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Kumble brings India back in contest

After Murali's stunning 7-wkt haul, Kumble seized initiative by picking 4 as SL were 198/6 at close. Scorecard

india Updated: Dec 12, 2005 02:30 IST

Anil Kumble revived fond memories of Feroze Shah Kotla as he struck vital blows in the closing session to bring India back into the contest after Muttiah Muralitharan had plotted a dramatic Indian collapse with a seven-wicket haul in the second cricket Test here on Sunday.

The wily Muralitharan mesmerised the Indian batsmen with a stunning spell which sent India packing for a mere 290 in their first innings but the hosts hit back through Kumble to seize the initiative on an eventful second day which saw as many as 13 wickets fall.

The Lankans were cruising at 175 for two before suffering a middle order collapse against the wily leg spin of Kumble who left the visitors at a shaky 198 for six at stumps.

Kumble picked four for 54, all his wickets coming in the last session at the cost of only 18 runs, to put the skids on the Lankan wheel which was rolling smoothly following a century partnership between captain Marvan Atapattu (88) and his deputy Mahela Jayawardene (60).

Atapattu showed his return to form and seemed headed for a century before an inside edge off Kumble to shortleg was brilliantly snapped by Gautam Gambhir to bring the curtains down on the day's play.

Kumble also broke the crucial third wicket partnership by trapping Jayawardene leg before at a time when the visitors were turning the heat on the Indians.

The 35-year-old, who had taken 10 wickets in an innings at this venue in 1999, then removed Thilan Samaraweera and Tillekaratne Dilshan off successive balls to turn the match on its head. Sri Lanka are trailing by 92 runs with five wickets in hand.

India's batting collapse

As the match beganon day two, Sri Lankanace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan turned the game on its head with a seven-wicket haul for 100, his best figures in the subcontinent, as India crashed to 290 all out a quarter and an hour into the morning session.

The Lankanoff spinnertook five wickets this morning as India added just 45 runs to the overnight score of 245/3, whileleggie Malinga Bandara tooktwo.

When play resumed on Sunday, the Sri Lankan bowlers completely prevailed upon the Indian batsmen.

It started with the departure of Sourav Gangulyas India lost their first wicket after adding just nine runs to the board. Ganguly added just one run to his overnight 39 before being trapped LBW off Muralitharan. Sourav did not offer any shot and let the ball hit his front foot and umpire Simon Taufel gave him out. India were four down for 254.

Thereafter wickets fell like a pack of cards. The next man to go was Yuvraj Singh for no score. Yuvraj got a golden opportunity to do justice to his Test slot, but was out caught at short leg by Jehan Mubarak off Bandara. India were now five down for 255.

Then Murali packed Tendulkar (109), Irfan Pathan (0) and MS Dhoni (5) in quick succession in a span of just four overs, as India were looking pathetic losing eight wickets for 260. Sachin Tendulkar (109) fell to the second leg before decision of the morning when he went for a sweep and missed the Murali delivery that hit his front. Muralitharan then pitched one on the leg and induced Irfan Pathan (0) for an edge and Jehan Mubarak grabbed the bat-pad catch while Mahendra Singh Dhoni (5) was castled by Murali's doosra.

After a gap of three overs, India lost Anil Kumble too clean bowled by Bandara for 8 runs when India's score was 271. And the last man to gowas Harbhajan Singh again off Murali for 7 runs. India were all out for 290.

On Saturday, Sachin Tendulkar created history by becoming the highest century-getter.

Tendulkar cracked an unbeaten 100 for his record 35th hundred, the most in Test cricket, as India reached 245 for three at stumps on the opening day.

First Published: Dec 11, 2005 12:51 IST