Day 4

517dJamie Alter in Colombo

Plenty to ponder for Kumble

After India's innings and 239-run loss to Sri Lanka, the main agenda on their captain Anil Kumble's mind was how they would sort out Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, who shared 19 of the 20 wickets to fall

517dS Rajesh

Spin wizards stump India

Sri Lanka's utter humiliation of India resulted in plenty of records - favourable ones for the home team, and unwanted ones for India. Cricinfo looks at the important ones

517dDileep Premachandran in Colombo

Underdone India humiliated

Dileep Premachandran on the contributions of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis to Sri Lanka's innings and 239-run mauling of India in the first Test

517dJamie Alter in Colombo

Partners in guile

Muttiah Muralitharan, pointed out two things about Ajantha Mendis - one that Mendis is far more talented than he was when he debuted and two, that Mendis will take the pressure off him and perhaps extend Murali's Test career

517dJamie Alter in Colombo

An odd couple, and Murali's guile

Jamie Alter recaps the Plays of the day from the fourth day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India at the SSC

517dSa'adi Thawfeeq

Surprised how India folded - Jayawardene

Sri Lanka won the first Test in a little over three days and Mahela Jayawardene said he was surprised by the way India folded up. Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis shared 19 wickets between them as India slumped to an innings and 239-run defeat

Day 3

517dSa'adi Thawfeeq in Colombo

New approach works for Dilshan

An under-pressure Tillakaratne Dilshan took advantage of a tired and insipid bowling line-up to rack up quick runs, and his fifth Test century

517dJamie Alter in Colombo

Kirsten disappointed with poor shot-making

Gary Kirsten has expressed disappointment at the way India batted on the third day, on which they finished at 159 for 6 in response to Sri Lanka's first-innings total of 600

517dDileep Premachandran in Colombo

Cat got your tongue, boys?

Dileep Premachandran recaps the Plays of the day from the third day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India at the SSC

Day 2

517dDileep Premachandran in Colombo

Mahela's MCG and bad reviews

Dileep Premachandran rewinds the Plays of the day from the second day at the SSC

517dDileep Premachandran in Colombo

Bugs in the system

A few questions emerged on the day when for the first time a player challenged the umpire's decision


517dThe Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Murali and Mendis maul India

In a match dominated by not one but two smiling assassins, Sri Lanka completely destroyed the Indian batting line-up twice over to script their best win at home

517dThe Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Warnapura takes the honours on rain-hit day

Malinda Warnapura's brisk unbeaten 50 off 74 balls proved to be the difference between an emphatic session and a merely satisfactory one for India on a rain-hit opening day of the Test series

517dThe Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Muralitharan leaves India in tatters

Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis shook the SCC pitch out of its slumber after the Sri Lankan batsmen given them a mountain of runs as a cushion, and the new-ball bowlers had done their bit in taking the shine off the ball

517dJamie Alter in Colombo

Bowlers impress on slow pitch

When external factors limit the opening day of a Test series to 22 overs, the time squeezed in assumes greater significance

517dThe Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Three centurions make it Sri Lanka's day

On a slow, benign SSC track, the Sri Lankan batsmen accumulated ruthlessly, and looked set for an imposing total that could rule out a defeat, helped along the way by the Indian fielders who did not accept some of the half-chances that came their way


Express yourself

Sri Lanka's success in recent times has hinged on how they have encouraged players to be themselves

517dSidharth Monga

Review system under the scanner

Just before lunch on the fourth day, the umpiring review system had its first tryst with serious controversy when Virender Sehwag was given out lbw after umpire Mark Benson had initially ruled him not out

525dSidharth Monga

Mendis arrives

The man who made every ball compelling

India 3rd innings Partnerships

1st25G GambhirV Sehwag
2nd28VVS LaxmanG Gambhir
3rd29SR TendulkarG Gambhir
4th13R DravidG Gambhir
5th8SC GangulyR Dravid
6th0R DravidKD Karthik
7th0A KumbleKD Karthik
8th17A KumbleHarbhajan Singh
9th13Harbhajan SinghZ Khan
10th5Harbhajan SinghI Sharma