Day 3, Galle

It was an intriguing day of test match cricket at Galle. Muralitharan who went past Warnie yesterday for the record of most maiden overs in tests, bowled a spell of nearly thirty overs. That meant that the Kiwis were facing him at one end continuously for nearly two sessions on a rain curtailed day. And that marathon spell produced just three Kiwi wickets. So three Kiwi wickets from 36 Murali overs in Galle speaks volumes of New Zealand’s want of spending time in the middle.

  McIntosh played a brilliant knock. It was classic test match opening batting. He would have never faced this kind of music in his life. Saqlain Mushtaq seems to have helped a lot but in the end it’s the batsman’s temperament which is going to save him.When did we last watch so much of grit from a Kiwi opening batsman? Mark Richardson? Mathew Bell? 

 One opening slot well and truly belongs to McIntosh now. Guptill is good enough to seal the other. Jamie How and  Aaron Redmond are going to give him a good run. I’d like to see Guptill establish himself.

  Taylor played a fighting knock as well, although he had his share of luck. Theres no doubting his class. He belongs to the No. 4 league with Clarke, Pietersen, Jayawardene, and Yousuf. He was a little Rohit Sharma of New Zealand last year, struggling for consistency but he’s been playing good long knocks of late.

  The commentators at cricinfo were predicting a quick fire knock from Jesse Ryder but he too displayed commendable temperament, realizing the gravity of the situation. While McCullum missed out, Jakes was unlucky to be given out that way.

  Two hard days at the office coming up for the visitors

Looking forward to a Lankan batting collapse tomorrow at the hands of Dan and Jeets

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