At least now, can we expect better?
Now that is good news indeed. MS Dhoni has had a plethora of excuses at the end of the first Test match in Galle about how the swing of Lasith Malinga was the reason behind their loss in the game. It has not been declared that Malinga has been declared unfit for the second Test match and will miss the game.
So, with Muralitharan out of the series with his retirement, and Malinga injured, India will be facing a virtually second-string attack. Can we expect a better performance from the Indian batting now?
No, not that one expects the side to win the game. Because to win a Test match, they will need to get the opposition out twice, and with the kind of bowling line-up that India has, it is almost impossible to expect that.
But, can we at least expect a draw? With a batting line-up like the one India has, it is a surprise that the side managed to capitulate twice in two days, but now that they are being helped with a reduced bowling, one can at least hope for that much. No?