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Sri Lanka dismissed for 192 as Hoggard reaches landmark

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LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) Matthew Hoggard captured his 200th test wicket on Saturday with another fine exhibition of swing bowling to help dismiss Sri Lanka for 192 in their first innings on the third day of the first test.

Hoggard, who dismissed both openers cheaply yesterday evening to trigger a Sri Lanka collapse as they began their reply to England's 551 for six declared, took another two this morning to finish with four for 27 from 14 overs.

The Yorkshire paceman opened the attack from the Pavilion End at Lord's on a dull, overcast day but then switched to the Nursery End where he had bowled so effectively yesterday.

Hoggard immediately began to move the ball away from the right-hander and a full-pitched delivery which moved extravagantly late, quickly accounted for Farveez Maharoof who had batted competently for 22.

Maharoof, who had shaped to play the ball to leg was squared up by the swing and popped the ball up on the off to give the bowler a tumbling, two-handed catch. Hoggard is the 10th England bowler to reach the 200 mark.

Captain Andrew Flintoff, bowling with vivid pace and aggression, grabbed the wicket of his opposite number Mahela Jayawardene caught behind for 61 after an obdurate innings lasting 168 minutes.The Sri Lanka captain had stroked nine fours with deft drives and deflections.

Chaminda Vaas profited from some indifferent England fielding to lead a late rally by the Sri Lanka tailenders and frustrate the England pace bowlers who had been looking to wrap the innings up quickly.

Vaas survived slip chances to Alastair Cook after he had scored only nine and then another to Andrew Strauss four runs later.

Realising his luck was in, Vaas merrily cut and and carved the England pace bowlers to reach 31 from 52 balls before he was caught by Marcus Trescothick at first slip off Hoggard.

He added 61 from 90 balls with Nuwan Kulasekara, who struck 29 before he was caught by Strauss at second slip off Flintoff to end the innings shortly before the lunch interval.

REUTERS DH RK1825

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