Derbyshire v Sri Lanka, Derby, 1st day April 29, 2006

Derbyshire crumble to spin and pace

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Sri Lanka 3 for 0 (Vandort 0*, Tharanga 3*) trail Derbyshire 219 (Stubbings 43, Muralitharan 3-47, Malinga 3-53) by 216 runs

Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga took three wickets each as Sri Lanka dismissed Derbyshire for 219 on the first day of the tour match at the Racecourse Ground.

Steve Stubbings and Chris Taylor got Derbyshire off to a super start with an unbeaten stand of 85 before lunch, but Muralitharan and Malinga wreaked havoc in the afternoon session. Gaining alarming bounce and bowling with great pace, Malinga took the first three wickets to fall as Derbyshire slipped to 112 for 3.

After being treated with great caution, Muralitharan picked up his first wicket when Ant Botha swept him straight to square leg, and thereafter Derbyshire were all at sea. Graeme Welch soon followed, trapped on the crease - and Muralitharan's third came when Jamie Pipe attempted to cut him and was bowled for 15. In a single session, Sri Lanka had taken 7 for 55 to make up for their wicketless morning's work.

However, their potency disappeared in the final session with the tailenders calmly taking Derbyshire up to and beyond 200. Andy Gray faced 85 balls for his 29 before he became Farveez Maharoof's first victim.

Sri Lanka batted out the final four overs of the day without due alarm.