Sri Lanka Test evenly poised

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GALLE, August 2, 2008 (AFP) – Harbhajan Singh bagged six wickets to help India gain a 37-run lead on the third day of the evenly poised second Test against Sri Lanka here on Saturday. The off-spinner finished with 6-102 as the hosts were all out for 292 in their first innings on the stroke of lunch in reply to India’s 329.

He was superbly supported by leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who took 3-81.

Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene was the lone batsman to defy the Indian attack, top-scoring with a responsible 86 on a spin-friendly track.

The hosts lost their last five wickets for 77 runs after resuming at 215-5.

The hosts lead 1-0 in the three-match series following their win by an innings and 239 runs in the opening Test in Colombo.

India started the day with a double-spin attack, but had to wait for more than an hour to taste success as the Sri Lankan captain and wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene (24) batted cautiously.

Harbhajan, who took four wickets on Friday, completed his 22nd haul of five or more wickets in a Test innings when he had the wicket-keeper caught by Venkatsai Laxman at short-leg.

Kumble got his first wicket of the series when he re