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Herath takes five but India post big total

November 25, 2009

Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath removed India’s middle and lower order in the second test of the three-match series in Kanpur today. The home side were all out for 642, having been 613-4.

Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath, who finished with figures of 5-122

India’s top three all made centuries – Gautam Gambhir top scoring with 167, ably assisted by Virender Sehwag (131) and Rahul Dravid (144). Dravid’s knock was his 28th test century, and he is now the 4th highest test run scorer in history.

Herath, who made his test debut ten years ago and enjoyed a short spell with Surrey this September, finished with 5-122 in his twentieth test match.

Sri Lanka lost Tillekaratne Dilshan first ball as the second day ended with the visitors 66-1,  a long way from India’s imposing total. 

India's Rahul Dravid salutes the crowd after making his 28th test century - Getty

India’s centurion Gambhir is confident of a positive result in his side’s favour: “There’s only one team that can lose from this situation and that’s Sri Lanka. If we bowl well, we’re favourites in this game. They need 450 to avoid the follow-on. As long as they’re short of that, they’ll be in danger. And on this pitch, 450 is a lot of runs.”

The first test last week ended in a draw, with only two-and-a-half innings played as 1,598 runs were scored for the loss of only 21 wickets over the five days.

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