June 4th, 2006

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Moody challenges Sri Lanka batsmen to level series

Moody

Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody challenged his front-line batsmen on Saturday to come good in the third and final test against England and level the series.

“We are in the driving seat but we still have a lot of hard work to do,” he said after his side dismissed England for 229 in their first innings at Trent Bridge. At the close the Sri Lankans were 45 for one in their second innings, an overall lead of 47 runs with three days to play.

“We need to bat well in the first session on Sunday. If we are still batting at the end of the day I will feel very comfortable,” Moody added.

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Mushtaq, Asif get a big bundle of wickets

Mushtaq

Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed continued to bag wickets by the bucketful, as he provided Sussex yet another victory, in their English County Championship Division One match against Middlesex, by 224 runs here at the Cricketfield Road Ground on Saturday.

Mushtaq captured 10 wickets in the match, four for 92 in the first innings and six for 110 in 24 overs in the second. Needing 481 runs to win, Middlesex were bowled out for 256 in their second innings yesterday.

Mushtaq’s Pakistan teammate Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who was indisposed, didn’t bowl on Friday as well as Saturday. However, he had earlier shone as batsman, scoring 64 at number nine off 51 balls with seven fours and two sixes, when Sussex made 376 in their first innings.

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Muralitharan wins battle over Pietersen

Muralitharan Muttiah Muralitharan won his personal battle with Kevin Pietersen at Trent Bridge on Saturday to inspire a spirited Sri Lanka fightback on the second day of the third and final Test.

The touring side, already 1-0 down in the series, had looked in serious trouble after being dismissed for 231 on the opening day.

But by the close on Saturday they had turned the game on its head by skittling England for 229 in their first innings and then taking their overall lead to 47 with nine second-innings wickets remaining. Kumar Sangakkara was 22 not out with Upul Tharanga on 17.

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West Indies Test series loss to put India behind Pakistan

Pakistan will overtake old rivals India in the international Test rankings if Rahul Dravid’s men continue their disappointing run in the Caribbean during the Test series that began in Antigua on Friday.

The Pakistanis would replace India on the No. 3 spot if the visitors lose in the Test series.

The Indians were thrashed 4-1 by the West Indies in the recently concluded One-day International (ODI) series.

The Indians are currently placed third in the ICC rankings, just two points behind second-placed England. India have a total of 111 points, just two more than fourth-placed Pakistan.

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