First test: Lanka takes 74-run lead

Sri Lanka dismissed England for 281 and took a 74-run second innings lead at stumps on day three of the first cricket Test.

updated: December 04, 2007 15:51 IST
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Muttiah Muralitharan bowled Paul Collingwood to earn Test cricket's wicket-taking record on Monday as Sri Lanka dismissed England for 281 and took a 74-run second innings lead at stumps on day three of the first cricket Test.

At close of play Sri Lanka was 167 for two in its second innings with Kumar Sangakkara not out on 30 with captain Mahela Jayawardene yet to score.

Muralitharan began the third day equal with retired Australian legspinner Shane Warne on 708 wickets, but 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, captain 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.

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

Starting the innings just before lunch with a first innings deficit of 93 runs, the Sri Lankan opening pair took a brisk start adding 113 runs for the first wicket.

Jayasuriya hit six fours off seamer James Anderson's fourth over to bring up his 31st half-century and was eventually dismissed trapped lbw to Hoggard for 78 runs.

Jayasuriya faced 106 balls and hit 10 fours and a six.

Vandort was caught brilliantly by a diving Ian Bell at slip off paceman James Anderson just one run short of his half-century.

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.

Bell hit 83 for England and shared 107 runs with captain Michael Vaughan for the second wicket. But after Vaughan's dismissal, wickets fell quickly.