India were staring at a possible follow on with their famed batsmen crumbling to spin wizard Muthiah Muralitharan whose sensational four-wicket haul put Sri Lanka firmly in the driver’s seat in the first cricket Test here today.
Facing Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 600 for 6, India collapsed to159 for 6 at the end of the third day with Muthiah Muralitharan taking 4 wickets . The track at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo has started showing signs of a gradual deterioration
India needs 242 runs to avoid the follow on and will have to bat out the rest of two days to save the game. VVS Laxman (19) and captain Anil Kumble (1) were at the crease at stumps.
With Virender Sehwag (25), Gautam Gambhir (39), Rahul Dravid (14), Sachin Tendulkar (27) and Sourav Ganguly (23) have returned to the pavilion. India trails by 441 runs.