England ends first innings for 281

Muralitharan broke test cricket's wicket-taking record on Monday as Sri Lanka dismissed England for 281 on the third day of the first test.

updated: December 03, 2007 14:54 IST
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Muttiah Muralitharan dismissed Paul Collingwood to earn test cricket's wicket-taking record on Monday as Sri Lanka dismissed England for 281 on the third day of the first test.

After starting the day equal with retired Australian legspinner Shane Warne on 708 wickets, Muralitharan had a frustrating morning as Collingwood and Ryan Sidebottom batted seemingly determined to delay the offspinner's pursuit for the record.

From 185-6 the pair added 57 runs for the seventh wicket as Muralitharan bowled nine overs in his morning spell and went wicketless for 19 runs.

As the partnership grew, Mahela Jayawardene called for the second new ball and reaped immediate results when paceman Lasith Malinga had Sidebottom (31) caught behind by Prasanna Jayawardene with the total at 242.

Sidebottom faced 81 balls and hit three fours.

Muralitharan's record wicket came when he delivered a ball around the wicket to bowl Collingwood's middle stump to a rousing cheer from the crowd and bursting firecrackers.

Collingwood spent 163 minutes at the crease, faced 121 balls and hit three boundaries.

Sri Lanka went to lunch at 2-0 in its second innings, trailing England by 91 runs. Sanath Jayasuriya was not out for 2 at the break with Michael Vandort yet to score.

Muralitharan later got tailender Matthew Hoggard stumped by Prasanna Jayawardene to finish with figures of 6-55.

On Sunday, Muralitharan equaled Warne with four dismissals and led a fightback after the visitors had made a promising start.

When play was called off early because of rain England was at 186 for six wickets in reply to the hosts' first innings of 188.

Ian Bell hit a stylish 83 for England and shared 107 runs with captain Michael Vaughan for the second wicket.

The pair dominated with elegant strokeplay until Vaughan (37) was dubiously adjudged caught bat and pad by Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar.

Television replays showed the Muralitharan delivery missed the inside edge of Vaughan's bat and bounced into Chamara Silva's hand off the pad.

Bell (83) stepped out to drive Muralitharan but mistimed it and Silva at short-midwicket took a diving catch. He spent 187 minutes at the crease, faced 125 balls and hit 12 fours to record his 15th half-century.