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IND v SL, 1st Test, Colombo, Day 4: India crash to big defeat after Murali-Mendis magic (1:0)

Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis made a mockery of India's strong batting reputation as Sri Lanka won the opening Test by a record innings and 239 runs at Colombo on Saturday.
Maverick off-spinner Muralitharan finished the match with 11 wickets as India were shot out for 138 in their second innings after conceding a lead of 377 on the fourth day. He was brilliantly supported by debutant Mendis, an unorthodox spinner with plenty of variation, who took eight wickets in the match to also play a crucial role in his team's victory with a day to spare.
It was Sri Lanka's biggest win over India in 27 Tests, the previous being by an innings and 77 runs at the same venue in 2001. The Indian batsmen, always considered better against spin than pace, looked clueless against the Sri Lankan spin duo, who kept striking at regular intervals even on an easy-paced track.
The tourists lost 14 wickets against spin in the day, including four in the first innings. None of the Indian batsmen could read the spin duo as the tourists' second innings lasted just 45 overs, with man-of-the-match Muralitharan grabbing 6-26 and Mendis 4-60 during their almost unplayable spells.
India were earlier bowled out for 223 in their first innings in reply to the hosts' massive 600-6 declared.
IND v SL, 1st Test, Colombo, Day 4: Sri Lanka 600-6 dec beat India 223 & 138 by an innings and 239 runs

IND v SL, 1st Test, Colombo, Day 3: India hope to avoid embarrassing follow-on

Muttiah Muralitharan shattered India's star-studded top order Friday with four wickets to put Sri Lanka firmly in command of the first test.
India closed the third day's play at 159-6 in reply to the hosts' 600-6 declared - a score that included a Sri Lankan record-equalling four centuries. India needs a further 241 runs to avoid the follow-on, with just four lower order wickets in hand.
Muralitharan took four for 38, picking up the wickets of opener Gautam Gambhir (39), Sachin Tendulkar (27), Sourav Ganguly (23) and Dinesh Karthik (9). Opener Virender Sehwag (25) was the first man out after a typically hard-hitting innings that had one too many aggressive shots, caught at deep square leg off seamer Nuwan Kulasekara. India went to tea at a decent 72-1, but five wickets fell in the final session to put the tourists in trouble.
The collapse began soon after tea with Gambhir driving in the air against Muralitharan to be caught at short mid-wicket by Thilan Samaraweera. Spinner Ajantha Mendis, on Test debut, bowled Rahul Dravid for 14 after the ball pitched on leg stump and turned to brush off stump.
Tendulkar, who came to the crease needing 172 runs to take the world record for most Test runs from former West Indies captain Brian Lara, misread a straight ball from Muralitharan and was bowled off an inside edge. Ganguly tried to hit Muralitharan across the line, but top-edged his sweep and was caught in the deep by Nuwan Kulasekara.
At stumps, V.V.S Laxman was on 19 with captain Anil Kumble on 1.
IND v SL, 1st Test, Colombo, Day 3: Sri Lanka 600-6 dec v India 159-6

IND v SL, 1st Test, Colombo, Day 2: Dilshan earns reprieve under Test cricket review trial

Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan on Thursday became the first beneficiary of an experimental rule allowing players to seek a second opinion on umpiring decisions in Test cricket.
Dilshan was initially given out caught behind off left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan by umpire Mark Benson of England, but asked the official to review the decision on the second day of the first Test against India at Colombo. Benson consulted TV umpire Rudi Koertzen of South Africa before changing his decision as the ball had not touched the bat. Dilshan was then on one.
The rule is on trial in the current three-Test series. A batsman or fielding captain can request a review of any decision by referring it to the third official monitoring television replays. Each team is allowed three unsuccessful review requests per innings but if one is successful they will get an additional appeal.
India made two unsuccessful leg-before appeals against Sri Lankans Malinda Warnapura and Dilshan off spinner Harbhajan Singh. Left-handed opener Warnapura was on 86 and Dilshan on 19 when India captain Anil Kumble asked Benson to review the initial not-out decisions. Benson was proved right on both the occasions after consulting the TV umpire.
Warnapura went on to score 115, his second century in five Tests before falling in the afternoon session. Dilshan was unbeaten on 20 as Sri Lanka reached 422-4 in their first innings at stumps.
IND v SL, 1st Test, Colombo, Day 2: Sri Lanka 422-4 v India

IND v SL, 1st Test, Colombo, Day 1: Rain curtails play on the first day

Sri Lankan opener Malinda Warnapura defied India's attack with an unbeaten half-century on the opening day of the rain-hit first Test on Wednesday.
The hosts lost two wickets cheaply after electing to bat in overcast conditions, but left-handed Warnapura (50 not out) helped his team reach 85-2 in the first innings at stumps. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene was the other not-out batsman on 16 when play was called off due to bad light with 20 overs remaining. No play was possible before tea because of the rain. Indian fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan shared the wickets.
Sri Lanka's latest spin sensation Ajantha Mendis made his Test debut, just a few weeks after leading his side to victory with a six-wicket haul against India in the Asia Cup final in Karachi early this month.
IND v SL, 1st Test, Colombo, Day 1: Sri Lanka 85-2 v India

IND v SL, 1st Test, Colombo: Umpire challenge system, Tendulkar batting record draws focus in Sri Lanka-India test series

