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Murali hits Bangla batsmen for a six

With a six-wicket haul, the off-spinner took his 1000th international wicket on Thursday.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 19:53 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Muttiah Muralitharan claimed six wickets on Thursday as Sri Lanka's bowling attack dismissed Bangladesh for 181 in their second innings on the third day of the first Test.

Sri Lanka now need 138 runs from 10 wickets to win. Muralitharan's haul, at the cost of 54 runs, made him the first cricketer to take more than 1,000 international wickets — in both Test and limited-overs matches.

He now has 1004 wickets from 100 Tests (593) and 270 one-day internationals (411). The off-spinner also took 3-87 in Bangladesh's first innings.

"I am happy with the milestone," Muralitharan said. "I am now looking forward to seeing my team win this Test."

Dilhara Fernando made an early breakthrough on Wednesday dismissing both Bangladesh opening batsmen as the home team foundered at 104 for four at tea.

Fernando dismissed Nafees Iqbal for six runs and trapped Javed Omar lbw for 31 as Bangladesh got off to a disastrous start to their second innings.

Earlier, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 338 before lunch, taking a slim, 19-run first innings lead over Bangladesh's total of 319. Iqbal was sent packing after hitting a wide ball which was caught by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara.

Captain Habibul Bashar (12) followed soon after, trapped lbw by Malinga Bandara.

Mohammad Ashraful, who hit a century in the first innings, was dismissed by Muralitharan, who had him caught at forward short leg by Upul Tharanga.

Muralitharan took five more Bangladesh wickets after tea, with Bandara adding one, to end the Bangladesh second innings. Shahriar Nafees (38) and Mohammad Rafique (40) were the home team's top scorers before they fell victim to Muralitharan. Michael van Dort (6) and Tharanga (19) were batting in Sri Lanka's second innings when play was stopped due to poor light seven overs early.

Earlier, Bangladesh's Shahadat Hossain grabbed three quick wickets to give the home team hopes. Sri Lanka lost their last four wickets while adding just 25 runs to the overnight score of 313 for six.

Thilan Samaraweera (58) added just one run to his overnight score before being caught by Omar off a short delivery from paceman Hossain.

Hossain also dismissed Fernando (6) and Muralitharan (5) to return career-best figures of 4-83. The last Sri Lankan batsman Lasith Malinga was run out for a duck.


Bangladesh 1st Innings: 319

Sri Lanka 1st Innings(Overnight - 313 for six): M van Dort c Mashud b Rasel 0, Ul Tharanga c Ashraful b Rafique 42, K Sangakkara c Ashraful b Haque 69, M Jayawardene c Hossain b Rafique 30, T Samaraweera c Omar b Hossain 58, T Dilshan lbw Haque 22, F Maharoof b Hossain 72, M Bandara not out 19, D Fernando c Nafees b Hossain 6, M Muralitharan c Nafees b Hossain 5, L Malingarun out 0, Extras: (lb-2, w-2, nb-11) 15, Total: (all out in 97.1 overs) 338.

Fall of wkts: 1-0, 2-86, 3-149, 4-149, 5-178, 6-295, 7-316, 8-330, 9-338, 10-338

Bowling: Rasel 18-1-75-1, Hossain 22-3-83-4, Rafique 29-6-76-2, Haque 24.1-5-76-2, Kapali 1-0-6-0, Ashraful 3-0-20-0.

Bangladesh 2nd Innings: J Omar lbw Fernando 31, N Iqbal c Sangakkara b  Fernando 6, H Bashar lbw Bandara 12, S Nafees c Fernando b Muralitharan 38, M Ashraful c Tharanga b Muralitharan 1, K Mashud c Dilshan b Muralitharan 15, A Kapali lbw Muralitharan 9, M Rafique st Sangakkara b Muralitharan 40, S Hossain c Malinga b Bandara 0, E Haque lbw Muralitharan 1, S Rasel not out 2, Extras: (b-13, lb-3, w-3, nb-7) 26, Total: (all out in 58.5 overs) 181.

Fall of wkts: 1-47, 2-56, 3-68, 4-69, 5-122, 6-131, 7-135, 8-150, 9-168, 10-181.

Bowling: Malinga 13-2-41-0, Maharoof 2-0-5-0, Bandara 20-2-55-2, Muralitharan 19.5-7-54-6, Fernando 4-1-10-2.

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings: M van Dort not out 6, U Tharanga not out 19, Total: (for no wkt in 7.3 overs) 25.

Bowling: Rasel 4-3-5-0, Hossain 3.3-0-20-0.

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