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Sri Lanka, India Compete in Cricket - 2001-08-29

Off-spin cricket bowler Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka has torn apart India's side, taking eight wickets for 87 runs on the first day of the third test match in Colombo.

India reached 91 for no loss by lunchtime but then Muralitharan began his onslaught after the interval, picking apart the Indian batsmen in only 34.1 overs, his career-best result against India.

Shiv Sundar Das was the high scorer for India with 59 runs while Sadagoppan Ramesh added another 46 and Hemang Badani added another 38. India was all out for 234. In response, Sri Lanka reached 13 not out by the end of play Wednesday.

The series is tied at one match apiece after India won the second test match in Kandy by seven wickets.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's cricket team has scored 219 for two in response to Bangladesh's first-innings score of 134 all out on the first day of the Asian test championship in Multan, Pakistan.

Saeed Anwar led the home side with 101 runs while Taufiq Umar added another 77 for the Pakistanis. Bangladesh could not overcome the skills of leg-spin bowler Danish Kanaria, who captured a career best six wickets for 42 runs.

The match was the first of the championships which feature Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. India pulled out of the tournament because of ongoing political tension with Pakistan.