Sri Lanka may have rubber wristed spinners, but as Dileep Premachandran puts it, the Indians have bounced back big. A huge victory for India. Sehwag, Harbhajan, Gambhir, and of course Ishant Sharma all had roles to play in the comeback series leveller. Samir Chopra is glad that Sehwag's battling double century didn't go to waste as all the other batsmen fell to Mendis:
Phew. So India didn't waste Sehwag's classic 201 in the Galle Test
(this is only the third time that India have won a test in which Sehwag
has scored a ton; a more criminal waste of a cricketer's contributions
would be hard to find).
Srikanth, tongue firmly in cheek, suggests that Delhi beat the Lankans:
The two Delhi openers and their opening fast bowler (on the final day)
with a significant contribution from their Punjabi neighbor won the
test for India handsomely. The Sri Lankan batting looked very ordinary
on the final day as the Indians through some lethal pace bowling and
good catching ran through the line up. It was a good team performance
on the final day but it is impossible not to recognize that this test
match was hardly an Indian victory but for the fact that Sehwag single
handled carried the Indian batting.
Five days to Colombo and the series' decider.