Cricket: Sidhu leads run spree

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Sri Lanka

NAVJOT SIDHU, Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar enjoyed a run spree against a listless Sri Lanka attack in yesterday's first day of the second Test in Bangalore. India were 339 for 3 at the close.

Kambli hit seven fours and two sixes as he and Sidhu put on 148 for the second wicket. After Kambli fell for 82 Sidhu maintained the assault, but he was out one run short of his second successive Test century. Tendulkar took up the charge, racing to an unbeaten 90 in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 91 with Azharuddin, off just 73 deliveries.

The Sri Lankans were obliged to make one change from the team that lost the first Test in Lucknow, bringing in Sanath Jayasuriya in place of the injured left-arm medium-pace bowler, Dulip Liyanage. India were unchanged.

(First day: India won toss)

INDIA - First Innings

M Prabhakar c Dissanayake b Wickramasinghe. . . . 14

N S Siddhu lbw Muralitharan. . . . . . . . . . . .99

V G Kambli c Wickramasinghe b Muralitharan. . . . 82

S R Tendulkar not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90

* M Azharuddin not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Extras (lb3 nb17 b2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Total (for 3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339

Fall: 1-34 2-182 3-243.

To bat: S V Manjrekar, Kapil Dev, N Mongia, A Kumble, R K Chauhan, Venkatapathy Raju.

SRI LANKA: * A Ranatunga, R S Mahanama, D P Samaraweera, P A de Silva, H P Tillakaratne, R S Kalpage, P Dissanayake, G P Wickramasinghe, M Muralitharan, S D Anurasiri, S T Jayasuriya.

Umpires: S K Bansal and K Parthasarathy.

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