Three tons take Sri Lanka to 422/4

Sri Lankan batsmen dominated the second day of the Colombo Test as Indian bowlers could pick just two wickets.

updated: July 27, 2008 17:46 IST
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New Delhi:

Sri Lankan batsmen really made merry on the second day of the Colombo Test as three of them made hundreds against India at the Sinhalese Sports Complex.

Malinda Warnapura, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera slammed centuries and took Sri Lanka's score to 422 runs at the loss of four wickets.

Warnpura made 115 runs with the help of 14 boundaries. He was dismissed by Harbhajan Singh when Dravid caught him at the first slip. After his dismissal, Jayawardene and Samaraweera added 148 runs for the fourth wicket. Ishant Sharma finally broke the partnership.

Jayawardene (136) played a captain's knock and struck his twenty-third Test century on Day 2 before Dinesh Karthik caught him behind the wicket. This was Mahela's fourth consecutive hundred in Colombo. He equaled Sir Don Bardman's record of four consecutive centuries on any ground. This was also his fourth hundred against India.

Even after Jayawardene departed, Samaraweera continued the assault and reached his seventh and subdued hundred.

The second day also saw the usage of the 'Referral System'. India used the referral system for the first time against Malinda Warnapura. Harbhajan Singh's delivery hit his pad but it appeared to be going towards the leg-side. Umpire mark Benson turned down the appeal and India captain Anil Kumble unsuccessfully referred the decision to the Third Umpire Rudi Koertzen. India can now have two more unsuccessful referrals in the innings.

Tillakratne Dilshan also used it when he was given out by umpire Benson and the ruling went in his favour.

Day 1 Highlights

Heavy rains and soggy field delayed play's start by five hours. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

Indian pacers struck early and picked two wickets. Ishant Sharma dismissed MG Vandort for three runs while Zaheer Khan scalped Kumar Sangakkara's wicket for 12 runs.

Malinda Warnapura slammed a 74-ball fifty.