Sri Lanka poised for the kill in final India Test

August 10, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka tightened the screw on injury-hit India with a superb all-round performance on the third day of the crucial third and final Test here on Sunday. India were without Ishant Sharma in the morning as the fast bowler was unfit to bowl after falling on his follow-through in Saturday’s last session.

The injuries to Sachin Tendulkar and Laxman forced under-pressure India to change their batting order.

Tendulkar batted down the order after suffering an elbow injury on Saturday and Laxman made his appearance with a runner (Gambhir) after twisting his ankle during practice before the second day’s play.

Sourav Ganguly (18) batted ahead of Tendulkar, but did not last long as he was adjudged leg-before off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan by umpire Mark Benson of England.

The batsman requested the official to review his decision under a new experimental rule which is on trial in the ongoing series.

The rule allows a batsman or fielding captain to request a review of any decision by referring it to the third official monitoring television replays.

Benson’s initial decision turned out to be correct when he consulted TV umpire Billy Doc