Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan says Australia played into his hands on the first day in Galle.
Murali celebrates another Australia scalp in the first Test in Galle
"They were very positive, that helped me take a few wickets," Muralitharan
said after taking 6-59 in Australia's moderate total of 220 all out.
"That is their plan. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
"If the batsmen are attacking, it is a good sign for me. Most of the time the bowler will win because you cannot keep on attacking."
Muralitharan claimed the majority of his wickets with his
orthodox off-break rather than the leg-spinner that had created
havoc against England last December.
"The wicket is so slow, I thought I'd bowl more off spin
today rather than the 'other' one," he said.
Muralitharan said Sri Lanka, well-placed at the end of the
day on 81-1, were aiming to reach a first innings score in excess of
"We have a good chance now. To restrict them to 220 on a
first-day wicket is not an easy thing to do," he added.
"We have plenty of batting to come and if we can play
sensibly a score of 350 would be good for us."