The test series between Sri Lanka and India could be pivotal for three reasons: the umpire challenge system going on trial, Sachin Tendulkar targeting a batting world record and spin bowling sensation Ajantha Mendis making his debut.
The three-test series beginning Wednesday at Sinhalese Sport Club will for the first time allow players to challenge umpiring decisions and have them referred to TV replays. The system takes the lead of tennis, which has used a similar challenge system to challenge decisions in Grand Slams since 2006.
Mendis who became an instant star with his stunning bowling return of 6-13 in the Asia Cup final against India earlier this month is very likely to make his test debut Wednesday. With its bowling attack weakened through injury to Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando and Farveez Maharoof, Sri Lanka has named Mendis as a second specialist spinner alongside veteran Muttiah Muralitharan in a 14-member squad. Mendis' six wickets in a 100-run win over India helped Sri Lanka defend the Asia Cup limited-overs title in Pakistan earlier this month. He has so far played in eight limited-overs internationals and taken 20 wickets.
The Indians are confident of giving him a tougher initiation in the test arena. Kumble said India's test batting order, featuring Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and V.V.S.Laxman, has enough quality and experience to tackle all the Sri Lankan bowlers — particularly Mendis. Kumble was expecting, as usual, the main threat from Sri Lanka to come from Muralitharan, the world's leading test wicket taker, and veteran paceman Chaminda Vaas.
Tendulkar, returning to the test side after a groin injury, is set to overtake former West Indies captain Brian Lara as test cricket's leading run scorer during the series. The 35-year-old has 11,782 test runs and needs 172 more to surpass Lara. Kumble indicated Tendulkar would be among six specialist batsmen, backed up by Dinesh Karthik, an accomplished wicketkeeper batsman, and four bowlers. He said there was unlikely to be changes from the side that played a three-day warmup match last week. Sri Lanka Team (from): Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Vandort, Malinda Warnapura, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Chamara Silva, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilina Thushara Mirando, Ajantha Mendis and Chamara Kapugedera.
India Team (from): Anil Kumble (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Munaf Patel and Pragyan Ojha.

IND v SL, 1st Test, Colombo: Sri Lanka team announced for 1st Test against India

Sri Lanka has announced a 14-member team for the first Test against India, beginning from July 23 at Colombo.
Young spinner Ajantha Mendis has been included in the host squad. He had diverted the cricket world’s attention towards him for his excellent bowling in the recent Asia Cup cricket tournament. He is expected to be given Test cap in the match, starting from July 23. Sri Lanka team:
Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Vandort, Malinda Warnapura, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekera, Chamara Kapugedera.

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India vs Sri Lanka First Test at Colombo


Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat
600 for 6 (162.0 overs)
223 all out (72.5 overs)
138 all out (45.0 overs)

Sri Lanka 1st Innings - Declared
Vandort c Karthik b I Sharma
13 0 0
Warnapura c Dravid b Harbhajan
202 14 0
Sangakkara c Dravid b Zaheer
21 1 0
M Jayawardene c Karthik b I Sharma
259 10 1
Samaraweera c Laxman b Zaheer
224 18 0
Dilshan not out
170 12 1
P Jayawardene c I Sharma b Harbhajan
70 1 0
Vaas not out
32 4 0
18nb 3w 4b 5lb 30
for 6 600 (162.0 ovs)

Zaheer 37.0 2 156 2
I Sharma 33.0 4 124 2
Ganguly 8.0 1 24 0
Harbhajan 43.0 2 149 2
Kumble 37.0 4 121 0
Sehwag 4.0 0 17 0
Fall of wicket
7 Vandort
57 Sangakkara
212 Warnapura
360 M Jayawardene
454 Samaraweera
545 P Jayawardene

India 1st Innings - All out
Gambhir c Samaraweera b Muralitharan
56 5 0
Sehwag c Warnapura b Kulasekara
16 5 0
b Mendis
35 2 0
b Muralitharan
46 3 0
Ganguly c Kulasekara b Muralitharan
57 4 0
b Mendis
113 6 0
Karthik c and b Muralitharan
16 1 0
Kumble lbw b Mendis
15 0 0
Harbhajan c Warnapura b Muralitharan
9 2 0
Zaheer lbw b Mendis
16 0 0
I Sharma not out
53 1 0
2lb 2
all out 223 (72.5 ovs)

Vaas 5.0 0 23 0
Kulasekara 11.0 2 42 1
Mendis 27.5 5 72 4
Muralitharan 29.0 5 84 5
Fall of wicket
36 Sehwag
78 Gambhir
78 Dravid
122 Tendulkar
137 Ganguly
146 Karthik
169 Kumble
180 Harbhajan
187 Zaheer
223 Laxman

India 2nd Innings - All out
Gambhir st P Jayawardene b Muralitharan
90 4 0
Sehwag lbw b Muralitharan
17 2 0
Laxman lbw b Mendis
26 3 0
Tendulkar c Dilshan b Muralitharan
30 1 0
Dravid c Warnapura b Mendis
30 1 0
Ganguly c Dilshan b Muralitharan
12 1 0
Karthik c M Jayawardene b Muralitharan
6 0 0
b Muralitharan
24 2 0
b Mendis
28 1 0
b Mendis
6 0 0
I Sharma not out
1 0 0
all out 138 (45.0 ovs)

Vaas 5.0 0 27 0
Kulasekara 9.0 3 25 0
Mendis 18.0 3 60 4
Muralitharan 13.0 3 26 6
Fall of wicket
25 Sehwag
53 Laxman
82 Tendulkar
95 Gambhir
103 Ganguly
103 Dravid
103 Karthik
120 Kumble
133 Zaheer
138 Harbhajan

Umpires: M R Benson, B R Doctrove
Sri Lanka: Vandort, Warnapura, M Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Samaraweera, Dilshan, P Jayawardene, Vaas, Kulasekara, Mendis, Muralitharan
India: Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Karthik, Kumble, Harbhajan, Zaheer, I Sharma

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.