Video of Rahul Dravid 144 Runs : 15 Fours : Deserving New Head Coach of India

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Kanpur, Nov 24 – 27 2009, Sri Lanka tour of India

Match Result: India won by an innings and 144 runs

Player of the Match: Sreesanth ( 5/75 & 1/47 )

Match Report: A clinical victory for the hosts, their 100th in Tests; they played their first in 1932-33 and won their first game in 1952 against England. The spinning pair of Mendis and Samaraweera kept India frustrated for well over an hour but the introduction of Yuvraj Singh into the attack broke the partnership. It’s also their third-biggest victory (in terms of runs) in Tests. India struck an early blow this morning, getting rid of Mathews, who failed to spot a slower one. 

Kumar Sangakkara | Sri Lanka captain: “It was a very good wicket. A bit in it for a few overs. It got slower and slower and made it a bit difficult to bat on. Exceptional performance by Sreesanth, great first innings by India and a poor one from us. that decided the match. We needed good partnerships; lose shots here and there, and that cost us. If the batsmen apply themselves and and occupy the crease, the the pitch is a good one to bat on. We have to be mentally strong to come back in Mumbai. We need to create chances early and take them.”

MS Dhoni | India captain: “The wicket was quite good. Nothing even close to what we played on in Ahmedabad. The grass was kept on the track throughout. It started to turn a bit on the first day and kept a little low. It was important that we got that many runs on the first day. The changes in side brought in some fresh legs, Sreesanth is one of the best reverse swing bowlers in India. Ojha had a very good debut. It was important to win this big and gain the momentum; there will be something for the fast bowlers as well as spinners in Mumbai. It’s a moment of pride for me, this 100th win, and I am honoured to be part of this side.”

Sreesanth | Man of the Match: “God’s been kind. I have lots of people to thank. Yet to read all those messages. I’m working on my pace, am trying to get it to the 145 kmph mark, I’m feeling good. I want to thank Warwickshire and the Indian board for letting me play there, I played quite a bit of domestic cricket too and learnt a lot. There is room for improvement and I want to keep on learning. “

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