Sri Lanka Murali claims four wickets in drawn tour match

ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct 29, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan claimed four wickets in a drawn-three day tour match against the Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI at Adelaide Oval here Monday ahead of the Test series against Australia. Muralitharan claims four wickets in drawn tour match

Muralitharan, eight wickets short of Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne’s world record of 708 Test wickets, captured 4-121 off 44 overs as the Chairman’s XI forged a 41-run lead on the first innings.

The Chairman’s XI were dismissed for 409 off 122.2 overs in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings 368 for six declared.

Batting a second time, Sri Lanka finished at 125 for three off 36 overs when play was called off early by mutual agreement.

The tourists lost two wickets to paceman Mick Lewis (2-17) before captain Mahela Jayawardene (52) gained some valuable batting time ahead of the November 8 Brisbane first Test, following his first innings duck, with Thilan Samaraweera (41 not out).

Sanath Jaysuriya missed the final day with a head cold with vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara and reserve paceman Chanaka Welagedara troubled by leg injuries.

Muralitharan had Philip Hughes stumped for 49, and claimed invitational skipper Luke R