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Giles snares three as Sri Lanka totter

Ashley Giles snared three wickets for 13 runs as Sri Lankan batsmen faltered after a sound start on the opening day of the first cricket Test.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2003 18:51 IST

England's left-arm spinner Ashley Giles snared three wickets for 13 runs as Sri Lankan batsmen faltered after a sound start on the opening day of the first cricket Test here on Tuesday.

Squandering the advantage of batting first after skipper Hashan Tillekeratne won the toss, Sri Lanka were tottering at 138 for four after Giles' penetrative spell ripped through the top order.

Giles dismissed opener Sanath Jayasuriya (48), Mahela Jayawardene (17) and Tillekeratne (0), while opener Marvan Atapattu (29) fell to pace bowler Andrew Flintoff.

At stumps, Kumar Sangakkara was batting on 39 and Thilan Samaraweera on one.

The Test's opening day was disrupted by heavy showers that wiped out 30 overs despite play being extended by 40 minutes.

Atapattu and Jayasuriya gave Sri Lanka a steady start through their 76-run opening stand, which came off 192 balls in 131 minutes.

Atapattu was lucky not to be dismissed for zero when he edged the match's second delivery from pacer Matthew Hoggard toward the stumps, only to see the ball hang precariously in his pad's flap.

First Published: Dec 02, 2003 11:29 IST