Viru makes a valiant half century, 140/3 at stumps

Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 11:46 [IST]
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Sehwag makes a valiant half century

Galle: India end the day 3 at 140/3 as they lost the key wickets of Gambhir, Dravid and Tendulkar. Sehwag (85) and Laxman (18) were at crease.

Virender Sehwag scored a valiant half century to inspire the Indian batting on day 3, in the final session of play between India and Sri Lanka at Galle.

Muttiah Muralitharan struck in his farewell Test and got rid off Sachin Tendulkar just when India had crossed the 100-run mark. Tendulkar misjudged Murali's flighted delivery and was stuck in the pads plumb in front of wicket.

India had suffered an early blow as Gambhir was dismissed by Malinga in the second ball of the Indian innings.

Then Dravid and Sehwag survived an early scare and managed to put up 66 run partnership for the second wicket before Dravid was run-out. Dravid fell short of his crease while trying to go for a non-existent run. He made 18 runs before being sent back to the pavilion.

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Earlier in the day, the Sri Lankan tail frustrated the Indian bowlers as the hosts finished off with 520/8 at Tea.
Meanwhile, Muttiah Muralitharan was given a standing ovation as he came onto to replace Lasith Malinga who scored a gutsy 64 before holding out at deep fine leg to Harbhajan Singh off the bowling of Abhimanyu Mithun.

Earlier, Ishant sharma had bowled a superb spell restricting the hosts to 361/6 at the lunch break. Sharma and Mithun had given India a great start by getting rid of the two Lankan batsmen as play resumed after an hours delay on bright and sunny morning.

Sharma had got rid of centurion Tharanga Paranavitana in his very first over. Paranavitana was out for 111 caught behind the wicket by Dhoni off the bowling of Sharma. Then Mithun got another wicket from the other end to get rid off incoming batsmen Samaraweera for a 7 ball duck and at the end of first session of play it looked like the Indian bowlers had done enough to contain the Sri Lankan batting.

But, Malinga and Herath who is still playing unbeaten on 80 put on a superb partnership to keep the Indian fielders busy and helped the host overhaul 500 runs mark.

Mithun has picked up four wickets and he was the only successful bowler for the Indians during the session of play.

Earlier, Sharma caught Mahela Jayawardene on the back foot and gave India its third wicket of the morning.

Sharma looked a real threat for the batsmen bowling an impressive line and length to the the Lankans batting, especially Jayawardene.

Just before the end of lunch session, Sharma had picked up the wicket of Angelo Mathews. He was the last wicket down after Laxman took a splendid catch in slips. Mathews was playing a promising innings and was scoring at a brisk pace before he was dismissed by Sharma.

The Sri Lankans added 105 runs to their total with the loss of 4 wickets in the first session of play and added 159 runs in the second session of play for the loss of just two wickets.


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