Sri Lanka vs India, First Test played in Kandy
Jayawardene Slaughters India
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene confirmed his claim in being one of the top international batsmen going around by making a solid 143, from just over 300 deliveries, against a lethargic Indian bowling lineup.
Indian skipper Dravid won the toss and elected to bat on a flat Kandy track and the Indian top order all got starts with Tendulkar making the most of the conditions with a classy 65. The top order, however, did not have any support from the tail as the Indian team collapsed from 3 for 157 to 175 all out. Muralitharan was the cause of the collapse, bowling unplayable delivery after unplayable delivery and finishing with remarkable figures of 5 for 36 from 14.
Sanath Jayasuriya opened his series account with a blistering 75 from just 54 balls and his outburst spurred the Sri Lankans to a grand 297 run first innings lead. A 52 run last wicket partnership between Malinga and Muralitharan added to the Indian woes.
Batted to save the game, the Indian's defied the Sri Lankans for a period and then crumbled. Captain Dravid and opener Jaffer both posted hard-fought, well made half centuries but it was not enough, as they slowly lost wickets and hope of making the confident Sri Lankan's bat again.
It was not to be and the Sri Lankan's won by an innings.
India 1st Inn
175 All Out
Tendulkar 65, Dravid 36
Muralitharan 5-36, Malinga 2-36
Sri Lanka 1st Inn
472 All Out
Jayawardene DPMD 141, Jayasuriya 75
Pathan 4-117, Khan 2-100
India 2nd Inn
Dravid 56, Jaffer 53
Malinga 4-105, Vaas 3-71
Sri Lanka won by an Innings and 28 runs.
Man of the Match: DPMD Jayawardene [ 141 (304) ]
Captain for the Blues
FC : 129 matches
281 runs @ 1.76
650 wickets @ 28.86, S/R of 41.75
Best Bowling of 8 for 57
39 5-wicket innings, 7 10-wicket matches.
Test : 12 matches
8 runs @ 0.62
68 wickets @ 27.99, S/R of 40.22
Best Bowling of 5 for 59
4 5-wicket innings, 0 10-wicket matches.