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Murali's turn

March 24, 2007
When India began the chase on Sri Lanka's 254 for six, they knew old foes Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan were going to be the biggest road-blocks. The Sri Lankan veterans proved India's fears true, sharing five wickets and triggering a batting collapse.

After Vaas had snapped the openers, Muralitharan claimed the big-hitters, Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Sehwag, who sneaked into form with a century against Bermuda, was playing a cracker of an innings, having scored 48 from 46 balls, inclusive of five fours and a six. The ace off-spinner had Sehwag edge the ball to first-slip, which was superbly held by captain Mahela Jayawardene.

Muralitharan then trapped Dhoni leg before wicket for no score and rounded his effort with the scalp of Zaheer Khan.

The 34-year-old also held a brilliant catch off Vaas to send Sourav Ganguly back for seven.

The Sri Lankan spinners (Muralitharan and Sanath Jayasuriya) having broken the Indian morale, the 1983 champions crashed to a 69-run defeat.

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