Lankans made a strong comeback - Bayliss
Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss said that his team had shown a great
amount of character in staging a comeback on the opening day of the
second test match against the touring Indian team at the Galle
International Stadium yesterday.
After an opening partnership of 167 runs Sri Lanka came back into
recognition by capturing four quick wickets during the final session and
to share the honours on a day which was severely interrupted due to bad
In fact Bayliss noted that the three hour break due to bad weather
helped his team to regroup and rethink and to launch a counter attack
successfully through their pace spin combination of Chaminda Vaas and
Bayliss said that this pair was able to change the complexion of the
game after they were somewhat outplayed during the opening session of
play through a century partnership between Virender Sehwag and Gautham
The Sri Lanka coach said that Vaas’ effort was even more significant
because the left arm seamer was toiling hard on a flat wicket. He said
that Mendis is always willing to learn and received lot of help from the
wicket which was taking some turn during the latter stages of the game.
Bayliss added that even Nuwan Kulasekera bowled pretty well early on
but was really unfortunate to have ended up wicketless from his eight
overs that cost him 40 runs.
He said that had the bowlers captured a couple of more wickets before
stumps his team would have been right on top but believed that the game
is almost even with Sri Lanka looking to pick up the remaining six
Indian wickets for a low score.