Five-wicket Muralitharan wrecks Bangladesh

June 25, 2007 (AFP) – Muttiah Muralitharan grabbed five wickets for 15 runs as Sri Lanka shot out Bangladesh for a paltry 89 on the opening day of the first cricket Test here on Monday. Bangladesh play three Tests and as many one-dayers on the five-week tour. The prolific off-spinner’s 58th haul of five or more in an innings took him to 679 career wickets, just 30 away from surpassing retired Australian Shane Warne’s world record of 708.

Bangladesh, sent in to bat by Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, folded up for their third lowest Test total in just 32.3 overs an hour after lunch at the Sinhalese Sport Club here.

Sri Lanka were 71-2 in reply at tea after seamer Shahadat Hossain caused a flutter by removing debutant Malinda Warnapura for zero and Kumar Sangakkara for six in his first two overs.

Jayawardene, caught off a Hossain no-ball when on 17, was unbeaten at the break on 32. Michael Vandort kept his skipper company on 23.

Muralitharan, who claimed 50 wickets in six previous Tests against Bangladesh, once again ripped through the tourists’ line-up after the seamers did the early damage.

Dilhara Fernando took 3-33 and Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga sh