Sri Lanka rattled by Indian pacemen

GALLE, August 3, 2008 (AFP) – Indian pacemen Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan shared three early wickets to boost India’s chances of winning the second Test against Sri Lanka here on Sunday. India earlier failed to cope with Sri Lankan spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis as they were bowled out for 269 after resuming at 200-4.

They lost their last five wickets for 17 runs in a dramatic collapse.

Unorthodox spinner Mendis, who took six wickets in the first innings, added four more to his tally to complete a maiden 10-wicket haul in only his second Test.

Muralitharan took two of the six wickets that fell in the morning.

India suffered an early setback when overnight batsman Laxman (13) was trapped leg-before off Mendis.

Wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik (20) counter-attacked, hoisting Muralitharan and Mendis for sixes early in his innings, but his flourish did not last long as he was caught by Sangakkara at deep mid-wicket.

Sourav Ganguly earned a reprieve when he was initially adjudged leg-before off Muralitharan by umpire Billy Doctrove of the West Indies, but asked the official to review his decision.

Doctrove consulted TV umpire Gamini Silva o