Murali dismisses Tendulkar as India provide bold reply
Jul 20, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
World’s number one ranked Test batsman Virender Sehwag smashed 85 from 98 balls with 14 fours and a six in his typical imperious fashion as India posted 140 for three in 29.4 overs of batting on the third day of the first cricket test against Sri Lanka at Galle.
VVS Laxman was unbeaten on 18 from 31 balls at stumps.
Lasith Malinga \ provided Sri Lanka with the early breakthrough when he claimed the wicket of India opener Gautam Gambhir, who was trapped leg before wicket for two. Rahul Dravid was run out for 18 as he attempted an impossible second run, after having added 66 runs in 72 balls for the second wicket with Virender Sehwag.
Sachin Tendulkar, who made eight, tried to sweep a full delivery from Muttiah Muralitharan and was adjudged lbw giving the world record holder his 793rd victim in his final Test.
Earlier, an eighth wicket stand of 115 between Rangana Herath and Lasith Malinga enabled Sri Lanka to declare their first innings closed at 520 for eight.
The pair came together at 393 for seven and were not parted until Sri Lanka were past the 500 mark.
Malinga scored 64 off 75 balls with nine fours and two sixes before top edging a pull to fine-leg while Herath, batting with great assurance, struck 10 fours and one six in compiling an unbeaten 80 off 93 balls.