revels in fairytale comeback
By Shamseer Jaleel
Leg spinners Shane Warne put Australia off to a winning start in
the test series when they convincingly beat the home team by 197
runs with more than one session to play.
a 12 month ban for taking drugs Warne roared back to superb form
with a match bag of (10-159) in his come back match. He was well
supported by McGill who took 4 of the second innings Sri Lankan
who was playing in his 108th test match became only the second bowler
to take 500 wickets after Courtney Walsh (519) of the West Indies.
His 500th victim was the Sri Lankan skipper Hashan Tilakaratne when
he skied one to be caught by Andrew Symonds. New South Wales player
McGill also had a landmark when he took Samaraweera's wicket. This
was his 150th test wicket.
Lanka resuming at 3/0 lost Sangakkara early in the day when he was
trapped leg before by Kasprowicsz. Then Atapattu and Jayawardena
put on 27 runs. Soon Atapattu went for an unwanted shot outside
the off stump to give a simple catch to Hayden off Warne. From this
point onwards Sri Lanka lost wickets regularly to end up at 89/6.
batted very negatively and only Upul Chandana who played a little
cameo innings with a brisk 43 off 34 balls with 7 hits to the ropes.
He put on 30 runs with Tilakaratne and 34 runs with Samaraweera
for the 7th and 8th wickets respectively.
Lanka were finally bowled out for 154 runs which gave the Kangaroos
an easy 197 runs to go 1 up in the three test series. The second
match in the series will be played in Kandy from March 16-20.
Warne speaking to The Sunday Times soon after the match told that
the wicket played really well. When we scored 220 in the initial
innings I thought the match will be over within 4 days. The wicket
was superb it was a friendly one for spinners. I have very good
memories of this country from the time I made my debut tour here
12 years ago in Colombo under Allan Border. I took some 4 wickets
in the second to win by 16 odd runs. This test here in Galle will
be another memorable one for me for 2 reasons. One is my 500th test
wicket and my come back match.
of the match Mathew Hayden told The Sunday Times that the wicket
played really good although it took lot of turn on the initial day.
Batting was so difficult on that day. Hayden also set up a world
record of 7 catches by a non wicket keeper.
the second match coming in Kandy Samaraweera is likely to miss due
to his injury. This is the second time the home team has lost in
Galle. Earlier in the year 2000 Pakistan pace duo of Waqar and Wasim
won the match for them.
Australia has announced that 21 year old Sahun Tait from South Australia
will replace Bret Lee. Lee will fly back to Australia tomorrow.
Tait was also the young cricketer of the year in the year 2003.