Thatscricket - News - 1st Test: Jayasuriya's ton takes SL to 161/1 at tea
Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Galle: Sri Lanka's captain Sanath Jayasuriya hit an unbeaten 105 to put the hosts in command of the first cricket Test against India on Wednesday. The Sri Lankans, replying to India's meagre first innings total of 187, went to tea on the second day well placed at 161 for one.Jayasuriya, who made 340 and 199 in consecutive Tests against the Indians four years ago, once again plundered their attack with 15 boundaries and a six for his eighth Test century. Kumar Sangakkara was the other batsman at the crease on 11, having survived a sharp chance in the slips off Harbhajan Singh.Sangakkara has so far added 60 for the second wicket with Jayasuriya an ominous warning to the Indian attack, which appeared to wilt under the hot sun.Jayasuriya and fellow opener Marvan Atapattu took their lunch partnership of 44 to 101 by the drinks interval before India gained a much-needed break. Atapattu, who made 33, gloved a turner from off spinner Harbhajan to be snapped up by Hemang Badani at silly point.Jayasuriya, 62 at that stage, showed no sign of being affected by his partner's dismissal as he savaged 14 runs in one Javagal Srinath over, including a rare six over the point boundary. Jayasuriya's assault came after fast bowler Dilhara Fernando grabbed a career-best five for 42 to wreck India's first innings before lunch.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 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.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 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 Sangakkara although television replays showed the ball came 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, expressed surprised 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.