Lanka one wicket down chasing 507

Sri Lanka lost an early wicket on Monday after being set 507 runs to win the second Test.

updated: November 19, 2007 10:56 IST
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Sri Lanka lost an early wicket on Monday after being set 507 runs to win the second Test when Ricky Ponting declared Australia's innings closed for the third time in the series.

Ponting was unbeaten on 53 when he declared at 210 for two, an overall lead of 506, and gave his attack 37 minutes before lunch to take wickets.

Brett Lee, man-of-the-match in Australia's innings and 40-run win in the first Test, troubled Marvan Atapattu in the first over and Mitchell Johnson broke through in the fourth.

Johnson cramped opener Michael Vandort (4), who angled a simple catch to substitute fielder Rhett Lockyear at point as Sri Lanka slipped to 15 for one.

At the interval, Sri Lanka was 23 for one with Atapattu on 5 and Kumar Sangakkara on 7.

Sangakkara, who missed the first Test with a hamstring strain, got 57 in the first innings here.

Sri Lanka needs a record to win at Bellerive Oval and level the series - the West Indies' 418 against Australia at Antigua in 2003 is the highest winning chase for a team batting fourth.

Australia resumed at 111 for one and added 99 runs for the loss of one wicket in 26 overs on the fourth morning at Bellerive Oval.

Mike Hussey continued his outstanding run, finishing unbeaten on 34. He scored centuries in his two other innings in the series.

Hussey hoisted Muttiah Muralitharan for six to lift Australia to 204-2, a lead of exactly 500, and the declaration came after the following over.

Opener Phil Jacques was out for 68, ending his run of centuries (100 in Brisbane and 150 in the first innings here) when he miscued a cut shot against Lasith Malinga to Vandort in the outfield.

Matthew Hayden was the only Australian wicket to fall, trapped lbw for 33 by Muralitharan late Sunday. That gave the Sri Lankan spinner his 704th test wicket, four behind retired Australian legspinner Shane Warne's world record of 708.

Muralitharan, who had high expectations of surpassing Warne's mark in Australia, finished the series with four wickets and will have to wait until Sri Lanka's series against England to pursue the record again.

Australia dominated the opening test match in Brisbane after posting 551 for four declared in the first innings.

In almost a carbon copy, skipper Ponting won the toss here and Australia reached 542 for five before he declared the innings closed.

Sri Lanka was bundled out for 246 in its first innings with skipper Mahela Jayawardene scoring 104 in reply, 97 runs short of the follow-on target and 296 runs in arrears.