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India complete convincing victory

India wasted little time on day five of the third Test against Sri Lanka as they completed a 259-run victory to wrap up a 2-0 series victory.
The hosts needed just four wickets on the final day with the tourists 274 behind their unlikely target of 509. They added just 15 runs as Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble took two wickets apiece - Harbhajan completing a 10-wicket haul for the match. The win puts India second in the ICC Test rankings, ahead of England. Kumble took the wicket of Farveez Maharoof in the second over of the day and also had last man Malinga Bandara caught as Sri Lanka were all out for 249.
Man of the match Harbhajan had Maharoof caught and bowled Muttiah Muralitharan to finish with match figures of 10-151. Kumble was named man of the series after his seven-wicket haul in Ahmedabad took his tally for the three-match series to 20. The margin of victory was India's biggest against Sri Lanka in terms of runs.
Third Test, Ahmedabad, day five: India 398 & 316-9 dec beat Sri Lanka 206 & 249 by 259 runs
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Kumble hastens Sri Lanka decline

Anil Kumble claimed three wickets in the space of four overs to put India on course for victory over Sri Lanka in the third Test at Ahmedabad.
Kumble removed Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga and Thilan Samaraweera to reduce the tourists to 96-4.
But India were held up by Tillakaratne Dilshan (65) and Mahela Jayawardene (57), who shared a stand of 105.
Both batsmen were dismissed in the final session but Sri Lanka survived to reach 235-6 at the close. ndia declared their second innings on 316-9 after Harbhajan Singh (40) and Kumble (29) had enjoyed themselves in an unbroken partnership of 69. India lead the series 1-0 following their 188-run victory in the second game in Delhi.
Third Test, Ahmedabad, day four (close): India 398 & 316-9 dec v Sri Lanka 206 & 235-6
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Yuvraj extends India's advantage

India remain firmly in position to wrap up the third Test against Sri Lanka after building a lead of 479 runs at the end of day three in Ahmedabad.
Muttiah Muralitharan and Malinga Bandara took three wickets each, but India clung on at 287 for nine.
India suffered a top-order slide before Yuvraj Singh steadied the second innings with 75 off 83 balls.
Earlier, Indian spin duo Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble combined to dismiss Sri Lanka for 206 at lunch. The visitors resumed on 131-5 but were reeling when Harbhajan struck three times and Kumble twice in the morning. Harbhajan ended with 7-62 to leave Sri Lanka 192 runs adrift.
Third Test, Ahmedabad, day three (stumps): India 398 & 287-9 v Sri Lanka 206 all out
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Harbhajan stars after Laxman ton

Harbhajan Singh took four wickets in five overs as Sri Lanka struggled to match India's 398 on day two of the third Test in Ahmedabad.
Harbhajan's haul included the wickets of Marvan Atapattu (40) and Mahela Jayawardene in successive balls as the tourists limped to stumps on 131-5.
VVS Laxman (104) had earlier claimed his ninth Test century to steer India from a shaky overnight 247-6.
He and Irfan Pathan (82) put on an 125 for the seventh wicket.
Third Test, Ahmedabad, day two (stumps): India 398 v Sri Lanka 131-5
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Ahmedabad test: India back after collapse

India fought back after a collapse to end day one of the final Test against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad on 247-6.
The hosts were reduced to 125-5 at tea as Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga took two wickets each. But VVS Laxman hit an unbeaten 71, putting on 86 with wicket-keeper Mahendra Dhoni (49) and 64 with Irfan Pathan (39no) to lead the recovery. India, leading 1-0, were without gastroenteritis victim Rahul Dravid - whose run of 94 consecutive Tests since his debut in England in 1996 was ended. Leg-spinner Anil Kumble became the fifth Indian to play in 100 Tests and would have been delighted when stand-in captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and opted to bat.
Third Test, Ahmedabad, day one (close): India 247-6 v Sri Lanka India Cricket Live

Kumble spins India to Delhi win

India leads the 3-Test series 1-0
Spinner Anil Kumble took 10 wickets as India beat Sri Lanka by 188 runs in the second Test to lead the series 1-0. Kumble and fellow spinner Harbhajan Singh rattled through Sri Lanka who collapsed to 247 all out in Delhi. The tourists, resuming the final day on 123-5 were all out soon after lunch as they tried in vain to chase the world record 436 to win.
Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene jointly top-scored with 67 as Kumble recorded his eighth 10-wicket Test haul. He took 4-85 in the second innings to add to the 6-72 from the first to record 10-157 in the match. Jayawardene battled for 164 balls for his 67 but when he fell to Harhajan Singh, who took 3-70, the last three wickets tumbled for four runs.
Second Test, Delhi, day five: India 290 & 375-6 dec beat Sri Lanka 230 & 247 by 188 runs India Cricket Live

