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Friday, 01 August 2008

India's Virender Sehwag (R) plays a boundary as Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene looks on during their second test cricket match in Galle, July 31, 2008. REUTERS, GALLE, Sri Lanka - Opener Virender Sehwag scored an aggressive 91 to help India to 151 without loss on the first day of the second test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Sehwag's explosive innings, which came from 82 balls and included 14 fours and a six, was supported by Gautam Gambhir, who reached lunch on 50 not out.

The openers gave India a perfect start after their humiliating innings defeat last week in Colombo, pushing the Sri Lanka bowlers onto the back-foot with their positive approach.

Sri Lanka's new-ball bowlers, particularly Nuwan Kulasekera, beat the bat early on with some decent movement but were unable to capitalise on the early moisture in the pitch.

They were left ruing a dropped chance when Gambhir, on 13, slashed at a wide delivery and wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene dived one-handed, distracting Kumar Sangakara at first slip.

Even when the home side turned to their spin pair Ajanatha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan, who shared 19 wickets in the first test, Sehwag continued to attack, although he survived a fright just before lunch when an edge flew past Mahela Jayawardene at first slip.

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