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SL restricts India to 159 for six

The Indian batting got an early setback as Virender Sehwag was dismissed after a quickfire 25.Full coverage: Mission Sri Lanka

cricket Updated: Jul 25, 2008 18:49 IST

Another bad light stoppage brought the end of day three as India were 159 for 6. After losing wickets on regular intervals, India never looked to build partnerships and gather runs. Day three also belonged to Sri Lanka, both with the bat and the bowl. With four centuries with the bat and six Indian wickets, Sri Lanka looks in complete control of the test.

After a short delay, due to bad light, play was resumed and India's woes continued. After losing Sourav Ganguly, India lost Dinesh Karthik in quick succession. Karthik, tried to move up the scoring, but in that attempt got a top edge. India were 147 for 6.

Bad light stopped play as the Indians were finding it difficult to cope up with the spinning tricks of Muthiah Muralitharan. After losing Sachin Tendulkar, who just gave away his wicket as he dragged the ball onto his stumps. Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman were holding the Indian fort from collapsing. India were 131 for 4.

India's problems continued as they lost Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid in quick succession and the middle order was threatened to be exposed to the spin of Muralitharan and Mendis. Mendis, also got his first test wicket in the form of Rahul Dravid, who was bowled after failing to read his line.

India got of to the first possible start as Virender Sehwag top edged the ball to the deep and was hold out. Sehwag and Gambhir though were scoring runs freely, but Sehwag couldn't resist a short ball and went for an ambitious pull. Sehwag himself was looking at his vintage best as he raced on to 25, before throwing it all away. India lost their first wicket.

The Sri Lankan innings consisting of four hundreds piled up a mammoth score of 600 for 6. The Indian team will have to bat out of their skin to put up a fight. But the spin of Muralitharan and Mendis will surely prove to be of some trouble for the very well balanced Indian batting line up.

Tillakaratne Dilshan became Sri Lanka's fourth centurion of the innings to lift the home team to 552 for six in the first test against India on Friday.

Dilshan batted positively during an extended morning session, reaching the break on 102 not out from 146 balls with 10 fours and a six.

Sri Lanka, resuming the day on 422 for four, added 130 runs in the session to leave a declaration likely during the second session.

Thilan Samaraweera, starting the day on 111, was dismissed for 127 after he guided a short ball from Zaheer Khan straight to VVS Laxman in the gully.

Dilshan added a further 91 with wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene (30), who was caught in the deep just before lunch off Harbhajan Singh.

After a steady partnership, P Jayawardena went for an big shot, but only managed to get a top edge and he was hold out in the deep. Srilnaka, who were looking to declare, were probabaly waiting for Dilshan to complete his century.

Srilanka got an early setback in the early part of the day as the third centurian Samravera edged the ball to the gully area. But after that early break through, Srilanka again stedied the ship and started to build another partnership. Tilkeratne Dilshan and P. Jayawardena again built another useful partnership as Srilanka passed the 500 mark.