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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 March, 2004, 11:52 GMT
Australia lay down gauntlet
First Test, Galle, day four (stumps): Australia 220 & 512-8 dec v Sri Lanka 381 & 3-0

Damien Martyn
Martyn celebrated his first century in two years
Darren Lehmann and Damien Martyn shared a record stand of 206 as Australia took charge on day four the first Test.

The tourists declared with their total 512-8, setting Sri Lanka 352 to win with just over three sessions left.

Lehmann (129) and Martyn (110) set a new mark for Australia's fourth wicket against Sri Lanka after Matthew Hayden fell for 130 in the morning.

Sri Lanka openers Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara survived the remaing three overs before stumps.

Regular opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya had earlier been taken to hospital for X-rays on his thumb after trying to stop a drive off his own bowling.

It was a dramatic turnaround in the match after the home side had bowled Australia out for 220 in their first innings.

Muttiah Muralitharan finished with 5-153 on a pitch getting slower with each session.

Rival spinner Shane Warne was his final victim for a duck, leaving both men level on 496 career wickets.

Lehmann under a towel
Lehmann feels the heat during his four-and-a-half-hour innings
Hayden's 211-ball innings, which included 12 boundaries and two sixes, came to an end when he was caught at slip trying to sweep Murali's off-break.

But the home attack were unable to capitalise as the fourth-wicket pair played with confidence.

The duo passed the previous record of 163, shared by Mark Taylor and Allan Border at Hobart in 1989-90, before tea and both reach three figures just after the break.

After a first innings 69, Lehmann continued his impressive return after five months out with an ankle injury.

And there was relief for Martyn, who had not hit a century in his previous 16 Tests, going back two years.

The stand only came to an end with the score 451-4, when Martyn was gave a bat-pad catch to substitute short leg fielder Kaushal Lokuarachci after five-and-a-half hours at the crease.

Lehmann was looking for a 17th boundary, through midwicket, when his leading edge was collected by Murali.

Three further wickets fell, including Adam Gilchrist for his second duck of the match, as the tourists looked for quick runs late on.

Debutant Andrew Symonds crashed 24 from 18 balls, with four boundaries before he was stumped coming down the wicket to Muralitharan.

Warne was called upon to open the bowling, delivering two overs without success before stumps.


Sri Lanka: Hashan Tillakaratne (captain), Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara (wicketkeeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Muthiah Muralitharan, Kumar Dharmasena and Upul Chandana.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Jason Gillespie, Matthew Hayden, Michael Kasprowicz, Justin Langer, Darren Lehmann, Stuart MacGill, Damien Martyn, Andrew Symonds, Shane Warne.

Umpires: David Shepherd (England), Rudi Koertzen (South Africa).




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