Lankans begin chase

Sri Lanka are chasing a big first innings on the second day of the second cricket Test against Aus.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Cairns:Sri Lanka largely survived their opening skirmish with Australia's fast bowlers as they chased a big first innings on the second day of the second cricket Test today. They lost Sanath Jayasuriya along the way, brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist for 13 in the fourth over of the innings, to have the tourists at 18 for one in reply to Australia's first innings 517. Gilchrist flung himself to his left to glove the catch one-handed virtually out of the hands of Shane Warne at first slip to send Jayasuriya on his way. But skipper Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara stabilised the innings with an unbroken 49-run partnership to take Sri Lanka to tea at 67 for one. Atapattu was not out 27 with Sangakkara, relieved of the wicket keeping duties for this Test by Romesh Kaluwitharana, on 20. Australia, resuming the day at 370 for 2, lost their last eight wickets for 125 to be all out 30 minutes after lunch with leg-spinner Upul Chandana taking 5-37 off 11 overs to finish the innings with 5-109 from 26 overs. Chandana claimed the wickets of Damien Martyn (97), Simon Katich (1), Darren Lehmann (50), Shane Warne (2) and Michael Kasprowicz (9). Malinga, who took six wickets on his debut Test in Darwin last week, finished with 4-149 and terminated the Australian innings when he claimed the wicket of the dangerous Gilchrist for 35 off 33 balls with two fours and two sixes. (PTI)

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