KANPUR, November 25, 2009 (AFP) – Venkatsai Laxman and Yuvraj Singh stroked half-centuries as India reached 642 all out shortly after tea on the second day of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Wednesday. Laxman (63) hit five fours on the way to his 41st Test half-century while Yuvraj cracked four boundaries and two sixes in his 67-run knock to enthrall a strong 25,000 crowd at the Green Park stadium.
The pair also shared 102 runs for the fifth wicket before Laxman was caught by Tillakaratne Dilshan off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath (5-121).
Herath struck again twice, bowling Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh through the gate to bring some cheer to the Sri Lankan camp in the post-lunch session.
Laxman and the left-handed Yuvraj dominated the second session, mixing caution with aggression in right measure.
Yuvraj got down on his knees to launch Muttiah Muralitharan for a huge six over long-on before smacking Ajantha Mendis for two fours in an over, underlining India’s dominance over the spinners on the placid track.
Laxman survived a strong appeal for leg before wicket off Herath although TV replays showed the ball would have clipped his leg-stump.