Thatscricket - News - Jayasuriya, Fernando put Sri Lanka on top in first Test

Published: Thursday, August 2, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Galle: Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya cracked a majestic 111 after a five-wicket haul by Dilhara Fernando to leave India in trouble in the first Test on Wednesday.The Sri Lankans shot India out for a meagre 187 in the first innings and then piled up 264 for three by stumps on the second day, a lead of 77 runs. Kumar Sangakkara (54) and Russel Arnold (19) were at the crease, having put on 53 for the unbroken fourth wicket before bad light stopped play five overs early.The star of the day was fast bowler Fernando, who worked up hostile pace to wreck India's lower order and finish with career-best figures of five for 42. The strongly built paceman, who took two wickets with the second new ball on Tuesday evening, claimed three more off 11 balls as India crumbled from its overnight 163 for five to be all out just an hour into play.The last six batsmen contributed only 19 runs after India was comfortably placed at 95 for one at tea on the first day. There were no such hiccups for Sri Lanka as Jayasuriya plundered his eighth Test century and third against India.The left-hander, who made 340 and 199 in consecutive Tests against the Indians four years ago, took 16 boundaries and a six off his favourite whipping boys.Jayasuriya put on 101 for the first wicket with Marvan Atapattu and 70 for the second with Sangakkara, before a lapse in concentration cost him his wicket.The Indians appeared to be at their wit's end when, five overs after tea, Zaheer Khan made one lift outside the off-stump and the resultant edge was gratefully accepted by Rahul Dravid at first slip.Most of Jayasuriya's runs came off ferocious cuts, one of which against seamer Javagal Srinath sailed over the point fence for six. Off spinner Harbhajan Singh was the lone Indian bowler to make an impression, sending down 26 consecutive overs in his first spell for figures of one for 66."Jayasuriya played well but we helped him along by bowling short," Indian captain Saurav Ganguly admitted. Jayasuriya modestly gave all the credit to his fast bowler."Fernando was really superb today," he said. "He used the conditions well and helped us bowl out India earlier than what I had expected. I enjoyed my innings but should have carried on till the end. Anyway we still have some batting left to build a big score."A double strike by Fernando early in the day ruined India's hopes of putting a big total on the board. In the days fourth over, he won a controversial decision by Sri Lankan umpire Asoka De Silva against Ganguly.Later in the over, he hit Srinath on the left hand with a rising ball, forcing the Indian pace spearhead to retire hurt. Luckily for the Indians, the injury was not on Srinath's bowling hand and he returned to open the attack.Ganguly, who made 15, was given out caught by wicket-keeper Sangakkara. But television replays showed the ball come off the batsman's shoulder. Ganguly, looking to get among the runs again after failing to reach double figures on the recent tour of Zimbabwe, looked surprised at the decision before trudging off.The fiery Fernando then clean bowled Harbhajan and forced Sameer Dighe to edge a catch to Sangakkara, before Muthiah Muralitharan polished off the innings by bowling last man Venkatesh Prasad.

Copyright AFP 2001

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