Dravid goes fourth on Test run-scorers' list

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Rahul Dravid completed his 28th Test century and moved into fourth place on the all-time scorers' list as India tightened their grip on the second Test against Sri Lanka yesterday.

Dravid made a superb 144 after becoming the third player to score a hundred before India were all out for 642. Dravid was out when his partner VVS Laxman hit a return catch to the bowler who spilled it on to the stumps leaving him out of his ground backing up.

Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath then triggered a batting slump, grabbing 5 for 121, his fourth five-wicket haul in a Test innings, taking all but one of the last six wickets which tumbled for just 29 runs. Sri Lanka reached 66 for 1 at stumps after a nightmare start when opener Tillakaratne Dilshan was out for a first-ball duck when he top-edged a loosener down the leg side from paceman Zaheer Khan to be caught at mid-on.

Captain Kumar Sangakkara and opener Tharanga Paranavitana were 30 not out at the close.

In Dunedin, Daniel Vettori fell one run short of a fifth Test century as rain disrupted the second day of the first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan yesterday.

The New Zealand captain, who started the day unbeaten on 40, had reached 87 when rain delayed play shortly after lunch. When the teams returned Vettori moved quickly into the 90s.

Umar Gul eventually did the damage, enticing the left-hander into a thick edge which Kamram Akmal gathered. Just one ball after Vettori's dismissal New Zealand were offered the light which they accepted to end the day on 404 for 8.