Cricket: Sri Lanka and the search for 342 runs

Cricket: Sri Lanka and the search for 342 runs

Cricket: Sri Lanka and the search for 342 runs

Written by Staff Writer

23 Aug, 2015 | 9:26 pm

At stumps on day four of the second test against India, Sri Lanka were on 72 for the loss of two wickets, needing 342 runs for victory with 8 wickets in hand and a full day’s play left.

On day four at the P. Sara Oval on Sunday, Ajinkya Rahane bolstered India’s second innings with a 126 run century.

India declared their second innings on 325 for 8. Dhammika Prasad and Tharindu Kaushal bagged four wickets each.

Needing 413 runs for a consecutive second test victory against India and to claim victory in the series, Sri Lanka were dealt an early blow as opener Kaushal Silva was dismissed for one run. As he came out to bat, Sanga was received warmly by the Indian cricketers, the fans and even the two on-field umpires.

However, Sanga was denied a dream ending to a glittering career and was dismissed for 18 runs.

Ravichandran Ashwin claimed the wicket, marking the fourth time that he has dismissed Sangakkara in this series.Kumar Sangakkara departs test cricket as Sri Lanka’s leading run scorer having amassed 12,400 runs in 134 matches.

He also has the distinction of having the highest batting average from among the top five leading run-scorers in test cricket. At stumps today, Skipper Angelo Matthews was unbeaten on 23 and Dimuth Karunaratne was not out on 25.

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