Delh test: Sri Lanka falter in record chase

Sri Lanka suffered a late collapse in their quest for a world record 436 to win the second Test against India, ending day four in Delhi on 123-5. They were progressing well at 109-1 with skipper Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara sharing a partnership of 79. Atapattu hit 11 fours in 67 but Anil Kumble struck twice in one over and Thilan Samaraweera fell at the close. Earlier Yuvraj Singh (77) and Mahendra Dhoni, who hit two sixes in 51 off as many balls as India declared on 375-6. Resuming on 237-5, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj added 34 before Ganguly played on to Muttiah Muralitharan.
Second Test, Delhi, day four (close): India 290 & 375-6 dec v Sri Lanka 230 & 123-5 India Cricket Live

Delhi test: Pathan puts India in control

Irfan Pathan hit a career-best 93 as India reached 237-5 in their second innings at the close on day three of the second Test against Sri Lanka. Opener Pathan, standing in for the sick Virender Sehwag , put on 92 with skipper Rahul Dravid (53) as India extended their lead to 297 in Delhi. Earlier, Anil Kumble finished with 6-72 as India bowled out Sri Lanka for 230. Pathan finished with 3-34 as Jehan Mubarak ran out of partners to finish unbeaten on 29. India were 86-3 at one point, paceman Chaminda Vaas removing opener Gautam Gambhir (3) for his 300th Test wicket and VVS Laxman (11).
Second Test, Delhi, day three (close): India 290 & 237-5 v Sri Lanka 230 India Cricket Live

Delhi test: Murali and Kumble weave magic on day two

India were on a high overnight after Tendulkar completed a world record 35th Test hundred, surpassing compatriot Sunil Gavaskar's mark, just before the close. But Tendulkar and former captain Sourav Ganguly added just nine runs in the morning, taking their fourth wicket partnership to 121, before Muralitharan had both lbw. Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan triggered a collapse to bowl India out for 290. He took four wickets for two runs in 18 balls as India lost their last seven wickets for just 36 runs. Muralitharan finished with figures of 7-100, his 40th haul of five wickets or more in Tests and the best by a Sri Lankan on Indian soil. But spin rival Anil Kumble hit back with four wickets of his own in the space of six overs as Sri Lanka fell from 175-2 to 198-6 at stumps. India's left-arm paceman Irfan Pathan struck in successive overs after the break to remove left-handers Avishka Gunawardene for 25 and Kumar Sangakkara for three.
Second Test, Delhi, day two (stumps): India 290 all out v Sri Lanka 198-6 India Cricket Live


India's Sachin Tendulkar celebrated becoming cricket's most prolific Test century scorer when he hit his 35th ton against Sri Lanka.
Tendulkar brought up the world record with a single off Chaminda Vaas in fading light as play ended on the first day of the second Test in Delhi. He surpasses the record held by compatriot Sunil Gavaskar. India ended the day on 245-3 with VVS Laxman hitting 69 and Sourav Ganguly unbeaten on 39. Tendulkar, who had not been in great batting form since returning from a six-month injury absence, took 177 balls for his century, hitting 13 fours and a six along the way. And he reached the milestone in 125 Tests, the same amount Gavaskar took to score 34 centuries.
Second Test, Delhi, day one (stumps): India 245-3 India Cricket Live

India batting flops in drawn Test

India were bowled out for their lowest Test score against Sri Lanka before the rain-ruined series opener in Madras (Chennai) ended in an inevitable draw. The home side lost eight wickets for 77 runs as they were dismissed for 167. Chaminda Vaas was Sri Lanka's star performer, taking 4-20 from 21 overs, and he now needs only two wickets to reach 300 in Tests. Mahela Jayawardene made a bright and breezy 71 in the final session before the game ended with Sri Lanka on 168-4. With the first three days washed out, and only 32.3 overs possible on Monday, there was no possibility of a positive outcome in favour of either side. With nothing but batting practice in store for the remainder of the day, Sri Lanka began badly in reply when Gunawardene nicked a ball from Pathan and was caught behind for four. Kumar Sangakkara and Jayawardene added 57 in 14 overs for the second wicket before the former was lbw to Kumble for 30. Jayawardene lifted the tempo after tea and he struck a six and 16 fours in his 80-ball innings before he was caught off Kumble by Gautam Gambhir. Kumble (3-41) also bowled Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu for seven but a halt was called once Sri Lanka had passed India's score, with Thilan Samaraweera 35 not out and Dilshan on eight. The second Test in Delhi begins on Saturday. India Cricket Live

