In what could be his last Test innings, retiring Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara failed to get a big knock in his final Test appearance but Sri Lanka overcame an early jolt to reach 140/3 after dismissing India for 393 in the first innings of the second cricket Test at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Friday.
Resuming at the overnight score of 319/6, India were bowled out shortly after the lunch break and the hosts treaded cautiously to keep the match on an even keel at the end of the second day's play. Opener Kaushal Silva (51 off 117 balls) played a watchful innings to ensure that the early loss of fellow opener Dimuth Karunaratne did not trigger a top-order collapse.
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His dismissal towards the fag end of the day, however, put the side slightly on the backfoot given that the home team is still 253 runs behind. Sangakkara was given a guard of honour by the Indians as he walked in to bat when the hosts lost their first wicket with just one run on the board.
However, it did not quite turn out to be a fairytale innings for the veteran batsman, who was dismissed by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for 32 after facing 87 deliveries. After Sangakkara's departure, Lahiru Thirimanne (28 batting) and Silva added 39 runs for the third wicket before India took the slight edge by snaring the latter.
When stumps were drawn for the day, Thirimanne and skipper Angelo Mathews (19) were holding fort for the Lankans.
Earlier, resuming at the overnight score, India were bowled three overs after lunch as Rangana Herath took 4/81. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who had scored a 60 in the first Test, played a 56-run knock to take India past the 350 figure.
The Indians scored at a slow pace in the morning session as Saha shepherded the lower order to avoid a below-par total. The visiting side could pull off a mere 67 runs in 23.4 overs in the day's first session of play.