Galle: Lasith Malinga picked up two important scalps of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid who were looking solid for the Indian batting trying to save the match at Galle.
India's most experienced pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid had restored the Indian batting after India suffered an early scare in their second innings as Sangakarra asked the visitors to follow-on on day 4 of the first Test match. The duo had put up a 119 partnership for the fourth wicket before Malinga got the wicket of Rahul Dravid and followed it up with the prized wicket of Tendulkar in his very next over.
Earlier, Tendulkar scored his half century(85) and was playing it safe to save the match for the Indians along with Rahul Dravid(44) at the other end. The duo had helped the Indians to come out from a possible batting slump.
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Opener Gautam Gambhir again failed to click as he was dismissed in the third ball of the Indian second innings off the bowling of Malinga.
First innings centurion Sehwag however look in good touch as he hit 31 runs off 30 balls before being dismissed by Chanaka Welegedara for the second time in the match.
Earlier, Muttiah Muralithran had wiped off the Indian batting tail and had finished off with yet another 5-wicket haul in his illustrious career, soon as play resumed after lunch at Galle.
The Indians were allout for 276 runs.
Murali had earlier picked up two wickets in quick succession towards the end of first session of play, to put the Indians in a misery. The ace off-spinner had got rid off the dangerous Yuvraj Singh and clean bowled Dhoni to send the duo back to the pavilion.
Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were playing along nicely for the Indians before being dismissed by the off-spinner who is making his final show in Test
Cricket. The duo had put up a partnership of 74 runs before it was broken by Murali. Yuvraj made a half century(52) before he was dismissed and Dhoni struck 33 runs.
Earlier, the Indians were really struggling with their batting as centurion Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman had departed in quick succession.
Chanaka Welegedara had struck a lethal blow to dismiss dangerous Sehwag who scored 109 runs off 118 balls before he got out. Soon Laxman followed him just within three overs, Malinga got Laxman to put the hosts at a commanding position.