Kumar Sangakkara, the fifth-highest run-scorer in Test history, was dismissed for 18 in his last international innings on Sunday to leave Sri Lanka in trouble in the second Test against India.
The hosts, set a tough victory target of 413, slumped to 33-2 after Sangakkara’s dismissal before closing the fourth day’s play at 72-2.
Opener Dimuth Karunaratne was on 25 and skipper Angelo Mathews was on 23. Sri Lanka begin the final day’s play needing 341 more to win with eight wickets in hand.
India declared their second innings at 325-8 in the post-tea session after Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 126.
It left the hosts facing a little less than four sessions to achieve the huge target or bat out for a draw on a slow, wearing pitch that should favour India’s spinners.
Sangakkara did not have to wait long to bat after Sri Lanka lost opener Kaushal Silva in the third over, tapping a full toss from Ravichandran Ashwin to the short mid-wicket fielder.
A full house of some 7,000 home fans applauded warmly as Sangakkara was welcomed to the crease by two guards of honour — one formed by young children with raised bats near the boundary and another by Indian fielders.
He hit three boundaries but fell to Ashwin for the fourth time in as many innings in the series when he edged a catch to Murali Vijay off the 18th ball he faced.
India’s Ishant Sharma fined for misconduct
India’s pace spearhead Ishant Sharma was on Sunday fined 65% of his match fee for on-field misconduct on two occasions during the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Sharma was charged with breaching provisions of the players’ code of conduct which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his dismissal,” said the International Cricket Council (ICC) in a statement.
The lanky seamer was fined 15% for provoking Lahiru Thirimanne after dismissing him during the third day’s play on Saturday, and another 50% for repeating the act against Dinesh Chandimal three overs later.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2015.
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