2nd Test India v/s Sri Lanka at Galle starts on Jul 31- Aug 4, 2008
Match scheduled to begin at 10:15 local time (04:45 GMT)
Sri Lankan selectors have added Dammika Prasad, a right-arm fast-medium bowler to the squad for the second Test against India starting at Galle on Thursday.
Selection committee sources said they need a quick bowler who can beat the bat quite often and it was with this in mind they had added the 25-year-old Prasad to the squad. Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Kulasekara, the new-ball bowlers for the first Test, are among the slowest Sri Lanka have had in recent times.
On the other hand Indian players have been seen working on their fielding lapses.
Robin Singh, India’s fielding coach, says India’s close-in catching will improve in the next Test with the team working on it in the nets. Dropped catches affected India’s performance in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
India lost the first Test by an innings and 239 runs and conceded 600 runs in the first innings where four Sri Lankans scored centuries. Mahela Jayawardene, the top scorer with 136, was dropped by wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik on 55 and 96 while Thilan Samaraweera, the next highest scorer with 127, was dropped by Gautam Gambhir at short leg when he was on 53.
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