Sri Lanka declare after piling up 600/6 (Tea Report)

July 25th, 2008 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS  

By Rex Clementine
Colombo, July 25 (IANS) Sri Lanka turned up the heat Friday on the visiting Indians amassing 600 runs for six before declaring their first innings here at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground. The Indians, who require to get 400 runs to avoid follow on in their first cricket test, reached 74 for one at tea on the third day. Earlier, middle order batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan became the fourth Sri Lankan to score a hundred in their first innings when he made an unbeaten 125. Malinda Warnapura (115), Mahela Jayawardene (136) and Thilan Samaraweera (127) had scored centuries on the second day.

In reply, Indian batsmen adopted an aggressive approach with Virender Sehwag leading the way as he raced to 25 in 16 balls with five boundaries. But the Indian opener played one shot too many and perished when he hooked a head high bouncer and the ball flew to Warnapura at deep square leg, who took a well-judged catch.

Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid took India to 74 for one at tea with Gambhir on 35 and Dravid on 14.

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