeat their erstwhile heroics and left Sangakkara high and dry. Kulasekara gave good company to Kumar till the end of day.

The Indians should feel disappointed that the match was not completed today. Their bowlers tried their best but could not breakthrough when required. Harbhajan bowled a good spell in the morning but became average as the shadows lengthened. Zaheer and Ojha did a good job but even they could not beat Sangakkara. MS Dhoni was guilty of not utilizing his part-time bowlers a bit more.

The Session Dashboard is still in favor of the Indians - a quick wrap-up tomorrow will seize the match.

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