Dilshan’s hundred puts Sri Lanka right on top (Lunch Report)

July 25th, 2008 - 2:54 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh
By Rex Clementine
Colombo, July 25 (IANS) Sri Lanka piled up agony on India as Tillakaratne Dilshan became the fourth batsmen to score a hundred in the first innings of the first Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground here Friday. The hosts are now right on top reaching 552 for six at lunch on the third day. The second day of the Test, after two sessions of the first day were washed off, saw three Sri Lankans, Malinda Warnapura (115), Mahela Jayawardene (136) and Thilan Samaraweera (127), making hundreds. Middle order batsman Dilshan joined the party with an unbeaten 102 in the morning session Friday.

India managed to take only two wickets in the extended session as Sri Lanka reached their second highest total in Tests against India.

The 32-year-old Dilshan reached his fifth Test hundred and the first against India with a slog sweep for four off Harbhajan Singh. It was an entertaining knock by the Sri Lankan, whose place in the side was under scrutiny after another middle order batsman, Chamara Silva, staked claims for the number six position in the warm up match.

Dilshan added 94 runs for the fifth wicket with Samaraweera, who was dismissed when he tried to guide a Zaheer Khan delivery pass third man. His hit went straight to V.V.S. Laxman at gully.

Then Dilshan and Prasanna Jayawardene added 91 runs for the sixth wicket helping Sri Lanka go past 500 runs.

Jayawardene, who unsuccessfully tried the sweep shot too many times, was out when he top edged a sweep. Ishant Sharma from long leg ran in and took the catch to give Harbhajan his second wicket of the innings.

Dilshan hit 10 fours and a six, a slog sweep against Kumble, as he remained unbeaten on 102 at the lunch interval. Kumble failed to claim a wicket despite bowling 37 overs.

Zaheer, who started off bowling a negative line, pitching the ball wide outside off stump, got his second wicket in that fashion when he came round the wicket and Samaraweera slashed it straight to the gully fielder.

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