Samaraweera keep the hosts in charge

Published: Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 11:02 [IST]
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SL  293/4 at stumps at day 1

Colombo: Sri Lanka finished with a score of 293/4 at stumps as play was called off before scheduled time due to bad light at the opening day of the final Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the P Sara Oval.

Thilan Samaraweera remained unbeaten on 65 with all rounder Angelo Matthews at the other end who finished at unbeaten 26. The duo added 52 unbeaten runs for the fifth wicket to guide the hosts to 293 at stumps, after a testing period of bowling by the Indian spinners.

Earlier in the final session, Pragyan Ojha had got his second scalp of the day, prized scalp of Mahela Jayawardene lbw.

Mahela Jayawardene(56) had offered stiff resistance with a hard fought half century after captain Sangakkara's dismissal.

But just after he added six runs to his milestone, Jayawardene was adjudged lbw off Ohja's bowling, a delivery which seemed to go straight on, the umpire rose his finger despite Jayawardene making a big leap forward. Incidentally, partnership of 84 runs between Jayawardene and Samaraweera was broken after Jayawardene's fall.

The Indian spinning duo of Mishra and Ohja had kept it very tight for the Sri Lankan batsmen. Ohja especially has come good so far with a consistent line and length and he has managed to beat Jayawardene on several occasions.

Spinner Pragyan Ohja had claimed his first wicket of the match to dismiss the dangerous Sangakkara at the mid session of play in the opening day of the final Test match at P Sara Oval.

Sangakkara scored yet another fifty just after lunch and was looking dangerous at 75 before he was caught by Virender Sehwag at long-off to Ohja.

The hosts had lost Paranavitana early but had managed to restore their innings through captain Kumar Sangakkara and T Dilshan. The duo had put together a good partnership of 87 before Dilshan was caught short of his crease to be dismissed for 41 runs.

Earlier, Ishant Sharma had given an early breakthrough for the Indians with the dismissal of Paranavitana who edged one on its way to MS Dhoni behind the stumps.

Sangakkara for Sri Lanka had earlier won the toss and elected to bat. This was Dhoni's eighth loss toss in a row.

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Out of form Harbhajan is sitting out for the match and leg-spinner Amit Mishra has been called in as his replacement. Meanwhile, for the Sri Lankan camp paceman Lasith Malinga is back after missing out on the second Test at the SSC.

This will be the second occasion that India won't be without the services of Harbhajan Singh or retired ace spinner Anil Kumble, with both of them missing, in the last decade, since December 2000.

Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar has become the most capped player with 169 Tests, including this match. He overtook Steve Waugh's record of 168 caps.


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