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Last Updated: Monday, 5 June 2006, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
England defeated by Murali magic
THIRD TEST, TRENT BRIDGE (day four):
Sri Lanka 231 & 322 beat England 229 & 190 by 134 runs

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Muralitharan celebrates another wicket at Trent Bridge

Muttiah Muralitharan took 8-70 as Sri Lanka thrashed England at Trent Bridge to draw the three-Test series 1-1.

England were bowled out for just 190 on the fourth day, losing by 134 runs.

Muralitharan claimed the first seven wickets, but the spinner's ambitions of his maiden Test "10-for" were dashed when Matthew Hoggard was run out.

Sri Lanka had set England a formidable 325 to win, but, despite 55 from opener Andrew Strauss, the home side collapsed to defeat after making 84 without loss.

It was only Sri Lanka's second Test win in England and their first since 1998.

On that occasion, Muralitharan, in the early stages of his glittering career, had taken 9-65 on a similarly dry surface at The Oval.

This latest triumph means the series finishes all square following the draw at Lord's and England's six-wicket win at Edgbaston.

You can't take anything away from Murali's bowling - we've been undone by a special talent

Andrew Flintoff

England had harboured slim hopes of completing their biggest fourth-innings run chase since a 1928-29 Test in Melbourne after removing Sri Lanka's last three wickets cheaply when play resumed on Monday.

But once Muralitharan had his first scalp, there was no stopping him.

Inconsistency of bounce drained England's batsmen of any confidence, and the close-in fielders waited for inevitable chances.

When England began their innings, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene waited just half an hour before introducing Muralitharan.

Strauss hit a confident square cut off the spinner 10 minutes before lunch as the home team's fans hoped for something memorable.

And England continued to make smooth progress after the break - there was a flurry of boundaries scored through the off-side off Chaminda Vaas and Sanath Jayasuriya.

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Before Trescothick was out, there was still hope for England

But as soon as Trescothick was bowled by Muralitharan for 31, playing back to a good-length ball, the brilliant off-spinner proceeded to wreak havoc.

Alastair Cook was lbw to the 'doosra', Strauss was caught at slip via a fumble by the wicket-keeper, and Kevin Pietersen was ruled to have gloved to Tillakaratne Dilshan at short leg.

When Andrew Flintoff was caught by Dilshan for a duck, completing a disastrous series with the bat, England were in free-fall.

Paul Collingwood was the sixth man to go, dismissed in the most unfortunate of circumstances.

He was caught by the diving Dilshan at short leg after the ball had ricocheted off the underside of his bat and on to his foot.

After tea, the only question was whether Muralitharan, who had claimed all six England wickets to fall, could make it 10 out of 10 and become only the third bowler to achieve the feat in Test cricket.

He got the seventh by bowling Geraint Jones, but his hopes of a clean sweep were dashed when Chamara Kapugedera's direct hit ran out Hoggard.

Muralitharan was not finished, though.

He trapped Jon Lewis lbw and looked set for his best-ever figures before Monty Panesar unexpectedly hit two fours in one of his overs.

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Panesar and Liam Plunkett ended up adding 37 for the last wicket, with Panesar smashing a tremendous six off Muralitharan which elicited the biggest cheer of the day from the home fans.

But when Jayasuriya trapped him lbw, the biggest cheers belonged to the 11 Sri Lankans on the pitch.

The day had begun with the tourists on 286-7, already leading by 288.

Kapugedera fell in the first over of the day, attempting to fend off a ball from Plunkett.

The teenager, on 50, only succeeded in hitting Cook at short-leg, the Essex youngster grabbing the ball at the second attempt after it had ricocheted upwards off his right knee.

New batsman Malinga dispatched three half-volleys to the boundary off Hoggard as he shared a ninth-wicket stand of 33 with Vaas.

But when Panesar was introduced into the attack he quickly took the two wickets he needed to claim 5-78, his first five-for in Tests.

Malinga was bowled around his legs in Panesar's first over, before Muralitharan was caught at long-off attempting to hit the spinner for a straight six.



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