New Delhi:On a rain-marred first day of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka in Galle, the visitors were 214/4 at stumps with the help of Virender Sehwag's century.
After a solid start, India lost the wickets of Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly within three overs.
Prior to this collapse, Sehwag shone with bat as he slammed 15th hundred of his Test career. He achieved this feat with the help of 15 fours and two sixes. His partner Gautam Gambhir failed to turn his fifty into the three-digit score and fell to Mendis for 56 runs. The duo made a 167-run partnership for the first wicket.
Mendis hit Gambhir's pad with a straight delivery that was caught by the silly point fielder. Gambhir asked for the referral and was given LBW out by the third umpire. Rahul Dravid (2), who took the crease after Gambhir's dismissal, soon walked back to the pavilion as Mendis got his man for the third time in the series.
Chaminda Vaas, exploiting the moist conditions after the rain, claimed Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in the same over. Sachin made five runs while Ganguly went without scoring.
Earlier, India had elected to bat first and raced to 151 runs without any wicket loss at lunch. Heavy rain held the play for more than three hours. The umpires had decided to extend the play till 6.45 p.m. to accommodate at least 28 overs but bad light compelled them to call it a day. Match will start thirty minutes early on Day 2 of the Test match.
Sri Lanka are leading the three-match Test series 1-0. In their first Test match at Colombo, Sri Lanka had bundled India within four days to record a win by an innings and 239 runs.
India: Anil Kumble (Captain), Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Ishant Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar.
Sri Lanka: MG Vandort, BSM Warnapura, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakratne Dilshan, HAPW Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan.