Sehwag, Gambhir get India off to a flyer in second test

KANPUR, India - Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir both scored unbeaten half-centuries to spur India to 131 without loss at lunch on the first day of the second test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Sehwag survived a dropped catch to reach 70 not out while the in-form Gambhir made it 59 after India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss.

Sehwag had just one run to his name when he edged left-arm paceman Chanaka Welegedara behind but Mahela Jayawardene dropped the low chance after being blinded by diving wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene.

That was the only real opportunity Sri Lanka created in the opening session as their bowlers were left to toil on a Green Park pitch that offered little encouragement to either the pacemen or spinners.

After a slow start, Sehwag was soon into his stride, hitting eight fours and two sixes, while Gambhir followed up his 114 in the drawn first test in Ahmedabad, with seven boundaries.

Sehwag hit three early boundaries off Welegadara then four in a row off all-rounder Angelo Mathews and two sixes off leg spinner Ajantha Mendis, who was chosen as a replacement for injured paceman Dhammika Prasad.

India made two changes from the previous game. They left out paceman Ishant Sharma and included Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and gave a test debut to left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who came in for leg spinner Amit Mishra.