Sri Lanka achieve confidence lift

Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody was far happier than India counterpart Greg Chappell after the rain-hit first Test in Madras (Chennai) ended in a draw. The tourists were thrashed 6-1 by India in a recent one-day series and Moody said: "This is a much-needed start for us. It's brought our confidence back." Chappell had plenty to think about after his side were bowled out for 167. "It was a tough pitch to bat on, but we made it difficult for ourselves," the former Australia captain commented. India Cricket Live

India waiting on Ganguly decision

All eyes will be on Sourav Ganguly on Friday as India pick their final XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka. Ganguly, axed as captain and dropped from the one-day side after a row with coach Greg Chappell, rejoined the squad as an all-rounder. One of in-form youngsters Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif would have to make way if he returns in Chennai (Madras). Ganguly, who has scored 5,066 runs in 84 Tests with 12 centuries, has rarely bowled in India, claiming just 25 wickets at an average of 52.47. Pro-Ganguly selectors - Pranob Roy, Gopal Sharma and Yashpal Sharma - were on Tuesday sacked from the panel after Sharad Pawar took over as cricket board president. With new skipper Rahul Dravid at the helm, India won eight of the 11 recent home one-day internationals against Sri Lanka and South Africa. They need to adjust quickly to the Test game, with the prospect of replacing England as number two in the ICC rankings if they win 2-0.

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Sri Lanka's 952-6d against India

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (known prior to June 1994 as the Khetterama Cricket Stadium) was the brainchild of the late Sri Lanka President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who championed the development of this colossal 35,000-seater concrete bowl, the biggest stadium in Sri Lanka. Opened on February 2 1986, this stadium is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total - 952/6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in the first test of the 1997/98 series in which former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya scored 340 and Roshan Mahanama 225, the pair sharing the highest partnership for any wicket in Test cricket with 576 for the second wicket. India in fact, had a great start to the series on Aug 2 1997, scoring 280/3 with Tendulkar 65* Azharuddin 18* on the crease at the close of day one. Siddhu had scored 111 from 200 balls with 13 fours and 2 sixes. On the second day, India declared their innings at 537/8 with Sachin Tendulkar scoring 143 with 20 fours and Azhar 126 with 11 fours. Sri Lanka were 39/1 with Jayasurya on 12 when the day's play ended. NM Kulkarni took the wicket of MS Atapattu (26, fow 39) with his first ball in Test cricket. Day three was a boring affair for the Indians as Jayasuriya 175* and Mahanama 115* batted the whole day to reach 322/1. This was the 12th occasion in Test cricket. Day four proved to be a replay of day three with both the batsman remaining on the crease and adding more runs to the total. At close of play, Sri Lanka were 587/1 with Jayasuriya 326* and Mahanama 211* at the crease. Jayasuriya became the first ever Sri Lankan to score 300 runs in a Test. The West Indian pair of Garry Sobers and Frank Worrell were the only ones before today to bat throughout two consecutive days (against England at Bridgetown in 1959-60). India Cricket LiveOn day five, Kumble got the break through for India, sending Mahanama (225r 753m 561b 27x4 0x6) back (lbw) with the scoreboard reading 615/2! Their partnership of 576 runs was the highest test partnership for any wicket. (previous: 467 MD Crowe and AH Jones, New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, 1990/91)
Jayasuriya (340r 799m 578b 36x4 2x6) was the next to go, in the very next over, caught Ganguly, bowled Chauhan, with the score reading 615/3. Jayasuriya's marathon and chanceless innings of 340 was the fourth highest in test cricket, after Lara's 375, Garry Sobers' 365 (not out), and Len Hutton's 364. All the Indian fielders ran to congratulate him as he departed with his head held down as he had missed his chance to overtake Lara's record. They applauded him all the way to the pavilion (In Picture) from where he got a standing ovation.
India had to suffer more batting practice by de Silva (126), Ranatunga (86) and Jayawardene (66). There were 58 extras when the innings ended at 952 for 6 wickets declared in 271 overs. The team record 952/6d beat the previous best, 903-7d by England v Australia at The Oval in 1938 and still stands. This total is also the 3rd highest team total in First-class cricket (Highest: 1107, Victoria v New South Wales at Melbourne, 1926/27). Jayasuriya graduated to the captaincy in 1999 and a record of 18 wins in 38 Tests and 37 wins in 60 one-dayers showed him to be a leader worthy of the respect of opposing teams. Result: Match drawn; 2-Test series level 0-0
Toss: India
Test Debuts: DPMD Jayawardene (SL); NM Kulkarni (Ind).
Man of the Match: ST Jayasuriya Brief Scores: India: 537/8 declared (Sidhu 111, Sachin 143, Azhar 126, Dravid 69) drew with Sri Lanka: 952/6 declared (Jayasuriya 340, Mahanama 225, DeSilva 126, Ranatunga 86, Jayawardene 66, Extras 58)

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Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.