Sangakkara out for 32 as India edge ahead

AFP

Kumar Sangakkara's dreams of finishing his international career with a century rest on his second-innings display after he was dismissed for 32 on day two of the second Test with India in Colombo.

Sri Lanka - 1-0 up in the three-match series - reached stumps on 140-3 after restricting India, who had resumed on 319-6, to 393 all out on Friday.

Yet Sangakkara was the undoubted centre of attention, having been thrust into action in the second over of his side's reply following the exit of Dimuth Karunaratne (1).

The retiring veteran looked set for a big score as he added 74 with Kaushal Silva (51), but Sangakkara then fell victim to Ravichandran Ashwin (1-37) as Ajinkya Rahane took a superb catch diving to his left at slip.

After the hosts had lost their iconic batsman and Silva, it was left to Lahiru Thirimanne (28 not out) and captain Angelo Mathews (19 not out) to guide them to the close.

Rangana Herath finished with 4-81 earlier in the day as Sri Lanka claimed the four remaining India wickets for the addition of 74 runs.

Ashwin fell to Mathews (2-24) for two before Wriddhiman Saha (56) shared 46 with Amit Mishra (24).

Their partnership came to an end when Mishra was caught behind off Dushmantha Chameera (2-72) and Herath then finished things off by trapping Saha and Ishant Sharma (2) lbw in successive overs.

Karunaratne's early dismissal was just what the tourists needed to put Sri Lanka under immediate pressure, the opener trapped lbw by Umesh Yadav (1-34) to bring Sangakkara to the crease.

It took the number three time to get going as Yadav and Ishant impressed, but an edge through gully off the latter eventually got Sangakkara off the mark.

He soon settled into his rhythm and was well supported by Silva, who survived in the ninth over as Stuart Binny (0-24) had him caught behind only to be denied a maiden Test wicket due to a no-ball being called.

Sangakkara and Silva started to find the boundry with increasing frequency as they took Sri Lanka to tea on 65-1.

However, the home supporters were left deflated after the restart as their hero Sangakkara was dismissed by another sensational catch from Rahane, who dived low to his left to collect an edge off Ashwin.

Silva pushed on and brought up his half-century, only to be dismissed by Mishra as India ended day two holding a slight edge.


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