The old and the new in Sri Lankan spin bowling combined to devastating effect, to earn their side victory over India in the First Test by a whopping innings and 239 runs. (Various youtube highlights of Mendis and Murali’s wickets can be found here, here and here).
In all the fuss over Mendis, the original Sri Lankan spinning sensation may have been feeling a little left out, but his 11 wickets in this Test will be a reminder that there is a long way for Ajantha Mendis to go before he can be compared to a player of Muralitharan‘s stature.
As for India, where do they go from here? Questions will be asked of the batsmen, with only Laxman making 50 in either innings, but the bowlers who only took 6 wickets for the loss of 600 runs will also come under some pressure.