Lanka win Kandy Test by 88 runs

Updated: 06 December 2007 13:57 IST

Sri Lanka were on the way to winning the first Test after ripping through England's top order on the fifth and final day on Wednesday.

Lanka win Kandy Test by 88 runs

Kandy (Sri Lanka):

Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan took three wickets each on Wednesday to guide Sri Lanka to an 88-run win in the first Test against England.

Needing 350 runs in the second innings to win, England resumed the day at 9-1 before a 109-run stand between Ian Bell and Matthew Prior in the middle session gave them hope of batting out a draw.

But Muralitharan took three wickets with the second new ball to dismiss England for 261.

Muralitharan, who took six wickets in the first innings and broke the world record for Test wickets on Monday, struggled in earlier sessions but struck rhythm to dismiss Bell and Prior in consecutive overs.

With the total at 248, Prior misread a ball from Muralitharan that went straight and was bowled for 63 with eight boundaries in 147 balls. In his next over, Muralitharan bowled Bell through bat and pad for 74 off 209 balls, including six fours.

Ryan Sidebottom was unlucky to be ruled lbw by Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf with the total at 253. TV replays showed that Sidebottom inside-edged Muralitharan's delivery onto his pads.

Lasith Malinga then bowled Matthew Hoggard to give Sri Lanka its first win over England at Asgiriya Stadium.

Vaas finished with bowling figures of 3-56, while Muralitharan took 3-85.

During the morning session, Vaas and Dilhara Fernando claimed two wickets apiece to rattle England's top order as the visitors went to lunch on 125-5.

England lost captain Michael Vaughan (5), caught behind by wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene off Vaas. Vaas also went on to bowl nightwatchman James Anderson for 11.

Kevin Pietersen (18) was beaten by a delivery from Fernando that kept low and clipped off stump, while Paul Collingwood (16) powerfully drove a ball from Fernando to Kumar Sangakkara at extra cover to leave England on 90-5.

Rookie Ravi Bopara was the only batsman to be dismissed in the middle session, trapped lbw to left-arm spinner Sanath Jayasuriya with England on 139.

Bell and Prior then combined to steady the innings.

On Tuesday, Sangakkara became the first batsman to score more than 150 runs in four consecutive tests, helping Sri Lanka set England a challenging 350-run target.

He dominated Sri Lanka's second innings total of 442-8 declared and finished with 152 off 269 balls, including 19 fours.

Sangakkara's 152 followed his unbeaten 200 and 222 against Bangladesh and 192 against Australia last month. He was named Man of the Match.

Jayasuriya made a quick 78 in his last Test innings, while captain Mahela Jayawardene scored 65.

Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar took three wickets for 132.

On Monday, Muralitharan bowled Collingwood in England's first innings to become the leading Test cricket wicket-taker, overhauling former Australia legspinner Shane Warne's 708 wickets.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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