Day 3: Pathan puts India in command
India took an overall lead of 297 runs against Sri Lanka at close on day 3 with five wickets remaining. Full ScorecardUpdated: Dec 13, 2005 10:32 IST
Seam bowler Irfan Pathan stroked a career-best 93 after opening the innings and put India in control of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday.
The 21-year-oldleft handermissed out on his maiden Testton before India reached 237 for five at the close on day three, an overall lead of 297 runs.
Pathan, who took three for 34 with the ball, batted for three-and-half hours, hitting 10 fours and two sixes after India were reduced to 86 for three.
Leg spinner Anil Kumble earlier completed figures of six for 72 to help dismiss Sri Lanka for 230 in reply to India's 290 all out.
Captain Rahul Dravid became only the third Indian to complete 8,000 Test runs before he was run out for 53.
Yuvraj Singh was 28 not out with Saurav Ganguly on 22 at the close.
Kumble dominated with ball
Earlier, as the match began on Monday, Anil Kumble took two wickets, finishing the tally to six for 72 runs on a slow wicket. Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh took one wicket each as Sri Lanka were all out for 230, adding only 45 runs during 55 minutes' play. Pathan finished with three for 34 runs.
Kumble started the proceedings today with four googlies in a row and then a wicket, completing his five-wicket haul.
In his second over this morning, one more googly out side the leg stump and Vaas played that against the spin straight to Harbhajan Singh at midwicket. Sri Lanka lost their seventh wicket at 200 as Vaas was out for 2.
Then it was Irfan Pathan whose amazing swing delivery struck Bandara's middle stump. Sri Lanaka were eight down for 204.
Kumble struck again as he knocked Murali's middle stump. The man, who plotted a dramatic Indian collapse with a seven-wicket haul on Sunday, could manage only nine runs as Sri Lanka lost their ninth wicket for 219, trialing by 71 runs.
The last wicket fell into off spinner Harbhajan Singh's kitty when Fernando was caught by Ganguly for no score as Sri Lanka were all out for 230.
Pathan surprised all with bat
After taking a first innings lead of 60 runs on day three, India surprised Lankans by sending Irfan Pathan to open the second innings along with Gautam Gambhir.
Similarly, Sri Lankans also surprised the Indians by making ace spinner Muralitharan to share the new ball with Chaminda Vaas. And to spectators' amusement, Pathan sent the last ball of his first over for a huge six.
Delhi batsman Gambhir, however, failed again. Chaminda Vaas pitched the ball out side the off stump but Gambhir tried to play across the line and the ball hit his pad in line with the middle stump to be declared LBW. He managed just three runs as India lost their first wicket for 12 runs. At lunch, India were 29/1.
Sachin failed to play big innings
After lunch, India lost the wickets of VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar quite cheaply. India got a jitter in the third over after lunch with Chaminda Vaas's second spell. He induced VVS Laxman to drive a ball which was moving away from him, but the batsman failed to time it and edged the ball to wicketkeeper Sangakkara. India lost their second wicket at 42 runs as Laxman was out for 11.
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who created a world record of 35 tons in the first innings, could not revive the magic in the second innings as he was trapped LBW by Bandara for 16 runs. India lost third wicket for 86 runs. He entered 44-run partnership with Pathan for the third wicket.
Pathan, on the other hand, made merry of the Sri Lankan attack and hit a magnificent half century in 77 balls. This was his third Test half ton.
Playing masterful strokes, he also added 57 runs along with Dravid to give India an over all lead of 203 runs at tea. India added 114 runs in the second session of the day in 25 overs as the hosts were 143/3.
About half an hour into the play after the tea break, a splended innings came to an end as Irfan Pathan was caught behind for 93 runs. Pathan got a thin edge to a Fernando delivery to wicketkeeper Sangakkara. India lost their fourth wicket at 178.
Pathan's 93 included 10 hits to the fence and two huge sixes off Muralitharan. He had entered a 44-run partnership with Sachin and a 92-run partnership with Rahul Dravid for the third and the fourth wicket, respectively.
Dravid completed 8,000 runs
Soon after skipper Rahul Dravid also departed. A direct throw at the non-striker's end from mid-on by Jayawardene saw the captain walking back to pavilion for 53. India were five down for 190.
However, Dravid completed his 8,000 runs in Test cricket by a superb hit to the extra-cover fence off Fernando. He became the third Indian batsman, and the fifteenth in the world, to complete 8,000 runs in Test cricket. He achieved this feat in 94 matches. Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar are the only two Indian batsmen who had scored more than 8,000 Test runs. With this four, Dravid also reached his half-ton.
First Published: Dec 12, 2005 10:03 IST