Muralitharan, who was no-balled
for chucking at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2005, and had regularly been subjected to barracking by Australian fans, was eager to experience being a crowd favourite at the 100,000-capacity ground.
In a match of fluctuating fortunes, Yorkshire saw a fifth consecutive victory slip away as Darren Gough was no-balled
in the penultimate over by umpire Allan Jones because they had insufgcient fieldsmen inside the circle.
But Harmison failed to claim a wicket in a six over spell that cost him 48 runs and saw him no-balled
for overstepping on half-a-dozen occasions.
After he controversially no-balled
Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in a Test match in 1995, Hair was not appointed to stand in any Test match involving Sri Lanka until 2003.
Cricket: Which bowler was controversially no-balled
by Darrell Hair for throwing in 1995?
The spinner's career has been plagued by controversy over the legality of his bowling action since he was no-balled
for 'throwing' in Melbourne by umpire Darryl Hair in 1995.
Muralitharan first ran into trouble with his action when he was no-balled
by Australian umpire Daryl Hair in the second Test at Melbourne in 1995 and was no-balled
twice more in Australia after that.
Darrell Hair, who no-balled
Muralitharan for throwing in a Test match during the 1995-96 tour and raised further ire in Sri Lanka by criticizing the team in a book, remains on the five-man panel.
CRICKET: Despair turned to delight for Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan as he hit the winning run against England in Adelaide after being no-balled
Sri Lanka do not have particularly fond memories of the MCG, where their spin great Muttiah Muralitharan was no-balled
seven times when the islanders last played a test here in 1995.
He had an escape on seven when he played a similar shot against Morne Morkel and was caught by the bowler, only for Morkel to be no-balled
after umpire Richard Kettleborough asked for a review.
It maybe recalled that Muralitharan was repeatedly heckled, taunted and even had fruit thrown at him by unruly Australian fans here since being no-balled
by Darrell Hair in the 1995 Boxing Day Test.