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Published: Thursday, August 2, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Galle: Sri Lanka's fast bowler Dilhara Fernando grabbed a career-best five for 42 to wreck India's first innings on the second day of the first cricket Test on Wednesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Fernando, who took two wickets with the second new ball on Tuesday evening, claimed three more off 11 balls as India crumbled from its overnight 163-5 to 187 for nine (Srinath retired hurt) an hour after play began. The last six batsmen contributed just 19 runs after India were comfortably placed at 105-1 after tea on the first day.In 55 minutes batting before lunch, Sri Lanka raced to 44 for no loss in a remarkable counter-attack.Skipper Sanath Jayasuriya was unbeaten on 29 off 27 balls, including three boundaries in one over from seamer Venkatesh Prasad. Marvan Atapattu was the other batsman at the crease on 12.A double strike by Fernando ruined India's day from the start. In the day's fourth over, the burly fast bowler won a controversial decision by Sri Lankan umpire Asoka De Silva against the Indian captain Saurav Ganguly. Later in the over, he hit Javagal Srinath on the left hand with a rising ball, forcing the Indian pace spearhead to retire hurt. Luckily, the injury was not on Srinath's bowling hand and he returned to open India's bowling attack.Ganguly, who made 15, was given out caught by wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara even as television replays showed the ball come off the batsman's shoulder.Ganguly, looking to get among the runs after failing to reach double figures on the recent tour of Zimbabwe, expressed surprise at the decision before walking off.The fiery Fernando then clean bowled Harbhajan Singh and forced Sameer Dighe to edge a catch to Sangakkara, before Muthiah Muralitharan polished off the innings by bowling last man Prasad.