India look up to Dhoni, Laxman to save 1st Test

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Galle (Sri Lanka), July 22: India are hoping that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and VVS Laxman would bat long enough, like they did against South Africa early this year, and heavens would do them a favour by opening up tomorrow to salvage the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Opener Virender Sehwag, only Indian to score a century in this Test so far, said both Dhoni and Laxman can still spoil Sri Lanka's party.

India, who ended the day at 181 for five, are still trailing by 63 runs and need to survive three sessions tomorrow to save the opening match of the three-Test series.

"Laxman and Dhoni are able to bat and we are hoping for the rain. On earlier occasion the two did bat against South Africa and we are hoping it will happen tomorrow," Sehwag said a press conference after day's play.

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