Thatscricket - News - India faces crushing innings defeat in first Test at Galle
Published: Saturday, August 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Galle: The Indian batsmen for the second time succumbed like a pack of cards as India scored 130 runs for the loss of eight wickets in its second innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday. The Indians are on the verge of a disgraceful innings defeat. Only Rahul Dravid (37) stood between India and defeat at the draw of stumps on the third day. India was still 45 runs adrift.Having conceded a first innings lead of 175 runs, India was struggling at 26 for one at the tea interval. Opener Sadagopan Ramesh was beaten by the pace and movement off Ruchira Perera to be bowled for two. It was a regular procession thereafter with no fruitful partnerships on the anvil. While Rahul Dravid dug in at one end, wickets kept tumbling at the other end. Ace off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan, well supported by the close in fielders, made the most of the Indian batsmens pathetic display.None of the Indian batsmen showed the application or the aptitude to stay at the wicket and build a long innings.Earlier, wicket-keeper, batsman Kumar Sangakkara scored his maiden Test century as Sri Lanka scored 362 runs in its first innings. Sangakkara remained unbeaten on 105 runs from 226 balls with 13 hits to the fence. Sangakkara came closer to a maiden century as Sri Lanka reached 330 for seven at lunch. The left-hander was unbeaten on 82 with the Sri Lankans replying to India's first innings total of 187. Sri Lanka added 10 runs to its overnight score when it lost Russel Arnold for 20, slashing Venkatesh Prasad to Sadagopan Ramesh at gully. Hashan Tillekeratne, returning to Test cricket after two years, spent 40 tentative minutes at the crease before he succumbed to the second new ball. He was trapped leg before by Javagal Srinath for 11, reducing Sri Lanka to 292 for five in the first hour. It was soon 316 for seven as Srinath also claimed Suresh Perera leg before for one and Chaminda Vaas fell to a diving catch at gully by Ramesh off Zaheer Khan.