India and Sri Lanka both included an extra pace bowler for
the rain-affected first Test which finally began at the
Asgiriya Stadium on Sunday. Indian captain Mohammad
Azharuddin won the toss and put Sri Lanka in to bat after the
two teams took an early lunch on the second day. There was no
play in the morning session after the first day was washed
India brought in Javagal Srinath for left-arm spinner
Venkatapathy Raju while Sri Lanka opted for Dulip Liyanage for
batsman Sanath Jayasuriya. Both India and Sri Lanka go into
the match with two specialist fast bowlers and two spinners.
India: M. Azharuddin (capt), M.Prabhakar, N. S. Sidhu,
V. G. Kambli, S. R. Tendulkar, P. K. Amre, K. Dev, K. S.
More (wicket-keeper), A. Kumble, R. K. Chauhan, J. Srinath
Sri Lanka: A. Ranatunga (capt), R. S. Mahanama, U. C.
Hathurusinghe, A. P. Gurusinha, P. A. de Silva, H. P.
Tillekeratne, A. de Silva, C. P. Ramanayake, K. P. J.
Warnaweera, D. Liyanage, M. Muralitharan
Pace bowlers Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar captured three
quick wickets as Sri Lanka struggled on a wet wicket. Sri
Lanka were 24 for three when rain stopped play just over an
hour before tea, with skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and Asanka
Gurusinha managing to keep their wickets intact against a
lively Indian attack. Tea was taken with no sign of an early
resumption in the final session of play.
Dev, who needs just 12 wickets to break the world bowling
record of 431 test wickets, struck in his very first over by
having opener Roshan Mahanama caught by wicket-keeper Kiran
More for a duck. Prabhakar then snapped up the wickets of the
other opener Hathurusinghe and Aravinda de Silva -- both held
by Anil Kumble at gully -- in two overs to leave the home side
tottering at eight for three.
Sri Lanka would have been in a worse position had Indian
skipper Mohammad Azharuddin at second slip scooped up a catch
from his counterpart Ranatunga in Prabhakar's fourth over.
Ranatunga, who had not opened his scoring when he was dropped,
was on seven and Gurusinha remained unbeaten on 10 when a
light shower stopped play just 50 minutes after the test match
finally got under way.
There was no play in the morning session due to a wet
wicket. The first day was also washed out.
Sri Lanka 1st innings
R. S. Mahanama c More b Dev ..................0
U. C. Hathurusinghe c Kumble b Prabhakar .....4
A. P. Gurusinha not out .....................10
P. A. de Silva c Kumble b Prabhakar ..........1
A. Ranatunga not out .........................7
Extras (lb1, nb1) ............................2
Total (3 wkts) ..............................24
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-6, 3-8
Bowling: Dev 5-1-10-1, Prabhakar 6-1-13-2, Srinath 1-1-0-0
Umpires: K. T. Francis and T. M. Samarasinghe