Sreesanth marks India return with six-wicket haul

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In a busy day of Test cricket yesterday India took command against Sri Lanka, New Zealand stayed ahead of Pakistan and Australia and West Indies shared the honours on day one.

The India pace bowler Sreesanth took 5 for 75 in Sri Lanka's first innings in the second Test in Kanpur to make a memorable comeback to the national team after 19 months away during which he made headlines more for his boorish behaviour than his bowling.

Sreesanth finished the day with six wickets as Sri Lanka were 57 for 4 in the second innings after following on. His swing bowling helped dismiss Sri Lanka for 229 in the first innings before they slumped again. India made 642 after batting first.

Umar Akmal, just 19, hit a Test century on debut for Pakistan in Dunedin yesterday to save his side after they had been 85 for 5 in reply to New Zealand's 429. Akmal's 176-run partnership with his brother Kamran, who made 82, was the highlight for Pakistan who finished on 307 for 8.

In Brisbane, Simon Katich led the way with 92 as Australia reached 322 for 5 at stumps. Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey both hit half-centuries as Kemar Roach (1 for 50) and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo (2 for 66), chipped in. Opener Shane Watson fell for a duck after shouldering arms to the day's 13th ball.