Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sri Lanka vs India 1st Test 2008: Three centuries help Sri Lanka to make dominance in the opening Test

Three Test hundred against India team helped the host Sri Lanka to keep on their dominance in Colombo. Sri Lanka scored 422 after losing four wickets in second day of the five-day Test match. Today they lost two wickets of skipper Mahela Jayawardene and opener Malinda Warnapura. Both scored hundred and made 155 runs partnership in the third wicket partnership.

Match result could have turned opposite to Sri Lanka if wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik did not drop the catch of Jayawardene on 55 and 93 off leg-spinner Anil Kumble. Tillakaratne Dilshan became the first Test player who used the advantage of a system being tested in the Sri Lanka-India series and successfully challenged an on-field umpire’s decision.

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene scored another polite hundred (136) and equaled former Australian legend Don Bradman’s record of nine centuries at one venue to set Sri Lanka in a commanding position in the opening Test.

Indian bowlers struggled hard but failed to make any obstacle ahead of Sri Lankan strong batting line-up. Both Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh claimed one wicket each. Sri Lankan Thilan Samaraweera was the third centurion in the first Test of the three-match Test series. Thilan and Dilshan were in crease and tomorrow they will start the innings again. Let us what score they can make against tourist team.

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