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Last Updated: Monday, 8 March, 2004, 11:33 GMT
Australia left on the ropes
First Test, Galle, day one (stumps): Australia 220 v Sri Lanka 81-1

Muralitharan celebrates with skipper Tillakaratne
If the batsmen are attacking, it is a good sign for me
M Muralitharan
Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan took 6-59 to bowl Australia out for 220 on the opening day of the first Test.

On a Galle pitch turning extravagantly from the start, Muralitharan moved level with spin rival Shane Warne on 491 Test wickets.

Warne, in his first Test back after a 12-month drug ban, edged ahead when he dismissed Sanath Jayasuriya for 35.

But Marvan Atapattu (29) and Kumar Sangakkara (17) were undaunted, taking the hosts to 81-1 at stumps.

Only Darren Lehmann, who made 63 stood out for Australia, sharing partnerships of 72 with Damien Martyn and 52 with Warne.

After the tourists chose to bat first, Muralitharan struck once in the morning, when Matthew Hayden mis-timed a sweep to square leg for 41.

He found his stride after lunch, accounting for Adam Gilchrist and debutant Andrew Symonds for a duck.

But he was unstoppable in the evening session, breaking the seventh wicket partnership by bowling Lehman with a sharply-turning delivery.

The home side's selection policy paid off early as off-spinner Kumar Dharmasena, opening the innings, had Justin Langer caught behind for 12.

Hayden survived two chances in an aggressive knock, most obviously on 19, when sole paceman Chaminda Vaas spilled a return catch.

In his first Test as captain, Ricky Ponting was stumped for 21 after being lured down the track by a well-flighted Upul Chandana leg break.

Martyn's patient innings came to an end on 42 just after lunch, when top-edged a sweep to leg slip to become Dharmasena's second victim.

Warne celebrates
Warne claimed his first Test wicket in over a year
Symonds and Gilchrist then followed to successive overs from Muralitharan.

After the spinner ended Lehmann's 113-ball knock, Vaas returned to have Warne caught behind for 23 with a swinging delivery.

And it was left to Murali to clean up the tail next over, accounting for Michael Kasprowicz and Stuart MacGill.

Neither Kasprowicz not opening partner Jason Gillespie enjoyed any success as Sri Lankan openers Atapattu and Jayasuriya began a patient reply.

Brought on in the 13th over, Warne's yielded eight runs, with Jayasuriya driving a boundary off the third delivery.

The leg-spinner struck back with a straighter delivery that trapped the former skipper lbw as he attempted a sweep.

But the dismissal only upped the tempo of the home innings as the second-wicket pair batted off-spinner Symonds out of the attack.

Sangakkara hammered second leg-spinner MacGill for six off the final over of the day to deliver a further blow to Australian morale.

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).

TV Umpire: Gamini Silva (Sri Lanka).

Match Referee: Chris Broad (England)

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