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Mendis spins a mystery

July 22, 2008

Unorthodox Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis, who has confounded batsmen with his range of variations without a perceptible change in his action, has become the talking point ahead of the Test series against India.

Mendis, 23, destroyed India with a haul of six wickets for 13 in the final of the Asia Cup and should make his Test debut in the three-match series starting on Wednesday in Colombo.

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  • "Let's face it, we were just clueless against him and his variations and it was tough on the batsmen," India's one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told a news conference following the 100-run cup defeat earlier this month.

    "We were playing him for the first time and the batsmen just couldn't pick him."

    Text: Sanjay Rajan/Reuters | Photographs: Getty Images

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